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Heavy Downpour Floods 17 North Near Parmaus Road Exit in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Fire Department personnel assisted Ridgewood Police on Saturday morning, 04/20, by clearing two (2) storm drains on Route 17 southbound near Paramus Road that had caused hazardous flooding on several lanes of the highway after a heavy morning downpour.

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SUV Overturns on North Pleasant , Linwood intersection at 5:15 pm Thursday afternoon

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Ridgewood NJ, The adult female driver of a 4-door Ford Fusion escaped injury during a Wednesday afternoon, 04/17, rollover crash in the 100 block of North Pleasant Avenue, Ridgewood. The vehicle appeared to have hit a tree just prior to rolling over. The driver was able to self extricate from the vehicle.  A flatbed tow truck righted and removed the wrecked vehicle from the scene. Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood EMS, and Ridgewood Fire Department responded to the incident.

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Village of Ridgewood Swears In Four New Firefighters

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Ridgewood NJ, congratulations ,last night the following Ridgewood Fire Department personnel were sworn in by Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache during the Ridgewood Village Council’s Public Meeting held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

Probationary Firefighter Thomas Benintende
Probationary Firefighter Trevor Fetkowitz
Fire Lieutenant Matthew Ramge
Fire Captain John Judge

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Today is Founders day for the Ridgewood blog

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James J Foytlin founder of the Ridgewood Blog

The Ridgewood blog was founded in March of 2006 by James J Foytlin aka PJ Blogger . Mr. Foytlin was born and raised in Ridgewood ,New Jersey and is a graduate of Ridgewood High School .

Ridgewood NJ, – Oct. 26, 2009 – RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Ridgewood blog ( http://theridgewoodblog.blogspot.com/ ) was founded in March of 2006 by James J Foytlin aka PJ Blogger .[1] Mr. Foytlin was born and raised in Ridgewood ,New Jersey and is a graduate of Ridgewood High School .[2] [3]

After many years living in New York City[4] Mr Foytlin returned to Ridgewood after a divorce and the tragic events of 9/11 . Once he settled in he noticed a lack of sufficient news coverage of local events . One day a friend from Brazil[5] showed him her home town on the internet and to Mr. Foytlin’s great surprise when he tried to reciprocate he was utterly dismayed at the absolute lake coverage of his home town. After all Ridgewood is only 18 miles from midtown Manhattan[6] the media capitol of world and there was not a single picture of Ridgewood to be found . How could this be? Ridgewood is a picturesque upper middle class village of around 25,000 located in Bergen county in northern New Jersey[7] . Founded by Dutch settlers before it became an English colony[8] . The town or village as its called is steeped in  rich history and tradition .Known for a large amount of Victorian era housing , a quality school system and a family friendly atmosphere.

Though busy getting reacquainted with his home town the fact that the Village of Ridgewood  was so under represented on the internet  continued to disturb Mr. Foytlin. Mr. Foytlin had been writing news letters for his job in financial services since the mid 1990’s . The popular flip, off beat investment strategy news letters had become email blasts with the advent of readily accessible internet.[9] By 2004 the email blasts were converted into blog format for the One Small Voice blog (http://onesmallvoice.blogspot.com/ ). [10]

Around that time the Village of Ridgewood had finally completed it’s much anticipated and long delayed renovation of the Village hall which has been flooded out due to Hurricane Floyd.[11] The renovation was marred by huge cost over runs and lengthy delays. In 2005 it opened with great fan fare , was once again flooded with the very first rain . Mr. Foytlin was more shocked by the abject lack of responsibility taken by elected officials than the fact that the $9 million dollar renovation had to some extent been a failure . That was the breaking point and Mr. Foytlin had had enough so he decided to give , citizen journalism a go and created the Ridgewood blog in March of 2006. [12]

The birth of PJ Blogger .By this time Blogging its seems had become quite the rage and mainstream news anchors such as Dan Rather had questioned the validity of information from non professionals sitting around in their Pajama’s blogging.[13] Mr. Foytlin not a fan of Dan Rather or any of the mainstream media decided to blog under the name PJ Blogger as a play on words and to plant himself firmly in the camp of the new digital media.

Innovations by the Ridgewood blog to citizen journalism.

“The Fly” is a column on the Ridgewood blog the originates from the expression ,”I’d like to be a fly on the wall “ . The idea is that every citizen has both a unique perspective and experience and these two factors can be used to gather news and opinions about local issues. Originally only of handful of people in town participated but with time the Ridgewood blog can now count on 20–40 semi regular contributors. These post are both anonymous and signed and are largely opinion as well a breaking news.[14]

The Ridgewood blog brings a free market lassie fare point of view to local issues . Mr. Foytlin aka PJ Blogger has stated that for local issues there are only two kinds of people ;the ones who say spend what every you want because I will not be around to pay the bill and the second group which are more focused on the ,”be careful this is my money your spending” . The Ridgewood blog is dedicated to the interplay of there two groups.[15]

[1][12] the Ridgewood blog website http://theridgewoodblog.blogspot.com/
[2] Birth Certificate born in Valley Hospital , Ridgewood 04/09/1962
[3] Ridgewood High School Class 1980
[4] 444 East 86th street ,530 East 72nd
[5] Monica Rocha
[6] Mapquest
[7] United States 2000 Census, the village population was 24,936.
[8] http://www.americantowns.com/nj/ridgewood/organization/vi…
[9] Fahnestock & Co. now Oppenheimer & Co.
[10] http://onesmallvoice.blogspot.com/
[11] http://www.ridgewoodlibrary.org/localhistory/lh_vh_pease.htm
[13] http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110005611
[14] [15] James J Foytlin

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Ridgewood Fire Department Responds to Electrical Fire

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Fire Department personnel responded to the 300 block of Cedar Avenue for a reported electrical fire in the attic of a two-family home. Although the small fire had been extinguished prior to the arrival of fire fighters, heavy smoke filled the home’s attic area and required the use of a smoke ejector to clear it.

An adult male resident of the home complained of smoke inhalation symptoms and was evaluated by Ridgewood EMTs. It is not known whether he required ambulance transportation to a local hospital. The fire appeared to have originated in an electrical power strip and extended into a nearby wall. Property damage was minimal.

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Medevac Helicopter Touches Down at Vets Field

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Ridgewood NJ, on Wednesday around 4pm a Medevac helicopter touched down at Veterans Field in Ridgewood , to deliver a patient from the Valley Hospital to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia .

Ridgewood Police , Fire and Emergency Services were on the scene and the patient was delivered to the Medevac by a Valley Hospital Specialty Care Transport Unit .

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On this St Patrick’s Day Will We Finally Have the Strength to Cast the Snakes from Ridgewood ?

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Ridgewood NJ, Today marks Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, a cultural and religious holiday celebrated every year on 17th March in Ireland and by Irish communities around the world. The celebration marks the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death in the fifth century and represents the arrival of Christianity in the country. The Irish have observed this day as a holiday for over 1,000 years, and while the festival began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, today it has become an international celebration of Irish culture.

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Village Tree Chipper Leaks Hydraulic Fluid on Linwood Avenue

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood firefighters were called to mitigate a hydraulic fluid leak onto the street in front of 381 Linwood Avenue on Thursday morning, 03/14.  The leak emanated from a Village of Ridgewood owned tree chipper, which was stationed on the street in connection with the removal of a damaged tree.  The leaking chipper was transported away from the scene to be repaired.  Another one was brought in to finish the job off.

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Vehicle Strikes Capital One Bank building in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, The adult female driver of a 4-door Honda Accord was injured during a crash in which her vehicle struck the Capital One Bank building and three (3) parked vehicles located at 10 Godwin Avenue, Ridgewood early Thursday afternoon, 03/07. Ridgewood Police, Ridgewood Fire, and Ridgewood EMS responded to the incident along with a paramedic team from The Valley Hospital. The Honda was removed from the scene by a tow truck. There was no significant structural damage to the building. Damage to the three (3) parked vehicles did not prevent any of them from being driven away on their own power. The injured driver refused transport to a local hospital.