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Gold Star Mother’s Day Commemoration Tonight 7:00 p.m. at Van Neste Park in Ridgewood

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Ridgewod NJ, Eighth annual Gold Star Mother’s Day commemoration sponsored by the Ridgewood Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee to be held on Sunday, September 30, 2018, and starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. at Van Neste Park, Ridgewood, NJ, as our Nation honors our Gold Star Mothers and families.

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Gold Star Mother’s Day Ceremony ,September 30th

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Ridgewood NJ, On Sunday, September 30, 2018 our Nation honors our Gold Star Mothers and families. The Presidential Proclamation in 2011 commemorating this day pronounces, “As members of a grateful Nation, we owe a debt we can never repay, but hold this sacred obligation forever in our hearts, minds, and actions. We honor their sacrifice, and stand with our service members, military families, and Gold Star families as they have stood for us.” The American Legion Post 53 and Ridgewood NJ’s Blue Star Families are committed to bringing awareness to our community and to commemorate the sacrifices these mothers and their families have made for our Country.

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September 24, 2017 our Nation and Ridgewood Honors our Gold Star Mothers and Families

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September 7, 2017

the staff of  the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, On Sunday, September 24, 2017 our Nation honors our Gold Star Mothers and families.  The Presidential Proclamation in 2011 commemorating this day pronounces, “As members of a grateful Nation, we owe a debt we can never repay, but hold this sacred obligation forever in our hearts, minds, and actions. We honor their sacrifice, and stand with our service members, military families, and Gold Star families as they have stood for us.”  The American Legion Post 53 and Ridgewood NJ’s Blue Star Families are committed to bringing awareness to our community and to commemorate the sacrifices these mothers and their families have made for our Country.

In the aftermath of World War I, Washington D.C. resident Grace Darling Seibold formed an organization called Gold Star Mothers to support the moms who had lost sons and daughters to the war. Grace’s son, First Lieutenant George Vaughn Seibold, was an aviator killed in combat over France in 1918. In 1928, the small D.C.-based group decided to nationalize its efforts. In 1936, a joint congressional resolution established the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day. The Gold Star Mothers grew from a support group of 60 women to today’s extensive nationwide network with tens of thousands of members and hundreds of local chapters.

In Ridgewood, NJ the Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee will sponsor our seventh annual event commemorating Gold Star Mother’s Day on Sunday, September 24th, at Van Neste Park. There will be a short ceremony starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. and hundreds of luminaries will be lit to honor Gold Star Mothers and their families. But in addition, our goal is to see thousands of other luminaries lit throughout Ridgewood and other towns on September 24th to honor the Gold Star Mothers and families!

Luminaries will be available for a donation before the ceremony at the following location:

Residence of Bob Paoli, Commander American Legion Post #53,

at 368 N. Pleasant Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.  07450

Call 201-445-1738 to arrange time to pickup

Everyone also can stand with us in honoring the Gold Star Mothers and families by helping to raise awareness through:

talking to your family, friends, and neighbors about the event;

joining us at Van Neste Park; and,supporting this event with a donation (please make checks payable to the American Legion Post #53, write “Gold Star event” on the memo line, and send it to the American Legion Post #53, P.O. Box 1525, Ridgewood, NJ 07450).

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Ridgewood Guild sponsors ‘Moonstruck” 8pm tonight Van Neste Park

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August 9,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, yes it’s FREE ,tonight , Wednesday 8/9 around 8:00pm at Van Neste Park , the Ridgewood Guild sponsors ‘Moonstruck” – Join us and enjoy this romantic comedy founded on emotional abandon and poignant truth. Not content with one romance, it involves five or six, depending on how you count, and conceding that some characters are involved in more than one. Play our trivia game and win prizes!

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The Winner of the Ridgewood “Daffy Dog Parade”

The Winner of the Ridgewood  "Daffy Dog Parade"

photo by Boyd Loving

April 24,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Conclusion and awards ceremony of the “Daffy Dog Parade” at the Daffodil Festival And Earth Day Celebration at Van Neste Park.

 

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Readers debate future of Ridgewood

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First of all, it’s not your town, and if you think Van Neste is an oasis of calm, you’re living in a time warp. Ridgewood has become a small city and don’t even think about blaming past councils, boards or the chamber. The residents of the village have collectively allowed this to happen as its median set of values is now drastically different than it was 30 years ago.

“median set of values” what is that? Translate: Do you mean, crowded , noisey, Hobokeny, Times Square, For me , I have lived here about 40 years, it still has that oh so wonderful small village feel and charm quality, and listen when I sit my old ass in Van Neste which I do often, it is quiet, an oasis of peace and charm coupled with natural beauty, trees, plants, grass and past citizen nostalgia (bricks, monuments) amidst the hustle and bustle of the downtown. Let’s keep the downtown no more developed than what it is. It is a really small space, so villagey and quaint. Don’t stuff it.

This is what I experience at Van Neste Park. Peace, calm , tranquility, beauty. I want to keep it that way.

And when I say it is MY TOWN, I am speaking POETICALLY, Of course it is OUR TOWN. I am trying to express my love and appreciation for what Ridgewood has and what I want to preserve. I am sorry you don’t understand. Take literature 101.

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Reader says You would think that simply cleaning Van Neste park would be a step in the right direction

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Was walking around VN a couple weeks ago, and by that bench at the SE corner of the park there were no less than three empty fifths of Majorska, empty cigarette packs, and a couple broken beer bottles. Whoever made that mess had plenty of time to do it. No cops to roust them, and nobody to clean up after.

You would think that simply cleaning the park would be a step in the right direction, but instead we have $ to enrich some contractor by pulling all the bricks and pouring concrete.

But by all means, blame the teachers for your high taxes.

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Reader says the Ridgewood Garber Square fiasco and cost us 5 times the amount that the grant was for

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A grant for bike lanes under the Complete Streets program led to the Garber Square fiasco and cost us 5 times the amount that the grant was for,. Now we have another grant and we’re using it to fix Van Neste Park which everyone seems to feel is in great shape! What happened to the old adage, ” If it isn’t broke,don’t fix it” ?

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Ridgewood Mayor Aronsohn disregards “No dogs in the Park ” Ordinance

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April 28,2016

Anne Loving

Ridgewood NJ, Mayor Aronsohn After stating that my question would be answered “at the end of public comments” this evening, you then chose to ignore my question and end the meeting. Even when I attempted to remind you that I had an unanswered question, you refused to follow through on your word that questions would be answered and allow the Village Attorney to address the issue.
No problem, I answered it myself by looking at the Village Code (pasted below).  As I already knew, dogs are prohibited from most Village parks, so you as well as anyone else who had dogs at the event last Sunday were in violation.  How convenient that you chose to ignore my question rather than admit at the public meeting that you broke the law.  And for your information most, if not all, of these parks have signs stating this law.

As I indicated, I completely disagree with this ordinance and firmly believe that dogs should absolutely be allowed in all Village Parks.  It is my experience that humans create much more waste in parks than dogs do, as witnessed by the countless cigarette butts, soda cans, candy wrappers, and water bottles that are found scattered about.  In general, I think dog-owners tend to be very cautious about picking up after their pets.  Many towns even provide “poopie bag” dispensers to make clean-up extra convenient.
I would love to see this ordinance rescinded.  But until or unless that happens, dogs are prohibited in the parks listed below.  It is always good to know – and obey –  the local laws, especially when you are an elected official.

§ 212-29Dogs.

Dogs are hereby prohibited from certain parks as follows: Citizens Park, Graydon Park, Maple Park, Pleasant Park, Twinney Pond Park, Van Neste Park and Veteran’s Memorial Field.
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Gold Star Mother’s Day Sun, September 27, at Van Neste Park

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Gold Star Mother’s Day Sun, September 27, 2015 Time: 7:00 PM

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E Ridgewood Ave and Oak St

Gold Star Mother’s Day Sunday, September 27, 2015 AND
Join us at VAN NESTE PARK, Ridgewood, NJ for our 5th annual ceremony and lighting of luminaries.

Ceremony starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.You may also honor our nation’s Gold Star Mothers by placing a luminary at sundown, Sunday, September 27, 2015, at the end of your driveway and away from anything that can catch fire. Before the ceremony, luminaries will be available for a donation at the following location:
Residence of Bob Paoli, Commander, American Legion Post #53,
at 368 N. Pleasant Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. 07450
Call 201-445-1738 to arrange time to pickup