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Ridgewood NJ, Gold Star Mother’s Day will be celebrated by the American Legion Post # 53 at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square at dusk on Sunday, September 29, 2019.  Please note this corrected date.  Join us to celebrate the courageous mothers of those who protect us by volunteering to serve in our military.

Gold Star Mothers Day, will be celebrated at Van Neste Park Ridgewood and will be commemorated with the placing and display of luminaries in Van Neste Park beginning at 7 p.m. The event is open to all to attend.

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Looks like Mayor Hache’s rush to be politically correct and garner favors with the pride community is going to backfire big time now

photo by Boyd Loving

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Ridgewood NJ, Did anyone listen to the Council meeting the other night?  In between the discussions about Schedler and the parking garage, there was an interesting few minutes about the new flagpole in Van Neste. For those of you who have not been paying attention, that pole was erected on the North-West corner of the park in a big fat hurry in May, in order to get a PRIDE flag flying in time for June.  The pole was funded by “private” donation from the owner of Park West, Frank DelVecchio, JOLT, Vagianos, the owner of Pearl, and Siobhan Winograd.  Some on the Council seemingly did not even know about it until it was installed.  But Mayor Hache sure did know.  Although it was installed because of the impending Pride month, the flagpole was a gift to the Village and no group or entity has ownership of it.  Well, the pride flag went up in a very nice ceremony, and it flew there for the month of June, and now the Council has been tasked with figuring out what the heck to do about regulating other flags.  Attorney Matt Rogers floated a long list of factors-questions-concerns to consider including, but not limited to:

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Van Neste Square Litter Mess

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood parks continue to be the source of concern . The Ridgewood blog has previously reported on the lack of basic maintenance and yesterday Van Neste square was strewn with filth . While maintenance has been sorely lacking , this seems to be more of a case of residents or visitors not putting trash in receptacles and not cleaning up after themselves .

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Dangerous dead trees in Van Neste Park

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Ridgewood NJ, there are three or four trees in dangerous condition on the Dayton Street side on Van Neste Square park . The trees have fallen victim to the The emerald ash borer beetle . The emerald ash borer is a green buprestid or jewel beetle native to north-eastern Asia that feeds on ash species. Females lay eggs in bark crevices on ash trees, and larvae feed underneath the bark of ash trees to emerge as adults in one to two years. In its native range, it is typically found at low densities and does not cause significant damage to trees native to the area. Outside its native range, it is an invasive species and is highly destructive to ash trees native to northwest Europe and North America. Prior to being found in North America, very little was known about emerald ash borer in its native range; this has resulted in much of the research on its biology being focused in North America. Local governments in North America are attempting to control it by monitoring its spread, diversifying tree species, insecticides, and biological control.

The trees may present a danger  with fourth of July just around the corner  and the large crowds that the Ridgewood Parade attracts .

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Ridgewood Daffodil Festival And Earth Day Fair-Sunday, April 14,2019 11am-2pm

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Ridgewood NJ, Discover our parks.. play, live and learn.

Daffodil Festival and Earth Day Fair Sunday, April 14,2019, 11am-2pm

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ

Celebrate with us at this annual special event, learn of our local parklands and enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, educational displays, children’s activities, musical entertainment and the Daffy Dog Parade

For further information regarding sponsorship participation please contact Nancy Bigos at or 201-670-5560.

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Last Chance to See Santa in the Park

photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

Sat, December 01, 2018 – Sat, December 22, 2018Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E. Ridgewood Ave and Oak Street

Every Saturday come and see Santa in his little house in the park.

Dec., 22 12N-3pm
Weather permitting
Ben & Jerry’s serving hot chocolate.

Please call for more details 201-445-2600.

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Ridgewood Guild’s Winter Festival “VIP Passes” ?

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Ridgewood NJ, It has come to the attention of The Blog that those who run the “Ridgewood Walks” consider themselves to be more important than the average citizen. At the Ridgewood Guild’s Winter Festival in Van Neste Square on Saturday, Ms. Jeanne Johnson brought her group to the front of the long line for the horse and carriage rides. Little children, babies in strollers, parents, grandparents, everyone waiting in line for the horse rides had to move back so Ms. Johnson, who proclaimed herself to be a V.I.P., could get her group onto the ride without waiting. How sad that at a family event, intended to create good will, camaraderie, and happy memories, someone with an outsized ego had to teach the children in line that everyone is equal, but some people are more equal than others.

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Paint out in Downtown Ridgewood September 10th

Village of Ridgewood : Van Neste Memorial Park "Revival" project

file photo by Boyd Loving
Sun, September 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E Ridgewood Ave and Oak St

Ridgewood NJ, Paint Out in Downtown Ridgewood September 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Call to Artists, Members and Friends of The Ridgewood Art Institute!
Save this Date: September 10, 2017

Please join us to Paint Out in Downtown Ridgewood during The Ridgewood Guild’s Music Festival
• Register in the RAI tent located in the park from 12 to 1
• Paint from 1 to 3:30 (please note that the Music Festival
will take place in the park from 1 to 6)
• Join us along Ridgewood Ave. near the park to display and sell
(if desired) your plein air paintings from 4-6.
• Artists should bring their own easels and paint supplies*
• There is no registration fee – but donations will be appreciated!
Painting subjects will range from
musicians – to the crowd -to downtown scenes.
A great opportunity to share the day with family and friends too!
*Watch for more news to come about related RAI plein air
demos and instruction.