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THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA APRIL 24, 2019 7:30 P.M.

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7:30 pm – Call to Order – Mayor

  1. Statement of Compliance with Open Public Meeting Act

            Mayor: “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin           board in Village Hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission      to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and          time of this meeting.”

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Village of Ridgewood Swears In Four New Firefighters

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving

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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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Jeffrey Voigt – Mr. Code of Conduct

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Ridgewood NJ, In an ironic twist, Councilman Jeffrey Voigt reported at the April 3 Village Council meeting on the proposed “Ridgewood Community Center Rules of Conduct.”  As Council liaison to The Community Center Advisory Board, he was apparently part of the discussion in which the new Code of Conduct for the Community Center was developed.  So here you have an elected official who on several occasions (not once, but multiple times) has called a man FATSO, even following him through a bank parking lot shouting this body-shaming insult.  And he called a citizen a “douchebag” on the microphone at a Village Council meeting.  He lost his temper with The Village Manager at a public meeting,  telling her “I’m f’ing pissed,” when the Manager fulfilled a legal request by the Mayor for documents.  And there are several, in fact many, other instances in which his conduct has been anything but exemplary.  We can’t wait to see the rules that he comes up with for appropriate behavior in the Community Center, considering that his benchmark is so low. 

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Ridgewood’s Plastic Bag Ban: Feelings Over Facts

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Ridgwood NJ, Even The New York Times knows plastic bag bans only make people feel good, they don’t help anything. The Brits ran a real study and found:
“The study found that an avid shopper would have to reuse his or her cotton bag 131 timesbefore it had a smaller global warming impact than a lightweight plastic bag used only once. And, depending on the make, more durable plastic bags would have to be used at least 4 to 11 times before they made up for their heftier upfront climate costs.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/climate/plastic-paper-shopping-bags.html
And yet Village Councilman Mike Sedon spoke enthusiastically from the dais about the ban and then a new tax on bags. The facts don’t match the rhetoric or emotions behind the “ban bags” push. New taxes on Ridgewood’s’ already overtaxed residents make no sense either! 
Stop the madness at Village Hall, more taxes and more bans on this and that aren’t doing anything. Leave us alone.

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING AND PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA

VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING

MARCH 27, 2019

7:30 P.M.

1.  Call to Order – Mayor

2.  Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act

    MAYOR: “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided

           by a posting on the bulletin board in Village Hall,

           by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and time of this meeting.”

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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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Review of the Village Council Special Public Budget Meeting

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AGENDA
VILLAGE COUNCIL
SPECIAL PUBLIC BUDGET MEETING
MARCH 8, 2019
5:00 P.M.

     1.   Call to Order

  1.  Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act

MAYOR:    “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin board in Village hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and time of this meeting.”

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Village of Ridgewood Council Work Session

Village Council Meeting 1/26/2016

THE RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL’S

PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA

FEBRUARY 27, 2019

7:30 P.M.

  1. 7:30 pm – Call to Order – Mayor
  2. Statement of Compliance with Open Public Meeting Act

            Mayor: “Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by a posting on the bulletin           board in Village Hall, by mail to the Ridgewood News, The Record, and by submission      to all persons entitled to same as provided by law of a schedule including the date and          time of this meeting.”

  1. Roll Call – Village Clerk                                                                                                
  2. Flag Salute/Moment of Silence
  3. Public Comments (Not to Exceed 3 Minutes per Person – 40 Minutes in Total)    
  4. Manager’s Report
  5. Council Reports                     
  6. Discussion
  7. Ridgewood Water  
  8. Award Change Order – SCADA System Software
  9. Award Sole Source Contract – Corrosion Inhibitor
  10. Award NJPA Co-Op Contract – Purchase of Backhoe Loader – Revised                                               Resolution
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