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9/11 Remembrance

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2006 at 6:10 pm


9/11 Remembrance

The Village Council invites you to attend a Remembrance Ceremony on the Plaza at Village Hall on Monday, September 11th at 8pm. There will be a short ceremony to remember those who were lost five years ago in the World Trade Center attack. We will light a candle and unveil a memorial marker in their memory.

We encourage residents to go to the 9/11 Memorial Rock in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square to pay their respects. The Ridgewood Public Library will exhibit “Portraits” of each resident lost in the WTC attack, in the Belcher Auditorium for the month of September.

Please join the Village Council on September 11th in remembering our friends and neighbors

BOE Spins Failure

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2006 at 4:42 pm

So here’s what Jumpin’ Jane Reilly wrote about Ridgewood High School being placed on the NCLB Early Warning List (as posted last night on the official Ridgewood BOE web site):

District Passes All 40 of 40 NCLB Criteria for ’05-06 The Ridgewood School District met or exceeded the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) on 40 of 40 criteria established by the federal legislation No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The outcome is based on the results of New Jersey state tests administered during the 2005-2006 school year. Under NCLB, all students in grades 3-8 and in one grade in high school must be tested once a year in reading and mathematics. All students are expected to score at the “proficient” level or above on state-administered tests by 2014. Until then, students are expected to meet increasing benchmarks in proficiency. Subgroups of students, including low-income, black, Hispanic, special education students and English language learners, also must meet the same AYP standards on the same set of tests. If they do not, the entire school is deemed to have failed. Because the 11th grade special education students did not meet AYP in the 2004-2005 language arts test, Ridgewood High School was given an early warning status. RHS needs two consecutive years of meeting all criteria to be removed from the early warning list.

Wow! Great spin Jane! Unfortunately, most taxpayers can easily discern the difference between propaganda and factual information. Nice try, but we’re not buying the bridge this time.

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Selling Covered Calls… Turning your Portfolio into a Cash Machine

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2006 at 1:30 pm


The covered call strategy is straightforward. Monthly cash income is generated by selling call options on stock that you own. When selling a call option you contract the delivery of stock owned at a price (strike price) for a specific amount of time (option month). In other words, the buyer has the right to buy your stock (at the strike price), and you are paid a premium (price paid for the purchase right). This investment strategy works best in a rising market or flat market. Why? It helps to maximize the yield (premium) of the held stock. What’s safe about options investing is that the strategy works well in a declining market, too. How? Use it to minimize losses by offsetting your stock’s devaluation with premium income. If you plan to hold the stock you buy or own for a long period of time, then writing covered calls (selling call options on owned stock) can greatly enhance the yield performance of your stock portfolio.

Call options can be written every month on the stocks you own. This is because the highest premiums are realized over single-month periods, rather than two or more months out in time. The stocks you choose to hold or buy should be stocks you plan to own for a long period of time. They should be steady growth stocks that have done well over the long term and can be prudently held even if a market decline occurs.

To keep commissions down, it’s best to write calls in contracts (lots) of five to ten. Since each contract is for 100 shares, plan to hold 500 to 1000 shares of each stock.

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Highlights: Village Council Special Public Meeting, Joint Session with Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Commissi

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2006 at 2:08 am

The recently defeated “no downtown financial institutions” ordinance will reappear in revised form and expanded to encompass “limited downtown non-retail use.” That is, the Village Council will seek to discourage any use downtown except traditional retail.

Street lighting in the central business district will soon be upgraded through a phased plan. Plans call for replacement of all light poles, globes, and bulbs. The Historic Preservation Commission has asked that poles in a two block area surrounding the train station not be replaced. Duh? Isn’t that where street lighting is needed the most due to higher pedestrian traffic headed to and from the station?

Future commercial development in the Route 17 corridor will be encouraged. It is believed that although this area is now zoned residential, there is minimal interest in building residences right on the highway.

It was suggested that a comprehensive plan be developed to change permitted land uses along Franklin Avenue between Maple Avenue and North Broad Street. This would be done to promote more pedestrian traffic along the street.

It was agreed that steps need to be taken to control the unlawful sprawl of sidewalk cafes in the central business district. Cited were seats placed in excess of permitted numbers, the unlawful placement of furniture, and non-permitted signage.

There was much discussion regarding the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s routine granting of variances permitting residence sizes in excess of ordinance limits. Village Council members were clearly upset by this trend.

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In Uncategorized on August 28, 2006 at 1:43 am

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Damn the public! Full speed ahead!

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2006 at 12:35 am

Opportunity for formal public comment was not included as an agenda item for
any of the following meetings (all open to the public, all agendas posted on
official web sites):

Village Council Special Public Meeting, August 16, 6:00 p.m. Joint Meeting – Village Council, Planning, Zoning, Historic Preservation
Boards, August 28, 7:00 p.m.

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Ridgewood Board of Education Special Public Meeting, August 28, 7:30 p.m.

Perhaps our elected Village Council and Board of Education members feel as
though they’ve heard enough from the public thus far in 2006?

After all, we just pay the bills; no need to get our opinion regarding
significant issues. Duh?

Do We Have to do everything….Readers Recomend New Superintendent…

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2006 at 5:58 pm

Taken from the BOE website (http://www.web2.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/www/edcenter/bdmeetings/bdagendas/aug28.html)

Changes of Assignment

ARILOTTA, Paul – from Principal, Travell School, to Interim Superintendent of Schools, effective September 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007

Dr. Arilotta’s background is as follows:
·NJDOE Standard Certificate, School Administrator
·BA in Sociology from St John’s University
·MA in Physical Education from Columbia University
·MS in Guidance and Counseling from St. John’s University ·Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Practices from Columbia University ·Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Columbia University ·1995-present – Principal, Travell School ·1990-95 – Director of Human Resources, Ridgewood Public Schools ·1987-90 – Superintendent, Hasbrouck Heights School District ·1982-87 – Deputy Assistant Superintendent Manhattan Region ·1971-82 – Various positions for the New York City Board of Education (classroom teacher, guidance counselor, Assistant Project Director, Evaluation and Placement Unit, Supervisor, Assistant Administrative Director)

“I have heard nothing but good things about Dr. Arilotta from parents whose children have attended Travell. Looking at his background, I wonder why the district needs to search for a new Superintendent when it seems like we have a qualified candidate already working for the district. Also I must say he appears to be a lot more open and more of a people person than Dr. Porter was.”

Residents Speak Out on Academic Slide

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2006 at 1:38 am

James Rose said…
nothing like getting your 80 million dollars worth…

Anonymous said…
It’s nice to see that now Paterson, Passaic, Garfield, Clifton, Newark, and Ridgewood now have something in common.

Anonymous said…
I think this is a scandle and should be investigated by the memebers of the BOE ,oh thats right they are part of the problem ….

Anonymous said…
And to think the new principle comes to us from a “in need of improvement” school. I guess this was what Dr. Porter ment when he said “He has the experience and expertise that RHS needs right now.”Welcome to Ridgewood High, a tradition of mediocrity.

Anonymous said…
perhaps a little less sports and a lot more of the 3R’s

9:13 AM
Whitefang said…
yea we know new jersey is just not suportive of education ….

9:32 AM
Anonymous said…
Yet another piece of bad news that Jumpin’ Jane Reilly neglected to post on the BOE’s offical web site. Thank goodness for the Ridgewood Blog!

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3:36 PM
Anonymous said…
The entire concept of the U.S Congress setting guidelines for local Boards of Education is insane. Oh sure it is easy to look at some other agency and say “you must be able to meet these (No Child Left Behind)Standards. Isn’t it funny when you think about this Directive, which is comming from elected officials who can’t manage a budget and Don’t spend what money they have wisely (Bridge to nowhere in Alaska for example)that they don’t offer funds to meet this elitest goal that they set? The Federal, State and County Governments should have NOTHING to do with local education. The community should set the goals for the local education within some very general guidelines established by all of the above mentioned govermental agencies.Just my humble opinion…..ajfire@hotmail.com

6:03 PM
Anonymous said…
“The Federal, State and County Governments should have NOTHING to do with local education.” – ajfireDoes this mean they should not help pay for the local education? I for one am all for eliminating the federal Dept. of Education; however, since we receive funds from the feds and the state, we need to abide by the regulations they set forth. We can’t ask for the money and then complain when they set benchmarks that we don’t attain.

6:33 PM
Anonymous said…
I THINK SOME OF THE PEOPLE WRITING IN SHOULD CHECK THEIR SPELLING…SCANDLE? OR SCANDAL(CORRECT)…PRINCIPLE? OR PRINCIPAL(CORRECT)…SUPORTIVE? OR SUPPORTIVE(CORRECT). MAYBE SOME PEOPLE NEED TO GO TO ADULT EDUCATION. OR MAYBE YOU SHOULD HOLD UP YOUR RIDGEWOOD HIGH DIPLOMA A LITTLE HIGHER AS YOU TYPE.

7:05 PM
Dan the Man said…
Well it’s been a rough week first they told us swimming at Greydon was making our kids lick the windows then we find out our school are making our kids window lickers and now we are told to check our spelling because we sound like window lickers, my theory being it must be true otherwise we wouldn’t be putting up with failing schools and a failing state …in a town you need row boats to get out of village hall in the rain …

7:36 PM
Dan the Man said…
By the way anonymous spell checker try using proper grammar next time, apparently you must have graduated Ridgewood Hi or is it High or is it Hy no defiantly very HIGH as well

7:43 PM
Rufus T Firefly said…
unlike the BOE I am sure the Blog could not afford to lay out $30,000 a years for someone to spell check all the posts

7:45 PM
Anonymous said…
To the Anonymous individual who asked me(ajfire@hotmail.com) “Does this mean they should not help pay for the local education? I for one am all for eliminating the federal Dept. of Education; however, since we receive funds from the feds and the state, we need to abide by the regulations they set forth. We can’t ask for the money and then complain when they set benchmarks that we don’t attain.”I respectfully submit to you that the money we receive from the County, State and Federal Governments comes from where…..the taxpayer which is you and I. How is that possible? This is done through sales tax (State Government) and Income taxes (Federal and State Governments). They are “giving back” our money…. and if you consider the administration costs associated with the various government agencies to process this “give back” we get back about 55 cents on the dollar. Not exactly a good deal….ajfire@hotmail.com

8:26 PM
Objects in the rear view mirror are behind you said…
How about we privatize the school district? I think it would solve a lot of problems. No more “No Child Left Behind”, no more “We have lost home rule”, no more NJEA union contracts, lower property taxes. No more failed public education system. Sounds like a winner to me.

9:08 PM
Anonymous said…
Check here for complete details of Bergen County schools on “hit” list:http://www.northjersey.com/education/nochildleftbehind/schools_ayp_082206.htm#bergencht
9:58 PM
Anonymous said…
“The Federal, State and County Governments should have NOTHING to do with local education.”So I guess Ridgewood will be left to pay for what the Federal, State will no longer pay for. In my oppinion its better that we have standards. Otherwise how else would be know that our schools are failing. Its not like the BOE would tell us if they were. It doesnt matter if we disagree with the NCLB, we have to obey it. Why is it always Ridgewood that cant seem to comply with Federal standards, while other towns have no trouble.

7:57 PM
Anonymous said…
You can’t be serious. Using your logic as long as the State and Federal Government tax us and then give us our money back they can tell us what standards we should live by and how we should live our lives. If you truly belive that that is sad….ajfire@hotmail.com

9:35 PM
Nearly one-quarter of New Jersey’s public and charter schools are “in need of improvement” after failing to meet federal targets on reading and math tests this past spring, state Education Department officials said Tuesday. Ridgewood High is one of 35 schools in Bergen County that was given “early warning” status, meaning it will be placed on the “improvement” list if it fails to measure up next year.24 percent of New Jersey schools are “in need of improvement” under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, up from 23 percent last year. The label is based on statewide math and reading test scores. Students in Grades 3-8 and 11 are tested every year. Test results are analyzed by subgroup, based on students’ race, economic status and whether test takers are English-language learners or receive special education services. Traditionally, many schools have fallen short when a single subgroup missed the target.A school’s target passing rates depend on the subject and grade level. In reading, it’s 75 percent of elementary students, 66 percent in middle school and 79 percent in high school. In math, the passing rate is 62 percent of elementary students, 49 percent in middle school and 64 percent in high school. The target rates increase every few years.The law, which is up for reauthorization by Congress next year, states that 100 percent of students must pass the tests by 2014. That goal is controversial, with some educators arguing it is unrealistic for special-needs students or students who have not mastered English
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Smoke & Mirrors Budgeting?

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2006 at 1:20 pm

Fact: On March 1, 2006, the Bergen County Board of Taxation officially notified Village officials of the need to perform a complete tax revaluation.

Fact: On April 19, 2006, Ridgewood’s 2006 Municipal Budget was publicly introduced. Professional services fees associated with the aforementioned mandated tax revaluation were not included in the budget.

Fact: The 2006 Ridgewood Municipal Election was held on Tuesday, May 9. Incumbents David T. Pfund and Patrick A. Mancuso were reelected to office.

Fact: On August 9, 2006, Council members voted unanimously to introduce Ordinance # 3018, a “Special Emergency Appropriation” in the amount of $580,000, for “the preparation and execution of a complete program of revaluation of real property in the Village of Ridgewood.”
Yes; that’s right – $580K. The public hearing for this ordinance is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

Question: If Mayor Pfund and Village Council members knew about the required tax revaluation on March 1, 2006, which they did, why weren’t estimated expenses for engaging a revaluation firm included in the 2006 Municipal Budget?

Search Process For New Schools Superintendent

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2006 at 8:32 pm

The Ridgewood BOE intends to spend the entire 2006-2007 school year conducting a nationwide search for a new Schools Superintendent. At their August 21 public meeting, BOE members agreed to engage the services of an as yet to be named personnel search consultant. It was revealed that search consultant fees would probably exceed $20K, not including newspaper advertising expenses.

Questions: 1) How does the BOE know ahead of time that it’s going to take a full year to find someone? 2) Is there any documented correlation between the duration of a personnel search and the quality of the chosen candidate; i.e., if they search for a year, does that mean we get the best possible superintendent? 3) Also, isn’t there anyone in house who could handle the job? 4) Why shell out $20K+ in consultant’s fees, search over hill and dale, and pay relocation expenses if an excellent candidate is right under your nose?

The Ridgewood Public Schools System is a $76 million business. No private corporation in their right mind would allow a CEO position to remain vacant for a full year. Why in the world are Mr. Bombace and his merry crew dragging this search process out?