Dr. Chris Taylor, Chair of Dept of Religious Studies, Drew University, Madison, NJ will lead a discussion on Islam, Thursday, February 15th at 7:30pm, Anderson Hall, Unitarian Society, 113 Cottage Pl., Ridgewood. Free and Open to the Public. Co-sponsored by the Community Relations Advisory Board of Glen Rock and Ridgewood.
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Saturday, February 3rd – 6 to 9:30pm
SUPERBOWL EVE CHILI COOKOFF AND TAILGATE PARTY Join Ridgewood Parks and Recreation on Saturday, February 3rd, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., in the Community Center Youth Lounge for a Superbowl Eve Pre Game Party. Chili, Hot Dog Cart and other refreshments courtesy of Best of Everything, Broad Street Smokehouse Grill, The Daily Treat, The Office, The Silver Spoon, and Wilkes Delicatessen. NFL Highlights of the most amazing Super Bowl happenings will run on the big screen. A fun filled evening for friends and families of ALL AGES. $ 5.00 per individual or $ 10.00 per family. Questions:201/670-5560
A petroleum giant has agreed to pay a $1.2 million fine for ignoring state orders to clean up pollution from leaking underground fuel tanks at a Ridgewood service station, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson announced today.
“Of the total penalty, $500,000 recoups the economic benefit that Shell/Motiva reaped by evading DEP cleanup orders. Even though the station eventually came into compliance, this settlement sends a clear message to other polluters – if you delay, you will still pay,” Commissioner Jackson said.
The settlement stems from three distinct gasoline leaks from underground storage tanks at the Shell service station at Route 17 and Franklin Turnpike in the village of Ridgewood, Bergen County.
Shell Oil Co. owned the station from 1985 until 1998, when Houston-based Motiva Enterprises LLC, a joint venture of Shell and Saudi Refining Inc., assumed ownership.
Ridgewood first detected gasoline in its water in June 1987, and shut down two municipal wells adjacent to the Shell station. DEP traced the contamination to the station.
Shell installed pump-and-treat and vapor extraction systems to deal with on-site contamination. Ridgewood installed an off-site treatment system and placed the wells back into service.
In February 1995, Shell notified DEP of another discharge of 1,700 gallons of gasoline. Shell upgraded its on-site treatment systems.
The following year, DEP issued a Spill Act directive, ordering the company to remove the discharge and provide enhanced treatment for the municipal water supply.
The company failed to comply; DEP issued a Notice of Violation against Shell on May 30, 1997.
In June 1998, Shell informed DEP of a third discharge of approximately 1,000 gallons. This time, the company shut down the pump-and-treat system, arguing it was not designed to handle the contamination.
Between May 1997 and August 2000, DEP attempted to guide Shell and Motiva into compliance but department directives were not followed. On Aug. 30, 2000, DEP issued fine notices totaling $1.6 million.
After this, the company upgraded the on-site treatment systems to meet DEP requirements. It also delineated the vertical and horizontal extent of the contamination plume as the department required.
As an additional condition of the recent settlement, Shell and Motiva have agreed to complete the remediation.
The Village of Ridgewood Composting Facility has available for residents free seasoned woodchips. The woodchips are “double ground” through our tub grinders, resulting in a well graded blend of small woodchips and finer materials. The woodchips are available for pick up from the composting facility, Lakeview Drive, between the hours of 9AM and 2PM, Monday through Friday. Delivery of the woodchips by the Village can also be arranged by contacting our Streets Dept at 201/670-5585. Woodchips are offered to residents as a service from our composting facility, and are limited to available supply. Woodchips are offered on a first come, first served basis to residential property owners only.
The Ridgewood Police Department is seeking individuals who are interested in serving as crossing guards at various locations in the Village. For further information and applications please contact the Police Department at 201/670-5500 x404. The hourly rate is $15.65.
Special Meeting – Planning Bd – Valley Hospital Renewal Monday, January 29 at 7:30pm in the Court Room at Village Hall, 131 North Maple Ave, there will be a Hearing at the Special Meeting of the Planning Board on the “Valley Hospital Renewal”. This meeting is open to the public. Space available is determined by the occupancy limits established by the Fire Dept. Audio CD’s of the Hearing will be available from the Secretary to the Planning Board for $10.
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Today, the House of Representatives is considering legislation to deny Congressional pensions to Members of Congress who have been convicted of certain felonies. It seems almost too logical that this should be the law, and almost incomprehensible that it isn’t already law.
Members of Congress are public servants and abusing the public trust by committing a felony should disqualify Members from the pensions they have otherwise earned in office. I consider it a great honor and privilege to hold this office for the people of the Fifth District and I have been pleased to support efforts to enact legislation to deny Congressional pensions to those who violate that sacred public trust.
In fact, I voted in support of the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act (H.R. 4975) last May, which stripped Members of their pensions if they were convicted of certain felonies, such as bribery or conspiracy to defraud the United State s, related to their public office. I am also a cosponsor of the Congressional Integrity and Pension Forfeiture Act (H.R. 14), which would establish a list of 21 different felonies for which a Member’s conviction would result in a lost pension.
And, of course, I am pleased to support the bill before the House today, though I would have preferred that the broader legislation that I am cosponsoring, H.R. 14, be brought before the House for a vote in its place. There is simply no excuse for a violation of the public trust and the legislation that the Congress enacts should be as tough and expansive as possible.
Member of Congress
Contacting Rep. Garrett
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