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House Overwhelmingly Passes Garrett Amendment Protecting Small Business

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2007 at 7:10 pm

House Overwhelmingly Passes Garrett Amendment Protecting Small Business
Garrett Amendment is a “Key Vote” for U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Scott Garrett’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Financial Services Appropriations Act, helping small businesses grow and American financial markets thrive, by a strong bipartisan vote of 267- 154.

“Small business is the backbone of our economy and it deserves our help,” said Garrett. “The excessive auditing and reporting requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley law are breaking the backs of public companies and American financial markets and they will surely crush small businesses altogether. Today, the House said with a strong voice that small business is important to our economy and we will protect them from overly-burdensome regulations that keep them from prospering.”

Garrett’s amendment was supported by the American Banking Association, Independent Community Bankers Association, National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which deemed a vote in favor of the Garrett amendment a “key vote” for American small business.

Garrett has also introduced a bill, the Small Business SOX Compliance Extension Act (H.R. 2727), to extend the current small business exemption under Section 404(a) of Sarbanes-Oxley a full year.

July 4th Information

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2007 at 3:45 pm


For information on Ridgewood’s July 4th Parade (starts at 10am) and Fireworks (Vet’s Field opens at 6:30pm – fireworks at dark) call 201/602-1922.

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What’s in a name? Village Council slams Graydon Pool Improvement Committee

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2007 at 11:56 am

Following a presentation last night from a member of the “Ridgewood Clear Water Project,” Village Council members made it quite clear (no pun intended) they were furious that the Graydon Pool Improvement Committee had changed their name. Councilwoman Kim Ringler-Shagin and Councilman Jacques Harlow were the most vocal of the group.

Ms. Shagin suggested that the name “Ridgewood Clear Water Project” might confuse taxpayers into erroneously believing the committee was working to improve the quality of drinking water in the Village, or making a connection with the sloop Clearwater. Mr. Harlow shouted at the project’s representative that he had “did not approve” of any name change and the quality of water at Graydon was fine.

Before the shouting started, the project representative advised Council members of plans to conduct focus groups for information gathering purposes, and a planned fund raising activity to support any need for professional help. The project team strongly believes that water quality is the chief complaint of Graydon’s users. Kudos were offered to several Village employees, most notably Tim Cronin and Nancy Bigos, for supporting the committee’s work thus far.

Mayor David T. Pfund concluded the Council’s publicly delivered reprimand by suggesting the project team go back and “think about another name change.”

In other non-routine Council business, it was revealed that fifty (50) truckloads of wood chips were removed from the Crest Road overlook recently. The material had been deposited there in November and had been the subject of many complaints from residents living on lower Hillcrest Road. The material was reported to have been 6 feet deep in spots. Yes; 50 truckloads.

Also, Village Manager James M. Ten Hoeve reported receiving a letter from the Ridgewood Post Office stating that a representative was willing to meet with Village officials to discuss complaint about reductions in window service hours. All Council members volunteered to participate in the discussion.

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BOE Resolution Appointing Regina Lemerich Botsford Interim Superintendent

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2007 at 12:15 pm

WHEREAS the Ridgewood Village Board of Education (“Board”) has the statutory duty to employ a Superintendent of Schools; and

WHEREAS Dr. Arilotta’s term as Interim Superintendent of Schools will expire at the close of business on June 30, 2007; and

WHEREAS the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Mrs. Regina Lemerich Botsford (“Mrs. Botsford”) has agreed to assume the duties of Interim Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2007, while resuming her duties as Assistant Superintendent of Schools; and

WHEREAS the Board is cognizant of its notice obligations pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:11-11 concerning appointments of Interim Superintendents of Schools; and

WHEREAS the Board will hold the public hearing on this matter at its meeting scheduled for June 28, 2007;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS:

1. The Board hereby appoints Mrs. Botsford as its Interim Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2007, until such time as her services as Interim Superintendent of Schools are no longer needed.

2. The Board hereby agrees to pay Mrs. Botsford one hundred eighty-five thousand ($185,000) dollars while she is serving as Interim Superintendent of Schools and Assistant Superintendent of Schools.

3. The Board hereby directs the Human Resources Director or his designee to inform the County Superintendent of Schools of this action, particularly as it relates to N.J.S.A. 18A:11-11.

4. The Board will conduct the public hearing pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:11-11 at its public meeting of June 28, 2007.

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Look at the Test Scores

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2007 at 10:22 pm

From the vormath site:

Look at the test scores.

In 2000, Travell was ranked 81st in the state for 4th graders.
In 2006, Travell was ranked (dropped) to 277.

In 2000, Orchard was ranked 47th in the state for 4th grader.
In 2006, Orchard was ranked 174.

Rankings were based upon the aggregate (total) of the advanced, proficient, and partial proficient NJAsk math scores for 4th graders. (Visit psk12.com to see scores from 2000 to now).

Concerned Residents Clear the Air on Valley

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2007 at 10:14 pm

As a member of the Concerned Residents of Ridgewood who has been quoted in the Newspapers a number of times I can accurately say that the group has had no contact with Hackensack Medical Center. All the anti-expansion issues have been raised by Ridgewood residents. We believe that Valley should modernize, but do not want it to degrade the Village in the process!

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Reader claims ,"Birthing babies is the MOST profitable aspect of Valley Hospital"

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2007 at 10:06 pm

A Valley insider had this to say:

Birthing babies is the MOST profitable aspect of Valley Hospital. They are losing potential mommies to hospitals with more SINGLE rooms. Now, every new mother to be wants a single room and she is willing to pay the extra $s for it. Valley wants to be able to provide that single room to every pregnant patient that wants one. Ka ching!

For this, they need to set aside an entire new wing, also moving diagnostic and pediatrics with it.

It is definitely about competition, but it’s competition over getting the profitable patients not in getting the most high tech equipment and personnel to handle the more expensive illnesses. Manhattan, after all, is not that far away.

Is it possible for valley to get what it wants without changing the building code?

We don’t really know, do we? They have not been made to provide other scenarios as yet (forget the DVD, that’s their opening gambit). They have not been made to provide an EIS (Environment Impact Statement). That should be necessary given that they are requesting a CHANGE in the town’s code. The EIS will provide much needed independent information to residents and planning members about noise, pollution, traffic, growth, pedestrian safety, effectiveness of proposed abatements, etc.

“Not-for-profit” and “competition” are an ungainly fit. So should the residents nearby (and the Village’s character) bear the brunt of this problem that Valley faces?

The planning board needs to ask the right questions. These will not be the questions Valley wants to be asked.

Let’s hope they are up to the task.

Reader writes isnt this just a Turf War between Valley and Hackensack Hospitals

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Let’s think about the real issue here.

This is a business plan. A good old turf war. The two players are Valley and Hackensack. Bottom line is Hackensack has been pulling top physicians in for years, Pascack is kaput and Valley is trying to play catch up. It almost seems that Valley wants to grow up to be a “University Medical Center” and not the “community” hospital that it states it wants to be. The previous blogger said it perfectly, “whose community are they trying to serve?”

I have read a number of blog entries from various web sites and some of you have nailed the aftermath issues dead on. One being that with all the new additions and clinics being proposed based on the zoning changes what’s or who’s to stop the zoning board approval for future home offices all around the hospital.

I would have had no idea what this blogger was referencing but coincidentally a week before I read this, I had taken the bus back from Manhattan. This particular route took a circuitous route through Hackensack and I did notice something peculiar. Clinics and Dr offices lined up all of the streets for countless blocks. At the time I remember thinking wow I can’t believe all of these homes were converted like this. Now I get it.

This not about a $750,000,000 dollar expansion for an increase of 3 beds. Though I could be wrong but I do have three beds for sale and I will be willing to let them go for a mere $249,999,999 a piece. I will even throw in two more beds and a complete home but come quickly because at this rate they’ll sell pretty fast.

Bottom line is, if my family or I get a broken arm or an earache I’ll go to Valley. Anything more serious than that I’m heading to Manhattan’s finest.

As for the other issues rising out of the main one ie taxes, community giving, etc… I couldn’t agree more. Where is Valley???

Now JohnnyMidnight Everybody Misses You and some folks would love to know who you are

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2007 at 7:21 pm

JohnnyMidnight has left a new comment on your post “The RRC Blog rides to my rescue“:

Both the Republican Club’s responses and the Blog proprietor’s come off as a tad defensive, no? I saw nothing disparaging or dismissive of the Blog at all. It was about a “humdrum election season” in which only a couple of village residents decided to put their moneybags where their mouths are. Meanwhile the Blog was used as evidence that there’s a lot of dissatisfaction and unrest in the community…but you’d practically never know it when election filing time comes around.That said, if some people who post on this blog read a bit between the lines of the editorial and found themselves being called busybodies, bellyachers, armchair quarterbacks or perhaps even outright cowards…the article came nowhere near saying any of those things. But, hey, if the Kenneth Coles fit…

P.S. How many of you would have known about the Oral Cop-ulation story you so love to comment about if you hadn’t read about it in that “leftist,” “rah-rah” “rag”?

P.P.S. As to the very existence of a “Republican Club” in a town with non-partisan elections…could that organization be any more irrlelvant? (I don’t care whose elephant it is!)

P.P.P.S. The Ridgewood Blog doesn’t need “rescuing.” It could, however, use a little balance.

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The Ridgewood Blog has its first Stalker

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2007 at 6:26 pm

just a few of the posts or attempted posts …..

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the other blog is reporting news about the Bergen …
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