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From another blog….14-year old boy, a non-swimmer, drowned at a swimming lake in New Jersey. It’s a terrible tragedy. But this astounded me…

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 1:46 am

Monday, July 28, 2008
A 14-year old boy, a non-swimmer, drowned at a swimming lake in New Jersey. It’s a terrible tragedy. But this astounded me: Staff at the pool underwent crisis counseling, said police officer Brian Pullman and Village Manager James Ten Hoeve.

Crisis counseling? For lifeguards? Did they ask for this nonsense, or were they forced to endure it? Must every adversity in one’s life be guided by counselors? Is nobody able to navigate life without “expert“ assistance?

For the record, I was in the middle of a failed rescue at the very same facility 30 years ago. We performed CPR on the body for 15-20 minutes, not knowing how long it had been underwater. Additionally, in my youth I had friends or acquintances die of the following causes: drunk driving, suicide, leukemia, rock climbing accident, and drug overdose. Not once were “crisis counselors” sent in, nor were they required.

I imagine these counselors did more to accomodate the politicians need to “do something” than it helped the lifeguards, who knew a tragic drowning is always an eyeblink away.

Meanwhile, while Ridgewood, NJ was sending in counselors over its third drowning in 30 years, New York lifeguards were dealing with four deaths and three disappearances in two days, and 10 people were struck by lightning in the region. The New York area crisis counselors are going to have their hands full.
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Reader says :Valley Hospital is strictly a TAKE ALL, and GIVE NONE business

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2008 at 1:35 am

PJ – After the incident 2 years ago when a Ridgewood Emergency Services operated and Village owned Generator was sent to that Deli in Midland Park, how will the Valley Hospital reimburse the Village for its use of this equipment, in addition to the Communications vehicle, communications equipment, and nearly a dozen paid and volunteer personnel. Although Ridgewood Emergency Services, the RPD, and RFD do a great job in responding to all calls and handling all responses professionally… the Valley Hospital is strictly a TAKE ALL, and GIVE NONE business. Valley Hospital pays $0 in Taxes and Donates $0 to the RPD, RFD, and Emergency Services, or any other Ridgewoon Entity that would benefit its residents, and Village Residents recieve the same bills as non-residents from the hospital and its services. I strongly believe the Valley Hospital should be send a bill for the use of Village equipment and services today. The RFD responds on several calls a month to the Valley Hospital, and receives $0 compensation for the Tax Payer expenses to send them there. Ridgewood Emergency Services spend approximately 50 Man-hours on-site today to assist in the Power Failure – When Valley’s equipment failed after a transformer explosion on Linwood Ave. Valley is spending millions on their expansion, you think they could afford a few hundred thousand to install and maintain proper generators and communications equipment, or at least Donate to Ridgewood to compensate the use of Village equipment, services, and personnel? Somone on the counsil needs to stand up to these bullies!

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PSE&G expects to raise prices about 20 percent this Fall

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2008 at 9:04 pm

July 25, 2008

To residents of Ridgewood:

As you may have heard, PSE&G expects to raise prices about 20 percent this Fall, and may in fact raise prices even beyond that – in two 5 percent increments – in later months.

This is being done in spite of the fact that there is no shortage of natural gas but that rates have been bid up by speculators. The rate increase doesn’t give us any credit for the possibility that prices of natural gas might indeed come down.

There is a public hearing to discuss this matter before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities takes final action on whether or not to approve.

The public hearing is Aug. 18 at 7 pm. It will be held in Hackensack in the Bergen County Administration Building, Room 540, at 1 Bergen County Plaza.

It’s my hope that a group of Ridgewood citizens will be willing to attend this meeting to protest. Or at least contribute to a stack of Go Green emails that I may present to show them your views when I attend this meeting on your behalf.

I learned of this moments ago in reading papers in the weekly packet I get each Friday as a Council member. For the record please note that PSE&G took steps to minimalize the news by minimalizing the type – it’s about one quarter the size of lettering in other documents.

Anyway, I’m passing this on to you for your edification and, hopefully, your help.

Please join me in letting PSE&G know that how we in Ridgewood feel about this. Please pass this on to others whom you know will be concerned.

If it becomes necessary to pass along cost increases, PSE&G shouldn’t be given carte blanche to do that. Such actions should be scrutinized each time since such actions inflict real pain on everybody.

Best,

Annie

GigaGolf, Inc.

Smile Ridgewoods on Cameras

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Smile Ridgewoods on cameras – seen Friday July 25 2008 Direct TV blimp in air 11:10 a.m.

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The Ridgewood Pool project is not a "let’s-cement-the-pool-and-pour-a-bunch-of-chlorine-in-it" organization

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2008 at 11:28 am

The total membership report hasn’t been provided, but certainly the addition of Midland Park and other towns has not come close to making up for the decline in resident membership. Even if it did, surely it wouldn’t be right for us to keep open a MUNICIPAL pool where the majority of attendance would be from other towns.

Year over year Graydon membership figures for residents are roughly as follows:

1999: 6,100
2000: 5,700
2001: 4,800
2002: 5,100
2003: 4,800
2004: (data not available)
2005: 4,500
2006: 4,100
2007: 2,800

You can see the trend began long before the Ridgewood Pool Project came along, and they were formed under the guidance and participation of Ridgewood Parks & Recreation. The team of roughly 12 volunteers — supported by hundreds of residents — is trying to help the town to discover why people are leaving and what it would take to bring them back. After professional research by volunteers was conducted last year among a broad sample of residents, the results clearly showed that a change in the structure of the pool (be it cement bottom, sand or otherwise) would be supported by residents in theory (it hasn’t gotten near to the design or cost phase yet) as long as the natural, unique aesthetic of the property was kept in tact.

(and it’s also not trying to make Graydon a year-round swim facility as someone in the chain suggested) — it simply worked very hard last year to listen to all the different resident opinions, is now interfacing with the town and the DEP to see what can be done, and in the future will try to help find a solution that pleases as many residents as possible so that Graydon can again be the popular community gathering spot that it once was.

Let’s stop calling each other names like “NYC clearwaters” and “cesspool diehards” and work together to find a way to improve the facility so all residents will want to be there … isn’t that what a strong community is all about?

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Weekly Math Comic

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm

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Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this afternoon…

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this afternoon…

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York…
including the following areas… in northeast New Jersey…
Bergen… eastern Passaic… Essex… Hudson… Union and western
Passaic. In southeast New York… Bronx… Kings (brooklyn)…
New York (manhattan)… northern Westchester… Orange…
Putnam… Queens… Richmond (staten island)… Rockland and
southern Westchester.

* Through this afternoon

* a slow moving cold front approaching the area will provide a
focus for the development of numerous showers and
thunderstorms… some of which could repeatedly move over the
same areas. These storms also could produce torrential
rainfall… with rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

* An additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall is expected today… with
locally higher amounts. This rainfall… on top of the rain which fell
Wednesday and Wednesday night will likely cause flash flooding
of small streams… urban areas and poor drainage spots within
the watch area… as well as sharp rises on larger streams and
rivers. Flooding of flood prone basements is also likely.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.

Mickelson applauds Ridgewood

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

BY BRENDAN PRUNTY
Star-Ledger Staff

After playing Ridgewood Country Club a number of times in preparation for The Barclays next month, Phil Mickelson believes the FedEx Cup will be getting off to a great start.

“I’ve done a couple of outings out there, so I’ve had a chance to see the golf course and play it,” Mickelson said yesterday while making an appearance in Jersey City. “With it being our first FedEx Cup event, it’s important to get off to a good start.”

Tiger Woods is out for the rest of this year after having surgery on his left knee last month, meaning Mickelson will be the top draw when the first event of the PGA Tour’s four-tournament playoff comes to New Jersey next month. With The Barclays moving from its longtime home at Westchester (N.Y.) Country Club to Ridgewood in Paramus last winter, players have expressed their enthusiasm for the classic course.

“It’s interesting. They’re both wonderful, historic sights,” Mickelson said. “But I think Ridgewood has a little bit more with the Ryder Cup (held there in 1935), as well as (other) championships. I think it will be a cool site.”

It’s a site Mickelson will be more familiar with because of his practice rounds at the course. With its tricky greens, thick rough and oak tree-lined fairways, Ridgewood will be a unique test for the field.

“I’m familiar with how the course will be set up, how the rough and the greens will be set up,” Mickelson said. “I did that because I hadn’t really played the course before.”

The Barclays, which will be played Aug. 21-24, will be the first professional tournament Mickelson will play in the Garden State since he won the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol. He said he’s enthused to get back to playing in front of the crowds that supported him during that major win three summers ago.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “This is going to be a key tournament for the end of the year.”

Mickelson, on his way home from the British Open, where he finished tied for 19th at 14 over par, was at the Liberty Science Center with his wife Amy for the fourth annual Mickelson/ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. The program was developed to give teachers the opportunity to expand math and science skills.

It’s been a whirlwind 36 hours for Mickelson, who flew to New York after his final round at the British Open and then arrived in Jersey City. This morning, he and Amy will be in Washington testifying before the House Education and Labor Committee about the importance of math and science education.

Brendan Prunty may be reached at bprunty@starledger.com.

Ask not, "for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee."

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Monday, July 21, 2008
Editorial
The Star-Ledger

A testing standard that says getting 33 percent of the questions right is a passing grade teaches all the wrong lessons to the kids — and to those who are supposed to be educating them.

Yet New Jersey has been setting the mark as low as that for the tests that are used to judge student proficiency and school performance under the federal No Child Left Behind program.

Fortunately, that is about to change.

Last week, the state Department of Education took a step toward setting the bar higher. We hope the move sends a signal that the focus of educational testing is not about the rank of a school or a district or the state.

The focus must be on finding all the students who need help, not “dumbing down” the tests in order to hide the numbers who are floundering. Mississippi and some other states have been accused of doing that. Who knew New Jersey was in that company?

For students in grades 5 through 8, getting 33 to 46 percent of the questions right has been enough to earn the label “proficient” in math or language arts in New Jersey.

Now students must get 50 to 56 percent right — which is still not much to ask. The state plans to gradually enact higher standards for all grades. Why should any be lower than 50 percent?

The change may cost some schools their bragging rights about student performance, because the overall pass rates are expected to go down. Currently 76 percent of kids statewide pass the sixth-grade language arts examination. That is expected to drop to 54 percent. That will be a shocker.

The standards were approved last week, but will be used to grade tests that were taken in the spring. There will be howls from schools that say the retroactive application is unfair. In fact it is the best way to get an objective comparison of the old and the new.

The state Department of Education must to do a good job of explaining its changes and reinforcing the idea that true learning, not hollow test scores, is the only acceptable goal. If parents are not well prepared, they will be angry and confused as their children slide out of what was assumed to be the educational safety zone, even if the grading system made it a false assumption. Educators will be angry and frustrated, particularly those who have confused keeping up appearances with the obligation to teach children what they need to know.

Could this change put more schools in line for No Child Left Behind sanctions, from mandatory tutoring to a forced reorganization of some schools? That is a possibility, although expectations of harsh sanctions have so far proven more myth than reality.

If the ultimate goal is learning, as it must be, test scores should be used as a tool to help the students by identifying individual strengths and weaknesses and addressing them before those students enter the harsh reality of the world beyond 12th grade.

Schools should fear failing that mission more than they fear test scores or No Child Left Behind.

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Starbucks looks to close WILSEY Square store in Ridgewood

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2008 at 11:25 am

On target for closing

NEW JERSEY

13581 HAMMONTON NJ 80 S WHITE HORSE PIKE HAMMONTON NJ

7563 NEWARK/BROAD ST 744 BRD ST NEWARK NJ

13499 RIDGEW00D 10 WILSEY SQUARE RIDGEWOOD NJ

13298 WEST BELT PLAZA 57 ROUTE 23 S WAYNE NJ

10327 WILLINGBORO 4364 ROUTE 130 N WILLINGBORO NJ

So lets take a look at Starbucks is it just another case of over expansion or perhaps a bad economy eating into consumer spending or is there something even more fundamental?

First some history,

For years I have used something called the “Starbucks test” to gauge the economic vitality of potential clients. The test simply says, the more expansive the coffee chosen by a particular consumer the lower there prospective net worth. The theory is simple the less money you have the more significant short term gratification plays in your consumption. People with more substantial net worth have many avenues in which save and spend and self actualize or feel significant. Let’s face it $10 bucks maybe a lot for coffee but to tuck $10 away for a rainy day is not nearly as gratifying. People with less means get a so much greater feeling of significance spending the money right away instead of saving it .That $10 bucks for a rainy day, that in the end is still only $10 ,which saved or not still hardily amounts to anything.

Since Starbucks has in my view lost its way ,the “Starbucks test” is no longer as valid as it once was.

In my view Starbucks is struggling because of 2 basic reasons 1) is over expansion ,enough said that seems obvious to most of us and 2) and significantly more serious, abandoning the “coffee house” look for the typical “sandwich shop” knock off look. The mass produced “coffee house” look was what made Starbucks ah Starbucks , and with out it ,its just not Starbucks .The fact that they continue to worry that Mac Donald’s selling better coffee is proof positive that the company has lost its way.

James J Foytlin
Horwitz & Associates
54 Washington Place
Ridgewood NJ 07450
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phone 1(201)301-2780
cell 1(201)966-7788

*this is not a recommendation, solicitation, offer it is the opinion of the author and only the author.

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