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In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 8:06 pm

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Dangerous Road Conditions

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 3:46 pm

West Glen Avenue in the vicinity of North Monroe Street is reported to be impassable at this time due to snow and ice conditions.

Village Street Department trucks are reported to be on the road and spreading salt.

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Reports of a Women Hit on Ridgewood Ave.

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 1:18 am

We are sorry to report that we keep hearing about another person being hit today on Ridgewood Ave but we cant get a confirm and we have No details.

Taxation Without Representation?

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Are there any persons of color currently serving on appointed Boards & Commissions charged with reviewing applications and rendering official opinions related to Municipal Land Use Law issues in the Village of Ridgewood?

Are persons of color actively recruited to serve on these and other Boards & Commissions, or does the Village Council limit themselves to reviewing letters of interest received as a result of web postings and newspaper ads?

Board of Adjustment Members:
David Larsen – Chairman
Joseph Donahue
Bethany Lorenz
Joseph Scanlon
Douglas Cronk
Stephen Wellinghorst
Jacques Harlow
David Parsekian – Alternate Member
Christen Gross – Alternate Member

Planning Board Members:
David Nicholson – – Chairman
Albert Pucciarelli – Vice Chairman
David Pfund – Mayor
Ann Zusy – Councilwoman
Morgan Hurley
James Bombace
Anne Ward
Nick Tsapatsaris
Charles Nalbantian
Richard Barclay – Alternate Member
Thomas Riche – Alternate Member

Historic Preservation Commission Members:
Arthur Wrubel – Chairman
Tess Giuliani
Lynne Brady – Alternate Member
Thomas Stachelrodt
Lawrence R. Hoffman
Richard Barclay
Vincent N. Parrillo
Joe Suplicki

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Economists, Corzine Clash Over Economy

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm



Plainsboro — “These are deeply challenging times, but we will emerge even stronger than before,” Gov. Jon S. Corzine told about 100 chief executive officers and business leaders at the annual New Jersey Economic Policy Forum.

Plans to “turn entrepreneurs loose” by reconsidering burdensome regulations and cut back state spending will help New Jersey ride out the economic meltdown, Corzine added.

But the state still needs to change some fundamentals, and its ability to emerge from the current economic morass depends on a national recovery, countered some state economists at the event, held earlier this month at the Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel and Conference Center.

New Jersey is burdened by costly housing, living expenses and taxes, according to economist James Hughes, dean of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

“More than 80 percent of respondents to the [Bloustein] C-Suite Executive Survey cited housing, cost of living and taxes as disadvantages to locating in or expanding in New Jersey,” he added. The series of surveys assesses the economy from the viewpoint of chief executives and other leaders in the state.

But New Jersey “has many challenges, but also has many advantages,” Corzine said, touting several reforms he’s been seeking since early October.

“Even though 2009 looks like a tough year, we’ve accelerated construction efforts in New Jersey, and are focusing on home-loan modifications,” he said, referring to plans that include a new Hudson River commuter-rail tunnel to Manhattan, and efforts to require banks, in certain circumstances, to engage in mediation before foreclosing on residential property.

“We’re looking to institute $4 billion in state spending cuts during the next two years,” he said, adding that the state’s revenue is likely to drop by a similar amount.

“We’ve already reformed New Jersey’s corporate taxes with the 20-year net-loss carry-forward,” Corzine added, referring to a recently passed measure that can let businesses cut their future corporate tax bills by applying current-year losses against future profits.

Bloustein economist Joseph Seneca said the state has some “powerful advantages” — including its proximity to airports; its high-quality, well-educated work force; and its access to the New York-to-Virginia base of customers — but echoed Hughes’ concerns.

“CEOs [in the survey] were asked whether they’re likely to expand their business in a few years,” he said. “While 61.3 percent say they plan to expand, only about 37.5 percent plan to do so in New Jersey. High taxes, the cost of living here and steep government regulation all act as deterrents to expanding in New Jersey.”

New Jersey will not stage a recovery independently of the rest of the country, he said.

“We can’t pull out of this on our own,” Seneca told NJBIZ. “We may have created many of our own tax and regulatory problems, but finding solutions to them will be even more difficult in a constrained national economy.”

Added Hughes, “We may see economic activity begin to recover in the second quarter of 2009, but the labor market is not likely to benefit from it until 2010. Meanwhile, we have a way to go before we can rebuild business’ confidence in the state of New Jersey.”

E-mail to mdaks@njbiz.com



In Uncategorized on December 30, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Hi Everyone,

My name is Jim Arakelian of RE/MAX Real Estate Limited in Oradell and I am the listing broker of BLEND BAR.

I have been involved in several high profile liquor license / bar / restaurant transfers in North Jersey in the past few years.

As you might have read in Friday’s Ridgewood News, we are currently negotiating with several operators in the area, however, we are still interested in finding others that may be interested.

Please fell free to contact me directly if you know of someone that would be interested in re-opening one of Bergen County’s crown jewels of entertainment. My direct number is 201-599-1100 x304.

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In Uncategorized on December 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm


N.J. remains likely to forfeit House seat, new data show

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2008 at 12:35 pm

December 23, 2008


N.J. remains likely to forfeit House seat, new data show


New Jersey still appears likely to lose a seat in the House of Representatives despite a slowing of the migration to the South and West, new Census figures indicate.

The population estimates released Monday by the Census Bureau show the nation’s great migration south and west is declining, thanks to a housing crisis that is making it hard for many to move. Most southern and western states aren’t growing nearly as fast as they were at the start of the decade, pausing a long-term trend fueled by the desire for open spaces and warmer climates.

The development could impact the political map when House seats are divvied up following the 2010 Census, and New Jersey has been pegged as a likely loser.

In response to the possible loss of a House seat, officials from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development told lawmakers at a hearing in October they were were striving to ensure every person in the state is counted.

According to the figures released Monday, Southern and Western states still will take congressional seats away from those in the Northeast and Midwest. Florida could gain as many as two House seats, and Texas could pick up four. But some seats hanging in the balance could stay put, and California could be in danger of losing a seat for the first time since it became a state.

“People want to go to where it’s warm and where there are a lot of amenities. That’s a long-term trend in this country,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

“But people have stopped moving,” he said. “It’s a big risk when you move to a new place. You need to know that moving and getting a new mortgage is going to pay off for you.”

The Census Bureau released state population estimates as of July 1, 2008. The data show annual changes through births, deaths, and domestic and foreign migration.

According to the estimates, New Jersey’s population is 8,682,661, up 3.2 percent from 2000. Despite the increase, other states grew at faster rates, leading to the possible loss of one of New Jersey’s 13 House seats.

The population shifts will be felt following the 2010 census, when the nation apportions the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, based on population.

Texas stands to be the biggest winner, picking up as many as four seats, while Ohio could be the big loser, giving up as many as two seats, according to projections by Kim Brace of Election Data Services, a Virginia-based firm that crunches political numbers.

Other states projected to lose single seats are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Brace projects Arizona to add two seats, while Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina and Utah could add one each. Florida could add one or two seats, Brace said.

Utah was the fastest growing state, knocking Nevada from the top ranks. Utah’s population climbed by 2.5 percent from July 2007 to July 2008. It was followed by Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and Colorado. Nevada was ranked eighth, after 23 years of ranking in the top four each year.

Nevada was listed as the fastest growing state a year ago when the 2007 estimates were released. But adjustments to the 2007 numbers, released Monday, show that Utah was the fastest growing state in 2007 and Nevada was ranked third.

Only two states — Michigan and Rhode Island — lost population from 2007 to 2008, according to the new estimates. But growth rates fell in many states, even for those that had been adding residents at a rapid clip.

Foreign immigration has slowed since the start of the decade and fewer people are moving around within the nation’s borders. Florida has attracted more people from other states than any other state in the nation since the start of the decade. However, from 2007 to 2008, more people left Florida for other states than moved in — a net loss of nearly 9,300 people. The state still gained population from births and foreign immigration, but growth was slower than in previous years.

From 2007 to 2008, California had the biggest net loss of people moving to other states — more than 144,000 people. It was followed by New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Illinois.


the Quest for the Perfect Bow Tie…..

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2008 at 5:45 am

Still true to this day ……..

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2008 at 5:24 am

Food Court (Formerly Ridgewood), NJ

Towns That Might As Well Go With What They’ve Got


Published in the Sunday New York Times on June 24, 2001

The Village of Ridgewood. A town of charming center-hall colonials, schools that are thought to be way-stations to the Ivy League, and restaurants that are rated Excellent. And restaurants rated Good. And restaurants rated Fair.

According to my count, Ridgewood’s business district has 61 restaurants—and 62 parking spaces. On a typical Saturday evening, you circle the block in your Jeep Grand Cherokee in search of a parking space, ready to swoop in for the kill. On the following Saturday evening, you finally find a space. If you’re an early diner, you must calculate the amount of money to put in the parking meter with same care you use when fine-tuning your asset allocation model. You then duck into the Ridgewood Wine Seller for a quick purchase, since many Ridgewood restaurants still have not figured out whom to bribe for a liquor license. And after the mandatory 15- to 20-minute wait in the doorway of your favorite restaurant, you’re escorted to a table.

The sheer number of dining establishments in Ridgewood has transformed the business district and driven out other types of businesses. Those who see this as a problem fall into three groups: town officials, who see everything as a problem except for the problems they create; restaurant owners, who do not see it as a problem until after they’ve opened their restaurant; and restaurant patrons, who somehow manage to believe this is a problem while complaining about there being “no place to eat around here.”

Ridgewood’s restaurant situation raises a larger question. Why should all New Jersey towns struggle to be all things to all people? Why not have each town dedicated to one industry? There’s precedence elsewhere: Orlando for children’s entertainment, Silicon Valley for technology, Miami for drugs. It’s Adam Smith’s idea of specialization of labor.

And there’s only one way to ensure the free-market principle of specialization of labor. We must mandate it, we must make any alternative illegal, we must carve it in stone for all eternity. So I’m looking for a visionary state legislator (stop laughing) who is willing to sponsor a bill that would:

o Require that all restaurants in New Jersey be moved to Ridgewood and that the town be renamed the Garden State Food Court.

o Require that a translucent dome be built over Paramus, making it the world’s largest indoor shopping mall.

o Require that all local public schools be moved to Princeton. We’re paying Ivy League per-pupil rates for our kids’ education, so we might as well get a prestige town name thrown in. To transport our kids to Princeton each day, the state will confiscate all private buses currently used to haul the elderly to Atlantic City.

o Require that Atlantic City focus all of its efforts and attention on the gaming industry, while letting the rest of the city collapse. (Strike that. It’s already the policy.)

o Require that all local and county governments be moved to Trenton. This, along with moving the public schools, would provide us with true property tax relief, since our property taxes would then be zero. Sure, our state income tax will skyrocket, but that’s going to happen anyway.

o Require that all antiques, with the exception of Frank Lautenberg, be sold in the town of Chester.

o Require that anyone moving from Park Slope live in Montclair. This way they’ll already know their new neighbors, who moved from Park Slope last year.

o Require that all airports in New Jersey be shut down except for Teterboro. If this happens, the time for a Continental flight to Boston would be about eight hours—a one-hour improvement over the current flight time from Newark.

Specialization has the potential to make New Jersey a paradise on earth. And to those who ask where all the cars bound for these towns are going to park, I have but three words: the Pine Barrens.