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Ridgewood Resident Barbara Sacks Another Likely Candidate for Village Manager’s Position

In Barbara Sacks, Jim Ten Hoeve, Ridgewood New Jersey, VC on March 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm

In addition to Quentin Wiest, II being a likely contender for the soon to be vacant Village Manager’s position, count on seeing Barbara Sacks hand carrying her resume and application over to Village Hall.

Ms. Sacks has extensive NJ based experience as a municipal manager. She has served as Borough Manager in Fairlawn, Township Manager in South Brunswick, and City Manager in Clifton. Her management style is reported to be “absolutely no nonsense/no favoritism,” and she has a documented track record of being very tough with police, fire, and public works unions.

Sacks, 60 years old, resides on North Irving Street (within easy walking distance of Village Hall), and currently serves as a volunteer appointee to the Village’s Citizens Safety and Advisory Committee. Her present full time position is the Executive Director of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Center located in Valhalla, NY.

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Ridgewood village manager retiring

In Jim Ten Hoeve, Ridgewood New Jersey, VC on March 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Friday, March 13, 2009

RIDGEWOOD — James M. Ten Hoeve, the village manager, will retire in May after three decades with the municipality.
Ten Hoeve, 58, announced his retirement at Wednesday’s public council meeting. He was hired by the village in 1981 and served as chief financial officer and tax collector for 23 years.

The Hawthorne resident, who earns $182,152, was appointed village manager in 2004 following the resignation and retirement of Larry Worth a year earlier.

Ten Hoeve will retire May 31 and is entitled to 30 days vacation. He will leave his post with six months pay and any unused personal and vacation days.

It is not likely he will leave the financial field entirely because his expertise is valued by auditors. Ten Hoeve is a certified municipal finance officer and certified tax collector.

“I decided last fall when finance managers and professionals were making offers,” Ten Hoeve said of his decision to retire from public service. “I’ve had many, many good years here.”

A graduate of Seton Hall University, Ten Hoeve earned an undergraduate degree in business administration, majoring in accounting. He served as a staff accountant for a municipal accounting firm immediately after graduation and from 1974 to 1979 was the deputy controller for Paterson.

He was the chief financial officer and tax collector in Bergenfield in 1980 but left the post when he was hired in 1981 in Ridgewood to serve in the same capacity.

Among Ten Hoeve’s accomplishments are jump-starting and bringing to completion the delayed Village Hall renovation project, which was completed in 2005.

N.J. offers new defense of embattled housing plan

In COAH, Jon Corzine, Ridgewood New Jersey on March 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm


Posted by cjrothma March 09, 2009 20:31PM

Gov. Jon Corzine’s campaign pledge to get more housing built for the working class entered a new phase today, with the state agency overseeing his ambitious plan defending it against two dozen legal challenges.

More than 30 years after the opening shots were fired in the state’s housing wars, towns allege new state housing rules will bankrupt them. And, they say, they are unearthing ugly secrets about the accuracy of state housing formulas.

Patti Sapone/The Star-LedgerJoseph V. Doria, Jr. Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, speaks during a Senate Budget and Appropriations meeting in Trenton in April 2008.

The New Jersey League of Municipalities has accused state officials of withholding vital documents — including a study that appears to poke holes in the state’s analysis of how much vacant land remains in New Jersey. Builders and housing advocates, meanwhile, argue the new rules will allow suburbs to again shirk their responsibilities to the poor.

In a 130-page response to the challenges, filed today, the state Council on Affordable Housing painted itself as caught in the middle of warring parties, arguing it had been reasonable in drafting its sweeping new rules.

“At their essence … appellants’ complaints are that the obligations imposed on the municipalities are either too high or too low,” the state wrote.

In a sometimes arcane defense, the state downplayed the importance of the vacant-land spat, arguing any errors could be corrected and accusing towns of exaggerating its importance to the calculations.

“Gov. Corzine has a sincere commitment to providing housing for all the people of this state,” Joe Doria, who is heading up the state housing effort as commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, said in an interview last week. “My purpose is to build as many affordable housing units as possible even in tough economic times.”

At issue are new regulations the state drafted in 2004, an attempt to move away from a 20-year-old method of getting housing built. It attempted to replace town-by-town quotas with a “growth share” system, which requires towns to build one affordable unit whenever it builds a certain amount of market-rate housing or commercial development.

The Supreme Court rejected the formula in 2007, and COAH went back to the drawing board. New regulations approved in July made it tougher on towns, requiring them to build one affordable unit for every four units of market-rate housing or 16 jobs created through commercial construction.

About half the towns in the state argue they will be required to
build far too much affordable housing and they vehemently oppose how COAH plans to implement its approach.

“Anyone who stands up and says the affordable housing numbers are wrong is called a racist,” said Nick Corcodilos, a former mayor of Clinton Township in Hunterdon County, which banded together with 19 other towns in one of the legal challenges. “This has nothing to do with racism or wanting to keep people out. It’s about whether the infrastructure can support these units.”

To enforce its growth-share approach and satisfy the Supreme Court, COAH instituted a kind of backup system. It estimated 115,666 new affordable units are needed by 2018 to satisfy demand; using a statewide analysis of vacant land, historical building permit data and predicted job growth, it then estimated future growth for each town and assigned a share of the affordable units.

Although towns would not technically have to build any units unless they actually grow, officials must file a report with COAH detailing how they will meet the presumed obligation and change their zoning to ensure it could happen.

“It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Michael Cerra of the League of Municipalities. “You zone for it, and it will come.”

The state argued in its papers that requiring towns to plan for the growth is proof the new rules will not allow them to exclude the poor.

That was a response to groups like the New Jersey Builders Association, which argued allowing towns not to grow was a direct contradiction of more than 30 years of Supreme Court rulings that say every town has an obligation to accept a fair share of housing for the poor.

In its own filing, the nonprofit Fair Share Housing Center in South Jersey argued towns have never resisted affordable housing more vehemently.

“Municipal desire to exclude has increased,” said Kevin Walsh of Fair Share. “Municipal desire to discourage schoolchildren from moving in is at an all-time high.”

Things got ugly in the case last month, when the league lashed out at COAH, accusing it of withholding a report that appeared to show deep flaws in the way the state calculates vacant land. Stuart Koenig, a longtime league lawyer representing 20 towns, said analysis by four counties showed highway interchanges, the green in front of the Warren County Courthouse, warehouses, corporate and college campuses, prisons and cemeteries were listed as vacant.

Doria, the community affairs commissioner who served as COAH’s chairman, denied there was any intent to hide the report and said the state will correct any errors towns points out.

Koenig argued the deck is so stacked against towns that it would be nearly impossible to get a vacant-land adjustment from COAH. He said towns trying to meet the numbers will have to zone inappropriately for high-rises or other high-density development.

“Municipalities are being compelled to provide unreasonable affordable housing numbers on flawed methodology,” he said.


Dont forget Daylight Savings time started last Night at 2AM or This Morning at 2AM depending on your point of view

In daylight savings, Ridgewood New Jersey on March 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm


In the United States Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the second Sunday in March. On the first Sunday in November areas on Daylight Saving Time return to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. During Daylight Saving Time turn your clocks ahead one hour. At the end of Daylight Saving Time turn your clocks back one hour.

The names in each time zone change along with Daylight Saving Time. Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and so forth. Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

In the United States, Under the Uniform Time Act, the Department of Transportation is in charge of time zones in the United States and ensuring that jurisdictions observing Daylight Saving Time begin and end on the same date.

On Monday August 8, 2005 President Bush signed into law a broad energy bill that extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks beginning in 2007. Since 1986 the United States had observed Daylight Saving Time from the first Sunday in April through the last Sunday in October. The provisions of the bill call for Daylight Saving Time to begin three weeks earlier on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. Read our special section about the extension of Daylight Saving Time.


Don’t want my reputation to be besmirched -Anne Zusy

In Anne Zusy, Jacque Harlowe, Ridgewood New Jersey, VC on March 7, 2009 at 2:24 am

Fyi, I was vociferous in letting my thoughts be known on this as on other issues, and voted against putting Harlowe on the Zoning Board too … Don’t want my reputation to be besmirched thusly. Annie


It is being widely rumored that former Ridgewood Deputy Mayor Betty G. Wiest is positioning herself for the May 2010 Village Council election.

In Betty Wiest, Ridgewood New Jersey, VC on March 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm

It is being widely rumored that former Ridgewood Deputy Mayor Betty G. Wiest is positioning herself for the May 2010 Village Council election.

Ms. Wiest actively participated in, and was photographed at, several recent official VOR events; ground breaking ceremonies in front of Pease Library and at the Ridgewood Train Station, and at the swearing in of Ridgewood Police Chief John LiPuma. She is also seen visiting department heads at Village Hall on a regular basis.

Wiest and former Councilman Jacques Harlow both ran for re-election in the 2008 Village Council race, but lost to new comers Keith D. Killion, Anne Zusy, and Paul Aronsohn.

Will Betty be back?

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Village Manager Jim Ten Hoeve Set to Retire?

In Jim Ten Hoeve, Ridgewood New Jersey, VC, Village Manager on March 6, 2009 at 6:22 am

It is being reported that Village Manager James Ten Hoeve will soon be retiring from government service and moving to a job in the private sector. Unconfirmed reports are that Mr. Ten Hoeve plans to accept a management position with MBIA, a holding company headquartered in Armonk, NY, whose subsidiaries provide financial guarantee insurance on municipal bonds.

Following an noteworthy observation made by many Village employees and taxpayers several weeks ago that Ten Hoeve was no longer commuting to and from work in an official motor vehicle, rumors began to fly that he was on his way out. Fueling these rumors were line items on at least two separate Village Council Meeting Agendas recently; both listing the topic of closed session/private Council discussions as “Village Manager’s Office.”

Mr. Ten Hoeve began serving as Ridgewood’s latest Village Manager sometime in 2004, this after several months of his service as Acting Village Manager (following the retirement of Larry D. Worth in the Fall of 2003).

Information obtained from http://www.datauniverse.com shows that Ten Hoeve earned $168,659 in 2007 as Ridgewood’s Village Manager, and an additional $8,000 in the same year from Totowa Borough, where he served as that municipality’s Chief Financial Officer. 2008 salary data is not yet available on line.

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BREAKING NEWS :Bergen County SWAT Team Called to Ridgewood

In Bergen County SWAT Team, Ridgewood New Jersey on March 6, 2009 at 4:07 am

Heavily armed members of the Bergen County SWAT Team assisted Ridgewood Police with the apprehension of an individual at a Lakeview Drive home on Thursday night. The parking lot of a nearby A&P supermarket was used as a staging area for numerous SWAT Team and EMS personnel.

No information is available at this time regarding the nature of any crime committed at the scene. The individual apprehended was transported away from the scene in a Ridgewood ambulance.


What is Dad’s Night?

In Dads Night, Ridgewood New Jersey on March 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm

The first Dads’ Night was held in the Kenilworth School of Ridgewood New Jersey in 1944. Over the years, the tradition has been kept alive by the dads of children who attend Ridgewood’s Somerville and Hawes elementary schools. This year marks the 65th Anniversary of Dads’ Night!

Each year the dads write their own scripts and songs, play their own music, design and sew their own costumes, build their own sets, and put on a musical review for the hundreds of kids in town.

The funds that are raised are used to buy special needed “wish list” items for the schools. Everyone has a good time, and many long lasting friendships are made. Most importantly, our children learn that their dads are committed to them and their lives. Why else would the dads make such fools of themselves if it weren’t for the love of their children!

This year’s show is the 65th Anniversary of Dads’ Night.

Show Information
Friday March 13th, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Saturday March 14th, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Benjamin Franklin Middle School auditorium, corner of N. Van Dien and Glen Avenues, Ridgewood, NJ
We sell no tickets for the show, however a collection is taken up during the show for donations to the program.
Sean McCooe

Managing Partner
McCooe & Associates, Inc.
615 Franklin Turnpike
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 445-3161
(201) 445-8958 (fax)


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Barbara Rick will be College Club’s Speaker on April 7 at 1 PM at the Ridgewood Public Library

In Barbara Rick, College Club, Ridgewood New Jersey on March 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Barbara Rick

Peabody and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Barbara Rick is president and founder of Out of The Blue Films, Inc., creator of critically and commercially successful films that explore, articulate, and celebrate humanity. In October 2006, Ms. Rick was invited by Deborah Santana to film her family’s first trip to South Africa. Led by Artists for a New South Africa, this unique delegation included Carlos Santana, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Alfre Woodard, CCH Pounder, Jurnee Smollett and others dedicated in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty.

Shot by Ms. Rick and her cinematographer husband Jim Anderson, ROAD TO INGWAVUMA (ing-wah-VOOM-ah) is a powerful documentary about this remarkable trip and ANSA’s continuing efforts to be of service to the people South Africa, especially its children. The film features appearances by Former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many other distinguished heroes.

ROAD TO INGWAVUMA has been chosen Opening Night Film at the 2008 Boston Int’l Film Festival, Closing Night Film at the Creatively Speaking series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and is an official selection of the 2008 Mill Valley Film Festival.

In 2004, Ms. Rick won numerous honors at festivals around the world for her acclaimed feature doc, IN GOOD CONSCIENCE: Sister Jeannine Gramick’s Journey of Faith. This cinema verité portrait of an American nun facing down the Vatican in support of gay and lesbians was shot by the ALBERT MAYSLES, who describes Ms. Rick as “one of the very best documentary filmmakers I know.”

Ms. Rick also directed, produced and co-wrote the 2001 PBS film, SHE SAYS/ Women In News for which she won the Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form Emmy Award and was cited as a 2002-2003 DuPont-Columbia award finalist. SHE SAYS received major funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Ford Foundation. Also in 2001, Barbara Rick directed and produced the film, SOUNDS SACRED, which looks at how human beings connect with spirituality through the tool of sound.

Ms. Rick’s documentaries have received generous grants from Ellen DeGeneres, Susan Sarandon, Trudie Styler, Agnes Gund, Tom Fontana, Deborah Santana, the van Ameringen Foundation, the Andrew Goodman Foundation and many others. Barbara Rick served as a freelance writer/producer at ABC News from 1994-2005 where she wrote copy for network anchors Charles Gibson, Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Bob Woodruff, Terry Moran, and Elizabeth Vargas.

Best Regards,

Sean J McCooe
Managing Partner
McCooe & Associates
615 Franklin Turnpike
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Office 201-445-3161
Cell 201-602-7955
Fax 201-445-8958


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