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Score Card : Blog (vs) Flog

In BOE elections, flog, Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood blog on March 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm

The flog is a blog run by an administrator who remains anonymous. Unlike this blog, which is run by PJ, the flog creators refuse to identify themselves. The flog was created by a ficticious duo who call themselves “andrew and sue.” Andrew and Sue seem to have no purpose but to rail against posters on PJ’s blog. It is widely believed that “Sue” is Susan Sherrill, former editor of the Ridgewood News who is a big supporter of the BOE. James Rose has identified himself as a poster on this Blog.

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Saraceno Tells Village Council: “There Will Be Fist Fights To Rent Space In Your Building!” – Feels “Personally Demonized" by Blog Posters

In John Saraceno, Onyx Equities, Parking, Ridgewood NJ on March 26, 2009 at 9:02 pm

John A. Saraceno, a principal of Onyx Equities, LLC and a resident of Coventry Court, Ridgewood, appeared before Village Council members in public session last night to answer questions about his firm’s proposal for the construction of a multi-million dollar parking garage/commercial complex on North Walnut Street. Village Council members had previously selected Onyx as the project’s sole developer.

In response to a statement made by Councilman Paul Aronsohn that the parking garage/retail complex project should not move forward, Saraceno said:

“Even in today’s economic climate, if that space were now available, I could rent it in one hour or less.”

“There will be fist fights among quality tenants to get space in your building.”

“Stores such as Brooks Brothers, J Crew, and Aeropostale want to be in Ridgewood badly and will likely sign letters of intent as soon as it is known space will be available.”

“The retailers likely to want this space are national retailers who will stay open until 10:30 PM Monday through Saturday, and draw nighttime business into your Central Business District.”

Mr. Saraceno made mention of The Ridgewood Blog in his opening comments to Council members. He said that although he does not read The Ridgewood Blog, he had received phone calls from several friends about his name being mentioned within, and had concluded that he was being “personally demonized” by Blog posters.

Further discussion regarding Onyx’s proposal has been scheduled for the Council’s April 22nd Open Public Meeting.

Questions for Mr. Saraceno:

If retail space in Ridgewood is such a hot commodity, how come your building at the corner of Ridgewood Avenue and North Maple Street (formerly Sealfons) is not completely rented out? And don’t tell The Fly that you can’t rent it because you have no parking there; the building is surrounding by parking lots!

Also, The Gap, Ann Taylor, and other national retailers in Ridgewood do not stay open anywhere near 10:30 PM on weeknights. What do you know that we don’t?
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Spring is here……………………..?

In ArtChickphotos, Ridgewood NJ on March 26, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Seems that in their infinite wisdom, the town has postponed the yard waste pickup until April 20.

In Ridgewood NJ, VC, Yard Waste on March 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Seems that in their infinite wisdom, the town has postponed the yard waste pickup until April 20. I abide by the collection dates on the Village calender, which clearly state TODAY for my area. They did a poor job of communicating this, as evidenced by yard waste in front of EVERY house in the neighborhood here. It would have been quite simple to send out the yard waste schedule INDICATING that there would be a change made. This is a foolish attempt to save money, when pissing away millions on other dumb programs. At a minimum the communication of this was deficient. I do not read the Ridgewood News so its ‘my fault’ that I missed some sort of notice there, or the cable tv channel (the polite woman @ Village Hall advised me that was how they communicated it)

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Nice New Website for the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

In Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce, Ridgewood NJ on March 22, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Chamber Launches New Website!

The Chamber is proud to announce the launch of its new and improved website! Over the past several months, the Chamber has been working diligently to revamp its website, offering greater exposure to members, improved site navigation, news and upcoming events. Many more exciting developments are still in store, so check back often or sign-up for Chamber’s new E-newsletter!


Update – Graydon Pool Project – Upcoming Open Houses

In Graydon Pool, Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Olympic Committee, VC on March 19, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Update – Graydon Pool Project – Upcoming Open Houses – from Village of Ridgewood website:


Representatives from the Ridgewood Pool Project, Parks and Recreation, and the Village Council will hold a series of Open Houses to discuss design concepts for the proposed Graydon Pool renovation. All residents are invited to come and share their opinions. The object of these sessions is to gather as much resident feedback as possible for the Council to consider before it decides how to proceed, when feasible, with the hiring of an architectural-design firm. Meetings will be held at the Community Center in Village Hall.

Tue., 3/24 – 9:30 AM

Wed., 3/25 – 1:00 PM

Thu., 3/26 – 8:00 PM

Sat., 3/28 – 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

Mon., 3/30 – 8:00 PM

Tue., 3/31 – 9:30 AM

Wed., 4/1 – 1:00 PM

Note: Remember to ASK ALL Questions! and Give your feedback!

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Crews knock down 2-alarm fire

In Mark Bombace, Ridgewood Fire Department, Ridgewood NJ on March 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A two-alarm fire was quickly knocked down early this morning at a Midwood Road home, said Ridgewood Fire Chief Jim Bombace.
No one was injured in the blaze.

Bombace said that the fire started in the area between the first floor and second floor along the chimney and extended to the void between the second floor and the roof. He also said that there was renovations being done inside the home, but could not comment further to say if it contributed to the fire.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” said Bombace, who lives directly across the street from the house.

Bombace’s wife alerted him to the smoke coming from the house across the street.

Council Women Anne Zusy Investigates “Bark Park”…

In Anne Zusy, Bark Park, Ridgewood NJ, VC on March 16, 2009 at 5:44 am

Hi everyone. Was piqued by the complaints expressed at our Council meeting (not having heard of them before), and went to the dog run Saturday afternoon to get a sense of it all. It is indeed headache-worthy. I had not realized the place is called the “Bark Park”, which I found offensive. Why would anyone set up a place clearly with good will in mind that in fact also offers bad will to others, as in those who have to listen to the barking? And I saw all of those illegally-parked cars and spoke with the BC police officer who was doing yeoman’s service by ticketing. And yes, there were a handful of cars from NY and CT states. Have already begun looking into ways to ameliorate the situation … Annie

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Local Residents Want Noisy Bark Park Muzzled

In Bark Park, Mayor David T. Pfund, Ridgewood NJ, VC, Village Attorney Matthew S. Rogers on March 16, 2009 at 1:43 am

Several long term property owners/residents of the cul-de-sac portion of Wyndemere Avenue (just east of Pershing Avenue) are protesting the constant noise emanating from Bergen County’s Bark Park located within the Ridgewood Wild Duck Pond Area.

Speaking during last week’s Village Council meeting, at least three residents of the cul-de-sac complained about being subjected to 12 hours of non stop barking, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Complaints also surfaced with regard to regular illegal parking along the Park’s main access road.

Mayor David T. Pfund indicated that a meeting between Village officials and representatives from the Bergen County Parks Department had already been scheduled by Village Attorney Matthew S. Rogers, and a report of that meeting would be discussed publicly during an upcoming Village Council Work Session.

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Valley Hospital has decided that Linwood Ave and Van Dien Ave will be widened

In Ridgewood NJ, stop valley, Valley Hospital on March 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

A surveyor has been working all morning at the intersection of Van Dien Ave and Linwood Ave. When asked who was paying him and why, he answered, “the hospital in relation to the road widening.”

It looks like Valley Hospital has unilaterally decided that the intersection WILL be modified and the road widened. The puzzle is that the spray markings are only on the length of Linwood Ave facing the hospital, along the residential side of the street not the hospital side? A quick check with the neighbors of the hospital revealed that they were not informed that any work would take place.