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Ridgewood Property Owners & Civic Assn.
General Membership Meeting - General Public is Encouraged to Attend

Thursday, October 1st 2009 7:30 P.M.

auditorium of IS 93 Forest Avenue and Madison Street, Ridgewood, NY

Agenda

City Council Candidates Forum

Democratic Candidate & Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

vs.

Republican Challenger Thomas Ognibene

Audience participation with written questions encouraged

Refreshments will be served

Property Owners Always Welcome to Apply for Membership Pending Board Approval

21 Sep 2009 by DGroppe


Taken From The New York Daily News




Ridgewood
Get good deals "while you still can in this quirky Queens neighborhood



Ridgewood, Queens, were in Brooklyn, the homes would cost double the price. Between 35 minutes and an hour from 14th St. In Manhattan, this neighborhood combines the diversity of Greenpoint with the pin-drop-quiet leafy streets of Queens.
Forget the coolness factor. People here just want to live their lives inexpensively. That may soon change as rents have gone up $50 to $100 in the past two months. Brownstones, though, are a steal compared to other city neighborhoods, with single-family homes going for about $475,000.
In typical New York neighborhood fashion, people on the eastern end of Ridgewood formerly referred to their
neighborhood as Glendale to capture higher real estate values. Now, just three or four years later, those same residents are living in Ridgewood again as home values have recently eclipsed those in the Glendale area.
The reason? Transportation to Manhattan and strong neighborhood character have made Ridgewood a major draw for artsy types and second-generation Polish and Romanian families priced out of Brooklyn.
The most common phrase overheard on the streets: "Nobody bothers anybody around here." People do seem to get along. Everyone smiles at each other when they walk by.
22 Jun 2008 by DGroppe

Taken from the Queens Chronicle Ridgewood — The Next Hipster Hot Spot by Austin Considine, Assistant Editor


Not so long ago, young artists and families who wanted to live close to the action in Manhattan were faced with a difficult choice: pay exorbitant rents for little more than closet space in Manhattan, or move to Brooklyn, where waterfront views and cheap industrial spaces abounded, as long as you were willing to take a short subway ride to get into the city. For many, the choice was obvious.
Over time, enough young New Yorkers or recent emigres had moved into Brooklyn neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick, that the epicenter of hipness in New York — and the corresponding higher property prices — began moving steadily east. Now those artists and young families who once caught a break on Brooklyn rents are seeing rental and property prices that rival those in Manhattan.

So what’s a struggling young artist or a young family to do? Enter Ridgewood, New York’s newest up-and-coming hot spot, offering cheap rents and affordable prices for those looking to buy. Just a few more stops on the L train, it provides the same kind of quick access to Manhattan, at literally half the price for housing.
What’s more, it’s a decent place to raise a family, with its tree-lined shady lanes, historic brownstone townhouses, good private schools and familial atmosphere. As Ridgewood residents have known for generations, living somewhere that doesn’t break the bank doesn’t have to mean slumming it in a crumbling loft space.
12 Jun 2008 by DGroppe

What Will Ridgewood Be in the Year 2030? Michael S. Arguelles St. Aloysius
Everything is possible in the year 2030. In the year 2030, the sidewalks will have conveyor belts, there will be environment- friendly cars, solar energy powered houses, fluorescent lightbulbs, hurricanne proof houses, food capsules, improved school technology, and foreign restaurants on every block.
In the year 2030, the sidewalks will have conveyor belts. They keep people from walking and they also get people, to where they are going, by hopping from each conveyor belt, either to get to the subway or to someone's house.
In the year 2030, there will be an environment- friendly cars because these cars will be fueled by biodiesel that runs the car faster than a car fueled with an oil as gas. Biodiesel is environmentally friendly because they reduce gas emissions.
In the year 2030, there will be solar energy powered houses.These houses will be powered by the sunlight and at night the houses will be powered by the energy saved from the sun's energy. The houses will be the same as the other houses only that the houses won't have a monthly bill because the electricity is not powered by power plants but instead, the houses are being powered by the sun's energy.
In the year 2030, every house will have fluorescent lightbulbs. Fluorescent lightbulbs save money, last longer, and are brighter than other lightbulbs that cost more and don't last as long. They are a good way to conserving energy and reduce the energy bill.
In the year 2030, hurricane proof houses will be built. These houses will have advanced technology to make the house move up and down during a hurricane so that the house will not move away or drift away by the current. They keep the people safe during hurricanes and can withstand the hurricane's top wind speeds.
In the year 2030, there will be food capsules. These capsules only need a drop of water to turn the capsules into the food's definite shape and taste. The capsules are handy for school lunches because students can hold them in their pockets and eat them during lunch.
In the year 2030, the schools technology will improve. The computers will be updated and will have better Internet access. The teachers will have a machine that grades test papers by themselves. The office computers will be organized more easily because each computer will have a file that will do everything.

In the year 2030, there will be foreign shops in every block. The restaurants will be from different countries of the world. For example, a block will have an Italian pizzeria, Chinese restaurant, Filipino grocery store, an American Deli, a pharmacy, and a Japanese restaurant.
There are many things that will improve in the year 2030. Ridgewood will be so advanced that everything will be changed and very different from today. Ridgewood will have sidewalks that have conveyor belts, environment- friendly cars, solar energy powered houses, fluorescent lightbulbs, hurricane proof houses, food capsules, improved school technology, and foreign restaurants on every block, because everything is possible in the year 2030.
12 Jun 2008 by DGroppe


What Will Ridgewood Be Like in the Year 2030? Maria Aliberti Grade 4 Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
In the year 2030, Ridgewood will be very different than the way it is now. There will be wider streets so there's more room for cars to drive and park. A lower amount of people will get into car accidents every year.
Also, there will be more crossing guards so less people keep on getting run over by cars. Sanitation workers will be everywhere, and streets will be cleaner and safer.
There will be more schools that teach about alcohol and drugs. Less people will smoke, and less cigarettes will be crushed on the sidewalks where they're not suppose to be.
Different car styles will be everywhere, and there will also be different names of the cars like Honda, Ford, and Toyota.
A skyscraper will stand out from every town around Ridgewood like Maspeth, Middle Village, and Glendale. The skyscraper will be called, 'The Ridgewood Business Building'. Many different stores, offices, and businesses will be in this building, such as dentist offices, pharmacies, or bakeries.
There will be lower prices on food items in supermarkets, and grocery stores like steaks, lobsters, cakes, and fresh vegetables.
In the year 2030, there will be more parks for children to play in and more room for people to ride their bikes and play sports like soccer and baseball.
As you can see, between 2008 and 2030, Ridgewood will be very different than the way it is now.
12 Jun 2008 by DGroppe


RPOCA ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS - 2008






3rd GRADE
• 1st Place: Livani Sierre, St. Matthias
• 2nd Place: Michael Gallo, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
• 3rd Place: Ricky Resurreccion, St. Aloysius

4th GRADE
• 1st Place: Maria Aliberti, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
• 2nd Place: Simona Abraham, St. Aloysius
• 3rd Place: Lucasz Swierzbinski, St. Matthias

5th GRADE
• 1st Place: Stephanie Hallinger, St. Matthias
• 2nd Place: Jacqueline Gallo, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
• 3rd Place: Aivee Mathew, PS 81

6th GRADE
• 1st Place: Jessica Kraker, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
• 2nd Place: Gregory Espinosa, St. Matthias
• 3rd Place: Jonathan Montoya, St. Aloysius

7th GRADE
• 1st Place: Michael Arguelles, St. Aloysius
• 2nd Place: Melissa Chacko, St. Aloysius
• 3rd Place: Josephine O’Malley, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

8th GRADE
• 1st Place: Joshel Melgarjo, St. Aloysius
• 2nd Place: Eva Ahmace, St. Aloysius
• 3rd Place: Eryk Gajewski, St. Matthias

PS 75

• 1st Place: Jason Clarke
• 2nd Place: Tiffany Peoples
• 3rd Place: Destiny Brown

11 Jun 2008 by DGroppe


PRAYER REQUEST
According to the weather reports, it is our understanding that it is 122 degrees in Iraq right now -- and the low will be 111! Our troops need our prayers for strength, endurance, and safety.. If it be God's will, give these men and women the strength they need to prevail.




Prayer


'Lord, please hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'



09 Jun 2008 by DGroppe


Ridgewood Property Owners & Civic Assn members marching in the 70th Anniversary Allied Memorial Day

Ridgewood Property Owners & Civic Assn members marching in the 70th Anniversary Allied

Vets Memorial Day Parade this past Monday, along Myrtle Ave in Ridgewood & Glendale. (L

to R) Paul Kerzner, Patricia Grayson, Luis Hernandez, John Hertling, Virginia Comber,

Carolyn Sitzler, Helen Kuch, Luis Rodriguez, Carlos Ortiz, Sean Naughton, Dick Wessley &

Donald Groppe, along with Luis Hernandez' two five-year old twins.
09 Jun 2008 by DGroppe


Update on the Annual School Essay Contest
Ridgewood Property Owners & Civic Association (RPOCA) and the Times Newsweekly will soon select the winners in their Annual Ridgewood School Essay Contest. The theme of this year’s essay is: "What Will Ridgewood Be Like In The Year 2030?" This theme coincides with Mayor Bloomberg’s 2030 Initiative. Essays will be judged on content, grammar, and overall quality.

The review of the nearly 500 essays will be completed by May 16th, and winners for each grade, 3rd through 8th, will be selected. Three levels of prizes will be awarded for each grade: First prize $100, Second prize $50, and Third Prize $25. After the selections are made the participating schools will be notified

Click to read more
16 May 2008 by DGroppe

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission comes to Ridgewood
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is the New York City agency responsible for designating and regulating the city’s landmarks and historic districts. These properties have special historic, architectural, cultural, and/or aesthetic significance as part of the heritage of the city, state, or nation.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is considering a section of the Ridgewood neighborhood for designation as a New York City historic district. Your property is located within the area proposed for designation. Please note that the Commission does not regulate use, nor would it regulate your building’s interior. Our primary concern would be with the exterior of your building.

The Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association will be sponsoring a meeting on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in I.S. 93 Auditorium ( entrance on Forest Ave between Woodbine St & Madison St) to discuss the Commission’s designation and regulatory processes. This meeting will offer you an opportunity to ask questions and meet with Commission representatives. I look forward to seeing you there.
16 May 2008 by DGroppe


A TREE-IFIC DAY FOR A TREE PLANTING AT P.S. 81
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Council Member Diana Reyna, Con Edison’s Brooklyn/Queens Vice President Tom Newell, Con Edison’s Paul Kerzner and teachers and third-grade students from P.S. 81 in Queens planted “Maggie,” a Magnolia tree, one more toward Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s MillionTreesNYC initiative. “Maggie” joins “Mr. Junior” and “Anthony,” trees planted by students near the school.


Photo Credit: Daniel Avila (Parks & Recreation)

(From left to right) Parks Commissioner Benepe, P.S. 81 teacher Joanne Baker, Principal Genevieve Ventura, Queens Parks Forester Joe Kocal, Council Member Reyna, Con Edison Brooklyn/Queens Vice President Tom Newell, P.S. 81 Arbor Project Coordinator Lydia Martinez, Con Edison’s Paul Kerzner planted a tree along with a third-grade class from P.S. 81.

11 May 2008 by DGroppe

A look at Ridgewood


To see more click on more
13 Apr 2008 by DGroppe

RPOCA SECURES IMPROVED SERVICE ON B-38 SENECA/DEKALB BUS LINE
Today the NYC Transit Authority has begun implementing limited stop service on the

B-38 Seneca/DeKalb Bus Line.

Paul Kerzner, RPOCA President announced that this TA improvement was made

possible, in part, by the diligent work of new RPOCA Board member, John Maier, who is

RPOCA’s representative on Queens County Board #5 ‘s Transportation Committee.

“John has been working on limited skip stop service on the B-38 bus line for some

time. The result of this service is that the commuting time, to and from, downtown

Brooklyn, will be almost halved, “ said Kerzner.
This B-38 service applies during weekdays along Seneca, DeKalb and Lafayette

Avenues, between the Flatbush Avenue extension and Seneca Avenues.

Here are the new schedules, starting today:

07 Apr 2008 by DGroppe

Ridgewood Theatre is closed for good. First opened in 1913.


Sadly in early March 2008, the Ridgewood Theatre was suddenly closed without any warning. Banners went up on the marquee advertising the building was 'available for retail use'. The Ridgewood Theatre remained a first-run theatre to the end.
If anyone has memories of the good times at the Ridgewood Theatre you can send an email to dgroppe, and we will add them to this story.
24 Mar 2008 by DGroppe


TESTIMONY FOR FY 2009 CAPITAL/EXPENSE BUDGET
TESTIMONY FOR FY 2009 CAPITAL/EXPENSE BUDGET

FEBRUARY 19, 2008

REQUESTS FOR RIDGEWOOD

This year, rather than sending twelve persons to Borough Hall to testify on the fiscal year 2007 capital/expense budget needs of Ridgewood, we decided to save everyone at least one hour of time, by succinctly reducing our requests to three pages and submitting this list to you. These requests apply to both the Borough President's and City Council's budgets, on behalf of six Ridgewood non-profit groups:
• Ridgewood Property Owners & Civic Association
• Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation
• Friends of the Ridgewood Library
• Greater Ridgewood Historical Society
• Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corp
• Ridgewood Local Development Corporation
21 Mar 2008 by DGroppe

Welcome To Ridgewood-NY

Welcome to the Ridgewood WEB site. On this site you will find many of your favorite stores, a community calendar and a chance to talk to the community's concerned citizens about quality of life issues, crime, trees and other important issues. Feel free to review the stores on Myrtle Avenue and the stores in other parts of the community.
08 Mar 2008 by DGroppe


Kieran Wilhelm A True Ridgewood Hero
On February 7th, 2008 Kieran Wilhelm was given the Commendation Award for Bravery & Civic Duty by Captain Keith Green of the 104th Pct, and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan at the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association meeting.

27 Feb 2008 by DGroppe

Films that were made in Ridgewood
24 Feb 2008 by DGroppe

Ridgewood Holiday Collection Pickups & Alternate Side Parking Rules Suspension for October 2008
No Pickup
Thursday February 12, 2009 Lincoln's Birthday
Monday February 16, 2009 President's Day



2009 Alternate Side Parking Rules Suspension Calendar

Lincoln's Birthday February 12, Thurs
Washington's Birthday (Pres. Day) February 16, Mon
Ash Wednesday February 25, Wed
09 Feb 2008 by DGroppe


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