Ridgewood, New Jersey


Ridgewood, New Jersey

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Ridgewood, New Jersey
settlement_type = Village
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map_caption = Map highlighting Ridgewood's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.


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map_caption1 = Census Bureau map of Ridgewood, New Jersey

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Jersey
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Bergen
government_footnotes =
government_type = Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = David T. Pfund (2010)
leader_title1 = Manager
leader_name1 = James M. Ten Hoeve [ [http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/directory.cfm Village Phone List] , Village of Ridgewood. Accessed January 1, 2008.]
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = November 20, 1894

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area_total_km2 = 15.1
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population_as_of = 2007
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population_total = 24339
population_density_km2 = 1663.7
population_density_sq_mi = 4308.9

timezone = Eastern (EST)
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longd = 74 |longm = 6 |longs = 52 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 07450-07452
area_code = 201
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Ridgewood is a village in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the village population was 24,936. The village is an upper-middle class enclave in Northwest Bergen County.

The Village of Ridgewood was created on November 20, 1894, with the same boundaries as Ridgewood Township. The Village became the municipal government while the Township remained as a school district."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 85.] In 1902, the village added portions of Orvil Township, which were returned to Orvil Township in 1915. In 1925, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Franklin Township (now Wyckoff). On February 9, 1971, Ridgewood Village acquired area from Washington Township. On May 28, 1974, it acquired area from Ho-Ho-Kus. [ [http://www.dutchdoorgenealogy.com/bergen_county_new_jersey_municipalities.html Bergen County New Jersey Municipalities] , Dutch Door Genealogy. Accessed March 14, 2006.]

In 1700, Johannes Van Emburgh built the first home in Ridgewood.Fact|date=July 2008

Geography

Ridgewood is located at coor dms|40|59|2|N|74|6|52|W|city (40.983997, -74.114386)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15.1 km²), of which, 5.8 square miles (15.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.86%) is water.

Ridgewood is adjacent to eight municipalities, seven in Bergen County — Paramus, Washington Township, Ho-Ho-Kus, Waldwick, Midland Park, Wyckoff and Glen Rock — and Hawthorne in Passaic County.

Demographics

USCensusPop
1900= 2685
1910= 5416
1920= 7580
1930= 12188
1940= 14948
1950= 17481
1960= 25391
1970= 27547
1980= 25208
1990= 24152
2000= 24936
estimate=24339
estyear=2007
estref= [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation?_event=Search&geo_id=16000US3462940&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US34%7C16000US3462940&_street=&_county=ridgewood&_cityTown=ridgewood&_state=04000US34&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=160&_submenuId=population_0&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry= Census data for Ridgewood village] , United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 10, 2008.]
footnote=Population 1900 - 1990. [ [http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/planning/data/HistoricalPop.pdf Historical Population Trends in Bergen County (1900 - 2000)] , Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed December 23, 2007.] [ [http://www.wnjpin.net/OneStopCareerCenter/LaborMarketInformation/lmi01/poptrd6.htm New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.]
As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 24,936 people, 8,603 households, and 6,779 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,308.9 people per square mile (1,662.8/km²). There were 8,802 housing units at an average density of 1,521.0/sq mi (587.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.82% White, 1.64% African American, 0.04% Native American, 8.67% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.78% of the population.

There were 8,603 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.30 .

In the village, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $104,286, and the median income for a family was $121,848. Males had a median income of $90,422 versus $50,248 for females. The per capita income for the village was $51,658. About 1.8% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Local government

In 1970, Ridgewood adopted the Council-Manager plan under the Faulkner Act. Under this form, the public elects five Council Members who act as a Board of Directors. Their principal responsibility is to hire and oversee a professional Village Manager who has full executive power for all departments.

The Village Council is the governing body of the Village of Ridgewood. The government consists five council members, with all positions elected at large in nonpartisan elections to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election every other year. ["2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 169.]

The Municipal Election for Village Council takes place on the second Tuesday in May, in even numbered years. The Mayor is chosen by the Village Council every two years, after a Municipal Election. The Reorganization meeting, which is when the new Council members take office, is held on July 1, and is when the Council selects a mayor and deputy mayor from among its members. The Mayor presides over Council meetings, but has no executive authority.

The Village Council appoints a Village Manager to oversee the day to day operations of the Village, to handle personnel, citizen inquiries and complaints, and to handle the administrative duties of the Village. The Village Council passes local laws, makes appointments to various Boards and Committees, and awards various contracts for purchases of goods and services used by the Village. They also review, amend, and adopt the annual budget for the Village prepared by the Village Manager and Chief Financial Officer.

Members of the Ridgewood Village Council are Mayor David T. Pfund (2010), Deputy Mayor Keith Killion (2012), Paul Aronsohn (2012), Patrick A. Mancuso (2010) and Anne Zusy. [ [http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/council_mayor.cfm?pageseq=2 Ridgewood Village Council] , Village of Ridgewood. Accessed July 3, 2008.] [ [http://co.bergen.nj.us/ParksPDF/CountyDirectory.pdf "County of Bergen: 2008 County and Municipal Directory"] , Bergen County, New Jersey, p. 60. Accessed July 3, 2008. Shows 2008 term-end dates as guide was published before the May 2008 nonpartisan election.]

Of 566 municipalities statewide, Ridgewood is one of only four municipalities in New Jersey formed as villages, joining Loch Arbour, Ridgefield Park and South Orange.

Federal, state and county representation

Ridgewood is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 40th Legislative District.. [ [http://www.lwvnj.org/pubs/CG06.pdf 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 63. Accessed August 30, 2006.]

Politics

As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 24,916 in Ridgewood, there were 15,616 registered voters (62.7% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 2,606 (16.7% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,584 (23.0% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 9,422 (60.3% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There were four voters registered to other parties. ["County of Bergen: Voter Statistics by Municipality, Ward & District," Bergen County, dated April 1, 2006.]

On the national level, Ridgewood is almost evenly split. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 51% of the vote here, defeating Republican George W. Bush, who received around 48%. [ [http://www.nj.gov/lps/elections/2004results/04_Municipality_pdf%27s/presidential_bergen_co_2004.pdf 2004 Presidential Election results: Bergen County] New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety: Division of Elections, dated December 13, 2004.]

Education

The Ridgewood Public Schools consist of nine public schools and two more additional school facilities, which house a BOE-run pre-school program and a private day care center. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [ [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3413830 Data for the Ridgewood Public Schools] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 10, 2008.] ) are both [http://glen.school.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ Glen School] (39 students) andGreen Twig Pre-School and Day-Care for preschool, six K-5 elementary schools — [http://hawes.school.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ Henrietta Hawes] (413 students), [http://orchard.school.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ Orchard] (314), [http://ridge.school.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ Ridge] (506), [http://somerville.school.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ Irwin B. Somerville] (463), [http://travell.school.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ Ira W. Travell] (397) and [http://willard.school.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ Willard] (480) — both [http://bf.school.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ Benjamin Franklin Middle School] (646) and [http://gw.school.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ George Washington Middle School] (631) for grades 6-8 and
Ridgewood High School for grades 9-12 (1,665). Ridgewood High School athletic teams are nicknamed the Ridgewood Maroons.

According to the New Jersey Department of Education, Ridgewood is a socioeconomic District Factor Group of "J", the highest of eight categories. [ [http://www.state.nj.us/education/finance/sf/dfg.shtml NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts] , New Jersey Department of Education, dated August 16, 2004. Accessed June 16, 2008.]

The Holmstead School serves students of high school age with high intellectual potential who have not succeeded in traditional school settings. Students are placed in the school by referral from their home public school districts, with tuition paid for by the school district. [ [http://www.holmstead.org/mission.php About Us] , The Holmstead School. Accessed June 16, 2008.]

Transportation

The Ridgewood station is serviced by the New Jersey Transit Main Line as well as the Bergen County Line. The station features three platforms. The first is for Main Line trains headed towards Suffern and Port Jervis. The second is for Bergen County Line trains headed in the same direction, and the third is for all trains headed south towards Hoboken Terminal. While NJTransit trains on both the Bergen and the Main Lines go to Hoboken, they stop at the new Secaucus Junction, allowing for transfers to trains heading to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan and other destinations served by the station. Parking is limited near the Ridgewood train station. There are usually taxicabs available right at the train station for those arriving in Ridgewood, as the taxi building is on the northbound platform.

New Jersey Transit buses in Ridgewood include 144, 145, 148, 162, 163 and 164 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, the 175 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, and local service offered on the 722 (to Paramus Park and Paterson), 746 (to Paterson, as Ridgewood is its terminus) and 752 (to Hackensack). routes. [ [http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=BusRoutesBergenCountyTo Routes by County: Bergen County] , New Jersey Transit. Accessed August 8, 2008.]

The southern terminus of Franklin Turnpike is in Ridgewood. Other roads that go through Ridgewood are New Jersey Route 17 and County Route 507.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Ridgewood include:
*Nassir Al Mukhtar, Iraqi born architect and activist. [Maslow, Jonathan. [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk1ODUmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTYzODkyMjQmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk5 "An Iraqi-American's homecoming in Baghdad"] , "Herald News", June 9, 2003. Accessed July 30, 2007. "An Iraqi-American architect from Ridgewood, Nassir had traveled halfway around the globe at great personal risk to reach his elderly mother, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews in the wake of war."]
*Peter Carlisle (born 1952), Prosecuting Attorney of Honolulu [ [http://www.ndaa-apri.org/ndaa/profile/peter_carlisle_jan_feb_2004.html Peter B. Carlisle] , National District Attorneys Association. Accessed December 3, 2007. "It’s a long, long way from Ridgewood, New Jersey, to Honolulu, Hawaii—geographically, demographically and meteorologically—but Peter B. Carlisle has made the journey and transition with ease."]
*Harlan Coben (born 1962), "The New York Times" best-selling author of "Promise Me", "Tell No One" and "No Second Chance". ["Book looks at what drives teens JERSEY INK", "The Star-Ledger", May 25, 2006. "Coben, who was born in Newark and grew up in Livingston, graduating from Livingston High School, has relatives in Livingston and often goes there. He has lived in Ridgewood since 1992."]
*Tabatha Coffey (born 1967), contestant (and Fan Favorite winner) on season one of Bravo's "Shear Genius" and host of the forthcoming "Tabatha's Salon Takeover". [ [http://blastmagazine.com/2007/06/shear-genius-tabatha/] , accessed July 25, 2008]
*Christopher J. Connors (born 1956), represents the 9th legislative district in the New Jersey General Assembly. [ [http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=4186 Assembly Member Christopher J. Connors] , Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 9, 2007.]
*Anne Donovan (born 1961), Three-time basketball All-American at Old Dominion University and three-time Olympic team member. Ranked #8 on the "Sports Illustrated" list of "The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures". [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/features/si50/states/new_jersey/greatest/ The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures] , "Sports Illustrated", December 27, 1999.]
*Niles Eldredge (born 1943), paleontologist. [Wertheim, Margaret. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F01E6D7163EF93AA35750C0A9629C8B63 " SCIENTIST AT WORK -- Niles Eldredge; Bursts of Cornets and Evolution Bring Harmony to Night and Day"] , "The New York Times", March 9, 2004. Accessed November 20, 2007. "By his own admission, Dr. Niles Eldredge is a pretty mediocre horn player. Tootling on a cornet in his living room in Ridgewood, N.J., he pumps out a few bars of Bach, then puts down the instrument with a good-natured sigh."]
*Jeff Feagles (born 1966), Punter for the National Football League New York Giants [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/23/sports/football/23giants.html?ex=1313985600&en=e49ee7258b49948f&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss Homesick Punter Rejoins Giants] , "The New York Times", August 23, 2006.]
*Jay Feely (born 1976), Kicker for the National Football League New York Jets
*Lawrence Frank (born 1970) current head coach of the New Jersey Nets.Fact|date=July 2008
*Varian Fry (1907-1967), American journalist who helped save many, most notably the French artist Marc Chagall, from persecution and deportation in Vichy France during the Holocaust. [ [http://www.jstandard.com/articles/1169/4/VARIAN-FRY:-the-artists%92-Schindler VARIAN FRY: the artists’ Schindler] , "Jewish Standard", June 8, 2006.]
*Bill Geist (born 1945), correspondent, "CBS News Sunday Morning", lived in Ridgewood for 20 years. [ [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/08/16/september11/main518965.shtml "A Neighborhood Mourns: Commentary By CBS News Correspondent Bill Geist"] , CBS News. Accessed October 1, 2007. "Ridgewood, New Jersey, is a small community of old homes, old trees, old values. It’s where I live."]
*Daniel Henninger, "The Wall Street Journal" Columnist. [ [http://www.opinionjournal.com/jer/?id=110009168 "Don't Panic: The case against fleeing Iraq. Plus New Jersey's Senate race and more."] , "The Wall Street Journal" OpinionJournal.com, October 30, 2006. Accessed September 26, 2007. "Henninger: ... I used to live in Ridgewood, N.J., a town of about 35,000 people."]
*Margaret Juntwait (born c. 1957), the voice of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday afternoon broadcasts. [ [http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_action=doc&p_docid=1058BAA389B13E4C&p_docnum=1&p_queryname=NaN&p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated4&p_nbid=Q5AD5FHWMTE4NTg0NzQ0OS4yODY4NjU6MTo3OnJhLTE4ODg "New Voice - Opera announcer with a New Jersey accent"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", October 5, 2004. Accessed August 2, 2007. "In the world of opera, Margaret Juntwait, born and raised in Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River, has certainly achieved an enviable position. The Metropolitan Opera announced that the WNYC-FM classical music host with the seductively smooth voice will announce Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera."] [Wakin, Daniel J. [http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_action=doc&p_docid=10569FE7DB605B41&p_docnum=2&p_queryname=NaN&p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated4&p_nbid=Q5AD5FHWMTE4NTg0NzQ0OS4yODY4NjU6MTo3OnJhLTE4ODg "Met Picks New Voice For Opera Broadcasts"] , "The New York Times", September 29, 2004. Accessed August 2, 2007. "Ms. Juntwait, 47, was brought up in Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River, N.J., and went to work at WNYC in 1991. She lives in the Inwood section of Manhattan."]
*Bowie Kuhn (1926-2007), Commissioner of Baseball from 1969-1984. [Blum, Ronald. [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2007-03-15-kuhn-obit_N.htm "Former MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn dead at 80"] , "USA Today", March 16, 2007. Accessed March 10, 2008. "He sold his house in Ridgewood, N.J., and moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, where his home was shielded from bankruptcy proceedings."]
*Robert Sean Leonard (born 1969), actor on "House". [Buckley, Michael. [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/118191.html "STAGE TO SCREENS: Robert Sean Leonard, David Javerbaum, Plus a Look at Fall TV"] , "Playbill", June 1, 2008. Accessed June 2, 2008. "He grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, and attended Ridgewood High. Later on, he took classes at Columbia and Fordham Universities."]
*Alfred W. Lutter, actor from "The Bad News Bears".Fact|date=July 2008
*Martha MacCallum, news anchor on Fox News Channel. [Rohan, Virginia. [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3JmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2ODE0MTM0 "Professional juggler"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", November 13, 2005. Accessed June 8, 2007. ""I'm sort of half in one world, half in the other at this point of the day," says MacCallum, a Wyckoff native who has lived in Ridgewood since her elder son was 2 weeks old."]
*David Madden (born 1981), 19-time "Jeopardy!" champion. [ [http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2005/09/20/news/13129.shtml Madden '03 wins big on 'Jeopardy'] , "The Daily Princetonian", September 20, 2005.]
*Paul Mara (born 1979), National Hockey League defenceman for the New York Rangers, was born in Ridgewood but was raised in Belmont, Massachusetts. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?statsId=1801 Paul Mara player profile] , ESPN.com, accessed March 5, 2007.]
*MC Paul Barman, rapper. [Rosen, Jody. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9405E0D91231F930A15757C0A9669C8B63 "MUSIC; Rapping in Whiteface (for Laughs)"] , "The New York Times", April 23, 2000. Accessed July 30, 2008. "MC PAUL BARMAN, a 25-year-old Brown University graduate from Ridgewood, N.J., is pioneering a new hip-hop persona: the rapper as schlemiel."]
*Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. (1920-1945), the second leading air ace in World War II, who was killed in action on January 7, 1945. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. McGuire Air Force Base is named in his memory. [ [http://public.mcguire.amc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=3895&page=1 U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet: Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Jr.] , accessed January 6, 2007.]
*Buddy Nielsen (born 1984), singer of the rock band Senses Fail, who grew up in Ridgewood and went to Ridgewood High School.
*Tom Nolan, publisher of "Golf World". [ [http://www.golfdigest.com/services/presscenter/bios/TomNolanbio Tom Nolan: PressCenter: golfdigest.com ] ]
*Jeffrey Nordling (born 1962), actor, appearing in the series "Dirt". [Rohan, Virginia. [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkxNjcmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTcwNDcyMTQmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3 "Bergen County native’s ‘Dirt’ character reaps what he sows"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", January 1, 2007. Accessed September 22, 2007. "Nordling was born 3,000 miles from the craziness, at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, and grew up mostly in Washington Township (in the only house on the town's Times Square)."]
*William Remington (1917-1954), accused Soviet spy convicted of perjury. ["REMINGTON DENIED LINK TO RED SPIES; Former Federal Economist Was Serving 3-Year Term on Perjury Charges", "The New York Times", November 25, 1954.]
*Nelson Riddle (1921-1985), musician and arranger for various artists such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. [Levinson, Peter J. [http://books.google.com/books?id=zG-UYr7vBb4C&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=%22Nelson+Riddle%22+%22in+ridgewood%22&source=web&ots=MaSbT-x-bc&sig=5149b9u6uTRpqxCrySVMeNXKjeI&hl=en#PPA19,M1 "September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle"] , via Google Books, p. 19. "Ridgewood is another of the upper-middle-class bedroom communities of New York.... Nelson and Leonard lived on the east side of town."]
*Jordin Sparks (born 1989), "American Idol" winner, lived here as a child while her father was playing with the Giants.Leonard, Tom. [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkxNjcmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTcxMzYzMzYmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3 "Ridgewood teens knew Sparks before her fame ignited"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", May 21, 2007. Accessed May 21, 2007. "Her family lived in Ridgewood during the eight seasons her father, Phillipi [sic] , played with the Giants. The family moved to Arizona when Phillipi retired."]
*Phillippi Sparks (born 1969), former NFL cornerback who played most of his career with the New York Giants.
*Casper Van Dien (born 1968), actor, "Starship Troopers", "Sleepy Hollow". Van Dien Avenue is named for his great-great-grandfather. [ [http://caspervandien.com/ Casper Van Dien Official Website] , accessed January 30, 2007.]
*Bill Wielechowski (born 1967), member of the Alaska Senate, representing the J District since 2006. [ [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=68283 Senator Bill P. Wielechowski] , Project Vote Smart. Accessed March 8, 2008.]
*Rebecca Zeller, violinist for the indie rock band Ra Ra Riot.Fact|date=September 2008

References

External links

* [http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/ Village of Ridgewood website]
* [http://www.ridgewoodchamber.com/ Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce website]
* [http://www.ridgewood.k12.nj.us/ Ridgewood Public Schools official website]
*NJReportCard|03|4390|0|Ridgewood Public Schools
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3413830 Data for the Ridgewood Public Schools] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [http://www.goridgewood.com/ goRidgewood.com website: A local area resource for Ridgewood, New Jersey and surrounding areas]
* [http://www.handyguide.com/dest_nj_ridgewooddowntown.shtml Downtown Ridgewood HANDYGUIDE]
* [http://www.handyguide.com/ridgewoodoverview.shtml Ridgewood Village Overview HANDYGUIDE]


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