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Protest on Guns, Teacher's Guilty Plea Top This Week's Headlines

Other top stories include Gov. Christie speaking out on Dan Fishbein's salary and a controversial report projecting big financial tumult in the village.

Questions on the impact of merit bonuses as well as a dispute over the village manager not being included in the pool led the Ridgewood Village Council to hold off on voting on ordinances that would freeze salaries but allow for up to 1.9 percent compensation increases.

Ridgewood Teacher Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct Charge

George Washington Middle School teacher Adolfo Noya pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after he was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Whole Foods in October. He was sentenced to a $1,000 fine and 30 days of community service.

A highly detailed report drafted by a volunteer finance team envisions scores of Ridgewood residents needing to leave the village if taxes can't be controlled. You can read the report yourself within the article.

Experts hired by developer Dinallo Construction Corp. say traffic is projected to be minimal and few school-aged children will live at the 114-unit development proposal at the Ken Smith Motors site. Planning board members and residents remain highly skeptical.

Video: Ridgewood Citizens Demand Tougher Gun Control Laws at Protest

Nearly 70 village residents gathered at Van Neste Square last Sunday to call on Congress to craft stronger legislation to restrict the sales of guns.

Christie: Fishbein Shouldn't Make More Than Me

The Ridgewood school board is worried about pay caps that will cut Superintendent Dan Fishbein's salary by more than $50,000 should he renew a deal. Early lobbying efforts to change that were not well received by the governor. 

Who owns the public parking spaces on Heermance Place? It doesn't seem to matter much to several village council members, who voted 3-2 to introduce an ordinance that boots students from parking near the high school.

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