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Pedestrian Strike, Budget Challenges in Top Local Headlines

Other top stories include Gabbert receiving a stipend as a utility commissioner, a ban on smoking in parks and a woman allegedly bringing drug paraphernalia to her court appearance.

Man Suffers Head Injury in Ridgewood Pedestrian Strike

An elderly man was struck by a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old while crossing Lincoln Avenue on Saturday morning.

Road to Flat Municipal Budget Will Require Layoffs

Even with a tax increase, layoffs are projected in 2013. Should the council choose to "zero" the budget, further cuts of $500,000 and up would be needed.

Dog Federation Prez Says $700 'Dangerous' Dog Licensing Fee Won't Work

A village resident and president of a canine federation told the council the impetus for increasing the licensing fee for 'dangerous' dogs is based on false premises and will not lessen the town's liability.

The county executive's administration is furious the man they appointed to set an example of "good governance" by not receiving a stipend as a part-time utility commissioner in fact has been receiving pay checks. Gabbert says he's legally entitled to the $5,000 a year stipend.

Council Likely to Ban Smoking in Ridgewood Parks [Poll]

Citing public health benefits, the council agreed with a recommendation to ban smoking in its parks. Other public spaces could also be smoke-free in the future, Mayor Paul Aronsohn said. 

Plans Scrapped for Upscale Restaurant at Historic Vasiloff House

An historic home once envisioned as a top-notch restaurant is back on the market. Many are hopeful the home on Linwood Avenue and Paramus Road will not be demolished.

A Fair Lawn woman had unspecified drug paraphernalia in her bag when she entered municipal court for a traffic violation, Ridgewood police alleged.

Gazelle Owners Hang Up the Aprons

After eight years on Godwin Avenue, the two chefs/owners of Gazelle sold the restaurant and are figuring out what they'll embark on next.

Rutgers Dedicates Center in Name of Tyler Clementi

The family of the late Ridgewood native and the university he attended have created a center designed to help students make the transition to college.

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