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Week in Review: Water Rates Rising, Assaults at Dance, Cash Mob Spurs Business

Catch up on what you may have missed this week.

Despite a pending class action lawsuit, the Ridgewood Village Council upped water rates another 2 percent on Wednesday, drawing further ire from Wyckoff, Glen Rock and Midland Park.

Using the tools of social media, Glen Rock residents mobbed Geno Paolucci's Glen Rock Hardware with $20 bills to help a struggling business in a sour economy on Saturday.

Accused of stabbing his mother's then-boyfriend in an alcohol-fueled rage in 2010, Michael Nepola was arrested again recently on obstruction of justice charges. Police allege the 21-year-old, a public speaker on the dangers of alcohol, damaged a door at Blend.

Though most behaved themselves, there were a few bad apples at the RHS Backwoods Dance on Friday. One student was arrested for assaulting an officer while intoxicated, another student is alleged to have punched a fellow student.

There wasn't much sympathy for a Ridgewood man who dashed into a Starbucks on Rt. 17 for juuuust a second with the keys still in the ignition. A Newark man is alleged to have stolen the car and was later nabbed by police.

Following his instincts, a pharmacist at Rock Ridge Pharmacy called in a suspicious oxycodone prescription that led to the arrest of a New York man wearing a superhero t-shirt.

A last minute request from the high school athletic department that fields be uniform in width is adding $150,000 to the field renovations project in Glen Rock. The change orders passed in a 5-2 vote.

Officials hope old fuel tanks haven't leaked under the village's Walnut Street parking lot. If it has, the costs could be upwards of $1 million.

The council was unsure if it was voting on turning all village-owned streets to 25 mph or just Monroe Street, so it delayed a vote to add clearer language to the ordinance.

The long-awaited burger-and-ice cream restaurant opened on Monday. Located on Franklin Avenue in Ridgewood, ECB is designed in a 'hip Norman Rockwell' style.

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