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Ridgewood Writing Parking Tickets Thursday

Residents are none too pleased.

You might not have power. You might have a tree through your house. And if you don't feed the meters in Ridgewood today, you're going to find yourself with a ticket, Patch has learned. Ridgewood will be enforcing the meters, a source with knowledge tells Patch.

With the village being among the few downtowns completely unscathed by the devastating effects of Sandy, thousands have descended on the CBD from all corners of Bergen and Passaic County.

Residents expressed anger to the news on Facebook Thursday afternoon.

"I've always said they are awful for asking us to pay to park and shop or eat, considering all the businesses that have gone under," Jennifer Box Knight wrote. "Shame on them, even more now. Business owners should be furious and make it known."

Said Glen Rock resident Alison Shapiro Miller: "This angers me so much! People have died in the storm and this is what they do? Go help someone instead. Proud to be a Glen Rocker!"

What do you think?  

unfortunate resident November 01, 2012 at 05:58 PM
don't they have better things to be doing? honestly? how can they justify writing PARKING tickets?
jp1 November 01, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Village of Ridgewood should suspend writing tickets until nov.5. This is just greed.
Lisa Ertle November 01, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I'm not sure about tickets, but I noticed a lot of retaurants crowded with people on their computers (in some instances two people using tables for four with no food in sight) for extended periods of time whilst tired families waited much longer for a place to eat. There should be some sort of "blackout etiquette."
JAFO November 01, 2012 at 06:26 PM
as they should
Bill Connor November 01, 2012 at 06:37 PM
who is the manager responsible for this decision to begin to write up residents and other Town visitors who come for our Open for business restaurants.Many of whom are glad to be here spending Money for Food and restarants
JV November 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
It seems so sad that our community leaders once again seem so disconnected. Does anyone in a position of responsibility and authority understand that the psychic benefit of free parking would result in tangible economic benefits worth so much more? We have a downtown in need of economic support. We have a downtown in full operation while neighboring communities have no electricity. But instead of proclaiming loudly that parking is free and that we are open and welcoming to all, we make sure that meters are fully functioning and that tickets are being written for violations, because that's what really matters. Even NYC suspended mass transit fares during this crisis. The negative impact in the minds of visitors will last for years. When people have bounced back from the difficulties we are all facing, and the downtown is once again empty, our leaders will bemoan the struggles of the CBD and scramble to find all sorts of fixes for a problem they will have actually helped to sustain. Why would out-of-towners return when they get a ticket to thank them for showing up? Oh, right, they won't. But leave us not to protest or criticize any longer, since that's just not acceptable in this land of perfection.
Ridgewooder November 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
So stupid.
unfortunate resident November 01, 2012 at 08:49 PM
funny how you can ride nj transit for free, but you better not have your meter expire in Ridgewood. And where would you like the cold, hungry, no power people to go? Please, where is our common sense and compassion? where is our focus on the real issues? why isn't there a neighborhood by neighborhood report of outages and downed wires available? How much are we paying an officer to drive around when gas is so hard to come by to issue parking tickets?
News Man November 01, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Who ordered the ticketing during this difficult period? Somebody is not thinking....
James Kleimann November 01, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Multiple sources said the village manager, not the police, made the decision.
VKC November 01, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Well the village manager is ... I let you all fill in the blank(s)
Tutor Doctor of North Jersey November 01, 2012 at 11:51 PM
well said above, JV. whomever made the decision to issue traffic tickets is probably the same person who made the decision to charge to use the Ridgewood Library to hold a tutoring session $10/day. More money for the town. Seems as though that priority stands above all. People in need of warmth, food and Internet connection may just go elsewhere. I know I will.
Glad I moved November 02, 2012 at 12:19 AM
This town is just stupid, period!
Who dat? November 02, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Yeah this isn't right to do this to people.
Jodi Crandell November 02, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Bad decision by Ridgewood...they should be ashamed! Come to Glen Rock there are no meters...
Ben Dover November 02, 2012 at 01:01 AM
the police did the same thing during hurricane Irene and received bad publicity for it. They ended up throwing out the violations after the story made The Record. Too bad they're not smart enough to learn from their mistake. I would call The Record up and let them know.
Ridgewood lifer November 02, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Forgot I guess a dollar in quarters for 2 hours will kill you. I mean cmon people it's really not that hard to throw some coins in and then you won't get tickets. I'm sure most people put money in because it isn't really that big of a deal.
Ben Dover November 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
to be more specific- tickets were issued to cars parked on their own street because of downed power lines.
Jodi Crandell November 02, 2012 at 01:08 AM
@Ridgewood lifer...People have no power, food, heat and Ridgewood is worried about feeding meters...I guess the people in charge don't have a heart! I think it is totally disgusting!
Ridgewood lifer November 02, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Still back to the root of it it's quarters i mean still not seeing any big deal. Simple follow the law as you always would and nothing will happen. The businesses have power food and heat...can't spare a few quarters? I mean that's one's prerogative i guess.
JAFO November 02, 2012 at 01:25 AM
+1
Todd November 02, 2012 at 01:27 AM
$10 for the day to run a for profit business in the library is pretty good. Try renting office space and see what that runs you.
USAUSA November 02, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Ridgewood lifer jackass, nyc suspened parking meters and pound for pound needs the money more then Ridgewood. You must know the jackass town manager personally. Not about the quarters, I feed the meter today but only cause I wasn't sure but come on. They should be ashamed of themselves, should at least announce meters are live and not fool people.
Ridgewood lifer November 02, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Now now kids namecalling never got people anywhere. Overdramatic much?

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