Second Annual ‘Graydon Regulars’ Picnic and BBQ

Tuesday, July 26, 2011                                         All photos by Alan Seiden

The festivities begin. Burlap sack (foreground) contains as-yet-unshucked corn

The festivities begin. Burlap sack (foreground) contains as-yet-unshucked corn

Food was ample, varied, and delicious

Food was ample, varied, and delicious

We grilled fresh-picked corn from Abma's Farm in Wyckoff

We grilled fresh-picked corn from Abma's Farm in Wyckoff

Robin Kantrowitz and Jolene Murphy

Robin Kantrowitz and Jolene Murphy

Dianne Kidwell brought and cooked dozens of hot dogs

Dianne Kidwell brought and cooked dozens of hot dogs

Ketchup artistry

Ketchup artistry

Elaine Pierce holding a freshly grilled hamburger

Elaine Pierce holding a freshly grilled hamburger

Sarah Butensky enjoys a s'more

Sarah Butensky enjoys a s'more

Eating and gabbing at the Graydon Pool 'regulars' picnic

Eating and gabbing

When most of the revelers had left, rain began to fall--with exciting thunder

When most of the revelers had left, rain began to fall--with exciting thunder

Robin and Jolene are enthralled as ducks approach

Robin and Jolene are enthralled as ducks approach

A few holdouts watch the rain

A few holdouts watch the rain

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Art in the sand at Graydon Pool

Graydon Pool patrons were treated to this smiling face, created in the kiddie pool beach by an anonymous artist on Sept. 1, 2010.

Smiling face in the kiddie pool beach, Graydon Pool, Ridgewood, NJ, Sept. 1, 2010

Smiling face in the kiddie pool beach, Graydon Pool, Sept. 1, 2010

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Fun on diving boards and 12-ft raft at Graydon Pool


Kids on high dive, low dive, and 12-ft raft at Graydon Pool, August 29, 2010

Kids on high dive, low dive, and 12-ft raft at Graydon Pool, August 29, 2010. (Photo: Alan Seiden)


This picture from the evening of August 29, 2010, shows kids waiting their turn for the high diving board (see the girl in mid-air), and using the lower diving board and the 12-foot raft.

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Sunset over Graydon Pool, Ridgewood, NJ, August 18, 2010

A group of us Graydon “regulars” had just completed our first annual picnic/BBQ when we noticed the gorgeous sunset.


Sunset over Graydon Pool, Ridgewood, NJ, August 18, 2010

Sunset over Graydon Pool, Ridgewood, NJ, August 18, 2010


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Ultimate Frisbee at Graydon Pool

The lifeguards at Graydon Pool, Ridgewood, NJ, took the opportunity during a period of heavy rain on July 26, 2010, to keep in shape and hone their teamwork with a serious game of beach Ultimate Frisbee (a football-like game).

(Because thunder had been heard in the vicinity, NJ’s bathing code dictated that no swimming was permitted for 45 minutes.)

In addition to frisbee games, Graydon’s sandy beaches provide an ideal surface for beach volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, and beach paddle ball. The Graydon Pool badge office has all the equipment and will lend it, free, to any badge holder for use at Graydon.


Graydon Pool Frisbee Leap

Graydon Pool lifeguards kept in shape with a game of Ultimate Frisbee on a rainy afternoon (photo: Alan Seiden)











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Attorney’s blog: Voters favored preservation

Stuart Lieberman, environmental attorney for The Preserve Graydon Coalition, has written a blog piece celebrating the wisdom of Ridgewood, NJ’s voters in electing preservation-minded candidates Tom Riche and Bernadette (Bernie) Walsh.

An excerpt from Mr. Lieberman’s article:

In a hotly contested municipal election involving four candidates running to fill two Council seats, the winners were the candidates who, among many other things, both publicly supported preserving an important local landmark –the Graydon Pool.


The two successful candidates openly (and we think quite correctly) opposed any effort to transform this natural, important landmark into a concrete pool. (The pool is really beautiful and has served the community for generations.  Many local residents have strong memories attached to this landmark.)


Apparently, this issue meant a great deal to local voters – and in interviews some voters stated that the Graydon issue was an important one in deciding which way to vote.


Our hats go off to these two excellent candidates.  And of  course, to our amazing local community organization and other community organizations that dared to form and be heard.

Read Mr. Lieberman’s blog piece: Ridgewood Voters Choose Preservationist Candidates



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Graydon thanks you for Walsh and Riche victory

Great news: Bernie Walsh and Tom Riche won the Village Council election last night


Ridgewood residents overwhelmingly elected the two candidates who had pledged to preserve Graydon. They will take office July 1.


Tom and Bernie expressed heartfelt thanks to all members of our Coalition who wrote letters to the editor, solicited votes, distributed flyers, spread the word on the internet, and—most important—voted.


Our attorney Stuart Lieberman responded via BlackBerry at 3:15 AM to our report of the election results: “Omg! You guys rock. Go democracy. Congrats.”


Here’s the scoreboard on the wall in the Senior Center at Village Hall where the candidates gathered to learn the election results as they came in. The numbers across the top represent voting districts.


The newly elected Council members and their supporters, including Marcia, Suzanne, and Alan, headed for an impromptu celebration at Bernie and Mike Walsh’s house. Also of our group, Eileen Negrycz gave Bernie a bouquet and Tim Collazzi and Danny Castellanos arrived later. Other guests included outgoing Councilman Pat Mancuso and former Council members Quentin Wiest and Jacques Harlow as well as friends and family.


How you can celebrate: Buy Graydon badges for your family. Ridgewood residents (ages 2-61) pay last year’s prices through May 22. Ridgewood seniors age 62+ pay $15. Ho-Ho-Kus and Midland Park residents also welcome.

Residents of additional towns may join if sponsored by a Ridgewood resident with a current badge. Information: 201-670-5560.


The Parks & Recreation Department is holding its first-ever special Graydon badge senior signup tomorrow (Thursday, May 13) from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM on the first floor of Village Hall. Every Ridgewood resident age 62+ is encouraged to come buy a badge. Cash, check, or Visa or MasterCard accepted.

For free door-to-door transportation for the badge day, reserve a ride on the Senior Bus at 201-670-5500 x200. Call today (Wednesday) for a ride on Thursday.

Other ways to buy badges

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A few hours left to vote; turnout is light; you might be the deciding vote

Polls are open till 8 PM in Ridgewood


Ridgewood residents have till 8 PM, just a few hours, to vote. Please vote for Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh and Thomas M. Riche, who favor practical solutions to the major issues while preserving Ridgewood’s essential character.


Note: While you may vote for two candidates, you are not required to. If you want only one, you can vote for one.


Turnout has been low so far, as described in this Patch.com article: http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/low-turnout-marks-early-part-of-council-election. Turnout will determine the winner and, ultimately, whether Graydon is allowed to thrive as a natural park.


Please make the effort to vote today. Ensure that all registered voters in your household (think spouse, children, or parents) do the same. Call Ridgewood residents whom you know personally and ask them to do the same. 


The future character of Graydon and Ridgewood hinges on this election. Please vote now. Call others in town (only people you know, please) and remind them. This depends on you.

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Please vote for Coghlan-Walsh and Riche on Tuesday

Tuesday is Election Day

Vote to keep this beautiful beachWe know that Graydon is not the only issue. But it is a significant and symbolic one. Graydon is the heart of the Village, both literally and figuratively. Yet some wish to rip it out and pave it over.


Important points to consider before pressing the button


* Flood hazard zone. Among the candidates, only Bernie and Tom understand the expense, danger, and recklessness of paving over a flood hazard area that repeatedly experiences severe flooding.


Residents who are relatively new to town cannot imagine the destruction that Ridgewood has already experienced from floods, including canoes down the streets and evacuations. They cannot fathom how much worse the situation could be without Graydon, our 3-million-gallon catch basin—now routinely emptied to make room for all the rain when big storms are predicted. Excess water also seeps down through the sand afterward. Those tons of water could end up in our neighbors’ basements and worse.


DO NOT BELIEVE protestations that certain minds are open to improvements at Graydon of the type we envision. DO NOT BELIEVE that a Request for Proposals (RFP) would merely invite “new ideas”—it’s a contract document for a big construction job.


Electing the other candidates would be Graydon’s death knell.


Fiscal restraint. Bernie and Tom know that taking out additional large bonds could compromise Ridgewood’s ability to borrow. They urge financial caution.


Independent thinkers. The other two candidates could form a three-vote majority with a like-minded sitting council member.


Homegrown campaigns. No huge donations. No expensive political consulting agency. No multiple mailings of glossy flyers. No ten million yard signs on unoccupied property. Just the candidates.


Village Council elections have low turnout. Make sure every registered voter in your household visits the polls between 6 AM and 8 PM.


RIDGEWOOD IS COUNTING ON YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING.
VOTE FOR COGHLAN-WALSH AND RICHE.


x Line 1: Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh
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x Line 4: Thomas M. Riche

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Vote to preserve Graydon May 11

Executive summary for Tuesday, May 11

This election will be a watershed<BR>for Ridgewood

✓ Line 1: Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh
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✓ Line 4: Thomas M. Riche


We endorse Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh and Thomas M. Riche for Council. They proudly display “Keep Graydon Natural” signs on their front lawns. Only if they are elected will Graydon as we know it be likely to survive. We explained more in our last message.


The polls will be open from 6 AM to 8 PM. That’s 14 hours—no excuses, please.


What else you can do: Call as many people as you can ON MONDAY to discuss the issues and ask them to vote for Walsh and Riche (pronounced RICH-ee). One-on-one conversations are the best way to encourage participation.


Talking points:

  • Bernie and Tom are independent thinkers. The other two candidates could form a three-vote majority with a like-minded sitting council member.
  • Village Council elections often have low turnout and are close. Everyone’s vote will count. Ask the people you call to make sure every registered voter in the household gets to the polls.
  • Encourage them to “make it viral” and call others. Time is tight; e-mail is better than nothing.


A democracy gets precisely what it deserves. Deserve the best. Vote for Tom and Bernie on TUESDAY, MAY 11.

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