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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 … Continue reading

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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.

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.

Badges are available online at

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. Continue reading

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

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 article: 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. Continue reading

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Please vote for Coghlan-Walsh and Riche on Tuesday

We 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.


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Vote to preserve Graydon May 11

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.

The polls will be open from 6 AM to 8 PM.

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.

Important points to consider:

* 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. Continue reading

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Your vote is vital on Tuesday, May 11

We strongly endorse Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh and Thomas M. Riche for the two open Village Council positions. The next Council will determine the future of Graydon. Graydon’s prospects are excellent this year: better water quality and amenities, positive buzz, and, we predict, increased membership and financial strength.

The next Council will either foster such improvements or actively cause it to fail through negative propaganda, neglect, and a determination to pave it over.

Give Bernie and Tom, who are Graydon badge holders, the power to maintain Graydon’s attributes while providing continued enhancements that are fiscally and environmentally responsible. Please vote on Tuesday, May 11.

P.S. Happy birthday, Graydon Park! May 6, 1910 – 2010 and still going strong. Continue reading

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The Preserve Graydon Coalition Endorses Riche, Coghlan-Walsh for Village Council

The Preserve Graydon Coalition endorses Thomas M. Riche and Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh for the May 11, 2010, Village Council election of Ridgewood, New Jersey. Mr. Riche and Ms. Coghlan-Walsh are the only two candidates who have said they intend to preserve Graydon. Please vote on May 11. Continue reading

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