Your vote is vital on Tuesday, May 11

Our endorsements for Tuesday’s Council election

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.

Vote for Graydon on Tuesday, May 11

The polls will be open from 6 AM to 8 PM. On the ballot, Bernie’s name is first (row 1) and Tom’s is last (row 4).

What you can do now: Call and e-mail Ridgewood friends and acquaintances, chat with your neighbors this weekend, and explain the direct connection between Tuesday’s Council election and Graydon’s likely fate. Let’s elect two independent thinkers, not a “team” in lockstep who would join with current Council member Paul Aronsohn, who has made his anti-Graydon views clear, to create a three-vote majority and do whatever they want for years.

Many Ridgewood elections are won and lost by surprisingly small numbers. Please make sure that every registered voter in your household votes on Tuesday.

Free ride to vote: Contact us for a ride or call 201-632-1436—in advance, if possible.

Please contribute toward the cost of our ad

Placing an ad jointly with Concerned Residents of Ridgewood was, we felt, essential to a full endorsement of our chosen candidates. Please donate $25, $50, $100, or what you can afford today. (Note: donations are NOT tax deductible.)

Another important way to boost Graydon

Buy your badge while the early bird price remains in effect (through May 22). Each purchase will demonstrate to Village officials and residents that Graydon is an enduring, delightful, irreplaceable asset. This applies to all who care about Graydon whether you have ever gone there or not.

YOUR VOTE IS VITAL TO GRAYDON’S FUTURE. Make your voice heard on Tuesday, May 11.

Graydon was here before any of us arrived and must remain after we have gone.


Marcia Ringel and Suzanne Kelly, Co-Chairs

The Preserve Graydon Coalition, Inc., a nonprofit corporation

“It’s clear—we love Graydon!”

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

If you are a Ridgewood resident who loves Graydon, please vote in the Village Council election on Tuesday, May 11, for Thomas M. Riche and Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh—the only candidates running for the two open Council seats who want to preserve Graydon.

The other two candidates: Doug Cronk is the husband of Melinda Cronk, co-chair of the Ridgewood Pool Project, with its concrete agenda. Brian Dowd, Cronk’s friend, has lived here for all of five years. Their theme: “change.”

Tell your friends that just because two candidates run as a team does not mean they must be voted for (or against) together.

If you do not live in Ridgewood but know people who do, please tell them that the pro-Graydon votes are for Riche and Coghlan-Walsh.

Ridgewood Council elections typically draw no more than 20% of registered voters to the polls. The $48 million school bond in December won by 62 votes. Do not doubt that your vote will make a difference.

This election will be likely to determine Graydon’s future. Please do not miss this opportunity to help.

Need a ride to the polls? We have a list of willing drivers. Contact us—in advance, if possible.

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10 Reasons to Join Graydon Pool Today

Residents of Ridgewood can buy Graydon badges at last year’s prices for a limited time and in a new way.

Graydon has clean, clear water, and now ping-pong, too

Here are 10 reasons to join today:

1. Easy signup online at
2. Early Bird discount for Ridgewood residents under 62
3. New! Challenge your kids to a ping-pong game at Graydon!
4. Ho-Ho-Kus and Midland Park residents, as well as residents of other towns if sponsored by a badge holder, can join, too—tell your friends
5. Meet your neighbors at Ridgewood’s favorite community gathering spot, at the corner of Linwood and Maple
6. Seniors (age 62+) must buy a badge this year ($15). Be counted!
7. Shop locally—swim locally…and picnic, sunbathe, read, tan, chat, build sand castles, play volleyball…
8. Air diffusers, new white sand, and other new amenities
9. You like the way Graydon looks and you want it to stay that way
10. Show appreciation to the Village for keeping the water clean and clear

See you there! Sign up at

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Sample lab test report of Graydon Pool water

Graydon Pool lab test shows a very safe, low bacteria count

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Each week during the swimming season, the state-accredited Garden State Laboratories in Hillside, NJ, tests the water in Graydon Pool, Ridgewood, NJ. The report from August 25, 2009, at right, shows a very low fecal coliform count (less than 10 parts per billion).

Graydon’s bacterial counts are consistently low—many times cleaner than required by law.

In addition, other tests performed and monitored by the Ridgewood’s Parks & Recreation and Health Departments are scrutinized to ensure healthy conditions during the summer.

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Documenting Graydon Pool in all seasons

One of my tasks in helping the community to understand the value of Graydon is to document it not only in the summer but in fall, winter, and spring. I take photos that document not only its natural beauty but its function in providing a place for stormwater to go, preventing floods.

I took some photos on March 19, 2010, a week after the storm that knocked out everyone’s power. The Village of Ridgewood had drained the pond (I prefer to call it a lake) before the storm to make room for water. Now there was plenty of water in it. I also saw the natural springs bubbling up.

Alan at Graydon Pool on March 19, 2010

Self-photo of Alan at Graydon Pool on March 19, 2010

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