Ridgewood business close for #ADayWithoutImmigrants

Several Ridgewood establishments are shuttering their doors for the day as part of a nationwide solidarity protest.

The movement, called #ADayWithoutImmigrants looks to show people what the country would look like without businesses owned or staffed by immigrants. A number of Ridgewood establishments posted on Facebook that they’ll closing their doors in solidarity:

See any others? Let us know in the comments!

Pol to host property tax town hall

State Senator Joseph Addabbo is looking to help residents navigate the ins and outs of property tax in the borough.

On Thursday, March 9, Addabbo is hosting a property tax assessment town hall meeting at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, 59-03 Summerfield Street from 6-8 p.m.

“At this time, when property taxes are some of the highest they have ever been, it is important that residents know of all the exemptions and rebates offered to them from the state and city,” Addabbo said. “That is why I invite homeowners in the district to join us on March 9, for this informational meeting on property tax assessments.”

State of the 34th District address postponed

Councilman Antonio Reynoso’s state of the district address, originally scheduled for Thursday evening, has been postponed due to the impending snow storm.

While the event was scheduled to be held at PS 257, 60 Cook Street in Brooklyn, part of the 34th district encompasses the southern portion of Ridgewood.

Reynoso’s office said they will be in touch with a new date soon.

Traffic agent struck at busy Ridgewood intersection

The intersection of Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue.

A traffic agent was struck at the intersection of Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue yesterday.

According to police, the traffic agent was adjusting a barrier then they were struck by a vehicle. The agent was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Work just recently began on an 18-month rebuild of the Fresh Pond Road LIRR bridge at the intersection, which will require traffic agents to be posted in the area, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Residents in the area have already express concerns over how the work would impact traffic in the area.

Chase bank robbed in Ridgewood

Surveillance footage of the suspect.

Police are looking for a middle-aged woman they believe robbed the Chase bank at 51-15 Metropolitan Ave., on Friday.

According to police, it was reported at 5:09 p.m. that the suspect entered the bank, approached the 34-year-old teller and handed her a note demanding money. The teller complied and the individual fled the scene.

The individual is a female, White, approximately 50-years of age, 5’5″, 140 lbs., last seen wearing a black hat, black coat, and a black scarf.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

UPS driver robbed at gunpoint in Ridgewood

Surveillance image of the suspect.

The car the suspect fled the scene in, according to police.

A man wearing a UPS Jacket robbed an actual UPS driver in Ridgewood on January 24.

According to police, the driver was in front of 1740 Stanhope St., when the unidentified individual approached him, brandished a silver firearm and demanded cash.

The driver, who was unloading packages, turned over approximately $400. The suspect fled the scene in a gray Honda Accord.

The individual is described as a male Black, approximately 25-30 years old, approximately 6’0″ tall, 180lbs and last seen wearing a UPS jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers.

DOT hosting public transit workshop in Ridgewood

A community DOT meeting from earlier this year.

Have questions about the looming L train shutdown, work at Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue or new bike lanes in your neighborhood?

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is hosting a public transit workshop in Ridgewood on February 13 at IS 77, 976 Seneca Ave., from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to stop in at anytime during the workshop.

For more information about the series of meetings DOT is hosting throughout the borough, visit: www.transitplan.nyc

Ridgewood man arrested as alleged co-leader of illegal prescription pill ring

A 45-year-old Ridgewood man and six others were arrested for their participation in a multi-million prescription forgery ring, law enforcement agents announced this week.

According to the New York division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, 45-year-old Ridgewood man Joseph Bivona and 53-year-old Steven Keller of Valley Stream, are accused of employing drug runners to fill forged prescriptions of oxycodone at pharmacies throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

During the course of the scheme, authorities said, runners were directed to fill over 930 prescriptions for oxycodone. Ultimately it resulted in over 160,000 pills on the street with a street value of nearly $3 million.

“It is alleged that Bivona and Keller schemed to profit off of other people’s addictions by pushing diverted oxycodone onto New York City’s black market since 2011,” DEA Special Agent-in-Charge James Hunt said. “Evident by today’s arrests, law enforcement is committed to identifying prescription drug rings whose crimes contribute to opioid misuse within our communities.”

The DEA further alleged that Bivona and Keller employed family members to fill prescriptions, using the name of an Astoria doctor.

A list of the charges is below:

Work to begin next week on Ridgewood high rise

A rendering of the finished project, from the developer.

Work on a controversial 17-story, mixed-use apartment building with 129 apartments, medical and commercial officers and ground floor retail at 350 St. Nicholas Ave., will begin on February 1.

The developer, AB Capstone Builders notified local residents in a letter, as required, 10 days prior to work.

The letter says there may be some traffic and parking impacts at times. Regular work hours will be Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but weekend and evening hours may be required at times.

Despite that opposition from the tenants and affordability advocates, the property’s developer, can proceed with this development as of right. The site, just a block away from the Myrtle-Wyckoff Transit hub, is zoned for a high-rise, high-density development.