Ridgewood pharmacy thefts may be connected

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Police believe four thefts at Ridgewood pharmacies this summer may be connected.

In the most recent incident, police report that unknown individuals entered Rite Aid Pharmacy at 60-36 on August 16 at around 6 p.m. The individuals are accused to taking various medical products and leaving the store without paying.

On July 17, at the same Rite Aid, police said at around 7:05 p.m., individuals entered the store and removed over the counter medications, speakers, razors and baby formula.

In June, individuals allegedly store miscellaneous items from the Rite Aid on Grandview Avenue and the Walgreens on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood.

The three individuals are all described as black males between the ages of 18 and 22. Surveillance images are from the August 16 incident.

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.

Community garden hosting work day this Saturday

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Now that the Ridgewood Community Garden group has a new space in partnership with Grover Cleveland High School, they’re hosting their second work day this weekend.

The group is inviting residents interested in helping out to come check out the new space and prep it for the fall planting season on August 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. See more info from the group below:

The Ridgewood Community Garden has finally found a home in partnership with Grover Cleveland High School! We are looking forward to planting, maintaining, and harvesting some beautiful fall veggie crops from the new location on Metropolitan Ave. between Armory and Tonsor. Please join us to help clear the space of weeds, prune some existing plantings, and get to know your fellow neighborhood gardeners.

***Please bring your own gloves, pruners, trowels, or other tools if you have them.

Police bust eight at prostitution problem corner

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The intersection of Cypress Avenue and Starr Street in Ridgewood.

As part of operation losing proposition, the NYPD 104th Precinct’s continuing effort to combat prostitution in Ridgewood (specifically the area around Cypress Avenue and Starr Street), police arrested eight individuals on Saturday August 6.

All eight individuals, listed below, were arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute.

Saul Cedello, Brooklyn, NY
Murotkulov Doston, Brooklyn, NY
Gil Edgar Manuel, East Stroudsburg, Pa
Juan Espinoza, Queens, NY
Julio Puma, Queens, NY
Jose Rodriguez, Queens, NY
Ivan Rosales, Queens, NY
Manuelito Oliveras, Queens, NY

Ridgewood resident shares video of motorcycle theft

A Ridgewood man posting on Facebook under the name Radek Chrzanowski, shared surveillance footage of what appears to be two perpetrators stealing his motorcycle on Ridgewood Social. He’s offering a $500 reward for tips, and can be contacted at rudy4pl@hotmail.com

He posted the video, below, along with the following message:

I live in ridgewood and last week I’ve unfortunetly had my beloved motorcycle stolen. I’ve got footage of the theft and a decent shot of the perpetrator’s faces. I was wonder if you’d be so kind and share my facebook post about the theft so maybe someone in the neighborhood recognizes them. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Ridgewood community garden finds new home

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After months of planning meetings, the Ridgewood community garden finally has a new home at Grover Cleveland High School.

The group is planning their first work day, this Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group posted the following message on Facebook:

The Ridgewood Community Garden has finally found a home in partnership with Grover Cleveland High School! We are looking forward to planting, maintaining, and harvesting some beautiful fall veggie crops from the new location on Metropolitan Ave. between Armory and Tonsor. Please join us to help clear the space of weeds, prune some existing plantings, and get to know your fellow neighborhood gardeners.

***Please bring your own gloves and weeding tools if you have them.

Despite heat, Myrtle Ave street fest draws crowd

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Despite the heat, hundreds packed the streets for the annual Myrtle Avenue street fair last Sunday. The annual event brought residents from Ridgewood and Glendale out of their homes, an onto the central business district for an afternoon of family fun.

The fair featured tables from local vendors, as well as informational booths from businesses in the area. While most of the action was on street, the businesses behind were also open and especially the restaurants were packed with customers, enjoying the increased foot presence on the avenue.

In addition to vendors, there was also classic fair food, thrilling rides for the youngsters to keep everyone in the family entertained.

Down at the Fresh Pond Road portion of the fair, the East Coast Car Association set up some of their classic cars on display to benefit Toys for Tots. There was no charge for the spectators, but money is raised through an entrance fee and 50/50 raffle.

This year, all proceeds from their shows go to benefit St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

The festival was presented by the Glendale Kiwanis Club and organized by Meteor Festivals, who present street festivals across New York City.

See more photos from the celebration below:

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New venue The Footlight hosting grand opening party on Friday

Photo courtesy The Footlight on Facebook.

Photo courtesy The Footlight on Facebook.

The much anticipated new music venue in Ridgewood, The Footlight, is hosting their grand opening party this weekend. The venue, located at 465 Seneca had a soft opening last weekend and had current hours of noon to 2 a.m. every day.

Friday night’s opening will be the first concert they host, featuring the following list of bands with set times:

• 8 p.m. – Monograms
• 9 p.m. – LIP TALK
• 10 p.m. – Starlight Girls
• 11 p.m. – The Teen Age

The show is $5 and doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event.