Crossfit competition at Crossfit Ridgewood this Sunday

The Ridgewood Rumble is a crossfit event for the members of Crossfit Ridgewood; a popular crossfit community in Force Fitness Club, located at 63-03 Fresh Pond Rd. in Ridgewood (next to Rosa’s Pizza).

The competition will take place this Sunday, October 2nd, from 9AM – 12PM. It is a members only event, but spectators are welcome.

Crossfit fans will get a chance to watch the #84 ranked crosfitter in the NE Region, Jeffrey Leider. Leider, a Ridgewood resident and elite personal trainer, is favored to win the event. He is ranked 84th our of 15,000 crossfit competitors in the North East Region.


Here are some clips from last year’s competition.


Here are the exercises in this year’s competition:

WOD 1:    12 Min Time Cap, 800 M Run & In the remaining time athletes must establish a heavy complex of: 1 Snatch (power or squat), 1 Hang Snatch (power or squat), 1 Overhead Squat.

WOD 2:  7 Min AMRAP, 10 Thrusters 95/65 75/55, 10 KB Swings 70/44 53/26, 10 TTB/ Ab-mat Sit-ups

WOD 3:  “Diane” (7 Min Time Cap) 21-15-9, Deadlifts 225/165, 185/125, HSPU’S / Hand Release Push-ups



Woman stabbed to death in Ridgewood


Police are investigating a stabbing incident that left one woman dead and sent a man to the hospital in stable condition.

According to authorities, they responded to 1861 Stanhope Avenue on Wednesday night at around 11:50 p.m. on a report of an assault in progress inside the home. When they arrived, they observed a 26-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds throughout her body and a 26-year-old man with an apparent self-inflicted stab wound in the leg.

The female victim was transported to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The male was transported to Elmhurst Hospital where he is listed in stabled condition. He is currently in police custody.

The identity of the victim is being held, pending family notification.


Police have arrested 26-year-old Render Stetson-Shanahan on charges of murder, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and two counts of criminal mischief in the slaying of 25-year-old Carolyn Bush.

Ridgewood Councilman joins others in sitting for Pledge of Allegiance

Hate mail received by Councilman Jumaane Williams for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Hate mail received by Councilman Jumaane Williams for sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who represents parts of Ridgewood, Bushwick and Williamsburg was one of eight members of the City Council that did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance in solidarity with Councilman Jumaane Williams.

Councilman Carlos Menchaca, Councilwoman Inez Barron, Councilman Andy King, Councilman Brad Lander, Councilman Ruben Wills and Councilman Rafael Espinal all sat at the City Council meeting.

The silent protest started with Councilman Williams last month, who said he has started receiving hate mail in the wake of his actions. Williams released a statement in wake of mail:

“First, I want to thank those who sent positive messages and emails of support. The over-the-top responses shows where we are in this country. There are some who complain about a peaceful protest, so it begs the question what are people really angered by – is it the act of protesting irrespective of what form it takes, or they simply believe there is nothing to protest about.  It seems to me that some have a problem with protesting in general whether it’s peaceful prayer, an act of civil disobedience, or in the form of engaging in destructive behavior. I am exercising my right as an American to speak out about something I believe in and the hateful responses underscores the need for it.”
“Lastly, the irony should not be lost on anyone that these are racist responses to a protest about continued racial inequality. I invite all New Yorkers of goodwill to join me at City Hall this Wednesday at noon to continue the discussion about a practice this is rooted in the best values of America.”

Councilman Brad Lander also defended his decision to sit in a social media post:

District 34 Participatory Budgeting assemblies this week


Want to help Councilman Antonio Reynoso spend $1 million, well now’s your chance. The next round of participatory budgeting is underway and the councilman is hosting two public sessions this week:

Tuesday, 9/27 at 6PM
P.S. 250
108 Montrose Ave.

Wed., 9/28 at 6PM
Hope Gardens Community Center
422 Central Ave.

Originally, there was supposed to be a session on Monday at Ridgewood’s Grover Cleveland High School, but it is being rescheduled for a later date.

Ridgewood community garden group starts GoFundMe

Volunteers work in the Garden. (Photo courtesy Ridgewood Community Garden on Facebook)
Volunteers work in the Garden. (Photo courtesy Ridgewood Community Garden on Facebook)

Volunteers with the Ridgewood Community Garden are in need of supplies and their turning to the community for help.

After nearly a year of hiatus, the group found a new spot near Grover Cleveland High School and is now launching a GoFundMe on their Facebook page, hoping to raise $2,000 for supplies:

We urgently need funds this season to build and outfit our new garden space before the cold winter months. We need materials to build organic planter beds, including wood and soil, and the tools to construct them. We need gardening and building tools, and an on-site storage site to house them.

We have received a ton of interest and support in our efforts, and now that we’ve gained access to our new lot, we need materials and funds to make this into the special place we know it can be. We know the community will come through to make this happen, and can’t wait to get to work!

Visit the group on Facebook or check out the GoFundMe for more information.

Community meeting on subway shutdowns in Ridgewood tonight

For the foreseeable future, the shutdowns of portions of the L and M subway lines are going to wreak havoc on the commutes of Ridgewood and Bushwick residents. Tonight, come armed with questions as the MTA will be presenting the full shutdown plans to the community and hearing their concerns, thanks to a group of elected officials.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, 59-03 Summerfield Street. See the flier below for more details.