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Mayor's Welcome

Welcome to the official website of the Borough of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey!
This informative and attractive municipal website is being provided as a public service to the residents and people interested in our community. Should you have any thoughts or recommendations on how we can make our community an even better place to live, please feel free to call upon us. We're always interested to hear from you.

Very truly yours,
Paul A. Sarlo, Mayor






News and Announcements

Statement of Mayor Paul Sarlo regarding police activity on the evening of
Thursday, October 8th in the Borough of Wood-Ridge

In an ongoing effort to combat the statewide heroin epidemic, the Bergen County Narcotics Task Force was conducting an operation to arrest a suspected drug dealer on the evening of Thursday, October 8, 2015. During the course of the operation, undercover detectives from the county task force followed the suspect, a 24 year-old male who graduated Wood-Ridge High School, as he drove to his parents’ home on Windsor Road in Wood-Ridge. When the suspect reached his parents’ home and realized that he was being followed, he fled on foot eluding the detectives pursuing him.

The detectives on the scene immediately requested assistance from other police agencies, including the Wood-Ridge Police Department, to search for the suspect. Police apprehended the unarmed suspect without incident walking on 10th Street near his parents’ home. The suspect has been charged and is in custody at the Bergen County Jail.

To assist in searching for the suspect in the dark, the Wood-Ridge Police utilized the Wood-Ridge School District emergency phone system to alert people to stay indoors due to a police emergency. Fewer people walking outdoors greatly assists in night-time police searches because it reduces the number of people the police have to stop and question, which improves the likelihood and timeliness of successfully apprehending the suspect.

The school district emergency phone system contains cell phone numbers of parents with children enrolled in the district. Because the county reverse-911 system does not contain cell phone numbers and only has land-line phone numbers issued by Verizon, it cannot reach people who do not have land-line phones, or have land-line phones through another carrier, or are not home to receive the call. All emergency phone notification systems, because of their limited reach and access to accurate phone numbers, rely on secondary notifications by third parties to disseminate information. While secondary notification via social media such as webpages, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are an invaluable tool, I caution everyone to remember that these are not-official and do not always contain 100% accurate information. The best information comes from official sources that take the time to gather all facts and distribute accurate information.

The Bergen County Narcotics Task Force conducts operations such as this virtually every night of the week. The heroin epidemic is plaguing all communities - both large urban cities and small suburban towns and all people without regard for race, religion, gender, age, education, family status or socio-economic background. That is why the task force targets both buyers and sellers at all levels of the distribution chain wherever they may be.

Congratulations to
Coach Andrea Marino
WRHS Girls Volleyball Coach
Achieving 400 Career Victories
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Fire Engine Rides Have Been Postponed
Until Sunday, October 11th, from 1:00
p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Due to Inclement
Weather this Sunday, October 4th.
Fire Engine Rides
are coming to Wood-Ridge!
Did you know that October 4th – 10th is Fire Prevention week? There are many things that people can do to improve their safety at home, school or work from a fire. Installing smoke detectors in all hallways and rooms and having an escape plan should a fire occur can certainly save lives!

Fire Chief Ron Phillips Jr. asks that you talk to your kids about how they can prevent fires. Take the mystery out of fire and make sure that your kids know the following safety tips:

Never play with matches, lighters or candles.
Never play with electrical cords and never put anything in a socket.
Blankets or clothes should never be thrown on top of lamps.
Don’t turn up a heater without a grown-up’s permission.
If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll.

Join the Wood-Ridge Fire Department on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1-4 PM at the Wood-Ridge firehouse located at 85 Humboldt Street. Children ages 3-13 will be treated to donuts and apple cider, see a short film on fire prevention and then take a ride on the inside of an actual fire truck around town!

The Bergen County Fire Prevention trailer will be on site so that children can experience a "smoke" filled environment.

A parent or guardian will have to be present the day of the event to sign a permission slip for their child to participate. Please call Council President Ezio Altamura if you should have any questions or would like more information. He can be reached at 201-531-0259.

Join your neighbors for our fifth annual day of fun that your child will never forget!

The Sixth Annual
Wood-Ridge Mayor's 5K
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Wood-Ridge High School - 9:30 a.m.
Click here for registration, and additional information
The above flyer is provided by Fritz Rethage.
Get Your Flu Shot!
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Time: Between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Wood-Ridge Senior Center, 495 Highland Avenue
9-11 Memorial Service of 2015

Helpful Resources
Now Available on our Website

Simply click on the "Helpful Resources" button on the left side of your screen or click on this link.
This is a work in progress.

2015 Reorganization Meeting Held on January 1st

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, October 6th
Mayor & Council Executive Meeting 7:00 p.m., Borough Hall.

Thursday, October 8th
Board of Health Meeting 7:30 p.m., Borough Hall.

Tuesday, October 13th
Shade Tree Commission Meeting 6:30 p.m., Borough Hall.
Library Meeting 7:00 p.m., Library

Wednesday, October 14 th
Recreation Commission Meeting 8:00 p.m., Borough Hall.

Tuesday, October 20th
Mayor & Council Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m., Borough Hall.

Wednesday, October 21st
Planning Board Meeting 7:00 p.m., Borough Hall.


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