New Ridgewood Estate Card offers residents meaningful property tax savings


September 15, 2017

From the Office of Mayor Susan Knudsen

New Ridgewood Estate Card offers residents meaningful property tax savings

Ridgewood officials are proud to introduce the Ridgewood Estate Card, a new property tax savings program now available to Ridgewood property owners. The program offers a debit like card that offers a reward on purchases that is automatically applied to reduce Ridgewood property taxes billed to the cardholder. An even greater level of reward is offered at participating local and online merchants. Tax rewards are applied annually to the third quarter tax bill.

Visit to learn more about this exciting opportunity and to sign up for the program. Once signed up, one will receive their card via US mail in 5-7 business days. Each time the card is used, a percentage of that purchase is earned toward property tax reduction. Reward amounts are listed in both the cardholder’s online account and on the easy to use Card Rewards mobile app.

Ridgewood’s Mayor Susan Knudsen stated, “The Ridgewood Estate Card is an exciting program helping Ridgewood property owners save toward their property taxes while encouraging local spending.” The program is being offered by the Village and administered by Municipal Cards, LLC.

Local Ridgewood merchants are beginning to participate in the program and presently there are already over 3,200 online merchants offering bonus rewards. A full list of participating merchants can be viewed at by clicking on the “Rewards” page.

Ridgewood residents are encouraged to take advantage of the program by signing up online at Questions can be submitted to

Local merchants interested in participating may visit to enroll or email


Mobile Shredding Event - Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ Graydon Pool

Recycle your unwanted documents and papers by safely shredding them!  Give your paper a safe retirement ....Shred it!

Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9AM (No early arrivals)  to 12:30PM - Rain or Shine!  NEW LOCATION - Graydon Pool, 200 Northern Parkway, Ridgewood. (Our event ends when the truck is full)

-Watch your documents on camera as they are securely shredded by Shred-It

-Place items for shredding in a paper bag or a cardboard box only.  NO PLASTIC BAGS

-Limit five (5) file-size boxes per vehicle

-Free to all Ridgewood Residents and businesses ONLY

-YES - Cancelled Checks, Computer Printouts, Copy Paper (all colors) Envelopes, Letterhead, Stationary, etc.

-NO Binder Clips or Binders, No Plastics, No Shipping Envelopes, No Photos, No Carbon paper, No Non-paper Items


-For additional program information, please visit us online at and click on Government>Departments>PublicWorks>Recycling


Remembrance Exhibit of 9/11 Portraits - Month of September

During the month of September an exhibit of "Portraits" will be displayed in the Belcher Auditorium at the Ridgewood Public Library. The Library is open 7 days a week.  The exhibit of pictures honors the memory of each of "Ridgewood's Twelve" and  offers a quiet place for reflection. 

A 9/11 Mass will take place Monday, September 11 at 7PM.


Gold Star Mothers and Families - September 24th - Memorial Park at Van Neste Square

Ridgewood, NJ Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee

American Legion Post #53

P.O. Box 1525      Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Maria Bombace, TEL: (201) 444-0892    E-Mail:

Bob Paoli, TEL: (201) 445-1738                E-Mail:



You are cordially invited to attend our seventh annual Gold Star Mother’s Day commemoration sponsored by the Ridgewood Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee to be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017, and starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. at Van Neste Park, Ridgewood, NJ, as our Nation honors our Gold Star Mothers and families. The Presidential Proclamation in 2011 commemorating this day pronounces, “As members of a grateful Nation, we owe a debt we can never repay, but hold this sacred obligation forever in our hearts, minds, and actions. We honor their sacrifice, and stand with our service members, military families, and Gold Star families as they have stood for us.” The American Legion Post 53 and Ridgewood NJ’s Blue Star Families are committed to bringing awareness to our community and to commemorate the sacrifices these mothers and their families have made for our Country.

In the aftermath of World War I, Washington D.C. resident Grace Darling Seibold formed an organization called Gold Star Mothers to support the moms who had lost sons and daughters to the war. Grace's son, First Lieutenant George Vaughn Seibold, was an aviator killed in combat over France in 1918. In 1928, the small D.C.-based group decided to nationalize its efforts. In 1936, a joint congressional resolution established the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day. The Gold Star Mothers grew from a support group of 60 women to today’s extensive nationwide network with tens of thousands of members and hundreds of local chapters.

In Ridgewood, NJ the Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee will sponsor our seventh annual event commemorating Gold Star Mother’s Day on Sunday, September 24th, at Van Neste Park. There will be a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. until approx. 7:30 p.m. and hundreds of luminaries will be lit throughout the evening to honor Gold Star Mothers and their families. But in addition, our goal is to see thousands of other luminaries lit in safe, appropriate locations throughout Ridgewood and other towns on September 24th to honor the Gold Star Mothers and families!

Luminaries will be available for a donation before the ceremony at the following location:

Residence of Bob Paoli, Commander American Legion Post #53,

at 368 N. Pleasant Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. 07450

     Call 201-445-1738 to arrange time to pickup

Everyone also can stand with us in honoring the Gold Star Mothers and families by helping to raise awareness through:

  • talking to your family, friends, and neighbors about the event;
  • joining us at Van Neste Park; and,
  • supporting this event with a donation (please make checks payable to the American Legion Post #53, write “Gold Star event” on the memo line, and send it to the American Legion Post #53, P.O. Box 1525, Ridgewood, NJ 07450).