Partnership between the County of Bergen, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, and Bergen Community College will offer drive-thru COVID-19 nasal swab rapid testing


(Paramus, N.J.) – The County of Bergen, in collaboration with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center will extend their COVID-19 testing efforts by launching a new drive-thru program at Bergen Community College located at 400 Paramus Rd, Paramus, N.J.

The program will offer antigen nasal swab rapid COVID-19 tests that provide results in 24 hours or less on the following days below for the month of December:




Tuesday, December 1st

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 3rd

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 5th

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday, December 7th

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9th

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 10th

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Monday, December 14th

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 16th

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 17th

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 19th

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday, December 21st

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 22nd

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 23rd

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Monday, December 28th

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 29th

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 30th

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Testing is available to all county residents free of charge, regardless of health insurance status. Residents must schedule their test through an online portal which can be reached at Please note residents must bring their mobile device for check-in.  Identification is necessary so please bring ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: your driver’s license/ID card, social security card, passport, or birth certificate.  Proof of Bergen County residency or proof of employment that you work for one of the 70 municipalities or are employed by a Bergen County public school is required so please bring your driver’s license, utility bill, employee work ID or paystub.  If you have health insurance, please bring your with you as well.

“As winter approaches, and cases continue to rise, it is critical that the County continues to provide testing for the foreseeable future,” said Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, III. “Thanks to the efforts of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and the County of Bergen, starting December 1st all residents will be able to receive free, quick, and easy COVID-19 drive-thru testing at the centrally located Bergen Community College campus in Paramus. This battle is not over and we must remain vigilant until a vaccine is widely available.”

“Bergen County will continue to lead the way in our fight against COVID-19. With the holidays around the corner, availability of testing will be essential to limiting the predicted spike in cases,” said Mary Amoroso, Chairwoman of the Bergen County Board of Commissioners.

“Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked collaboratively with the County of Bergen to make sure that all residents had access to testing, regardless of their health insurance status or ability to pay. We remain committed in these efforts and look forward to offering antigen rapid testing which will provide results in 24 hours or less,” said Deb Visconi, President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.

“The College actively supports our County partners in the continued fight against COVID-19 and is pleased to serve as the host since we are centrally and conveniently located site for this new drive-thru rapid testing program,” said Dorothy L. Blakeslee, Bergen Community College Board of Trustees Chairwoman.


The County of Bergen and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center remind all residents that mobile testing is only one way to get tested.  COVID-19 nasal, saliva, and antibody testing are also available by appointment at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.  To make an appointment please visit for more information.


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We are pleased to announce that the Final Draft of the Village of Ridgewood Master Plan – Section 1: Our Village, Our Future is complete. Click here to download the Final Draft from the Village website. A Planning Board public hearing on its adoption will be held on October 20.

Back in March, just before the pandemic took hold of the country, we posted a link to the Draft of the Village of Ridgewood Master Plan – Section 1: Our Village, Our Future (dated March 17, 2020) for residents, businessowners, and other interested parties to review and provide feedback. We created a Comment Form to collect feedback. We extended the review period several times, added an alternate method of commenting to encourage more feedback, and then closed the review period on June 30.

On July 7, we presented the Draft to the Planning Board, summarized the nature of the comments received, and discussed next steps, the main one being the production of the Final Draft.

What parts of the report changed between the Draft and the Final Draft?

There were two substantive changes made to the Draft, based on comments received, that are now reflected in the Final Draft. The first is the addition to Chapter 1.7 Trends (see pages 50-51) of a discussion about Covid-19 and its potential impacts on the Village. It highlights of some of the Village's responses to the pandemic and recommends several actions to consider into the future as the Master Plan elements are being put together.

The second is the addition to Chapter 1.5 Structure of the Village (see page 28) of a discussion about architectural styles in Downtown. This section previously had not included much discussion about architecture, which is an important quality that contributes to the "small town/village feel."

What was the nature of the comments received on the Draft?

Click here to view a PDF that contains all of the responses to the open-ended questions received through the Comment Form. A number of comments were focused recommendations or ideas involving topics such as trees, natural resources, and downtown development, which would be appropriate to consider during the next stage of the process, when the various Master Plan elements are put together.

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On behalf of the Social Security Administration (SSA), I/we want to let you know that during the current coronavirus pandemic, SSA continues to provide help to you and others in your community.

While their offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, SSA remains committed to providing ongoing benefits and vital services.  SSA asked me to let you know that they remain ready and able to help you by phone with most Social Security matters. You can speak with a representative by calling your local Social Security office or their National 800 Number.  They provide local office phone numbers conveniently online with their Social Security Office Locator.

SSA also wants you to know they have many secure and convenient online services to:

  • Apply for Retirement, Disability, and Medicare benefits,
  • Check the status of an application or appeal,
  • Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas),
  • Print a benefit verification letter, and
  • Much more.

Most business with SSA can be done online, but they know that many people still rely on phone or in-person help.  That’s why they want you to know you can still count on them by phone. And, if you have a critical situation they cannot help you with by phone or online, they may be able to schedule an appointment for you.

If you need help from SSA, please don’t wait until they can see you in person.  Reach out now and get the help you need.

Lastly, SSA also understands that getting medical and other documentation can be difficult due to the pandemic.  So, they are continuing to extend certain deadlines wherever possible.

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All Village Offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on  September 7, 2020.  The Recycling Center will also be closed on Monday, September 7th..

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The Ridgewood Police Department will be seeking reaccreditation with the Coalition of Accredited Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  The Ridgewood Police Department was initially accredited in 1996, and is currently the longest continuously accredited law enforcement agency in the State of New Jersey. 

On August 18, 2020 a team of assessors from CALEA will take part in an examination and assessment of the department to determine if our department follows the best practice standards used by many of the best police departments throughout the international law enforcement community. 

This assessment consists of several interviews with personnel for an in-depth look at the internal working of our department and how we conform to CALEA’s best practices, not only in theory, but also in actual application on a daily basis.  These interviews take place after four (4) annual assessments of the department’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations where the department provides proofs of compliance to CALEA’s standards by granting access to files showing such compliance. In total, the Ridgewood Police Department must meet and practice upwards of 484 individual best practice standards.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of this assessment is going to be conducted virtually.  As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer public comments to the assessment teams members during two events. The first will be a “call in session” on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 3:30pm. Persons who wish to call the assessors may do so at that time, and will be limited to 5 minutes.  The telephone number to contact an assessor is (201)857-5734. 

The second is a public hearing to be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 which will be conducted virtually on a Zoom Session.  The Session ID and password are below and will be posted on our site. 

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the zoom session, are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Ridgewood Police Department, 131 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.  The local contact is Joseph Youngberg at (201) 251-4534.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Ridgewood Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (“CALEA”), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.

As always, we are proud to serve the fine community of Ridgewood as we have since 1894 and we look forward to continuing our service to you through professionalism and pride in the future.


Department Contact Information:

Chief Jacqueline Luthcke - - (201)670-5594

Ptl. Joseph Youngberg – – (201)251-4534

Assessor Call-In Phone Number: (201)857-5734

Webinar ID: 847 4702 8207
Participant ID: 443216
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