REAC-Green Team Joint Meeting Minutes 20181204

REAC-Green Team Joint Meeting Minutes 20181204


REAC: Bob Upton, George Wolfson, Lisa Summers, Christine Amundsen, Pam Perron,  Michael Sedon (Village Council Liaison), Mary Mogerley (Parks & Recreation Rep), Robert Kearney (Village Staff Rep).

Green Team: Justin Manger, Bob Upton, George Wolfson, Cathy Brienza, Michael Sedon (Village Council Liaison).

Other: Serena Iacoviello, Leslie Lello

1. Introductions/Membership update:

We welcomed Rob Kearney as the new REAC Village Staff Representative.

Serena has resubmitted her GT application. We understand that Anthea Zito and Jamie Miller have also submitted GT applications.

Mike advised that the Village is advertising for volunteers for Village committees.

2. The minutes from the October meeting were adopted by consensus.

3. Plastic Bags:

Both ANJEC and Sustainable Jersey suggest the State legislation banning single use plastic bags and other plastics may happen slowly or not at all. Lisa & Ellie have now made presentations to the Chamber of Commerce and Guild (both of whom surveyed their members) and to the CBD and Stable Hands group. Mike has requested an invitation to speak to the AM Rotary group but received no reply. It was agreed we will approach the Village Council to propose an ordinance and Mike will try to get us on a work session agenda. No decision on purchasing reusable bags. A number of NJ towns have already passed bans and ANJEC offers a model ordinance on their web site.

4. League of Women Voters Bottled Water Resolution.

The League of Women Voters, Water Committee, has drafted a resolution and fact sheet for Village Council to discontinue the purchase of single-use PET water bottles using municipal funds and, on their behalf, Pam Perron has asked REAC to join LWV in recommending that the Council adopt the measure. These documents were circulated to members ahead of the meeting and, the committees agreed, after discussion and a couple of edits, to support LWV in this action.

5. Sustainable Jersey:

a. Plans for Silver recertification.

Justin proposed using the same spreadsheet model as used for the last Silver certification application for our Spring 2020 recertification. We will list the actions needed to reach the required points score and ask GT members to champion individual actions. It was noted that some past actions will no longer be available or achievable in which case new ones will need to be added. We will plan to launch this effort at our January meeting.

b. Addressing Climate Change.

Ahead of our meeting Pam had provided excerpts from the executive summary of The Fourth National Climate Assessment published recently by the Government which were circulated to committee members. Her suggestion was to consider how our committees might address this issue through SJ Actions or otherwise. Members were asked to review SJ Actions particularly in the Energy and Sustainability & Climate Planning categories before our next meeting. It was noted that the latter category includes two Actions dealing with visioning/vision statements which perhaps could be addressed in the Village’s current visioning effort (see Master Plan below).

c. Gold Star Standard in Waste

i. Waste Reduction & Recycling Level Reporting: Johanna at the Recycling Dept has responded that the data required is all available except the “Number of people employed in municipality”. SJ thought they could provide that number but are now having difficulty. We will ask Johanna to provide the numbers that are available to establish what baseline data we can.

ii. Food Waste Pilot: Community Compost Co (CCC), the firm proposing a pilot collection program needs a number of communities to participate to launch a program in Bergen Co. They have received some interest from members of the SJ Bergen Hub and are talking directly to Ridgewood Recycling. Ridgewood Recycling is interested but needs funding for the pilot and, we believe, another community to sign on. CCC acknowledge that, from a sustainability perspective, backyard composting or in town centralized composting are better solutions but not always viable.

iii. Composting Info Session: We are proposing to conduct this session as part of the partnership program on Regenerative Environmentalism, see below.

d. Green Business Program

George & Pam are creating a new questionnaire based on the previous SJ model and incorporating SJ’s updates and food waste and polystyrene reduction, initially focusing on restaurants & food stores.

e. SJ Bergen Hub

i. “Styrofoam” Program: Justin & Bob are working with the SJ Hub Styrofoam Sub-Committee who will administer the program using the Hub Grant which was awarded. For Ridgewood we are looking at conducting an education event, hosting a collection drive and incorporating Styrofoam reduction into our Green Business program.

ii. Next Hub meeting tentatively set for Ramsey in 3rd or 4th week of January. Topic of Clean Energy to be confirmed. Justin & Bob have been attending and invite others to participate.

iii. It was noted Fair Lawn will hold a Green Fair April 10th 6 – 8 PM and invited the Hub to participate. This could serve as an opportunity to promote the Styrofoam program.

6. Grants.

a. Opportunities:

i. A SJ grant program specifically for floodplain reforestation initiatives was referred to the Shade Tree Commission. Application deadline Dec 14th.

ii. The current SJ PSEG Municipal Grant cycle is now open with application deadline for $2K and $10K or $20K grants Feb 15th, 2019. (SJ webinar Dec 10th to review application process). There is a similar program for schools with deadline Mar 15th, 2019. (Recording of webinar available on SJ web site).

b. Projects: If we are to apply for grants we need to identify projects. Mary suggested Community Garden enhancements and she will gather more info. We previously applied unsuccessfully for funds to conduct a tree inventory. EV charging stations are another option. SJ would allow a multi-town application with one town administering the finances which could be used for the compost pilot. Ideas are needed for our next meeting or sooner.

c. Grant writing: Mike has requested a copy of our previous grant application so we may try to improve on. We are awaiting response.

7. Suggested Uses for REAC Funds.

a. Reusable shopping bags: On hold pending legislative action, see above.

b. Grant program for schools: See schools, below.

c. Support for Tree Nursery: Mike reported the new site for the tree nursery has been approved.  George will obtain detailed needs for supplies etc. in due course.

d. Composting Pilot program: It was suggested REAC offer financial support for the Composting Pilot (see above) if that will help launch it.

8. Regenerative Environmentalism (Permaculture) Meet-Up Group.

REAC has partnered with Leslie to support her efforts to launch this program. Parks & Rec have approved the use of the Stable. Initial event will be screening of movie “Inhabit” on Jan 30th. REAC agreed to pay for the $50 screening fee. Events are also planned for Feb 20 & Mar 20 with program to be determined.

9. Educational events 

a. The list of movies researched by Yingying was distributed with little feedback except Schoolhouse Rock – Earth and The Story of Stuff received some support. Since our plan is for a children & parents event Mike agreed to look at these options with his son and report two, one or zero thumbs up!

b. Pam was enthusiastic about the suggestion of REAC and LWV jointly promoting water bottle filling stations at the RBSA season opening April 27th. Bob &Pam will work on it.

10. Schools

a. Further to the plan to offer a $1,000 grant to middle schools for a sustainable activity (see October minutes) Jennie provided an example proposal document format which was distributed for study and discussion at our next meeting.

b. Christine is trying to identify champions in the schools to reactivate SJ for Schools in our schools.

11. By-Laws: Mike’s draft by-laws will be revised again for our next meeting.

12. Master Plan: All members are encouraged to access information on the Village web site and complete the questionnaire. Mike will talk to NV5 to set up a meeting with our committees as they have proposed.

13. North Bergen Liberty Power Plant: Pam, Serena & Cathy have submitted a draft resolution and cover letter for the Village Council opposing the planned construction of this plant. Bob will circulate them for discussion at our next meeting.

14. Ridgewood Earth Day Fair: Date is set for April 14th. REAC/GT members are asked to save the date to participate in our involvement.

15. Plaque for Andy Antista Tree: Ellie advises this should be installed any day now.

16. Low Impact Checklist: Topic deferred to next meeting.

17. Meeting schedule: The meeting was not adjourned until about 9.45 PM. Apologies were extended to those who were inconvenienced and thanks to all who stayed. Recognizing that in order to accomplish what we want to do our meetings do run longer it was suggested we consider an earlier start, 7.30 PM or even 6 PM. To be discussed at the next meeting.

17. Next Joint Meeting Date: Next meeting Tuesday Jan 15th, still at 7.45 PM.

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Community Center Advisory Board
Meeting Minutes: 5:00-6:00 Thursday, 1.23.2020

In attendance: Helen Leonard, Deanna Schablik, Beth Abbott, Cathy Greve, Nancy Friedman, Jeff Voigt, Gwenn Hauck, Sheila Brogan, Bill Carbone, Don Liereich

Helen Leonard called the meeting to order.

Age Friendly:
Sheila reported that they have received funding for another year from the Taub Foundation, with the possibility of a 2nd year to be added.
GOAL: Sustainability. How will Age Friendly continue to work after the funding ends? Taub wants to expand beyond the 5 towns previously included.
Wednesday, 1/29/2020 in Newark: meeting for strategic AF met this AM and planned out initiatives for 2020.
Felt successful with Older Americans month last year. This May will repeat, and finish up with Graydon breakfast.
AF contracted with Leslie Lello (videographer) to create video for senior bus and coupon program. Create promos 2-3 minute videos, which will run on Channel 77 to celebrate what the community is doing for older adults. Target date this Spring (May) to coincide with Older Americans month.

3/3/2020 Elder Attorney Irina Shea to return to the library at 6:30 4/22/2020 Sheila will speak on Medicare 101 for Baby Boomers at 6:30

Stigma Free with library auditorium 5/6, Mary Creegan at 7pm The Scar: personal memoir on depression, her attempted suicides Myths and fallacies about seeking help
Speaker to help with questions (towards older adults) from WestBergen Mental Health. Advertising on placemats at Daily Treat
NJ Futures: Land Use + Age Friendliness Tanya — Village Council 1/29/2020
Age Friendly to Planning Board 2/18/2020
2/26/2020: subcommittee presenting some of the ideas that have come out Don asked about redoing the walkability survey.
HILT is allowing members outside of Ridgewood (e.g., members who used to live in Ridgewood but have moved to a neighboring town can rejoin).

Similarly, CCAB is a Foundation and not a Village Organization, so you don’t have to a Ridge- wood resident to serve.

Community Center Manager’s Report:
Deanna reported
Lecture Series:
Paid for 1st lecture from Community Center trust
$510 for 3 programs
$340 remaining balance

Dillon giving a newer color printer.
Panic button installed 12/13. Sends alert direct to police station. Doors in capital budget to be fixed this year (Jimmy O’Connell)
They will be side sliding doors (automatic) with heater installed to counterbalance cold rush of air. Player piano with scrolls - call out to Steve Friedes.
Civic Youth Corp - no January meeting. First meeting of 2020 scheduled for 2/3/2020. Put together flyer for ping pong event with seniors + kids

Art Beat transition from Sophia Swanson - kick off to Kaschau Shell
Joanne Delaney passed. Gail McCarthy has been able to hit the ground running thanks to the wonderful work done previously by Joanne Delaney.
Mary from Parks/Rec working to get sponsorship Potential lecture 2/10/2020: Stanley Kober
3/5/2020 Suffrage to ERA NJ Women in Politics at the Community Center at 10 am in the youth lounge.
$5/person ($10 additional for non-residents) 5/7/2020 at 10am: Jim DelJudice
$340 remaining to be paid by Community Center Foundation
$5,846.68 includes money not needed for computers Bill motions to spend the $340
Helen 2nd the motion Unanimous approval.

Age Friendly blurb in HILT promotion 120 members in 2019
About 70 people come to larger events.

Middle school mixers:

4/17/2020 6th grade DJ, pizza, 7:30-9
5/1/2020 7th & 8th grade potential silent disco 7:30-9
5/29/2020 5th grade step-up 6:30-7:30 (BF)
8-9 (GW)
*alternate time each year
Reach out to Ben & Jerry’s who have donated in the past.
2/8/2020 : Camp Fair


Older Americans Month:
Make the Mark
$1000 from North Jersey Masters (NJM gives back to volunteers) to be used for impersonator/ singer — musical day with lunch at the community center.

Focus on Caregivers
$> bagel breakfast with Joe Keys duo
Sheila suggested coining them ‘helper’ ‘family member’ ‘aid’ instead of caregiver or in addition to.

Habernickel park:
3/2/2020 Soups On 11:30-1 (program with Stacey at Health Barn) Zucchini soup
Chicken Garden soup
$10 8-10 people (non-resident is $10 additional)

Exercise classes: continue normal schedule

Treasurer’s Report:
Taub: balance through 1/1/2020: $2,321.32
Other check deposited after for $75,000.00 ($37,500, 2x per year) Taken care of the taxes.
• Computers fully installed with virus software
• Deanna purchased cabinet with remaining funds 2019 (lock up computers in locked room).
• Computer sleeves + extra pens with reward money
• Reach out to Sue Ulrich to see who helps seniors with computers over there



Next meeting at 5PM, 2.20.2020 Helen adjourned.

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Community Center Advisory Board
Meeting Minutes: 5:00-6:00 Thursday, 9/26/2019

In Attendance: Deanna Schablik, Don Liebreich, Beth Abbott, Jeff Voigt, Cathy Greve, Sheila Brogan, Gwenn Hauck, Helen Leonard
Helen Leonard called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Minutes from the June meeting were emailed to the group prior to today’s meeting.  Minutes were approved unanimously.
New members will need to be welcomed at the October meeting (High school and middle school representatives were not available for the meeting).
Lisa Garvey was absent.  Deanna Schablik reported an ending balance of $27,691.80 in the Community Center of Ridgewood Foundation Taub account and an ending balance $15,504.85 in The Community Center of Ridgewood Foundation account for September.
Deanna reported that the computers purchased with the generous donation to The Community Center of Ridgewood Foundation have been ordered.  We will be receiving 8 2-in-1 Dell 15” Inspiron laptops and 8 stylus pens to be used at the Community Center for instructional programs and for use by seniors.  The amount of the donation from Columbia Bank was $10,000.00.  The computer cost was $8349, tax exempt.  The remaining funds will be used for software and security measures on each computer. Deanna will be purchasing a mobile locking cart to store the laptops in.  She will be searching for vendors to do the instructional portion of the Digital Art Program; looking to speak to One River School in Allendale.  All CCAB members will be invited to the Village Council Meeting (date to be determined) when Columbia Bank presents the donation.
Middle school principals are working on gathering students to represent the CCAB, as required by the Village through resolution.
Deanna also reported that she received a quote from Abbey Carpets for the metal structural pole coverings in the Anne Zusy Youth Lounge.  The cost would be $1,180.  Additional quotes will be needed.  Kurt from Abbey Carpets mentioned that this will not do much for the “safety” aspect in the room.  “It will still hurt if someone bangs into it.  May be better with cushions like in a gymnasium, and forgo aesthetics”.
The middle school events are approaching; 6th Grade Mixer on October 4th and the 7th/8th Grade Social is November 1st and will feature a mind reader, named Flavian.
Beth Abbott reported that a little bit over 400 people completed the follow-up survey.  Montclair will evaluate the findings and report back at the end of September.
Age-Friendly Ridgewood will be presenting at the 10/23 Village Council Public Meeting.  The next Steering Committee Meeting will be on November 14th.  Age Friendly Ridgewood is in the process of applying for additional Funding.
The Village and Age Friendly Ridgewood are working with New Jersey Future.  A committee was formed by the Village, and will use the Land-Use Report to implement a plan based on issues that are of high priority in the Village in regards to aging friendly.  Ridgewood is the only town, of the five Age Friendly towns, who will be working with New Jersey Future.
The Good Life Wellness Fair was a success.  Age Friendly Ridgewood, The Community Center, Municipal Alliance of Ridgewood and Parks and Recreation all had tables at the event.  Thank you to all of our volunteer s who manned tables that day.
Beth Abbott reported that the Ridgewood Senior Bus event will be on October 2nd (3 seats left for 10am ride) and the 1pm ride is sold out.  The bus will begin at the Graydon Pool parking lot and will make stops at a few of the parks in town.  Nancy Bigos will be on the bus and will give the tour of the parks.  Age Friendly will give out gift bags to all riders.
Next meeting date is 10/24/19
Meeting was adjourned at 6pm
Respectfully Submitted,
Deanna M. Schablik
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Community Center Advisory Board
Meeting Minutes: 5:00-6:00 Thursday, 6.13.2019

In attendance: Don Liebreich, Sheila Brogan, Beth Abbott, Tom Lillis, Miles (new student representative), Cathy Greve, Nancy Friedman, Helen Leonard, Lisa Gar- vey, Janet Fricke, Marge Anderson, Deanna Schablik, Jim Griffiths, Bill Carbone, Jeff Voight
Don Liebreich called the meeting to order.

•Beth Abbott reported on Age Friendly being added to the AARP network.
•The benches at Stop & Shop and Franklin/Broad are in place, and a 3rd at the train station will be placed when the construction is complete. Helen suggested the bus stop at the library might be a good place to add an additional bench. Each bench = $4K.
•Graydon welcome day: 80 in attendance, a great success!
•Running a survey for more data. Deanna announced the survey monkey link at the picnic. 50+ have completed it already. Montclair (who helped with design)will help post survey.
•6/12 the VC approved working with NJ Futures.
•A non-profit has done land use analysis and will look at recommendations and map out next steps.
•New plans with Janet + Billy (driver) to drive the bus: using for 5 nights at Kaschau Shell. Janet is also encouraging folks to use the bus. Secondary to the new bus ride performed, there are new people interested in riding the bus and are now acquainted with it.
•6/25 there will be simple gifts for 1st night with riders.
•This summer: focus on survey [end of June finalize survey; August meet with Montclair; September present findings]. Beth and Sheila meeting with grant funder. Taub holding grantee meeting 6/27 in Ridgewood as 12 (lunch provided in auditorium at the library).
•Jeff suggested encouraging SHARE and Ridgecrest residents to participate.
•Sheila suggested Bill could have postcards to distribute at the library table during sales (4th of July). Bill said to get postcards to Margie Downs or drop directly to the library + add to church bulletins.
Treasurer’s Report:
• 6/30/2018-6/30/2019 = year end tax return due
•Checking account for community center advisory board = $5500
•Checking account for Taub = $44,000.00
•Income consisted of $75K from Taub, $1250 from Valley for the Ashton Applewhite event), $500 from Atlantic Stewardship, or roughly $77,000.00 [*Columbia bought out Atlantic Stewardship but indicated they will continue the tithing program]
•$68,000.00 in expenses (speakers, transportation)
•$5400 donated to the Village of Ridgewood via gifts of assets.
•Profit of $7900.00 As a 501c3 we don’t pay taxes
•Age Friendly is covering salary for Billy 5x on Wednesdays. Then the Village will pick up Wednesdays.
•Jim Griffiths suggested we need a point person assigned to fundraising.
•Columbia Bank donated $10,000.00 for computers at the community center through a grant.
Community Center Manager’s Report:
•Janet: tables coming tomorrow for the senior lounge. $8K worth of tables attained through a Community Development Block Grant from HUD. The tables are lighter, easier to move, have a flip top for easier storage and can be used in a variety of configurations.
•10 36” squares; 2 6’ rectangular on coasters
•Current tables from community center could be donated to Schedler House.
•COMPUTERS: (Minaska Mateo at Columbia Bank) money is coming this month. Ramon reported to Deanna that when they do, he and Deanna will meet with them at Columbia Bank.
•Summer classes at the Community Center after day camp ends include toning, Chinese brush making, crocheting.
•Joan Larken: short story group
•Capitol improvements: looking towards wrapping poles with carpeting.. thinking of of splitting cost with the foundation.
•Wall that divides room: put something on top or plexi or think about HOW to separate the spa- ces.
•COMPLETE: Art Beat. Tom Lillis reported it was held 6/11 and was a success. Used $200 in refershments. Shout out to Sophia Swanson for her help.
•In touch with Janine re: nature clean-up with CYC as well as more walks over the summer. Miles will be on the CYC (Community Youth Corp).
•Nicole Kye heading RAKE (Ridgewood Agricultural + Environmental Club - grow fruits and veg- etables for social service @ RHS community garden. Invite former CYC members home from col- lege over the summer.
•Trip 8/12 to The Great Swamp.

•Website up. Deanna is linking Age Friendly from our website. Fine tuning search features
•Liz Kloak returning to the board. She’ll serve as the liason to Parks + Rec (filling Lou Lembo’s spot).
•Run: About 4K runners, Tim Cronin came back to help out.
•(2) lectures of series Foundation paid for, 18-20 attended each.
•September: Shira Almondson, Children and Family Services of Fairlawn — program for wellness initiative, 6 weeks running from mid September through October with a free lunch. Shira may also be working on something for access program in the fall.
•Dillon needs to fix the website - shortcut button currently leads to 404 error.

Date for next meetings, all 4th Thursday at 5PM (*except November):
Don adjourned.
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Meeting of the Community Center Advisory Board & The Community Center Foundation convened 5 pm.


Don Liebriech, Gwenn Hauck, Sheila Brogan, Beth Abbott, Bill Carbonne, Helen Leonard, Catherine Greve, Tom Lillis, Deanna Schabblik, Janet Fricke, Jeff Voight.

absent: Nancy Friedman, Lisa Garvey, Phil Dolce

Age Friendly Ridgewood completed the multi-step process necessary to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities and is one of only 363 communities nationwide to be accepted.

Ashton Applewhite will give a presentation, "This Chair Rocks - A Manifesto Against Ageism" Think differently about growing older and how aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process that unites us all. The show is almost sold out already. In an effort to encourage intergenerational activities in Ridgewood, age-friendly has partnered with an RHS teacher, Ms. Kunzle, to enlist students interested in gerontology to attend the event and also to begin volunteering at Ridgecrest.

Janet Fricke announced that the new senior bus is supposed to arrive on July 1, 2019!

All are extremely excited about replacing the 11 year old bus we have been struggling to keep on the road for the last few years. The Community Center Advisory Board Members suggested putting the Bus in the Fourth of July Parade with board members in and around it to show 1) Who the Community Center Members are and 2) What we do!

June 1, 10:30-12:30 is Opening Day for Seniors at Graydon Day. Rain date is June 2.

NJ Futures Project finished a proposal for Ridgewood last Spring.

New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes sensible growth, redevelopment and infrastructure investments to foster vibrant cities and towns, protect natural lands and waterways, enhance transportation choices, provide access to safe, affordable and aging-friendly neighborhoods to fuel a strong economy. The organization does this through original research, innovative policy development, coalition-building, advocacy, and hands-on strategic assistance. Now, NJ Futures plans to work with Age-Friendly to work on its "community action plan."

May is Older Adults Month.

The County is holding their annual hearing on May 7th.

5:30-7, May 23rd our Civic Youth Corps group has organized three activities for the Spring:

The first Mayor-Council Meet & Greet for to encourage student's interest in local government. Youth leaders, Tom Lillis and Nicole Kye, estimate attendance to 75-100 people at Village Hall

The Community Center Film Festival on June 9, 2019.

Art Beat at Kasshau Shell on June 11, 2019.

The Community Center Foundation was awarded a $10,000.00 grant from Colombia Bank, thanks to Deanna, the recreation aide! The request was for digital art equipment to encourage intergenerational activity to encourage art therapy and technological understanding. The entire $10,000 would go toward purchasing 6 Dell 17" laptops for skyping, 6 large Waycom Tablets for digital art, and a sophisticated color printer to print the artwork. Discussion is in the works to partner with a local art studio to run the program and help attract younger participants.

Don Liebreich informed us that this June will mark four years since the Community Center Foundation was incorporated and he accepted the role of President. The By-Laws state that no officer can stay on for more than four years in a row, so he wants members to think about  succession and discuss nominations for new officers at the May 23rd meeting to be voted on at the June13th meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 6pm.

submitted by Gwenn Hauck

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