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Gabby Rivera had to make a point.The Ridgefield Park sophomore was at a practice Tuesday morning when her teammates started to work on bunting.Coach Greg Hansen chuckled when Rivera grabbed a bat and decided to get in the box. It doesn't matter that the ace and hard-hitting first baseman will rarely, if ever, need to sacrifice in a game. She has not laid one down since her first at-bat in club ball about six years ago.Rivera still wanted to brush up on a skill that she believes should be in everyone's tool...
Gabby Rivera had to make a point.
The Ridgefield Park sophomore was at a practice Tuesday morning when her teammates started to work on bunting.
Coach Greg Hansen chuckled when Rivera grabbed a bat and decided to get in the box. It doesn't matter that the ace and hard-hitting first baseman will rarely, if ever, need to sacrifice in a game. She has not laid one down since her first at-bat in club ball about six years ago.
Rivera still wanted to brush up on a skill that she believes should be in everyone's toolbox.
"Everything we do, Gabby says she can do better," Hansen said. "Believe it or not, she can bunt. She bunted every ball down the line. She can do everything."
"It's a very important part of the game," Rivera said. "Anything I can do to get a run across to help our team win."
While Rivera has a competitive fire for the finer parts of the game, she is usually impacting the Scarlets (6-0) in more obvious ways.
The rubber-armed righty has dominated in the circle this season with a 1.11 ERA over five starts. She's struck out 58 batters in 38 innings to lead the Scarlets to their best start in over a decade.
Her production at the plate has been on the same high level. Rivera is hitting 12-for-23 (.522) and leads the team with 11 RBIs.
A program that won three games in 2021 is starting to look like one of the very best in North Jersey.
"She came back with an attitude this year," Hansen said. "She wanted to put us over the top. She's taken us there. She's been phenomenal with her pitching. She's got much more control this year and her hitting is much more disciplined."
Rivera has been swinging a bat since she was 5. She was introduced to the game by her father and four older brothers in their backyard in Little Ferry.
The question heading into high school was whether she would leave for Immaculate Conception or play for a Scarlets team in the midst of five straight losing seasons. Hansen went to a couple of her eighth grade games to make his case and had some players talk to her. Shortstop Eliza Mullen was especially convincing, selling her on the idea of being a program-changing player.
Rivera opted to stay with her childhood friends and improve the culture during a 13-10 season last spring. Excitement continues to build around the Scarlets, who adopted 'Why not us?' as this year's team mantra.
"I think it's changed drastically," Rivera said. "We're all having fun. Everybody is really working together because we want to win the league. I think we're all very focused and the hard work is definitely paying off right now."
Hansen describes his two-way star and former health student as a fun and goofy person to be around. While Rivera agrees with that assessment, she was all business last Thursday against Pascack Hills. That day, she out-matched NJ Pride club teammate Alana Kimball in a 10-inning pitcher's duel.
No bunting required.
"We were both super excited to play each other," Rivera said. " She pitched so well. She struck out  batters. It was such a tough pitching duel. We came out with the win so I was super happy about that."
School: Ridgefield Park
Class: Sophomore. Age: 16
Accomplishment: Rivera threw three complete games last week, allowing nine hits and three earned runs for the unbeaten Scarlets. She finished 7-for-16 at the plate with a home run and six RBIs.
Also nominated: Ciara Murray of Northern Highlands, Savannah Czornomor of Passaic Tech, Emily Ricci of Lakeland, Angelyna Rodriguez of Westwood, Giana Yaniero of Rutherford, Hailey Zirpoli of Waldwick, Daniela Brescia of New Milford, and Audrey Amoruso of Indian Hills for softball; Reaghan Lomascola of Lakeland for lacrosse; and Layla Giordano of Old Tappan and Alexandra Samperi of Hasbrouck Heights for track and field.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:September 27, 2023Media Contact for the County of BergenContact: Derek [email protected]®Above: County Executive Jim Tedesco and Ridgefield Park Mayor John Anlian cutting a ribbon alongside County Commissioners Mary Amoroso and Tracy Zur, Ridgefield Park Commissioners Mark Olson, Wanda Portorreal William G. Gerken, Teane...
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September 27, 2023
Media Contact for the County of Bergen
Contact: Derek Sands
Above: County Executive Jim Tedesco and Ridgefield Park Mayor John Anlian cutting a ribbon alongside County Commissioners Mary Amoroso and Tracy Zur, Ridgefield Park Commissioners Mark Olson, Wanda Portorreal William G. Gerken, Teaneck Mayor Michael Pagan, Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, and Sustainable Jersey Chairman Gary Sondermeyer
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – Today, officials from the County of Bergen and Village of Ridgefield Park gathered to celebrate a new partnership to provide Bergen County municipalities with an efficient means of recycling EPS Styrofoam®.
One of the most widely used packing and insulation materials across the globe, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) also known as Styrofoam®, takes over 500 years to decompose and while highly recyclable, the product is difficult to do so at the consumer level. That is why County and Village officials have worked together over the past year to put together an agreement to procure an EPS Densifying Machine to increase sustainability and recycling programs.
The agreement (Bergen County Commissioners Resolution 748-23), which was authorized on June 21, 2023, by the Bergen County Board of Commissioners, provides that the County of Bergen allocate $40,000 to the Village of Ridgefield Park to purchase and install an EPS Densifying Machine that would reside on Village property. Per the agreement, the Village of Ridgefield Park would make the EPS Densifier available to any Bergen County municipality seeking to collect and recycle EPS Styrofoam® by entering into a local shared service agreement. The densifier, which purchased by the Village in August from the Elmwood Park based company RecycleTech Corp., is now officially operational with the capacity to densify 200lbs of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) per hour.
County Executive Jim Tedesco applauded the agreement stating how “this is a wonderful example of county and municipal government working together to achieve a common goal.”
Tedesco continued “Throughout my tenure as County Executive, we have strived to reach creative solutions through the expansion of shared services with our municipal partners, local boards of educations, and neighboring counties. “I thank all stakeholders for making today a reality and strongly encourage all municipalities to take advantage of this opportunity as we work towards building a more sustainable Bergen County.”
Village of Ridgefield Park Mayor John Anlian echoed County Executive Tedesco’s sentiment stating "New Jersey has 565 separate municipalities; and some might say that such a high number of separate governmental entities is an inefficient way of running things. But, when you have more people involved in our local governments, you have more people thinking about how to deal with and solve our problems. This project is a great example of where local people, with the financial help of county government, can achieve great results. We thank all involved for providing their ideas and enthusiasm for this project."
This initiative came to fruition as result of efforts from several stakeholders including County Commissioner Tracy Silna Zur, Ridgefield Park Village Commissioner Mark Olson, and the local organization Sustainable Jersey – Bergen Hub.
"The County of Bergen has already taken steps to reduce the amount of EPS Styrofoam® waste by banning its use in all county parks and facilities, but protecting our environment is a team effort. I am thrilled to see the hard work and collaboration between the County of Bergen, the Village of Ridgefield Park, and the Sustainable Jersey HUB come to fruition," said Bergen County Commissioner Tracy Zur. "This new EPS Densifier will serve as an important recycling tool while creating new opportunities for partnerships and shared services."
"It has been a great privilege to be a part of this project. Besides those from the county and Sustainable Jersey, many individuals from several municipalities within the Sustainable Jersey Bergen Hub have worked hard to make this day a reality,” said Mark Olson, Village of Ridgefield Park Commissioner. “Many times it was just one person making the difference. Over time that was many different people. Without all of them this day may never have happened."
“Sustainable Jersey is delighted to have helped the Bergen Hub launch its polystyrene education and collection program,” said Gary Sondermeyer, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sustainable Jersey. “A sustainable future is all about partnerships and at this point 467 municipalities and 1,135 schools actively participate in Sustainable Jersey where we have awarded some $7.4 million in grants to advance local projects. Every step we take, like today’s dedication and Creative Bergen, are important to advance a future grounded in a shared ethic of sustainable living.”
This collaboration will aid municipalities already collecting EPS Styrofoam®, as well as those that want to begin collections, by dramatically reducing transportation and storage costs. Before the execution of this agreement, the Village of Ridgefield Park would collect EPS Styrofoam® and truck the material as far as Sussex County and Eastern Pennsylvania to be processed. Now, with the machine centrally located in Bergen County, municipalities can more easily recycle this material which can be used to manufacture new EPS Polystyrene packaging or rigid plastic products including picture frames and moldings.
Municipalities interested in entering into an Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) shared service agreement should reach out to Village Commissioner Mark Olson at [email protected].
County Executive Tedesco and Mayor Anlian were joined today by County Commissioners Mary Amoroso and Tracy Zur, Ridgefield Park Commissioners Mark Olson, Wanda Portorreal, and William G. Gerken, Teaneck Mayor Michael Pagan, Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, Rutherford Mayor Frank Nunziato, a representative from RecycleTech Corp., a representative from Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s office, various members municipal environmental commissions and green teams, and the Sustainable Jersey Chairman Gary Sondermeyer.
A video of the full press conference and densifier demonstration is available to watch and download for fair use distribution here.
Above – County Executive Jim Tedesco placing a piece of EPS Styrofoam® in the new densifying machine
Above – Mayor John Anlian (center) looking at post densified EPS product
Above - County Executive Jim Tedesco and Ridgefield Park Mayor John Anlian cutting a ribbon alongside County Commissioners Mary Amoroso and Tracy Zur, Ridgefield Park Commissioner Mark Olson and Wanda Portorreal, Teaneck Mayor Michael Pagan, and Sustainable Jersey Chairman Gary Sondermeyer moments after the ribbon was cut
Above – Rutherford Mayor Frank Nunziato testing the new densifier
All video and photos are provided courtesy of the Office of Bergen County Executive
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3-minute readRIDGEFIELD PARK — If you've ever felt guilty about throwing packaging foam in the trash instead of finding a way to recycle it, Bergen County has found a solution.Ridgefield Park and the county have partnered to provide an opportunity for all municipalities to recycle expanded polystyrene, which many call Styrofoam, which is a trademarked brand.The packaging material may take more than 500 years to decompose, but the option to recycle it has not been an easily accessible service.Locally, munic...
RIDGEFIELD PARK — If you've ever felt guilty about throwing packaging foam in the trash instead of finding a way to recycle it, Bergen County has found a solution.
Ridgefield Park and the county have partnered to provide an opportunity for all municipalities to recycle expanded polystyrene, which many call Styrofoam, which is a trademarked brand.
The packaging material may take more than 500 years to decompose, but the option to recycle it has not been an easily accessible service.
Locally, municipalities were asking businesses to go foam-free and hold local recycling drives, Ridgefield Park Village Commissioner Mark Olson said.
After the foam was collected, it was driven to a densifying machine. Olsen said the nearest one to Ridgefield Park was in Haskell and it was a private company that wasn't as dependable for local municipalities to use.
“We saw so many towns holding [polystyrene] drives, the conversations began on how can we do more and engage in a collaborative way to get it out of the landfills,” County Commissioner Tracy Zur said.
In the last year, the county and village have worked together to form an agreement to purchase the foam densifying machine to increase sustainability and recycling programs.
The Bergen County Board of County Commissioners allocated $40,000 to Ridgefield Park to purchase and install the machine.
Though the machine will be located in the village, it will be made available to any Bergen County municipality through a shared service agreement.
At least 10 municipalities have signed up for the agreement.
County Executive Jim Tedesco said the arrangement is a great example of county and municipal government working together.
“Throughout my tenure as county executive, we have strived to reach creative solutions through the expansion of shared services with our municipal partners, local boards of education and neighboring counties," Tedesco said. “I thank all stakeholders for making today a reality and strongly encourage all municipalities to take advantage of this opportunity as we work toward building a more sustainable Bergen County.”
The densifier is now fully operational with the capacity to densify 200 pounds of foam per hour.
The machine heats the foam, almost melting it. "It looks like a pool noodle, then it gets formed into a brick," Olsen said.
Those bricks then go on a pallet and when the village accumulates 1,500 pounds it can be sold to another recycling company.
This initiative came to fruition as a result of efforts from several stakeholders including Zur, Olson, and the local organization Sustainable Jersey – Bergen Hub.
The county has taken steps to reduce the amount of foam waste by banning its use in all county parks and facilities, Zur said. "This new EPS Densifier will serve as an important recycling tool while creating new opportunities for partnerships and shared services."
In April, Ridgewood became the first municipality in the county to buy a polystyrene densifier. At the time, officials said the machine had compressed more than 7,000 pounds of foam packaging during a 15-month rental test period, which saved more than 5,500 cubic feet of landfill space.
The village has bought the $68,000 machine and is in discussions about shared service agreements with Washington Township and Glen Rock to take on their foam recycling as well.
Earlier this year, a similar shared agreement was reached by Passaic County and Clifton. In return for the use of the county's densifier, Clifton will accept containers of the material from all 16 Passaic County municipalities.
RIDGEFIELD PARK – Bernards got the title. Coach Leslie O'Connor got the icebath. And third baseman Maddie Rivetti got "Billy the Goat".The Mountaineers completed their redemption tour on Saturday as the No. 6 seed, overpowering top-seeded Ridgefield Park, 11-2, in the North 2, Group 2 softball final. It's the first sectional title for Bernards in more than three decades and comes a year after an extra-inning loss in the championship game.The formula for Bernards was a crisp defensive game and an a...
RIDGEFIELD PARK – Bernards got the title. Coach Leslie O'Connor got the icebath. And third baseman Maddie Rivetti got "Billy the Goat".
The Mountaineers completed their redemption tour on Saturday as the No. 6 seed, overpowering top-seeded Ridgefield Park, 11-2, in the North 2, Group 2 softball final. It's the first sectional title for Bernards in more than three decades and comes a year after an extra-inning loss in the championship game.
The formula for Bernards was a crisp defensive game and an aggressive mindset on the basepaths. The Mountaineers stole five bases and pushed the envelope whenever possible.
"After last year, we had so much more motivation," pitcher Maddie Lardieri said. "We're best friends on and off the field and we have so much trust in each other. As a pitcher, I know they have my back on the field."
Lardieri struck out eight in a complete game win for Bernards (19-6) and broke the game open with a three-run triple.
The Mountaineers gave the right-hander plenty of breathing room by scoring the game's first 10 runs and getting on the board in each of the first five innings. Everyone in the starting lineup reached base and all but two came around to score.
After holding a lead for most of last year's championship, the Mountaineers kept their foot on the pedal and never looked back.
"I think that just left a chip on their shoulder," said O'Connor, now in her 18th season as head coach.
"They really wanted to get back and we got seeded sixth, which is a tough spot to be in to come out of the section. We got hot at the right time. We struggled a little bit early in the season and they had to figure it out. They did. They've been having fun ever since."
Bernards will host North 1 champion Jefferson (24-7) in the group semifinals on Tuesday. The Falcons won their section as a No. 4 seed thanks to back-to-back shutouts over Ramsey and High Point.
The mindset for Bernards has been to focus on its own game and let the chips fall.
"They didn't care who they were facing," O'Connor said. "They never paid attention to the seed. It was where are we playing next?"
Ridgefield Park (24-5) fell one step short of winning its first sectional title. The Scarlets will have a bright outlook in 2024 with only two seniors to replace.
Bernards led from start to finish after an RBI single from Katherine Adee in the top of the first. The Mountaineers added two runs in the second and two in the third with balance in their lineup.
Lardieri helped her own cause by going 2 for 5 with four RBIs. O'Connor sees her as the best pitcher to come through the program during her tenure.
"Now she knows what it feels like [in big games] and how to control those emotions," O'Connor said. "When she's in the circle, she's stone cold."
O'Connor was a bit cold after being doused with water, while players passed around "Billy the Goat" - their stuffed animal and good luck charm that's been with them throughout the state tournament. In the end, Bernard's 2022 pain turned into 2023 gain.
"I think that's why we didn't let the seeding affect us," Rivetti said. "We only lost one senior so we knew that we had it in us to get back here and win it this time."
RIDGEFIELD PARK — The Board of Education tabled a motion that would have ended the new position of its former middle school principal.Resolution 1306 would have eliminated the assistant director of early childhood education position held by Dyan Thiemann since she was removed from her post as the district's middle school principal June 30.The resolution proposed creating a post of supervisor of early childhood education to be shared with Little Ferry, even though Little Ferry sends only its high school stud...
RIDGEFIELD PARK — The Board of Education tabled a motion that would have ended the new position of its former middle school principal.
Resolution 1306 would have eliminated the assistant director of early childhood education position held by Dyan Thiemann since she was removed from her post as the district's middle school principal June 30.
The resolution proposed creating a post of supervisor of early childhood education to be shared with Little Ferry, even though Little Ferry sends only its high school students to Ridgefield Park.
Board members confirmed that the vote to table could be overruled by the district's new state monitor, Thomas Egan. The district has had a state monitor since 2015 because of various financial and procedural irregularities.
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Thirteen residents praised Thiemann's contributions, repeatedly reminding the board that its members were voted out of office in November because of how they handled personnel.
"Thiemann started the program, did the grant work, got the $1 million grant," said resident Susan DeSantis. "Now you want to turn it over to Little Ferry? You booted her out of the middle school; now you're trying to boot her out of this?"
Thiemann filed suit against the district in August, charging she was removed from her post after refusing to cooperate when allegedly instructed by acting Superintendent Barry Haines to testify against suspended Superintendent Angela Bender. Thiemann also charged age discrimination, saying she should have maintained her post based on seniority if a principal needed to be removed for cost-cutting reasons.
Bender filed suit against the district in July 2021 after being suspended for undisclosed reasons, calling the Board of Education a "misogynistic boys club" in her lawsuit.
It is unclear what the next step will be for Thiemann. Three incumbents were ousted in November's election: board President Jorge Fernandez, Christopher Gibbons and Thomas Vercelli. Newcomers Carolina Velez, Brian Cooney and Jodie Craft will reportedly make up a new voting majority with other trustees when they assume office in January.
"I truly appreciate the support of the community and the Board of Education for making the sound decision to table the resolution until they have more information," Thiemann said after the meeting.