Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • February 25, 2009 Ridgewood Library installs multiple surveillance cameras by John Koster The Ridgewood Public Library now has 18 surveillance cameras in operation through the generosity of David Bolger, who donated the TV cameras after the village council rejected the philanthropist’s attempt to donate a more comprehensive system to Ridgewood. Fifteen cameras are now located inside the library and three cover the parking lot. They are intended to prevent theft and to provide an added measure of security. The 18 donated cameras and their installation augment a previous, and more modest, system of electronic surveillance. J.T. Bolger, president of Bolger & Co. and David Bolger’s son, said the cameras were offered to the library after the elder Bolger’s offer of comprehensive surveillance of the entire downtown shopping district of Ridgewood was voted down. The proposal for the downtown area had been discussed at some length, but was eventually rejected after Councilwoman Kim Ringler Shagin, now an assistant attorney general of the State of New Jersey, argued that the perceived interference with civil liberties was not desirable, given the low crime rate of downtown Ridgewood and the camera’s inabilities to detect the most frequent offenses, such as shoplifting. The 18 new cameras donated to the library cost about $25,000, according to J.T. Bolger. The cost of the proposed downtown surveillance program would have been about $600,000. David Bolger made substantial donations to the comprehensive renovation of the main Ridgewood Library on North Maple Avenue and to the restoration of the nearby Lester Stable, Ridgewood’s recreation headquarters. He more recently paid for the restoration of the American eagle in front of the library, for the conversion of two rooms into an expanded Ridgewood History room, and is in the process of restoring the Pease Memorial Library at an estimated cost of about $1 million. The Pease Library foyer will be open to the Ridgewood public immediately and the remainder of the restored building will be leased for 10 years, after which it will be returned to the Village of Ridgewood. Bolger’s other local donations include $500,000 to Mount Bethel Baptist Church and a $50,000 matching grant that enabled completion of the renovation of the Glen Rock Public Library. He has also donated $30 million to Valley Hospital, and gave the Ridgewood Fire Department several heat-sensitive cameras to enable them to locate victims in smoke-filled buildings. Helpful Hints Helpful Hints from ome “When using the dishwasher, wash only full loads and let them air-dry. 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