Save the Date: The Center for Hope and Safety’s 2016 Golf Classic

Ridgewood Moving Services is proud to support the Center for Hope and Safety. For those that don’t know, the Center for Hope and Safety is a nonprofit organization that protects victims of domestic violence. In order to raise money to keep the organization running, it holds a plethora of exciting events that’s open for everyone to join. As one of the organization’s earliest supporters, we’re always promoting their events here on our blog, so keep an eye out for the Center for Hope and Safety’s events on our website!

One of these events is the annual golf classic, which is typically held every year at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale. We were proud to support the event last year by promoting it on our blog and we want to continue supporting it this year as well! That’s why we’re happy to announce, along with the Center for Hope and Safety, that this year’s annual golf classic will be held on
Thursday, June 2, 2016! If you’re an avid golfer, this event was made for you.

Golf Classic 2016

The event will once again be held at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale and includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, cocktails, dinner, prizes, and a silent auction. You can register for the event and learn more about the day itself by clicking here. Please keep in mind that the deadline for registrations is May 23, so if you’re interested in the event, RSVP as soon as possible!

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Cindy Myer to Speak at Lowe’s Women Build Mother’s Day Event

Cindy Myer often gets recognized for her hard work running Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving) as a female in a male dominated industry. She inherited the business years ago and went in with little experience, but she has learned a lot about the moving industry since then and has helped make Ridgewood Moving Services better than ever before. Her efforts established the moving company as the 2013 Mover of the Year by the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association and she has spoken at many public events like the Inspirational Women in Business Luncheon in which she shared the story of her successful career.

Now, Cindy is being asked to help as a spokeswoman at the Lowe’s Women Build Mother’s Day event on May 6! This is the 9th event of its kind that was designed to empower women by highlighting the accomplishments of successful women. The theme of this event is centered around inspirational and motivational women in the fields of business, the arts, media, banking, law, education and government. Cindy specifically is being recognized for being the first woman president of NJWMA. The following women qualify and have exceeded under these conditions:

  1. Linda Bowden, PNC Bank NJ Regional President
  2. Susan Greenbaum, of Greenbaum Interiors
  3. Cindy Myer, Ridgewood Moving Services, first women president of the NJWMA.
  4. Deborah Hoffman, Executive Director of the Passaic Economic Development.

Interested in attending? Then act fast! You must RSVP by April 25 by emailing Gina F. Damiano at gina@patersonhabitat.org. The event starts at 8:00 AM and runs through 3:00 PM on May 6. Both men and women are encouraged to attend! For a full schedule of the day with more details, please read the flyer below:

Flyer Cindy

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This is How Ridgewood Moving Services Entered NJWMA’s Circle of Excellence

NJWMA is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1969 to ensure that moving companies and clients in New Jersey have safe moving experiences. A big part of how the organization keeps everyone in the moving industry safe is by informing them. It may sound simple, but just knowing the difference between a good and bad mover will help motivate moving companies to be the best they can be and keep clients confident with the service being provided. For example, the Circle of Excellence program was put into effect to let potential clients know which companies are safe to move with.

Circle of Excellence

There’s a list of companies on NJWMA’s website that are a part the Circle of Excellence and we’re one of them! These movers are some of the best in the state, so we are honored to be a part of this list. Here are all of the moving companies that are in the Circle of Excellence:

All Jersey Movers

All Season Movers

Anchor Moving & Storage

Atlantic Coast Moving & Storage

BD Movers

Booth Movers

Classic/Reliable Moving & Storage

Harrington Moving & Storage.

Lowy’s Express

General Moving Carriers LLC

Main Street Movers

McCollister’s Transportation

Quality Moving Inc.

Ridgewood Moving Services

Simonik Moving & Storage

Simonik Transportation & Whse Group

Sinclair Moving & Storage

Wade Odell Wade Padded Van

Wonder how we, along with all of these other companies, made this prestigious list? Well, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep our clients satisfied, which we strive to do every day! On the Circle of Excellence page on NJWMA’s website, it lists the exact qualifications of the title. Because we met the criteria, NJWMA thought that we would make a great fit for the program. Check out what it takes to enter the Circle of Excellence:

The Circle of Excellence Mover Program was developed and administered by the NJWMA to recognize members that exceed the minimum required standards for membership. Qualifying movers are members in good standing of the NJWMA, that in addition to adhering to the NJWMA’s code of ethical conduct, comply with Policy Guidelines, and all State and Federal laws; Those moving companies have also shown that they maintain the highest levels of customer service and consumer satisfaction through employee training, maintenance of equipment, operational and other safety criteria.

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Supermarket Helps Reduce Food Waste in Denmark

Earlier in the month, we at Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving) pointed out some ways to reduce food waste in your own home. This was done to show that you could make a difference with nonprofit organizations like Move For Hunger without participating in a food drive. Today, we want to show you how corporations can help join the fight to end world hunger by doing the same thing: reducing food waste!

According to Move For Hunger, 222 million tons of food go to waste in industrialized countries like ours. A large part of this is caused by supermarkets, who throw out damaged, expired, or surpluses of food items that are still safe for people to eat! WeFood, a supermarket in Denmark, is changing this habit by selling all the items that would have been discarded otherwise.

This is an amazing story written by Sara Guerra that we found on Move For Hunger’s blog. If you want to read the whole story, please click here. Here’s a snippet of information about the good that WeFood is doing for its community:

The food they sell includes expired food, damaged food, or any surplus in general. As long as the food is still edible and safe, WeFood wants to sell the food that grocery stores would have thrown out.

WeFood

WeFood was started by a non-profit organization. The new supermarket hopes to decrease the annual 700,000 tons of food waste in Denmark, while offering inexpensive shopping options to the people in their community.

The supermarket already has an agreement with one of the country’s biggest grocery chains for bread, butchers, and fruit.

If you want to learn more about Move For Hunger and its mission, you can visit their homepage here. Move For Hunger can use all the support it can get, so if you decide to move with us, please consider donating your nonperishable food items to us! We help collect these food items and transport them with our trucks to food banks in New Jersey.

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April Testimonials

Welcome to this month’s installment of testimonials! When we receive an excess of positive testimonials in a month, we highlight some of our biggest raving fans. We rely on our fans to spread the word about Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers), so thank you to everyone that contributed for this month’s post!

This week’s testimonials mostly come from our testimonial’s page. After a move, our raving fans can come to our website and post their opinions on their service for all to see. We always get an overwhelming amount of positive reviews, so thank you to everyone who has submitted a review so far! The more people that submit testimonials about us, the easier it is for us to get the word out about our company. We also have one testimonial that was shared personally with CEO Cindy Myer that we would love to show you, so check it out with the others below!

Amazing by Tasia-Leigh Ciraolo

Everything was amazing. The crew was amazing & took amazing care of my belongings.

All Around Stellar Service by Richard J Cino

The team were efficient, professional and caring. In all our possessions there was only one item that suffered a sizable scratch which is easily fixed. We are so happy with Ridgewood from our first phone call to Cory’s visit and estimate and move that we will use you again!!

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Mahwah Fire

Hi Cindy,

I wanted to thank your entire company for their generosity. Recently you moved some furniture for one of the families of the Mahwah fire.

It was the family where the 9 year old girl jumped to safety into the policeman’s arms. Christina was so kind and Rodney was amazing. Taking a call from a complete stranger on a Saturday morning and making time in his day to help that family. May God bless your thoughtfulness and generosity!

From: Don Ohnigian

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The Center for Hope and Safety’s Sapphire Gala

2016 is a year of landmarks for Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving) and the people we work with. Not only has it been 50 whole years since we started our moving company, it’s also been 40 years since the Center for Hope and Safety first opened! For those that don’t know, the Center for Hope and Safety is a nonprofit organization that we’ve supported over the years because of their dedication to ending domestic violence. They shelter victims here in New Jersey and help them recover by using all the resources at its disposal.

Because the Center for Hope and Safety runs on donations from people that wish to fight against domestic violence, it often holds events to help raise money for its cause. That’s why it’s holding the Sapphire Gala to celebrate 40 years of its organization and to accept donations! The event will be held on April 18th in Garfield, New Jersey from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Gift donations are being accepted for the silent auction at the gala, which include dining certificates, goods and services, entertainment packages, event tickets, and more! You can contact Jean Kirch, the event organizer, at 201-498-9247 x301 or jean@hopeandsafetynj.org if you have an item you want to donate.

Does this sound exciting to you? If it does, you can see more specific information about the event below, which was originally on the Cenjter for Hope and Safety’s website. You can see the whole post in its entirety by clicking here. Here are the details of the gala:

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Monday, April 18, 2016
The Venetian
546 River Dr.
Garfield, NJ 07026

6:00 – 9:30 pm

Please Join Us and Our
2016 Distinguished Honorees:

Central Unitarian Church, Paramus
Lil Corcoran
Jersey Women Strong
Teaneck School District

Tickets: $175/person
or
$250 Introduce a Friend for two tickets*
* The friend/spouse must be new to the agency and registration must be made by
calling the Development office at 201-498-9247 x301

Business/Cocktail Attire

Don’t forget, if you want to show up to the gala, you have to RSVP by April 12th! The Center of Hope and Safety has made this an easy process that you can fill out online. To register for the event, please click here. If you want to learn more about the Center for Hope and Safety, you can read about them on our website here.

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NJWMA Encourages Moving Companies to Donate Furniture

As you may know, Cindy Myer from Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving) is now also the first woman president of the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association (NJWMA). NJWMA is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1969 to ensure that moving companies and clients in New Jersey have safe moving experiences. We are honored to be in an active role in what we consider to be an important part of the moving industry!

It’s no secret that Ridgewood Moving Services has also helped many nonprofit organizations in the past, like Move For Hunger and the Center for Hope and Safety. With Move For Hunger, we donate nonperishable food items to those that need it. We also support the Center For Hope and Safety’s vision on ending domestic violence and offer our resources to them whenever they need it. But did you know that we also make donations through NJWMA? That’s right! We participate in collecting gently used furniture items and deliver them to specified locations for charitable organizations.

It’s not just us either! Plenty of NJWMA moving companies have joined its movement and are making donations that are very similar to ours. If you are interested in seeing who these companies are and what they are donating, you can visit the NJWMA website by clicking here. Items being donated range from beds, office desks, tables, and much more. Here are some of the moving companies that are making donations through NJWMA:

Ridgewood Moving Services

Booth Movers Ltd

Classic Moving & Storage

Ideal Way Movers, Inc.

Leaf Truck

All Season Movers, Inc.

Prudent Corporation

Reliable Van & Storage

Remember, if you are in need of furniture, do not hesitate to contact one of these companies! You can find specific contact information on the same NJWMA page that lists these charitable moving companies. We at Ridgewood Moving Services will continue to find ways we can help others through programs like this to help make the world a better place! Also, if you like what you read on the NJWMA website, we encourage you to take a look at other pages on it! There’s lots of helpful information and tips for those who may be moving in the near future, so stay informed to guarantee that you have a safe moving experience!

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March Testimonials

Welcome to this month’s installment of testimonials! When we receive an excess of positive testimonials in a month, we highlight some of our biggest raving fans. We rely on our fans to spread the word about Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers), so thank you to everyone that contributed for this month’s post!

This month’s posts come from our testimonials page! We are on major review sites like YelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List, but we also have our own page filled with our raving fans’ glowing reviews! Below are two recent reviews from Edward and Debra, who were both thrilled see their move go smoothly. If you would like to see the full page, you can do so by clicking here. Without further ado, here are this month’s testimonials:

Helpful and Courteous by Edward Brioso, located in Westwood, NJ

Our 2 persons were extremely helpful and courteous. Highly recommend Ridgewood Moving Services.

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THANK YOU by Debra Pavignano, located in Hackensack, NJ 07601

My move to Mays Landing was smooth, despite the worst rain storm ever! Your team – from Cory’s right on estimate, to Christine’s ability to move the date at the last minute, to a team of 3 wonderful men who were personable and expert in doing their job. I give you at least ten stars for making what was an emotional move almost dreamlike. THANKS to everyone.

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NJWMA Tips for Recognizing Moving Scams

Cindy Myer, CEO of Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving), is now the first woman president of the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association (NJWMA). This nonprofit organization was established in 1969 in order to educate movers and clients alike about State and Federal Regulations for moving. Essentially, it helps make sure that moving stays as a safe industry for everyone involved!

That’s why we want to help spread its values here on our blog and talk about how you can avoid moving scams. Moving scams are abundant and can cause some serious issues for you and all your personal belongings. That’s why it’s extremely important to do research on moving companies that are reliable and trustworthy before making a decision! NJWMA was able to provide some tips on its website that will help you recognize these type of scams:

Get an accurate estimate: Use a local, established company that will come to your home and give you a written estimate or a binding price. Have a written list of items to be moved and show each estimator everything on the list to be moved, items not to be moved and special requests. Show them all items that you expect the mover to pack and what you will pack. Don’t accept a mover that doesn’t come to your home; low prices quoted over the phone or on the Internet can be changed on moving day. Beware of the lowest price.

What can change the price? A mover is allowed to change the price if ANY circumstances change that was not included in the original price, but he must ask you to sign a ‘change order’ BEFORE they start loading the truck. Moving includes normal delivery. Additional charges should be expected if problems arise during your move, especially when known problems are not included in writing. Here are some common reasons: (a) You did not request packing of boxes and did not get all your packing completed or added packing not shown to the estimator. (b) Your shipment is delivered into a building with flights of stairs or elevator, and not written on the estimate (c) Access to your residence is more that 75 feet from the mover’s truck to your front door or, if large trucks can’t get within a reasonable distance, shuttle charges for a smaller truck may be required. (d) You have added or changed the items to be moved, changed dates or destination. (e) Delays beyond the mover’s control; such as waiting time for closing or delivery delays, rearranging furniture or restacking in a storage space, basement, attic or garage. (f) Storage and redelivery costs.

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What coverage is included for damages? Movers are only responsible for damages up to $.60 per pound per article unless you purchase additional coverage with your mover. You should purchase insurance through the mover, your homeowner’s policy or other insurer at additional cost before the move begins. Movers do not assume any responsibility for: (a) Money, jewelry or collections. (b) Operating condition of appliances and electronics or loss of data. (c) Missing items not specifically inventoried by the mover unless documented as missing on delivery. (d) Items previously broken or repaired. (e) Damaged items not documented on delivery. (f) Loss or damage to items packed in cartons by you. Items that are packed and unpacked by the mover are only covered up to $.60 per lb unless you purchased insurance.

Other important items: Do not pack or move items that may cause damage to your shipment, such as matches, flammables, propane, aerosols or liquids like bleach. This could void all insurance. Don’t sign a blank ‘change order’. Be sure you receive a copy of everything you sign, and keep it safe until the move is finished. You are about to give everything you own to people that you do not know; its wise to do research!

Like what you read? If you want to be more informed, then please visit the NJWMA website by clicking here. On that page, you will find extensive information that will keep you safe before a move. There are also plenty of other helpful pages to browse, so feel free to do so, especially if you’re a first time mover!

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Move For Hunger’s Tips to Prevent Food Waste

Long time raving fans of Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving) know that we’re big supporters of Move For Hunger. Move For Hunger is a nonprofit group that gathers food donations and brings them to food banks that help feed families around the world. We’ve helped its cause in our own community by asking our clients to donate their nonperishable food items and using our trucks to transport the food to local food banks. We also announce when Move For Hunger is running food drives on our blog to encourage our readers to take action and help make the world a better place!

However, it’s not just food donations that Move For Hunger needs! The organization also encourages good habits, such as preventing food waste in your own home. Caitlin Ens, a blogger on Move For Hunger’s website, recently made a post that detailed five ways that can help you maintain better habits that will prevent food waste. We’re posting them here to help spread the word, but you can also read these points in the original post by clicking here. Here are Move For Hunger’s tips:

Look at the packaging of your food. Buy food that comes in resealable containers so that you can easily store away the leftovers upon opening. Some packaging makes it difficult to keep food fresh over time, which can make it land right into the trash can.

Learn how to properly store food. Many fruits and vegetables have longer shelf lives if they are packaged a certain way. For example, a cucumber pre-wrapped in plastic will stay fresh up to 14 days instead of just three days if not wrapped.

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Use technology for new recipes. There are so many apps out there that can be used to find new meal ideas. Instead of throwing out food that you don’t know what to do with, you can find recipes that use the ingredients already in your fridge to create a delicious and wholesome meal.

Donate to local organizations. Find a local food drive to donate non-perishable foods to those in need. Organizations such as Move for Hunger are perfect for setting up and coordinating food drives in the most creative way. You will do so much good for your community by taking the time to give food to the hungry.

Visit the Make It Last Site. The Make It Last site from Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics contains helpful tips and facts to help you reduce food waste in your home. You can find so much information that will empower you to take control of the food in your home.

If you want to learn more about Move For Hunger, you can visit their homepage here. If the organization’s mission inspires you, you can help out by moving with us and making a donation or by keeping a lookout for food drive posts on our blog in the future!

Are you a fan of Ridgewood Moving Services? Then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials pageYelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List. Every review helps us out, so place consider choosing one of the links above. Thanks for reading everyone!