As the storm recovery winds down and the number of Ridgefield customers without power dwindles in the single digits, First Selectman Rudy Marconi is looking ahead, he says, and that means forgetting about Halloween.
“With Halloween being a thing of the past, we just want to move forward looking toward Thanksgiving,” he said Tuesday afternoon, adding that Ridgefield and other municipalities are looking at ways to send aid — possibly an ambulance — to New York and New Jersey.
If you stocked up on candy, some Ridgefield dental professionals will be happy to take it off your hands. Dr. Dana C. Jones and Dr. Josephine Franzese have invited trick-or-treaters to bring their excess candy to their 162 Danbury Road practice and receive $1 for every pound donated (10-pound limit). They will also be giving away light-up toothbrushes.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Franzese will be teaming up with the Army National Guard’s Operation Gratitude and sending all of candy to American military personnel serving in Iraq.
“We believe this will give Ridgefield children a chance to not only feel they’re working towards better hygiene for themselves, but that they’re doing something to support our men and women serving overseas as well,” they said, adding they will have a giant greeting card for the kids to sign.
Last year, more than 40,000 pounds of candy was collected by dentists across the country for Operation Gratitude. Donations may be delivered on Tuesday, Nov. 6, between 8 and 4.
Mr. Marconi said he’s confident there will be school tomorrow, even though the town could be hit by high winds from a nor’easter tomorrow, and he’s keeping the town’s “state of emergency” declaration rolling. CL&P is also keeping some crews in the state, he said, in anticipation of potential damage. Mr. Marconi did say closing early might be necessary.
Reminders: The transfer station on South Street will be open through Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for brush and food waste for non-commercial residents. The Rec Center shelter will remain open as a “warming center,” for showers and charging from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Friday, but it’s closed for overnight stays.