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In this week’s Ridgefield Press

Here are some of the stories and features in this week’s Ridgefield Press, out today:

  • Plans are afoot for a cell tower site in Ridgebury.
  • Town officials caution that rejecting the proposed teacher contract could be costly.
  • A school board member provides details about the contract and maintains it’s good for the town, teachers and schools.
  • Eureka is appealing a federal judge’s decision about its plans for a large housing project on Bennett’s Farm Road. The Planning and Zoning Commission isn’t.
  • Some of Ridgefield’s schools are “distinguished” under new standards in use in the state.
  • Ridgefielder Responds has been sending aid to the Rockaways while the police want to load a Humvee with items for Sandy victims.
  • Meanwhile, school bus drivers are having their annual effort to fill a bus with toys and other items for the area’s needy.
  • Two principals from China visited the schools here, and were sometimes surprised at what they saw.
  • Speaking of surprises, the chairman of the school board rescued a sea lion recently.
  • That new “affordable” building on Gilbert Street is taking shape.
  • RHS boys hoop team is primed for a big season.
  • The library may be in an old supermarket, but it’s still loaded with modern technology.
  • Resignations have left many town boards with vacancies. Volunteers are being sought to fill them.
  • The school board has approved capital projects for next year including air conditioners and wi-fi for elementary schools, asbestos abatement at Scotland, and standby power improvements at several schools.
  • Thanks to the Molly Ann Tango Foundation, Cubby was safe during Sandy. Others like Cubby will benefit from the upcoming Nuts About the Nutcracker performance.
  • Police Commissioner George Kain was in Rome for a conference of opponents of the death penalty.
  • Broadway professionals will join Ridgefield kids at Debbie Gravitte’s holiday show at the Playhouse.
  • Art Michaelsen has had three restaurants in town. Now he’s opened his fourth.
  • A century-old carriage house in Ridgefield has been beautifully bedecked for the holidays by the homeowner, who makes many of her own decorations. It’s just one of the features in this month’s Home.
  • Ridgefield’s Dave Goldenberg hosts the Wednesday night Open Mic session at the venerable Towne Crier cafe.
  • Bissell’s Pharmacy is helping protect the police by providing a bullet-proof vest.
  • Births this week include twin twins.
  • Fifty years ago, freight trains still ran to the village, mostly stocking Ridgefield Supply.
  • The 2012 Scion iQ 3-door liftback is a cozy little coupe, well-suited for urban environments, says test driver Steven Macoy.
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