In this week's Ridgefield Press

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

  • The events in Newtown will cast a shadow on Ridgefield’s planning in 2013: First Selectman Rudy Marconi discusses what’s ahead.
  • The number of pistol permits has increased markedly in town in the past year.
  • The police are ready to replace their Tasers with something new.
  • The value of an alarm system was shown last week when an electrical fire broke out in the house of a family visiting in Europe.
  • However, having a fire alarm has its responsibilities, including helping prevent false alarms — too many of which are answered by local firefighters.
  •  A Blacksmith Ridge resident had several hours of fun Friday watching a bobcat family in his neighborhood.
  • A project planned for Danbury Road includes both affordable housing and business facilities.
  • The mulch pile fire got a chilly treatment this week.
  • A Ridgefield organization can help families who are dealing with the problems of alcohol or drug addictions.
  • A private company is still negotiating for a site for a cell tower serving lower Ridgebury.
  • Why are there two roads in town named after Florida? A new column offers some possible answers.
  • Speaking of columns, Dr. Evan Levine takes a look at some big salaries.
  • The debate over guns continues in the letters column.
  • Chris Robertson tells how to get a photo ID — important for people who don’t have a driver’s license for identification.
  • Ridgefielder Todd Forrest, a vice president at the New York Botanical Garden, has written the text for a new book of photographs celebrating the garden’s ‘Magnificent Trees.’
  • Whitney Altopp will be installed Sunday as St. Stephen’s 32nd rector.
  • RHS students adopted needy families for the holidays.
  • A Ridgefield couple has created a new exercise invention.
  • Dr. Nick Perna told high school economics students about the recession while Dr. Charles Wheelan discussed the fiscal cliff.
  • The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo has style, but not enough power yet, says Steven Macoy.
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