Calling for an 11.9 % increase over the current school budget, Superintendent of Schools David H. Larson submitted a $24.7-million budget request to the Board of Education for the 1988-89 school year, even though the 1988 enrollment in town schools was expected to decrease, the Jan. 14, 1988, Press reported.
Dr. Larson described the $2.6-million increase over the current school year budget as “a significant amount of money” and added that “the bulk of that increase is basically made up of salaries and benefits.”
Meanwhile, Town Clerk Dora Cassavechia announced that the last quarter of 1987 reflected a downturn in both sales and prices of houses, which ranged from $185,000 to $690,000.
Nevertheless, according to the United States census figures that arrived in January 1988, Ridgefield continued to be a somewhat wealthy place. The 1985 estimated per-capita income for the town was $21,539, i.e., $21,539 for every man, woman and child in town. The latest population estimate for the town was 21,600, meaning that the collective annual earnings of Ridgefield residents was more than $466 million. By comparison, the per-capita income for Redding was $22,607, Wilton, $27,925, and New Canaan, $36,250.
Although it was just the middle of January and not far into the winter, the five snow days allowed for in the school calendar had already been used up. Superintendent Larson announced that a recent ice hazard had used up the last planned snow day. Three days were used in October when a freak snowstorm knocked down power lines all over town. “We’re going until June 20 right now,” he said.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Garzi announced the Dec. 1 birth of their second child, Daniel. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bartolucci of Danbury Road announced the birth of their first child, Andrew.
In the season opener for the five-six grade youth basketball league, the Jazz over took the Lakers, 22 to 8. Christian Lewis led the Jazz in the first quarter with six points, equaled by Jesse Bass for the Lakers. Chris Kaminski and Chris Couri then combined to add eight points for the Jazz. Chris Carrol and Jason Landon pulled the Jazz away later in the game for a decisive victory.
Karen Kopins, who graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1977 after winning the Miss Ridgefield Pageant and who went on to become Miss Connecticut and a contestant in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, became a prime-time regular on CBS’s super soap opera Dallas. “I’m Bobby Ewing’s new woman now,” she said. “Victoria Principal left, and I’m the new woman for Bobby.”
The Board of Selectmen appointed former First Selectman Louis Fossi to the Golf Course Committee and Richard E. Venus to a five-year term on the Historic District Commission. Mario Serfilippi was reappointed to the Building Code Board of Appeals, and Evelyn Hogan was named director of social services. J. Allen Kerr was appointed town attorney, and Terry Keller and Tony Corcoran were appointed to the Conservation Commission.
Enea Bacci sold Nina’s Restaurant on Main Street to Anthony S. and Beverly Piacentini.
The Planning and Zoning Commission gave its final approval for the move of five town departments, including themselves, from the town hall on Main Street to the “Morganti wing” of the old high school on East Ridge. Most of the old high school continued to be rented to Boehringer Ingelheim for $820,000 a year. The school offices were in the process of being moved to the vacant Branchville School building, and the empty “novitiate” building the school offices had occupied was being made available for conversion to congregate housing for the elderly and affordable housing units for younger people. First Selectman Sue Manning said no decision had been made on the possibility of moving all town operations to the old high school after the Boehrhinger Ingelheim lease expired in three years.