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Snow shrinks summer vacation 25 years ago

A stubborn snowstorm gave students their sixth day off and pushed the last day of school deeper into June, the Jan. 28, 1988, Press reported.

It also made a confused morning that saw a number of school buses stranded on snow-slick hills as school was delayed, then opened, then closed.

The Parking Authority, a town agency that had been purely advisory, was feeling its oats. Bolstered by the revenues generated from the enforcement program it started in the summer, the authority agreed to ask for a 550% increase in its budget for the next year. From a little more than $8,000 in its first year, which included one part-time enforcement officer, the authority agreed to seek $46,000 from the town. The majority of the budget increase was for three more part-time enforcement officers. Several owners of private parking lots had asked the authority to begin patrolling their lots and the authority calculated that one officer could patrol only 80 spaces. In its first six months of operation the parking patrolman had given out 655 tickets. Based on that figure the Parking Authority determined it could hand out 7,300 tickets and bring in $73,000 in revenues. The Press labeled the proposal a “bureaucratic empire building” rather than a public service.

Press columnist Robert Cox, who was also the chairman of the high school English department, won a second prize in the New England Press Association’s annual newspaper contest. Mr. Cox’s winning column, called “Condom-Nation,” was inspired by a fuss — including an angry letter to The Press — over advertisements and publicity surrounding the use of condoms to fight the spread of AIDS. Mr. Cox frequently used his weekly column, entitled “Colonial Mischief,” to offer his generally liberal views.

Howard P. Nash, an eighth-generation Ridgefielder, died in an automobile accident in Colorado. Born to Press publisher Karl S. Nash and his wife, Elizabeth, Nash became an outdoorsman, musician and artist. He also collected Native American artifacts, antique stringed instruments and first-edition books.

The Ridgefield Lions Club gave more than $8,000 to two Ridgefield recreation organizations. Lions Club President Edward J. Martin presented a check for $6,000 to the Ridgefield Family Y building fund and a check for $2,000 to Ridgefield Boys Club Director Ed Helminski, pushing the Lions’ donation to the club to $18,000 over the preceding eight years.

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