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In this week’s Ridgefield Press

4.4-page-one640a Here are some of the stories and features in this week’s Ridgefield Press, out today in print and e-editions:

  • A panel looking into school security has listed a half dozen “needs” to make buildings and people safer.
  • Amy Shinohara, a school board member involved in the security planning, tells about when she was a seventh grader and three were shot and killed at her school.
  • Connecticut is adopting strict gun controls — what do Ridgefielders think about it?
  • Dave Ulmer looks Ridgefield’s economy and spending by the numbers.
  • A young woman’s life was literally saved, thanks to the recent Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association’s Health Fair.
  • To save money, the schools may switch insurance carriers from Cigna to Aetna.
  • Murph previews seven more spring sports, including golf, tennis and track.
  • Rudy Marconi doesn’t think much of CL&P’s proposed rate hike, but does like plans for aggressive tree trimming.
  • How much should the town charge for land in the center of the village?
  • Ed Karvosky, the owner of Bissell’s, is marking his 40th year in Ridgefield.
  • Cass Gilbert’s Woolworth Building is turning 100, and there are big doings in the city.
  • Kids World, a special section this week, includes a camp sampler, books for teens, favorite family cars, prom fashions, and more
  • Keeler Tavern is offering some historical hunting this spring.
  • Ray Bessette, the man who built the skating rink, will be remembered Saturday. And the late Nick Barberi, popular middle school art teacher, will be celebrated Friday.
  • Speaking of Mr. Barberi, the school board has been asked to name an art gallery at East Ridge Middle School after him.
  • Four leading women will speak at the Women’s Forum next month.
  • Nine students from RHS will perform in the All State Music Festival.
  • Maria Jarreau Heller, widow of the man who ran the New England Institute for Medical Research in Ridgefield years ago, has a penchant for saving bits of this and that for later use in her art projects, and the results are frequently stunning.
  • RHS seniors 25 years ago wanted to be able to drive to Haddam to board a boat where their senior prom would take place, notes Tom Belote. Forget it, said the school board; take the bus. Chartered, of course.
  • The 2013 Hyundai Azera is a full-size sedan with a lot to offer, but its price doesn’t sit well among its competitors, says test driver Steven Macoy.
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