In this week's Ridgefield Press

W-02.19.15-FINALHere are some of the stories and features in this week’s Ridgefield Press, out today in print and e-edition:

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  • Voters will decide the fate of a land sale deal between the town and an age-restricted housing developer next week,
  • Many folks wrote letters to share their opinions on the matter.
  • The selectmen were irked by a $4-million radio system request that didn’t go through a competitive bid process — but that wasn’t a deal-breaker for them.
  • With the district’s most extreme three-hour school delay, classes at the high school are just 17 minutes. How much learning can really happen in that time?
  • Firefighters handled fewer calls in 2014 than in years past, but medical calls — their main gig — went up.
  • The closing of a school is a delicate ballet.
  • A coding club for girls is rather popular.
  • We talked with a woman from Ridgefield who has a career in technology though she never thought she was the engineering “type.”
  • We’ve got a lot of budget coverage….
    • The superintendent doesn’t list controversial math expert and administrative positions among her potential cuts.
    • Adding foreign language at the elementary schools would rely heavily on students doing work outside of class on teaching software.
    • The fire department is looking for a new engine that’s almost identical to Engine 1.
    • Special ed spending would take a 6% hike, and administrators point to litigation and unpredictable reimbursement from the state as factors that make budgeting even more difficult.
    • A longtime print shop owner is expanding into a tried and true business — alcohol.
  • There’s a lot happening this weekend — arts, stargazing and a library talk.
  • RHS boys basketball has had quite a comeback this season.
  • A longtime print shop owner is expanding into a tried and true business — alcohol.
  • Expansion plans at the Theater Barn got an easy OK from zoners.
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