First-floor retail: Selectmen review incentive package for Main Street retailers

An incentive package to encourage retailers to set up shop on Main Street storefronts — including tax abatements, fee waivers, and discounts to other town businesses — is in the works. The Economic Development Commission (ECDC) presented its plan to the Board of Selectmen at its June 12 meeting. “What we’ve basically developed is a strategy that’s more the carrot … read more

Rules of the road: Cars and bikes must share, officials say

Sharing the road between cyclists and motorists has been a growing concern in Ridgefield over the last few years. “Everyone has noticed an uptick on cyclists on the roadway,” said Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz. “We just want to make sure there’s an understanding both with motorists and cyclists; their roles and responsibilities when traveling on the roadway.” He said that … read more

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: The Curran family’s race to find a cure

When Ridgefield resident Conner Curran was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, he was four years old. His parents Christopher and Jessica Curran felt like their whole world was crumbling around them. But now, two years later, the Currans have taken his diagnosis and made it their mission to help Conner and other boys like him. “It’s devastating — all your … read more

Pension Commission has a new member

The Ridgefield Pension Commission has a new member. Christopher Anderson St. Victor-de Pinho was interviewed and appointed at the July 12 Board of Selectmen meeting. Pinho is currently the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of XL Catlin Group in Stamford. “I’m a naval officer, I’ve been a banker, and now I’m an insurance person,” he said. “I think it’s … read more

Ms. President US needs high school mentors

Ms. President US, the new Ridgefield-based program that focuses on civic engagement and leadership skills for girls in fourth through eighth grade, is seeking mentors from Ridgefield High School to help facilitate small group discussions one Friday per month. The discussions will take place after guest speakers or panel presentations that will help enrich the program. Most sessions will be … read more

Trickle-down effect: State budget struggle creates hiring freeze in Ridgefield

What’s the worst that could happen to Ridgefield if a state budget doesn’t get approved? According to First Selectman Rudy Marconi, not that much. “The bad news is that Ridgefield doesn’t get a lot of money from the state of Connecticut; the good news is that Ridgefield doesn’t get a lot of money from the state of Connecticut,” he told … read more

Peaceable Farm: Zoners push ‘private club’ decision to September

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 5,  for an amendment that would alter the town’s residential zoning regulations. The amendment, which has been put forth by Peaceable Street residents Jeffrey and Jennifer Hansen, aims to delete “private clubs” as permitted uses by special permit in residentially zoned land. The Hansens are trying to stop … read more

Dog poop committee: One scoop at a time

In light of Ridgefield’s ongoing dog poop situation, a seven-member town committee — including First Selectman Rudy Marconi — has formed with the sole purpose of resolving the smelly issue. “People were getting very upset about people not having any kind of common decency, and leaving their piles of dog waste,” said committee member and Town Treasurer Molly McGeehin. The … read more

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