The Garden of Ideas: Keller envisions path to sustainability

Can a free public garden become a sustainable self-supporting venture in Ridgefield’s green and pricey hills? Joe Keller hopes so, and he’s got a plan. Keller is the master gardener, quirky mind, work-in-the-dirt hands, and guiding spirit behind the Garden of Ideas. A 13-acre retreat of gardens, sculpture and walking paths beside Lake Mamanasco at 653 North Salem Road, the … read more

Jazz weekend: A 2019 encore?

Cool sounds drew people to town, filling seats in several venues, and Ridgefield’s first Jazz, Funk and Blues Weekend is getting good reviews from folks involved. They’re talking about doing it next year — the next step toward making it an annual event on the town calendar, which was the goal envisioned when the event was dreamed up.   “It … read more

Door-to-door: Selectmen want to limit salesmen

Door-to-door selling has long been viewed with a mixture of annoyance and concern by some Ridgefielders, and now the selectmen have launched an effort to ban — or at least limit — the practice. “Generally speaking, people don’t want people going door to door,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the Board of Selectmen. The board quickly reached consensus after a … read more

$48-million sewer plant gets hearing on Saturday

With costs projected at $48 million, the town’s sewer plant renovations may interest taxpayers as well as sewer users, and a public hearing on the plans is scheduled for this Saturday morning, Sept 22, at 10 in the lower level conference room in town hall. The town is anticipating $11.5 million in grants to support the project so the local … read more

New Street is getting a sidewalk

A sidewalk for New Street! After years of lobbying by residents, the town will be putting in a sidewalk along much of New Street, one of the village’s no-longer-so-quiet residential roadways. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said the project will probably be undertaken next year. The town has gotten a $365,000 “connectivity grant” from the state to finance the work. “Many … read more

Abandoning Skytop Road: Plans headed to town voters

Voters will be asked to legally abandon the undeveloped portion of Skytop Road as a town highway. The selectmen voted on Sept. 5 to send the road abandonment proposal — which was initiated by the Conservation Commission — to an Oct. 10 public hearing and an Oct. 24 town meeting. “This is to eliminate the road completely?” asked Selectman Bob … read more

Boys and Girls Club gets zoning variances to allow its expansion

With a vision of expanding the physical space, number of kids served, and breadth of programs offered, the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club won variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals Monday night, Sept. 17. “We’re really in the quiet planning phase of this whole thing,” said Boys and Girls Club executive director Michael Flynn. It’ll be a while before … read more

Quarterly town meetings? Selectmen will try the idea

Quarterly reports. Quarterly dividends. How about quarterly town meetings? Townspeople would gather to vote on a bunch of stuff once every three months, rather than having 20 or a dozen people — fewer, sometimes — showing up at town hall to decide issues one at time, whenever something needing a town vote comes up. The selectmen want to give the … read more

Deer hunt approved, spring meeting will reconsider issue

Are deer meat to be hunted? Tick-bearing, shrub-eating, accident-causing pests whose population should be reduced? Or innocent creatures of breath-taking grace, leaping through the woods, providing suburbanites with fleeting visitations from the realm of nature’s transcendent beauty? Ridgefielders will have that debate — next year, as winter turns to spring. This fall, the hunt is on. The Board of Selectmen … read more

State Independent Party backs Frey, but it’s not Ridgefield’s Independents

“Independent” is a political label that retains an attraction for voters and candidates.   Republican state Rep. John Frey recently showcased his re-election effort’s endorsement by the Independent Party of Connecticut, even as the Independent Party of Ridgefield — once a vocal force in town politics and budget battles — fades out of existence. “I’m proud to be endorsed by … read more