Branchville redone: Resolutions passed again support renovation plans

To advance plans for a new bridge and traffic light and a variety of street amenities in Branchville, a special town meeting voted to re-approve some $6 million in previously-passed bond resolutions related to the Branchville Transit Oriented Development or “Branchville TOD” project. The June 19 town meeting, consisting of the five-member Board of Selectmen and about eight other townspeople, … read more

Ridgefield’s Historic District gives South Hall protection, commission rules

St. Stephen’s Church property — including South Hall, which the church is looking into potentially selling — lies within Ridgefield’s Historic District, affording considerable protections against any plans a future owner might have that involve altering the building’s historic look, or demolishing it. “St. Stephens is definitely in the Ridgefield Historic District, and it’s under the purview of Historic District … read more

Five lots, four new houses? Barry Avenue subdivision gets hearing Tuesday

The construction of four new four-bedroom homes and preservation of a circa 1790 farmhouse, on a little over 10 acres off Barry Avenue, are the objectives of plans that will be up for public comment Tuesday, June 25. The proposal by Sturges Brothers Inc. seeks a five-lot subdivision of the 10.2 acre Montanari property at 99 Barry Avenue — the … read more

Firemen’s carnival, fireworks to kick off summer Wednesday

Fireworks, thrill rides, the sweet smell of cotton candy on the summer evening air — it’s carnival time! The Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department’s carnival and start-of-summer fireworks are back in the village this year. The carnival will run from Wednesday, June 26, through Saturday, June 29, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening at East Ridge Middle School’s front … read more

Long-serving Charlie Knoche steps down from Police Commission

In 24 years on the Police Commission, Charlie Knoche has worked with four chiefs — Thomas Rotunda, Rich Ligi, John Roche and Jeff Kreitz. And now he’s stepping down. “Twenty-four years! We will miss him,” said Police Commission Chairman George Kain. Knoche’s retirement was observed at the Police Commission’s meeting Thursday, June 13, when Kain presented him with a plaque … read more

Sustainability to farming to water conservation: Town plan draws many reactions

Water resource protection, historic preservation, conservation, sustainability and relations between planning and zoning commissioners and the public were all themes struck in wide-ranging comments by a dozen speakers at a public hearing Tuesday night, June 18, on the town’s new Plan of Conservation and Development. “We want to stop builders who rule with an iron hand,” said Lori Mazzola of … read more

Ridgefield Running Company, now on Main Street, earns recognition, adds new fitting technology

Ridgefield Running Company has been named to the Best Running Stores in America list, an award that recognizes a run-specialty’s customer experience, community involvement and commitment to the industry. The award is given by the running industry’s trade magazine and run-specialty conferences organizer, Diversified Communications. This is the second year in a row Ridgefield Running Company was recognized with the … read more

Zemo’s affordable housing plan goes to June 25 public hearing

Plans to add 16 apartments — five of them meeting state affordability guidelines — in what is currently a 43-unit building at 100 Danbury Road are up for public scrutiny. Steve Zemo’s Ridgefield Apartments Inc. seeks a revision to a previous approval under the state’s 8-30g affordable housing law. The proposal comes before a public hearing of the Planning and … read more

Carcelen named to economic commission

An architect with experience in marketing and also teaching, Cameron Cole Carcelen, has joined Ridgefield’s Economic and Community Development Commission (EDCD). “I’m also a landlord in town, and a mom with two kids in the school system,” Carcelen told the Board of Selectmen. “She has an architecture background and a bit of a marketing background. We feel she could be … read more

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