Alternating one-way at Route 35 bridge due back next week

The scene on Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, shortly after 9 a.m.

Lane-shifting is projected to start next week at the Route 35 bridge project, with alternating one-way traffic scheduled Monday, Jan. 16 through Wednesday, Jan. 18, according to Ryan Wodjenski of the state Department of Transportation. Describing the overall plans in an interview and an e-mail on Friday, Jan. 13, Wodjenski said northbound traffic will be transferred to the temporary bridge … read more

Leases for two Schlumberger buildings head for public hearings, town meeting

A new Ridgefield-based theater group and a New Canaan design firm have worked out proposed $1-a-year leases with the town for two of the three remaining Schlumberger property buildings. The Board of Selectmen approved the lease agreements last week and scheduled public hearings on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and a town meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22, both at 7:30 p.m. in … read more

Town mum on fire chief violation

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. Chief Tappe has been acting chief since former Chief Heather Burford left the department for a Florida fire department.

Fire Chief Kevin Tappe has retired, ending a nearly five-decade career in firefighting, and the town’s investigation into an unspecified “violation of town policy” that had him on administrative leave the last three weeks. The fire department is now being led by assistant chief — redesignated acting chief — Jerry Myers, and town officials are fending off requests for further … read more

State looks to save all Main Street trees

At his State of the Town address Tuesday, First Selectman Rudy Marconi gave an update on the state’s plans for improvements to Main Street, which are still in the development stages with different plans being studied and refined for an eventual public hearing. Among the highlights he offered were: The likely reduction of the number of parking space in front … read more

Handicapped access concerns the town

Parking in a handicapped spot without a proper permit displayed can lead to a hefty fine. —Press photo

Handicapped access problems — wheelchair ramps, elevators, bathrooms, door widths — haven’t been ignored by Ridgefield, but they haven’t been dealt with systematically and comprehensively. And the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, has been on the books since July 1990. It’s 2017 — time, town officials admit, to get going. “I think everyone understands the logic behind this,” said … read more

Congregate Housing offers private apartments, shared meals

With its stonework and round tower, the town’s Prospect Ridge Congregate Housing facility — now approaching its 25th anniversary — looks like the private mansion it once was. But there’s a dorm-like feeling in dining room where senior citizens — mostly women — sit at tables, talking, eating the day’s hot meal. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s … read more

Chief Tappe looks back

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. Chief Tappe has been acting chief since former Chief Heather Burford left the department for a Florida fire department.

“It’s been a long run,” former Fire Chief Kevin Tappe said, looking back on close to five decades of fire fighting and “a wonderful 10 years” as assistant chief and then chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department. Tappe spoke Thursday, Jan. 5, a day after the Board of Selectmen voted to formally accept his retirement, cutting short an investigation into … read more

2017 preview: Town has plans, and a spending cap

Bridges, budgets, Branchville, Schlumberger leases, and Main Street plans — Ridgefield has quite a bit going on in 2017. It’s also the year the state-imposed 2.5% cap on municipal spending increases kicks in, affecting the 2017-18 budget town officials are already working on. “To live within a 2.5% cap on expenses is going to be quite difficult,” First Selectman Rudy … read more

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