Venti lends a helping paw to Farmingville students

There’s a new face wandering the halls of Farmingville Elementary School, out to lend kids a helping hand. Er, make that helping paw. Her name is Venti, a three-year-old black labrador from Guiding Eyes for the Blind — a nonprofit that breeds and trains seeing eye dogs for the blind. When she’s not palling-around with her foster mom — Principal … read more

Saved by the bell? Schools still weighing start times

The school board has hit the snooze button on a plan to start schools later. The Board of Education acknowledged that work on the project had stalled at its most recent meeting on Sept. 11. At least one resident who supports the change appeared to voice her frustration with the delay. “You have a project manager who has been with … read more

Schools question pay-to-participate fees

Junior quarterback Owen Matthews runs with the ball during a scrimmage in Newtown last week. — Andy Hutchison photo

Are the high school’s pay-to-participate fees a vital source of revenue or a burden on the district’s financially-strapped families? That was a question raised by Board of Education Vice Chairman Doug Silver during a discussion on the athletics budget at the board’s Sept. 11 meeting. “Is the pay for play system creating a hardship for families?” Silver asked Dane Street, … read more

RHS senior elected to serve on state Board of Education

The Connecticut State Department of Education has named Ridgefield High School senior Tarini Krishna as the student member of the state Board of Education throughout the 2018-19 school year. Krishna, a 17-year-old senior, told The Press she was inspired to serve as student representative after she joined several students last year to protest cuts to the high school English department. … read more

Ridgefield Mobil fined for selling vapes to underage youth

Ridgefield Mobil was one of 1,300 retailers of vapes and e-cigarettes targeted in a nationwide sting by the Food and Drug Administration that aimed to crackdown on the sale of the devices to underage users. The gas station on Danbury Road was issued a fine of $559 from the agency on April 24, according to a list of retailers published … read more

State economy, healthcare, opiates big topics at Democratic forum

How many issues facing Connecticut can you talk about in 90 minutes? Quite a few, it turns out. A forum on the future of the state’s legislative was hosted by the Democratic Town Committee earlier this month, and covered a range of topics from healthcare to pension costs. First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Aimee Berger-Girvalo, the Democratic nominee to represent … read more

Second hearing on Ridgefield Winter Club set for Sept. 25

A second public hearing for the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club on Peaceable Street will be held at the East Ridge Middle School auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 25. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. to allow for as much time as possible, according to Planning and Zoning Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti. The meeting will start with a peer review by consultants hired … read more

Marconi eyes flat town budget, schools will create challenge

A flat budget — one with no increase in spending from this year to the next — might be on the table as the town sizes up the fallout from the new federal tax law. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said he was looking into the idea at a forum hosted by the Democratic Town Committee on Sept. 6. “We’re going … read more

Police, firefighters to host Safety Day Sept. 23

Folks snap shots of a helicopter at Safety Day in 2014 —Scott Mullin photo

Crash simulators, a K-9 team demonstration, and a chance for kids to get up close to Eagle One, the police helicopter — the town’s annual Safety Day is Sunday, Sept. 23. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of East Ridge Middle School. Those who attend will get a chance to see … read more