Town hires new assistant planner

In the midst of election madness, a new face joined the ranks of the Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Department. Daniel Robinson, 42, was hired as the town’s assistant planner on Oct. 30. The Bridgeport resident will replace the town’s previous assistant planner, Adam Schnell, who left to pursue a job in Florida back in March. “I was looking at a … read more

Pot, ‘shrooms, and dabs: Suspected drug dealer arrested on Election night

A Bethel man was arrested for possession and sale of a controlled substance at the Ridgefield Police Department around 11 p.m. on election night — Tuesday, Nov. 6. Ridgefield police said Christopher Ryan, 37, was also charged with illegal sale, distribution, and manufacturing of narcotics, possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a report, Ryan was pulled … read more

Zoners to review Winter Club light pole permit at next hearing

A new special permit application that would allow the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club to build light poles up to 40 feet high to illuminate its outdoor skating rink will receive review from the Planning and Zoning Commission during the club’s fifth public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 13, at East Ridge Middle School. During the fourth public hearing on Oct. 30, 32 … read more

Town hall rally planned for Mueller, California victims

Ridgefield Women’s March organizers Aimee Berger-Girvalo and Jessica Mancini are planning a rally in support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller at 5 p.m. today at town hall. The event will also be a vigil for the 12 victims of a mass shooting that took place in California Wednesday, Nov. 7.  Berger-Girvalo said residents should gather in front of town hall. … read more

FBI aids Ridgefield police in arrest of Subway stickup man

A Bridgeport man who robbed the Subway on Ethan Allen Highway at knifepoint back in May has been arrested on a federal robbery charge.  Ridgefield police said Alvin Robertson, 55, was indicted on Oct. 16 and faces four additional federal robbery charges for allegedly committing armed robbery at three Connecticut banks and another Subway restaurant in Monroe. “Through a collaborated effort … read more

Property values, noise cited as concerns at fourth Winter Club hearing

How much money could a property owner lose if the Ridgefield Winter Club (RWC) is approved at 340 Peaceable Street? According to Matthew Grossman, a former Peaceable Street resident, he lost $155,000 after he disclosed to potential buyers that the private club was considering moving in across the street. “The impact on my property value was substantial,” Grossman told the … read more

Dems raise issue with Frey taking lobbyist money

Updated 4 p.m. ET, Nov. 5 —Reports that State Representative John Frey (R-111) used lobbyist money to pay for travel expenses to and from national Republican events has stirred up Ridgefield Democrats hours before the midterm elections. Citing an article in the Hartford Courant published in June 2017, Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee Chairman Alex Harris raised questions about Frey taking what he … read more

School start times: Board delays decision, will look at three-tier bus system

The school board might be suffering from start time fatigue after two years of talks. “If we’re not going to do this, then pull the rug out and stop dithering,” said Vice Chairman Doug Silver at the board’s Oct. 22 meeting. Silver was frustrated with the board’s decision to once again delay voting on whether or not Ridgefield wanted to … read more

Gender studies, ‘coaching’ among new classes planned at high school

What do robots and coaches have in common? They’re both going to be taught at Ridgefield High School during the 2019-20 school year. The Board of Education approved five new classes at RHS — Gender Studies, Fundamental Skills and Principles of Coaching, Robotics II, History through Film, and Multivariable Calculus. The gender studies proposal drew the most discussion from the … read more

Great Hill Road subdivision to include affordable housing, land donation

A trio of 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom homes have been proposed to be built on a three-lot subdivision at 28 Great Hill Road. One of the homes would be set aside as affordable housing for a family making 60% of the state median income. That allows the subdivision to fall under the state’s affordable housing law, 8-30g, and lets the developer breakup … read more

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