Chamber incentives: Health insurance, phone discounts proposed to lure members

The Chamber of Commerce is hoping a new incentive package will help stave off its recent membership decline. Kim Bova, who took over as the chamber’s executive director in October, said the package will give members access to a national health insurance network and a discount on Verizon phone services. “I came in at a time of needing to redefine … read more

‘Road map for the future:’ Conservationists look at town plan

Open space maintained by the town, reviewing demolition permits to make sure historic homes aren’t knocked down, improving spaces for the performing arts — the first of three listening session for the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development covered a lot of ground. The Planning and Zoning Commission is currently rewriting its plan for 2020, a job it takes on … read more

Chamber of Commerce to hold job fairs in spring, fall

Ridgefield’s Chamber of Commerce wants to attract more workers to town — and plans to hold job fairs in the spring and fall to do just that. The first job fair will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, April 28, at the Parks and Recreation Center from noon to 4. Another will be held in the fall, ahead of … read more

School board maintains 3.6% budget increase

The Board of Education opted to pass its $98,423,760 budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year along to the Board of Finance without any additional cuts Monday, March 11. The decision come five days after the Board of Selectmen made a non-binding recommendation for the schools to cut $460,000. The school board did ask Superintendent William Collins to find areas … read more

Detective David Dubord: Meet Ridgefield’s cyber sleuth

Tracing scams to Internet crooks based in Europe, dusting for fingerprints at the scene of a burglary, teaching a group of scouts how to investigate a crime scene — it’s all just another day for Ridgefield Detective David Dubord. The Cub Scouts stand out as a particularly fun day for Dubord and his then-partner, Detective Jorge Romero.  “Jorge and I … read more

Special education, health insurance costs higher than expected for Ridgefield schools

Ridgefield Public Schools have spent, or are obligated to spend, $92.4 million out of its $95-million 2018-19 school budget, according to the January financial report to the Board of Education. The schools are on track to spend the entire $95 million, according to the report, which is submitted monthly by Business Manager Dawn Norton. Costs for special education, legal counsel, and … read more

Frey pitches cultural districts to Economic and Community Development Commission

Ridgefield state Rep. John Frey (R-111) has introduced a bill that would allow the state to create cultural districts — walkable areas in cities and towns known for the arts and historical attractions. “The idea is to have a walking cultural district,” said Frey at the Economic and Community Development Commission’s meeting Monday night. “We’re historically rich, and we’re arts … read more

Superintendent floats shared special education services

Amid rising rates of student outplacement, and rising costs for sending students out of district, Ridgefield Public Schools is looking at ways to share the cost with surrounding districts. “I met with other superintendents Friday, and that was one of the things we talked about in light of this regionalization issue, what can we do to share services?” said Superintendent … read more

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