Zoners talk traffic, paving and bike lanes at third listening session

Traffic, paving, bike lanes, a new police and fire station, and parking — always more parking — dominated a discussion on town infrastructure before the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday, May 7. The meeting was the third in a series of listening sessions hosted by the commission to hear input from town officials ahead of its 10-year rewrite of the … read more

Ridgefield gun ‘hobbyist’ to appear in court June 5

A Ridgefield mechanic who police have charged with building an explosive device in the basement of his Tackora Trail home is scheduled to return in court on Wednesday, June 5.  Mark Albin, 49, was arrested at his home after Ridgefield police uncovered six silencers, 16 unregistered assault weapons, and 76 unregistered high-capacity magazines on March 28. Ridgefield police originally responded … read more

Rabbi David Reiner finds barbed wire, asylum claims in Mexico

Mothers feeding their babies behind barbed wire with hundreds of people, a line of cars stretching as far as the eye can see, waiting for hours to go back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border, and migrants from Africa, Mexico and Asia, including the Indian subcontinent, detained in cell blocks where they make $1 a day — just another day … read more

Charged up about electric cars: Ridgefield drivers discuss EV ownership

“Fun and zippy” to drive, they cost about $1.40 to fill up for the day, and some models accelerate as fast as a twin-turbo BMW sedan. Just don’t be surprised if a quarter of the “gas tank” disappears on a cold night. Meet the latest crop of electric cars — or EVs. “The fact that the town has a charging … read more

New scoreboard goes up at Tiger Hollow

With a rattle of an impact driver and delicate balancing between a crane and cherry picker, Tiger Hollow’s new LED scoreboard was installed at the north end of the football field Wednesday, April 3. The screen, which has the capability to project live and pre-recorded video on the field, is one of three new boards being installed for the high … read more

Bike lanes get a boost at zoning hearing

Proponents of bike lanes and paths won some support during a listening session for the town’s rewrite of the Plan of Conservation and Development April 2. Arnold Light, chairman of the Economic and Community Development Commission said the town should “encourage alternative transportation solutions, including bicycle lanes and bike sharing.” “Ridgefield is an active, health-conscious community, and this would allow … read more

New Canaan may partner in marketing; joint tourism idea gains support

How do you get more people from New York City to come and spend time — and money — in Ridgefield? Some members of the Economic and Community Development Commission see partnering with New Canaan’s marketing efforts as one option. Chairman Arnold Light said he recently met with members of New Canaan’s Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and Economic Development … read more

Does Ridgefield have too many arts venues? Zoning commission listens to question

With dozens of music venues, theaters, museums, and galleries, Ridgefield is an artsy town — but has the town hit its capacity for arts and leisure offerings? That was a point Allison Stockel, executive director of the Ridgefield Playhouse made during a meeting hosted by the Planning and Zoning Commission April 2. “I love the idea of second- and third-floor … read more

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