Changes sought to shared driveway rules

If developers want to connect more than three building lots with an accessway — a driveway that’s shared between houses — they have to go through a lengthy process of applying for a waiver of the regulations. Expanding that number of buildings that can be served by one driveway from three to five or more was something attorney Bob Jewell suggested … read more

Wi-Fi in the village? Economic commission debates public Internet access

Free public Wi-Fi — wireless Internet access for cell phones and other mobile devices — in downtown Ridgefield received tentative support from the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) Monday night. “You have one hub — which would be in town hall — and then you have a series of booster-receivers that go around, so we could do all of … read more

Aquifer Protection Agency: After wetlands-planning board split, who runs the show?

The Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board are splitting up this November— but who gets the Aquifer Protection Agency in the divorce? Currently, members of the Planning and Zoning Commission serve in three roles — as zoning commissioners, Inland Wetlands Board members, and officers of the Aquifer Protection Agency. Last November, voters decided to split the Inland Wetlands … read more

Ridgefield cops find explosive device, cache of guns in Tackora Trail home

Update: In a Facebook post Thursday night, the Ridgefield Police said the arrest was an isolated incident, and that “at no time was there a threat to the general public.” The state police bomb squad removed an explosive device as well as an arsenal of 16 assault weapons, 76 unregistered high-capacity magazines and six silencers from a Tackora Trail home … read more

Zoning commission considers new rules on green-energy systems

Wind power, geothermal home-heating, and solar — ground mounted, pole mounted, roof mounted, and even wall mounted arrays— all went up for debate in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission at its March 19 public hearing. The hearing was an informal session for the commission to gather information as it plans new zoning rules to regulate solar panels and … read more

Zoning commission looks to fill vacant Republican seat

Bob Cascella has resigned from the Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti announced Tuesday, March 26. “My reason for resigning had to do with conflict between what I do for a living and the large number of property owners who I represent, who also come before the commission,” Cascella told The Press. Cascella is a partner at Grove Street … read more

The Iris Fund: Ridgefielder raises funds to learn the ABC’s of pregnancy

At 25 weeks, Brittney Crystal’s second pregnancy with her daughter, Iris, seemed to be stable. Because her son was been born prematurely, Crystal’s doctor had performed a cerclage — a cervical stitch meant to prevent preterm birth. Then her water broke.  Crystal was taken to Danbury Hospital, where she texted Joy Vink, a doctor she visited for a second opinion … read more

865 Ethan Allen Highway: Zoners to review contractor’s yard remediation plans

Update — the Planning and Zoning Office told The Press that the hearing for the property will be rescheduled from Tuesday, March 26 to Tuesday, April 23. Plans to remediate the former property of the late Michael Venus at 865 Ethan Allen Highway — a contractor’s yard containing an abandoned fuel-oil tank and several storage trailers containing landscaping equipment — … read more

Global I history: Students continue to protest graduation requirement change

Ridgefield High School students once again protested changes to the high school graduation requirements at the March 11 Board of Education meeting. Two freshmen, Anshuman Suryawanshi and Hersha Chauhan, said they opposed changing Global I history from a year-long history course to a semester-long elective. “I’m committed to ensuring that global history, as it stands in the curriculum, remains in … read more

Branchville Elementary School receives new couches

Branchville Elementary School students will have new couches to sit on, thanks to a $5,000 gift from the school’s PTA. The Board of Education approved the gift, which was paid for through a grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation, at its March 11 meeting. The funds will be used to purchase three couches, which can be broken up and rearranged … read more

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