Parents, teachers protest art cuts at school budget hearing

Don’t cut elementary art teachers. That was the resounding message from parents, teachers, and at least one Ridgefield High School senior during the Board of Education’s budget hearing Saturday, Feb. 9, at Scotts Ridge Middle School. “The proposed budget looks to cut this rich learning environment,” said Jennifer Zeyer, an art teacher at Scotland Elementary. She claimed the cuts, which … read more

Police Commission adds Nicholas Perna

Nicholas Perna was appointed to the Ridgefield Police Commission Jan. 28. He replaces Stephen Saloom, who resigned his seat on Jan. 1 to move to Washington, D.C. Perna, who holds a PhD in economics from MIT, has lived in Ridgefield since 1970. “When I heard about the vacancy I thought this might an interesting way to get back into town … read more

Better, faster, stronger: In robotics, students learn the building blocks of engineering

Nudging the joystick forward on the video game controller in his hands, Aidan Flaherty watched as the foot-high robot in front of him sprang to life. In a whirr of electric motors, the metal bot dug its four rubber wheels into foam pads arranged on the floor and zipped across the makeshift pen inside Ridgefield High School’s robotics classroom. The … read more

School board to host budget hearings Saturday, Monday

Voters will get to voice their opinions about the proposed 2019-20 school budget public hearings later this week and early next week. The Board of Education will host its annual weekend budget hearing Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., in the auditorium of Scotts Ridge Middle School. The board will also hold a second public hearing during its normal meeting … read more

Regionalization would combine central offices, not schools

A new bill proposed in the state Senate could have Ridgefield sharing a superintendent and school office with Redding, Bethel, and Newtown. The bill, SB-454, would create a commission tasked with consolidating school districts of towns with fewer than 40,000 residents into regionalized districts. But the bill’s author, state Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, said regionalization will not shutter … read more

RHS grad battles tuberculosis in one of the poorest nations on earth

When treating patients infected with tuberculosis, wear a mask with an N95 filter, and “make sure your hands are clean,” said Margaux Amara, Ridgefield High class of 2014. Amara, 22, spent six months on the ground in Liberia with Partners in Health, a nonprofit helping the Liberian government rebuild its tuberculosis program. In 2014, the West African nation people faced … read more

In the village: Zoners ban first-floor apartments

The Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to approve an amendment to the town zoning regulations which will ban apartments and other residential uses from the first floor of buildings in the Central Business District (CBD). The ban, approved Tuesday, Jan. 22, also slams the door shut on apartments in basements in the CBD, which runs from the intersection of … read more

Police report 56 fewer car accidents in 2018

The sights and sounds of a car wreck — twisted metal, shattered glass, the sound of shrieking sirens — were seen and heard less often in Ridgefield in 2018 than the previous year. According to crash statistics published by the University of Connecticut, the town reported 453 motor vehicles accidents across its 168 miles of roads. The crash results also … read more

St. Mary’s Church additions win approval

After two public hearings and a revised set of plans for parking and stormwater runoff, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special permit to add a meeting room and small chapel to St. Mary’s Church on Jan. 22. The additions will add a 1,673-square-foot space for a meeting room, prep area for coffee, and two handicapped accessible bathrooms at … read more

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