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

Catch me if you can: High school installs vape detectors

With electronic devices capable of rendering tobacco smoke scentless and gaining popularity with experimenting youth, Ridgefield educators have deployed their own technological artillery to combat students vaping at the high school. Fourteen electronic vaping detectors were installed at Ridgefield High School in February with the goal of catching students in the act of using e-cigarettes containing nicotine. Some detectors have … read more

Parents protest special education changes

The Ridgefield Press

Three residents, some of them parents of children with special education needs, showed up to the March 11 Board of Education meeting to protest the schools’ plan to stop using contracted services through The Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN) in favor of hiring full-time staff. “I think this is a colossal mistake,” said John Collins. Collins, who said … read more

Spring break sprucing planned for Ridgefield Public Schools

A new coat of paint, a fresh layer of wax, and — possibly — some new LED lights are part of the district’s plan to spruce up its nine school buildings over April break. “We’re going to start painting the hallways, and we’re going to use an epoxy-type paint that’s more durable,” said Superintendent Dr. William Collins at the Board … read more

Ridgefield named safest city in Connecticut, second safest in the nation

Ridgefield’s 25,000 townspeople can rest a little easier at night — the town was recently named the safest city in Connecticut, and the second safest city in the nation by SafeWise, a company that reviews home security solutions. The town was beaten out for the top spot by Hopkinton, Mass., a town of about 17,000 with a median income comparable … read more

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

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