Hands Off Our Schools rally draws big crowd to Ridgefield

With the sounds of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take it” echoing through the village, townspeople, town leaders, and legislators led a rally opposing school regionalization on the steps of Ridgefield’s Town Hall Saturday, Feb. 23. Around 200 people stood on the sidewalks of Main Street, many of them holding up signs in the air protesting the proposed change. “Moved … read more

More traffic signs on Blue Ridge Road, fewer on Ned’s Mountain Road

Traffic signs are coming to Blue Ridge Road — just as the town has plans to take others down on Ned’s Mountain Road. The town Police Commission decided Thursday, Feb. 14, to replace two 25 miles-per-hour speed limit signs at both ends of Blue Ridge Road, and install 20 miles-per-hour advisory signs to the road’s dangerous corner signs. “Blue Ridge … read more

Town Plan: Listening sessions rescheduled, first meeting set for Tuesday

The Planning and Zoning Commission’s listening sessions — a chance for town agencies to weigh in on what should go in and what should be left out of the commission’s 10-year rewrite of the Plan of Conservation and Development — have been rescheduled for dates in March, April and May. The listening sessions were originally set to begin with a … read more

“Incidents versus arrests:” Ridgefield police cleared 35% of crimes in 2018

The Ridgefield police made arrests in 25% of the 188 criminal offenses they recorded last year, according to a report presented to the Police Commission on Feb. 14. Nineteen other crimes were cleared through “exceptional means,” giving the department an overall clearance rate of 35% in 2018. “Incidents versus arrests — you want to have the number of arrests as … read more

No right on red: State changes turning rules at Prospect and Main Street

Drivers used to taking the right turn from Prospect Street onto Main Street will have to be a little more patient going forward. The state will add a “no turn on red” sign at the intersection of Main and Prospect streets, according to Police Chief Jeff Kreitz. A similar request for a no turn on red sign in the right-turn … read more

No art cuts? School board plans to keep funding for teachers

There might not be any cuts to elementary art teachers after all.  Without a formal vote, the Board of Education said at its Feb. 11 meeting that it would seek to put $109,000 back into the proposed 2019-20 school budget after parents and staff protested a reduction in hours for the district’s six elementary art teachers. The additional funding for … read more

Marconi, police chief eye Juvenile Review Board

A juvenile review board — an appointed board of counselors and attorneys tasked with interceding in the cases of underage offenders — has the support of the chief of police and first selectman. The idea has been floated by the town for the past two years, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi. Former Police Chief John Roche had proposed the … read more

Scotts Ridge security guard watches out for students — one high five at a time

Clarence Buie starts his day greeting Scotts Ridge Middle School students with what has become a time-honored ritual — a high five for each individual kid as they file through past his security guard desk. “It’s a door-opener,” Buie said as students shuffled through the halls last week. He’s developed something of a secret handshake with some of the students … read more

Cafe to open at former Cucumber and Chamomile storefront

A new cafe, Fork In The Road Market, is being proposed at the former Cucumber and Chamomile tea shop on Danbury Road. The new business received approval for a freestanding sign from the town Architectural Advisory Committee earlier this week.  It stills need approval from the town health department before it can move next door to Tony’s Corner Deli in the small brick storefront at 3 Danbury Road … read more

Women’s boutique HERs to open in former Farmers Insurance space on Main Street

Wilton-based women’s boutique HERs is planning to open a second location at 448 Main Street in Ridgefield. The space was formerly occupied by Farmers Insurance, which closed at the end of 2018. Before Farmers Insurance, the storefront was occupied by The Variety Shoppe. Owners of the clothing boutique said they plan to open their Ridgefield location Saturday, Feb. 23. Farmers … read more

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