B&B hearing draws big crowd, extension

What’s the difference between a bed-and-breakfast and a hotel? That was the debate at Tuesday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing, where an application for a proposed bed-and-breakfast on Circle Drive was presented to a crowd of about 100 neighboring residents. Attorney Peter Olson, who represents Hobby Drive residents Rob and Claudia Pacifico, spoke first and told the commission … read more

Pressed for space: Playhouse plans for expansion

The Ridgefield Playhouse is feeling some growing pains. “The bands are eating in hallways. We’re working out of closets. It’s ridiculous,” said Playhouse Executive Director Allison Stockel. Feeling strained for space, staff members said that the theater is looking to expand its operation into the office space currently occupied by the Board of Education. That office encircles part of the … read more

Town hosts deer hunt hearing Monday

The town will hold a public hearing on the 2017-18 controlled deer hunt Monday, Oct. 23. The hearing will convene in the large conference room at Town Hall at 7 p.m. The Board of Selectmen voted to hold the controlled hunt back in September. At the time, Selectman Barbara Manners cast the only dissenting vote, claiming she wanted to see … read more

Education board renews superintendent’s contract

Superintendent Karen Baldwin

The Board of Education unanimously voted to extend Superintendent Karen Baldwin’s contract through June 2020 at its Oct. 10 meeting. “I think this is a way to communicate to the staff and to the town that we are behind you,” board member Doug Silver said to Baldwin, shortly before the contract extension went to a vote. In her memorandum written … read more

Police arrest man driving stolen Ridgefield car

A Waterbury man was arrested for larceny in the second degree following a state police pursuit on the westbound lane of I-84 near Middlebury Monday night, Oct. 16. State police said that Cornelius Coney, 29, was driving an Audi that stolen from a Ridgefield residence. Capt. Jeff Kreitz of the Ridgefield Police Department confirmed it was the same Audi reported … read more

Town to settle in golf course restaurant suit

The Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday, Oct. 10, to settle a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought against the town by Dr. Henry Seemann, who alleged the town was in the wrong when it terminated his contract to operate the Snd Trp restaurant at the Ridgefield Golf Course last year. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said he had been authorized by the board to … read more

School start times: Survey results receive special meeting Monday

The early bird may get the worm, but some Ridgefield parents are hoping that high schoolers will get an extra hour of sleep next year. Others want to know more: Will the impact of a transportation scheduling change be too much on the rest of the district’s student and parent population — its kindergartners, elementary students and middle schoolers? Could … read more

Hands on History: Stroll through the 1850s at Keeler Tavern

What was Main Street like nearly 200 years ago? Surprisingly, it was similar to today, according to an exhibit running this month at Keeler Tavern. Shops and businesses still lined the main drag, though rather than paying with a credit card, you might hand the grocery clerk a sackful of potatoes to record in his ledger. Call it the great-grandaddy … read more

Town votes to take ownership of Ridgebury Cemetery

Ridgefield residents voted for the town to assume ownership of Ridgebury Cemetery at a town meeting Wednesday night, Oct. 11. The cemetery has been owned and maintained by the non-profit Ridgebury Cemetery Association since 1907. The association is currently headed by Robert Keeler Reynolds. “Given that he’s moving up in years, he’s concerned he won’t be able to keep up … read more

Homecoming to benefit hurricane victims

For every ticket sold to this year’s homecoming dance, Ridgefield High School students will donate $2 toward hurricane relief. That’s the plan RHS senior Kunal Chauhan unveiled to the Board of Education at its Oct. 10 meeting. “Student government will be donating the funds to One America Appeal who will then allocate them as they deem best fit,” he told … read more

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