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

Less homework? Schools may give it a try

Ridgefield students who are feeling a bit crunched for time in the evening might just be in luck. The Board of Education discussed a new, district-wide homework policy at its Sept. 25 meeting that would place greater emphasis on reducing student stress by reducing the time spent on out-of-class assignments. “As a district, we are taking steps to shift the … read more

Circle Drive bed and breakfast: Land purchase bothers neighbors

A quaint bed-and-breakfast contained to two bedrooms in a single house? Or a booming, multi-lot hospitality business that threatens neighborhood tranquility?   The game’s afoot on Circle Drive, where neighbors have created dueling lawn signs, websites, and digital newsletters in advance of an Oct. 17 public hearing in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Homeowners Tom and Cathy Savoca … read more

No alternating traffic on Route 35 this week

Constructions crews will not alternate traffic at the Route 35 bridge site this week, the state Department of Transportation reports. Ryan Wodjenski of the state Department of Transportation said that there would be only “minor impacts” to traffic during the week of Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday Oct. 13. Traffic woes are not over yet however: the department has also … read more

Toni Boucher to speak at anti-bullying gala

The Exchange Club of Ridgefield and Don’t Be Silent will host a gala cocktail party and dinner Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Ridgefield Recreation Center to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of bullying, and how to end it. State Sen. Toni Boucher (R) will be a keynote speaker at the night’s event alongside forensic psychologist Dr. David Bernstein. Mona Thorpe … read more

Zoners OK expanding ‘top-heavy’ Route 7 building

Mid-century modern is dead. That was the consensus at Tuesday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, where property owner Steve DiCiacco received approval to expand the first floor of the vacant building that sits at 719 Danbury Road. “That building was put up in the 1950s, and as near as I can tell, was supposed to be some kind of … read more

‘Stuff a Bus’ event to benefit Puerto Rico

First Student bus company will host a ‘Stuff a Bus’ donation drive to benefit Puerto Rico in the parking lot of East Ridge Middle School Saturday, Oct. 7 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Residents should bring the following items: water, cleaning supplies, socks, shampoo, diapers, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, hygiene wipes, body wash, towels, clothing (new), non-perishable food items, … read more

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