RHS grad teaches kids how to code

Pick up any recent magazine or blog that follows the tech industry, and one is almost certain to find an editorial from Silicon Valley executives bemoaning the bottleneck of computer programmers coming out of America’s school system. To hear them tell it, coding is as vital to learning today as literacy, as more and more jobs turn over to automation. … read more

Solar promo ends Sept. 30

Ridgefielders interested in upgrading their home with solar panels have until Sept. 30 to receive special pricing from Ross Solar, through its partnership with RACE, the Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment. Stephan Hartmann, a Ross Solar consultant, said since every home has different solar power system needs, the cost of a system is difficult to calculate offhand. “That said,” … read more

Tropeano pleads not guilty in Hulda Lane shooting

Mauro Tropeano pleaded not guilty to a second-degree assault charge for the shooting of a teenage girl during an attempted car theft outside his home in Ridgefield this past June. Eugene Riccio, a Bridgeport attorney representing Tropeano, confirmed to The Press that Tropeano, 33, is pleading not guilty to additional charges against him. Tropeano was also charged with unlawful discharge … read more

District hired more teachers to keep class sizes in check

The school district hired three new teachers this year after four more students enrolled than the Board of Education anticipated. For the third straight year the Ridgefield School District hired additional teachers over the summer, in order to keep class sizes within district guidelines, Superintendent Karen Baldwin told The Press. The three additional teachers — a third-grade teacher at Barlow … read more

Diana Jones opens the Acoustic Celebration series Sunday, Sept. 24

Singer/songwriter Diana Jones will open the Acoustic Celebration series at 4:00 p.m. in the North Hall of St. Stephen’s Church, on Sunday Sept. 24. The series will run through the fall, winter, and spring on periodic Sundays. Jones is the first performer for the 2017/2018 series. Jones, who grew up in New York, discovered a love for the music of … read more

Town eyes opt-out from ‘temporary health care structures’

A backyard trailer rented out by a landlord, with no medical training, to physically-impaired tenants; a mobile home sitting on less than half-an-acre of property, without the possibility for public hearing; and wetlands endangered by temporary structures that are not subject to residential-zoning restrictions. These are the “worst-case scenarios” that Planning and Zoning Commission members described to The Press in … read more

Car stolen on Hessian Drive

Police reported a blue 2010 Audi A6 was stolen from the driveway of a Hessian Drive home sometime in the early morning hours of Sept. 12. Two other vehicles were also entered at another residence nearby, though police did not say if anything was taken. Police remind residents to lock their car doors and remove any valuables. Anyone with information … read more

Alternating traffic at Rt. 35 bridge scheduled for this Thursday

Alternating one-way traffic will go return at the Route 35 (Danbury Road) bridge construction site Thursday, Sept. 14. The alternate routing will affect traffic in the area north of the downtown business district, near the Fox Hill condominiums.   Ryan Wodjenski of the state Department of Transportation notified town officials on Monday. He  did not say what times traffic patterns … read more

Schools brace as state budget storm continues

What would you do with a bag of money?

$557 million. That’s estimated funding to be dropped from the state’s Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) grant under Governor Dannel Malloy’s resource allocation plan.   The ECS grant “is the primary vehicle for state education funding to local and regional school districts,” said Karen Baldwin, Ridgefield’s Superintendent of Schools, in her opening school report to the Board of Education Aug. 28. … read more

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