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

Village Tavern to host fundraiser for Women’s Center Sept. 18

The Village Tavern on Main Street will host a fundraiser to benefit the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury Monday, Sept. 18. Organizers told The Press that 100% of the day’s sales will go to benefit the Women’s Center, a nonprofit which provides prevention and intervention services for families and victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The fundraiser will run … read more

Stonehenge: Restaurant closed, inn remains open

After 71 years of business in Ridgefield, the future of the Stonehenge Inn and Restaurant is uncertain.   Jean Pierre Rudaz, Stonehenge’s general manager, told The Press this week that the inn is open “on a very limited basis” and that cooking in the restaurant ceased entirely June 30. Despite Stonehenge’s website being down, Rudaz said that he books a … read more

Winter club debate pushed back to Sept. 19

The public hearing on whether “private clubs” should be allowed in residential neighborhoods has been postponed to Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold the discussion in the East Ridge Middle School auditorium instead of its normal meeting location in the Town Hall Annex. Adam Schnell, assistant town planner, said the postponement decision was made to account … read more

Food truck vendors receive renewed permits

The Board of Selectmen renewed vendor permits for three food trucks at its Aug. 23 meeting. Arantes’ Coffee and Lunch Truck, Gigi’s Family Ice Cream, and Only the Hungry were granted  permits renewals to operate in Ridgefield. The issuing and renewal of food truck permits is at the discretion of the selectmen. With a few exceptions, the trucks are each … read more

Zoners host debate on ‘private clubs’ Sept. 5

Could private clubs, like the one Ridgefield resident Bud Brown is proposing on Peaceable Street, be banned in residential areas under the town’s zoning regulations? The Planning and Zoning Commission will debate that question during a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the Town Hall Annex. The hearing will center around a proposed amendment that aims to remove the term … read more

Selectmen appoints five to Youth Commission

The Ridgefield Youth Commission will welcome a new member this year. Emily Furfaro, 16, was appointed to the commission by the Board of Selectmen at its Aug. 23 meeting. In her interview, Furfaro said she wanted to bridge the gap between teens and their adult parents and teachers. “Both groups can be misunderstood at times,” Furfaro said. “Sometimes we just … read more

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