Good to Great grant: Keeler Tavern Museum gets $96,500 from state

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) has received a $96,575 Good to Great grant from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development. The grant will substantially fund KTM&HC’s project to turn the raw space in the lower level of its new Visitor Center into a state-of-the-art museum collections storage and research facility. “We have extraordinary documents … read more

The Voters Alliance: Ridgefield filmmaker seeks young voices to share stories

Joe Lane knows this is likely his last chance to impact American democracy so he better make it count. The Ridgefield resident and documentarian owns JTFM Productions, a company that has launched him around the world — from Antarctica to Africa — in search of compelling stories to tell. His latest film work includes “Shades of America,” a 60 Minutes … read more

Ridgefield Running Company, now on Main Street, earns recognition, adds new fitting technology

Ridgefield Running Company has been named to the Best Running Stores in America list, an award that recognizes a run-specialty’s customer experience, community involvement and commitment to the industry. The award is given by the running industry’s trade magazine and run-specialty conferences organizer, Diversified Communications. This is the second year in a row Ridgefield Running Company was recognized with the … read more

Zemo’s affordable housing plan goes to June 25 public hearing

Plans to add 16 apartments — five of them meeting state affordability guidelines — in what is currently a 43-unit building at 100 Danbury Road are up for public scrutiny. Steve Zemo’s Ridgefield Apartments Inc. seeks a revision to a previous approval under the state’s 8-30g affordable housing law. The proposal comes before a public hearing of the Planning and … read more

Carcelen named to economic commission

An architect with experience in marketing and also teaching, Cameron Cole Carcelen, has joined Ridgefield’s Economic and Community Development Commission (EDCD). “I’m also a landlord in town, and a mom with two kids in the school system,” Carcelen told the Board of Selectmen. “She has an architecture background and a bit of a marketing background. We feel she could be … read more

West Lane Inn isn’t closing, it’s for sale as an inn

There are no plans to close the West Lane Inn. Although the property is on the market, it is being sold as an active, operating inn — with the assumption that any buyers will want to continue running the inn. “The West Lane Inn is still operational and we’ll continue being operational until the new owners,” innkeeper Debbie Prieger said. … read more

New York bookkeeper admits to helping Ridgefield man evade taxes

A bookkeeper who lives in New York pleaded guilty earlier this month for her role in helping a Connecticut restaurant owner evade federal taxes, the state Department of Justice said.  Idalecia Lopes Santos, 59, of Queens Village, N.Y., waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty in Bridgeport court to one count of tax evasion. The DOJ said she … read more

Planners want new lot before changing parking rules

  With more parking spaces on the way — construction of a new 60-car lot is expected to start this summer, and a smaller lot is in the planning stages — the Planning and Zoning Commission isn’t eager to tighten village parking rules. “I’m not hearing any support to amend the regulations at this point,” P&Z Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti told … read more

Inn or hotel on Main Street? Town wants to encourage ‘hospitality’ growth

A hotel or inn might be a beneficial addition to the Main Street commercial area, most members of the Planning and Zoning have concluded. So the commission has asked its staff to work up a potential regulation change that could open the Central Business District (CBD) to “hospitality” operations. “Stonehenge closed and The Elms closed and it became apparent there … read more

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