Fall In Love With Ridgefield: Pumpkins painting, popcorn tasting to spark village

Hayrides, scarecrows, and scavenger hunts — it’s time to Fall In Love With Ridgefield once again. The annual fall festival presented by the Downtown Ridgefield kicks off Friday, Oct. 19, in the afternoon with the Keeler Tavern’s scarecrow contest and runs through Saturday, Oct. 20, with with popcorn tasting around the village. The popcorn contest harmonizes this year’s festival with … read more

850 Eversource customers without power in Ridgefield Wednesday night

Editor’s note: The cause of last night’s power outage was a tree limb that knocked down a line at the corner of Danbury Road and Grove Street. Power was restored by 11:30 p.m. It was previously reported that a transformer had blown up on Grove Street. Hundreds of Ridgefield residents have been without power since 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Eversource … read more

Film festival to present first-ever Joe Consentino Emerging Filmmaker Award

Joseph P. Consentino

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) will pay tribute to the late Ridgefield resident and filmmaker Joe Consentino by establishing the Joe Consentino Emerging Filmmaker Award this weekend. Consentino, a former Boston Red Sox player, photographer, director, producer, and cinematographer, is best known for the documentaries Baghdad Diary (2007) and Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story (1996), and the TV series “The Big Blue Marble.” He … read more

Conservation Commission member, alternate change their spots

A switcheroo by two Conservation Commission members won the approval of Board of Selectmen. Conservation Commission member Kitsey Snow and commission alternate Daniel Levine agreed to switch roles — she became an alternate, and he took over as a full-time commission member. The change was prompted by the Snow’s desire to reduce — but not end — her work for … read more

Candlelight Shoppe collects bras for breast cancer awareness

The Candlelight Shoppe is collecting gently used bras for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The collections will be donated to several women’s shelters in the area at the end of the month. Residents interested in donating may bring in bras to the store at 407 Main Street. The store is open from 10:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily. Last year, more … read more

Sturges Properties plan to convert Tigers’ Den into apartments

Conversion of the former Tigers’ Den restaurant to five apartments and an office is the central feature of an application accepted by Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday, Oct. 9. It has been scheduled for a Dec. 4 pubic hearing.. The proposal is by the Sturges Properties, which purchased 23 Catoonah Street — the retail and office building housing Nancy O’s … read more

RVNA to host annual meeting on Oct. 24

Friends and supporters of the Ridgefield Visiting Nursing Association are invited to attend the RVNA annual meeting and incorporators’ reception on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at RVNA. The event will include a state-of-the-agency report and message from President and CEO Theresa Santoro, followed by a reception recognizing RVNA incorporators. Incorporators have made significant contributions to RVNA … read more

Zoning commission to host third Ridgefield Winter Club hearing Tuesday

The third public hearing for the Ridgefield Winter Club (RWC) — a proposed private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street — will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of East Ridge Middle School. Rebecca Mucchetti, chairwoman of the town Planning and Zoning Commission, said that the RWC will open the meeting … read more

The Gym on Grove Street shuts down

The Gym, located at 66 Grove Street, had its business operations suspended by the State of Connecticut Thursday, Oct. 11. Ridgefield Tax Collector Jane Berendsen-Hill said the business had not paid its taxes for the third quarter, missing its July installment that would have covered the months of July, August, and September. The business pays yearly taxes of $1,725.84 — … read more

$500,000 Chef’s Warehouse lease approved by selectmen

The impressive brick Venus Municipal Building is losing its second biggest tenant, the RVNA, whose door is at right behind the parked car. One inquiry about the space came from the building’s biggest tenant, Chefs’ Warehouse, which uses the main door at left. — Macklin Reid photo

A lease bringing the town roughly $500,000 a year and giving Chef’s Warehouse use of the Venus Municipal Building’s entire second floor — excluding the wing with the Town Hall Annex — has been approved by the Board of Selectmen. The lease runs for five years through fall 2023, with rents rising from $495,652 for the first year to $526,265 … read more