Fighting cancer, with the help of a stranger

Five years ago, Geri Hotard faced an impossible choice — start chemotherapy and accept a 50/50 chance her leukemia would return or wait in hopes of finding a bone marrow donor. Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in May 2013, she had spent a month undergoing chemotherapy before being accepted into a bone marrow transplant treatment program at Memorial Sloan … read more

Kavanaugh nomination: Main Street protesters call for investigation

With Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court at the center of national attention, a trio of Ridgefield women took to Main Street to protest and call for a FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. “Want the truth investigate! Want the truth investigate! Want the truth investigate!” chanted Suzanne Benton, Kelly Breckinridge, and Alisa Trachtenberg Friday, … read more

‘Bigger than baseball’: Rays return from Europe

They didn’t bring home the trophy, but the Ridgefield Rays walked off the field with the respect and friendship of their international hosts. The Rays, a local youth baseball team with Ridgefield Babe Ruth, returned from an European baseball tour this summer, where they played in two weekend tournaments in Brittany, France and The Netherlands. “It was good to see … read more

Eagle Three touches down for Safety Day 2018 [SLIDESHOW]

The Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association, the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department and the Ridgefield Professional Firefighters Association hosted the town’s annual Safety Day in the parking lot of East Ridge Middle School Sunday, Sept. 23. The free event featured Eagle Three, the Stratford Police Department’s 1973 “Kiowa” helicopter. Pilot Capt. Al Wilcox and co-pilot, Ofc. Max Bernstein landed the old bird … read more

Venti lends a helping paw to Farmingville students

There’s a new face wandering the halls of Farmingville Elementary School, out to lend kids a helping hand. Er, make that helping paw. Her name is Venti, a three-year-old black labrador from Guiding Eyes for the Blind — a nonprofit that breeds and trains seeing eye dogs for the blind. When she’s not palling-around with her foster mom — Principal … read more

Ridgefield Mobil fined for selling vapes to underage youth

Ridgefield Mobil was one of 1,300 retailers of vapes and e-cigarettes targeted in a nationwide sting by the Food and Drug Administration that aimed to crackdown on the sale of the devices to underage users. The gas station on Danbury Road was issued a fine of $559 from the agency on April 24, according to a list of retailers published … read more

Deer hunt approved, spring meeting will reconsider issue

Are deer meat to be hunted? Tick-bearing, shrub-eating, accident-causing pests whose population should be reduced? Or innocent creatures of breath-taking grace, leaping through the woods, providing suburbanites with fleeting visitations from the realm of nature’s transcendent beauty? Ridgefielders will have that debate — next year, as winter turns to spring. This fall, the hunt is on. The Board of Selectmen … read more

In town, on the lake: Music festivals offer array of sounds

Ridgefield is set to become the music capital of Fairfield County this weekend with not one but two festivals planned — one in the village that’s jazz-themed and spread across five venues this weekend, and another on Rainbow Lake that’s more folky and set to run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The four-day festival that will take … read more

School calendar features flexibility for late storm days

School administrators are hoping for a calm winter — but including backup days for school closures just the same.   This year, there are six potential “storm-makeup days” listed on the 2018-19 public school calendar. In the event of another major storm — like May’s macroburst that cancelled school for several days — the schools can also add storm makeup … read more

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