Walking paths could knit town together

After crossing the footbridge in foreground, the path around the Recreation Center property off Danbury Road would be extended by sidewalk improvements down Route 35 and a proposed extension along Farmingville Road would take it part of the way to a connection with the Rail Trail that goes from Halpin Lane to Branchville. —Macklin Reid photo

A proposed walkway between the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club and The Elms condominiums could provide another recreation option for walkers and joggers in town. First Selectman Rudy Marconi briefly mentioned the idea to the Planning and Zoning Commission at a recent meeting. Marconi said a resident had approached him about “an idea to create an in-town walkway from the … read more

Fire Department recognized as EMS Service of the Year, Duckworth and Paproski earn individual honors

The Ridgefield Fire Department and two of its members — Rommie Duckworth and Nick Paproski — have had their achievements in emergency medical care recognized, first by Danbury Hospital and then by the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen. “When the ambulance shows up at your house, it’s like the emergency room showing up,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the June 5 … 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

Make Music Day sounds off on June 21

Beethoven to boogie-woogie, all manner of music will ring out in Ridgefield’s village as international ‘Make Music Day’ blossoms to raucous life on Main Street on Friday, June 21. Steinway of Greenwich will be donating a piano which will be placed on Main Street for anyone to stop by and play during Make Music Day. Special guest artist Jon Batiste, … read more

Deer hunt: Time for a plan, maybe a pause?

The hunters and the conservationists have agreed to work together on a plan for the town’s controlled deer hunt, though where that effort will end isn’t clear. The hunters want the culling of deer to continue. And the conservationists are talking about a pause, with hunting resumed in a few years when the population increases. “It seems as if people … read more

Town puts off meeting on senior tax deferments

Language raising the maximum income level for the town’s senior tax deferment program from $55,000 to $65,000 has been removed from the agenda of the June 19 town meeting, and is now expected to go before voters at a town meeting in the fall. Under the deferment program — currently in effect for property owners with incomes of up to … read more

Police search for driver who fled I-84 accident in Danbury

State police are looking for a driver who fled the scene of an accident in Danbury that backed up I-84 westbound traffic for miles and hours Thursday morning. There was a two-vehicle crash, involving a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu LS and 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, just before Exit 4 around 3:44 a.m. The Trailblazer sideswiped the Malibu, causing both vehicles to leave … 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

Luc’s cafe owners to open new restaurant in former Little Pub space

The owner of Luc’s Cafe, the French Bistro on Big Shop Lane, is opening a new restaurant in the former Little Pub restaurant space on the corner of Route 7 and Branchville Road, according to the property’s landlord. Herve Aussavis plans to open a restaurant called Marc’s Place, according to landlord Joseph Chelednik. A job-listing for Marc’s Place posted on … read more

Mobile food pantry cancelled for June 14

The Connecticut Food Bank’s mobile food pantry scheduled for Friday June 14 has been cancelled, according to the town social services director. Town residents in need can access the food pantry at town hall from 8:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, director Tony Philips said in an email. First Congregational Church also has a food pantry available by … read more

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