Race for 111th District: Frey, Berger-Girvalo face off at debate (VIDEO)

Economic issues — the state income tax, corporations leaving Connecticut, a $15 minimum wage — joined questions about concerns, like gay rights and early voting, at the League of Women Voters’ debate on Oct. 2. A crowd approaching 200 filled the Ridgefield Library’s program room, with folks standing the back for the debate featuring six candidates from three local legislative … read more

Video game addiction: Does it hinder children’s development?

How do you reach a kid who would rather blast digital zombies and humans in a video game than go outside and play? That was a concern raised by parents during a presentation by Dr. Paul Weigle on “digital addiction” at the Ridgefield Library on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Weigle, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Hartford Healthcare, gave an hour-long … read more

First Man: Local artist Chris Calle portrays dad in new film

Some boys dream of becoming their dads. A few grow up to be just like them. And then there’s Ridgefield illustrator Chris Calle, who might be the first man to have the privilege of collaborating with his father professionally while also portraying him in a major Hollywood movie. Calle, who plays his father Paul in the upcoming film “First Man” … read more

Police chief search starts with insiders

The search for a new police chief will start close to home — inside the Ridgefield Police Department — though a broader search may be undertaken if interviews with three applicants currently serving the town don’t bring a consensus as to the best choice, Police Commission Chairman Charles Knoche said. “We know what their qualification are, we know they’re capable. … read more

Diocese launches investigation of clerical sex abuse of minors

A retired judge who is not a Catholic will lead an investigation of sexual abuse of minors by clergy throughout the 65-year history of the Diocese of Bridgeport at the request of Bishop of Bridgeport Frank J. Caggiano. Judge Robert Holzberg will serve as counsel and lead investigator for a “clerical sexual abuse accountability investigation” commissioned by the bishop. “Judge … read more

Police report cars broken into in northern Ridgefield

The Ridgefield Police Department has reported that six cars were broken into on residential driveways on Old Trolley Road, Aarons Court, and Stonewall Lane during the overnight hours from Saturday, Oct. 6, to Sunday, Oct. 7. Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said that two cars were entered at each driveway, and that the incidents were reported the following day in the … read more

Moratorium ends: How much affordable housing is coming?

The binder holding data to argue for a moratorium on 'affordable housing' applications in Ridgefield circa 2012. —Jake Kara photo

Ridgefield’s respite from affordable housing projects may be over. The four-year moratorium on applications under the state’s 8-30g affordable housing statute — a law giving developers a way to circumvent zoning restrictions — ended Sunday, Oct. 7. A tidal wave of 8-30g affordable housing applications was feared — a speaker at a recent hearing on the sewer plant upgrade said … read more

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