Memorial Day Parade: Marchers, floats take charge on Main Street

Two thousand marchers will represent 75-plus organizations at Ridgefield’s Memorial Day parade Monday, May 27. The annual tradition is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. from the Jesse Lee Memorial Church, with marchers heading north down Main Street and ending with a closing ceremony in Ballard Park. This year’s parade features seven bands, a military flyover, numerous floats and vehicles … read more

Battling on the beaches: Parade grand marshal Wally Goodman recalls World War II

Amid the white-hot life-and-death chaos of battle, World War II veteran Wally Goodman — the grand marshal of Ridgefield’s Memorial Day parade this year — had a moment of human connection with an enemy he was trying his damnedest to shoot out of the sky. “The Japanese created suicide bombers, Kamikaze pilots,” Goodman said. “… They’d always come in as … read more

Dress for Success: Girl Scouts seek community donations for year-end project

Every spring, Ridgefield Girl Scouts selects an organization to contribute to with an end of the year community service project. This year, the Girl Scouts will again support Dress for Success (mid-Fairfield County). The Girl Scouts are seeking seasonal spring and summer business attire, including women’s new or gently loved suits, career blazers, blouses, pants, and skirts. There are two … read more

Zemo wants 16 units at 100 Danbury Road

Seeking 16 new rental units — five of them affordable — real estate developer and town Selectman Steve Zemo wants to enlarge a Danbury Road apartment building. His application under the state’s affordable housing law, 8-30g, has been scheduled for a June 25 public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission. The property at 100 Danbury Road, across Route 35 … read more

Sewer plant blue barrels: What chemical did they once hold?

The slightly mysterious blue barrels stored behind the town sewer plant never contained any hazardous chemicals, according to Amy Siebert, chairwoman of the Water Pollution Control Authority. “It’s my understanding that the barrels are being removed, and the most important thing is that they did not and do not and never did have anything hazardous in them,” Siebert said in … read more

Ridgefield students win CABE, WCSA awards

Volunteers and musicians, sustainable coffee farmers and debaters — those were some of the achievements acknowledged for the 12 students honored by school principals and administrators at the May 13 Board of Education meeting. Ridgefield High School students Tara Krishna and Clay Vaughan received the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) student leadership awards. “Tara kept me on my … read more

Ridgefield Fire Department recognized at EMS awards dinner

Firefighter-medic Nick Paproski was recognized as Ridgefield’s Emergency Medical Service Provider of the Year at the Danbury Hospital’s annual EMS recognition dinner Tuesday, May 21.  Paproski was recognized for his excellence in emergency medical care, and his commitment to education both for himself as well as other providers through well prepared and delivered educational presentations. His research and investigations of … read more

Pizza and ice cream: Two mobile vendors get permit renewals

An ice cream truck operator and a mobile pizza vendor won license renewals May 8 from the Board of Selectmen. Enver Ceylan got a renewal of his vendor’s permit to operate the Circusman ice cream truck in town, and Junio Figueira got an approval for the Tivoli Pizza Truck’s operations. Figueira said he’d been selling pizza from his truck in … read more

Ridgefield Rises: Jesse Lee seeks volunteers for June 8 event

Jesse Lee Church is sponsoring a Rise Against Hunger event on Saturday June 8, between 10 a.m. and noon at East Ridge Middle School. Ridgefield Rises — the Ridgefield chapter of Rise Against Hunger — is a community-wide effort that needs 100 volunteers to help weigh, measure and package 15,000 meals. Those meals will be distributed in some of the … read more

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