Schools question pay-to-participate fees

Junior quarterback Owen Matthews runs with the ball during a scrimmage in Newtown last week. — Andy Hutchison photo

Are the high school’s pay-to-participate fees a vital source of revenue or a burden on the district’s financially-strapped families? That was a question raised by Board of Education Vice Chairman Doug Silver during a discussion on the athletics budget at the board’s Sept. 11 meeting. “Is the pay for play system creating a hardship for families?” Silver asked Dane Street, … read more

Jazz weekend: A 2019 encore?

Cool sounds drew people to town, filling seats in several venues, and Ridgefield’s first Jazz, Funk and Blues Weekend is getting good reviews from folks involved. They’re talking about doing it next year — the next step toward making it an annual event on the town calendar, which was the goal envisioned when the event was dreamed up.   “It … read more

Boy Scout builds recycling bins

New plastic bag and film recycling bins have replaced the dumpsters at the Ridgefield Recycling Center. Behind this improvement is Boy Scout Charlie Snow, at right, of Troop 76. As part of his community project to earn the rank of Eagle, Snow designed and managed the construction of two plastic collection bins located at the front of the recycling building. … read more

Door-to-door: Selectmen want to limit salesmen

Door-to-door selling has long been viewed with a mixture of annoyance and concern by some Ridgefielders, and now the selectmen have launched an effort to ban — or at least limit — the practice. “Generally speaking, people don’t want people going door to door,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the Board of Selectmen. The board quickly reached consensus after a … read more

Love Your Library: Golf course invasion to unite family, friends

Put the books back on the shelves and take the irons out of the clubhouse — it’s time for the third annual Love Your Library weekend. For the second consecutive year, the fund-raising event that goes toward supporting the library’s annual operating fund will feature a two-floor, 18-hole mini golf course that residents of all ages can use Saturday, Sept. … read more

$48-million sewer plant gets hearing on Saturday

With costs projected at $48 million, the town’s sewer plant renovations may interest taxpayers as well as sewer users, and a public hearing on the plans is scheduled for this Saturday morning, Sept 22, at 10 in the lower level conference room in town hall. The town is anticipating $11.5 million in grants to support the project so the local … read more

Ridgefield happenings: Chekhov Theatre Festival, ‘Inside the Writer’s Workshop,’ and #HandsOnHistory

The following is a list of events happening in Ridgefield over the next couple of weeks: Fall carnival at rec center The Ridgefield Prevention Council and the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club are hosting a fall carnival fund-raiser in town this weekend. The carnival will be held on the front field of the recreation center on Route 35. The dates … read more

Abandoning Skytop Road: Plans headed to town voters

Voters will be asked to legally abandon the undeveloped portion of Skytop Road as a town highway. The selectmen voted on Sept. 5 to send the road abandonment proposal — which was initiated by the Conservation Commission — to an Oct. 10 public hearing and an Oct. 24 town meeting. “This is to eliminate the road completely?” asked Selectman Bob … read more

Boys and Girls Club gets zoning variances to allow its expansion

With a vision of expanding the physical space, number of kids served, and breadth of programs offered, the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club won variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals Monday night, Sept. 17. “We’re really in the quiet planning phase of this whole thing,” said Boys and Girls Club executive director Michael Flynn. It’ll be a while before … read more