Future Business Leaders of America: High school students awarded at spring conference

The Ridgefield High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter attended the spring leadership conference on March 12 at Naugatuck Community College in Waterbury. The event offered FBLA members the opportunity to compete in a variety of different competitive events. Ridgefield High School had four student teams that placed in the top 4, earning them the opportunity to compete … read more

Chamber incentives: Health insurance, phone discounts proposed to lure members

The Chamber of Commerce is hoping a new incentive package will help stave off its recent membership decline. Kim Bova, who took over as the chamber’s executive director in October, said the package will give members access to a national health insurance network and a discount on Verizon phone services. “I came in at a time of needing to redefine … read more

Ridgefield fire department responds to blaze in Vista

The Ridgefield Fire Department sent two trucks and several firefighters to a house fire in nearby Vista, N.Y. around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. Ridgefield crews remain on scene combating the blaze around 8:15 Wednesday. Also on the scene are fire police from Ridgefield who helped close down the area near Route 123. An ambulance from Ridgefield was also called … read more

Former Georgetown hotspot is getting a facelift

The Georgetown Saloon is undergoing extensive renovations. Patricia Gay/Hearst Connecticut Media

After sitting vacant for more than two years, a legendary Georgetown restaurant and nightspot is getting a complete renovation and makeover. A chain link fence and construction equipment surround the boarded up building at 8 Main Street in Redding that once housed The Georgetown Saloon. In operation since 1978, for decades the Saloon was popular with crowds that enjoyed its … read more

Lake Windwing meadow: Conservation Commission, Parks and Recreation team up for cleanup

Meadows provide important habitat for all kinds of animals, birds, and insects. In particular they have an important role in feeding pollinators (bees and butterflies), which are vital for growing crops. Lots of small animals thrive in the meadow/forest interface and provide food for the larger predators. Unfortunately, meadows are disappearing from the Connecticut landscape. 100 years ago, much of … read more

Give schools taxing power? Officials have concerns

What if school districts were independent fiscal authorities, with budgeting and taxing powers separate from municipal finance boards, mayors and selectmen? A bill before the legislature proposes just that, and is drawing concern from local officials. “Oh yeah. It showed up over the weekend,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said of ‘HB-7319, An Act Concerning The Fiscal Independence Of School Districts.’  … read more

‘Road map for the future:’ Conservationists look at town plan

Open space maintained by the town, reviewing demolition permits to make sure historic homes aren’t knocked down, improving spaces for the performing arts — the first of three listening session for the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development covered a lot of ground. The Planning and Zoning Commission is currently rewriting its plan for 2020, a job it takes on … read more

Chamber of Commerce to hold job fairs in spring, fall

Ridgefield’s Chamber of Commerce wants to attract more workers to town — and plans to hold job fairs in the spring and fall to do just that. The first job fair will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, April 28, at the Parks and Recreation Center from noon to 4. Another will be held in the fall, ahead of … read more

Ridgefield property transfers: Feb. 22-March 6

Eight houses, two condominiums, two townhomes, and two commercial properties worth a total of $7,875,650 changed hands in deeds filed with Town Clerk Wendy Lionetti from Feb. 22 to March 6, with $19,689 collected in conveyance taxes. Transfers include: 36 Fieldcrest Drive: Estate of Irene Prosk to Joseph Corley, Feb. 22, $331,000. 172 Haviland Road: Gregory Bomberger to Alex Vorozhbitskiy, … read more

School board maintains 3.6% budget increase

The Board of Education opted to pass its $98,423,760 budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year along to the Board of Finance without any additional cuts Monday, March 11. The decision come five days after the Board of Selectmen made a non-binding recommendation for the schools to cut $460,000. The school board did ask Superintendent William Collins to find areas … read more

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