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

Toni Boucher — Out of politics but still in demand

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Toni Boucher gets calls every day from people who want to know her thoughts on important issues, such as school regionalization. Political groups contact her to attend their meetings, and nonprofit organizations seek her out to come to their social events. Following her election loss in November, Boucher is a private citizen now, but you’d never know it by her … read more

Downtown rebound: Three businesses plan openings, three more to come

Countering mounting concerns about empty storefronts, three business got zoning approvals last week with plans to open this spring — two on Main Street and one on Danbury Road. The three new businesses — two restaurants and a women’s fashion shop — got approvals from the Planning and Zoning Commission at its Feb. 26 meeting. The new businesses approvals were: … read more

Golf Performance Center buys Stonehenge

With plans for a golf academy that would combine athletic and academic learning for high school age students living in what was once one of southwestern Connecticut’s more prestigious inns, the Golf Performance Center on Route 7 has acquired the former Stonehenge property in Ridgefield. “Stonehenge allows us to create boarding for students and create an academic program for them … read more

Ridgefield Voters United: New group aims to protect neighborhoods from commercial development

With the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board separating in eight months, Ridgefield will have a new group of elected officials deciding on applications that impact development in town. And when that split happens, Ridgefield Voters United (RVU) will be ready to offer candidates to voters. The new citizens group, which formed in February, aims to protect residential … read more

Marconi testifies against school regionalization

Giving voice to widespread opposition to school regionalization efforts being talked of in Hartford, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi addressed the legislature’s education committee — acting in his new role as president of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST). “COST opposes forced consolidation/regionalization,” Marconi said at the beginning of his testimony. “…A one-size-fits-all approach to consolidation/regionalizing schools: “(1) does … read more

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Science teacher prepares for Tanzania trip

Mac Rand is about to embark on a spring break that he’ll never forget. The Ridgefield Academy science teacher departs for Tanzania Friday, March 8, where he will spend a week climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. “There’s one woman who’s doing the climb with me who’s recovering from lymphoma,” said … read more

Superintendent floats shared special education services

Amid rising rates of student outplacement, and rising costs for sending students out of district, Ridgefield Public Schools is looking at ways to share the cost with surrounding districts. “I met with other superintendents Friday, and that was one of the things we talked about in light of this regionalization issue, what can we do to share services?” said Superintendent … read more

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