Later start times? Petitioners want a vote

Petitioners may seek a town meeting to reconsider the school board’s year-old decision to pursue later start times for Ridgefield High School. But the question of whether a town meeting has that power is being investigated by town attorneys. First Selectman Rudy Marconi described the situation to the Board of Selectmen’s Nov. 13 meeting. People want to petition for “a … read more

Ridgefield named fourth business-friendly town

Ridgefield is one of the most enterprise-friendly cities in Connecticut. That’s at least according to a recent study from the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. The Hartford-based non-profit ranked Ridgefield fourth in the state based on four categories — economic vitality, business tax burden, community allure, and transportation infrastructure. “Boutiques, stores, and restaurants on Main Street and Danbury Road as … read more

Ridgefield police search for two suspects in attempted North Salem Road home break-in

The Ridgefield Police Department is searching for two suspects who attempted to break into a home in the area of 288 North Salem Road Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 10:36 a.m. The break in was interrupted by the homeowner, police reported, and the suspects fled the scene on foot. The suspects are described as two males in their late teens or early 20s. … read more

National Weather Service: One to four inches of snow possible Thursday

Winter is set to touchdown in the tri-state area earlier than most expected. According to the National Weather Service, there’s a moderate potential for an accumulating snow in Fairfield County Thursday into Thursday night. Snowfall amounts range between one to four inches, with the highest amounts north of NYC. “Travel may become hazardous due to poor visibility and slippery roads, especially during … read more

Pot, ‘shrooms, and dabs: Suspected drug dealer arrested on Election night

A Bethel man was arrested for possession and sale of a controlled substance at the Ridgefield Police Department around 11 p.m. on election night — Tuesday, Nov. 6. Ridgefield police said Christopher Ryan, 37, was also charged with illegal sale, distribution, and manufacturing of narcotics, possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to a report, Ryan was pulled … read more

Zemo’s 36 apartments draw support from two

Two voices were raised in support of a pair of apartment buildings with 36 rental units — 11 of them “affordable units” — at public hearings Nov. 7 on two related projects at 86 Governor Street and 62 Prospect Ridge. “One comment on each application that was positive and supportive of bringing in more affordable housing,” Planning and Zoning Commission … read more

Typeset to Twitter — Investigative reporter Mike McIntire to speak at Darien Historical Society

Ridgefield resident Mike McIntire, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and reporter for The New York Times, will talk about changes and trends in the newspaper business over his 30-year career on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. A member of the investigative unit at The Times, McIntire got his start in journalism right out of college in 1985, when he … read more

Branchville to NYC? Commuter bus has ‘express’ vision

An early morning commuter bus from Branchville direct to New York City is a concept being studied by an entrepreneur who operates a driver service. “It takes cars off the road,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said to the selectmen. “The people at that station have been begging for more express service in the morning.” Marconi had been approached concerning use … read more

Fracking petition gets enough signatures for town meeting

Petitioners seeking an anti-fracking ordinance in town have collected the necessary amount of signatures for a town meeting. Michael Garguilo, who organized the petition earlier this fall, told The Press on Nov. 9 that he had collected 674 signatures — “well above the needed 2%” for a town meeting. “We could have got even more if we weren’t just dads … read more

Gender studies, ‘coaching’ among new classes planned at high school

What do robots and coaches have in common? They’re both going to be taught at Ridgefield High School during the 2019-20 school year. The Board of Education approved five new classes at RHS — Gender Studies, Fundamental Skills and Principles of Coaching, Robotics II, History through Film, and Multivariable Calculus. The gender studies proposal drew the most discussion from the … read more

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