New superintendent signs $233,000 deal

Dr. William Collins, Ridgefield’s new superintendent, will take over the school district Tuesday, Feb. 19 following the district Presidents’ Day weekend vacation. When Collins does take over for Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote, he will be earning $233,303, along with a $14,660 annuity, according to a contract signed Jan. 9. The contract, which was drafted by Shipman and Goodwin, the … read more

Coming full circle: Dance teacher subs for former student, keeps team moving

Nearly two decades ago, elementary schooler Taylor Bradley began dance lessons with “Miss Jessica” at the latter’s Ridgefield Studio of Performing Arts. The experience ignited a lifelong love of dance, one that Taylor and Miss Jessica share to this day. They also share a love of teaching dance, especially to girls and young women. Fast forward to 2019, Bradley is … read more

Shir Shalom to host MLK event Friday night

Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield counties will host a special “Spirituals Shabbat” service honoring the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. This is the 16th year Congregation Shir Shalom has hosted a Spirituals Shabbat with the Serendipity Chorale of Norwalk, led by Gigi Van Dyke. This year, this chorale … read more

Planners weigh sustainability options

The electric car recharging station behind town hall can be used from a few sparking spaces, but the area is designated for one-hour parking and a recharge can take two to four times that. Town officials are investigating how to adjust policies. —Macklin Reid photo

Solar farms and driverless cars — it’s not science fiction, but the future the Planning and Zoning Commission is having to consider as it works to update the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development. While commissioners mostly focused on the results of a survey on what the community is concerned about, discussion at its Jan. 2 meeting kept circling back … read more

Wetlands board approves Winter Club, denies intervention by neighbors

The Inland Wetlands Board voted 4-3 to approve a new drainage system, as well as related grading and paving work in the upland review area near 340 Peaceable Street, for the Ridgefield Winter Club Tuesday, Jan. 8. The approved wetlands application does not allow developer Bud Brown to begin building his private skating club. The outdoor skating rink, clubhouse, and … read more

Town waives taxes for lot at Jesse Lee used by the shuttle

Jesse Lee Church

In recognition of its help reducing car-commuting through support of the Ridgefield-Katonah Shuttle bus service, Jesse Lee Methodist Church had $2,043 in taxes abated by the town. While much church property is tax exempt, Jesse Lee rents out a 50-car parking lot used by commuters taking the shuttle bus to the Katonah train station, and as an income-producing rental property … read more

Employee of the year: Gaudian serves people in need

“I’m really lucky, I have a job I love,” said Karen Gaudian. “Every day is different. It’s rewarding to be able to help people that are struggling.” Gaudian, the town’s municipal agent for the elderly, was chosen Ridgefield’s 2018 employee of the year. She shares the responsibilities of running the town Social Services Department with its director, Tony Phillips, helping … read more

Girl Scout Daisy signups

Girls who are in kindergarten through first grade may sign up to become a Girl Scout Daisy by visiting  gsofct.org/daisy or calling 800-922-2770. As a Girl Scout Daisy, girls can make new friends, earn petals and badges while trying new things, sell cookies, gain leadership skills, explore nature and the outdoors, and learn to appreciate and care for the environment.

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