Solar arrays spark neighbors’ outrage

Do green energy’s mechanical underworks — solar arrays, windmills — threaten the leafy look and rural illusions of Ridgefield’s residential neighborhoods? The selectmen are looking into it. A large solar array behind a new house being built off Canterbury Lane brought the issue to the selectmen’s attention — thanks to about 10 neighbors who visited the board’s Nov. 28 meeting … read more

Called to the care of souls at Ridgebury’s little church

Being called to the care of souls — other people’s souls — comes from deep, with roots reaching far back. It’s not a job, it’s a way of life. “I knew that I was called to the ministry when I was 12 years old,” said the Rev. Deborah Rundlett, the new pastor of Ridgebury Congregational Church. The church had gone … read more

Parking, parking, parking: Town seeks more spaces

The Parking Authority is scaling back permits for all day parking, often used by downtown workers, to create more space for short-term parkers — who may be shoppers. —Jake Kara photo

Parking relief is on its way — though don’t look for it to arrive in time for this year’s holiday shopping season — as the town continues to make halting progress toward a planned new 63-car lot, while also exploring a potential land lease to increase the supply of all-day parking. The goal of both initiatives is to add a … read more

Keeler Tavern to host Polar Express readings

Keeler Tavern Museum will host readings of the holiday classic The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsberg, in front of a roaring fire in the Garden House. At Santa’s Workshop, children can enjoy refreshments, games, and a craft before the reading. Families are also invited to take holiday photos with the festive, oversized, Santa’s Workshop decorations. The Polar Express will … read more

Leir Foundation to sponsor Playhouse’s Arts for Everyone program

The Leir Foundation has become the title sponsor of the Ridgefield Playhouse’s Arts for Everyone outreach program.   This program makes the arts accessible to families and children from low-income areas as well as Title 1 schools by providing free tickets to shows, including Arts in Education shows, as well as busing if necessary.   Together, Henry and Erna Leir … read more

Taste of Ridgefield to celebrate 20-year anniversary in January

The Rotary of Ridgefield will host the 20th annual Taste of Ridgefield at the Lounsbury House Sunday, Jan. 27. There will be two sessions, 12:30-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. In its two-decade history, Taste of Ridgefield has seen more than 6,000 attendees donate over $425,000 to assist neighbors who are most in need. Some of these organizations include, RVNA, Women’s … read more

Game Show Gala raises $115,000

The Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield gala committee celebrated a successful fund-raising event to benefit the youth programs at the club.   The Game Show Gala was held on Nov. 3 and featured a live game show. In addition to planning an entertaining evening, the committee was able to raise approximately $115,000 in net proceeds to support the youth … read more

Commission questions lighting, sound experts in seventh winter club hearing

Planning and zoning commissioners put the screws to testimony from two experts for the Ridgefield Winter Club Thursday night, Nov. 29, in the seventh and penultimate hearing for a plan to build a private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street. The meeting was taken up almost entirely by responses from experts representing the club, who answered questions raised by the … read more

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