Ridgefield cops find explosive device, cache of guns in Tackora Trail home

Update: In a Facebook post Thursday night, the Ridgefield Police said the arrest was an isolated incident, and that “at no time was there a threat to the general public.” The state police bomb squad removed an explosive device as well as an arsenal of 16 assault weapons, 76 unregistered high-capacity magazines and six silencers from a Tackora Trail home … read more

Governor amends school consolidation bill to “encourage” shared services; Duff, Looney bills dead

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Regionalization bills and discussion and debate over them have been an incessant topic in Connecticut over the last few months. However, on Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont said he had taken concerns into consideration and was amending his own school service consolidation bill to reflect them. The discussion and debate began with the introduction of the first bill, SB 738, An Act … read more

Hands Off Our Schools rally draws big crowd to Ridgefield

With the sounds of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take it” echoing through the village, townspeople, town leaders, and legislators led a rally opposing school regionalization on the steps of Ridgefield’s Town Hall Saturday, Feb. 23. Around 200 people stood on the sidewalks of Main Street, many of them holding up signs in the air protesting the proposed change. “Moved … read more

Rep. Frey advocates for cultural districts

Always a strong supporter of the arts, State Rep. John Frey (R-111) proposed, and testified before the Planning and Development Committee in support of, legislation that would allow municipalities to create designated cultural districts to create awareness and promote economic development. “Allowing municipalities the ability to establish cultural districts will increase the visibility and awareness of the arts, especially on the local level, … read more

Citizen Police Academy: Cops to host eight-week class

Connecting the community and the police, the Citizen Police Academy will educate participants about various aspects of police work. Participants will gain insight into how their police department works and provides services to the community. Some of the content that will be covered is crime scene investigation, firearms, TASER, speed enforcement, DUI enforcement, search and seizure, and department history. The … read more

Accessible stores spur ECDC discussion

The town has shown progress on making municipal buildings more accessible to people with disabilities. Now the attention is turning to private businesses. “The thought was, what about the retail spaces?” said Karen Sulzinsky of the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC). “If there was a thought to have a project, have an initiative … to find a way to … read more

Aquarion: Stay off our ice

With winter in full swing, officials at Aquarion Water Company are warning people not to trespass at local reservoirs when taking part in winter recreational activities. “Over the last few weeks, we have seen an increase in unlawful winter recreational activities on our reservoir properties, including walking on reservoir ice,” said Stephen Stamos, Aquarion’s Manager of Natural Resources. “We want … read more

Budget bummer: Town expects insurance bump

With insurance costs a major obstacle to holding the 2019-20 town budget increase down, the selectmen will begin their budget work with four meetings the first week of February. “The big question this year is health insurance, as it is most years,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. “We need to figure that out, and no one has yet but we’re … read more

Planning commission will hold listening sessions with other town boards

Climate change and open space, crosswalks and affordable housing — a lot goes into making the town work for the next 10 years, and now town boards and commissions will get a chance to weigh in directly. The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled three “listening sessions” to gather public input for the update to the town Plan of Conservation … read more

Aquarion offers assistance to federal employees

Aquarion Water Company announced today that its Customer Service Center is available to assist federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown. Federal employees having difficulty paying their Aquarion water bill can contact Aquarion’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-732-9678 for a review of their account and assistance options. Aquarion also offers a Customer Assistance Program for those who qualify. Customers … read more

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