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

Dog waste stations: Beer cans, diapers are not welcome

Something’s afoul on Ridgefield’s historic Main Street. Residents are misusing the green trash receptacles — purchased and installed specifically for “dog waste” in 2017 — for the disposal of personal items, including beer cans and baby diapers. “Please, please, please do not put your trash in the dog waste stations on Main Street, along the Rail Trail, or on the … read more

Lower enrollments reduce number of elementary school teachers

Fewer students are enrolling in Ridgefield’s nine public schools, which means the schools have eight fewer elementary school teachers than there were five years ago. The average number of elementary students in any given class is relatively small — out of 102 classes, only two are filled to the maximum capacity set by the school board — so there’s less … read more

Marine Corps League, police to host ‘Stuff a Cruiser’ toy drive Dec. 1

The Police Benevolent Association and the Ridgefield Marine Corps League will be hosting their annual “Stuff a Cruiser” toy drive in front of The Toy Chest at 441 Main Street, Dec. 1, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event organizers will be collecting new, unwrapped toys, which will be donated through Toys for Tots. The Toy Chest will also … read more

Sunday: 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

Election 2018: Ridgefield voters select Stefanowski over Lamont (unofficial)

Republican Bob Stefanowski has appeared to have narrowly won Ridgefield over Democrat Ned Lamont in the state governor’s race, early returns from the town’s three voting districts show. The statewide result is still undecided. Stefanowski received 5,638 votes in Ridgefield on Election Day, barely edging out Lamont’s 5,602 tallies. These results do not include more than 1,400 absentee ballots. In the race … read more

Charter changes, sewer renovation: Voters will judge 12 ballot questions

A smorgasbord of ballot questions will be on voters’ Election Day menu Nov. 6: A $48 million sewer plant renovation, two amendments to the state constitution, and nine Ridgefield charter revision proposals — including the hotly debated separation of the Inland Wetlands Board from the Planning and Zoning Commission. Both state constitutional questions are on the front of the ballot … read more

Third quarter real estate: Faster sales, lower prices

Ridgefield homes are selling faster than they did a year ago, but for less money. Single-family homes spent 44 fewer days on the market in July, August, and September than they did over the same three-month period in 2017, but the average sales price dropped from $807,809 in the third quarter last year to $773,560 in 2018. The median selling … read more

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