Ridgefield police to promote two officers at Lounsbury House April 24

The Ridgefield Police Department will be promoting two officers Wednesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. at the Lounsbury House. Sgt. Brian Durling will be promoted to lieutenant and Officer Shawn Murray will be promoted to sergeant. The public is invited. Lounsbury House is located at 316 Main Street. Call 203-438-6962 or visit lounsburyhouse.org for more information.

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

Parents protest special education changes

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Three residents, some of them parents of children with special education needs, showed up to the March 11 Board of Education meeting to protest the schools’ plan to stop using contracted services through The Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN) in favor of hiring full-time staff. “I think this is a colossal mistake,” said John Collins. Collins, who said … read more

Golf Performance Center buys Stonehenge

With plans for a golf academy that would combine athletic and academic learning for high school age students living in what was once one of southwestern Connecticut’s more prestigious inns, the Golf Performance Center on Route 7 has acquired the former Stonehenge property in Ridgefield. “Stonehenge allows us to create boarding for students and create an academic program for them … read more

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Science teacher prepares for Tanzania trip

Mac Rand is about to embark on a spring break that he’ll never forget. The Ridgefield Academy science teacher departs for Tanzania Friday, March 8, where he will spend a week climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. “There’s one woman who’s doing the climb with me who’s recovering from lymphoma,” said … read more

Auditors say town finances look good

The independent auditors are comfortable with Ridgefield’s finances and bookkeeping for the last fiscal year. And First Selectman Rudy Marconi likes what the auditors’ 2017-18 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report — or CAFR — has to say about the town. “It looks good, healthy, strong,” Marconi said. “We’re a healthy community, financially. The ratings bureaus love it.” Marconi offered those thoughts … 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

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

Anyone for tennis? Parks and Recreation Commission proposes $4.7-million budget

From pickleball prices and parking plans to staffing shuffles, ramped-up recycling and some 700 acres of grass to be mowed, a wide-ranging discussion framed the Parks and Recreation Commission’s presentation to the selectmen on a $4,736,000 budget proposal that represents a less than 1% increase — up $18,600, or 0.39% — for 2019-20. This request is part of a more … read more

Aquarion Water Company warns of dangers of walking on reservoir 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

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