Ridgefield High School students combat vaping

Vaping — the use of electronic cigarettes containing liquidized nicotine — has become popular among young people throughout the nation, and Ridgefield High School is no different. In response to the rising trend, RHS health teacher Margaret Meriwether came up with an assignment for her students: Create a public service announcement (PSA) about vaping that would resonate with their peers. … read more

Access for all: A study, and a list

Door handles, drinking fountains, toilets, signs, steps and stairs, narrow doorways, high countertops, pathways to be paved — the Institute for Human Centered Design is finding lots of work to do, studying town accessibility problems. The study, started last summer, doesn’t have a completion date in sight. But work to address problems it’s finding has begun. “We’re not waiting for … 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

Fracking waste ban draws support from the public

Opposition to oil and gas fracking and use of byproducts from the process in Ridgefield was widely shared among about 25 Ridgefielders at a public hearing Saturday — suggesting, though some doubts and concerns were expressed, considerable support for an ordinance to ban reuse of fracking by-products that is scheduled for a town meeting vote Wednesday, Jan. 9. “Please do … read more

Troop 19 BSA: A new kind of scouts are trooping around

There’s a new Boy Scout troop in town that’s a little different — they’re girls. Ridgefield’s Troop 19 BSA — the 19 honors the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which in 1920, gave women right to vote — began meeting in October. They meet weekly Tuesday nights, and had group campouts in November and December, with monthly outdoor adventures … read more

Tri-board meeting: Town finances look strong, schools’ maintenance lags

Neglected school infrastructure will be getting a closer look from a new committee, the finance board is shooting for a tax increase below 2% next year, and the 2019-20 budget work will start with a projected 5.2% school spending increase while the selectmen — having cut several positions — are hoping to hold town departments to a near-zero increase. That … read more

Dr. William Collins named Ridgefield’s new superintendent of schools

Ridgefield has a permanent superintendent once again. Dr. William Collins — former superintendent of Newington Public Schools — was hired Tuesday, Dec. 18. He will take over the job from Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote on Feb. 19, 2019. A self-professed local history enthusiast, Collins started working as a bus driver back in his teen years. “I drove a school … read more

Kids’ anxiety: Back off, helicopters, bulldozers!

Anxiety, worries, fear of failure, looking stupid, judgment in the eyes of the world — or the class, the school, the kids on the bus. It’s not easy being a kid in a worrisome world, or the parent of a worried kid. “Worry is a habit,” said Dr. Paul Foxman. “And the proof it’s a habit is that if the … read more

Tri-board meeting is Tuesday in town hall annex

The tri-board meeting — the annual town meeting of the Board of Finance, Board of Selectmen, and Board of Education — will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the Board of Education conference room in the town hall annex, located at 66 Prospect Street. The meeting typically looks at the town’s financial picture … read more

Ridgefield Winter Club: Final hearing is Wednesday night

Is the Ridgefield Winter Club a revitalization of a blighted construction yard that will bring jobs to Ridgefield or is it a commercial intrusion into a peaceful neighborhood that will drive down property values? Residents can voice their opinion of the proposed private skating club during a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, … read more

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