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

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

Press announces new deadlines, headquarters

The Ridgefield Press will have new deadlines effective the first week of December. They apply to the Dec. 6 issue. Happenings, school briefs, wedding and engagements, births, and community columns will be due before 5 p.m. the Wednesday before publication. Datebook and Playhouse listings will be due by 4 p.m. Thursday before publication. Business items will also be due before … read more

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