Police chief retires; commission starts search

After a decade of leading the Ridgefield’s Police Department, and some 40 years in law enforcement, Police Chief John Roche has retired to deal with medical issues that have kept him off the job for most of the last couple of months. “He put in his resignation Friday,” Police Commission chairman Charles Knoche said Monday, Aug. 27. “He’s doing good. … read more

Ridgefield police say goodbye to long-time dispatcher

The Ridgefield Police Department announced the retirement of dispatcher Isabel “Issy” Caporale Monday, Aug. 27. Caporale, who has served the department for 11 years, is a lifelong Ridgefielder and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. “Issy is active in the community and in her spare time referees lacrosse, field hockey and basketball from youth-college level,” the department wrote on … read more

A family story, a Ridgefield story: Pamby’s thrives over 70 years

From a two-man repair shop where one brother was a mechanic and the other did body work to a family-owned business with three locations selling and servicing four brands of motor vehicles and employing 48 people — six of them representing two generations of the Pambianchi family — Pamby Motors has grown and thrived in Ridgefield for 70 years. “The … read more

‘No ice rink on Peaceable:’ More signs stolen, discarded on Remington Road

Almost a dozen signs opposing the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club were stolen and discarded in the woods near the intersection of Remington Road and Peaceable Hill Road overnight between Monday, Aug. 20, and Tuesday, Aug. 21. Ridgefield Police Major Stephen Brown said the department has had “four or five incidents” of stolen signs reported from residents over the last week.  … read more

Boys and Girls Club campers tour Trooper 1

Boys and Girls Club campers were able to explore Trooper 1, a state police helicopter, after it landed at Veterans Park field on Aug. 16. More than 400 Club members were able to see the helicopter up close and personal, and hear first-hand from its pilot. State Rep. John Frey (R-111) organized and attended the event. Members of the Ridgefield … read more

Pictorial visitors map will promote the town

“It’s sort of a whimsical, not-to-scale map,” said Ellen Burns. Books on the Common gave her a perspective, and a map depicting a corner store view of Ridgefield that will be available to the rest of town — and folks from farther off. “At the bookstore, being so centrally located, and open seven days a week, we get an enormous … read more

Schools hire assistant superintendents

Two hires down, two more to go. The Board of Education voted to hire Craig Creller as assistant superintendent of Ridgefield Public Schools at a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14. Creller most recently worked for the Norwalk Public School district as an interim chief academic officer. “He was responsible for closing the achievement gap, planning professional development activities, improving preschool … read more

Charter ballot questions approved by selectmen

Substantial charter changes, administrative adjustments, clarifications of debated language — nine ballot questions that would enact a wide range of proposals put forward by the Charter Revision Commission were approved Monday, Aug. 13, by the Board of Selectmen. The selectmen’s final approval means the ballot questions will be put before town voters at the November election. Aside from the extensively … read more

Primary results: Lamont wins in landslide, Stefanowski takes GOP governor bid

The Democratic gubernatorial primary was a landslide called in less than an hour, and the Republican race saw a winner some would call a surprise pull away early and never look back. Roughly 30 minutes after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Associated Press had called the Democratic gubernatorial race for Lamont. Both winners linked their opponents to current … read more

Heat advisory in effect for today and Thursday

An excessive heat threat has given the National Weather Service cause to declare a heat advisory in effect for today — Wednesday, Aug. 15 — and Thursday, Aug. 16, in New York City and its surrounding suburbs. The max temperatures are believed to range from 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday afternoon. The max heat indices range from mid to … read more

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