Student inventor swaps plastic straws for ice

How do you make a drinking straw that won’t hurt sea life when it inevitably ends up in the ocean? For Ridgefield sixth-grader Sophie Zezula, the answer was obvious — you make the straw out of ice. Her “sNOw Straw,” a drinking straw made entirely of frozen water, recently competed in both the state and national Invention Convention. And the … read more

Ridgefield Winter Club: Zoning battle begins tonight at East Ridge Middle School

Fixing a deteriorating commercial property versus protecting residentially-zoned neighborhoods. The battle lines between the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club at 340 Peaceable Street and the Peaceable Neighbors Alliance have been drawn for more than a year. Each side will make its case in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission at East Ridge Middle School’s auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 4. “We expect … read more

Police Chief John Roche passes away at 62

Police Chief John Roche passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, the Ridgefield Police Department confirmed today. He was 62-years-old. “It is with heavy hearts that the men and women of the Ridgefield Police Department announce the death of Chief John Roche,” the department said in press release. “The Chief dedicated his life to law enforcement. We marched behind him proudly.” Chief … read more

Ridgefield police: Car stolen from Poplar Road

Ridgefield police have confirmed that a car was stolen from the driveway of a Poplar Road home overnight between Sunday, Aug. 19, and Monday, Aug. 20. The incident is the ninth case of a stolen car in Ridgefield this year, according to Capt. Jeff Kreitz. A report said the car, a 2016 Nissan Rogue, was unlocked and that a car … read more

Swastikas found on signs in northern Ridgefield

Swastikas have again been found in Ridgefield — this time graffitied on street signs and a mailbox in the northern part of town. Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said that the department uncovered the spray painted symbols on Ledges Road and Aspen Mill Road around 7:40 a.m. Aug. 28. “Officers discovered that five street signs and a mailbox had been … read more

Ridgefield heads back to school Thursday

Climbing ropes and Chromebooks, fish murals and a sea of new faces — these are just some of the new things students will see when they return to school next week. With summer coming to a close, Ridgefield heads back to school Thursday, Aug. 30 — the first day for kindergarteners through high school freshmen. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors at … read more

Fire department captain retires after 30 years

Ridgefield Fire Capt. Dave McDevitt retired this week after serving the department for 30 years. “Although it is tough to say goodbye, we wish Dave many, many years of health and happiness in his new and future endeavors,” the department said on its Facebook page. “From the senior guys, all the way down to the new probie, we truly thank … read more

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

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