A sliver widening on Route 35 by Fox Hill gains acceptance

A sliver-pass — an informal road widening which allowed northbound Route 35 traffic to slip by cars stopped, waiting to turn left into the Parks and Recreation driveway — will be officially accommodated as part of the state’s current repaving project on the highway. “That’s going to be widened in that area,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. “It will be … read more

A blind review will begin town clerk’s replacement

Names will be blacked out on applications for the town clerk’s position that the selectmen review — on the first look, anyway. “We don’t want the name of a person to influence that initial review,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. “What we’ll be doing is redacting any reference to personal emails — personal information.” Each member of the Board of … read more

Wetlands board split headed back to selectmen Monday

Separating the Planning and Zoning Commission from the Inland Wetlands Board is a decision that voters might get to make in November after all. The Charter Revision Commission voted July 30 to recommend splitting wetlands and zoning duties in its final report to the Board of Selectmen on possible changes to the town charter. The selectmen narrowly voted 3-2 to … read more

Scotland hires William Santarsiero as interim principal

William Santarsiero will serves as interim principal of Scotland Elementary School this fall. Ridgefield Public Schools hired Santarsiero at a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 7. Santarsiero has served as principal of Morris Street Elementary School in Danbury for 21 years. “He is kind, passionate, compassionate, and always places students at the center of his decision-making. He is beloved in his … read more

Commissioners look at revision of the town plan as a process

Housing, schools, taxes, economic development, growth, conservation, sustainability, sewers, roads, traffic, traffic, traffic — there’s a lot to think about in planning the town’s next decade. Planning and Zoning Commission members sketched out something of an overview of community values and concerns, and how they’ll be incorporated into their planning process, at an initial meeting Tuesday, July 31, with Glenn … read more

Lexus stolen from Mead Ridge Road home crashes in Stratford

A car that was stolen from the driveway of a Mead Ridge Road home during the overnight hours between Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3, was found in Stratford after a car accident on Saturday, Aug. 4. Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said the vehicle, a 2018 Lexus R35, was stolen after the keys were left inside the car. The … read more

Town hall tree removal closes Bailey Avenue Tuesday morning

Tree removal crews were out in front of town hall before 5 a.m. Tuesday morning to remove a pair of rotting, century-old elm trees. The tree removal process closed down Bailey Agenue at the intersection of Main Street and blocked off parts of the village’s sidewalks. As of 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, one tree was completely removed and its partner was … read more

Junior Police Academy: A day in the life of a Ridgefield cop

Would-be car burglars and speeding motorists beware: There’s a new sheriff in town. Make that 27 of them, and all are a few years shy of getting their driving permits. The Ridgefield Police recently held its Junior Police Academy, a five-day course for middle-school aged kids to get a taste of working in law enforcement — with a postgraduate stop … read more

Heat advisory remains in effect for the entire tri-state area through Tuesday night

The National Weather Service reports that hot and humid weather will continue through the middle of this week. Heat indices are expected to approach 95 to 100 degrees for Monday afternoon. They will remain at that level into the early evening of Monday. The heat index for Tuesday will also be around 95 to 100 degrees, the weather service predicts. … read more

Cap on tax deductions is challenged by state

Death and taxes have long been regarded as life’s certainties. Maybe add lawsuits. And politics. The new $10,000 cap on the deductions federal income tax payers can take for their state and local taxes — knowns as the “SALT” deduction — was adopted to help offset the fiscal impact of the tax cuts passed by Republican majorities in Congress in … read more

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