Ridgefield Playhouse gets lease expansion

A 20-year lease renting the Ridgefield Playhouse — the auditorium it has filled with music, movies and shows for close to two decades, as well as additional space in the town-owned Venus Building on East Ridge — has been approved by the selectmen. “I started at the Playhouse 18 years ago, believe it or not,” Playhouse executive director Allison Stockel … 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

Cathy Savoca joins planning commission

Having persevered through the daunting land use application process and endured some occasionally nasty public debate over plans to open a bed and breakfast a year ago, Cathy Savoca was welcomed as the Planning and Zoning Commission’s new member Saturday, Dec. 1. Commissioners voted 6-to-0 to appoint her to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Tim Dunphy, who’d … 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

Ridgefield police searching for suspected wallet thief

The Ridgefield Police Department have released a surveillance photo of a woman they say stole two wallets from a healthcare facility in Ridgefield around 1:17 p.m. Nov. 8. According to a report, the woman entered “multiple rooms” and removed the two wallets from employee purses before leaving. The suspect is described by police as an African-American woman who wore nurse’s … read more

Water supply looking better after wet fall

Rains replenished reservoirs in recent months, improving regional water supplies, although an extended dry spell and high water use next summer could pose problems. “We are off to a very good start for fall and winter. Reservoir levels are well above the 20-year average because of a wet September and October,” said Peter Fazekas, director of public relations for Aquarion … read more

Former Democratic challenger supports Frey’s reelection

A former Democratic opponent of State Representative John Frey (R-111) has endorsed him for reelection to the General Assembly’s 111th House district, which includes all of Ridgefield south of George Washington Highway.   In a statement, Di Masters, who challenged Rep. Frey as Democrat nominee in 2008, asked Ridgefield voters to join her in supporting Rep. Frey.  Masters served 12 years on the Planning and Zoning Commission, including several years as chairman, and … read more

Who pays for sewer upgrades? Homeowners argue costs at second hearing

Why are homeowners on septic systems possibly going to be on the hook for $8 million to upgrade the town’s aging wastewater treatment plant? That was the question posed again and again by residents — about 35 of whom showed up — at an information meeting on the sewer upgrades hosted by the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) on Oct. … read more

Fire, police, ambulance calls: Study will see where needs are

Where — ideally — should Ridgefield’s fire and police headquarters be? Together, maybe? The brick firehouse on Catoonah Street and police station in a towered Victorian on East Ridge Road are vintage buildings, architecturally at home in Ridgefield center. But they’re getting old, and the town is looking into whether their vital functions should be relocated. “We have two headquarters … read more

Zoning commission to host third Ridgefield Winter Club hearing Tuesday

The third public hearing for the Ridgefield Winter Club (RWC) — a proposed private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street — will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of East Ridge Middle School. Rebecca Mucchetti, chairwoman of the town Planning and Zoning Commission, said that the RWC will open the meeting … read more

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