The Commodores will headline Playhouse Valentine's Day gala

Dance the night away with the Grammy Award-winning Commodores at the Ridgefield Playhouse Feb. 14. At the annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Gala, guests will enjoy a date night to remember, starting at 6 p.m. in the lobby, complete with a complimentary glass of champagne and dessert, and a chance to win spectacular raffle prizes from our generous event sponsors. At … read more

Fountain Music Series presents Sperry Sisters Sunday

The Cass Gilbert Fountain in Ridgefield. — Photo by Jack Sanders

Now in its 21st season, the Fountain Music Series will begin with the Sperry Sisters, on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The sisters, Faith Ferry, Rachel Langdon, Elizabeth Brown, and Christine Sperry, will present their life in song through a musical journey. The church’s minister of music, Edwin R. Taylor, Faith’s husband, will serve … read more

State plans for brief traffic stops early next week at Route 35 bridge

The alternating one-way traffic at the Route 35 bridge project is expected to return later next week. Ryan Wodkenski, a site manager with the state’s transportation department, told The Press Friday, Jan. 27, that next week’s activities should have minor traffic impacts to briefly halt traffic to allow construction equipment in and out of the work zone. He said those traffic … read more

Town ponders ownership of Ridgebury Cemetery

Paul Velte’s simple gravestone in Ridgebury Cemetery. — Jack Sanders photo

The Ridgebury Cemetery Association wants the town to take over ownership of its ancient cemetery. Three association members told the Board of Selectmen Wednesday, Jan. 18, that the cemetery is financially self-sufficient, but that ongoing maintenance is becoming too much for the nine association members, who are mostly senior citizens. The board inquired about the possibility of enlisting volunteers, such … read more

Community forum on substance abuse next week

Two town organizations are sponsoring a program, Eyes Wide Open: A Community Forum about Substance Abuse, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library. Sponsored by the Ridgefield Prevention Council and the Ridgefield Library, the forum will include treatment professionals, law enforcement, community education professionals and a person in recovery. First Selectman Rudy Marconi and the Superintendent … read more

Letter: We must reaffirm Democratic values

To the Editor: I just finished reading a book about the Civil War and the people of the Ozark Mountains in southwest Missouri. There were numerous associations, allegiances, alliances, and rebel groups, including those who did not subscribe to slavery but were states’ righters and resented the conscription, taxing and confiscation rights of the federal government under martial law. David … read more

Michael Rettger appointed to Pension Commission

Assistant Town Treasurer Michael Rettger was appointed to the Pension Commission following an interview with the Board of Selectmen Jan. 18. The board said the Pension Commission is going in a new direction this year. Instead of spearheading pension management, commissioners will become supervisors of a financial firm that will be taking the reins. “It’s good to have somebody new … read more

Smarter Planning for Ridgefield sends letter to state transportation department

  The following letter was sent to the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation Monday, Jan. 23, from Smarter Planning for Ridgefield in response to plans to improve Main Street’s traffic flow.  We, the undersigned, represent a variety of skills and interests, including architecture and landscape design. Three of us own businesses located on Main Street, one is a Main Street landlord, … read more

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