Happening: Songwriting class with Kevin Briody

Emmy Award-winning songwriter Kevin Briody plans weekly songwriting classes at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursdays Jan. 19 to March 9, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Briody will teach how to structure songs, create “hooks,” craft lyrics, manipulate melody, rhythm and harmony, merge words with music, and write toward genre. No musical background required. To register ($240), visit the box office … read more

Enrollment decline: Schools to look at five options Monday

Pull fifth grade out of the elementary schools, convert the middle schools to fit a fifth-through-eighth-grade configuration, and close an elementary school — that’s one of five options on the table for the Board of Education when it meets Monday night to examine solutions for the district’s ongoing enrollment decline. But will the board go through with closing one of … read more

2017 preview: Town has plans, and a spending cap

Bridges, budgets, Branchville, Schlumberger leases, and Main Street plans — Ridgefield has quite a bit going on in 2017. It’s also the year the state-imposed 2.5% cap on municipal spending increases kicks in, affecting the 2017-18 budget town officials are already working on. “To live within a 2.5% cap on expenses is going to be quite difficult,” First Selectman Rudy … read more

Bridge classes starting soon

Day and evening bridge classes start soon through Ridgefield Continuing Education.   Beginner Bridge (Wednesdays, Feb. 1-March 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) covers the basics of bridge bidding and play, and is for the beginner and people with limited (or long ago) bridge experience.    Bridge Basics Plus (Tuesdays, Jan. 31-March 21, 12:30 to 2:30) covers duplicate scoring, bidding, strategy, … read more

Frey appointed Senior Republican Whip; Ferguson sworn in for first time

State Rep. John Frey (R-111), was sworn in to represent Ridgefield for a tenth term in the Connecticut House of Representatives, while State Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-138) was sworn in for his first term in the State House. Rep. Frey, the longest-ever serving state legislator from Ridgefield, will continue to be an influential member of the House Republican caucus, having … read more

Artists Ashforth, Perry in new members show Saturday

The Ridgefield Press

Two Ridgefield artists — Frances B. Ashforth and Chris Perry — are included in this Sunday’s Silvermine Gallery new members show. Ashforth’s prints and paintings are meditations on the horizon line and the possibilities of immense open space. Perry’s book-art sculptures channel the whimsical and the architectural, while sometimes having an almost animal presence. The reception, from 2 to 4, … read more

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