Coming full circle: Dance teacher subs for former student, keeps team moving

Nearly two decades ago, elementary schooler Taylor Bradley began dance lessons with “Miss Jessica” at the latter’s Ridgefield Studio of Performing Arts. The experience ignited a lifelong love of dance, one that Taylor and Miss Jessica share to this day. They also share a love of teaching dance, especially to girls and young women. Fast forward to 2019, Bradley is … read more

Planners weigh sustainability options

The electric car recharging station behind town hall can be used from a few sparking spaces, but the area is designated for one-hour parking and a recharge can take two to four times that. Town officials are investigating how to adjust policies. —Macklin Reid photo

Solar farms and driverless cars — it’s not science fiction, but the future the Planning and Zoning Commission is having to consider as it works to update the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development. While commissioners mostly focused on the results of a survey on what the community is concerned about, discussion at its Jan. 2 meeting kept circling back … read more

Town waives taxes for lot at Jesse Lee used by the shuttle

Jesse Lee Church

In recognition of its help reducing car-commuting through support of the Ridgefield-Katonah Shuttle bus service, Jesse Lee Methodist Church had $2,043 in taxes abated by the town. While much church property is tax exempt, Jesse Lee rents out a 50-car parking lot used by commuters taking the shuttle bus to the Katonah train station, and as an income-producing rental property … read more

Employee of the year: Gaudian serves people in need

“I’m really lucky, I have a job I love,” said Karen Gaudian. “Every day is different. It’s rewarding to be able to help people that are struggling.” Gaudian, the town’s municipal agent for the elderly, was chosen Ridgefield’s 2018 employee of the year. She shares the responsibilities of running the town Social Services Department with its director, Tony Phillips, helping … read more

Teachers, town settle on salary increases under 3%

With salary increases costing the town 2.73%, 2.98% and 2.99% over the next three fiscal years, a new contract will govern the employment of Ridgefield’s roughly 460 teachers. The three-year cost to the town of the salary increases is projected at $129.6 million, based on the assumption the school system maintains the same teaching workforce. “…The board is pleased with … read more

Revisiting the Founding Era kicks off in town Jan. 27

The Ridgefield Library, Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, Ridgefield Historical Society, Drum Hill Chapter of the DAR, Books on the Common, Ridgefield League of Women Voters, and the Connecticut Project for the Constitution, are pleased to launch a new series of programs called Revisiting the Founding Era. The series will kick-off with a lively, panel discussion and community conversation … read more

Bike shop plans kickoff party at Playhouse Jan. 22

The Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club will host its annual kickoff party at the Ridgefield Playhouse at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. The event is free and includes food from the club’s sponsors, Southwest Cafe and The Cake Box, and drinks from Ancona’s Wines and Liquors. The club is a not-for-profit organization that aims to bring people together who enjoy road … read more

Hot Stove League: Memorabilia packages, more Mets tickets added to Jan. 26 event at library

Can’t make it to the nearly sold-out 2019 Ridgefield Library Hot Stove League conversation with award-winning New York Mets play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen Saturday, Jan. 26? Don’t worry: There are other opportunities to step up to the plate and participate in a series of auctions for rare game-day experiences and exclusive signed memorabilia packages at the library over the next … read more

School of Rock House Band prepares for performance at The Bitter End

Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell. Following in the footsteps of folk heroes might be seem like a tall task for most musicians but for 11 aspiring performers from Ridgefield’s School of Rock House Band, Saturday night’s show at New York City’s landmark nightclub, The Bitter End, marks a great opportunity — a chance to create their own history on … read more

Lorusso family welcomes twin girls

Daniel and Claire Lorusso proudly welcomed identical twin girls on Oct. 17, 2018. Caroline Eleanor was 5 lbs. and Mary Grace was 5 lbs., 5 oz. Proud grandparents are Virginia and Paul Fitzpatrick of Danbury and Cathy and Charles Lorusso of Ridgefield. Great-grandparents are Mary Faber of Bay Shore, N.Y, Miriam Fitzpatrick of Atlanta, Ga., and Mary Lorusso of Stamford. … read more

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