Water main break slows traffic downtown

Update, 3 p.m. — A spokesman for Aquarion said the break should be fixed and water pressure restored by 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. “It will impact ten customers — they’re pretty much all businesses,” said Peter Fazekas, of the Aquarion water company. A water main break at the intersection of Main Street and Prospect Street has delayed traffic in … read more

Ridgefield police seek new officer

The Ridgefield Police Department will be hiring for an entry-level police officer, after a series of promotions have left a vacant spot among the department’s patrol division. In October, the Police Commission promoted Jeff Kreitz, the department’s public information and training officer, from captain to chief after the retirement and death of Chief John Roche. Lt. Shawn Platt was promoted … read more

Route 116 closed Thursday following utility pole crash

Route 116 will remain closed Thursday, Jan. 31, following a utility pole crash earlier in the morning. Ridgefield Capt. Shawn Platt said the state highway, also known as North Salem Road, will be shutdown through Thursday evening commuter hours. He said the road would likely remain closed until 6 p.m. if not later.  Fire police have set up detours at the intersections of Maple … read more

Ridgefield police shutdown Route 116 following utility pole crash

Route 116 in Ridgefield is closed down after a car struck an utility pole around 9:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The accident happened near Barrack Hill Road. One person is reported injured. Police said it is unclear when the road will be reopened, because utility companies still need to assess the site of the crash.

Police report 56 fewer car accidents in 2018

The sights and sounds of a car wreck — twisted metal, shattered glass, the sound of shrieking sirens — were seen and heard less often in Ridgefield in 2018 than the previous year. According to crash statistics published by the University of Connecticut, the town reported 453 motor vehicles accidents across its 168 miles of roads. The crash results also … read more

From the law to the flame: Attorney leaves legal career to fight fires

Wilton’s newest firefighter is one in 500. Actually, make that “number one” of 500. Gary Mandel of Ridgefield finished first out of 500 applicants to secure a firefighter’s job with the Wilton Fire Department. After graduating from the Connecticut Fire Academy in December, he is now going through five weeks of orientation and on-the-job training at Wilton fire headquarters. “Being … read more

Ridgefield police report fewer stolen cars in 2018

Stolen cars were less of an occurrence in Ridgefield in 2018 than the previous year. Ridgefield police reported eight stolen car investigations last year, 10 fewer than the 18 vehicles reported stolen in 2017. Police Chief Jeff Kreitz said the lower number of thefts was likely due to greater awareness on the part of residents removing their keys from their … read more

Tree falls on car near Casagmo

Ridgefield police said that a tree fell on a car near Casagmo around noon Thursday, Jan. 24. Capt. Shawn Platt said that the vehicle was driving with two people inside it. They were not reported injured and, according to Capt. Platt, refused medical treatment at the scene. No wires were downed by the tree, and the street was reopened within … read more

Two hires put fire department at full staffing

Two new firefighters — one an emergency medical technician (EMT) and one a paramedic — are joining the Ridgefield Fire Department. Seth Kellogg is a firefighter/EMT and Ryan Underwood is a firefighter/medic. “Both are very good candidates, very strong candidates,” said Fire Chief Jerry Myers. “…Ryan is currently a city of New Haven firefighter who’s transferring to us, and Seth … read more

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