Ridgefielder Rich Flood starts autism awareness initiative with Darien police

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month in April, a Darien police officer is behind an initiative that will make officers and the public more aware of those on the autism spectrum. The initiative involves Autism Awareness magnets, an Autism Awareness Patch Challenge, and a free seminar that educates Darien police officers on autism. The man responsible for the initiative in … read more

Downtown rebound: Three businesses plan openings, three more to come

Countering mounting concerns about empty storefronts, three business got zoning approvals last week with plans to open this spring — two on Main Street and one on Danbury Road. The three new businesses — two restaurants and a women’s fashion shop — got approvals from the Planning and Zoning Commission at its Feb. 26 meeting. The new businesses approvals were: … read more

Golf Performance Center buys Stonehenge

With plans for a golf academy that would combine athletic and academic learning for high school age students living in what was once one of southwestern Connecticut’s more prestigious inns, the Golf Performance Center on Route 7 has acquired the former Stonehenge property in Ridgefield. “Stonehenge allows us to create boarding for students and create an academic program for them … read more

Ridgefield Voters United: New group aims to protect neighborhoods from commercial development

With the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board separating in eight months, Ridgefield will have a new group of elected officials deciding on applications that impact development in town. And when that split happens, Ridgefield Voters United (RVU) will be ready to offer candidates to voters. The new citizens group, which formed in February, aims to protect residential … read more

Marconi testifies against school regionalization

Giving voice to widespread opposition to school regionalization efforts being talked of in Hartford, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi addressed the legislature’s education committee — acting in his new role as president of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST). “COST opposes forced consolidation/regionalization,” Marconi said at the beginning of his testimony. “…A one-size-fits-all approach to consolidation/regionalizing schools: “(1) does … read more

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Science teacher prepares for Tanzania trip

Mac Rand is about to embark on a spring break that he’ll never forget. The Ridgefield Academy science teacher departs for Tanzania Friday, March 8, where he will spend a week climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. “There’s one woman who’s doing the climb with me who’s recovering from lymphoma,” said … read more

Superintendent floats shared special education services

Amid rising rates of student outplacement, and rising costs for sending students out of district, Ridgefield Public Schools is looking at ways to share the cost with surrounding districts. “I met with other superintendents Friday, and that was one of the things we talked about in light of this regionalization issue, what can we do to share services?” said Superintendent … read more

Planners to hold hearing on renewable energy March 19

If a homeowner builds a 40-foot garage and bolts solar panels to the roof, is that a garage or a stand-alone solar array? And if those panels generate electricity that the power company has to give credit to homeowners, are the homeowners running a business out of their house? Those are some of the questions the Planning and Zoning Commission … read more

State legislature to hear testimony on pension costs Friday


The state legislature will hear testimony Friday, March 1, on the governor’s proposed budget, which could push more costs for the state’s teacher pension plan onto Ridgefield taxpayers. The budget, HB 7150, would push 25% of a town’s teacher pension obligation onto the municipality in “non-distressed” communities. Those towns would also be responsible for an additional percentage, based on the … read more

Pickleball players protest price hike

Pleading price-gouging, the pickleballers of Ridgefield, Connecticut, brought their complaints of financial oppression by the Parks and Recreation Commission to the Board of Finance and then the Board of Selectmen — but both boards said they had no authority over pickleball fees or other specifics within the parks and recreation budget. “Many of us are seniors who want to stay … read more

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