Branchville to NYC? Commuter bus has ‘express’ vision

An early morning commuter bus from Branchville direct to New York City is a concept being studied by an entrepreneur who operates a driver service. “It takes cars off the road,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said to the selectmen. “The people at that station have been begging for more express service in the morning.” Marconi had been approached concerning use … read more

Zoners to review Winter Club light pole permit at next hearing

A new special permit application that would allow the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club to build light poles up to 40 feet high to illuminate its outdoor skating rink will receive review from the Planning and Zoning Commission during the club’s fifth public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 13, at East Ridge Middle School. During the fourth public hearing on Oct. 30, 32 … read more

Town hall rally planned for Mueller, California victims

Ridgefield Women’s March organizers Aimee Berger-Girvalo and Jessica Mancini are planning a rally in support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller at 5 p.m. today at town hall. The event will also be a vigil for the 12 victims of a mass shooting that took place in California Wednesday, Nov. 7.  Berger-Girvalo said residents should gather in front of town hall. … read more

Merrill, Lembo earn re-election bids

Democrats have won four of Connecticut’s constitutional offices.  Democrat William Tong defeated  Republican Susan Hatfield earlier Wednesday, completing the sweep.  Incumbent Secretary of the State Denise Merrill turned back the challenge of Republican Susan Chapman, 798,237 votes to 573,047. Comptroller Kevin Lembo won another term, the Democratic incumbent finishing with 692,177 votes, more than 100,000 above Republican Kurt Miller (590,263). … read more

Election 2018: Ridgefield voters select Stefanowski over Lamont (unofficial)

Republican Bob Stefanowski has appeared to have narrowly won Ridgefield over Democrat Ned Lamont in the state governor’s race, early returns from the town’s three voting districts show. The statewide result is still undecided. Stefanowski received 5,638 votes in Ridgefield on Election Day, barely edging out Lamont’s 5,602 tallies. These results do not include more than 1,400 absentee ballots. In the race … read more

Race for 111th: Frey wins re-election (UPDATE)

Updated 11 p.m. ET, Nov. 6 — State Representative John Frey (R-111) has won re-election over Democratic challenger Aimee Berger-Girvalo. The Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee conceded the race at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday night, with Berger-Girvalo giving Frey’s camp a congratulatory phone call. Early returns from the town’s four voting districts show Frey with a 5,732 to 5,214 vote lead. The Registrar of Voters … read more

Pittsburgh shooting: Community leaders call for ‘compassion’

Town leaders called for compassion and civility Monday, Oct. 29, during an interfaith vigil to remember those killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend. First Selectman Rudy Marconi urged residents gathered in the sanctuary room of Congregation Shir Shalom to consider how the community can “begin teaching the younger generation about compassion rather than competition.” “We’ve seen more swastikas … read more

Who pays for sewer upgrades? Homeowners argue costs at second hearing

Why are homeowners on septic systems possibly going to be on the hook for $8 million to upgrade the town’s aging wastewater treatment plant? That was the question posed again and again by residents — about 35 of whom showed up — at an information meeting on the sewer upgrades hosted by the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) on Oct. … read more

Door-to-door sales: Would ban violate First Amendment?

Proselytizing eternal salvation, petitioning to save doomed species, selling cookies and light bulbs, hawking brushes and vacuum cleaners, signing people up for magazine or cable TV subscriptions, stumping for votes… Many missions may bring strangers to someone’s front door, knocking, knocking… Now constitutional questions raised by a cable television company have slowed the selectmen’s push to ban door-to-door selling in … read more

Zoning commission to host third Ridgefield Winter Club hearing Tuesday

The third public hearing for the Ridgefield Winter Club (RWC) — a proposed private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street — will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of East Ridge Middle School. Rebecca Mucchetti, chairwoman of the town Planning and Zoning Commission, said that the RWC will open the meeting … read more

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