Shir Shalom to host MLK event Friday night

Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield counties will host a special “Spirituals Shabbat” service honoring the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. This is the 16th year Congregation Shir Shalom has hosted a Spirituals Shabbat with the Serendipity Chorale of Norwalk, led by Gigi Van Dyke. This year, this chorale … 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

Wetlands board approves Winter Club, denies intervention by neighbors

The Inland Wetlands Board voted 4-3 to approve a new drainage system, as well as related grading and paving work in the upland review area near 340 Peaceable Street, for the Ridgefield Winter Club Tuesday, Jan. 8. The approved wetlands application does not allow developer Bud Brown to begin building his private skating club. The outdoor skating rink, clubhouse, and … 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

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

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

Connecticut sees increase in 2018 bear sightings

The number of reported bear sightings in Connecticut in 2018 increased significantly from the previous year, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The most recent figures from DEEP of bear sightings cover the period from Jan. 8, 2018 to Dec. 12, 2018. It shows a total of 8,937 reported sightings — an increase of more 1,200 from … read more

Norwalk River Valley Trail receives $300,000 award for Redding Mile, funds needed to connect with Ridgefield Ramble

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) has been awarded $300,000 to construct the Redding Mile. Construction of this section of the five-town trail will be the first section in Redding. The grant, awarded from the Recreational Trails Grant program and administered by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), marks the third grant awarded to the NRVT. … read more

Over 160 turn out, pass fracking ban

Lined up out the door waiting on the sidewalk in the cold to get in, filling town hall’s meeting room to capacity — standing room only — and overflowing into the smaller meeting room and the hallway, more than 160 people turned out to vote in Ridgefield’s fracking waste ban Wednesday night, Jan. 9. “We’re ecstatic. We’re actually humbled this … read more

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