Governor Park reopens in Ridgefield following gasoline-fueled field fire

Governor Park in Ridgefield has been reopened after an infield fire left tens of thousands in damages over the weekend. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said new soil was delivered at the site Thursday, April 11, and that parks and recreation employees took about six to seven hours finishing the restoration job. “The good news is the field looks great, it … read more

Kilimanjaro climber: Ridgefield Academy teacher recounts visit to Africa

Ridgefield Academy science teacher Mac Rand has run marathons, completed back-to-back Ironmans, and logged 101 miles in one 24-hour period. None of it compares to climbing Kilimanjaro and then getting to visit students from the village of Mungere in Tanzania. “It was everything I hoped for and more,” said Rand, “it exceeded all my expectations … it was the best … read more

School cut list includes art teachers and tech spending

Art teachers, technology purchases, and a special bus run to ease kindergartners into a full day of school were among $230,000 in budget reductions recommended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Collins on Monday, April 8. The Board of Education needs $230,000 in cuts to meet the finance board’s reduction to the $98 million budget school request for 2019-20. Board … read more

Six Branchville inventors advance to state competition

Branchville Elementary School hosted its eighth annual Invention Convention in March. This optional, PTA-sponsored independent study invites students from grades two through five to invent fun and creative solutions to everyday problems. Judges from Branchville’s science and invention community evaluated the entries, and several made a mark. Out of 48 total registrants, the six students were named recognized inventors for their … read more

Superintendent puts three Ridgefield baseball coaches on administrative leave

Superintendent Dr. William Collins has place three Ridgefield High School varsity baseball coaches on administrative leave pending the conclusion of a police investigation into who poured gasoline on the team’s field at Governor Park and lit it on fire. Dr. Collins announced his decision in a letter to parents Tuesday, April 9. “At this point, we do not believe the … read more

Donate Life: Three RHS art students win statewide poster contest

A trio of Ridgefield High School junior have won a statewide poster contest that encourages residents to become organ donors. Timothy Porter won third place and $100 for his poster, while Dylan Zappala won the Tony Award and a cash prize of $100. Fellow junior Melanie Kardos was awarded honorable mention. The award ceremony, which was run by Donate Life … read more

Annual Town Meeting set for May 6, budget vote to be held following week

A 1.24 percent tax hike crowns a nearly $148-million budget package that would boost school spending by over $3 million — but $230,000 less than the school board requested — while approving the selectmen’s plans for no increase in town departments’ budget next year. Approved on a series of unanimous Board of Finance votes last week, the 2019-20 budget, and … read more

World Irish Dancing Championships: Middle schooler prepares for spring break competition

The reel, the slip jig, the light jig and the hop jig — Ridgefield resident Maddie Molloy has been celebrating two thousand year of Irish folk dancing tradition ever since she was four years old. The East Ridge Middle School seventh grader began practicing the dance steps after attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Greenwich almost a decade ago. … read more

Shamrock Shootout returns to Scotts Ridge during spring break

Ridgefield High School seniors Grace Egan and Joanna Gengo will be running the annual spring break Shamrock Shootout — a two-day lacrosse camp for girls in the fourth through eighth grade — at Scotts Ridge Middle School. The clinic will take place on Monday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. During the Shamrock Shootout, RHS … read more

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