Performing arts spaces: School upgrades could attract outside groups

Investing in school performing art spaces could attract more performers in town — and retain local groups that have begun to seek venues outside of Ridgefield. That was the idea proposed to the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) at its Feb. 4 meeting. “The space is so limited, they’re looking outside of Ridgefield,” said Jennifer DiLaura, of the Ridgefield … read more

Ridgefield student news: Northeastern, James Madison, and Clemson

Kimberly Weinstock, a student athlete playing women’s Division I lacrosse, was named to the fall dean’s list at Temple University. John Thrasher was named to the University of Hartford dean’s list for fall. Caitlin Kissell was named to the fall dean’s list at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Olivia Doman was awarded faculty honors for the fall semester at Trinity College in Hartford. … read more

Abilis seeks applicants for Peter Bloomer Citizenship Award

Abilis, the nonprofit organization that provides services and support for individuals with special needs and their families, has opened its application process for the Peter Bloomer Citizenship Award for graduating middle and high school students. The award is presented to a graduating student who demonstrates an outstanding level of sensitivity toward people with disabilities through leadership, involvement and participation in activities that … read more

Boys lacrosse team to host movie screening at Playhouse March 7

The Ridgefield High School boys lacrosse team will host a special screening of the movie, The Medicine Game, at The Ridgefield Playhouse Thursday, March 7. The night will include a silent auction, raffle and meet and greet with Syracuse star and pro lacrosse player Nick Mariano. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults, $15 for kids. All proceeds go … read more

Early decision: Ridgefield Public Schools to close Tuesday

Interim Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote isn’t taking any chances with a snowstorm forecasted to hit the area Tuesday, Feb. 12. Ridgefield students won’t attending school tomorrow thanks in large part to the timing of the impending storm. This marks the third closure this year for students. Last year, Ridgefield Public Schools went until June 29. The district had 14 closures. To read … read more

Parents, teachers protest art cuts at school budget hearing

Don’t cut elementary art teachers. That was the resounding message from parents, teachers, and at least one Ridgefield High School senior during the Board of Education’s budget hearing Saturday, Feb. 9, at Scotts Ridge Middle School. “The proposed budget looks to cut this rich learning environment,” said Jennifer Zeyer, an art teacher at Scotland Elementary. She claimed the cuts, which … read more

Elective class? Kids push to keep world history

Converting a world history course to a half-year elective continues to draw the ire of Ridgefield High School students. Four students spoke in protest of plans to change Global I from a full-year class to semester-long course at the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting. The change, which was enacted by the board in the fall as part of new … read more

Letter: School maintenance debate doesn’t need to be ugly

To the Editor: The debate on school maintenance has sparked some heated dialogue. What now should be done is to move past the finger pointing stage and work toward solutions. One suggestion is to form an ad-hoc building committee. The committee makeup would be one representative from the Board of Selectmen, the BOE, the person in charge of maintenance for … read more

Outstanding debt: Town’s borrowing has declined from $140 million to $60.7 million over last two decades

On average, American households have about $15,000 of credit card debt, according to NerdWallet.

Town debt peaked and has been in decline for more than a decade. Looming capital expenditure needs could change that, although town officials work to limit borrowing and try to time major projects so they don’t balloon the debt. Ridgefield’s outstanding debt has fallen from a peak of about $140 million after borrowing for the $90-million school bundle — renovations … read more

Ridgefield student news: Quinnipiac, The Citadel, and University of Delaware

Kyle McCormick was named to the fall dean’s list at The Citadel. Anna Healy was named to the fall dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin. Jocelyn Curran was named to the fall dean’s list at Lasell College. Sophia Cali, Matthew Chittenden, Joseph Coyle, Emma Hackett, Jeffrey Storm, Jonathan Passman, Rebecca Lawrence, Katherine Schoenherr, Lauren Thrasher, Chloe Kubrin, Jason Bangser, … read more

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