Later start times? Petitioners want a vote

Petitioners may seek a town meeting to reconsider the school board’s year-old decision to pursue later start times for Ridgefield High School. But the question of whether a town meeting has that power is being investigated by town attorneys. First Selectman Rudy Marconi described the situation to the Board of Selectmen’s Nov. 13 meeting. People want to petition for “a … read more

Ridgefield named fourth business-friendly town

Ridgefield is one of the most enterprise-friendly cities in Connecticut. That’s at least according to a recent study from the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. The Hartford-based non-profit ranked Ridgefield fourth in the state based on four categories — economic vitality, business tax burden, community allure, and transportation infrastructure. “Boutiques, stores, and restaurants on Main Street and Danbury Road as … read more

Rotary Club collects $500,000 in grocery donations

The Rotary Club of Ridgefield was recognized by town leaders in front of Stop and Shop on Oct. 25 for racking up an estimated $500,000 in donated groceries from its monthly food drives. Social Services Director Tony Phillips said the project, which began in the fall of 2013, only missed two events due to weather or holidays out of 58 … read more

Town hires new assistant planner

In the midst of election madness, a new face joined the ranks of the Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Department. Daniel Robinson, 42, was hired as the town’s assistant planner on Oct. 30. The Bridgeport resident will replace the town’s previous assistant planner, Adam Schnell, who left to pursue a job in Florida back in March. “I was looking at a … read more

Zemo’s 36 apartments draw support from two

Two voices were raised in support of a pair of apartment buildings with 36 rental units — 11 of them “affordable units” — at public hearings Nov. 7 on two related projects at 86 Governor Street and 62 Prospect Ridge. “One comment on each application that was positive and supportive of bringing in more affordable housing,” Planning and Zoning Commission … read more

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

Fracking petition gets enough signatures for town meeting

Petitioners seeking an anti-fracking ordinance in town have collected the necessary amount of signatures for a town meeting. Michael Garguilo, who organized the petition earlier this fall, told The Press on Nov. 9 that he had collected 674 signatures — “well above the needed 2%” for a town meeting. “We could have got even more if we weren’t just dads … 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

Gender studies, ‘coaching’ among new classes planned at high school

What do robots and coaches have in common? They’re both going to be taught at Ridgefield High School during the 2019-20 school year. The Board of Education approved five new classes at RHS — Gender Studies, Fundamental Skills and Principles of Coaching, Robotics II, History through Film, and Multivariable Calculus. The gender studies proposal drew the most discussion from the … read more

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