Schools question pay-to-participate fees

Junior quarterback Owen Matthews runs with the ball during a scrimmage in Newtown last week. — Andy Hutchison photo

Are the high school’s pay-to-participate fees a vital source of revenue or a burden on the district’s financially-strapped families? That was a question raised by Board of Education Vice Chairman Doug Silver during a discussion on the athletics budget at the board’s Sept. 11 meeting. “Is the pay for play system creating a hardship for families?” Silver asked Dane Street, … read more

Boy Scout builds recycling bins

New plastic bag and film recycling bins have replaced the dumpsters at the Ridgefield Recycling Center. Behind this improvement is Boy Scout Charlie Snow, at right, of Troop 76. As part of his community project to earn the rank of Eagle, Snow designed and managed the construction of two plastic collection bins located at the front of the recycling building. … read more

Door-to-door: Selectmen want to limit salesmen

Door-to-door selling has long been viewed with a mixture of annoyance and concern by some Ridgefielders, and now the selectmen have launched an effort to ban — or at least limit — the practice. “Generally speaking, people don’t want people going door to door,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the Board of Selectmen. The board quickly reached consensus after a … read more

Police, firefighter to host Safety Day Sept. 23

Folks snap shots of a helicopter at Safety Day in 2014 —Scott Mullin photo

The Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association, the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department and the Ridgefield Professional Firefighters Association will host the town’s annual Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of East Ridge Middle School Sunday, Sept. 23. The free event will feature a K-9 demonstration with Officer Shawn Murray and K-9 Loki. At 12:15, the Eagle … read more

Ridgefield property transfers: Sept. 4-Sept. 12

Ten houses worth a total of $9,240,000 changed hands in deeds filed with Town Clerk Wendy Lionetti from Sept. 4 to Sept. 12, with $23,100 collected in conveyance taxes. Transfers include: 26 McKeon Place: Rahul Malhotra and Kavita Jerath of Danbury to Megha Shah, Sept. 4, $628,000. 49 Bayberry Hill Road: Christopher Scarpati and Dolly Patterson to Philip and Melissa … read more

$48-million sewer plant gets hearing on Saturday

With costs projected at $48 million, the town’s sewer plant renovations may interest taxpayers as well as sewer users, and a public hearing on the plans is scheduled for this Saturday morning, Sept 22, at 10 in the lower level conference room in town hall. The town is anticipating $11.5 million in grants to support the project so the local … read more

New Street is getting a sidewalk

A sidewalk for New Street! After years of lobbying by residents, the town will be putting in a sidewalk along much of New Street, one of the village’s no-longer-so-quiet residential roadways. First Selectman Rudy Marconi said the project will probably be undertaken next year. The town has gotten a $365,000 “connectivity grant” from the state to finance the work. “Many … read more

Abandoning Skytop Road: Plans headed to town voters

Voters will be asked to legally abandon the undeveloped portion of Skytop Road as a town highway. The selectmen voted on Sept. 5 to send the road abandonment proposal — which was initiated by the Conservation Commission — to an Oct. 10 public hearing and an Oct. 24 town meeting. “This is to eliminate the road completely?” asked Selectman Bob … read more

Boys and Girls Club gets zoning variances to allow its expansion

With a vision of expanding the physical space, number of kids served, and breadth of programs offered, the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club won variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals Monday night, Sept. 17. “We’re really in the quiet planning phase of this whole thing,” said Boys and Girls Club executive director Michael Flynn. It’ll be a while before … read more

Odeen’s, town renew contract to feed golfers

Odeen’s BBQ will continue serving the needs of hungry and thirsty golfers. A one-year extension of Marshall Odeen’s agreement with the town for the restaurant concession at the Ridgefield Golf Course was unanimously approved by the Board of Selectmen at a recent meeting. The agreement, which had the support of the course’s golf pro, Frank Sergiovanni, extends Odeen’s concession through … read more