School closing, redistricting pushes education meeting to Scotts Ridge auditorium

High interest surrounding the school district’s decision to either close one of the town’s six elementary school or redistrict dozens of students has forced the Board of Education to meet at Scotts Ridge Middle School Monday night. According to an agenda that was sent out Friday, the board will meet in executive session from 6:30 to 7:30 to hear Superintendent … read more

Congregate Housing offers private apartments, shared meals

With its stonework and round tower, the town’s Prospect Ridge Congregate Housing facility — now approaching its 25th anniversary — looks like the private mansion it once was. But there’s a dorm-like feeling in dining room where senior citizens — mostly women — sit at tables, talking, eating the day’s hot meal. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s … read more

Route 7 brewery to get hearing Tuesday

A zoning regulation amendment that would establish a new special permit use for a “brewery” and “brew pub” within the town’s B-2 commercial zone will receive a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 in the town hall annex on East Ridge. The commission formally received the amendment application at its Dec. 6 meeting without … read more

Letter: Is our town meeting needs of the disabled?

Parking in a handicapped spot without a proper permit displayed can lead to a hefty fine. —Press photo

To the Editor: Ridgefield is renowned for the charm of its tree-lined village, but its real beauty lies in the town’s neighborly thoughtfulness. That’s why we were stunned to hear that most of the 50 or so persons at a recent Town Hall meeting on the Americans with Disabilities Act felt Ridgefield is not meeting its obligations. The belief gained … read more

Chief Tappe looks back

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. Chief Tappe has been acting chief since former Chief Heather Burford left the department for a Florida fire department.

“It’s been a long run,” former Fire Chief Kevin Tappe said, looking back on close to five decades of fire fighting and “a wonderful 10 years” as assistant chief and then chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department. Tappe spoke Thursday, Jan. 5, a day after the Board of Selectmen voted to formally accept his retirement, cutting short an investigation into … read more

Letter: ‘Violation’ hearing was ‘public’ hearing

To the Editor: The Dec. 29 Ridgefield Press article “Long-running wetlands dispute to get hearing” quotes Wetland Board Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti as stating, “This is not a public hearing, this is a violation hearing. It’s a slightly different standard of review and public input.”   In 2013, I reported that someone was blocking and diverting a stream away from my … read more

Eyes wide open: Substance abuse forum set for Feb. 1

The Ridgefield Prevention Council and the Ridgefield Library are sponsoring Eyes Wide Open:  A Community Forum about Substance Abuse on Wednesday February 1, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Ridgefield Library.  Open to the public.   Registration suggested www.ridgefieldlibrary.org This forum is an opportunity for the Ridgefield Community to hear from a diverse panel of local people involved in this issue, … read more

Walkable Branchville: Zoning regulations, sewers present challenges

Less traffic, more pedestrians. That’s the goal of the town’s Branchville transit oriented development (TOD), which was presented at the Ridgefield Library Thursday, Jan. 5. Francisco Gomes, an urban developer from the firm Fitzgerald and Halliday Inc., said that a year-long study of the area shows Branchville can be rehabilitated as an attractive and walkable village with a variety of … read more

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