New fire chief: Town expects hiring process to last through spring

New Ridgefield Fire Department Chief Kevin Tappe, left, with Jerry Myers, who was named assistant chief, filling the position left by Chief Tappe. —Macklin Reid photo

It’ll likely be late spring, early summer by the time Ridgefield has a new fire chief. “Hopefully, May, June — it depends on all the pieces working together,” said Laurie Fernandez, the town human resources director. Fernandez is putting together a process for the Board of Selectmen to follow in filling the position, which has a salary range of $93,500 … read more

Rotted Main Street lampposts come down

Rotted by salt used as a winter ice-melter, four period lampposts on Main Street have been taken down, and seven or eight others — maybe more — will likely have to be replaced. “We’re going to be replacing probably a minimum of a dozen,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. Where’s the funding come from? Marconi doesn’t know — yet. “They’re … read more

John Devine: Economics commission wants 'business-friendly' town

Easing the climate for business growth in town and capitalizing on Ridgefield’s attractions as an arts and cultural destination are goals John Devine articulated as he was reappointed to the Economic and Community Development Commission by the selectmen Feb. 8. “The arts are a real asset, and the village,” Devine told the selectmen. In terms of making the town more … read more

Letter: Students don’t need later start times

To the Editor: Again, and almost every recent year, we are reading about all the ideas and studies going on at taxpayers’ expense with regard to delaying school start time for our high school students by approximately half an hour. The administrative time this has taken, along with planning costly re-routing of all the buses, have added even more expense. … read more

Main Street improvement: State planners to float ideas Tuesday

Toned-down in deference to town aesthetic concerns, a concept for improving Main Street will be aired by state planners before village merchants and landlords — as well as town officials and the general public — next week. The gathering is Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 in town hall. It is not a public hearing in the official sense, but rather … read more

Start times talk looms loud at budget hearing

Lobbying for later school start times joined a wide range of concerns — science curriculum, special education spending, a possible school closing — as speakers at Saturday’s public hearing reacted to Superintendent Karen Baldwin’s $93.5-million budget request, which would increase school spending by 3.48% in 2017-18. “Every day we delay in implementing better start times we are hurting our children’s … read more

Battle of Ridgefield: Signs raised for 240th anniversary reenactment

Battle of Ridgefield

Signs are up around the downtown area for the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield, which will be re-enacted at Keeler Tavern Museum Saturday, April 29. The re-enactment will be sponsored and hosted by the 1777 Wooster-Sons of Liberty Foundation, and Jerusalem 49 Masonic Lodge of Ridgefield. “This is the closest you will come to being there 240 years … read more

Letter: Ridgefield is not alone in facing substance abuse

To the Editor: The Ridgefield Prevention Council thanks the community for attending the recent Substance Abuse Community Forum to learn more about substance abuse issues in Ridgefield. We would also like to thank our co-sponsor, the Ridgefield Library, for its support, and our panelists for sharing their time and experience. The goal of the Eyes Wide Open forum was to … read more

First-floor retail rule: Finding the carrot, not the stick

Many Ridgefield residents would rather go to Westport or New Canaan to spend an afternoon shopping and dining, and that, said landlords, is why retail space in the downtown is not in high demand. That was one of the main takeaways from Tuesday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, where 50 people — selectmen, landlords, residents, and retailers — spoke … read more

Town postpones special meeting with Boucher, Frey to March 4

First Selectman Rudy Marconi has announced the Board of Selectmen’s special meeting with Senator Toni Boucher and State Representatives Michael Ferguson (R-138) and John Frey (R-111) has been postponed to Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. in the lower level conference room in Town Hall. The meeting was initially scheduled to take place this Saturday, Feb. 25. The only item … read more

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