Police search puts RHS on lockdown; suspect in custody

Tiger Hollow Stadium at Ridgefield High School before the Connecticut Class L Girls Lacrosse quarterfinal. — Joshua Fisher photo

Police detained a 22-year-old man outside of a Craigmoor Road home at 2:11 p.m. following a hour-long search in the woods near Ridgefield High School. RHS students were being asked to stay in the building as police searched for the suspect, who has been arrested several times in New York. The department’s K9 officer was searching the woods behind Tiger Hollow, … read more

Town’s fiscal health shows in audit report

No alarms bells were set off by the auditors’ report. The town brought in more money than it spent in the last fiscal year, and independent auditors judge the town’s financial books for 2015-16 to be accurate. That’s the bottom line for Ridgefield’s 2015-16 fiscal year — from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016 — as reviewed by the … read more

Zoners wait to approve Golf Performance Center changes

Proposed renovations on golf greens and sand traps at the Golf Performance Center are on hold. The Planning and Zoning Commission heard from golf course architect Tad King, who represents owner Roger Knick, at its Jan. 17 meeting. “The application was looked at favorably, but we want to see all the conditions laid out and addressed before we vote and … read more

Lounsbury House hangs new sign on Main Street

The new Lounsbury House sign displays the mansion’s logo, approved by the Board of Selectmen last year. Officers of the 120-year-old house feel the name Lounsbury House better represents the organization’s purpose — to provide a comfortable home for weddings and local celebrations. The Lounsbury House became the town’s community center 60 years ago.

Citizen Police Academy begins again March 28

The Citizen Police Academy returns for its third year Tuesday, March 28, to connect the community and the police by educating participants about various aspects of police work. Participants will gain insight into how their police department works and provides services to the community. Crime scene investigation, firearms, TASER, speed enforcement, DUI enforcement, search and seizure and department history — … read more

Ridgefield property transfers: Jan. 18-25

What would you do with a bag of money?

Nine houses and one condominium worth a total of $6,207,500 changed hands in deeds filed with Town Clerk Barbara Serfilippi between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. The town received $15,518 in conveyance taxes from the transfers, which included: 47 New Street: Ryan McCaffrey of Philadelphia, Pa., to Maureen Fawcett of Brookfield, Jan. 18, $585,000. 32 Harding Drive: Susan Bahr to … read more

Fire chief search starts soon

Finding a new fire chief is a process. Should the selectmen promote from within or seek applications from “outside” for a position with a salary range from $93,000 to $135,000? Must the chief live nearby? “There have been a few comments made about ‘Why do we have to go outside?’ But that’s up to the board,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi … read more

Democratic Town Committee to interview candidates Feb. 9

The Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee will interview candidates to fill a vacancy on the committee for the remainder of the 2016–18 term.   The process is open to Ridgefield residents who are registered Democrats. Interviews will be conducted at the regular DTC meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, in the small conference room on the lower level of Town Hall at 8 … read more

Alternating one-way traffic returns to Route 35 Wednesday through Friday

Alternating one-way traffic is scheduled at the state’s Route 35 construction site Wednesday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 3. Ryan Wodjenski, a site manager with the state’s transportation department, told The Press Monday, Jan. 30, the delays will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. between the Fox Hill Condos entrance and the rec center driveway. Lane-shifting started at the Route … read more

Condo sales double, prices up in fourth quarter

Unlike Ridgefield houses, the price of a condominium is increasing. From 2015 to 2016, the average sale price rose 28% — $290,326 to $370,409. In the fourth quarter, the average sales price rose 27% — from $294,139 in 2015 to $374,377 in 2016. While only one more condo sold in 2016 — 62 total — compared to last year, the … read more

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