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

Enrollment decline: Schools to look at five options Monday

Pull fifth grade out of the elementary schools, convert the middle schools to fit a fifth-through-eighth-grade configuration, and close an elementary school — that’s one of five options on the table for the Board of Education when it meets Monday night to examine solutions for the district’s ongoing enrollment decline. But will the board go through with closing one of … read more

2017 preview: Town has plans, and a spending cap

Bridges, budgets, Branchville, Schlumberger leases, and Main Street plans — Ridgefield has quite a bit going on in 2017. It’s also the year the state-imposed 2.5% cap on municipal spending increases kicks in, affecting the 2017-18 budget town officials are already working on. “To live within a 2.5% cap on expenses is going to be quite difficult,” First Selectman Rudy … read more

Frey appointed Senior Republican Whip; Ferguson sworn in for first time

State Rep. John Frey (R-111), was sworn in to represent Ridgefield for a tenth term in the Connecticut House of Representatives, while State Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-138) was sworn in for his first term in the State House. Rep. Frey, the longest-ever serving state legislator from Ridgefield, will continue to be an influential member of the House Republican caucus, having … read more

BassamFellows eyes Philip Johnson building

This building at Schlumberger is slated to be torn down. —Jake Kara Photo

The Board of Selectmen approved lease agreements for two buildings on the town’s former Schlumberger property — the Philip Johnson Building and the nearby auditorium  — at its meeting Wednesday night. Both leases are scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and a town meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Both meetings are expected to start at 7:30 in … read more

Town to celebrate suffragist Alice Paul

Suffragist Alice Paul will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the town hall’s lower-level conference room by the Ridgefield League of Women Voters. Paul, the author of the Equal Rights Amendment, had a home on Branchville Road from the 1940s to the 1970s. She was a leading figure in championing equal rights for women through the … read more

Neighbors to Mountainside: ‘We don’t want you here’

Property values, children’s safety, tax assessment, water and septic, traffic, lack of community support, and land use violations — those were some of the reasons residents gave at Tuesday night’s Planning and Zoning public hearing as they spoke in opposition to a proposed drug rehabilitation facility at 162 Old West Mountain Road. The commission heard from 11 speakers during the … read more

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