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

Ridgefield property transfers: Dec. 21-Dec. 27

One house, one condominium, and one lot worth a total of $1,196,000 changed hands in deeds filed with Town Clerk Barbara Serfilippi between Dec. 21 and 27. The town received $2,990 in conveyance taxes from the transfers, which included: 52 Scotts Ridge Road: Elizabeth Cappello of Saint James, N.Y., to Ashlar Historic Restoration LLC of Sophia Drive, Dec. 22, $211,000. … read more

Democrats to interview town committee candidates

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 Democratic Town Committee meeting on Jan. 12 in the large conference room on the lower level of Town Hall … read more

Pin It on Pinterest