Mobile food pantry cancelled for June 14

The Connecticut Food Bank’s mobile food pantry scheduled for Friday June 14 has been cancelled, according to the town social services director. Town residents in need can access the food pantry at town hall from 8:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, director Tony Philips said in an email. First Congregational Church also has a food pantry available by … read more

Planning and Zoning: more houses on smaller access roads

An accessway — a kind of shared driveway used to reach houses without building a full road— may now legally serve up to five house lots, an increase over the previous limit of three. The Planning and Zoning Commission raised the limit Tuesday night, June 4, approving related amendments to both the zoning regulations and the subdivision regulations. An accessway … read more

Town plan: Ridgefielders will have a chance to weigh in Tuesday

Hotels, walking trails, plans to revitalize Branchville — all those topics and more will be up for discussion during a public hearing to discuss Ridgefield’s Plan of Conservation and Development on Tuesday, June 18. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the town hall annex, 66 Prospect St. It is the fourth in a series of … read more

Schools eye tuition hike for non-resident students

Ridgefield Public Schools are considering a hike in tuition for students from out-of-town, according to documents from a recent school board meeting. The new cost to families of out-of-district kids would see tuition increase to $5,077 per year, a jump of just under six percent, or $277 over the current school year. The tuition is calculated as 30 percent of … read more

Jazz Funk and Blues Weekend taking shape

It’s back — Ridgefield’s second annual Jazz, Funk, and Blues Weekend will be held over the weekend of Sept. 5-8. “There will be event on Thursday night, CHIRP will be a jazz-related event. Friday night, the Aldrich Museum is having an event at the end of their museum hours from 3-5 [p.m.],” said Geoffrey Morris, of the Economic and Community … read more

Schools may cut it close but don’t expect to go over budget

The Ridgefield public schools have spent the bulk of their $95 million school budget for the 2018-19 school year, but say they’re still expecting to end the year without the need for a special appropriation from the Board of Finance. “Considering all known factors, we are continuing to project that the Board of Education will finish the budget year with … read more

Embracing compassion as the Ridgefield way

The blossoming of Ridgefield as a more compassionate community — a town where people strive to treat their fellow humans with understanding and respect, and contribute to goodness and peace in the world — is the goal of a gathering Sunday. And anyone interested is invited, for compassion moves in every human heart. “We may not be born saints, but … read more

Town as a brand? Selectmen like idea, ponder cost

Creating and publicizing a Ridgefield brand — telling the story of the town, and why it’s a place people want live and work — is a concept the selectmen all support. But committing $80,000 of taxpayer’s money to a digital initiative advancing the RIdgefield brand? Well, that’s a tougher sell. One selectman walked out on the board’s May 26 meeting, … read more

Continue the deer hunt? Public hearing is June 5

Is deer hunting the slaughter of innocents? A time honored tradition connecting today’s suburbanites to more rugged forebears who struggled to tame the wilderness? A sensible response to the proliferation of tick-borne diseases from deer-borne ticks? All of the above? Ridgefielders will be invited to share their widely varying opinions on the town deer hunt at a public hearing called … read more

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