Living History: A slice of life from 1929

Among the recent additions to the Ridgefield Historical Society’s collection is a 1929 scrapbook that beautifully details a year in the life of Ridgefield High School students at a time when the country and the world was on the precipice of great changes. The album was the meticulous work of Marion G. Scofield and it illustrates the ordinary lives of … read more

Letter: Beware of the new age Charter for Compassion

To the Editor: Further thought should be given to promoting the concept that a civil government bind itself to any Charter for Compassion. The “Charter,” found at, propounds an abstract, and thus civilly unworkable, “New Age” mysticism. Its text smacks of the institution of civil religion, abhorred under the First Amendment. It will inevitably lead to the mischiefs of … read more

Talking hospitality

With the welcoming word “hospitality,” the Planning and Zoning Commission began a discussion last week of whether it should make the town’s regulations — and specifically those in the commercial village district — more user-friendly for businesses offering overnight accommodations: hotels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts. It makes sense for the commission to look into this. Ridgefield used to have three nice inns. … read more

Democratic budget: Savings & stability

HB7424, the Democratic state budget bill, passed the House on June 3. Contrary to misinformation-spewing borrow-and-spend-Republicans, the Democratic budget holds taxes flat, pays down long-term liabilities, maintains funding for towns and schools, achieves important savings, and builds on and accelerates renewed economic and fiscal dynamism. Stabilizes and reforms growth-sapping fixed costs Saves $185 million in state employee and retiree health … read more

Letter: Distorted logic on parking

The irony that P&Z and the Parking Authority are considering regulating the number spots for certain downtown businesses rather than come up with a comprehensive plan to address the real issues is breathtaking. We all read about concerns of retail vacancies and the diminishing business base in town. Offering meaningless tax incentives to attract tenants are laughable as are costly … read more

Letter: Kill the town meeting?

Bill Davidson’s proposal to eliminate any meaningful activity by the town meeting (Letters, May 23) is puzzling, disturbing, and seemingly uninformed on the history of the town and state we call home. The Fundamental Orders for Connecticut of 1639 was possibly the first written constitution ever. Ridgefield has a 300-year history of town meetings making decisions that affect its people. … read more

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