Ridgefield’s Historic District gives South Hall protection, commission rules

St. Stephen’s Church property — including South Hall, which the church is looking into potentially selling — lies within Ridgefield’s Historic District, affording considerable protections against any plans a future owner might have that involve altering the building’s historic look, or demolishing it. “St. Stephens is definitely in the Ridgefield Historic District, and it’s under the purview of Historic District … read more

Jesse Lee ASP seeks contributions for record-setting trip

Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is seeking contributions to help rent all the vehicles needed to transport another new record number of volunteers to Appalachia this summer. The second-largest local ASP organization in America, Jesse Lee ASP has 281 local teens and adults ready to travel to Appalachia June 29-July 7 to make homes there warmer, safer and drier. … read more

St. Stephen’s to host Memorial Day barbecue

Location. Location. Location. The real estate mantra applies equally to St. Stephen’s Church’s 351 Main Street location. It’s a perfect spot for viewing the Memorial Day Parade and for enjoying a barbecue before, during and after the parade. Proceeds from the church event will fund its annual week-long Youth Mission Trip, H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Endure). This year’s destination is … read more

Giving Thanks: Home after nine months

  To the Editor: One year ago, I, Brad Owens and my wife, Wendy, lost our mobile home in Danbury because of the macro burst on May 15, 2018. What could have been a horrible, traumatic time was nine months of blessings thanks to many wonderful people, loving friends of Jesse Lee United Methodist Church and the blessed leaders at … read more

Rabbi David Reiner finds barbed wire, asylum claims in Mexico

Mothers feeding their babies behind barbed wire with hundreds of people, a line of cars stretching as far as the eye can see, waiting for hours to go back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border, and migrants from Africa, Mexico and Asia, including the Indian subcontinent, detained in cell blocks where they make $1 a day — just another day … read more

Msgr. Bronkiewicz to retire from St. Mary Parish

After nearly half a century of Masses and 16 years leading the historic Catholic Church in Ridgefield center, Monsignor Laurence Bronkiewicz has announced his retirement as pastor of St. Mary Parish. He’ll hand over the keys to the church to a new pastor — as yet unnamed — on July 31. But he’ll continue his work “I’ll be retiring as … read more

Diocese pays out $3.55 million in abuse settlements

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport has agreed to pay $3.55 million to five men who claim in lawsuits they were sexually abused as children by priests. The claimed abuse occurred from the late 1980s to the early 2000s by three priests, Rev. Walter Coleman, Rev. Robert Morrissey and Rev. Larry Jensen, in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury and Ridgefield. The settlements … read more

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