First-ever Hanukkah walk on Main Street draws big crowd

The first ever Hanukkah walk on Main Street took place last week. Children and adults made stops at all the participating Main Street shops, including Debra Ann’s, Squash’s, Neumann Real Estate, Toy Chest and KaFo, where they enjoyed special holiday-themed foods. The walk continued to the menorah, where live music got everyone in the Hanukkah spirit. Ridgefield Police Chief Jeff … read more

Jesse Lee to host four candlelight Christmas Eve services

Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church offers four opportunities to worship in candlelight services on Christmas Eve. Traditional services will be held in the sanctuary at 4 and 6 p.m. A contemporary service will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Carriage House, at the far end of the church parking lot. And all are welcome to a traditional service … read more

Called to the care of souls at Ridgebury’s little church

Being called to the care of souls — other people’s souls — comes from deep, with roots reaching far back. It’s not a job, it’s a way of life. “I knew that I was called to the ministry when I was 12 years old,” said the Rev. Deborah Rundlett, the new pastor of Ridgebury Congregational Church. The church had gone … read more

More menorahs in Ridgefield shop windows this year

Shops are putting menorahs in their windows in the downtown village — more of them than last year. Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray of Congregation Shir Shalom said business owners were not at all reluctant to put a Jewish symbol in their window in the wake of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. “I think if possible … read more

Pittsburgh shooting: Community leaders call for ‘compassion’

Town leaders called for compassion and civility Monday, Oct. 29, during an interfaith vigil to remember those killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend. First Selectman Rudy Marconi urged residents gathered in the sanctuary room of Congregation Shir Shalom to consider how the community can “begin teaching the younger generation about compassion rather than competition.” “We’ve seen more swastikas … read more

Diocese launches investigation of clerical sex abuse of minors

A retired judge who is not a Catholic will lead an investigation of sexual abuse of minors by clergy throughout the 65-year history of the Diocese of Bridgeport at the request of Bishop of Bridgeport Frank J. Caggiano. Judge Robert Holzberg will serve as counsel and lead investigator for a “clerical sexual abuse accountability investigation” commissioned by the bishop. “Judge … read more

Letter: Covering up crimes against children is a horrible evil

To the Editor: I was born and raised in a strict Catholic home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After attending an eight year parochial school, I attended North Catholic High School and graduated in 1986. There was one priest from my parochial school who was not only named in the report made by the Pennsylvania Grand Jury, but later charged and convicted … read more

New lawsuits allege sex abuse by priests

Five new lawsuits charging sexual abuse of minors by priests were filed against the Diocese of Bridgeport last week — including one alleging sexual misconduct by the late Father Robert Morrissey during his time as pastor of St. Mary Church in Ridgefield. “During the 1990s, Morrissey sexually assaulted, sexually battered, and sexually exploited the plaintiff, Edward Doe, thereby causing him … read more

Sen. Boucher to be honored by Jewish Federation of Connecticut

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26)

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) will honored in December by the Jewish Federation of Connecticut (JFACT). She will be recognized for her work on education legislation at JFACT Fund’s annual “Night at the Theater” fundraiser on December 16. As co-chair of the legislature’s Education Committee, Sen. Boucher played an active role in shepherding Public Act 18-24 through the legislative process. … read more

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