Ridgefield police close field fire investigation after town receives donations for fix (UPDATE)

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m. — The Ridgefield Police Department has closed its investigation into who started the field fire at Governor Park without revealing any names of who was responsible for pouring gasoline and lighting it in attempt to make the field playable for the Ridgefield High School baseball team. “The Ridgefield Police Department has closed its investigation into this incident due to … read more

Jasminski helps curb summer learning loss, earns Gold Award

Ridgefield High School student Elizabeth Jasminski has created a website to curb summer learning loss. The website, Math and Science Summer Learning, has helped Jasminski earn a Girl Scout Gold Award. “Summer learning loss, also known as summer slide, is a significant problem that affects students’ performance in school,” she said. “During summer vacation, if kids are not actively learning … read more

Hands Off Our Schools forms political action committee

Hands Off Our Schools has launched an independent expenditure political action committee with the goal of raising money to advocate for local decision-making in education for all school districts within Connecticut. “Forced school regionalization does not improve our children’s education. It does not save taxpayers money and it hurts our communities,” said Chris DeMuth Jr., one of the organizers of … read more

Thrift Shop scholarships available for Ridgefield high seniors

The Ridgefield Thrift Shop is awarding five $2,000 scholarships this year. The scholarships are available to graduating seniors pursuing post-secondary education at a trade school, two-year college or four-year college in the fall. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 19. Applicants should visit ridgefieldthriftshop.com for details, and for a copy of the application. Applications can be mailed in or dropped off … read more

Fabbri and staff back coaching Ridgefield baseball team

As Ridgefield was taking on Trumbull Friday afternoon, Ridgefield coach Paul Fabbri and his coaching staff were being informed they could return. After a fire was set using gasoline as an accelerant in an attempt to dry off the infield at Governor’s Park Field April 6 prior to a game against Amity, Fabbri and two of his assistants, Tom Neville and Len … read more

New scoreboard goes up at Tiger Hollow

With a rattle of an impact driver and delicate balancing between a crane and cherry picker, Tiger Hollow’s new LED scoreboard was installed at the north end of the football field Wednesday, April 3. The screen, which has the capability to project live and pre-recorded video on the field, is one of three new boards being installed for the high … read more

Trucks, cameras, and repairs: $4.5 million capital budget goes to voters

Trucks and trees, servers and security cameras, computers, cardiac monitors, building repairs — with a modest $57,000 trim, a nearly $4.5 million capital spending budget was approved April 2 on a unanimous vote by the Board of Finance. Unlike the operating budgets that hit taxpayers next year, the capital spending is all financed with borrowing and repayment would be spread … read more

Flex days for staff work: Early dismissal preferred by staff and parents

It’ll be early dismissals, not later school starts, when the Ridgefield Public Schools have “flex days” for staff professional development — teacher training — over the next two years. Following a survey that found it was the preference of both parents and staff, Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Collins told the Board of Education’s April 8 meeting that he would … read more

American Legion to host essay contest

The American Legion honor guard that has been providing ceremony at funerals for veterans includes 11 members, and usually four attend a funeral. Shown are, from left Doug Clewell, Geoff Harrington, Dick Godbout, Chuck Trado, and Commander George Besse. —Macklin Reid photo

The American Legion Post 78 of Ridgefield is sponsoring an essay contest to promote the principles of Americanism and the responsibilities of citizenship. All Ridgefield High School seniors are eligible to participate. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners. Interested students may obtain information and contest entry forms from the RHS counseling office. Deadline for submissions is May 1.

NCL Class of 2019 seniors recognized, donate to Necessities

The mothers and daughters of the Nutmeg Chapter of the National Charity League celebrated their Senior Recognition Event for this year’s graduating class at a luncheon at Bernard’s Restaurant on April 7. Joining them was Necessities founder Maureen Lutz. The event, organized by co-chairs Sonia Girolamo and Michelle Porter, saluted the six years of mother and daughter community service. “It … read more

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