No art cuts? School board plans to keep funding for teachers

There might not be any cuts to elementary art teachers after all.  Without a formal vote, the Board of Education said at its Feb. 11 meeting that it would seek to put $109,000 back into the proposed 2019-20 school budget after parents and staff protested a reduction in hours for the district’s six elementary art teachers. The additional funding for … read more

Pancake supper to benefit SafeRides of Ridgefield

Pancakes, a modern healthy recipe from Twins Judy and Joy.

SafeRides of Ridgefield will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on March 5 at the St. Stephen’s Church North Hall, 351 Main St., from 5 to 8 p.m. The dinner, which is open to the public, is SafeRides’s main fundraising event for the year. In addition to traditional pancakes and bacon, the menu will include healthier options. Although there … read more

Science Olympiad team brings home first place trophy

Every year, Science Olympiad teams across the state participate in Sacred Heart University’s annual Science Olympiad competition. Competitors work in teams to demonstrate their mastery of a wide range of STEM topics in Life Science, Earth/Space Science, Physical Science, Engineering, and Scientific Inquiry. This year, Ridgefield High School’s Science Olympiad team attended the Sacred Heart tournament on Feb. 9, taking … read more

Ridgefield High School unveils second quarter honor roll

Ridgefield High School has released the second-quarter honor roll for the 2018-19 school year. High Honors Grade 9 Steve Abraham, Megan Adakonis, James Ahern, Kavya Anand, Alexia Anglade, Brooke Axel, Joshua Barnett, Marguerite Bellotti, Evan Bellusci, Marley Bender, Alexander Blaha, Riley Blake, Griffin Blood, Aidan Bogursky, Alyssa Boxer, Abigail Breitenbach, Jada Briscoe, Lauren Brooks, Ella Brown, Emily Brown, Carl Browning, … read more

International volunteers: Nelson siblings serve others around the globe

For the past 19 months, Charlotte Nelson has served as a missionary in Kazakhstan and Russia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I loved helping and serving but I especially enjoyed getting to know people and teaching them about Jesus Christ,” Charlotte said. She was honorably released from her service as a missionary last week. Charlotte decided … read more

First Aid Badge: Local physician guides Girl Scouts

Local resident and Physician Dr. Lynne Savino, of Family Medical Associates, spent the afternoon guiding the Barlow Mountain Elementary School fourth grade Girl Scouts through a lesson on first aid and how to respond in a medical emergency. The Girl Scouts are working on earning their First Aid Badge and Dr. Savino helped the girls to identify different types of … read more

Tie a blanket: Girl Scout provides comfort to foster care children

Comfort is a moving target when being shuffled from house to house, without having anything tangible to hold onto and not knowing what the next place will bring. That’s why Ridgefield Girl Scout Bridget Kager has been making blankets and collecting backpacks for children in emergency foster care.  The Ridgefield High School senior and Saint Mary School alumni began thinking … read more

Hands Off Our Schools: Rally against regionalization to be held Feb. 23

A rally against Senate Bill 454 — the proposal to consolidate school districts in towns with fewer than 40,000 residents — will be held in front of Ridgefield’s Town Hall from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Ridgefield resident Liz Floegel is organizing the event, which has been dubbed the “hands off our schools” initiative. It’s expected to draw protesters from … read more

Young Patriot Award scholarships available to high school students

The Western Connecticut Military Officers Association (WCMOA) announced that Patriot Bank N.A will sponsor this year’s “Young Patriot Awards” given to local high school students who demonstrate leadership, academic success, community service, and an underlying love of our country. The WCMOA has bestowed the awards on local young people for 44 years, recognizing students who display these important values through … read more

Scotts Ridge security guard watches out for students — one high five at a time

Clarence Buie starts his day greeting Scotts Ridge Middle School students with what has become a time-honored ritual — a high five for each individual kid as they file through past his security guard desk. “It’s a door-opener,” Buie said as students shuffled through the halls last week. He’s developed something of a secret handshake with some of the students … read more

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