Scrabble coach named ‘Person of the Year’

Cornelia Guest, a Scrabble coach at the Ridgefield Library, was named the North American Scrabble Players Association’s (NASPA) Person of the Year this summer. Guest was honored at the North American Scrabble Championship in Buffalo in August, and was recognized for her work coaching and expanding opportunities for youth players in the United State. Guest, who heads the NASPA Youth … read more

Schools hire assistant superintendents

Two hires down, two more to go. The Board of Education voted to hire Craig Creller as assistant superintendent of Ridgefield Public Schools at a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14. Creller most recently worked for the Norwalk Public School district as an interim chief academic officer. “He was responsible for closing the achievement gap, planning professional development activities, improving preschool … read more

Ridgefield resident Avery Siburn to star in Newsies this weekend

Nine-year-old Aislyn Reilly of Redding said she is “really good” at accents. Aislyn was able to demonstrate her New York accent last weekend, and will do so again this weekend, starring as a Bronx newsie in the musical “Newsies.” “Newsies,” which debuted last weekend, will run Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, … read more

Scotland hires William Santarsiero as interim principal

William Santarsiero will serves as interim principal of Scotland Elementary School this fall. Ridgefield Public Schools hired Santarsiero at a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 7. Santarsiero has served as principal of Morris Street Elementary School in Danbury for 21 years. “He is kind, passionate, compassionate, and always places students at the center of his decision-making. He is beloved in his … read more

Ms President US awards senior scholarships

Ms President US has proudly awarded scholarships to two exemplary high school girls who served as Mentors throughout the girls’ civic leadership program: Jennifer Gordon and Erin Hanlon. Both Gordon and Hanlon made a significant contribution to the success of the Ms President US program by consistent and ongoing support of the girls enrolled. Gordon assisted with nearly every session, among … read more

RHS rising senior raises $1,910 for Healing Hearts

A Volleyball-A-Thon was held last month to raise money for Healing Hearts Recreational, a non-profit organization located in Stamford benefitting young adults with special needs. The event was created by Ava Fazio, a rising senior at Ridgefield High School and varsity volleyball player.  She has been working with the adolescents and young adults at Healing Hearts Recreational in Stamford for … read more

Kindness Rocks garden unveiled at Branchville Elementary School

In a collaboration with Ridgefield CT Rocks, the local chapter of the worldwide Kindness Rocks project, a garden of rocks now surrounds the flagpole outside of Branchville Elementary School.   The rocks were painted and placed by students at the annual fifth grade picnic this June. Rocks were painted for the fifth-grade teachers and special rocks, emphasizing Branchville’s “Choose Kind” … read more

Ridgefield High School student creates baseball equipment drive to help underprivileged kids

Will Carbonari, a rising junior at Ridgefield High School, has created a baseball equipment drive to benefit children who do not have the means to purchase equipment to play the sport. Will is collecting used bats, gloves, helmets, baseballs, catcher’s gear and cleats for a non-profit organization called Pitch in For Baseball whose mission is to collect used baseball equipment … read more

Temporary field lights at Scotts Ridge get another five years

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a revised special permit for Scotts Ridge Middle School to use four mobile light towers to illuminate the school’s turf field for the next five years at its July 17 meeting. The commission had originally voted last summer to allow the school to use the lights for one year, Planning and Zoning Director Richard … read more

Scotland principal resigns, search for interim to begin next month

Joanna Genovese has resigned from her position as principal of Scotland Elementary School. Scotland parents called for Genovese’s dismissal at a Board of Education meeting in late June, citing negligence to children’s safety in school and inappropriate behavior on social media. The public school system announced soon after that meeting they were investigating Genovese. Interim superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote, who took over … read more