Winter Club backlash: Police confirm reports of stolen signs

The Ridgefield Police Department has received at least three reports of stolen  signs that oppose the proposed Ridgefield Winter Club. The yellow signs, which read either “No Ice Rink On Peaceable” or “Protect Residential Zoning,” were put up by opponents of the proposed outdoor skating rink at 340 Peaceable Street — the former location of the Pinchbeck Nursery and most recently Peaceable … read more

Pictorial visitors map will promote the town

“It’s sort of a whimsical, not-to-scale map,” said Ellen Burns. Books on the Common gave her a perspective, and a map depicting a corner store view of Ridgefield that will be available to the rest of town — and folks from farther off. “At the bookstore, being so centrally located, and open seven days a week, we get an enormous … read more

Democratic View: I hear you

Since announcing my candidacy for 111th District state representative, I have continuously expressed my desire to speak with you at meetings, on your doorsteps, at events, and by telephone. I told you I would listen. I have listened. I won’t stop. You told me your concerns. And boy, do you have concerns — serious, well-informed concerns. Here’s some of what … read more

Voters broaden economic commission’s charge

Without no debate or dissent, a Town Meeting changed the name and slightly expanded the duties of what is now officially called the Economic and Community Development Commission — or ECDC. Under the change, the economic commission may now accept private money and use it to promote events going on in town, with the permission of the event organizers. About … read more

How many voted in the primaries? Registrar’s report 25% turnout

One out of every four registered Ridgefield Republicans voted in yesterday’s Gubernatorial primary. Across the aisle, turnout was pretty much exactly the same with 1,423 out of 5,408 registered Ridgefield Democrats (26.3%) turning out at the polls to support Ned Lamont’s bid for state governor. Lamont won in a landslide in Ridgefield —1,312 votes to Joe Ganim’s 97, and he … 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

Charter ballot questions approved by selectmen

Substantial charter changes, administrative adjustments, clarifications of debated language — nine ballot questions that would enact a wide range of proposals put forward by the Charter Revision Commission were approved Monday, Aug. 13, by the Board of Selectmen. The selectmen’s final approval means the ballot questions will be put before town voters at the November election. Aside from the extensively … read more

Affordable housing: 30 units planned on Danbury Road

A 30-unit, 45-bedroom, age-restricted affordable housing project is being planned on a little over three acres off Danbury Road, in a single three-story building with gables, dormers and porches facing across Route 35 toward the north driveway of the Fox Hill condominiums. The site — 233 Danbury Road — backs up toward Founders Hall. The developers, CGP at Danbury Road … read more

Selectmen pass potential wetlands board split to voters

After listening to months of arguments for and against separating the Planning and Zoning Commission from the Inland Wetlands Board, the Board of Selectmen decided at its meeting Monday night to let the voters decide. The question will be placed on November’s ballot along with several other proposed changes from the Charter Revision Commission, which has been meeting since January to … read more

Wendy Lionetti will be next town clerk

It’s Wendy! Wendy Gannon Lionetti, longtime administrator in First Selectman Rudy Marconi’s office, has been named Ridgefield’s next town clerk. “Weny has worked with me in my office for the last 14 years,” Marconi said at the selectmen’s meeting Monday night, Aug. 13. “…She’s been through a lot.” A burst of applause greeted the announcement that Lionetti was the choice … read more