Main Street project pushed back a year

A renovated — and hopefully rejuvenated — Main Street is still seen as part of Ridgefield’s future. But it doesn’t look like it will be happening as soon as state and town officials had thought. “Everything’s pushed back a year,” said Charles Robbins, a Planning and Zoning Commission member tapped by First Selectman Rudy Marconi to serve as a liaison … read more

Top 10 taxpayers total over $433 million

Valued at more than $433 million, the town’s top 10 taxpayers range from an international corporation to a utility company’s land and equipment to a country club and a private horse farm, along with a mix of shopping centers, offices and apartment buildings. They are part of a more than $4.8 billion grand list of taxable property in Ridgefield, complied … read more

Tablao plans to open in former Fifty Coins storefront this spring

One of Main Street’s vacant storefronts will have a new tenant this spring. Tablao Wine Bar and Restaurant has announced plans to move into the former Fifty Coins space at 426 Main Street in downtown Ridgefield. Fifty Coins closed in 2016 and the location has remained unoccupied for three years. Tablao, which has a location in South Norwalk that opened … read more

Letter: ZBA on wrong side of solar debate

To the Editor: Thursday was decision time for the Zoning Board of Appeals on the appeal by a Canterbury Lane neighbor over placement of ground mounted solar panels on my friends’ property. The board agreed that the only two issues with the permit were the language surrounding the type of structure selected by the zoning enforcement officer and net metering … read more

Grand List: Town tax base grows — about half of one percent

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Ridgefield’s tax base is creeping closer to $5 billion. Growth of close to $29 million — or 0.6% — pushed the total assessed value of taxable property in town to $4,840,327,000 for the 2019-20 fiscal year.  The $28,872,000 increase in assessed value is projected to produce $802,000 in tax revenue to help cover costs of the roughly $148 million town … read more

Highway department navigates job cuts

A road crew from the town highway department was out on East Ridge filling potholes with cold patch on Monday. From left are Robert Sommerer, Jim Fortin and Evo Falcinelli. —Macklin Reid photo

Two job cuts saving $141,000 would lead to a nearly 7% decline in highway department spending in the $2.8 million proposed 2019-20 budget for the coming fiscal year. But the Board of Selectmen agreed to consider adding a position to the department’s crew of driver-laborers.  “Let’s talk about it, see what we can do, get creative,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi … read more

Marketing Ridgefield with Danbury? The idea has proponents

Fairfield County can become a tourist destination, and Ridgefield has a role to play in turning that dream into a reality.  That was the takeaway from a recent Economic and Community Development Commission discussion where developing a marketing strategy with other neighboring towns — and possibly cities — seemed to have its proponents.  “Everyone says Connecticut is in the dumps … read more

Web wizard Devine reappointed to town’s economic committee

John Devine, who led efforts to market Ridgefield community events in neighboring towns through targeted Facebook advertising, has been reappointed to the Economic and Community Development Commission. He also helps manage the economic commission’s website “You’ve done a remarkable job,” Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark told him. “The website alone is worth all the effort.” The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Jan. … read more

Jazz, Funk, and Blues Weekend: Second festival planned for September

Sax, horns, drums — Ridgefield is “in the mood” for the second annual Jazz, Funk, and Blues Weekend, which will be held over four days in September. The exact dates are still being worked out, according to Geoffrey Morris of the Economic and Community Development Commission. John Devine, the commission’s vice chairman, said the inaugural four-day festival last September had … read more

Playing computer games: Schools try to fix waning math scores

With the public school district’s math scores hitting a three-year low, computer games that track the players’ weaknesses in math are being proposed in the 2019-20 school curriculum budget. Math and science, specifically the state’s Next Generation Science test, are the main drivers behind the district’s request for $640,123 in curriculum spending. The curriculum budget is included in the $98.3 … read more

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