Fall In Love With Ridgefield: Pumpkins painting, popcorn tasting to spark village

Hayrides, scarecrows, and scavenger hunts — it’s time to Fall In Love With Ridgefield once again. The annual fall festival presented by the Downtown Ridgefield kicks off Friday, Oct. 19, in the afternoon with the Keeler Tavern’s scarecrow contest and runs through Saturday, Oct. 20, with with popcorn tasting around the village. The popcorn contest harmonizes this year’s festival with … read more

Conservation Commission member, alternate change their spots

A switcheroo by two Conservation Commission members won the approval of Board of Selectmen. Conservation Commission member Kitsey Snow and commission alternate Daniel Levine agreed to switch roles — she became an alternate, and he took over as a full-time commission member. The change was prompted by the Snow’s desire to reduce — but not end — her work for … read more

Sturges Properties plan to convert Tigers’ Den into apartments

Conversion of the former Tigers’ Den restaurant to five apartments and an office is the central feature of an application accepted by Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday, Oct. 9. It has been scheduled for a Dec. 4 pubic hearing.. The proposal is by the Sturges Properties, which purchased 23 Catoonah Street — the retail and office building housing Nancy O’s … read more

WPCA to host public information meeting on sewer renovation plan Wednesday night

Wednesday night’s Water Pollution Control Authority’s (WPCA) agenda includes: Presentation and question and answer session regarding the Town’s Wastewater Facilities Upgrade Project. Planning for the upgrade and capital needs of the town’s wastewater facilities has been underway for several years, with upgrades now proposed with a funding approval referendum vote scheduled for November 2018, a press release from the WPCA … read more

Zoning commission to host third Ridgefield Winter Club hearing Tuesday

The third public hearing for the Ridgefield Winter Club (RWC) — a proposed private skating club at 340 Peaceable Street — will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of East Ridge Middle School. Rebecca Mucchetti, chairwoman of the town Planning and Zoning Commission, said that the RWC will open the meeting … read more

The Gym on Grove Street shuts down

The Gym, located at 66 Grove Street, had its business operations suspended by the State of Connecticut Thursday, Oct. 11. Ridgefield Tax Collector Jane Berendsen-Hill said the business had not paid its taxes for the third quarter, missing its July installment that would have covered the months of July, August, and September. The business pays yearly taxes of $1,725.84 — … read more

$500,000 Chef’s Warehouse lease approved by selectmen

The impressive brick Venus Municipal Building is losing its second biggest tenant, the RVNA, whose door is at right behind the parked car. One inquiry about the space came from the building’s biggest tenant, Chefs’ Warehouse, which uses the main door at left. — Macklin Reid photo

A lease bringing the town roughly $500,000 a year and giving Chef’s Warehouse use of the Venus Municipal Building’s entire second floor — excluding the wing with the Town Hall Annex — has been approved by the Board of Selectmen. The lease runs for five years through fall 2023, with rents rising from $495,652 for the first year to $526,265 … read more

$48-million sewer plant renovation will be discussed Oct. 17

With a $48-million sewer plant renovation on the November ballot, the town is planning its second public information meeting this fall on project. Plans for the sewer plant project will be discussed Wednesday, Oct. 17, starting at 7 p.m. in town hall’s large lower level conference room. The Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) will conduct the meeting. “WPCA members will … read more

Branchville Elementary School to close early Friday

Branchville Elementary School will close early Friday, Oct. 12. The school has been operating under partial power following Thursday’s storm. “Teaching and learning has continued throughout the morning, but now we have lost water pressure and need to conduct an early emergency dismissal at noon,” Ridgefield Public Schools tweeted Friday shortly after 11:30 a.m. Branchville is located at 40 Florida Road … read more

Race for 111th District: Frey, Berger-Girvalo face off at debate (VIDEO)

Economic issues — the state income tax, corporations leaving Connecticut, a $15 minimum wage — joined questions about concerns, like gay rights and early voting, at the League of Women Voters’ debate on Oct. 2. A crowd approaching 200 filled the Ridgefield Library’s program room, with folks standing the back for the debate featuring six candidates from three local legislative … read more