Walking paths could knit town together

After crossing the footbridge in foreground, the path around the Recreation Center property off Danbury Road would be extended by sidewalk improvements down Route 35 and a proposed extension along Farmingville Road would take it part of the way to a connection with the Rail Trail that goes from Halpin Lane to Branchville. —Macklin Reid photo

A proposed walkway between the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club and The Elms condominiums could provide another recreation option for walkers and joggers in town. First Selectman Rudy Marconi briefly mentioned the idea to the Planning and Zoning Commission at a recent meeting. Marconi said a resident had approached him about “an idea to create an in-town walkway from the … read more

Planners want new lot before changing parking rules

  With more parking spaces on the way — construction of a new 60-car lot is expected to start this summer, and a smaller lot is in the planning stages — the Planning and Zoning Commission isn’t eager to tighten village parking rules. “I’m not hearing any support to amend the regulations at this point,” P&Z Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti told … read more

Police search for driver who fled I-84 accident in Danbury

State police are looking for a driver who fled the scene of an accident in Danbury that backed up I-84 westbound traffic for miles and hours Thursday morning. There was a two-vehicle crash, involving a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu LS and 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, just before Exit 4 around 3:44 a.m. The Trailblazer sideswiped the Malibu, causing both vehicles to leave … read more

Town plan: Ridgefielders will have a chance to weigh in Tuesday

Hotels, walking trails, plans to revitalize Branchville — all those topics and more will be up for discussion during a public hearing to discuss Ridgefield’s Plan of Conservation and Development on Tuesday, June 18. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the town hall annex, 66 Prospect St. It is the fourth in a series of … read more

Route 35 crash sends three to hospital

Three Ridgefield drivers were taken to the hospital, Saturday, June 1, after a three-car accident on Route 35, near the Old Danbury Road intersection. Police responded to the scene at 9:51 p.m., a report said. All of the people involved in the crash were taken to the hospital by the Ridgefield Fire Department. The victims were a 71-year-old female resident … read more

Downsizing: Does the town want to buy SPHERE bus?

SPHERE, Special People’s Housing Education Recreation and Employment, would like to replace the bus its been using with a more economical van. And it’s offering the town a chance to buy the 20-passenger bus —which the town uses two days a week to give rides around town to seniors, people with disabilities, and other folks in need of transportation. “The … read more

Rail lines will have positive train control by year’s end


Branch line commuters will start the new year on safer trains. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office announced on Dec. 19 that every passenger rail line in Connecticut will have positive train control (PTC) installed on their systems by Dec. 31, fulfilling a recently enacted requirement by the Federal Railroad Administration for every passenger rail line in the country to implement … read more

Board to discuss school start times Monday

Later school start times are back on the agenda for the Monday, Dec. 10, Board of Education meeting. Chairwoman Margaret Stamatis said the board will discuss a busing scenario that will return the schools to a three-tier bus system. Under that scenario, five of the elementary schools would start first at 8 a.m. — about 35 minutes later than the … read more

Fracking ban sparks debate, consensus eludes selectmen

Fracking — the hydraulic fracturing process used to help get hard-to-reach oil and gas out of the ground — and proposals aimed against fracking, and reuse of its wastes and byproducts, seem to have Ridgefield’s Board of Selectmen stymied. At their first meeting in September, the selectmen again delayed action on a proposed ban on use, storage, disposal or transportation … read more

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