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

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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

Post office to host passport event

The Ridgefield Post Office will host a passport event Saturday, Aug. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. at its headquarters at 26 Catoonah Street. Residents looking for a new passport should bring a long-form birth certificate or naturalization certificate with front and back photocopy. Also needed is a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license. Photos will be offered … read more

Town to seek money from homeowners after Richardson Drive floods in April, June

Two mudslides near the intersection of Richardson Drive and Ashbee Lane — one in mid-April and another in late June — caused $10,000 in cleanup costs, and a Richardson Drive couple might be responsible for covering the bill. According to files at the town’s planning office, Zoning Enforcement Officer Richard Baldelli and Wetlands Agent Beth Peyser visited the home of … read more

Police remind bikers, drivers of road responsibilities

Ridgefield police have outlined the following responsibilities for bike riders and drivers. Responsibilities of cyclists include: Every person riding a bicycle upon the travel portion of the roadway shall be granted the rights and subject to the duties applicable to the driver of any vehicle. Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of … read more

Republicans to host town traffic talk on June 22

The Ridgefield Republican Town Committee will host a forum at the library on Saturday, June 23, from 10 to noon to discuss town traffic issues. Chairwoman Hope Wise said that the forum is non-political. Joseph Savino, a member of the Police Commission, police Chief John Roche, and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission will attend the forum.

Friday power outage report: Eversource aims for 95% restoration by Saturday

The following message was sent out to residents by First Selectman Rudy Marconi at 2:45 Friday, May 18. Please steer clear of Eversource crews and allow them to continue restoration efforts without interruption. Eversource reports that their goal is to have 95% restoration by midnight, Saturday, (5/19). Report outages to Eversource at 800-286-2000, even if you have reported earlier. All … read more

Man killed on tracks near West Haven Metro North station Thursday morning

A 27-year -old man was killed early Thursday morning east of the West Haven Metro North station according to the MTA. Just after 6  a.m.  an unauthorized person on the tracks was fatally struck by an Amtrak train according to Nancy Gamerman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The incident caused  train delays in and out of New Haven of up … read more

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