Ridgefield police shutdown Route 116 following utility pole crash

Route 116 in Ridgefield is closed down after a car struck an utility pole around 9:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The accident happened near Barrack Hill Road. One person is reported injured. Police said it is unclear when the road will be reopened, because utility companies still need to assess the site of the crash.

Costs, capacity concerns discussed at sewer hearing

Who’ll shoulder the bulk of the $48 million projected cost of the sewer plant renovation? How can the burden be fairly shared between houses, condos, commercial properties hooked up to the sewer system — properties that directly benefit — and homes off the sewer lines, whose only use of the plant comes once every few years when their septic systems … 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

Helicopters to inspect power lines

Eversource is conducting aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment in Connecticut using a helicopter with special heat-sensing imaging equipment. The overhead inspections allow the energy company to cover vast distances while capturing images not visible to the naked eye. These images identify potential problems with electric lines and related equipment so the company can make any necessary repairs or upgrades … read more

Fire chief advises residents on preparing for emergencies

A full bathtub, a LED flashlight, a tank of gas — those were just some of the things town agencies advise residents to have on hand in case of a storm or other emergency. But for senior citizens living in this suburban town that sometimes feels more rural than urban, disaster preparation means stocking up on things like oxygen tanks, … read more

Scotland fiber optic cable damage could cost $100,000 to repair

Repairing four lines of fiber optic cable between Scotland and Barlow Mountain elementary schools could cost the district anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000, Acting Superintendent Robert Miller told the school board June 11. Miller, who also serves as the district technology director, said that technicians have narrowed down the location of the break. They believe the damage may have been … read more

Zoning commission OKs release of bond of dam at Taylor’s Pond

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the release of a $40,000 bond for the upkeep of a dam at Taylor’s Pond, off of Limestone Road, at its May 22 meeting. The bond was originally posted in 1986 as part of an agreement to subdivide the roughly 29-acre parcel of land, Planning and Zoning Director Richard Baldelli explained at the meeting. … read more

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

Eversource: 1,404 residents without power

  Almost 24 hours after Winter Storm Quinn began, 1,404 Ridgefield residents remain without power, according to Eversource’s website. That’s about 13% of the power company’s customers in town without service at about 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 8. Eversource Media Representative Mitch Gross said crews are looking at a multi-day recovery effort. He would not give a more specific time … read more

UPDATE: Wind, snow could cause power outages tonight, tomorrow

A snowy — but plowed — South Avenue on Saturday morning, Jan. 24. (Greg Reilly photo)

Over six inches of snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph could cause power outages in southwestern Connecticut creating a dangerous situation as very cold temperatures continue. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Fairfield County Wednesday night through Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3. The Weather Service issued a … read more

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