You may email your news announcements or letters to news@TheRidgefieldPress.com, or you may use use our online form here or our contact form. If emailing, you may simply type or paste your words into a message, or attach a text file, a rich text file (RTF), or a Microsoft Word document (doc or docx) to a message.
We do not accept faxed submissions.
News releases about coming events and activities, school happenings, sporting events, business announcements, etc. should reach us at least one week in advance of the issue in which you would like it published.
Graduation and school announcements
We publish graduation announcements about individual students in college, prep schools or public school. In the case of college news, please let us know whether the student is a Ridgefield High School graduate, the year of graduation, and any special activities the student maybe involved in. In all cases, also include the parents’ names and address.
Here is a sample graduation announcement:
Mary Smith, daughter of Jack and Jill Smith of Remington Road, graduated May 25 from Crowsnest College in Cawcaw, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in English.
The 2009 graduate of Ridgefield High School was active in the Birding Club, the Explorers Union, and the Pi I Sorority. She was a dean’s list student most of her college years.
Ms. Smith plans to pursue a master’s degree in ornithology this fall at Cornell University.
Please note: Because the quality of their information varies considerably, The Press does not publish graduation announcements provided by colleges and prep schools. Most of these announcements include very little information about individual students (and a lot about the schools).
We also publish other school news submitted by parents or students, such as honors won, and do also publish dean’s list and other honors announcements submitted by colleges and prep schools.
All Soccer Club of Ridgefield, Ridgefield Basketball Association and Ridgefield Little League sports submissions must be 150 words or fewer per story. Team photos are to be submitted only for teams that win tournament or league titles or finish the regular season unbeaten.
We welcome news of local businesses, or local residents who work in businesses out of town. We cannot publish news of businesses whose only connection with town is the fact that they have customers here.
News of arts and entertainment events occurring in our area should be sent to the arts editor using our contact form. Submission information can be found in the Arts & Leisure section. Events occurring in town should be sent to both the arts editor and the news editor.
For many tips on submitting news releases, see our Guide for Publicity Writers.
Birth announcements are free. They include child’s name, parents, place of residence, birth date, location of birth, siblings, their ages (and, if it’s not clear from the name, the sex of siblings), living grandparents, and living great-grandparents. If you would like a photo, please submit a high-resolution JPG; if possible, it should be in color since we are sometimes able to run birth announcement pictures in color.
***Example of our style***
A son, their third child and first boy, was born to Mary and Peter Smith of 400 Main Street on July 4 in Danbury Hospital. He has been named John Arthur and is the brother of Regina Ann, 4, and Sally Lou, 2.
Grandparents are Joan and Margaret Jones of Ridgebury Road and Selma and Bill Smith of New Haven. Great-grandmother is Hortense McDugall of Lexington, Ky.
Weddings & Engagements
Wedding and engagement announcements are free. Many include names of the bride and groom and their parents, occupations, where they graduated from, where they live and the wedding date, or any other interesting stories or plans for a honeymoon.
Sample engagement announcement
Francis and Diane Jones of Main Street have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Mary, to Matthew Lee Smith, son of Robert and Barbara Smith of Berryville, Va. Ms. Jones graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1997 and from the University of Richmond in 2001. She lives in Winchester, Va. and is society editor of The Winchester Evening Star. Mr. Smith, who also graduated from the University of Richmond in 2001, is a financial analyst at Blodgett, Blip and Bloomer in Winchester. He lives in Stephens City, Va. They plan to marry in June at St. Mary’s Church in Ridgefield.
Sample wedding announcement
Monica Smith, daughter of Joan and John Smith of Ridgefield, was married to Jonathan Jones, son of Carol and Peter Jones of Milford, Mass. on Dec. 4, 2005. The Rev. George E. Johnson performed the double-ring ceremony at St. Katharine Church in Lexington, Mass.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a light ivory double lux mikado with beaded bateau neckline and hem, with a cathedral train. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses, burgundy calla lilies, stephanotis, and hints of gold. Vanessa Smith of Main Street was maid of honor for her sister. Bridesmaids were Leslie Lee of New York City and Anne Watley of Hoboken, N.J. They wore burgundy dresses and carried burgundy calla lilies with hints of gold. Karl Barth of Mount Vernon, N.Y. was best man. Ushers were Christopher Jones of Nantucket, Mass., brother of the groom, Scott Land of Mesa, Ariz., and Arthur Hobbs of Milford.
The bride graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1998 and from the University of Connecticut in 2002. She is a program manager with Softy Taste in Bedford, Mass. The groom is a 1995 graduate of Bedford High School and served in the Army from 1995 to 1997. He received a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Massachusetts in 2003 and is a pharmacist at Bedford Hospital.
After a reception at the Glens in Lexington, they honeymooned in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. They live in Arlington, Mass.
Obituaries may be news obituaries, published for free, or paid obituaries, published without any changes for $200. In new obituaries text is written — or at least, edited — by the staff, based on information supplied by the family, funeral home, our files, interviews, and other sources. We will publish the obituaries of residents, former residents and members of a resident’s family, and people who have held jobs in town. Some things to include are date and place of death, when and where the person was born and who their parents were, details of the person’s life (including graduations, military service, employment, charity work, church affiliation, hobbies and interests). Recollections of character traits can be included with attribution (i.e. “He had a great sense of humor and could really tell a joke,” said his wife.). Include family members who survive and those who are predeceased, as well as where one can send contributions or condolences. There are no restrictions on paid obituaries; see our Obituaries Guide.
***Example of a news obituary***
Charlene A. Groglio of Greenwich, a retired retailer, died Tuesday, April 8. She was 72 years old.
Born on May 26, 1935, in Port Chester, N.Y., Ms. Groglio was the daughter of the late Charles and Elenor Amundsen.
She worked for Bloomingdales for 20 years, at Appleseeds and at Chancy D’Elia.
Family members said Ms. Groglio enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, as well as traveling with them to their various sporting events throughout the country.
“The time and memories with Charlene, including shopping and traveling, will always be cherished in the hearts of her family and close friends,” they said.
Her husband, John Groglio, died July 15, 2006.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Carino of Greenwich; two brothers, Ronald Amundsen of Danbury and Carl Amundsen of Milford; and her grandchildren, Charles Carino and his wife, Sue), Kelly Carino and Jeffrey Carino, all of Greenwich.
Friends may call tomorrow from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Castiglione Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul R.C. Church on Sherwood Avenue in Greenwich.
Burial will follow in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, N.Y.
For more on writing and submitting obituaries, see our Obituaries Guide.
Letters to the Editors
Letters to Editors must arrive by Monday at 4 pm to be considered for that Thursday’s edition. Letters may be up to 300 words long — shorter is better; brief letters stand a better chance than long ones of being published right away. In addition, letters on Ridgefield topics stand a better chance of publication than those on regional, state, national, or international topics.
Letters must include the name, address and daytime phone number of the sender. Letters may be submitted as e-mails or they may be posted (typed and double-spaced or very neatly hand-printed). We do not accept faxed letters. We publish letters only from residents, former residents or people who work in the town. Letters that are libelous or in poor taste will not be printed. We do not publish anonymous letters and will not withhold signatures except in very rare circumstances. Email the editor.
We also accept some unsolicited op-eds, if the writer is a resident and can provide credentials in his or her area of expertise. However, because of space limitations, these usually appear only on our Web site.
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