Community: Ridgefield Old Timer’s Club Awards Banquet, more news

Former King School teacher granted Lifetime Achievement Award

Cornelia Jones was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ridgefield Station, the assisted living community she now calls home. Fellow residents, family, friends and staff gathered together to celebrate this amazing accomplishment and reflect on all Cornelia has achieved throughout her life.

Cornelia grew up in Winchester, Mass., with a love for the ocean. Born and raised in this quintessential New England town, she enjoyed frequent beach days. She attended Concord Academy in Concord, Mass., and still carries fond memories of her time there. Cornelia then went to Hollins University, a women’s college in Virginia.

After graduating from college, Cornelia volunteered at Harvard Business School where she met her husband, Keith. The couple got married in 1966. They have two daughters, Heather and Sarah, and two grandchildren, Caroline and Grant.

The family later moved to Norwalk, where Cornelia resided for over 40 years. She took up work at Ed Mitchell’s Clothing in Westport, and eventually moved on to work in the business office and teach French at the King Low Heywood Thomas School (or King School) in Stamford. At King School, she built a community of friend and remained at this place of education for 25 years.

The Ridgefield Station community was thrilled to acknowledge Cornelia’s remarkable accomplishments at her Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony. This unique award program invites family and friends to publicly acknowledge residents’ personal and professional achievements. Cornelia looks forward to continuing her active, social lifestyle at Ridgefield Station, while doing what she loves and exploring new paths. Learn more about the Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support community at

RPAC Gallery opening Sept. 15

RPAC Gallery (located at 410 Main Street in Ridgefield) is excited to present a new gallery exhibition, “Time to Remember.”

In this exhibition, artists will be displaying their best selling and most memorable pieces from previous shows.

“Since we started in 2019, we have had the pleasure of showing really fantastic artists,” said Dee Dee Colabella, Owner of RPAC Gallery and Art Center. “Many of our artists have been showing with us the entire three years but we have also welcomed new artists to our community. This exhibition will focus on all of our resident artists that I am so privileged to be able to work along side.”

Visit for more information.

Ridgefield Old Timer’s Club to hold 27th annual Awards Banquet

After two years without a banquet due to COVID-19, Ridgefield Old Timer’s Club (ROTA) will again be recognizing the best from the past regarding athletics, civic recognition, education and the arts on Oct. 15.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a happy hour, meet and greet and silent auction in the Activities Hall at St. Mary’s Church (183 High Ridge Road in Ridgefield). At 7 p.m., a delicious beef dinner by Ridgefield Prime will be served along with recognition for names from the past.

Those being recognized in the field of athletics this year include A.J.Martinich, Mike Bellagamba, Sarah Townsend Pomposello, Pat Cozens and Miles Tullo, as well as Bill Owens and Jack McDonald posthumously. For special civic awards, recognition will be given to Denise Qualey, Scott and Amy Russell and posthumously Doug Clewell. Jean Jaykus will receive the award for Educator of the Year and Tina Sturgis an award for the Artist of the Year.

The purpose of the ROTA Ceremony each year is to raise scholarship funds for present day Ridgefield High School athletes and scholars. Many of Ridgefield High School’s finest have gone on to college supported by the ROTA Scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipients were Alyza Crook, Eric Pereira, Emily Fox and Josiah deGrasse.

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by going on the ROTA website.

Pastor of the Meetinghouse en route to Vienna

“Wisdom tends to come above ground at times when the planet is going through great changes or when consciousness is about to take a major new leap to a new place, a new level of understanding.”

These words have been shared by author Cynthia Bourgeault and led Dr. Deborah Rundlett, the pastor of the Ridgebury Congregational Church and director of The Meetinghouse, to interview 50 Ridgefield leaders to learn where they were experiencing “wisdom coming above ground.” Rundlett also conducted 25 interviews with global leaders as a comparison.

Rundlett will share this knowledge at the International Academy of Management, Spirituality and Religion when it meets in Vienna.

Close to 40 scholars from 17 countries and four continents will offer their wisdom and insights as they reflect on future research directions for Management, Spiritual and Religion.

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center seeks museum interpreter

Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is currently hiring for a part-time museum interpreter.

The Museum Interpreter creates engaging, accessible, and memorable experiences for visitors by delivering tours of our historic tavern museum and staffing the Visitor center front desk. This part-time staff position averages 10-20 hours per week, with required weekend hours, and has a starting rate of $15 per hour.

To learn more about this position, visit To apply, email a cover letter and résumé to Executive Director Hildegard Grob at

Ridgefield Theater Barn: Kids’ Workshop season

The Ridgefield Theater Barn recently opened registration for their fall workshops, “Oliver, Jr.” for teens and “The Day the Aliens Attacked Ridgefield for younger performers.

Additionally, the Theater Barn announced its entire season of teen and youth workshops through the end of the school year, offering parents and kids the opportunity to plan and register ahead and potentially save money with discounted packages if kids are enrolled for an entire season of workshops.

Other offerings later in the season are “Glee” and “Glee, Jr.” (which will run for two sessions each); more teen and youth plays in the winter; and a youth musical and two teen intensives (including Improv and Musical Theater) in the spring.

For more information - including full descriptions, a complete schedule, workshop and package prices and registration details - visit the Barn’s website, Those with questions regarding financial support should reach out to Executive Director Pamme Jones at

OrthoConnecticut gets new joint replacement specialist

OrthoConnecticut is pleased to announce that Jessica Morton, M.D. has joined the group’s practice. Dr. Morton specializes in anterior hip replacement. However, her impressive range of expertise includes both hip and knee replacement, including both total and partial, as well as robotic assisted full and partial hip and knee replacements. She also performs complex hip and knee reconstruction/revisions, a release said.

Dr. Morton attended medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the William G. Munns Memorial Prize for Orthopedic Research. She then completed her residency at New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital, where she was both a resident and a chief executive resident. She completed her training with a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Rothman Orthopedic Institute in Philadelphia. She is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Morton will be seeing patients in OrthConnecticut’s Danbury, Ridgefield and Southbury offices.

Journalism 101

Take Journalism 101, a five-session course, and learn if you have what it takes to be a journalist.

In this Ridgefield Continuing Education course, participants will learn everything there is to know about writing for newspapers, such as writing breaking news, features, profiles, business stories and how to cover live events and meetings as you learn how to write on deadline. Both in-class and out-of-class assignments will be given.

Participants will share their writing with their peers and give feedback. They will find news topics, go out and interview people, and write up stories during the class. They will also get practical suggestions on how to find freelance writing jobs and how to write press releases to promote their business.

Instructor Sandra Diamond Fox is the editor of the Ridgefield Press and the New Milford Spectrum and a contributor to the News Times. She has written for newspapers for almost 20 years on a wide variety of topics throughout Fairfield County and beyond. This class meets on Saturdays, including Oct. 15, 22 and 29 and Nov. 5 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Annex.

The cost is $124 per person. Advanced registration is required as class size is limited. Bring a bag lunch. Visit or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 to register.

Enlightened Despots

Enlightened Despots is a Ridgefield Continuing Education history seminar led by long-term history teacher Nancy Maxwell, who will discuss the era of Scientific Revolution, the Age of Enlightenment and the famous “salons” of Paris that helped to spread new ways of thinking about philosophy, religion, government and mankind.

Some monarchs embraced the new ideas hoping to reform systems, strengthen their states and create model nations, but what happened when ideas of reform clashed with notions of their own power? We will examine the plans, personalities and performance of Frederick the Great, Maria Theresa, Joseph II, and Catherine the Great during this period.

This one-session class is on Sept. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. The cost is $29 per person, and $25 for Ridgefield seniors ages 62 and up. Advance registration is required.  Visit or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Cardio classes

Workout and cardio classes with experienced, certified instructors will start soon in Ridgefield Continuing Education. These classes for all levels will be held in person. Call to ask about Zoom options.

Body Reset with Pat Anikewich is an all-in-one workout to tone and tighten your body. Classes start Sept. 20 from 5:45 to 6:40 p.m. at Veterans Park School, offering 8 sessions for $100; classes will also be on Oct. 17 from 5:45 to 6:40 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School, offering 7 sessions for $99.

Full Body Strength and Cardio Workout with Pat Anikewich combines low impact cardio, weight training and core work to speed up your metabolism and burn calories. Class starts Sept. 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Veterans Park School; there will be 8 sessions for $112.

In Simply Stretch, Mary Sireci teaches students how to use dynamic and static stretches; how to lengthen and stretch hard to reach muscles; and how to increase flexibility and range of motion. Class starts Sept. 21 from 5:45 to 6:35 p.m. at Veterans Park School; there will be 5 sessions for $63.

Danza-Barre with Natalie Mazzola combines stretching, balance, barre and easy dance moves. There is a pro bono preview class on Tuesdays on Sept. 20 and 27 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Classes starts Oct. 11 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. at Veterans Park School; there will be 8 sessions for $77.

Classes starting in late September into October include Zumba Express with Patti Larkin, which includes 8 sessions that will begin Oct. 3 from 6 to 7 p.m.; Line Dance for Beginners with Ellen Russow and Steve Parker, which includes 6 sessions that will begin Oct. 12 from 7 to 8 p.m.; Tai Chi, which will begin Sept. 21; and Yoga, which will begin this September. New sessions will continue into winter.

Advance registration is required. Visit or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 to register and see what you need for class.

Language classes

Take a German, Italian or Spanish language class through Ridgefield Continuing Education to keep your mind sharp or before you travel abroad. Italian classes are in-person; French, German and Spanish are on Zoom.

Spanish Advanced Conversation with Oscar Vargas starts Sept.15 from 7 to 9 p.m. and is $114 per person. Spanish 1 starts Oct. 3 and will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

A new session of Italian Beginner Part 1 with Sylvana Serravezza starts Sept. 28; Italian Beginner Part 2 starts Oct. 3. Both classes will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Intermediate starts Sept. 28 and Advanced starts Oct. 3; both classes will run from 7:35 to 9 p.m.

German 1 Beginner with Karen Wolfinger starts Sept. 21. Part 1 meets 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Part 2 meets 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.

French 1 Part 3 starts Sept. 22 and French Intermediate starts Sept. 20. Both classes meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

These classes provide live, interactive group learning taught by native speakers. All classes meet for 12 hours and cost $171 plus text, except where noted above. There is a discount available for Ridgefield senior ages 62 and over. Advance registration is required.  Course, teacher descriptions, text information and more details are available at or by calling Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.