More swastikas appear, this time at Ballard Green

Swastikas have once again turned up in Ridgefield’s village.

Police said that three anti-semitic symbols were found carved into a wooden picnic table at Ballard Green on June 27. A resident of the nearby housing complex reported the markings to police at 8:30 a.m., according to Capt. Jeff Kreitz.

“They had been there a couple days before being reported to us. Could have been there longer,” Kreitz said.

He confirmed that the police have opened an investigation into the markings, and that they were consistent with three other swastikas found etched into a Ballard Park fence on May 23.

In addition to Ballard Park and Ballard Green, since November 2016, swastikas have been seen at the Aldrich Museum on Main Street, the Masonic Lodge next to town hall, and at Ridgefield High School.

Rabbi David Reiner, of Congregation Shir Shalom said he was “saddened” by the latest incident.

“I have been in contact with officers from the Ridgefield Police Department and I continue to be confident that they are taking the presence of symbols of hatred seriously and are eager to apprehend the person or people responsible,” Reiner told his congregation in an email.

Reiner said he later read to his congregation from a Torah that was recovered in a trove of Jewish religious pieces stolen by the Nazis from a small town near Prague. The Torah was gifted to Temple Shearith Israel in 1969.

“Whatever prompted someone to carve these symbols of hatred or any of the swastikas or bigoted graffiti that have appeared in Ridgefield over the past 18 months, our congregation and community continue to gather, undeterred, to celebrate life and affirm that symbols of hate have no place in our midst,” Reiner said.

Kreitz asked for anyone in the community with information to come forward.

“Contact us immediately,” Kreitz said. “If you have confidential information for the police, anyone can leave an anonymous tip by calling 203-431-2345.”