Does anyone remember Nannygate? The scandal that derailed corporate lawyer Zo\u00eb Baird\u2019s bid for United States attorney general made headlines in the Feb. 18, 1993, edition of The Ridgefield Press \u2014 a little less than a month after it was discovered that President Bill Clinton\u2019s attorney general nominee had employed two illegal aliens from Peru as a nanny and chauffeur for her young child. Local attorney Tom Belote, breathing a sigh of relief, spoke to The Press about his involvement. \u201cIn an effort to salvage Ms. Baird\u2019s nomination, President-elect Clinton\u2019s transition team had said Mr. Belote told Ms. Baird\u2019s husband, Paul Gerwitz, that hiring an undocumented alien was legal if they sponsored her for citizenship, and that they could not pay Social Security taxes \u2014 both untrue, according to Mr. Belote,\u201d The Press said. \u201cI\u2019m just happy it\u2019s over,\u201d Belote said of the scandal. \u201cI did not appreciate the media blitz. I did not appreciate the misinformation \u2026 and I was uncomfortable being in a position where I could not respond to it.\u201d \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 The Press reported that Gerwitz had contacted Belote in April 1991 to perform two tasks: legalizing the Peruvian woman they had hired as a nanny in July 1990 \u2014 and by extension, her husband \u2014 with the Department of Labor, and filing an I-140 immigrant petition to put her on the waiting list for a green card. Ordinarily, Mr. Belote said, Ms. Baird and Mr. Gerwitz would have gotten away with hiring undocumented aliens because the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) simply did not have enough staff to focus on cases that probably do not take jobs away from U.S. citizens, The Press reported. But this was not an ordinary situation. \u00a0 Baird, who was the first woman to be nominated for attorney general of the United States, withdrew her nomination after the media firestorm surrounding her failure to pay Social Security taxes for the workers \u2014 the so-called \u201cnanny tax.\u201d 50 years ago In February 1968, Ridgefield\u2019s first selectmen was in a battle with the state\u2019s highway department to end traffic bottlenecks on Main Street and Danbury Road. \u201cEven the notorious \u2018walk\u2019 lights in the village center may go,\u201d The Press reported in its Feb. 15 edition after a meeting between First Selectmen J. Mortimer Woodcock and state highway officials that took place in New Milford. \u201cMr. Woodcock requested traffic lights for two intersections, one on Main Street at the post office shopping center, and the other on Route 35, Danbury Road, at the intersection of Farmingville and Copps Hill roads,\u201d the newspaper said. Little did Woodcock know, those traffic problems would persist well into the 21st Century. The lesson? Some battles \u2014 no matter how well fought \u2014 are never truly won.