Zemo’s affordable housing plan goes to June 25 public hearing

Plans to add 16 apartments — five of them meeting state affordability guidelines — in what is currently a 43-unit building at 100 Danbury Road are up for public scrutiny. Steve Zemo’s Ridgefield Apartments Inc. seeks a revision to a previous approval under the state’s 8-30g affordable housing law. The proposal comes before a public hearing of the Planning and … read more

Fire Department recognized as EMS Service of the Year, Duckworth and Paproski earn individual honors

The Ridgefield Fire Department and two of its members — Rommie Duckworth and Nick Paproski — have had their achievements in emergency medical care recognized, first by Danbury Hospital and then by the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen. “When the ambulance shows up at your house, it’s like the emergency room showing up,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the June 5 … read more

Continue the deer hunt? Public hearing is June 5

Is deer hunting the slaughter of innocents? A time honored tradition connecting today’s suburbanites to more rugged forebears who struggled to tame the wilderness? A sensible response to the proliferation of tick-borne diseases from deer-borne ticks? All of the above? Ridgefielders will be invited to share their widely varying opinions on the town deer hunt at a public hearing called … read more

Pizza and ice cream: Two mobile vendors get permit renewals

An ice cream truck operator and a mobile pizza vendor won license renewals May 8 from the Board of Selectmen. Enver Ceylan got a renewal of his vendor’s permit to operate the Circusman ice cream truck in town, and Junio Figueira got an approval for the Tivoli Pizza Truck’s operations. Figueira said he’d been selling pizza from his truck in … read more

Deer hunting debate heads to June 5 hearing

Deer hunting, which appears to have dramatically reduced car-deer road accidents in Ridgefield, will be up for debate by townspeople on June 5. The number of deer killed by hunters in Ridgefield was at 123 in 1996, peaked at 336 in 2009, and had fallen back down to 153 in 2018, according to state figures presented to the selectmen by … read more

Voters reject school budget cut proposal

A $2 million cut to the school budget was proposed, but voted down. Citizens asked questions: How long will taxpayers be paying off borrowing for capital expenditures? How many plows does the town have, anyway? The major budget issues — town spending, school spending, capital questions — were sent to next Tuesday’s referendum. And voice votes approved almost $900,000 worth … read more

Long and winding roads: Is a speed limit of 25 too high?

Drivers on Ridgefield town roads — from straight flat Farmingville to winding, hilly Ned’s Mountain — are supposed to keep to a town-wide speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Voters will likely be asked to give the Police Commission the authority to change that — possibly on any town road, but maybe just on the town’s 16 scenic roads. … read more

Annual Town Meeting: Voters to decide capital projects, purchases Monday

Trucks, tanks, trees, plows and painting jobs — nearly $900,000 worth of projects and purchases proposed as capital expenditures in 2019-20 town budget will be put before voters at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 6, starting at 7:30 in the Ridgefield Playhouse. The annual meeting will also be asked to affirm the selectmen’s previous vote to schedule the … read more

Verizon approved for Ledges Road cell tower

Verizon has been approved to put antennas on the cell tower off Ledges Road, according to First Selectman Rudy Marconi. “I don’t have any information relative to the timeline,” Marconi said. Marconi mentioned the Verizon application to the Connecticut Siting Council at the April 17 Board of Selectmen’s meeting. On April 24, Marconi told the Press the application had been … read more

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