Charged up about electric cars: Ridgefield drivers discuss EV ownership

“Fun and zippy” to drive, they cost about $1.40 to fill up for the day, and some models accelerate as fast as a twin-turbo BMW sedan. Just don’t be surprised if a quarter of the “gas tank” disappears on a cold night. Meet the latest crop of electric cars — or EVs. “The fact that the town has a charging … read more

Branchville to NYC? Commuter bus has ‘express’ vision

An early morning commuter bus from Branchville direct to New York City is a concept being studied by an entrepreneur who operates a driver service. “It takes cars off the road,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said to the selectmen. “The people at that station have been begging for more express service in the morning.” Marconi had been approached concerning use … read more

Branchville Subway robbed at knifepoint

Ridgefield police are investigating an armed robbery at the Subway on Ethan Allen Highway in Branchville that took place Sunday, May 20, at 7:13 p.m. Police say a male suspect entered the restaurant across from the Branchville train station and took $342 from the register after brandishing a knife. The suspect appeared to be acting alone, police told The Press, … read more

State rail service cuts threaten off-peak and weekend trains

No more weekend or midday trains in Branchville, and higher fares — the state budget squeeze threatens to shrink area rail service. Rail cutbacks — fare hikes amounting to 20% over four years, elimination of all the Danbury branch line weekend rail service, and dropping the branch’s weekday trains in off-peak or non-commuter hours — have been proposed by the … read more

Editorial: Trains and cars

Flashing lights, bells, gates, hugely loud train horns sounding — no amount of precaution can eliminate the danger in places where roads cross railroad tracks. Injuries to the driver of a car struck on the tracks in West Redding Tuesday night were said to be “non-life threatening.” But the accident serves as yet another reminder of how dangerous rail crossings … read more

Voters approve Branchville projects; town to spend $718,000

Two Branchville grant projects, totaling close to $7 million, moved forward as a town meeting voted unanimously to approve up to $718,000 in town funds to cover the local share of the projects. “Branchville has been the forgotten child for a long time. It needs support,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the crowd of about 25 resident at the public … read more

Branchville grant projects go to town meeting tomorrow, Nov. 29

Two Branchville improvement projects, to be financed mostly with close to $7 million in grants, are coming before voters for a town appropriation potentially totaling $710,000. A Town Meeting vote, following a public hearing on the projects, is scheduled to begin Wednesday night, Nov. 29, at 7:30 in town hall. “The Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance have both … read more

Two Branchville grant projects to go before Ridgefield voters on Nov. 29

A rebuilt bridge, an additional traffic light, and a renovated look for Branchville with new sidewalks and street lamps — altogether a nearly $7-million package in two state and federal grant proposals — will be put before voters the week after Thanksgiving. “This is a huge project for the town — $6.8 million combined,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the … read more

Give the green light: Plans for Branchville projects move along

Bridges, a traffic light, sidewalks and street lamps — extensive improvements in Branchville — are the focus of two projects totaling over $6 million that are advancing through the planning stages and will soon need town commitments totaling about $618,000. “We’re fortunate enough to announce about $6 million in grants that’ll be spent right here in Branchville,” First Selectman Rudy … read more

Five-car accident in Branchville closes Route 7

[wide][/wide] Ridgefield fire police shut down both lanes of Route 7 from Route 102 (Branchville Road) to Florida Hill Road following a five-car accident Monday, Oct. 30, in front of Branchville Self Storage — just north of the Branchville Train Station. Police said that all injuries were considered minor. One ambulance, from Georgetown, was on scene of the collision around … read more

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