Letter: Time to govern, not campaign

To the Editor: During the fall campaign, the chairman of the Democratic Town Committee intentionally distorted not only my record, but even my physical appearance. Current and former elected Democrats, as well as some town committee members, found the attacks so distasteful they crossed party lines and voted for me. The personal and polarizing attacks continue. Mouthing the same non-factual, … read more

Zoning commissioner Tim Dunphy steps down

Tim Dunphy — not the famous actor Tim Robbins, as he was once mistaken for — is stepping down from the Planning and Zoning Commission. He’s moving to Manhattan. “It’s been a pleasure working with all of you,” he said to fellow commissioners at their Oct. 23 meeting. “And you, too,” he added, looking at Robert Jewell, the attorney who … read more

State representative race brings out team of student volunteers

The opportunity to work on a political campaign is a dream of aspiring public servants, lawyers, advocates and many others who are passionate to make a positive difference in the world. It leads to a deeper understanding of the processes of democracy. It provides hands on experience with organizing, use of data, voter outreach, and communications. Not to mention the … read more

At a town forum on immigration, the personal cost stands out

The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigration, and the resulting separation of over 2,000 children from their parents, have dominated the national news cycle over the past four months. For at least one person who spoke at a town hall forum on refugees and immigration policy Monday, Aug. 6, that debate touched his own family. State Rep. William Tong (D-147), … read more

Democratic View: The Town Committee

Ridgefield, like other towns in Connecticut, has a Democratic Town Committee. Our DTC has 24 members. They’re elected at a caucus that’s called for that purpose in January of each even-numbered year. The caucus will be held on January 9th at 8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level of Town Hall. The people who are elected then will serve from March … read more

Byrnes appointed to fill ZBA alternate seat

The Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to appoint Democrat Robert Byrnes to fill a three-year alternate seat at its meeting Monday, Dec. 4. “Mr. Byrnes was nominated by the Democratic Town Committee and was the only applicant who appeared for the seat,” said Zoning Board of Appeals paralegal and administrator Kelly Ryan. The Democratic Town Committee endorsed Byrnes in … read more

Election 2017: Town unveils final results, outcomes

Democrats 17, Republicans eight — that was tally of board and commission seats gained in this year’s unusually confusing election. “We wanted to be sure we got it right,” Town Clerk Barbara Serfilippi said Monday afternoon, explaining why it took almost a week for final results of all the election contests to be announced. Serfilippi, Republican Registrar of Voters Hope … read more

Election Day 2017: Voters will help fill seats on six boards

Voters will troop to the polls to decide who among some 34 candidates for six town boards and commissions will be smiling election victors next week. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, with voting from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ridgefielders will vote at three polling places: District One, the south, at East Ridge Middle School. District Two, the north, … read more

Library, Democrats to host opioid forum on Saturday

Ridgefield’s opioid abuse problems, and how to prevent them, will be the subject of an open forum on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 3:30 at the Ridgefield Library. “It’s a town hall-style forum on preventing opioid abuse in Ridgefield,” said event organizer Stephen Saloom. “What we’re trying to do is find out what’s best for Ridgefield, what we need … read more

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