Pictorial visitors map will promote the town

“It’s sort of a whimsical, not-to-scale map,” said Ellen Burns. Books on the Common gave her a perspective, and a map depicting a corner store view of Ridgefield that will be available to the rest of town — and folks from farther off. “At the bookstore, being so centrally located, and open seven days a week, we get an enormous … read more

How accessible is the village? Girl Scouts survey the scene

Handicapped access is more than a theoretical concern to the Girl Scouts from Branchville School’s Troop 50669, with their friend and fellow scout Dina Jamshed, a wheelchair user. The troop went up and down Main Street on two visits this spring, checking the accessibility of 27 businesses for Dina in her wheelchair. “The girls found 15 out of the 27 … read more

ADA study: Envisioning accessibility for all

The groundwork for mapping out the road to a more fully accessible Ridgefield has started. Work on the town’s “transition plan” for handicapped accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was begun this week by the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), a Boston-based organization that specializes in “human-centered or universal design that works seamlessly for people with disabilities … read more

Red Day: Keller Williams helps repaint benches in downtown Ridgefield

Keller Williams Realty has closed all its offices around the globe Thursday, May 10, as part of the annual RED Day initiative aimed to give back to local communities. Mark Giumarra, Silvano Senzamici, and Maureen Culhane of North Point Properties in Redding helped paint 35 benches in downtown Ridgefield, while others collected food donations in front Keller Williams’ Ridgefield office. … read more

Spring Stroll 2018: ‘It’s time to get back into town’

After a lengthy winter hibernation, Ridgefielders must be anxious to stretch their legs on Main Street and see what’s new in the village. Downtown Ridgefield merchants will be waiting for them with open arms — and doors — this weekend when the annual Spring Stroll takes over town Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “I think everyone … read more

Mafia blocks: Can Ridgefield finally rid itself of these pieces of concrete?

Traffic flow and ease of parking downtown could be improved by removal of the huge cement blocks — long called “mafia blocks” — that sit atop the driveway connecting the Yankee Ridge parking lot to other lots behind commercial buildings on the east side of Main Street. “That would do a tremendous amount to improve the flow,” First Selectman Rudy … read more

Turn lanes, trees, lights, parking: State outlines Main Street plans

Sidewalks lined with shops, shaded by trees, welcoming strollers and shoppers, but split by an unrelenting line of cars, backed up, waiting at lights — people appreciate Main Street, and know its challenges at the wrong time of day. Nearly all agree on the goal of preserving the village as a thriving, pedestrian-friendly commercial district. A $3.15-million Main Street renovation … read more

Ancona's grand opening Saturday to benefit RVNA

Mitch Ancona, owner of Ancona’s Wines & Liquors in Branchville and Wilton, has opened his third store in Ridgefield, at 17B Governor Street. A grand opening celebration will be held on Saturday, March 31, beginning at 10 a.m. and will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce, tastings from various winemakers, champagne sabering demonstrations (Ancona is the former … read more

Main Street meeting in ‘the annex’ tonight

State plans to smooth and calm traffic flow on Main Street while adding pedestrian-friendly amenities will be outlined and explained by state planners this evening. A state Department of Transportation (DOT) public information meeting is scheduled tonight, Thursday, March 22, in the town hall annex. An “open forum for individual discussion with department officials” starts at 6:30 p.m., with a … read more

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