‘The Flower Lady’ tends summer streets’ blooming baskets

School’s out, fireflies are blinking in the warm dark nights, and the flower lady is out on Main Street. Spencer Moore and her faithful dog, Biscuit, are again riding around on their converted golf cart, watering the flower baskets that hang from street-lamps, spreading the nurturing spirit of gardening, fostering blossom and bloom, letting all the village know summer is … read more

Music on Main Street: Soft summer sounds fill the air (VIDEO)

Good weather, great music, and one of the best Main Streets in the country — does it get any better? That was the attitude a pair of Bethel musicians carried into Ridgefield Monday afternoon as they played jazz and R&B tunes against the sounds of rush hour traffic at the corner of Main Street and Catoonah Street. “We’re just doing … read more

Letter: Not your ordinary lost cat

As I was going on my daily jog around downtown Ridgefield this morning, I noticed a very unusual poster plasters up and down Main Street, at first I believed it was just a missing cat but upon further inspection I realized that it was the cartoon character Garfield. To be truly honest this little funny joke made my whole day … read more

Route 7 detours set to return this weekend

A scad-zillion or so more cars drove through town, but this weekend’s detour traffic didn’t seem to translate into people stopping and spending money — some local businesses found the opposite effect. And the detour — accommodating a bridge reconstruction project in Branchville by sending all Route 7 traffic through the center of Ridgefield via Route 102 and Route 35 … read more

First-floor retail: Incentives, not regulations

A thriving village with shoppers, families milling around, and convenient parking — the dream for a small retailer looking to set up shop. But is that what Ridgefield is currently offering? According to downtown landlords, not exactly. “By putting in a regulation forcing people [landlords] to try to find people [retail renters], I think it’s counterproductive,” said Wayne Biddle, owner … read more

Ridgefield Gone Country sets record with 6,000 attendees (SLIDESHOW)

[wide][/wide] The rain held off long enough for the Ridgefield Rotary Club and Lounsbury House to enjoy a record-setting weekend with the annual Ridgefield Gone Country barbecue festival. Over 6,000 people attended the event in downtown Ridgefield — a 20% increase over last year. In addition, the number of vendors increased to 39 and they were joined by several youth service organizations groups. … read more

Spring Stroll and BBQ Festival: Shop, chalk, walk

Editor’s note: Some of the events in this story have been cancelled or postponed. For weather updates, click here. The sound of live music, little kids and their families circulating around the village, a street fashion show, and the smell of fresh barbecue. All are signs of two spring events happening in Ridgefield this weekend — the annual Spring Stroll … read more

Moccia, Wilmot reappointed to Parking Authority

Two Parking Authority members — Ancient Mariner owner Jessica Wilmot and former Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia — were reappointed by the selectmen Feb. 8. The Parking Authority hopes to begin making some progress on the recommendations of the retail and parking studies done by consultants SCRE Advisors from Saugatuck Commercial Real Estate in Westport, Moccia told the Board of Selectmen. … read more

Rotted Main Street lampposts come down

Rotted by salt used as a winter ice-melter, four period lampposts on Main Street have been taken down, and seven or eight others — maybe more — will likely have to be replaced. “We’re going to be replacing probably a minimum of a dozen,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. Where’s the funding come from? Marconi doesn’t know — yet. “They’re … read more

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