Web wizard Devine reappointed to town’s economic committee

John Devine, who led efforts to market Ridgefield community events in neighboring towns through targeted Facebook advertising, has been reappointed to the Economic and Community Development Commission. He also helps manage the economic commission’s website “You’ve done a remarkable job,” Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark told him. “The website alone is worth all the effort.” The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Jan. … read more

Performing arts spaces: School upgrades could attract outside groups

Investing in school performing art spaces could attract more performers in town — and retain local groups that have begun to seek venues outside of Ridgefield. That was the idea proposed to the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) at its Feb. 4 meeting. “The space is so limited, they’re looking outside of Ridgefield,” said Jennifer DiLaura, of the Ridgefield … read more

Return of restaurant week? Economic commission floats idea for spring, summer

Ridgefield restaurant week — seven days of fixed-price menus at the town’s bistros, pubs, and dinners — seemed to get the support of the Economic and Community Development Commission at its most recent meeting on Feb. 4. “It’s a question of timing [and] interest,” said Vice Chairman John Devine. The Chamber of Commerce previously organized restaurant weeks in 2016 and … read more

Arts survey reveals wide range of needs

Already viewed as a thriving arts-friendly town, could Ridgefield enhance that appeal by creating a community arts center where painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, composers could rent space to work, rehearse and perform? Almost 90% of artists responding to a survey by the Ridgefield Arts Council said they needed a space to work. “Do you have a need for space?” the … read more

In the village: Zoners ban first-floor apartments

The Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to approve an amendment to the town zoning regulations which will ban apartments and other residential uses from the first floor of buildings in the Central Business District (CBD). The ban, approved Tuesday, Jan. 22, also slams the door shut on apartments in basements in the CBD, which runs from the intersection of … read more

Hotel for village? It’s a shared goal that will take time

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As an aspiring arts and culture destination, Ridgefield could use a hotel or another inn — it’s almost an article of faith among town officials. What’s needed is the right location and an entrepreneur willing to sink money into the project. Town officials are working on it, but no hotel plans have matured, as yet. “I know a few people … read more

Ryer named vice president for small realty firms

Realtor and commercial broker Gus Ryer, with Ryer Associates in Danbury, was elected as the 2019 vice president-at-large for small firms, region 1 and 2 for the Connecticut Realtors (CTR). He has been an active member of both CTR and the Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors (NFCAR) since 2011. Ryer, a Ridgefield resident, is also a director of the … read more

Ridgefield illustrated: Visitors’ map showcases town’s assets

A map with pictures is worth a thousand babbled directions. Even when “past the light, then there’s a bunch of big white houses” is enthusiastically ornamented with pointing, arm waving and reassuring nods. The spires of St. Stephen’s, St. Mary’s and Jesse Lee rise over the village, with familiar sites — from the famed fountain and Keeler Tavern north to … read more

Town plan: Another business study? Maybe yes, maybe no

Paying for yet another study on businesses in Ridgefield? Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission were hesitant about the idea during an update on the town Plan of Conservation and Development in December. The commission has about $8,000 alloted from the town to pay for a study on business in Ridgefield — funds that were included in the town’s … read more

Empty storefronts: Prospect worries selectmen, ECDC

A gift shop, a liquor store, a real estate office, a hair salon, and an ice cream shop — the holiday lights are twinkling now but Ridgefield is losing some businesses, or will be in the new year. And town officials worry the grim spectacle of empty storefronts may return to Main Street, despite the alleged strength of the national … read more

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