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

Anyone for tennis? Parks and Recreation Commission proposes $4.7-million budget

From pickleball prices and parking plans to staffing shuffles, ramped-up recycling and some 700 acres of grass to be mowed, a wide-ranging discussion framed the Parks and Recreation Commission’s presentation to the selectmen on a $4,736,000 budget proposal that represents a less than 1% increase — up $18,600, or 0.39% — for 2019-20. This request is part of a more … read more

School board revives outreach committee

Residents turning up to demand the resignation of the superintendent, students protesting cuts to the high school English department, Scotland Elementary School parents calling for their school principal to be fired, petitions pushing for a vote to rescind later start times — the bi-weekly Board of Education meetings have been a raucous place the past 12 months. Concerned about the … read more

Dr. William Collins named Ridgefield’s new superintendent of schools

Ridgefield has a permanent superintendent once again. Dr. William Collins — former superintendent of Newington Public Schools — was hired Tuesday, Dec. 18. He will take over the job from Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote on Feb. 19, 2019. A self-professed local history enthusiast, Collins started working as a bus driver back in his teen years. “I drove a school … read more

Editorial: Social media restraint

In the seemingly inexorable march of new technology, it was inevitable that a public official in town would eventually be embroiled by behaviors demonstrated in social media’s limitless highway — a domain where thoughts can be posted without caution, or moderation. Just because an outcome looks unavoidable, it doesn’t necessarily warrant a pardon. And that’s why Scotland Elementary School parents … read more

Scotland parents call for principal’s removal

Around 100 Scotland Elementary School parents showed up at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to call for the dismissal of Principal Joanna Genovese, citing negligence to children’s safety in school and inappropriate behavior on social media.   “Joanna Genovese is unfit to lead,” said Rayda Krell of Wooster Heights Drive. “I ask that you take actions to remove … read more

Facebook budget talk sparks recusal request

Should board members be discussing issues around town before voting on them at board meetings? Are written exchanges on social media any different from conversations at the supermarket? Finance board member Jessica Mancini was asked — and declined — to recuse herself from discussions and voting on the school budget, on the grounds school issues had been part of social … read more

Student’s Facebook post sparks investigation; schools, police determine ‘no threat’

With school shootings haunting people’s minds, a Facebook post had Ridgefield school authorities and police scrambling early Thursday morning, Feb. 15. No risk, was the eventual conclusion. “As a community, we maintain our safe and healthy school environments by first and foremost creating a culture of trust and communication,” Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin wrote in letter e-mailed to parents … read more

Women’s March group plans buses to New York protest

Want to go to a “resistance” march in New York City on Saturday? Buses to the protest are being organized by the Women’s March – Ridgefield Chapter. The Ridgefield-based Facebook group, which began as people organized to go to last year’s protests in Washington on President Trump’s inauguration weekend, has filled one bus and is working on filling a second … read more

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