A new police station? Fire station? Study will consider future needs

A new police station? A new fire station? Both in one? Maybe just renovate the two current buildings — a converted Victorian mansion that serves as a police station, and a firehouse that dates to the era of horse-drawn fire wagons? The town needs to figure out what it wants to do. And town officials are seeking the help of … read more

Annual Town Meeting: Voters to decide capital projects, purchases Monday

Trucks, tanks, trees, plows and painting jobs — nearly $900,000 worth of projects and purchases proposed as capital expenditures in 2019-20 town budget will be put before voters at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 6, starting at 7:30 in the Ridgefield Playhouse. The annual meeting will also be asked to affirm the selectmen’s previous vote to schedule the … read more

Deborah Ann named Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of the Year

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce has named Deborah Ann Backes, owner of Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe on Main Street, its 2019 Woman of the Year. Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, draws fans from near and far. The Chamber selected Backes for her dedication to the downtown Ridgefield business community and the towns many residents.  … read more

Road work: Paving potholes is on town’s repair list

A road crew from the town highway department was out on East Ridge filling potholes with cold patch on Monday. From left are Robert Sommerer, Jim Fortin and Evo Falcinelli. —Macklin Reid photo

Warm-weather paving season beckons like a stripe of smooth oily blacktop, and the Ridgefield Highway Department has a list of 14 roads it’s hoping to repair and repave this year. Ridgefield’s roads are traveled by commuters, shoppers, school buses and soccer parents — the quality of driving surfaces is important to people. “If I was to rank the number of … read more

Ridgefield police close field fire investigation after town receives donations for fix (UPDATE)

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m. — The Ridgefield Police Department has closed its investigation into who started the field fire at Governor Park without revealing any names of who was responsible for pouring gasoline and lighting it in attempt to make the field playable for the Ridgefield High School baseball team. “The Ridgefield Police Department has closed its investigation into this incident due to … read more

Cops call for community assistance with baseball field fire investigation

Who poured gasoline onto the infield of Ridgefield’s Governor Park and lit it ablaze? Photos on social media show both baseball teams — Ridgefield and Amity — in the dugout Saturday afternoon, and video footage during the fire shows a combination of parents and coaches trying to smother the flames with dirt. First Selectman Rudy Maroni said the incident was … read more

State budget tapping towns: Teacher pensions out, car tax changes still in

Towns appear to be off the hook —for now, anyway — on paying teacher pensions long considered a state responsibility, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said, but a state takeover of local car taxes is still under discussion in Hartford. The Education Committee had stripped from the proposed state budget a section requiring local municipalities to begin paying the “normal” or … read more

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