Giving Thanks: Home after nine months

  To the Editor: One year ago, I, Brad Owens and my wife, Wendy, lost our mobile home in Danbury because of the macro burst on May 15, 2018. What could have been a horrible, traumatic time was nine months of blessings thanks to many wonderful people, loving friends of Jesse Lee United Methodist Church and the blessed leaders at … read more

School calendar features flexibility for late storm days

School administrators are hoping for a calm winter — but including backup days for school closures just the same.   This year, there are six potential “storm-makeup days” listed on the 2018-19 public school calendar. In the event of another major storm — like May’s macroburst that cancelled school for several days — the schools can also add storm makeup … read more

In this week’s Ridgefield Press

Here’s a look at some of the headlines from this week’s Ridgefield Press: Real estate in Ridgefield continues to feels the wrath of Mother Nature. Snowstorms had the market sluggish after three months in 2018. Half-way through the year and home sales are still down. In the second quarter, May’s macroburst was the biggest culprit. The town brought in half … read more

State grants schools waiver for 179 days

Upperclassmen at Ridgefield High School will have to get up for one extra day next year, thanks to a waiver granted by the state Board of Education Wednesday, June 6. The waiver allows Ridgefield schools to hold class for 179 days this year, with an extra make-up day tacked on to the 2018-19 calendar. Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell said the … read more

‘Absolutely devastating:’ Town leaders assess damage of May 15 storm

Houses were hit by trees — three, at least — wires were down, people were trapped in cars, roads were closed, school was canceled, and outbuildings, cars and other property were damaged by the violent storm that moved quickly through town Tuesday, May 15. “Fortunately, no injuries reported,” said Ridgefield Emergency Management Director Richard Aarons. “On North Salem Road there … read more

Long wait for power restoration draws the ire of residents

When a severe storm hits many areas around the state, restoring power takes time. But people don’t like being without electricity for days. “The normal response as emergency management is that we will be close to 72 hours before we see any crews from outside our area begin to show up to assist with power restoration,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi … read more

Friday power outage report: Eversource aims for 95% restoration by Saturday

The following message was sent out to residents by First Selectman Rudy Marconi at 2:45 Friday, May 18. Please steer clear of Eversource crews and allow them to continue restoration efforts without interruption. Eversource reports that their goal is to have 95% restoration by midnight, Saturday, (5/19). Report outages to Eversource at 800-286-2000, even if you have reported earlier. All … read more

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