Art of Being a Girl: Carriage Barn exhibition celebrates the essence of female power

LiveGirl, in partnership with the Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan, will present its second annual art exhibition celebrating the essence of female power in “Art of Being a Girl,” which is on view at the center May 16-26. In conjunction with the art exhibit, two community events will also be offered: a benefit showcase featuring music by Sariah, … read more

Once upon a meatball

Some people cook from a place of hunger or desire. For New Canaan’s Anna Francese Gass, cooking is her passion and a tie to her family’s heritage. Growing up, her mother, Gina Crocco Francese, was a first generation immigrant from Calabria, Italy, and her mother prepared recipes from her own childhood to share her Italian culture with her children, thousands … read more

New Canaan may partner in marketing; joint tourism idea gains support

How do you get more people from New York City to come and spend time — and money — in Ridgefield? Some members of the Economic and Community Development Commission see partnering with New Canaan’s marketing efforts as one option. Chairman Arnold Light said he recently met with members of New Canaan’s Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and Economic Development … read more

Off the page: Silvermine Arts Center showcases paper in art

A new exhibit, “Paper 2019,” is set to debut at the Silvermine Arts Center with the goal to highlight a particular material — prints, drawings, photographs, artists’ books, and handmade paper as well as three-dimensional works made with paper —and consider it in the broadest terms. “We took a look at our history and Silvermine used to have big photography … read more

Toni Boucher — Out of politics but still in demand


Toni Boucher gets calls every day from people who want to know her thoughts on important issues, such as school regionalization. Political groups contact her to attend their meetings, and nonprofit organizations seek her out to come to their social events. Following her election loss in November, Boucher is a private citizen now, but you’d never know it by her … read more

Art without age: Silvermine exhibit highlights aging and creativity

To say things get better with age can be an understatement. Take the exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center opening on Feb. 16, for instance, “ReFRAMING Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts,” which features works by nine well-established artists in their later years, ages 72-87, who are now, arguably, making the best work of their careers. Paintings by a 10th … read more

Teachers, town settle on salary increases under 3%

With salary increases costing the town 2.73%, 2.98% and 2.99% over the next three fiscal years, a new contract will govern the employment of Ridgefield’s roughly 460 teachers. The three-year cost to the town of the salary increases is projected at $129.6 million, based on the assumption the school system maintains the same teaching workforce. “…The board is pleased with … read more

Rail lines will have positive train control by year’s end


Branch line commuters will start the new year on safer trains. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office announced on Dec. 19 that every passenger rail line in Connecticut will have positive train control (PTC) installed on their systems by Dec. 31, fulfilling a recently enacted requirement by the Federal Railroad Administration for every passenger rail line in the country to implement … read more

Haskell readies to serve all in Senate

Will Haskell visits Wilton Center last week where he discussed his ideas for the next legislative session. — Jeannette Ross photo

State Sen.-elect Will Haskell acknowledged that while he received 53% of the vote in the November election to represent Connecticut’s 26th District, 47% of electors voted for his opponent. “I want to be their state senator, too,” the Democrat said in an interview in Wilton last week. He recognized they are “intelligent, honest and compassionate members of this community.” “I’m … read more

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