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

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

Letter: Ridgefield Recreation Center renovation update

To the Editor: I’d like to formally introduce myself as the (still relatively new) Parks & Recreation director for the town of Ridgefield. My name is Dennis DiPinto and I’ve been at my new post for six months as of Sept. 12. I’m happy to report that our four locker rooms have undergone heavy renovations here at the Recreation Center … read more

Lawnmower rolls over outside of Yanity gym (VIDEO)

Ridgefield’s steep, winding hills got the better of a town lawnmower outside of Yanity gym Friday afternoon. The machine rolled over onto its side, and had to be flipped right-side up by a town highway truck. The employee who was cutting the grassy hill was able to jump out of the rolling lawnmower. He did not sustain any injuries. Volunteer … read more

Sand, sun, and a lake’s cool water are Martin Park’s beachy pleasures

Great Pond’s cooling waters lap a sandy shoreline at Ridgefield’s Martin Park Beach. Amid the summer’s heat, it offers a refuge for swimmers — a sunny spot for tots with buckets and sand shovels, and an inflatable water slide for older kids who crave a quick ride ending with a big splash. “We love it,” said Rosanna Maxwell, watching her … read more

Parks and rec, library plan solar eclipse party at Ballard Park

A rare astronomical phenomenon is coming on Monday, Aug. 21, and the Ridgefield Library and Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Department invite residents to be part of it. A viewing of the first total eclipse of the sun viewable in the continental United States in 40 years will take place at both the library and Ballard Park. The day will start … read more

Hiring freeze: Four town jobs will go unfilled

Four vacancies — for a police officer, an aquatics coordinator, a highway department foreman and the assistant fire chief — will be left unfilled indefinitely under a hiring freeze the town has adopted to prepare for expected shortfalls in revenue from ongoing state budget problems. How much savings the hiring freeze generates for the town will depend on how long … read more

Rec center renovations: Selectmen told scope of damage is uncertain

Repairing water damage inside the walls of locker rooms at the rec center will be a step-by-step process, with several potential contractors working on the project. That’s the message the Board of Selectmen heard at its June 21 meeting. “We believe with the construction manager will be bidding out each piece of it,” the Parks and Recreation Chairman Phil Kearns … read more

Move Thursday night concerts? Selectmen try to solve businesses parking concerns

The Latin jazz of Pedrito Martinez drew a crowd to the summer’s last free concert in Ballard Park on Tuesday night, closing a 24-concert CHIRP season. —Scott Mullin photo.

Summer concert-night parking problems would be addressed by moving one of the two free weekly musical performances from Ballard Park to a location outside the village, as part of a plan the selectmen are looking into. “The thought would be to move the Thursday nights, the Thursday night concerts, and only have Tuesday night,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. The … read more

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