Cornerstone Home: Garden at farm to serve disabled

Turn the earth, plant and hoe. Water! Sunshine! Watch things grow. With a vision of intellectually disabled people learning to tend a garden and share in the everyday miracle of growing food, the selectmen approved a license agreement allowing Cornerstone Home & Gardens Inc. to teach gardening on a small patch of town land at the former McKeon Farm on … read more

Selectmen appoint four to Affordable Housing Committee

An affordable housing administrator, a real estate agent, an attorney, and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer have all been appointed to Ridgefield’s Affordable Housing Committee. “When you’re helping people live and survive and be part of a community, it’s a good thing,” said Jacqueline Bean, one of the four appointees to what is expected to eventually be a five- or … read more

Fracking ban heads to hearing Saturday morning, vote Wednesday night

The town’s nearly year-long debate over a ban against “fracking” — hydraulic fracturing — and the reuse of wastes from the fracking process, which is used in oil and gas extraction, will likely come to a conclusion in the next week. A proposed anti-fracking ordinance petitioned for by more than 600 environmentally concerned citizens will go to a public hearing … read more

Door-to-door sales: Would ban violate First Amendment?

Proselytizing eternal salvation, petitioning to save doomed species, selling cookies and light bulbs, hawking brushes and vacuum cleaners, signing people up for magazine or cable TV subscriptions, stumping for votes… Many missions may bring strangers to someone’s front door, knocking, knocking… Now constitutional questions raised by a cable television company have slowed the selectmen’s push to ban door-to-door selling in … read more

Wetlands split was big issue in selectmen’s July 18 charter talk

Editor’s note: This story ran in Thursday’s print edition of The Press. It does not reflect what happened at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting (July 25). That story can be read here. Splitting wetlands oversight off from the Planning and Zoning Commission doesn’t appear to have support from a majority on the Board of Selectmen. The board also has concerns about … read more

Selectmen deny zoning commission, wetlands board split

Evening shadows engulfed the northern and western shores of Lake Mamanasco late Tuesday as afternoon sunlight still caught the eastern shore with Richardson Park’s cliffs. The Mamanasco Lake Improvement Fund’s plan for cleaning the north end of muck, visible in the foreground, was approved by the Inland Wetlands Board on Tuesday night. Story inside. —Macklin Reid photo

The Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board are staying together. That was the decision the Board of Selectmen made at its July 25 meeting, narrowly opposing the proposed Charter Revision Commission change to separate the two boards with a 3-2 vote. Selectman Steve Zemo, who suggested that the two agencies should continue to be joined, said that the … read more

Schlumberger solution? Arts groups pitch sculpture garden

Sculptures amid green grass, with walking paths and maybe some gardens. That’s the idea Allison Stockel, executive director of the Ridgefield Playhouse, is offering as a solution for what might be done with a few prime acres of the former Schlumberger property — one that she and other leaders of performing arts organizations could get behind with some enthusiasm. “The … read more

Sorgie joins Arts Council

A marketing and advertising executive who plays the guitar, Christopher Sorgie, has joined the Ridgefield Arts Council. He was appointed by the Board of Selectmen, 4-to-0, after an interview Feb. 21. After an initial visit to the Arts Council, Sorgie wrote to its chairman, Mark Meachem, offering his services. “Based on what I observed as well as having a better … read more

Joining state Green Bank program heads to town meeting Wednesday

A program encouraging renewable energy projects by making low-interest loans available to commercial property owners will come before Ridgefielders for consideration next week. A public hearing and town meeting authorizing Ridgefield to join the Connecticut Green Bank’s C-PACE program is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 in town hall. The Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program describes itself … read more

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