New parks director Dennis DiPinto is eager to learn ‘a lot’

Overseeing lifeguards and camp counselors, parks maintainers and program administrators, budgets and hiring and fiscal management — what Dennis DiPinto will be doing in Ridgefield isn’t very different from what he’s been doing in Brookfield for two decades. DiPinto, Ridgefield’s new director of Parks & Recreation, said he isn’t arriving with preconceived ideas about how things ought to be done, … read more

Paul Roche retires after four decades of dedication to recreation

After leading the charge for public recreation in Ridgefield for 41 years — carrying the flag for fields and programs, buildings, maintenance and a “pay as you go” approach —  Paul Roche is retiring. “We’ve had great people,” he said. “Everybody works together as a team to make this thing go, and they all feel part of the team.” Roche … read more

Recreation Notes: Three for free

Ridgefield Parks and Recreation announces three for free. For a limited time, if you become an all-inclusive member of the recreation center, you get free yoga, SPIN and TRX. This offer is available to only new and renewing all-inclusive members who pay the year in full. Sign up for an all-inclusive family membership and get 12 months of free yoga, … read more

Discovery Center hosts Living with Bears program Thursday

The Discovery Center at Ridgefield is hosting a Living with Bears program that is open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 19, starting at 7 p.m. in the Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Center. Participants will learn about these creatures, and how to successfully and peacefully live with them in our own back yards. They will learn information about the black … read more

Love Your Library: A hole-in-one event

Hello Jack Nicklaus, move over Jack the Giant Killer. Yep, that’s right, the Ridgefield Library will transform into an 18-hole, three-floor golf course next weekend as part of its second annual “Love Your Library” celebration that kicks off Friday, Sept. 15 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 16. Among the events celebrating the vital role that the Ridgefield Library plays in … read more

Solar eclipse party

The Ridgefield Library and Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Department are sponsoring at viewing party for the Aug. 21 total eclipse in Ballard Park and at the library. The day will start with a children’s astronomical storytime theme at the library at 10:30. In the park from 1 to 4 p.m. there will be educational presentations, crafts, games, music with a … read more

Berkshire Hathaway to sponsor wine tasting benefit

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Berkshire Hathaway’s Ridgefield office will hold a wine tasting Friday, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ridgefield Parks and Recreation at 195 Danbury Road. All the proceeds will benefit the Sunshine Kids Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping kids with cancer. “We are all looking forward to a very nice event to benefit the Sunshine Kids. Our planning … read more

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