RIFF spotlights youth films

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF), now in its fourth year, presents the inaugural Kids Film Fest at the Ridgefield Theater Barn April 27. Headlining a lineup designed for children and families from animated and live auction features to documentary films is the South African film “Liyana” and the East Coast premiere of the uplifting Canadian documentary “Band Geeks.” “We … read more

Bipartisan bill would streamline school threat reports


A bill with bipartisan support that would assist states in developing ways for people to anonymously report a potential threat to schools was introduced to the House of Representatives Thursday, April 4, by Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th), along with Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25th) and Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-16th). The Safe to Tell Act would create a grant program … 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

Letter: Myths of a ‘bustling’ downtown

To the Editor: Things are repeated so often, we all begin to accept them as gospel truths. “We are an arts destination. They are flocking to our beautiful downtown. The economic development is everywhere.” Let’s look at that one. We opened the Playhouse. Restaurants opened. Restaurants closed. We opened The Prospector. Restaurants opened. Restaurants closed. We opened ACT. We now … read more

YouTube sensation serves laughs in Ridgefield

Thanks to a series of hilarious angry-man rants on YouTube, including the viral “Bread & Milk” video, comedian Vic DiBitetto has hundreds of thousands of internet followers, which has upped his profile considerably from his early days in the comedy ranks. The self-proclaimed “Working Class Zero,” the Brooklyn-born comic first started doing stand-up in 1981, and 10 years later, took … read more

Connecticut Magazine highlights Ridgefield as town with ‘cosmopolitan culture in a country setting’

The February edition of Connecticut magazine has a four-page spread featuring Ridgefield’s historic downtown and its booming cultural scene. The profile, titled “Ridgefield Offers Cosmopolitan Culture in a Country Setting,” includes pictures from The Ridgefield Playhouse, The Prospector Theater, Nod Hill Brewery, The Keeler Tavern Museum, and The Aldrich Museum. “Ridgefield residents describe their town as a best-of-both worlds destination,” … read more

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