Selectmen will consider fire chief vacancy, land buy Wednesday

A closed-door, executive session interview for the fire chief vacancy is on the agenda when the Board of Selectmen meets as the Fire Commission  Wednesday, May 24. There’s also a selectmen’s meeting in executive session Wednesday, where the board will privately discuss a possible purchase of land in Ridgebury. Both meetings will also include public session discussions, and are at … read more

Pamela Keeler Allen, 83, former Deputy Registrar of Voters

Pamela Keeler Allen, 83, of Ridgefield, wife of the late William I. Allen, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017. Mrs. Allen was born on June 29, 1933 in Danbury, CT; a daughter of the late Raymond and Ruby (Holabird) Keeler. She was raised and educated in Ridgefield and later graduated from Rider University in Trenton, NJ. Mrs. Allen worked … read more

‘Increased use’ slows down Old Quarry projects

Traffic, medical waste, and overdevelopment were some of the concerns raised during Tuesday night’s public hearing for a proposed assisted living facility and mixed-use building at 55 Old Quarry Road. The five-acre property, owned by Selectman Steve Zemo, is being subdivided to create Old Quarry Commons — a self-storage building with eight two-bedroom apartments on the second floor — on … read more

Schwartz joins ACT of Connecticut

Ridgefield resident and Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz is joining ACT of Connecticut as an artistic advisor. ACT — A Contemporary Theatre — said it will dedicate one show in each of its first five seasons to the Grammy-award-winning playwright. The company received approval from town voters last month to renovate and take over the former Schlumberger auditorium. Schwartz, who will has … read more

Apartments, assisted living proposals get April 4 hearing

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled public hearings for a proposed mixed-use building and an assisting living facility on Old Quarry Road. At the hearings, zoners will review developer Steve Zemo’s proposed mixed-use building, which features eight two-bedroom apartments and a first-floor storage facility. The proposed building sits on less than one acre of property off Old Quarry Road … read more

Voters approve Schlumberger leases

The Board of Selectmen — tasked with selling the Schlumberger property the town bought back in December 2011 — breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday night when voters approved a pair of $1-a-year leases that the selectmen have worked on over the last several months. Under the proposed leases, which more than 130 residents unanimously voted to approve, the Philip Johnson Building will be … read more

Commission for the Disabled on Schlumberger leases: Town has access responsibilities

Parking in a handicapped spot without a proper permit displayed can lead to a hefty fine. —Press photo

Don Ciota, chairman of the Commission for the Disabled, sent a letter to First Selectman Rudy Marconi Wednesday, Feb. 22, outlining the town’s responsibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act when leasing town property. The town is preparing to lease two buildings part of the former Schlumberger property to ACT of Connecticut and BassamFellows. In the letter, Ciota said that … read more

Voters will judge two Schlumberger leases Wednesday

Long-term, $1-a-year leases that would have tenants finance an estimated $1 million in renovations to two former Schlumberger buildings will come before voters for approval next week. A Town Meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 in town hall will consider the two leases, which were negotiated and are being proposed by the Board of Selectmen. The Philip Johnson Building — … read more

Letter: Former committee chairman says vote ‘Yes’ on Schlumberger leases

This building at Schlumberger is slated to be torn down. —Jake Kara Photo

To the Editor: As former chairman of the Schlumberger Citizens Committee, I strongly urge a “Yes” vote on Feb. 22 to the proposed leases for the Schlumberger Philip Johnson Building to BassamFellows, a modern design firm, and the nearby auditorium to ACT of CT, a theater group comprised of local residents. These buildings require investment in excess of $1 million … read more

Letter: Proposed leases represent great opportunity for the town

To the Editor: I encourage Ridgefield voters to attend the Town Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22 (7:30 p.m.) to vote “yes” on the two proposed leases to BassamFellows and ACT of CT. Leasing the Philip Johnson building to BassamFellows represents a unique and extraordinary opportunity to save this important building — Philip Johnson’s first commercial project in his long and … read more

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