Employee of the year: Gaudian serves people in need

“I’m really lucky, I have a job I love,” said Karen Gaudian. “Every day is different. It’s rewarding to be able to help people that are struggling.” Gaudian, the town’s municipal agent for the elderly, was chosen Ridgefield’s 2018 employee of the year. She shares the responsibilities of running the town Social Services Department with its director, Tony Phillips, helping … read more

Outdoor dining: Accessibility, Girl Scouts, and planning and zoning

Inspired in part by Girl Scouts who surveyed the accessibility of village shops for a wheelchair-using troop member, the Planning and Zoning Commission is looking to quietly push businesses to address access issues — including outdoor restaurant seating that sometimes crowds sidewalks. Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti raised the issue at the commission’s June 26 meeting, citing coverage in The Press about … read more

How to feed the hungry? Collect bottles and cans!

To help feed the hungry, Ridgefield Girl Scout Kyela McGuire collected some 20,000 bottles and cans, cashed in the 5-cent returns, and donated $1,004 to be split between Meals on Wheels and the food pantry. Her efforts earned her a General Assembly Citation from the Connecticut House of Representatives, arranged by Ridgefield’s 111th District state Rep. John Frey, who presented … read more

Legislature restores cuts to Medicare that would have hurt seniors, disabled

In a Medicare reprieve for a couple of hundred Ridgefield seniors and disabled citizens, the state legislature tinkered with its budget and found another $53 million for Connecticut’s Medicare Savings Program, which should keep it solvent at least through June. The action in Hartford headed off reductions of eligibility levels that had been projected to knock as many as 113,000 … read more

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