Talk of selling St. Stephen’s property spurs debate

St. Stephen’s South Hall — a gray three-story house south of the church’s sanctuary on Main Street — doesn’t serve enough functions to really justify its upkeep costs, according to church leaders, so they’ve been looking into whether they might want to sell it. “We’re exploring the viability of selling South Hall,” the Rev. Whitney Altopp, St. Stephen’s pastor, told … read more

St. Stephen’s Church supports Habitat for Humanity

St. Stephen’s Church of Ridgefield recently donated $2,000 to Housatonic Habitat for Humanity in support of its affordable housing mission. St. Stephen’s Church is one of Housatonic Habitat’s founding supporters. It has donated more than $10,000 since 2007 and participated in many volunteer opportunities. Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is both a builder and a bank, building affordable homes for working … read more

Change of venue: St. Stephen’s to host country festival in May

Ridgefield Gone Country will have a new venue when it turns six this spring. The barbecue-themed festival will be moved from Lounsbury House to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 351 Main Street. The two-day event, which will feature the Connecticut state BBQ championship, will run from 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, through 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Ridgefield Gone Country … read more

St. Stephen’s pancake breakfast raises funds for ‘BeFreegle’

The Outreach Committee of St. Stephen’s Church invites the public to a community pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 20, from 9 to noon. Although there is no charge for the breakfast, free-will donations will be accepted to benefit the BeFreegle Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sanctuary, rehabilitation and placement of beagles that have been used for research. “Being … read more

Senator Chris Murphy discusses gun legislation, national spending plan (WATCH)

Fielding questions from residents of all ages, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy spoke to a room of more than 100 people in St. Stephen’s North Hall Friday morning. The senator was in Ridgefield attending a pancake breakfast, and opened the discussion talking about an array of national issues, including spending, opioids, and gun legislation. “Given all the massive dysfunction today in … read more

State plans for Main Street will be discussed Thursday

Turning lanes, planted bump-outs to calm traffic and aid pedestrians, eight or more trees replaced — Main Street, as state planners intend to remake it, will be presented to Ridgefielders this week. A state Department of Transportation (DOT) public information meeting on the Main Street plans is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, in the school board room of the town … read more

St. Stephen’s to host ‘Come & See’ this weekend

St. Stephen’s Church is hosting Come & See, three evenings of Christian storytelling and music, on Aug. 27-29. Each evening will begin with an informal supper at 5:30 (outdoors, weather permitting), followed by worship at 7, and will end with dessert. St. Stephen’s developed the program in concert with Christ Church of Redding. Guest preacher will be the Right Rev. … read more

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