Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce held their 2014 Annual Awards Luncheon and State of the Town Address today at Silver Spring Country Club. Hundreds of residents, local business owners, and friends gathered together to celebrate our wonderful town while honoring Bernard's Restaurant, named Business of the Year, and remembering Mike Ryer, who was named Volunteer of the Year.
First Selectman Rudy Marconi spoke about Ridgefield's positive fiscal state. "We have a good, strong fund balance and Ridgefield is doing well," said Marconi.
With the sale of portions of the Schlumberger property and Boehringer Ingelheim aggressively perusing their expansion plans, Marconi spoke confidently about Ridgefield's future.
And, there's no doubt, 2014 will be a historical year for Ridgefield. A brand new, state of the art library is set to open on May 9. "The library is an icon, the jewel of our Main Street," remarked Marconi. Adding to the beauty and luster of Ridgefield will be The Prospector Theater which will open in August of 2014. Marconi thanked the Jensen family for bringing this asset to our community. He spoke about the Sims family who will add even more glory to the downtown area with a newly renovated and expanded supply company.
Marconi addressed safety concerns relating to lack of cell service in the Ridgebury area. "It looks like the cell tower will happen. There is a Public Hearing on April 24," said Marconi, who added, "Of all of the 911 calls we receive, 70% are from cell phones - this is a safety concern."
With new bike paths that will connect The Rec Center with the Branchville area, landscaping in front of Town Hall (the two Elm trees will need to come down soon), and the Bailey Ave lot beautified, things are certainly looking bright for Ridgefield.
Thank you to the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce for organizing this great event and congratulations to honorees, Bernard and Sarah Bouissou of Bernard's and Sarah's Wine Bar and Michael Ryer. Ridgefield is truly a special place to call home.