Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Sat, 16 Oct 2021 18:01:51 -0400 HamletHub.com Endorsement Letter: Tom Colin for Ridgefield BOE https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/70808-endorsement-letter-for-tom-colin70808-endorsement-letter-for-tom-colin https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/70808-endorsement-letter-for-tom-colin70808-endorsement-letter-for-tom-colin

We are thrilled to vote for Tom Colin for Ridgefield’s Board of Education. Tom is the right choice at the right time for our district and community. As a family court judge who has handled many challenging cases, a father of three RPS graduates, and a community member for over 25 years, Tom is everything we need on the BOE at this moment.
With our world divided in so many ways, we need Tom’s steady wisdom and calm confidence to guide our district toward improvement. Tom dedicated four years of his time to our son’s RBA Travel Basketball team - and his own kids were not on it. His leadership put our boys on the path to becoming more than a team—they became a community. He is level-headed, rational, fair and relatable. On the BOE, Tom will employ his exceptional intellect and empathy to consider all perspectives and make the best decisions for our children. Join us in voting Line A for Tom Colin on November 2nd.
Sarah & Larry Katz
17 Limekiln Road
Ridgefield, CT
sekatz@comcast.net (Sarah Katz) Todays events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:58:34 -0400
What a day to Fall In Love with Ridgefield! Community IS Everything! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/70811-what-a-day-to-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield-community-is-everything70811-what-a-day-to-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield-community-is-everything https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/70811-what-a-day-to-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield-community-is-everything70811-what-a-day-to-fall-in-love-with-ridgefield-community-is-everything

 A warm breeze blowing, colorful leaves on the sidewalk, and the sunshine made for an absolutely beautiful day in downtown Ridgefield for the annual Fall in Love celebration! 

Sponsored by Downtown Ridgefield Merchants, today's event was a reminder of how special our community is... face painting and balloon art for kids, Live Life to the Max book donation event in front of Books on the Common, Halloween window painting, Library "On the Wall" book sale, and scarecrows to admire (and vote for) are what make this one of the most beloved events of the year.

The scarecrows will remain on their posts for a few more weeks (thank you Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center) so if you missed today's fall celebration, plan a walk downtown soon so you can marvel at the creative scarecrows and cast a vote for your favorite. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 31. Learn more on KTMHC website here.

Thank you to the local merchants who offered sidewalk sales and specials today and to all of the residents who enjoyed "all the fall things" in downtown Ridgefield.

Below are some more awesome events happening in Ridgefield tomorrow! 


Ridgefield Half Marathon and 7 Miler

Nod Hill Brewery to Host First Green Business Awards and Host Electric Vehicle Show (2pm)

Third Weekends at The Aldrich and Fall Family Tour

Blessing of the Animals at The Meetinghouse 

Jesse Lee’s For the Love of Music Concert

The Silence of the Lambs 30th Anniversary (movie) at The Ridgefield Playhouse

ACT of Connecticut Smokey Joe's Cafe (2pm)

Bluegrass Coffeehouse and Open Bluegrass Jam at First Congregational Church (on the terrace from 2 to 5pm)


Keeler Tavern's 9th Annual Scarecrow Contest

Jesse Lee Pumpkin Patch

*If we've missed any events, please feel free to add in the comments!

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:49:14 -0400
Klezmer Concert by Beryllium String Quartet at Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield on October 24 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/70810-klezmer-concert70810-klezmer-concert https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/70810-klezmer-concert70810-klezmer-concert

On Sunday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m., Beryllium String Quartet will perform a free, one-hour chamber music program open to the public, featuring selections from the Ashkenazi traditions of Klezmer music. The concert is at Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties. 

Originally performed as both concert and celebratory music for Eastern European cultural events, Klezmer was gradually relegated to being played strictly for celebrations in the wake of Jewish public meetings and concerts becoming prohibited.

Beryllium String Quartet explores myriad facets of Klezmer music. Some have been handed down in traditional form, while other variations combine Western Classical music with Eastern European Jewish and folkloric music.

Led by Beryllium founder Beryl Diamond Chacon, on violin, Beryllium features Rena Isbin, violin; William Hakim, viola; Robert Burkhart, cello. The ensemble has played Broadway, The Frick Collection museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other venues.

To RSVP for the concert, contact office@OurShirShalom.org. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the program is child-friendly. More info at berylliummusic.com.

Congregation Shir Shalom is at 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, Conn. 06877; (203)-438-6589.


bruce@aparpr.co (Congregaton Shir Shalom) Events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:23:26 -0400
Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge at The Ridgefield Playhouse on November 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/70809-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-1770809-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/70809-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-1770809-robby-krieger-the-doors-with-special-guest-vanilla-fudge-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-november-17

A great double-bill of classic rock is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage – Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge on Wednesday, November 17 at 8pm!

Krieger, who was the band’s guitarist and songwriter, leads a celebration of the music of The Doors with his Robby Krieger Band and special guest vocalist Waylon Krieger, his son. Hits include "Light My Fire," "Love Me Two Times," "Riders on the Storm," "Love Her Madly" and many more!  Vanilla Fudge features original members Mark Stein, Carmine Appice and Vince Martell with Pete Bremy. 

Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create “psychedelic symphonic rock” an eclectic genre which would, among its many offshoots, eventually morph into heavy metal. They are best known for their arrangements of “Ticket to Ride,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and more!

This show is part of the Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car. Media partner for this event is i95 The Home of Rock ‘n Roll.  For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($77.50) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.


kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 08:54:57 -0400
Endorsement Letter: Amy Casey for Ridgefield BOE https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/70804-endorsement-letter-amy-casey-for-ridgefield-boe70804-endorsement-letter-amy-casey-for-ridgefield-boe https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/70804-endorsement-letter-amy-casey-for-ridgefield-boe70804-endorsement-letter-amy-casey-for-ridgefield-boe

Amy Casey has my full support for Ridgefield's Board of Education. 

Having grown up in Ridgefield, I know the importance of our schools. Smart, well-rounded members of our BOE are especially important to keeping education moving forward for our community. In our work together on the Ridgefield Arts Council and at the Keeler Tavern Museum, I’ve seen firsthand her abilities as an educator and a leader. Amy’s excellent communication and analytical skills are needed on the BOE. 

Amy has a unique background, as a teacher, science researcher and finance professional. Her experience, along with her passion to serve the community are why our students and families need Amy Casey on our BOE. 

I admire her energy and I’m proud to have her as a friend and colleague. Join me in voting Line A for Amy Casey on November 2nd.

Josh Fischer
Main Street, Ridgefield CT
kerry@ducey.org (Josh Fischer) Todays events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 06:55:12 -0400
Town of Ridgefield Public Hearing and Special Town Meeting at Veterans Park on Wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/70801-town-of-ridgefield-public-hearing-and-special-town-meeting-at-veterans-park-on-wednesday70801-town-of-ridgefield-public-hearing-and-special-town-meeting-at-veterans-park-on-wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/70801-town-of-ridgefield-public-hearing-and-special-town-meeting-at-veterans-park-on-wednesday70801-town-of-ridgefield-public-hearing-and-special-town-meeting-at-veterans-park-on-wednesday

Town of Ridgefield Board of Selectmen Meeting and Special Town Meeting Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30pm in the Veterans Park Auditorium (8 Governor Street).

Public Hearing and Special Town Meeting to begin at 7:30pm

The Purpose of this Public Hearing and Special Town Meeting is to discuss and vote on the allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act funds (ARPA) for the purpose of partially funding the construction of a sewer forced main from Route 7 District two to South Street District one sewer plant. Amount of allocation not to exceed $2,922,477.

See the Town calendar for details of this Special Meeting at www.ridgefieldct.org.

View the information sheet here.

BOS Agenda

1. Public Comment

2. Appointment:

     a. Marie T. Ascher – Architectural Advisory Committee

3. Tax Collector Refunds

4. Set Public Hearing and Town Meeting for acceptance from Land Conservancy

5. Approval of Meeting Minutes

6. Selectman’s Report

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Ridgefield) Politics Sat, 16 Oct 2021 06:42:39 -0400
Winter Garden Ice Arena Learn to Skate Program https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/70800-winter-garden-ice-arena-learn-to-skate-program70800-winter-garden-ice-arena-learn-to-skate-program https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/70800-winter-garden-ice-arena-learn-to-skate-program70800-winter-garden-ice-arena-learn-to-skate-program

Learn to Skate at Winter Garden Ice Arena

10 Weeks!

November 20, 2021-February 5, 2021 (no class 12/25 & 1/1)

A recreational program teaching beginners the basic skills and techniques of skating. One 60 minute class per week, consisting of 30 minute group lesson & 30 minutes of practice. More advanced skaters will continue to learn new skills and progress through the levels of US Figure Skating Association. For all ages 5 and older. Male & Female!  Skaters have the opportunity to be tested and receive merit badges as they develop new skills. There are eight levels of badges to progress through. Skaters are grouped according to age and ability.

Fee: $299

Visit Winter Garden online here for additional information.

kerry@ducey.org (Winter Garden Ice Arena) Places Sat, 16 Oct 2021 06:39:51 -0400
Live Cabaret Piano Bar...n Returns To Ridgefield Theater Barn October 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/70757-live-cabaret-piano-bar-n-returns-to-ridgefield-theater-barn-october-2370757-live-cabaret-piano-bar-n-returns-to-ridgefield-theater-barn-october-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/70757-live-cabaret-piano-bar-n-returns-to-ridgefield-theater-barn-october-2370757-live-cabaret-piano-bar-n-returns-to-ridgefield-theater-barn-october-23

Following a necessary 2-year hiatus, the Ridgefield Theater Barn is celebrating Halloween a bit early with their next installment of Piano Bar…n. Those that have attended this biannual event in the past know it’s a wickedly entertaining evening filled with live music, talented performers, and good company where you may even be shaken out of your comfort zone to hop on the stage yourself! (Don’t worry, they won’t force you.) All that and more await you on October 23rd at 8 pm, when the Theater Barn brings the Manhattan club scene to Ridgefield.

With the superb accompaniment of the talented Tom Morris, invited singers will offer up their favorites while encouraging the audience to sing songs almost everyone knows by heart. Co-hosts Pamme Jones and Jeffery Albanesi will guide you along an evening of good music and unpredictable laughter. And if the mood strikes, you’ll be given the chance to take the stage yourself!

The show starts at 8 pm and the doors open at 7 pm. As with most Barn shows, the seating is cabaret style and patrons are encouraged to bring food and drink to enjoy before the show. Tickets are $120 for a table that seats 4. Patrons are required to show proof of vaccination and masks are required at all times, except while eating and drinking. The Ridgefield Theater Barn is located at 37 Halpin Lane. Seating is limited and reservations, which are required for pre-screening Covid purposes, can be made at https://ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org


kerry@ducey.org (Linda Seay) Events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 06:20:00 -0400
Captain Comstock Retires from Ridgefield Police Department After 34 Years Of Dedicated Service https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/70803-captain-thomas-retires-from-ridgefield-police-department-after-34-years-of-dedicated-service70803-captain-thomas-retires-from-ridgefield-police-department-after-34-years-of-dedicated-service https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/70803-captain-thomas-retires-from-ridgefield-police-department-after-34-years-of-dedicated-service70803-captain-thomas-retires-from-ridgefield-police-department-after-34-years-of-dedicated-service

Today Captain Thomas Comstock will be retiring from the Ridgefield Police Department. During his tenure with the department, Captain Comstock held the following ranks and commands: 
Patrol Officer (1988-1998), Detective/Youth Officer (1998-2001), Sergeant (2001-2005), Lieutenant 2005-2012), Captain of the Division of Professional Standards (2012-2013), and Detective Division Commander (2013-2021).   
Captain Comstock instructed a variety of subjects, held a variety of specialized assignments, and received multiple recognitions during his career to include:
-Exceptional Service Award Recipient (1998 and 2011)
-Field Training Officer
-D.A.R.E. Instructor
-Arrest and Control Instructor
-Taser Instructor
-Honor Guard Member 
-Motorcycle Officer
We would like to thank Captain Comstock for his 34 years of dedicated service to the Ridgefield Police Department and wish him well in his future endeavors.
Follow Ridgefield Police on Facebook HERE.
kerry@ducey.org (RPD) Neighbors Fri, 15 Oct 2021 13:25:11 -0400
COVID Case Reported at RHS, Individual Potentially Infectious October 12-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/70802-covid-case-reported-at-rhs-individual-potentially-infectious-october-12-1470802-covid-case-reported-at-rhs-individual-potentially-infectious-october-12-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/70802-covid-case-reported-at-rhs-individual-potentially-infectious-october-12-1470802-covid-case-reported-at-rhs-individual-potentially-infectious-october-12-14

Aaron Crook, RPS COVID-19 Health and Safety Compliance Liaison, reported that today, the District learned that a member of the Ridgefield High School (RHS) community tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was in the RHS building while potentially infectious to others on Tuesday, October 12, Wednesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 14.

Contact tracing for this case has been completed.

"I conferred with Town of Ridgefield Health Director Ed Briggs and RHS Medical Advisor Dr. James Ahern about this case. Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and get vaccinated," said Crook.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Todays events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:58:35 -0400
Ridgefield Weekend Event Guide: Scarecrows, Books, Music, Art, Electric Cars, and MORE! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/70798-ridgefield-weekend-event-guide-scarecrows-books-music-art-electric-cars-and-more70798-ridgefield-weekend-event-guide-scarecrows-books-music-art-electric-cars-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/70798-ridgefield-weekend-event-guide-scarecrows-books-music-art-electric-cars-and-more70798-ridgefield-weekend-event-guide-scarecrows-books-music-art-electric-cars-and-more

Your Weekend Guide To Fall in Love with Ridgefield 

Creativity is plentiful in downtown Ridgefield! Have you checked out the scarecrows? They are part of Keeler Tavern's 9th Annual Scarecrow Contest and you can VOTE for your favorite! Below, you'll find the lineup of weekend events and activities. Have fun!

Did we miss anything? You can add events to our calendar HERE.


Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at The Ridgefield Playhouse

ACT of Connecticut Smokey Joe's Cafe (8pm)


Ridgefield Library’s On the Wall Book Sale

Fall in Love with Ridgefield (all day)

Halloween Window Painting in downtown Ridgefield 

Live Life to the Max Book Drive in front of Books on the Common (10am to 4pm)

Fall Frothy Forage at Woodcock Nature Center with Nod Hill Brewery from noon to 5pm.

The Machine Performs Pink Floyd at The Ridgefield Playhouse

ACT of Connecticut Smokey Joe's Cafe (2 and 8pm)


Ridgefield Half Marathon and 7 Miler

Nod Hill Brewery to Host First Green Business Awards and Host Electric Vehicle Show (2pm)

Third Weekends at The Aldrich and Fall Family Tour

Blessing of the Animals at The Meetinghouse 

Jesse Lee’s For the Love of Music Concert

The Silence of the Lambs 30th Anniversary (movie) at The Ridgefield Playhouse

ACT of Connecticut Smokey Joe's Cafe (2pm)

Bluegrass Coffeehouse and Open Bluegrass Jam at First Congregational Church (on the terrace from 2 to 5pm)


Keeler Tavern's 9th Annual Scarecrow Contest

Jesse Lee Pumpkin Patch

*If we've missed any events, please feel free to add in the comments!

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:34:48 -0400
Meet the Ridgefield Republican Candidates Tomorrow on Main Street https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/70796-meet-the-candidates-163431708370796-meet-the-candidates-1634317083 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/70796-meet-the-candidates-163431708370796-meet-the-candidates-1634317083

Meet the Ridgefield Republican Town Candidates and Committee members.

Join us Saturday, Oct. 16th from 10am-2pm to the right of Town Hall.

Treats and Balloons will be provided for the kids.

Info@ridgefieldrtc.org (Ridgefield Republican Town Committee) Politics Fri, 15 Oct 2021 08:58:03 -0400
How Do You Choose a Breast Imaging Center? https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/70797-how-do-you-choose-a-breast-imaging-center70797-how-do-you-choose-a-breast-imaging-center https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/70797-how-do-you-choose-a-breast-imaging-center70797-how-do-you-choose-a-breast-imaging-center

A big question for patients is how do I pick a breast facility and a specialty-trained radiologist to interpret my exam? What should I look for? According to Connecticut Breast Imaging Breast Specialist, Dr. Jaime Szarmach, technology is important. “You can only see what your equipment will let you see.”

Dr. Szarmach recommends looking for a center that has Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D Mammography. Dr. Szarmach continues, “In addition to the technology, it’s important to have someone who is extremely qualified to read and interpret the images. Ask if the physician is fellowship-trained in breast imaging, as these specialists have the most experience in the field and will be the best at catching potential issues on a mammogram. They will also be able to dismiss things as normal that might have been questioned by a less experienced physician.”

In addition to offering state-of-the-art technology and physician expertise, making sure that the facility not only does imaging but also performs biopsies or has surgeons on staff who do in case the need arises, is key. Ideally, patients should seek the best facility that can provide a continuum of care, from your first scan to your last treatment.

Connecticut Breast Imaging (formerly Connecticut Women’s Imaging), has recently launched a new podcast: Breast Assured: Conversations About Breast Health. The podcast discusses how to choose a breast center and addresses key topics around breast health. Breast Assured’s goal is to be the reassuring and intelligent resource that’s often missing for people as they go through a diagnostic and treatment process.

For more information or to learn more about Connecticut Breast Imaging, visit ctbreastimaging.org or call 203.426.3002.

kerry@ducey.org (Jen Coakley) Life Fri, 15 Oct 2021 08:56:20 -0400
Little Spots of Kindness Across Ridgefield Public Schools https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/70795-little-spots-of-kindness-across-ridgefield-public-schools70795-little-spots-of-kindness-across-ridgefield-public-schools https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/70795-little-spots-of-kindness-across-ridgefield-public-schools70795-little-spots-of-kindness-across-ridgefield-public-schools

Every day at Ridgefield Public Schools there are big and small acts of kindness that unite us. The all-school collaborative mural at Ridgebury Elementary organized by art teacher Rachael Penney embodies the kindness that runs across the District.

RES students K-5 read the book A Little Spot of Kindness by Diane Alber. Inspired by the book, students created their own “little spot of kindness” using a variety of art materials and techniques.

With help from building substitute, Rebecca Filiault, Penney organized the spots into a colorful daily reminder to the RES community. Penney reports that she will work with fellow art teacher Megan Kounnas to do a similar collaboration at Farmingville Elementary. (See more RPS art from every grade on Instagram).

kerry@ducey.org (RPS) Neighbors Fri, 15 Oct 2021 08:18:38 -0400
Town of Ridgefield Public Info Session To Discuss Allocation of ARPA Funds for Sewer https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/70794-town-of-ridgefield-public-info-session-to-discuss-allocation-of-arpa-funds-for-sewer70794-town-of-ridgefield-public-info-session-to-discuss-allocation-of-arpa-funds-for-sewer https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/70794-town-of-ridgefield-public-info-session-to-discuss-allocation-of-arpa-funds-for-sewer70794-town-of-ridgefield-public-info-session-to-discuss-allocation-of-arpa-funds-for-sewer

WPCA Special Meeting Tomorrow

The Town of Ridgefield has announced a Public Information Meeting will be held tomorrow, Saturday, October 16 beginning at 10:00 am to discuss the allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act funds (ARPA) for the purpose of partially funding the construction of a sewer forced main from Route 7 District two to South Street District one sewer plant.

Amount of allocation not to exceed $2,922,477.

The special information session will take place in the large conference room at Town Hall, 400 Main Street.

See the Town calendar for details of this Special Meeting at www.ridgefieldct.org.

View the information sheet here.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Ridgefield) Politics Fri, 15 Oct 2021 08:02:39 -0400