Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:50:41 -0400 HamletHub.com New show on sale at The Ridgefield Playhouse...but first kick-off your Fourth of July weekend with Dave Mason performing a night of his classic rock hits! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/72936-new-show-on-sale-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-but-first-kick-off-your-fourth-of-july-weekend-with-dave-mason-performing-a-night-of-his-classic-rock-hits72936-new-show-on-sale-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-but-first-kick-off-your-fourth-of-july-weekend-with-dave-mason-performing-a-night-of-his-classic-rock-hits https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/72936-new-show-on-sale-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-but-first-kick-off-your-fourth-of-july-weekend-with-dave-mason-performing-a-night-of-his-classic-rock-hits72936-new-show-on-sale-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-but-first-kick-off-your-fourth-of-july-weekend-with-dave-mason-performing-a-night-of-his-classic-rock-hits

Start your long holiday weekend at the Ridgefield Playhouse! TONIGHT Friday, July 1st at 8pm the legendary Dave Mason is taking over! Hear Dave perform his hits like “We Just Disagree,” “Only You and I Know,” “Feeling Alright” and more. Avoid Traffic with an early visit to town for dinner at The Lantern where you can enjoy a complimentary draft beer or glass of wine with your entrée when you show your ticket.

Looking head- on sale today is soul and R&B singer and musician Allen Stone on Thursday, September 8th at 8pm. Best known for his songs “Unaware,” “Brown Eyed Lover,” “Consider Me,” and many others – Stone has developed a reputation for powerful live shows and has built a devoted fan following on the strength of his near-magical ability to channel a weight-of-the-world sensitivity into his songs while still radiating hope and promise.

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home tickets, 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.

Follow us on Instagram: @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: @RidgefieldPlayhouse

lisa.barrett@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:59:01 -0400
RHS Counselor Houlihan Promoted https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72935-rhs-counselor-houlihan-promoted72935-rhs-counselor-houlihan-promoted https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72935-rhs-counselor-houlihan-promoted72935-rhs-counselor-houlihan-promoted

Terrence Houlihan will become the Ridgefield High School Counseling Supervisor. This change in position reflects the excellence Houlihan has brought to his work as Head of the RHS Counseling Department. From instituting RHS’s first college fair in over a decade to overseeing the change in the way the Counseling Department serves its students, Mr. Houlihan (Terry) has made a large impact in a short time.

Read an RPS News profile of Terry from October 2021 here.

Listen to a Tiger Talk Podcast, “Return of the College Fair,” with him here.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Public Schools) Neighbors Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:47:48 -0400
Longtime Ridgefield resident Josephine Healy, 89, has died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72934-longtime-ridgefield-resident-josephine-healy-89-has-died72934-longtime-ridgefield-resident-josephine-healy-89-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72934-longtime-ridgefield-resident-josephine-healy-89-has-died72934-longtime-ridgefield-resident-josephine-healy-89-has-died

Josephine A. Healy, 89, of Danbury, longtime resident of Ridgefield, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. She was the loving wife of the late Eugene F. Healy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church; 520 Ridgebury Road, Ridgefield. Interment will take place privately, there will be no calling hours.

Kane Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:44:08 -0400
What makes you crack a smile in Ridgefield? Meet Linda Queenan https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72933-what-makes-you-crack-a-smile-in-ridgefield-meet-linda-queenan72933-what-makes-you-crack-a-smile-in-ridgefield-meet-linda-queenan https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72933-what-makes-you-crack-a-smile-in-ridgefield-meet-linda-queenan72933-what-makes-you-crack-a-smile-in-ridgefield-meet-linda-queenan

Summer Smiles in Ridgefield

Enjoying summer days close to home, at events and venues unique to your hometown, are some of the most memorable experiences in life. (plus, you can get cozy in your own bed at the end of a fun-filled day).

Our series “What makes you crack a smile” puts a spotlight on the local people, places and events that make our community an enjoyable place to live.

Get your flip-flops and summer ON and find out what makes Linda Queenan crack a smile!

Tell us about your favorite summertime destination in Ridgefield

Only one?! I love sitting outside at any of the fabulous restaurants we have in our town! I can’t leave out grabbing takeout at Baja or Planet and bringing the family to watch the talented musicians that come to Ballard Park.

What community event do you look forward to attending? How does it make you feel?

Definitely the Memorial Day Parade! The town is filled with familiar smiling faces. This is a quintessential New England event. Every year, my family and a group of friends and their families set up in front of the Lounsbury House (another gem in town) We all love cheering on all of the floats that go by …especially The Boys and Girls Club Float which is chock full of children waving American flags. And the flyover is always the highlight! Every year, this event reminds me that we live in the best town! Ridgefield is a special place.

What summer activity in your town makes you crack a smile?

Definitely the fireworks at RHS! Similar to The Memorial Day Parade, it’s just got such a great sense of community. Kids are running free parents are mingling! The firework display is incredible!

Want to share your bubly days of summer with HamletHub? Email us at  localmatters@hamlethub.com

This series (packed with fun) is made possible by bubly. 

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:22:23 -0400
Listen to Camp Director and Teaching Artist Jerusha Wright talk about plans for this summer’s Camp Aldrich! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72932-listen-to-camp-director-and-teaching-artist-jerusha-wright-talk-about-plans-for-this-summer-s-camp-aldrich72932-listen-to-camp-director-and-teaching-artist-jerusha-wright-talk-about-plans-for-this-summer-s-camp-aldrich https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72932-listen-to-camp-director-and-teaching-artist-jerusha-wright-talk-about-plans-for-this-summer-s-camp-aldrich72932-listen-to-camp-director-and-teaching-artist-jerusha-wright-talk-about-plans-for-this-summer-s-camp-aldrich

HERE Camp Director and Teaching Artist Jerusha Wright talks about plans for this summer’s Camp Aldrich!

Budding artists entering grades 1 through 6 will spend a week in the Museum learning about the works of art currently on view and responding to them by making artworks using new methods, materials, and techniques and exploring movement and mindfulness in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden. Only a few spots left this summer – register today!

Week 1 (Grade 1-3): July 11 to 15
Week 2 (Grades 1-3): July 18 to 22
Week 3 (Grades 4-6): July 25 to 29
Week 4 (Grades 4-6): August 1 to 5

Cost: $420 per child, per week; $375 per child, per week for Aldrich Family Members and above

Meet Camp Aldrich Director and Teaching Artist, Je...

kerry@ducey.org (The Aldrich) Neighbors Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:10:00 -0400
Ridgefield Residents Named to Dean's List at Fairfield University https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72930-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-fairfield-university-165669050672930-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-fairfield-university-1656690506 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72930-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-fairfield-university-165669050672930-ridgefield-residents-named-to-dean-s-list-at-fairfield-university-1656690506

Fairfield University Congratulates Spring 2022 Dean List 

Congratulations to the Ridgefield residents who have received Dean's List Honors for the Spring 2022 semester at Fairfield University.
Olivia L. Anderson
 Ian J. Austin
 Jenna M. Budicini
 Annie J. Cozens
 Lukas A. Dapkus
 Chad M. Eskenazi
 Hunter S. Eskenazi
 Anna I. Fernandez
 Jillian E. Feurman
 Colin J. Hogan
 Alyssa R. Maiolo
 Falyn L. McGoey
 Thomas J. Senesac
In order to be placed on the Dean's List, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in a semester, have no outstanding or incomplete grades for that semester, and have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better. 
kerry@ducey.org (Fairfield University) Neighbors Fri, 01 Jul 2022 07:48:26 -0400
Ridgefield Weather: Risk of Thunderstorms as Cold Front Moves into Region https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/72929-ridgefield-weather-risk-of-thunderstorms-as-cold-front-moves-into-region72929-ridgefield-weather-risk-of-thunderstorms-as-cold-front-moves-into-region https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/72929-ridgefield-weather-risk-of-thunderstorms-as-cold-front-moves-into-region72929-ridgefield-weather-risk-of-thunderstorms-as-cold-front-moves-into-region

The National Weather Services (NWS) reports that a cold front will be moving through the region Saturday, July 2 into Saturday evening. Ahead of the cold front today, Friday, July 1, temperatures will reach the upper 80s and lower 90s and few showers and thunderstorms are possible. 
The NWS says that another round of showers and thunderstorms is possible Saturday afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the area at a slight risk for severe thunderstorms.
The Lower Hudson Valley, northeast New Jersey, New York City metro, southern Connecticut, and much of Long Island. 
Damaging wind gusts (>58 mph) and hail (>1 inch diameter) are the main threats from any thunderstorms that develop. Localized flash flooding is also possible. 
Please see attached graphics for additional details. Please visit the NWS New York, NY webpage
kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Fri, 01 Jul 2022 07:14:17 -0400
Where's Waldo? In Ridgefield (of course)! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/72915-where-s-waldo-he-s-on-his-way-to-ridgefield-165650697672915-where-s-waldo-he-s-on-his-way-to-ridgefield-1656506976 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/72915-where-s-waldo-he-s-on-his-way-to-ridgefield-165650697672915-where-s-waldo-he-s-on-his-way-to-ridgefield-1656506976

Where's Waldo? Books on the Common has announced that the familiar-looking fellow is headed to Ridgefield and community members are invited to search for him beginning TODAY, Friday, July 1!

He’s back! After a 2 year hiatus, Find Waldo in Ridgefield is back for the month of July!

Stop by Books on the Common in downtown Ridgefield and pick up y our "Waldo Passport" and start hunting on Friday, July 1st!

Waldo is hiding in 25 businesses throughout town! 

Make sure to check Books on the Common's Facebook page for Waldo's Ridgefield adventures!

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:49:00 -0400
The Ridgefield Playhouse ushers in a new era of live entertainment - the community celebrates! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/72928-the-ridgefield-playhouse-ushers-in-a-new-era-of-live-entertainment-the-community-celebrates72928-the-ridgefield-playhouse-ushers-in-a-new-era-of-live-entertainment-the-community-celebrates https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/72928-the-ridgefield-playhouse-ushers-in-a-new-era-of-live-entertainment-the-community-celebrates72928-the-ridgefield-playhouse-ushers-in-a-new-era-of-live-entertainment-the-community-celebrates

Tonight was historical for The Ridgefield Playhouse. Community members, donors, local government officials, and members of the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce gathered outside of the Playhouse to celebrate the nonprofit's first major renovation since opening its doors in 2000. 

Allison Stockel, Executive Director, welcomed attendees with tears in her eyes. This moment was one she fought hard to achieve. The venue has been bursting at the seams - innovating to create more space for the growing number of performers, staff, and patrons. Today was a big one for the arts in Ridgefield.

“This is something that we have been thinking about since I started a long time ago - how can we make the lobby better for patrons? And we knew we needed to improve the backstage.”

Stockel says the stars aligned in 2014 when RVNAhealth moved to Governor Street and I said, “Rudy that’s the best place for the Board of Education and we can have the Board of Education space!” “You’ll see when you go in, it will be amazing to you that this is just the natural space for us to have.” It took many years, lots of discussions, the BOE now has a beautiful space and entryway as they should.”

With the craftsmanship of Verdi Construction and architect, Doug Macmillan, The Ridgefield Playhouse has nearly doubled its footprint and is poised for a future where live entertainment will be plentiful.

Stockel thanked the many donors present including Nick and Anita Donofrio. It was Nick who rolled up his sleeves and worked with Allison to raise the funds necessary for the expansion. “We did this on our own. We hired nobody to lead us. I convinced my partner here (gesturing toward Stockel) that we were smart enough to do this on our own. She listened to me.” Donofrio thanked the many in attendance who helped make the dreams of a better Ridgefield Playhouse a reality.

After cutting a bright green ribbon, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, Stockel opened the doors to the newly renovated Playhouse where cocktails, hors d'oeuvres from Bernard’s (and air conditioning) awaited. 

The lobby of the Ridgefield Playhouse is stunning. Ridgefield resident Chris Curnan is the talented artist behind the colorful paintings on the walls and Norvel Hermanovski is currently painting murals of Ridgefield landmarks to adorn the interior. 

Some of the greatest musicians in the world have not only performed in Ridgefield, Connecticut, but they’ve shopped here and dined in our restaurants! Kudos to Stockel and her team who has brought renowned artists to Ridgefield. 

The list of musical notables is lengthy, here are just some: Southside Johnny (shown in photo with Stockel), Bruce Hornsby, George Thorogood, Colbie Callait, Brett Michaels, Boz Scaggs, Judy Collins, kd Lang, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Steven Stills, David Crosby, and The Beach Boys. And, they return, year after year.

From concerts to plays, educational events and movies, the Ridgefield Playhouse is synonymous with outstanding entertainment - close to home. 

Cheers to you, Allison Stockel and The Ridgefield Playhouse! You did it! 

Now, see a show! Click here to visit The Ridgefield Playhouse.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:51:13 -0400
FREE admission to The Aldrich this summer thanks to grant from Connecticut Humanities https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/72927-free-admission-to-the-aldrich-this-summer-thanks-to-grant-from-connecticut-humanities72927-free-admission-to-the-aldrich-this-summer-thanks-to-grant-from-connecticut-humanities https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/72927-free-admission-to-the-aldrich-this-summer-thanks-to-grant-from-connecticut-humanities72927-free-admission-to-the-aldrich-this-summer-thanks-to-grant-from-connecticut-humanities

 The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $17,400 from Connecticut Humanities to support our participation in the CT Summer at the Museum initiative.
The program invites Connecticut children ages 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult to visit participating museums free of charge from July 1 through September 5, 2022. Funding for the initiative is provided by the CT General Assembly, with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also received support from the federal APRA. 
“The CT Summer at the Museum initiative led to a wonderful increase in children and their families visiting The Aldrich in 2021. The Aldrich’s exhibitions and programs seek to make contemporary art engaging and accessible to all, and this wonderful program brought new faces from around the state to the Museum for the first time. We’re thrilled to participate in CT Summer at the Museum again this year, and have expanded offerings for visitors of all ages, including free hands-on art-making in the Museum’s Studio each weekend,” shared The Aldrich’s Executive Director Cybele Maylone.

This summer at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum the museum is presenting its largest exhibition to date, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone52 Artists celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists curated by Lucy R. Lippard at The Aldrich in 1971. This exhibition showcases work by the artists included in the original 1971 exhibition, alongside a new roster of twenty-six female identifying or nonbinary emerging artists, tracking the evolution of feminist art practices over the past five decades. On the weekends, visitors are encouraged to drop by the Museum’s on-site Studio and follow the prompts to make art in response to the works they viewed in the galleries and Sculpture Garden. The Aldrich is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 12 noon to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and is closed on Tuesdays. Advance ticket registration is recommended. Plan your visit and reserve tickets at www.thealdrich.org.

kerry@ducey.org (The Aldrich) Places Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:30:47 -0400
Ridgefield School of Dance Opens Summer Programs https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/72926-ridgefield-school-of-dance-opens-summer-programs72926-ridgefield-school-of-dance-opens-summer-programs https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/72926-ridgefield-school-of-dance-opens-summer-programs72926-ridgefield-school-of-dance-opens-summer-programs

The Fourth of July holiday is just days away and The Ridgefield School of Dance is accepting registrations for this summer’s young dancers and advanced ballet intensive programs designed for new and experienced students from ages 3-18.

The Young Dancers’ Program ( July 5, July 11 and 18), offers both Summer and Senior Sprites for three to six year olds and Young Dancer and Junior Workshops ages 7 and up. All of the summer programs may be taken in one, two or three- week commitments. The very popular Sprites program taught by Violeta Katz, offers a fun class for children who have some dance experience, but is equally well-suited as an introduction to ballet for any interested youngster. In the Young Dancer and Junior Workshops, students will work on ballet and contemporary disciplines along with learning choreography in a relaxed atmosphere. 

“Summer Dance is a great way for students to experience new disciplines, improve dance technique and continue to pursue their love of dance throughout the summer,” said director Alison Brown.

The Advanced Ballet Intensive is designed to fine-tune and strengthen serious dancers’ technique, allowing them to work on technique in a daily class while including strength and flexibility as an add-on. The schedule takes into account that summer is a time for family get-aways and leaves Fridays free for long weekends.

In its third decade, The Ridgefield School of Dance provides pre-professional and recreational dance instruction focusing on classical ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap and musical theatre dance. With a complete schedule of day and evening classes for ages three through adult, the school offers the joy and discipline of dance, with a challenging curriculum at all program levels.

For more information, visit theridgefieldschoolofdance.com, 203-894-5957 or stop by The Ridgefield School of Dance’s 66 Grove Street Studio.

Photo by stevewhite.photography


kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Valluzzo) Places Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:16:55 -0400
What makes you crack a smile in Ridgefield? Meet Alex Fischetti https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72920-what-makes-you-crack-a-smile-in-ridgefield-meet-alex-fischetti72920-what-makes-you-crack-a-smile-in-ridgefield-meet-alex-fischetti https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72920-what-makes-you-crack-a-smile-in-ridgefield-meet-alex-fischetti72920-what-makes-you-crack-a-smile-in-ridgefield-meet-alex-fischetti

Summer Smiles in Ridgefield

Enjoying summer days close to home, at events and venues unique to your hometown, are some of the most memorable experiences in life. (plus, you can get cozy in your own bed at the end of a fun-filled day).

Our series “What makes you crack a smile” puts a spotlight on the local people, places and events that make our community an enjoyable place to live.

Get your flip-flops and summer ON and meet the one and only - Alex Fischetti!

Tell us about your favorite summertime destination in Ridgefield

Deborah Ann’s! Seeing everyone line up for a cup or cone of ice cream while GREAT music plays from inside the store just fills me up with happiness!

What community event do you look forward to attending? How does it make you feel?

The Ridgefield Guild Of Artists ArtWalk! LOVE seeing all the AMAZING works outside of all the stores & supporting all the artists who made them! Makes me feel BLESSED to be part of a town that supports the arts as much as Ridgefield does!

What summer activity in Ridgefield makes you crack a smile?

The Chirp Concerts! God BLESS Barbara Manners and what she does to bring fun and music to Ballard Park! I look forward and treasure it every year!

Want to share your bubly days of summer with HamletHub? Email us at localmatters@hamlethub.com

This series (packed with fun) is made possible by bubly. 

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:59:31 -0400
Longtime Ridgefield resident Jerry DePass, 86, has died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72925-longtime-ridgefield-resident-jerry-depass-86-has-died72925-longtime-ridgefield-resident-jerry-depass-86-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72925-longtime-ridgefield-resident-jerry-depass-86-has-died72925-longtime-ridgefield-resident-jerry-depass-86-has-died

Gerald M. "Jerry" DePass

Gerald M. DePass, 86, of Danbury, CT, a long-time resident of Ridgefield, CT passed away peacefully on June 14, 2022 at Danbury Hospital with his wife and daughter at his side. He was a beloved husband, father and Pop-Pop.

Gerald, known to friends and family as Jerry, was born on March 4, 1936, in New York City. A son of the late Herman and Barbara (Chombak) DePass. Jerry was raised in New Jersey, attending Irvington High School where he was a member of the Class of 1954.  At IHS he was active in sports, choir, student council and church. He formed life-long friendships being responsible for the planning of many reunions and maintaining the class website. He was in touch with high school friends right up until his passing. In 1958 Jerry received a degree in Economics from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He was also very active in student life in college serving as class president for four years and being a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He served in the Air Force Reserves for 12 years being honorably discharged earning the rank of Captain.

In 1960 he married Nina (Mastriani), the love of his life, who survives him. Jerry is also survived by daughter Debra DePass Jones and her husband Kevin, as well as his beloved grandchildren Olivia and Ava Jones. Given the physical proximity to Nina and Jerry, Debra, Kevin and the girls made many memories with them in the time they shared. These memories will be treasured for years to come.

After several moves with IBM, Jerry relocated the family to Ridgefield, Connecticut in 1975. He had a successful professional career joining IBM in 1958 and remaining until 1981 when he departed to start a business venture of his own, the Adesse Corporation, developing VM software for IBM mainframe computers.

He loved the town of Ridgefield cultivating many friends over 40 years in town. He was a passionate homeowner spending many happy hours on his John Deere perfecting the lawn. Continuing a life dedicated to service, he was active in school board issues, town planning and Democratic Town politics where he ran a number of local election campaigns.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 1:30 PM at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 25 Cross Highway, Redding, Connecticut 06896 with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association, 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield CT, 06877, who were the providers of great care and comfort during Jerry’s illness.

kerry@ducey.org (Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:21:38 -0400
Schedule of Connecticut Fireworks https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/72924-schedule-of-connecticut-fireworks72924-schedule-of-connecticut-fireworks https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/72924-schedule-of-connecticut-fireworks72924-schedule-of-connecticut-fireworks

Happy 4th of July! 

Connecticut's tourism office has compiled a useful schedule of fireworks shows that are happening over the next several days in every corner of our state!

Here are the fireworks taking place in and around Ridgefield:

Friday, July 1

New Milford

New Milford Fireworks Celebrarion - Town Green (9:30 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/9/2022

Saturday, July 2

Town of Fairfield Fireworks - Jennings Beach (8:45 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/3/2022

Fireworks Display - Greenwich Point Park and Binney Park (Dusk). Rain Date: None.

New Canaan
New Canaan Family fourth of July Celebration- Waveny Park (Events begins at 5 p.m., fireworks 9:15 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/3/2022

Monday, July 4

Rowayton Civic Association Fireworks - Bayley Beach (9:00 p.m.). Rain Date: None.

Weston's Family 4th Celebration - Weston Middle School Field (4:30 p.m. gates open, fireworks at 9:20 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/5/2022

Wilton's 4th of July Celebration - Wilton Highschool (9 p.m.). Rain Date: None.

Saturday, July 9


Town of Ridgefield Fireworks sponsored by Fairfield County Bank at Ridgefield High School (Dusk)

Gates open at 6pm. Parking passes required ($20 per car). 

Friday, July 15

Fourth of July Fireworks - Darien High School (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/16/2022

*Click HERE for the complete list (btw: the Dept. of Tourism failed to include Ridgefield in their list! We have contacted them!)

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:49:34 -0400
RPS Hires New Ridgebury Principal, Mary Scalise https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72923-rps-hires-new-ridgebury-principal-mary-scalise72923-rps-hires-new-ridgebury-principal-mary-scalise https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/72923-rps-hires-new-ridgebury-principal-mary-scalise72923-rps-hires-new-ridgebury-principal-mary-scalise

Ridgefield Public Schools announced today the appointment of Mary Scalise as the new Ridgebury Elementary Principal. Ms. Scalise comes to Ridgefield from the Darien Public Schools, where she has worked since 2006 as an Assistant Principal, Department Chair for Special Services, and a School Psychologist in Elementary and Middle Schools.

Ms. Scalise writes, ”I am excited and humbled to be selected as the next principal of Ridgebury Elementary School. Through the comprehensive interview process, it became clear that the Ridgefield Board of Education, District leadership, building-based staff, and community value social and emotional learning, supporting all learners, and ensuring academic rigor. My professional interests and beliefs align with these values.”

In a glowing recommendation, Dr. Scott McCarthy, Program Director for Special Education and Student Services for Darien Public Schools writes, “Ms. Scalise is a consummate educational leader and holds the distinction of being one of the most talented, hard-working, and student-centered administrators with whom I have had the privilege to work with in my career. She is respected and adored by the many families and colleagues with whom she works, and her ability to be a system-based thinker and leader while compassionately addressing the unique needs of every learner is unparalleled. The Ridgebury Elementary School community has won the principal jackpot.”

RPS Superintendent Dr. Susie Da Silva cited Ms. Scalise’s wide variety of experiences as central to the search committee’s hiring decision. Dr. Da Silva says, “Ms. Scalise’s four years as an Assistant Principal, five years as a special education leader, and eight years as a school psychologist make her uniquely qualified to lead Ridgebury Elementary. She has so much experience and shares the District’s commitment to students and families.”

Ms. Scalise writes, “My resume may not portray my deep passion for meeting children where they are and helping them move in a positive direction. I pride myself in my dedication to meet the needs of the whole child while supporting teachers, service providers, and specialists to create learning environments that allow each individual to grow, be challenged, and nurtured.” Ms. Scalise will start on August 1.

Welcome to RPS, Mary!

kerry@ducey.org (RPS) Neighbors Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:04:54 -0400