Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:35:16 -0500 HamletHub.com Jenna Gasparrini of Ridgefield Takes 2nd in Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championship https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59075-jenna-gasparrini-of-ridgefield-takes-2nd-in-patriot-league-indoor-track-field-championship59075-jenna-gasparrini-of-ridgefield-takes-2nd-in-patriot-league-indoor-track-field-championship https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59075-jenna-gasparrini-of-ridgefield-takes-2nd-in-patriot-league-indoor-track-field-championship59075-jenna-gasparrini-of-ridgefield-takes-2nd-in-patriot-league-indoor-track-field-championship

Congratulations to Ridgefield resident, Jenna Gasparrini, sophomore at College of the Holy Cross who came in second place in the Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championship held yesterday, Saturday, February 17 at Bucknell University’s Gerhard Field House in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Gasparrini ran a 17:01.97  for 5,000 meters (3.1) miles, achieving a PR (personal record) and nearly breaking the Holy Cross college record.

Bucknell junior Colleen Buckley won the 5000-meter run by over six-seconds with a time of 16:55.89. Navy sophomore Grace West finished third in 17:06.93.

Gasparrini graduated from Immaculate High School in 2016 where she was Captain of the girls cross country and track teams under the guidance of Coach Brian Hayes.

The Patriot League is in its third decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:27:21 -0500
Ridgefield Rotary Now Accepting Grant Applications https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/59074-ridgefield-rotary-now-accepting-grant-applications59074-ridgefield-rotary-now-accepting-grant-applications https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/59074-ridgefield-rotary-now-accepting-grant-applications59074-ridgefield-rotary-now-accepting-grant-applications

Rotary Community Grants in 2018

Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self”.

Thanks to the support of Ridgefielders in 2017, the Rotary was able to provide a Ridgefield High School graduating senior with a $10,000 scholarship while giving grants to 15 Ridgefield organizations. Each of these organizations makes a unique and special contribution to Ridgefield’s quality of life.

The 2018 Rotary Grant Community Grant application process starts now and concludes April 30, 2018. The grants will be announced in Mid- May.

Local organizations are encouraged to apply for a Community Grant. They can either apply online at www.ridgefieldrotary.org/grant-application/ or Email complete applications and attachments to Bill Wyman at wgwyman@gmail.com

To learn more about Ridgefield Rotary and upcoming events please visit us at www.ridgefieldrotary.org.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Ridgefield Rotary) Charities Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:47:43 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Ridgefield: Bailey's Backyard https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/59073-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-bailey-s-backyard59073-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-bailey-s-backyard https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/59073-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-bailey-s-backyard59073-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-bailey-s-backyard

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Let’s make 2018 a big year for our Ridgefield small businesses and put a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community.

Three questions with Salvatore Bagliavio, owner of Bailey's Backyard.

Why did you start your business?

In 1999, I took my first drive through Ridgefield, Connecticut. As I drove down a quaint, little block called Bailey Avenue, I could not help but notice the former Ridgefield Coffee Shop. I immediately knew that this was the space and town for me. After being bitten by the hospitality bug in college and coming from a large Italian family centered around gatherings and food, it was always a dream of mine to open a restaurant.

Best Selling Product or Service?

I’d have to say it would be our Tasting Menus and Wine Dinners. We offer a four-course tasting menu every Wednesday night as well as a Chef’s 7-course tasting available every day. The tastings allow our chefs to showcase local ingredients and offers our guests an opportunity to sample new creations every week. Our Seasonal Wine Dinners have grown very popular as well.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

Local is what we are all about. We buy produce from Earth Root Farm here in Ridgefield. Our teas are from Cucumber and Chamomile, Squash’s prints our menus, Elizabella’s for our kitchen smallwares, The Cake Box for special occasion cakes and cupcakes. In addition, we partner with Cellar XV for our Wine Dinners and Ridgefield Hardware for just about anything you can think of.

I tag Sean from The Frame Shop of Ridgefield.

Bailey's Backyard is located at 23 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield. Call 203.431.0796 or visit them online here.


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:22:37 -0500
Know what's HOT in downtown Ridgefield the day after a snowstorm? https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/59072-know-what-s-hot-in-downtown-ridgefield-the-day-after-a-snowstorm59072-know-what-s-hot-in-downtown-ridgefield-the-day-after-a-snowstorm https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/59072-know-what-s-hot-in-downtown-ridgefield-the-day-after-a-snowstorm59072-know-what-s-hot-in-downtown-ridgefield-the-day-after-a-snowstorm

Sledding on the Veterans Park hill! 

The hill behind Veterans Park School is an all-time favorite for both young and old sledding enthusiasts. This photo captures happy memories of winter in Ridgefield. Get outside and create some memories today!

And... fwiw (for what it's worth) tomorrow's forecast is for RAIN! So carpe diem!

*photo courtesy of Dawn Strickland

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Todays events Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:16:18 -0500
Meet RVNA Spelling Bee Contestant Lyndsay Clark, Owner of KickFit https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59071-meet-rvna-spelling-bee-contestant-lyndsay-clark-owner-of-kickfit59071-meet-rvna-spelling-bee-contestant-lyndsay-clark-owner-of-kickfit https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59071-meet-rvna-spelling-bee-contestant-lyndsay-clark-owner-of-kickfit59071-meet-rvna-spelling-bee-contestant-lyndsay-clark-owner-of-kickfit

Meet RVNA Spelling Bee contender Lyndsay Clark. This Ridgefield native and owner of KickFit CT is out to prove that the intensity and focus she brings to her sport also have a place in the Spelling Bee arena.

Jab, Punch, Roundhouse Kick, Knockout! All contact-free, of course.

Come see Lyndsay in action on March 7 at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Funds raised through the Spelling Bee support RVNA Nursing Education. RVNA spends approximately $40,000 per year on education and in-service training for its more than 80 nurses, therapists, and home health aides. Last year, the agency served more than 1,500 patients, making well over 48,000 home care visits in 28 western Connecticut towns.

The RVNA Spelling Bee promises to be fun for the whole family while supporting an organization that serves so many in our own community and beyond. Tickets are $20 for adults/$5 for students and can be purchased online at ridgefieldvna.org. Tickets are also available at RVNA’s Center for Exceptional Care, located at 27 Governor Street, and at the door.

Visit www.ridgefieldvna.org for details and tickets. 

Tarad@hamlethub.com (RVNA) Neighbors Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:47:28 -0500
Ancona's Wines & Liquors Uncorked Monday in Downtown Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/59070-ancona-s-wines-liquors-uncorked-monday-in-downtown-ridgefield59070-ancona-s-wines-liquors-uncorked-monday-in-downtown-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/59070-ancona-s-wines-liquors-uncorked-monday-in-downtown-ridgefield59070-ancona-s-wines-liquors-uncorked-monday-in-downtown-ridgefield

On Monday, February 19 at 10:00 am, Mitch Ancona will open the doors to his third wine and liquor store located at 21 Governor Street in the heart of downtown Ridgefield. The store will be open daily until 6:00 pm.

While not yet "fully stocked", Mitch and his store manager Ludovic Coatanroch are eager to welcome the community into the new Ancona's Wines & Liquors for a taste, a look, and a chat. "We'll be stocking the store all next week," says Ancona, who adds, "We'll have eight wines available for tasting and purchasing."

Once the shelves are packed and a few corks have been popped, Ancona will host a Grand Opening celebration. He's also planning a few charity tastings - so stay tuned!

Ancona's Wines & Liquors has two additional locations at 720 Branchville Road in Ridgefield and at 5 River Road in Wilton. Visit the store online here.


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:55:25 -0500
Town of Ridgefield Public Hearing, Special Town Meeting on Wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/59069-town-of-ridgefield-public-hearing-special-town-meeting-on-wednesday59069-town-of-ridgefield-public-hearing-special-town-meeting-on-wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/59069-town-of-ridgefield-public-hearing-special-town-meeting-on-wednesday59069-town-of-ridgefield-public-hearing-special-town-meeting-on-wednesday

Town of Ridgefield Meetings Planned for February 21 at Town Hall (large conference room)

Board of Selectman Meeting 6:30 pm


  1.                   Public Comment
  2.                   Interviews:  Ridgefield Prevention Council—Erin Hanlon, Michaela Kane

Tree Committee—Thomas Michael McManus

Ridgefield Arts Council—Christopher J. Sorgie

ECDC—Geoffrey James Morris

HDC—Sean O’Kane Request to Become Full Member

Town Constable—Christopher Fusaro

  1.                   Reappointment:  Building Code Board of Appeals—Joseph Fossi
  2.                   Fracking Ordinance Draft
  3.                   Energy Task Force
  4.                   Schlumberger Phase II—Dick Larson
  5.                   Selectman’s Report
  6.                   Approval of Meeting Minutes:  10/30/17 special, 11/6/17 special, 12/13/17,  1/3/18, 2/8/18 special

Public Hearing and Special Town Meeting 7:30 pm

Public Hearing to consider and act on the proposed Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy ("C-PACE") Agreement. 

Related documents can be found in the Office of the First Selectman and Town Clerk and on the Town website.

Special Town Meeting

  1.          Executive Session:  Personnel Discussion
  1.          Return to Public Session 
Tarad@hamlethub.com (Town of Ridgefield) Politics Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:01:23 -0500
Kids are off on Monday! How about printmaking at The Aldrich? https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/59068-kids-are-off-on-monday-how-about-printmaking-at-the-aldrich59068-kids-are-off-on-monday-how-about-printmaking-at-the-aldrich https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/59068-kids-are-off-on-monday-how-about-printmaking-at-the-aldrich59068-kids-are-off-on-monday-how-about-printmaking-at-the-aldrich

Afternoon Studios at The Aldrich: Creative Printmaking on Monday, February 19 from 2 pm to 4 pm

Explore the exciting world of printmaking in this all-ages afternoon workshop. Turn potatoes into stamps, carve into foam sheets to make relief plates, and experiment with unusual surfaces to create monoprints.

Free for members or with Museum admission.

The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield.

 Learn more here.
Tarad@hamlethub.com (The Aldrich) Places Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:38:06 -0500
Tickets On Sale for ACT of Connecticut's Inaugural Performance, Mamma Mia! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59067-act-of-connecticut-announces-ticket-sales-open-for-mamma-mia59067-act-of-connecticut-announces-ticket-sales-open-for-mamma-mia https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59067-act-of-connecticut-announces-ticket-sales-open-for-mamma-mia59067-act-of-connecticut-announces-ticket-sales-open-for-mamma-mia

ACT of Connecticut has just announced that tickets are NOW ON SALE for the theater's production of the smash hit musical, Mamma Mia!

This will be the first show to be performed in the newly renovated, state of the art theater located at 36 Old Quarry Road in Ridgefield.

 Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music which makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny, funny, international smash hit sensation unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. 

Reserve your seat HERE.

Read our story Former Schlumberger property will soon be alive with the sound of (Broadway) music! HERE.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Events Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:41:39 -0500
Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project Holds 2018 Rallies February 21 & 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59066-jesse-lee-appalachia-service-project-holds-2018-rallies-february-21-2759066-jesse-lee-appalachia-service-project-holds-2018-rallies-february-21-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59066-jesse-lee-appalachia-service-project-holds-2018-rallies-february-21-2759066-jesse-lee-appalachia-service-project-holds-2018-rallies-february-21-27

New and returning high-school teens and adults interested in participating in the 2018 Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project should plan to attend one of two upcoming kick-off rallies at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.

Jesse Lee ASP’s 2018 rallies will be held on Wed., Feb. 21 and Tues., Feb. 27 at the church, 207 Main St.  You only need to attend one. Both are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Martin Hall, in the lower level of the church’s main sanctuary building.

Details will be presented about participating in this year’s trip, set for June 30-July 8.  Parents of new youth can stay and get their questions answered in separate informational sessions during the Feb. 21 and 27 rallies.

Appalachia Service Project is a national Christian ministry that sends volunteers on weeklong mission trips to make homes “warmer, safer and drier” in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.

Now in its 35th year, Jesse Lee ASP is the second-largest ASP group in the U.S.  Last summer, a record 199 local students and adults worked to restore the homes (and hope) of folks in four counties in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky.

Jesse Lee ASP is open to anyone who will have completed their freshman year of high school by the time of the summer mission trip. Adults are encouraged to volunteer – both those who have teens coming along and those who don’t. You don’t have to be a member of Jesse Lee or any church, you don’t have to live in Ridgefield, and you don’t need to be an expert with a hammer to volunteer. Basic construction skills and safety rules are taught prior to going on ASP.

You don’t have to pre-register to attend a rally, and you’re not obligated to go on the mission trip by attending. However, youth and adults who intend to participate are strongly encouraged to fill out and bring forms available now on the website: www.jesseleeasp.org. At the rallies, participants who are fully enrolled will get first dibs on signing up for the required training sessions and fund-raising car washes this spring.

Plus, the sooner you register, the less you pay. Registration at a rally is $250. Pay at the first orientation meetings (March 21 or 27), it’s $265, with the cost rising to $290 after that.

For more information about ASP and to download required forms, go online to www.jesseleeasp.org.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Dave Sigworth) Events Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:34:32 -0500
Winter Storm Warning Saturday Night Into Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/59065-winter-storm-warning-tonight-into-tomorrow59065-winter-storm-warning-tonight-into-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/59065-winter-storm-warning-tonight-into-tomorrow59065-winter-storm-warning-tonight-into-tomorrow

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area from 5:00 pm today through Sunday, February 19 at 7:00 am. The warning area includes Northern and Southern Fairfield County, Northern and Southern New Haven and Northern and Southern Westchester County and New York. 
Heavy snow is expected with accumulations of 4 to 7 inches.
Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. 
Increasing clouds, with a high near 34. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Snow, mainly before 5 am. Low around 28. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 43. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. West wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Click here for additional information.
Tarad@hamlethub.com (NOAA) Life Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:24:11 -0500
New to Ridgefield Real Estate Market: Easy Living in South Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/59061-new-to-ridgefield-real-estate-market-easy-living-in-south-ridgefield59061-new-to-ridgefield-real-estate-market-easy-living-in-south-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/59061-new-to-ridgefield-real-estate-market-easy-living-in-south-ridgefield59061-new-to-ridgefield-real-estate-market-easy-living-in-south-ridgefield

NEW TO MARKET 54 Woodchuck Lane – Easy Living in South Ridgefield

Set back at the end of a cul-de-sac off Route 33, this classic four bedroom, three and a half bath Colonial has beautiful curb appeal with a white picket fence perfectly complementing grey-blue clapboard, black shutters and large divided-light windows.

Offered for sale by Karla Murtaugh of Neumann Real Estate, it has been updated in a transitional style with gleaming hardwood floors, stylish barn doors, modern light fixtures and multiple large windows adorning every room. A spacious front-to-back living room includes a large gas fireplace and the formal dining room flows seamlessly through a large cased opening into the recently renovated chef’s kitchen. Here, ample amounts of white cabinetry join dark stone counters and gleaming stainless steel appliances to create a beautiful space.

The oversized butcher-block island provides room for all to gather and opens to the large deck, creating a perfect indoor/outdoor entertaining space. Connecting to the kitchen, the elevated, spacious vaulted family room features a magnificent wood-burning fireplace and exposed beams. A luxurious master bedroom adjoins a renovated spa-like master bath.  And the hall bath doesn’t disappoint either!

The newly finished lower level is a dream hangout for adults and kids alike! An office hides behind two sliding barn doors, providing a quiet respite from the rest of the house, while a full bath continues the transitional sensibility and style. The recreation and media room open to a further playroom, and the adjoining mudroom offers access to the two-car garage.

Outdoors, a sensational deck provides space for hours of grilling and relaxation, while the level yard is fully fenced, including a pet fence. Mature trees, simple planting beds and boxwoods make this a worry-free, easy to care for yard.

In a perfect commute location to all points south and only minutes to the center of Ridgefield, this home provides everything you would want in a turn-key, inviting property.

Click here to learn more about this property or call Karla Murtaugh at 203.856.5534

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Karla Murtaugh) Places Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:27:18 -0500
Astronomy Program at New Pond Farm on February 24 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59014-astronomy-program59014-astronomy-program https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59014-astronomy-program59014-astronomy-program

Moon, winter constellations and Orion nebula

The Discovery Center at Ridgefield and New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding, are offering a public astronomy program on Saturday, February 24th, starting at 7:00 PM. The main program will be preceded by an optional discussion of objects to be viewed, which will take place in the Learning Center classroom at 6:30 PM. This pre-session will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing during the live observing session.

During the live observing session, participants will see craters, mountains and “seas” on the 9-day-old Moon with shadows to enhance observing.  They will also view the Orion nebula, star clusters, and galaxies beyond our Milky Way. Astronomers will point out and discuss the winter constellations of Orion and his hunting dogs, Canis Major and Minor, the Gemini Twins, Taurus the Bull and Auriga the Charioteer. Attendees with smart phones can try their hand at taking a photo of the Moon through a telescope.

Participants should dress warmly and bring a flashlight for the walk to the observatory. There is a warming building next to the telescopes. The program is $4 for Discovery Center members, with a maximum of $16 per family. For nonmembers, the charge is $6, with a maximum $24 per family.

Registration is required at http://www.ridgefielddiscovery.org/) or by calling 203-438-1063. If the skies appear cloudy, check the website after 4:00 PM for program status.

ctensa2@gmail.com (Claire Tensa) Events Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:09:59 -0500
Clare E. Mellinger of Ridgefield named to Clemson University President's List https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59063-clare-e-mellinger-of-ridgefield-named-to-clemson-university-president-s-list59063-clare-e-mellinger-of-ridgefield-named-to-clemson-university-president-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59063-clare-e-mellinger-of-ridgefield-named-to-clemson-university-president-s-list59063-clare-e-mellinger-of-ridgefield-named-to-clemson-university-president-s-list

Clare E. Mellinger of Ridgefield named to Clemson University President's List

Clare E. Mellinger of Ridgefield has been named to the President's List at Clemson University for the fall 2017 semester.

Mellinger is majoring in Early Childhood Education.

To be named to the President's List, a student must achieve a 4.0 (all As) grade-point average.

Clemson University, South Carolina's top school and one of the nation's best public research universities, has a student-centered approach and spirit.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Clemson University) Neighbors Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:05:00 -0500
Congratulations to Ridgefield residents named to the Dean's List at Clemson University https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59064-congratulations-to-ridgefield-residents-named-to-the-dean-s-list-at-clemson-university59064-congratulations-to-ridgefield-residents-named-to-the-dean-s-list-at-clemson-university https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59064-congratulations-to-ridgefield-residents-named-to-the-dean-s-list-at-clemson-university59064-congratulations-to-ridgefield-residents-named-to-the-dean-s-list-at-clemson-university

Congratulations to the Ridgefield residents named to Clemson University Dean's List for the fall 2017 semester:

Ty Anthony Cruz - majoring in Accounting

Kendra J. Gordillo - majoring in Genetics

Sara Ann Hastings - majoring in Elementary Education

Ashlyn A. Marr - majoring in Graphic Communications

Lucie Claire Picard - majoring in Pre-Business

Erin A. Purvis - majoring in Marketing

To be named to the Dean's List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Clemson University, South Carolina's top school and one of the nation's best public research universities, has a student-centered approach and spirit.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Clemson University) Neighbors Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:49:35 -0500