26th District State Senate seat: Boucher, Haskell describe stand on issues (VIDEO)

Answering questions about issues from guns to gay rights, and from tolls to taxes, candidates for the 26th District state Senate seat — incumbent Republican Toni Boucher of Wilton and Democratic challenger Will Haskell of New Canaan — participated in League of Women Voters debate Oct. 2. The 26th District includes all or part of Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, Weston, Westport, New Canaan and Bethel. A crowd approaching 200 filled the Ridgefield Library’s program room, with folks standing in the back, for the debate featuring six candidates — Boucher and Haskell, plus the candidates from Ridgefield’s two state House of Representative … Read more

Alarmed by swastikas, Boucher pushes Holocaust studies

With the Swastika symbol making unwelcome appearances in towns like Ridgefield, Wilton and Redding over the last year, state Sen. Toni Boucher wants to make sure kids graduating from Connecticut’s public schools have a solid understanding of the dark history of genocide behind the hate symbol. “The fact that two-thirds of the Jewish European population was eliminated, systematically exterminated, that is something that can never be ignored,” Boucher said. “It needs to be talked about and we need to have it as part of our instruction.” Boucher told The Ridgefield Press on Tuesday, Jan. 23, that she plans to introduce … Read more

Editorial: Christmas Message

WESTON EDITORIAL

Christmas is the transcendent holiday of our culture. It is a Christian holiday, reflecting our nation’s history as a colony and refuge for Europeans. But its appeal and the trappings of its celebration reach beyond the holiday’s deep sacred meaning for Christians, and it has become something not greater, but broader, more encompassing. The symbols are everywhere. Its celebration seems at times to have been appropriated entirely by commercial interests and pop culture foolishness, leading to concerns among some of the devout that the true meaning of Christmas is lost. Do not fear. The message is alive and shines for … Read more

Route 7 reopened after three-car accident

A three car accident on Route 7, a little north of Branchville, tied up traffic Friday afternoon, Dec. 15. Police diverted northbound traffic up Route 102, and southbound traffic at Florida HillRoad. Three people were transported to the hospital, in unknown conditions, Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz confirmed to The Press. All three cars appeared totaled, and air bags were deployed. Update: Police reported Route 7 has been reopened as of 1:41 p.m.  

Two projects for Route 7 in Branchville move forward

Projects have been approved to improve the Branchville train station. — Ridgefield Press photo

Two Branchville grant projects along Route 7, totaling close to $7 million, moved forward as a Ridgefield town meeting voted unanimously to approve up to $718,000 in town funds to cover the local share of the projects. “Branchville has been the forgotten child for a long time. It needs support,” Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the crowd of about 25 resident at the public hearing and town meeting, which ran back to back Wednesday night, Nov. 29. The town meeting voted twice without dissent to approve the two separate but related projects. Voters approved up to $308,000 to cover … Read more

Two Branchville grant projects to go before Ridgefield voters on Nov. 29

A rebuilt bridge, an additional traffic light, and a renovated look for Branchville with new sidewalks and street lamps — altogether a nearly $7-million package in two state and federal grant proposals — will be put before voters the week after Thanksgiving. “This is a huge project for the town — $6.8 million combined,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the selectmen. The town’s share of the two grants is projected to be something over $600,000. The Board of Selectmen scheduled the two Branchville grants for a public hearing and town meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29, starting at 7:30 in town … Read more

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