EZ Junk Removal: Hauling with a community-first mindset

EZ Junk Removal owner Ezra Zimmerman drops off a trailer of junk at the Ridgefield Transfer Station.

Ezra Zimmerman can haul anything. From couches and TVs to pianos and safes, the owner of EZ Junk Removal has seen it all. “We did an office clear out this year in Ridgefield where we hauled 11 loads,” said Zimmerman, who graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2007. “We can also remove outdoor stuff, like tractors that are immobilized, or even sheds or other small structures,” he added. “We’re very knowledgeable and effective in demolition, and that’s very much part of the junking industry.” Zimmerman estimates he could do as many as 14 dump runs in a day if each … Read more

Upscale Resale: Style, sophistication for less

Danielle Melrose-Balasny, manager at Upscale Resale at Nine Bailey, said the store’s inventory is selected with Ridgefield’s fashion forward and professional clientele in mind.

Some businesses don’t need to search for testimonials. While a reporter was recently talking with the staff of Upscale Resale at Nine Bailey — a women’s designer clothing and accessories boutique that opened in mid-June — a woman on her way to work walked by and offered impromptu praise. “I love your store,” gushed the woman, who was wearing a royal blue Ralph Lauren dress she had purchased a few days prior at Upscale Resale. “I’m going to be doing all of my shopping here.” Chances are she won’t run out of choices. Housed in the former Chamber of Commerce … Read more

Whip Underground: Latest beauty trends, close to home

Whip Underground and Whip Salon owner, Amy Pal.

Amy Pal doesn’t do anything halfway. That’s why when she opened Whip Blow Dry Bar + Salon in downtown Ridgefield last fall the pistons already began firing about how to improve her new business. “I like to do things at 100%,” said Pal, who opened Whip Underground in a hip renovated “underground” space at 23 Governor St. in June. “My whole passion is about finding trends, and that’s what I’ve tried to do throughout my career here in Ridgefield,” she said. “First it was with the spin studio (JoyRide), and then the blowdry bar. The next thing I noticed is … Read more

Bailey’s celebrates 18 years, welcomes new executive chef


When Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield recently marked its eighteenth year, owner Sal Bagliavio reaffirmed his popular restaurant’s commitment to high-quality local ingredients and to seeking the best that local sources have to offer. “We are showcasing even more local produce, meat and seafood,” he said. “We are also seeking to be more accommodating to guests by adding more gluten-free and vegan options.” The heightened focus on local, seasonal sourcing means more frequent menu changes. Bailey’s offers a $40 four-course Market Table Tasting menu every Wednesday, and that menu changes each week. Heading Bailey’s kitchen is Executive Chef Zachariah Campion, who … Read more

VIDEO: Meet Todd Johnston for Region 9 school board

Todd Johnston

Three candidates are vying for two open seats to represent Easton on the Region 9 Board of Education, which is in charge of Joel Barlow High School. Redding has different but proportional representation on the regional board. Democrat Maureen P. Williams is challenging incumbent Republican board members Catherine Gombos and Todd A. Johnston. All three candidates are present or past stakeholders. Williams’ three children attended Easton schools, graduated from Barlow and benefited from their quality education, she said. Gombos and Johnston have children who are currently enrolled at Barlow and Easton’s other schools. Williams, a family law attorney in private … Read more

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