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Bob Miller

Schlumberger land

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The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the proposed sale of  about 10 acres of land at the Schlumberger-Doll research center property in the center of town. Toll Brothers, a company that builds luxury condominiums wants to buy the land for $4million. That will go a long way towards the […] [Read More]
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Ridgefield land transfers go to town meeting

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Ridgefield town residents will get to vote on two land transfers at a Town meeting on Wednesday, April 23. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. In the first , voters will be asked to transfer  a quarter-acre  parcel of land off Gay Road to landowner Paul Queally Gay Road, while […] [Read More]
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The Vanguard Orchestra

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In 1965, two musicians – trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis _ formed a band, giving extra work to New York City’s best studio musicians, which meant some of the best musicians alive. The 16-piece group  began playing Monday nights in 1966 at the venerable Village Vanguard and became the most important big band […] [Read More]
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Earth Day

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It’s Earth Day. Go outside in the sunshine after our cold and dreary winter and be thankful. Then read “the Sixth Extinction” by  Elizabeth Kolbert and get really depressed. As she points out, we’re in period of species extinction, largely brought on by human activity. People, as it turns out, are the most invasive of […] [Read More]
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Lake Lillinonah boat launch to be dedicated

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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will officially dedicate the  Lake Lillinonah boat launch on Route 133 on Wednesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee will attend the ceremony. The DEEP closed the boat launch in September 2013 after Labor Day. It’s spent  about $1 million on rebuilding the ramp, […] [Read More]
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Selectmen to hold Schlumberger hearing

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The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 23, on its plans to sell about 10 acres of the Schlumberger-Doll Research Center property for $4 million to Toll Brothers, a builder of luxury condominiums. The hearing will be at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 400 Main Street. The sale must […] [Read More]
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Dark Sky week

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It’s International Dark Sky week – the week dedicated to pointing out the problems caused by light pollution and to getting away from said pollution and look at the wonders of a  start-filled night sky. There’s gathering evidence that all the light we have around us at night changes the environment of nocturnal animals. It […] [Read More]
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Return of the prodigal towhee

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For years, one of the usual suspects in our yard was an eastern  towhee. They’re although really nice birds… They look like a robin going out for a formal night out -  black and orange and white. And they have one of the few bird calls – “Drink your tea…drink your tea” – that I […] [Read More]
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Selectmen to tour new B-I buildings

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The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen will meet in special session at 1 p.m. Monday, April 21 to take a tour of new buildings at the Boehringer-Ingelhein campus The multinational pharmaceutical giant has its North American headquarters on land that straddles the Danbury/Ridgefield town line In recent years, it’s spent about $100 million on two new […] [Read More]
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Ridgefield Library to hold tag sale

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The Ridgefield Library will be hold a tag sale on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at 21 Governor Street — the library’s temporary home during construction of the town’s new library. The sale will feature  library furniture — desks, tables, file cabinets, chairs, carrels, display shelves and library shelves. The Library is […] [Read More]
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