Stories By Sandra Diamond Fox

  • 1 district willing to accept Danbury students for Open Choice Redding schools will accept eight Danbury kindergartners and first graders next academic year through the state's Open Choice program.
  • Ridgefield sisters to open Queen B coffee shop on Jan. 31 After a nearly one year delay, Heather and Jennifer Bellizzi have set an opening date for their coffee shop, Queen Bee Coffee Company -- Jan. 31. 
  • Crashes on Route 7 in New Milford lead to calls for street lights State Rep. Bill Buckbee, R-New Milford, proposed a bill to the state that would require the installation of additional lighting along Route 7 in town.
  • Dozens gather for abortion-rights rally in New Milford The hourlong rally marked the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that granted abortion rights that was struck down in June. 
  • Ridgefield considers selling Pond's Edge for 100 housing units Pond's Edge is an 8.5- to 10-acre property at the former Benrus Watch Corporation and entrance to the Route 7 sewer plant.
  • Ridgefield Little League mourns death of Dave Buckley, 51 Dave Buckley, a Ridgefield resident of eight years, died after a brief illness. He was known for his involvement in town sports and activities. 
  • CT superintendent's upbringing inspired her to pursue education Ridgefield Schools Superintendent Susie Da Silva's parents grew up very poor on a farm in Portugal. They instilled in her strong values that she lives by today.
  • Abortion-rights group plans Bigger than Roe rally in New Milford The group changed its name to Act Local New Milford, and Jackie Eaton is planning a weekend rally to fight for abortion rights and more. 
  • Branch falls on Ridgefield school's play structure during recess No one was hurt, but several students were sent home to be evaluated after the branch damaged a play structure at Barlow Mountain Elementary School
  • New Ridgefield event planner to coordinate downtown activities Mike Liberta, an 82-year-old former downtown Ridgefield business owner, will be responsible for planning four events in town. 
  • CT leaders want to stop YouTubers filming in public buildings State and town leaders are considering legislative action to combat  First Amendment advocates who go on camera, "audit" their access to public buildings and post videos to YouTube.  
  • Ridgefield's school bus rate to increase under new contract Under the new contract with First Student, the rate per bus per day will go up 4.5 percent and then each subsequent year, it will go up 4.25 percent. 
  • Ridgefield superintendent proposes 'modest' budget of $110.6M Salaries and employee benefits would account for nearly 80 percent of the 2023-24 superintendent's proposed school budget, which totals $110.6 million. 
  • Where can Ridgefield add more units of affordable housing? The town is studying a few possible locations to develop affordable housing, including  on Prospect Ridge, Halpin Lane and Bennetts Farm Road, among other spots.
  • New Milford woman leads vigil to mark 'horrible events' of Jan. 6 The local vigil, which included a moment of silence, was held to mark the second anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
  • Danbury dad is 'getting stronger every day' after family's death After his wife killed his children and herself, Pedro Panjon of Danbury has found comfort in his therapy, church and family. 
  • Ridgefield first selectman tells YouTubers to 'get the hell out' Police were again called to Ridgefield Town Hall when First Selectman Rudy Marconi lost his temper at two YouTube First Amendment auditors.
  • Democracy vigil to be held in New Milford to mark Jan. 6 attacks New Milford resident Irene Skrybailo, the child of Ukrainian immigrants, says she's organizing the vigil on the Town Green to promote democracy. 
  • Ridgefield couple loses 'perfect' home of 25 years in fire Eliza Shanley said she's grateful for the 40 to 50 first responders who battled the blaze during bitter cold temperatures on the day after Christmas. 
  • Danbury man creates Facebook page to help immigrant community Walter Garcia, a Danbury resident originally from Peru, started the Danbury Al Dia Facebook page to help immigrants and others get jobs, housing and other aid.