Stories By Sandra Diamond Fox

  • Popular chocolate shop in Ridgefield to move to larger location A Ridgefield chocolate shop is relocating to a larger building, allowing co-owners Deborah Ann Backes and Michael Grissmer to make cakes and offer more seating. 
  • Washington's proposed day care needs a new home A proposal to create the day care in Region 12 schools' Central Office building posed "significant concerns," but officials remain committed to opening the facility. 
  • Ridgefield Pride youth, family support groups offer camaraderie RidgefieldCTPride, a nonprofit that brings awareness to the LGBTQ+ community, offers two support groups — one for youth and another for families and friends.
  • He delivered mail from his Camaro. 48 years later, he's retiring After nearly 50 years at the New Milford Post Office, Patrick Costello might know your address by heart. He's had about a dozen roles in the post office. 
  • Residents approve new 'longer life' fire trucks for Ridgefield Ridgefield residents unanimously approved the purchase of two new fire trucks for about $1.8 million — a purchase that's greatly needed, First Selectmen Rudy Marconi said.
  • Ridgefield Selectmen delay vote on affordable housing plan After many months of meetings on Ridgefield's Affordable Housing Plan, Selectmen delayed voting on it. They will hold a meeting to hear public input.
  • In a unanimous vote at Wednesday's Special Town Meeting, residents approved about $230,000 in school safety improvements at Ridgefield schools.   
  • Ridgefield students find comfort in handling dogs at school Students at Scotts Ridge Middle School take comfort in handling dogs in their classroom. The program works with dogs that were trained at Guiding Eyes.
  • New Milford couple concerned about family in Puerto Rico New Milford residents Luis and Jesenia Cintron have struggled to reach some of their family after Hurricane Fiona hit the island of Puerto Rico. 
  • The fourth draft of the town's controversial Affordable Housing Plan is up for a possible vote Wednesday night at a meeting. 
  • Ridgefield teacher who loved volunteering, music dies from COVID Jennifer Mason, a longtime teacher in the Ridgefield schools, died last week after a long battle with COVID-19. Her colleagues, friends and family mourn her death.
  • Why a New Milford homeless shelter is closing The organization has had few calls for services since the start of COVID-19, and the community has taken a different approach to getting people housed. 
  • In New Milford and Danbury, protesters are split on abortion A group gathers weekly on the New Milford Green in support of a woman’s right to choose an abortion. But others want abortion to end.
  • Ridgefield street to close this weekend for construction project Construction crews will be working on the Main Street Project from Friday evening, Sept. 16 at 10 p.m. to Sunday morning, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m.
  • HomeGoods set for grand opening at new Ridgefield location HomeGoods opens a location in Ridgefield in space previously occupied by Kohl’s. A grand opening will be held Thursday.
  • Aquarion project to bring public water to Ridgefield neighborhood Residents overwhelmingly approved an Aquarion Water Company project that will eventually enable Ridgefield High School and Scotts Ridge Middle School have access to public water.
  • CT man credited as first person to raise U.S. flag at Ground Zero Rich Miller, a Bridgewater resident and former NYPD officer, was the first person to raise the American flag after the 9/11 attacks.
  • Bagelman’s fourth location to open in New Milford Bagelman, which has locations in Danbury and Brookfield, will take over Bagel Barn in New Milford. The latter closed due to staffing shortages.
  • How the Danbury area is honoring the 21st anniversary of 9/11 Community members will gather at ceremonies in the Danbury area to reflect and honor the victims and first responders of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  • Ridgefield overwhelmingly bans marijuana sales After three public hearings and much commentary at selectmen meetings, 77 percent of voters at a Wednesday meeting approved an ordinance prohibiting cannabis business in town.