Editorial: Christmas Message


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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