‘Objects have stories’ and the Barnum Museum curator often plays detective to dig them up from the RidgefieldPress. By Andrea Valluzzo Published 7:00 am EDT, Wednesday, September 2, 2020

As curator of the artifact collection and archive at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Adrienne Saint-Pierre wears many hats in her job — not from the museum’s displays though. Having worked in the museum field for 35 years, she enjoys that the work is never boring. There is always something new coming into the collection, artifacts that need better preservation storage, or an inquiry to be researched and answered. Playing detective is among her chief roles.

Andrea Valluzzo: What inspired you to become a curator?

Adrienne Saint-Pierre: When I was in college in the 1970s, I had no idea what a curator was — even though I had been take...

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Marconi: COVID won’t impede Ridgefield’s 9/11 ceremony By Macklin Reid Published 12:00 pm EDT, Thursday, September 3, 2020

RIDGEFIELD — The falling towers, the office workers leaping from windows, and the firefighters rushing to save lives will all be remembered — despite the coronavirus — as Ridgefielders will again gather around the rusted beam of World Trade Center steel that is the town’s 9/11 memorial.

A ceremony to honor lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, is being planned in Ridgefield even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Absolutely, it’s going to happen,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said of ceremony.

“It is outside. And we will be socially distanced. But I do ask people to wear face coverings.”

The ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Se...

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COVID-19 is one reason behind real estate sales spike By Tim Murphy Published 10:00 am EDT, Thursday, September 3, 2020

Fifteen days after Connecticut eased several COVID-19 restrictions in May and prospective buyers came for a tour, Tim and Nicole Connors got two offers on their house.

One was from a New York City couple with two young children; the other came from a fellow Ridgefield homeowner looking for more space. The Connors accepted the latter, which was for full asking price.

“It actually happened too fast,” Nicole Connors said. “We were planning to rent a place in Ridgefield until the end of the school year [the couple have a son who is a high school senior] before moving to Arizona. But we thought it might be six months or longer before our house sold. Instead, we had to find a place to rent and pack up everything in a hurry.”

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