We often understand our present by looking to our past. In another 100 years, should there be a global event affecting Ridgefielders, the Ridgefield Historical Society’s records of the COVID-19 pandemic will be a valuable resource.
Ridgefield Pandemic Image Gallery
A gallery of photographs taken by Ridgefielders during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Audrey Fanning Hawker, Ridgefield resident and seamstress
Seamstress Audrey Fanning Hawker’s mask project has brightened many Ridgefield faces while making the community safer. It has helped not only those who wear her masks but Ms. Hawker as well.
Susie Da Silva, Ridgefield Superintendent of Schools
Ridgefield Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susie Da Silva talks about the lessons educators and the community have learned.
Maher Madhoun, MD, Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Stamford Hospital
Ridgefielder Maher Madhoun, M.D., an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist at Stamford Hospital, discusses vaccines to prevent Covid-19, the day before he was to receive his first dose as a frontline worker. Dr. Madhoun also serves on Ridgefield’s Covid-19 task force.
Thomas Main, Head of School, Ridgefield Academy
Thomas Main, Head of School, explains how Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschools faced the Covid-19 pandemic with resolve and extensive planning, so that after a spring of remote learning all of the students could be offered on-campus school. Mr. Main talks about how the first 12 weeks of the fall have gone.
Gretchen Kennedy Graber, Ridgefield resident and home schooler
Gretchen Kennedy Graber, at home with two teenage boys and planning a virtual bar mitzvah. A Ridgefield family adjusts to remote school and creating new routines.
John Preli, Director of Corporate Business Controls of IBM Corp.
John Preli, director of corporate business controls for the IBM Corporation, as well as a professor at Sacred Heart University and UConn, talks about how supply chains affected everyone as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. A case in point: where did all the toilet paper go?
Laurie Kenagy, Executive Director of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra
The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra’s last indoor performance was in February, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Like the town’s other arts organizations, the RSO has had to reinvent its programming on the fly, starting with online presentations and continuing with outdoor performances, in collaboration with Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Ridgefield Playhouse. Meeting the requirements of social distancing means careful arrangements when dealing with musicians, particularly those playing horns or other wind instruments.
Pam Stoddart, Executive Director of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Pam Stoddart explains how a very hands-on, people-oriented organization, where interaction is key, has adapted to the realities of social distancing. As she explains, artists are “creative people” and the Guild has come up with some new ways to keep moving forward. There are more challenges ahead as Ridgefield heads into fall and winter, but the Guild of Artists members are continuing to work and express their artistic vision.
Tony Phillips, Ridgefield’s Director of Social Services
Ridgefield’s Director of Social Services Tony Phillips describes how his department, with the assistance of many volunteers and donations from a variety of sources, has worked to meet the needs of dozens of families whose lives have been upended by the Covid-19 pandemic. Normal programs of food distribution had to be redesigned and new clients assisted.
Mike Principi, owner of Chez Lenard
Mike Principi, the owner of Chez Lenard, talks about how life at the hot dog stand changed as the novel Coronavirus spread and what it was like on Main Street this spring and summer. He also reflects on how the pandemic has affected his family.
Suzanne Brennan, Executive Director of Lounsbury House
Suzanne talks about how Ridgefield’s community center is navigating the challenges of COVID-19. She notes that this is the second pandemic the Lounsbury House has seen in its 120 years on Main Street.
Ed Briggs, Ridgefield’s Director of Health
Ed Briggs, Ridgefield’s Director of Health, discusses the town’s health department’s reaction to the first cases of COVID-19.
Dr. Jim Ahern, Copps Hill Family Medicine
Dr. Jim Ahern has been practicing family medicine in Ridgefield since 1982 and founded Copps Hill Family Medicine in 1983.
Here he discusses how he has continued to see his patients during the pandemic. Serving as Ridgefield school physician, Dr. Ahern is also on the planning committee to reopen the town’s public schools.
Sal Bagliavio, owner of Bailey’s Backyard Farm to Table Restaurant
Sal Bagliavio, owner of Bailey’s Backyard Farm to Table Restaurant on Bailey Avenue talks about how his business has responded to the changes brought about by the pandemic.
Kobi Shaw, daughter of Dr. Darla Shaw
Kobi Shaw, daughter of Dr. Darla Shaw, was raised in Ridgefield and now lives in Colfax, Wisconsin. She created this fun and short video of 70 days of costumed, quarantine cabin fever antics in response to the pandemic.
Pastor Bill Pfohl of Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church
Pastor Bill Pfohl of Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church speaks about how the church is responding to the needs of others while continuing to hold worship services.
Naomi Reik and Jenny Conciatore of Fit Club
Fit Club co-owner Jenny Conciatore and personal trainer/fitness instructor Naomi Reik discuss their experiences during the pandemic.
Cybele Maylone, Executive Director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Cybele Maylone, Executive Director of The Aldrich, shares her home and work experiences during the pandemic.
Adam Broderick, Entrepreneur and Salon Futurist
Adam Broderick, entrepreneur and salon futurist, shares his salon & spa’s experiences during the pandemic.
Jerry Myers, Chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department
Jerry Myers, chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department, shares the experiences of the Department’s first responders during the pandemic.