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Wilton Schools Chief's Retirement Notice Tops Week In News

Gary Richards, superintendent of Wilton schools, announced Thursday his plans to retire at the end of December.
Gary Richards, superintendent of Wilton schools, announced Thursday his plans to retire at the end of December. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. – Wilton Superintendent Gary Richards on Thursday announced his intent to retire at the end of this calendar year. Here's a look at this and other top stories from the past week in town.

? Richards, who has led Wilton's schools since 2004, informed the Board of Education on Thursday he plans to retire effective Dec. 31 . A superintendent search committee will soon be formed and tasked with finding Richards’ replacement.

? In other school news, Jennifer Mitchell, a former program coordinator in the Greenwich Public Schools system, was selected as the next principal of Cider Mill School . She begins Aug. 12 and replaces longtime Principal Virginia “Ginny” Rico, who died June 26 after a long illness.

? A Danbury Hospital emergency room doctor made international headlines after he accidentally broke a finger off a 600-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary in a museum in Italy.

? The state Department of Agriculture on Monday initiated a shellfish closure and voluntary recall of oysters and clams harvested from Norwalk and Westport. The recall stemmed from reports of infections from vibrio parahaemolyticus , a species of bacteria that affects shellfish.

? Mosquitoes trapped in nearby Westport and Fairfield have tested positive for the West Nile virus , officials in both towns announced Tuesday.

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