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Volume III

Guest Essay: Early Child Care Is Vital

State Senator Ceci Maher writes that a recent report confirmed what parents of young children everywhere in Connecticut would likely confirm.

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Tax Relief Applications Open

Weston’s Tax Collector is accepting applications for the Abatement, Deferment and Freeze programs for the upcoming Grand List year.

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The Weather

Monday: 52º
Partly sunny,a chance of morning rain. At night, low 33º. 54º on Tuesday, also partly sunny. Wednesday hits 60º, but rain likely.

Detailed forecasts.

Scrap Food Recycling Program to Launch

Participants in the free pilot will be able to deposit scrap food at the transfer station and get organic compost. An info session on Wednesday.

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On Screen: “Nyad”

Susan Granger gives high marks to the “agonizing, inspirational” story of open water swimmer Diana Nyad, with Annette Bening and Jodie Foster.

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Glenn Major Joins Pullman & Comley

Mr. Major, a lifelong Weston resident, will be a member of the real estate practice of the law firm, one of the largest in the state.

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Westport: What’s Happening

In a Y’s Men podcast, Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn discusses an emotional trip to Israel meant to “bear witness” and show support.

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Margaret “Peggy” Barton, 89

Margaret “Peggy” Barton died peacefully on February 11. She chaired Big Brother/Big Sister of Westport and volunteered in Weston schools.

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Solar Farm at Transfer Station Proposed

The cap on the old landfill where the transfer station now operates may soon become a source of revenue for the town.

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Siversk and Weston Students Meet

Seventh-grade Weston students met students from Siversk, Ukraine on a live video call this week.

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Residents, Leaders Discuss State & Local Matters

Weston residents were briefed about state and local priorities and shared their points of view.

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“ONCE” on Its Way to Weston

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Offutt Center at Lachat will become an Irish pub as the hit Broadway musical comes to town.

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On Screen: “Expats”

Susan Granger finds the series about three expatriate women in Hong Kong, starring Nicole Kidman, a “compassionate, sorrowful” story.

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The State of the State

A population increase, says Governor Lamont, shows that “people are noticing” the state’s fiscal strength, tax cuts, and priorities.

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The Blotter

A summary of recent Weston Police Department assignments or call responses and the number of occurrences.

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KMS Team: Open House

Sponsored by KMS Team at COMPASS

See the serene estate at 6 Wedges Field on Sunday 2/25 from 1-4 pm. Six beautiful bedrooms, eight baths, 10,930 square feet.

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Preventing Winter Dryer Fires

Sponsored by Dryer Vent Wizard of Norwalk

Dryer vent maintenance may not be at the top of your winter to-do list, but neglecting this task can have serious consequences.

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The ‘Ugly Offer’ Can Derail Your Dream

Sponsored by Bross Chingas Bross

Some offers risk being summarily dismissed by an agent or owner, costing you an opportunity to buy your dream home.

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Why You Need a College Admissions Ally

Sponsored by College Prep Tutors

Building this relationship can be pivotal for acceptance to a first choice school and helpful if you are waitlisted.

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Fire Truck Funding Halfway Approved

A special appropriation prepays half of an overdue fire truck replacement. As it is, delivery of a new apparatus would be years away.

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January Property Transfers

Three Weston homes were sold in January. Nine sold in January of 2023. Total sales: $4,680,000. Median sale price: $1,210,000.

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Education Budget Request Trimmed

The revised school district budget request, taking advantage of savings this year, reduces the proposed increase to 2.85 percent.

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Works by Renowned Artists on Display

Only a few weeks remain to see “Weston Illustrated: Penned, Painted & Sculpted,” works by prominent Weston artists of the past.

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Robert H. Bloom, 93

Mr. Bloom died on January 20. An attorney and ardent golfer, he was one of the founding members of Aspetuck Valley Country Club.

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Ribbon Cut on Police Renovation

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz joined First Selectwoman Nestor and other officials to cut the ribbon on long-needed renovations.

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On the Table: A Major Push to Fix the Roads

An aggressive multi-million dollar initiative would bring Weston roads up to par, keep them there, and get started right away.

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New Pickleball Plan Proposed

Weston residents are “clamoring for pickleball courts,” says the Parks and Rec director. A new plan would put three at a popular spot.

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Food Drive a Success

Donations at a food and healthcare products drive held by Weston Kiwanis filled more than 40 bags and raised $601 for the food pantry.

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Dog Park Appeal Denied Anew

The Appellate Court declined to reconsider its decision not to hear an appeal of a Superior Court ruling upholding dog park plans.

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Claire Marie Sansone, 85

Claire Marie Sansone, age 85, of Weston, Connecticut died suddenly and peacefully on Thursday January 11, 2024.

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New Animal Control Officer Hired

The Board of Selectmen hired Melissa Seeley as the new animal control officer in Weston, starting January 22.

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Appointments

On January 18 the Selectmen appointed a temporary alternate member of a key board and made several re-appointments.

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School Budget Deliberations Underway

The Board of Education is about halfway through budget deliberations, reviewing the administration’s 3.53 percent increase request.

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Thanks from Emmanuel and Warm-Up

In a Letter to the Editor, gratitude to those who volunteered for the annual Community Bonfire and to residents who donated.

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Kindergarten Registration Open

Children who will turn five years of age on or before September 1, 2024 are eligible to begin kindergarten next fall.

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Obituaries

Margaret “Peggy” Barton, 89, died peacefully on February 11. Full obituary.
Robert H. Bloom, 93, died on January 20 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Full obituary.

Previous obituaries.

Changes in Store for 2024 Election

Election season gets an early start this year with an April 2 primary. And, for the first time, voters will be able to cast ballots early.

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Pitch & Publish, in March

The Westport Writers’ Workshop conference returns for the third year, for writers seeking an agent, knowledge, and connections.

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New Town Administrator Named

After a search of several months, the Selectmen appointed Karl Kilduff, currently town manager in Clinton, as Weston’s town administrator.

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Sidewalks: On to Phase 2

Design is far enough along that the Selectmen initiated the local approval process. Construction could begin in late spring, once schools dismiss.

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Letter: The Revaluation

Michael Imber, chair of the Board of Finance, explains why a higher property valuation does not necessarily mean a higher tax bill.

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