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Volume III

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June property transfers, a mile-swim at Compo Beach, a follow-up from Kyiv, Fine Arts Festival returns.

On The Calendar

On The Calendar — the traditional Fourth of July celebration, orchestra for kids, more outdoor music.

Weston Weather

Highs remain in the low 80s for the next few days. Humid with rain possible on Saturday.

June Property Transfers

26 Weston properties changed hands in June. Total sales were $33,271,000. The median home sale price for normal deeds, and excluding land-only purchases, was $1.335 million.

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YMCA Hosts Open Water Swim, July 10

On Sunday morning July 10, the Westport Weston Family YMCA holds its Point-to-Point Compo Beach Charity Open Water one-mile swim.

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Lisa Wexler Wins National Press Award

Probate Judge Lisa Wexler won a national press award for a live interview she conducted last year with Rep. Jim Himes hours after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Weston Fine Arts Festival Returns in July

The Weston Fine Arts Festival, a huge hit last year, returns on July 16 and 17 at the Hurlbutt fields. WestonArts, organizers of the event, have a call out for artists and vendors.

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A Voice From Kyiv: Part 2

Nastya Popandopulos joins us again from Kyiv, Ukraine for a first-person video report. She says Ukrainians draw inspiration from America and its fight for independence.

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PFAS Remediation Plans Approved

The Town’s plan to remediate PFAS chemicals in drinking water has been approved. The system will be installed and operational in time for the new school year.

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The Blotter

A summary of Weston Police Department activity from June 20 to June 27, 2022: assignments or responses and the number of occurrences.

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A Changing College Admissions Cycle

The college admissions process is changing, says WHS counselor Randi Green, who offers advice to "keep an open mind." Included: a list of where the class of 2022 is going.

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State Leaders Decry Supreme Court Ruling

Statements by Governor Lamont, Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, and the three state legislators who represent Weston on the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

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Notices

Notice from the Tax Collector: The first installment of Real Estate and Personal Property and Motor Vehicle Taxes on the Grand List of October 1, 2021 is due and payable on July 1, 2022.

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Susan Granger on Stage and Screen

Reviews of Elvis and The Card Counter. Fictionalized glitz and glamour with an amazing Elvis impersonation, a disgraced former military ‘interrogator’ on the low-stakes casino circuit.

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Lachat Farmers Market Season Opens

The season for Lachat’s popular Farmers Markets opened on June 24. The markets feature fresh produce, artisanal vendors, live music, gourmet food, and a play area for kids.

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KMS Partners: House of the Week

Sponsored by KMS Partners at Compass

This shingle-style, six-bedroom house with an open floor plan, high ceilings, abundant windows, gracious living and cozy family spaces is the perfect getaway sanctuary.

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New Zoning Regulations Allow Detached Units

New zoning regulations, now in effect, allow detached apartments in Weston for the first time in over 50 years. Certain restrictions apply.

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Cool Down in Your Own Backyard Oasis

Sponsored by Bross Chingas Bross

Bross Chingas Bross is highlighting two special listings, each with a pool, available in Weston. Create the summer of your dreams with your own private oasis.

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Voters Approve ARPA Plan

Voters overwhelmingly approved the Town’s plan for allocating just over $3 million provided to Weston by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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A New Garden for the Library

A new garden planted by the Beautification Committee at the Library may be a glimpse into the care and feeding the committee has in mind for the Town Green.

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Weston Celebrates Juneteenth

Weston celebrated its first Juneteenth Jubilee on Sunday on the lawn in front of Town Hall. The event included vendors artists, a fashion show, music, and guest speakers.

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Weston Girls Track Finish the Season Strong

The Weston girls track team concluded their season with an excellent finish at the state Open championship and an all-time record at the New Englands.

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Music on the Hill Invites Singers

With a concert coming up, Music on the Hill invites experienced adult and teen singers to join the summer chorus as rehearsals begin early in July.

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Vietnam Veterans Honored

On June 7, Weston veterans of the Vietnam War were honored at a ceremony hosted by First Selectwoman Nestor and led by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz.

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Memorial Day Weekend: the Movie

In 7-½ minutes, the sights and sounds of Memorial Day Weekend 2022 in Weston. Enjoy. Our hats are off to the organizers of the Fair, 5K Road Race, and Parade.

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Karen Tatarka, Library Director, Moving On

The Weston Public Library Board of Trustees announced the resignation of director Karen Tatarka, who has accepted a position as the director of the UConn Hartford Library.

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DTC, RTC Condemn Bullying of Volunteers

In a joint statement, Weston’s Democratic and Republican Town Committees denounce social media bullying of volunteers who serve the community.

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Conservation Approves Dog Park

The modified plan for a dog park in Weston was approved by the Conservation Commission, which essentially re-ratified its decision of four years ago.

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All Set for July 4th Celebration

Weston’s traditional July 4th celebration is back on this year, an evening of food, music, entertainment and fireworks.

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Girls Track Team Class M Runners-Up

Competing in rainy conditions, the Weston girls track team took home second place honors at the state Class M championship meet. Senior stars led the way.

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Dylan Mondrus Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Dylan Lev Mondrus, a Weston High School junior and member of Boy Scout Troop 788, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement and rank attainable.

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Letters to the Editor

The most recent letter ponders the role of the Third Selectperson and urges an ARPA vote. Previous letters include comment on the Town's ARPA plan and the draft Roe v. Wade ruling.

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A Vision for a Town Green

The idea for a Town Green came about in 2018, when Claudia Hahn, chair of the Beautification Committee, saw potential in the area in front of Town Hall.

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Chamber of Commerce Launches Photo Contest

A Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce contest seeks the “quintessential” photo of the area to grace the cover of its new Visitors and Membership Guide.

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Arrests Made in Two DUI Incidents

In separate incidents in late May, Weston Police arrested two Weston residents for driving under the influence. Both were released on bond and given early June court dates.

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Leaders Call for Action on Gun Violence

Mobilizing to take action on gun violence was the theme of a public press conference at Town Hall on Thursday morning, two days after a mass shooting in Texas.

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Weston Girls SWC Track Champs

Continuing their domination of the Southwest conference track and field championship, the Weston girls won their 14th title in the last 16 years.

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Weston Boys Track Take 4th at SWCs

The Weston boys track team captured fourth place at the 2022 SWC conference championship, scoring a total of 86 points.

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Staging the 5K: Months of Effort

One of the most popular activities on Memorial Day weekend is the annual 5K Road Race. Preparation begins shortly after the new year.

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Softball Team Ends Season with a Win

The Weston High School softball team's season of ups and downs ended on a high note, with an 8-1 win over New Fairfield on May 20.

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Communications Center Renovated

Weston’s vital emergency communications center is completely renovated, thanks to efforts by volunteers who pitched in labor.

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Ground Broken at Lachat for New Center

Friends of Lachat broke ground on Sunday for the farm’s new Daniel E. Offutt Education Center. Friends president Carol Baldwin put the first shovel in the ground.

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Congressman Himes Visits Lily's, Walks the Sidewalks Path

Congressman Jim Himes popped in to the new market on Friday and walked the sidewalks path with the First Selectwoman. We tagged along.

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Obituaries

Beverly Gerber, 86, a longtime Weston civic leader, died peacefully on May 11 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Full obituary.

Aviation titan and tilt-rotor pioneer Leonard M. Horner, known as Jack, passed away on April 26 at the age of 95 from natural causes. Full obituary.

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People in the News

Weston High School graduate Kathleen Murphy successfully completed four years of academic, physical, and professional military training, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County announced the appointment of Margo Amgott as interim president and CEO.

Girls Golf Team Aims for the Championship Tournament

Weston High School’s Girls Golf team is preparing for their next match, right at the edge of qualifying for the championship tournament.

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EMS Honors Noteworthy Contributions

Weston EMS honored members who made noteworthy contributions in the past year at its annual award dinner on May 17, coinciding with National EMS Week.

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Paving Plans Set, More Funds Committed

Town spending on road paving this year will come in at just under $1.2 million, more than double what was spent annually just a few years ago. Six roads are in the plan.

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A Voice from Kyiv

A video interview with Nastya Popandopulos, a young professional in Kyiv, Ukraine. With passion and at times with remarkable humor, Ms. Popandopulos speaks of life in Kyiv before the Russian invasion, and today.

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The Town Greets Lily’s Weston Market

Management and staff at Lily’s Weston Market were eager and ready for the grand opening on Saturday, May 14. So was the town. Scenes from the grand opening.

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Update: Mill Rate, Sidewalks, PFAS

In the past few days, the mill rate has been set, the Town Administrator has reported progress on sidewalks, and the First Selectwoman has updated the town on PFAS.

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Lamont Statement on Buffalo Mass Shooting

“What makes this mass shooting much worse is the hate at the heart of it,” said Governor Ned Lamont in a statement regarding the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo, NY.

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Perspective on the State Budget

In a guest essay, State Senator Will Haskell says headlines about the new State budget “fail to capture the full picture” of how it “has something for every generation.”

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Weston Artist's “Weir Inspired” Exhibition to Open

A collection of paintings by Weston artist Bobbi Eike Mullen, inspired by Wilton’s Weir Farm National Historical Park, will be exhibited from May 24 to June 29 in Ridgefield.

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Budgets Approved by Referendum

All three budgets were approved by wide margins in the May 7 referendum, with voter turnout rebounding some from last year's low.

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Photography Club Exhibits on Display

A new exhibition by the Weston Library Photography Club, “Texture–Line–Shape,” is now on display, with an opening reception set for May 14.

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Governor Lamont Drops By, Shops Local

“There’s a great spirit in this town!” declared Governor Ned Lamont, after a whirlwind walk around the town center with First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor on Thursday evening.

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Girls Track Take 3rd at O’Grady Relays

The Weston girls track team came prepared to show they are a force to be reckoned with, as Danbury High School hosted the 40th annual O’Grady Relays on a newly refurbished track.

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Prescription Drug Take Back, 24/7

Unwanted, unused, and expired medications can be disposed of safely and anonymously in the Police Department lobby. Every day, around the clock.

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Sports Clubs Get a Break From the Selectmen

Four Weston sports clubs were given relief by the Selectmen, who voted to forego payments the clubs have been making for almost 15 years.

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Jared King Earns Master of Science Degree

Jared King, son of Roger and Barbara King, received a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California on March 25.

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Lachat Building Fundraising Enters the Home Stretch

Friends of Lachat are within reach of a $1 million fundraising goal, and hope a bit more support from the community will help cross the finish line before a June 30 deadline.

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Toni Boucher Announces State Senate Run

Former State Senator Toni Boucher announced her candidacy for a return to representing the 26th State Senate district in the Connecticut General Assembly.

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Candidate Profile: Alexander Burns

Alexander Burns, a member of the Weston Planning and Zoning Commission, is a Republican candidate for the Connecticut House of Representatives.

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Eight Eagle Scouts in Class of 2022

Weston High School’s Class of 2022 now counts eight Eagle Scouts among its classmates. Four of the Eagles started as Tiger Cubs at Hurlbutt Elementary School.

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Weston Warm-Up Offers Help, Asks for Some Too

The Weston Warm-Up Fund stands ready to assist residents whose heating bills accumulated over the winter and became burdensome. The Fund continues to rely on strong community support.

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It's Tick Season, so Repel, Check, and Remove

With warming temperatures, the tick population is increasing and becoming more active. The Aspetuck Health District director suggests ways to avoid tick-borne illness.

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Probate Judge Lisa Wexler Seeks Reelection

Lisa Wexler has announced her bid for reelection as Westport–Weston district Probate Judge. “Being your probate judge for the last nine years has been a great privilege,” she said.

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Public Briefed on PFAS

In a March 28 public information session regarding PFAS found in the Town-run water system, residents were brought up to date by Town, school district, and health officials. The discussion also touched on the subject of homeowner wells.

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“Forever Chemicals” Found in Town, School District Water

Tests of the system that supplies water to school buildings and the municipal campus revealed the presence of PFAS, enough to prompt remediation and a public information session.

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Weston by Air

Perhaps the most dazzling feature of Weston is Weston itself. If only we could see it from way up in the sky. Well, we can. In only eleven minutes, on video. Come fly with us.

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Lachat Building Makes Way for the New

In a head start on spring construction of a new educational center at Lachat Town Farm, the project began in earnest this morning with demolition of an old three-bay garage.

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Candidate Profile: Ceci Maher

Ceci Maher, a Wilton resident, seeks the Democratic party’s nomination for election to the redrawn 26th Senate district. “We need to create the future Connecticut that makes us a desirable place to live and work,” said Ms. Maher.

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Rep. Hughes Seeks Reelection

State Representative Anne Hughes declared her candidacy for a third term in the General Assembly, having first been elected to the House in 2018. The district includes Weston, Redding, and over half of Easton.

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“The Year of the Black Water Tiger”

We proudly present “The Year of the Black Water Tiger,” a story inspired by old Korean folk tales, about change, kindness, and courage.

“In a time when tigers smoked, there lived a little girl and a little boy …”

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Kindergarten Registration Opens

Children who will turn five years of age on or before January 1, 2023 are eligible to begin kindergarten in the fall.

Online registration is now open.

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Election Complaint Dismissed, “No Factual Basis”

A state commission dismissed a complaint filed against the Town, but costs borne by taxpayers continue to rise for legal fees and hundreds of staff hours spent responding to an avalanche of records demands.

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Jolantha: It All Started With Ebenezer and Abigail

A pig named Jolantha lives on Kellogg Hill Road, always dressed for the occasion. She has taken on a life of her own with each passing year as a charming Weston icon. Her history may surprise you.

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