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Volume III

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A barn raising at Lachat, electric rates to increase, a holiday tree lighting and music festival set for Dec. 1.

On The Calendar

On The Calendar: new police officer swearing-in, holiday tree lighting and festival, Lachat winter market.

Weston Weather

Rain on Sunday afternoon, lighter in the evening. More light rain Wednesday afternoon and overnight.

A Barn Raising at Lachat

Friends of Lachat and fans of the farm celebrated a milestone in construction of a new facility with a barn raising event where a post and beam structure was hoisted into place.

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Lamont Proposes Longer Gasoline Tax Relief

Lawmakers will consider extending the gas tax holiday and adding to funds for heating assistance and essential worker bonuses.

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Electric Bills Set to Increase

The supply portion of electric bills from Eversource and United Illuminating will double on January 1, driven by skyrocketing costs of energy.

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Tree Lighting & Music Festival, Dec. 1

The new holiday event on the Town Green features a tree lighting, wall-to-wall music, food and beverages of the season, and commemorative ornament decorating.

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Susan Granger on Stage and Screen

The English and The Crown. Emily Blunt as an aristocratic Englishwoman in a Western series, season five of a dramatization of England’s royal family.

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Ronald A. Caruso, 1937–2022

Ronald A. Caruso, a longtime Weston resident who once taught in Weston schools, died on August 5 following a long illness.

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Mark Blake Honored as Citizen of the Year

A large Town Hall audience gathered on Monday evening as the Police Commission honored the late Mark Blake. Family members and colleagues spoke of his compassion.

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“The Ivy Hero,” Righting a Wrong of History

A new book by Weston author Dan Burstein tells the stories of two World War I heroes denied the Medal of Honor for nearly a century until a wrong was made right.

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Weston Sports

November 23: Football: Joel Barlow 56, Weston 20. November 19: Boys Soccer: Ellington 2, Weston 1 (CIAC final, OT).

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Weekly Covid Report

Updated: November 23, 2022. Our weekly Covid-19 report updates on Thursday evenings. In graphics, the latest on Weston cases and vaccination status, and key Fairfield County metrics.

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The Blotter

Updated: November 21, 2022. A summary of Weston Police Department activity from November 14 to November 21, 2022. Assignments or responses and the number of occurrences.

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Weston Honors Veterans

Weston veterans were honored with Veterans Day events at the schools and a ceremony at Town Hall, which included a message about servant leadership.

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Selectmen Vote 2–1 to Table Union Complaint

The union president is “furious” and dismayed at the vote by the two Selectmen, one of whom is named in the complaint. Further action is planned.

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Eversource Puts EV Information Online

Now online, ChooseEV includes information about available models, tax incentives, potential savings, home charging options, and locations of public charging stations.

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“Westport What’s Happening”

In a Y’s Men podcast, Westport First Selectwoman Jen Tooker discusses Westport’s downtown development plan.

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KMS Team: House of the Week

Sponsored by KMS Team at COMPASS

$100k price reduction! This bright, fresh colonial has a flexible floor plan, three finished floors, and lovely details and character throughout.

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Obituaries

Ronald A. Caruso, a longtime Weston resident, died on August 5, 2022 following a long illness. Full obituary.

Stephen Steinbrecher, 88 years old, of Weston, Connecticut, passed away on October 18th, 2022. Full obituary.

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What to Expect at the Home Inspection

Sponsored by Bross Chingas Bross

Sales Associate Robert Appell describes the home inspection process for buyers and sellers: what it is, how it works, and what to expect.

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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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Letters to the Editor

In the most recent letter, Probate Judge Lisa Wexler thanks Weston and Westport voters for reelecting her.

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2022 Election Recap

Turnout was strong in Weston and just about everywhere in the state for Tuesday’s general election. Democrats swept at the state level and in Weston.

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Election Results

Voter turnout in Weston was about 61.6 percent, high for a midterm election. Democrats won handily in town and in statewide races.

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Drought All But Over

The rating of drought levels in all Connecticut counties has been reduced to Stage 1. Upcoming storms may return water levels to normal and officially end the drought.

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Town Hall Union Files Complaint

The union objects to Selectwoman Amy Jenner’s public criticism of the Tax Collector. Union president Mark Harper has asked to address the Selectmen on Thursday.

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Submissions Invited for Student Art Exhibition

High school artists are invited to submit works for an exhibition at Westport’s MoCA — the Museum of Contemporary Art — that will run in January and February.

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October Property Transfers

14 Weston properties changed hands in October, compared to 31 in October of 2021. Total sales: $12,495,168.42. Median warranty deed sale price: $866,000.

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Devil’s Den Closures Set for Deer Hunt

The Devil’s Den Preserve will be closed on 11 days in November and December during the state-designated firearms hunting season for private lands.

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Weston Takes Back and Shreds

Events in Weston over the weekend produced good results: the Prescription Drug Take Back Day and the shredding and computer recycling event.

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Mark Blake Named Citizen of the Year

The annual Police Commission’s Citizen of the Year honor has been awarded posthumously this year, to the late Mark Blake, who passed away on September 20.

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Cameron Miles Qualifies for State Open

Mr. Miles finished sixth at the state cross country Class M Championship meet on October 29 and will be Weston’s only representative at the upcoming State Open Championship.

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UN Flag Raised at Town Hall

The flag of the United Nations was raised at Town Hall on Monday in commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the organization’s founding.

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Words of Caution About Bears

Weston's Animal Control officers issued a caution about bears this week, with advice about avoiding problems and dealing with encounters. If one visits your home, they ask you to call.

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Serious Injuries in Good Hill Road Accident

A driver sustained serious, life-threatening injuries in an accident on Good Hill Road on October 20. This report has been updated since original publication.

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A Focus at Town Hall on Domestic Violence

A proclamation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month emphasized its scope, its effects, and the support provided by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

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Weston Police Highlight Drug Take Back Day

The Weston Police Department will participate in the a DEA program on October 29, reintroducing you to the Take Back box where unneeded drugs can be disposed of safely.

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Rep. Himes Briefs Seniors on Healthcare Savings

Congressman Jim Himes visited the Senior Center to brief seniors on how the Inflation Reduction Act will reduce their healthcare costs.

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Tax Auction Set for Restaurant Equipment

An unusual tax sale with an unusual backstory presents an opportunity for someone wishing to acquire food preparation equipment, possibly for a modest investment.

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Ground Broken for Town Green

Ground was broken for a Town Green on the main municipal campus on the 235th anniversary of Weston becoming a town.

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Weston Gun Club Foundation Supports EMS

A $15,000 Weston Gun Club Community Foundation donation to EMS goes to the purchase of additional equipment for rapid response.

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Local Organization Fights Human Trafficking

Human trafficking “is happening right here in Fairfield County,” said the director of Partnership to End Human Trafficking, which works to help survivors.

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Coley House Reopens

The historic Coley House at what is now the Weston History and Culture Center reopened on October 2 after five years of restoration and with a focus on the 1940s. Tours are available.

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“Alternatives to Suicide” Support Group Forms

“Alternatives to Suicide,” a free peer-led support group for adults struggling with suicidal thoughts, comes to the region on October 4 and meets every Tuesday evening.

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Mark Blake, Fire and EMS Veteran, Dies at 61

Mark Blake, a dedicated emergency responder who served Weston, Westport, and the entire region for more than three decades, passed away from Covid-19 on September 20.

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Play Ball For All Names Teen Mentor Advisory Board

Young athletes and volunteer coaches mentor underserved youth and run baseball clinics.

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Weston Awarded $500,000 State Grant

A $500,000 grant to Weston from a state fund focused on small towns will clear the way for building renovations at Weston Police headquarters.

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Stirling Collins Honored by Hope For The Warriors

Weston resident Stirling Collins received the Gary Sinise Community Service Award from Hope For The Warriors, which supports veterans, service members and military families.

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Help Wanted at Lily’s

Business is booming at Lily’s Weston Market, so much so that the market, which opened in May, already needs more cashiers.

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A Remembrance of Those Lost on 9/11

Town officials, emergency response leaders, and others gathered at Town Hall in memory of residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks.

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First Selectwoman Nestor Recaps Year One

Marking her anniversary as First Selectwoman, a video interview with Samantha Nestor recapping her first year and updating on ARPA projects in a “lightning round.”

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Driver Arrested for DUI

Following an alert of a motor vehicle operating erratically, a driver was arrested on Weston Road for operating under the influence of alcohol.

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Accident Disrupts Newtown Turnpike

An August 16 accident on Newtown Turnpike left two vehicles damaged and three SUV occupants transported to Norwalk Hospital.

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Weston Police Ramp Up Traffic Enforcement

Weston police are stepping up traffic enforcement and responding to citizen complaints. “It’s not just a matter of writing more tickets,” said Chief Edwin Henion.

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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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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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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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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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