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Volume III

Budgets Set, Big Mill Rate Drop Projected

Budgets on their way to a vote could reduce the mill rate 28 percent and lower tax bills. The schools will get a bit less than requested.

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On Screen: “Ripley”

Susan Granger gives a rare 10 to the “sensational new noir Netflix series” based on Patricia Highsmith’s bestselling novels.

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The Weather

Tuesday: Clear. High 67º, low 42º.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High 59º, low 40º.
Thursday: Morning rain. High 48º, low 43º.
Friday: Drizzle. High 53º, low 41º.

Letter: Discard Trash Properly

The writers describe large amounts of trash they saw and picked up on Weston roads, some of which can also trap wildlife.

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A Film Entrepreneur’s Balancing Act

A wedding film company launched by Weston High School graduate Zander Colman and his brother Nate is thriving and winning awards.

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Green Up Day, April 27

For the 50th year, volunteers gather at Norfield Church to pick up bags and hit Weston roads to pick up litter. Volunteers can get free saplings to plant at home.

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Interview: The State of the Town

On video, the First Selectwoman discusses new budgets, higher home values, a lower mill rate, future priorities, and current projects.

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Kiwanis Pitches in for Sustainability

The club’s donation will advance high school environmental initiatives, including a pollinator garden and work on an international study.

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Police Commission Supports Senate Bill

The bill, advancing in Hartford, would allow police departments to charge a fee for redacting police camera video for records requests.

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On Screen: “Monkey Man”

Susan Granger reviews Dev Patel’s “grim action-packed revenge thriller” set in a squalid, fictional city in India.

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Photo Exhibition Opens

Photos on the theme of “Water” by Weston Library Photography Club members are on display in the Community Room.

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Apartments Application to P&Z

Invoking an affordable housing statute, the owner of 107 Georgetown Road seeks an exemption from zoning regulations.

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March Property Transfers

Ten Weston properties changed hands in March. 13 sold in the same month a year ago. Total sales: $8,291,580. Average sale price (excluding land): $906,198.

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Bernard Zimmerman, 91

Mr. Zimmerman (Bernie), passed away peacefully on April 4. His home in Weston was “a center of love … and a place for all sorts of happiness.”

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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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“What’s Next in Weston”

In a podcast, the First Selectwoman discusses the budgets and mill rate for next fiscal year, and a primary focus on safety and services.

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Why “Dryer Vent Cleaning” Isn’t Enough

Sponsored by Dryer Vent Wizard of Norwalk

Cleaning is an important part of dryer vent servicing, but our work involves much more. Safety and efficiency is our goal.

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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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A New Season of Music in the Meadow

A preview of Lachat’s popular concerts, featuring three acts new to the series and a finale by a favorite. Tickets are on sale now.

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“It’s a Hollywood Life!” at Film Festival

Film and theater critic Susan Granger is the subject of a new documentary to be screened at the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival on May 18.

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Letter: Thoughts on the Budget

The writer urges budgets that “reduce spending so that next year’s budget is less then the current year actual spend.”

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Marilyn E. Kirchner, 85

Even while raising six children, Ms. Kirchner stayed active in volunteer work, including on Weston EMS as an EMT and crew chief.

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Rep. Himes Visits Weston Girl Scouts

Congressman Himes and First Selectwoman Nestor talked about their jobs with Girls Scouts and Daisies and answered questions.

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Richard Orenstein, 82

Mr. Orenstein passed away on March 20. As administrator of the Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust, he leaves a legacy in Weston and beyond.

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A Close Call on the Sound

What started out as a normal practice turned into an ordeal for 27 high school-age athletes and two rowing coaches late on Wednesday.

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Robert Turner, 103

Robert Phillips Turner died on March 9 at his home of 70 years in Weston. At age 101 he had, with regret, retired from serving the town.

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Democratic Committee Elects Officers

The Weston Democratic Town Committee elected its Executive Committee for the 2024-2026 term at a March 13 DTC meeting.

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Weston Students Win C-SPAN Award

Nate Colman and Jonah Rothlein won for their documentary featuring Morad Tahbaz, the Weston resident held for six years in Iran.

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“Citizen of the Year” Nominations Open

The Police Commission’s annual award recognizes someone whose efforts exemplify “selflessness in serving our town.”

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Students Raise Funds for Pollinators

A vacant courtyard will be transformed into a pollinator garden, aiming to increase the native species and encourage biodiversity.

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Land Sale Approved at Special Meeting

The sale of about 6,600 square feet is needed for the state-funded improvement of the intersection of Route 57 and School Road.

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Spending Bill Includes $963,000 for Weston

Congressman Himes announced that funds in an appropriations bill passed in Washington offset part of Weston’s mobile radio system costs.

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Grand List Soars, Mill Rate to Fall

The value of Weston real estate has skyrocketed, the mill rate will fall, debt obligations are way down, and budget season is at its midpoint.

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Town Budget Aims to Catch Up

The proposed budgets, said the First Selectwoman, are designed to serve the community better and repair crumbling facilities (and roads).

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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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Bernard Zimmerman, 91, passed away peacefully on April 4. Full obituary.
Robert Phillips Turner, 103, died on March 9 at his home of 70 years in Weston. Full obituary.

Previous obituaries.

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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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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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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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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