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Volume III

Voters Approve $4.5 Million Radio Spend

The vote was unanimous at a Special Town Meeting on June 7 to approve drawing $4.5 million from reserves for a new land mobile radio system.

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Democrats of the Year Honored

Members of the party gathered on June 4 to honor Dick Bochinski, Don Scarborough, Michael Schlechter, and Sarah Schlechter.

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The Weather

Friday: 69º
Haze with a decent chance of rain and, in the afternoon, thunderstorms. At night, low 51º. On Saturday, 75º, on Sunday 82º. Both mostly sunny.

Detailed forecasts.

Larry Roberts Named DPW Director

Mr. Roberts, who currently runs the dispatch center, was appointed Weston’s Director of Public Works and Facilities Management on June 1.

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Law Passes on Gun Violence Prevention Day

While a Wear Orange event took place at Town Hall, the State Senate gave final approval to legislation intended to reduce gun violence and deaths.

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“What’s Next in Weston”

In a Y’s Men podcast, First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor and State Senator Ceci Maher discuss recently-passed gun legislation

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Pride Flag Raised at Town Hall

The Pride Flag was raised at Town Hall on June 5, celebrating Pride Month, observed each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.

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“Westport What’s Happening”

Westport First Selectwoman Jen Tooker and Police Chief Foti Koskinas discuss their trip to Westport’s sister city of Lyman, Ukraine.

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Susan Granger on Stage and Screen

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Little Mermaid. The final season of a witty, Emmy-winning dramedy, and the live-action remake of Disney’s beloved animated classic.

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Thomas Joseph Burke, Jr., 53

Thomas (Tom) Joseph Burke, Jr., born on July 18, 1969 in New York City, passed away suddenly on May 31 in his home of 21 years in Weston.

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Himes Bill Aims at IPO Costs

The bill, passed by the House, would require a GAO study of unchanging costs for small and medium-sized companies to go public.

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May Property Transfers

18 Weston properties sold in May. 24 were sold in the same month a year ago. Total sales: $19,649,651. Median selling price (non-land warranty deeds): $1.09 million.

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Ethics Board Now Memberless

The Town of Weston no longer has a Board of Ethics, at least not one with members. The last two resigned on May 30 and are sharply critical of two Selectmen.

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Thomas Joseph Burke, Jr., 53, passed away on May 31 in his home of 21 years in Weston. Full obituary.

Linda DeMarco, 82, passed peacefully at home on April 13. Full obituary.

Previous obituaries

The Blotter

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

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KMS Team: House of the Week

Sponsored by KMS Team at COMPASS

This mid-century modern home is arguably the finest example in town. Completely renovated and updated, furniture and artwork included.

Learn more. Video tour.

Preventing Dryer Fires

Sponsored by Dryer Vent Wizard of Norwalk

Dryers are a leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Nearly 16,000 dryer related fires were reported between 2020-2014.

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Building Volleyball Culture in Connecticut

Sponsored by Northeast Volleyball Club

Started in 2018 by former college and professional players, Northeast Volleyball Club trains young athletes to develop high-level skills.

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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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The Parade in Pictures

Hundreds lined the streets in the center of town for the Weston Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Memorial Day Parade. See the photos in a slideshow.

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The 5K in Pictures

The annual Memorial Day 5K drew hundreds of runners and walkers on the scenic route around the center of town. See the photos in a slideshow.

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Know Your Town

The handy Know Your Town directory of Town officials and staff is updated regularly by the Weston League of Women Voters.

The directory.

Weston Woodstock, June 24

Four local teen bands play popular and classic rock to support young musicians who need access to lessons and opportunities to perform.

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Pickleball Plans Pulled

Parks & Rec's plans for pickleball near the Onion Barn appear to be dead, withdrawn midstream of P&Z's deliberations by the two Selectmen in a contentious meeting.

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Electric Bill Reductions Coming

The price on the supply side of residential bills will nearly halve. A rise on the delivery side may offset some of the reduction.

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Weston, Siversk in Sister City Partnership

First Selectwoman Nestor met with Mayor Alexei Vorobyov of Siversk, Ukraine to discuss a Sister City Partnership. A committee will organize Weston's efforts to help Siversk.

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Body Discovered at Reservoir

The Weston Police report the discovery of a human body on May 23 at the Saugatuck Reservoir, a female in her 60s from a nearby town.

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A Statement by the Town Hall Union President

A statement intended to be delivered to the Selectmen last November defending the Tax Collector from unfounded accusations.

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Boys Track Fourth at SWCs

A win in the 4x800 meter relay and strong individual performances propelled the team to its finish in the South-West Conference meet.

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Boys Tennis Team SWC Champs

The Weston Trojans boys tennis team prevailed over teams from seven other towns to win the South-West Conference Championship.

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Judge Wexler Honored by Bar Association

Probate Judge Lisa Wexler received the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award on Law Day, accompanied by Weston students.

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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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NF Awareness Day Proclaimed

Weston residents aim to drive awareness of NF (neurofibromatosis), which affects some 2½ million people worldwide and has no cure.

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Grozinger Elected RTC Chair

Former Selectman Stephan Grozinger now chairs the Republican Town Committee, which also named a new executive board.

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WIS Teacher Tara Rice Honored

Weston Intermediate School teacher Tara Rice won this year’s Elizabeth W. Stokes Founder’s Award from the Weston Education Foundation.

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Reservoir Run Sponsors and Runners Invited

The annual Reservoir Run, a Kiwanis fundraising half marathon and 5K, runs in October. Runners and sponsored can sign up now.

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Covid-19 Health Emergency Ends

Covid-19 will be handled the same as other respiratory diseases. Costs for tests, vaccinations, and treatments will transition to traditional healthcare coverage.

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Legislators Update Residents

Sen. Maher and Rep. Hughes discussed "a delicate fight" about a surplus, worker shortages, state services, early voting, housing, and business.

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Block Captains Needed

Volunteers are needed who can lend a hand as a reliable point of contact in times of emergencies. They also offer support, especially to those who may be vulnerable.

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Photo Exhibition Opens

A reception on Saturday marked the opening of “Black and White,” a Weston Library Photography Club exhibition that runs through June in the Community Room.

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Letters to the Editor

In the most recent letter, thanks to emergency responders and neighbors after "a phone call that no mother wants to receive."

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A New Season of Music at the Barn

The popular concert series at the Weston History & Culture Center opens the season on June 4 with features and activities for all ages.

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Lisa Brodlie Wins Environmental Award

Ms. Brodlie won the Kiwanis club's Millie Best Environmental Award for her efforts to support nature preserves and combat invasives.

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Budgets Approved by Referendum

Budgets for operating the Town and school district and for capital expenditures were overwhelmingly approved by voters.

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New Children’s Librarian Selected

Kara Sabbagh, previously on staff at the New Fairfield Free Public Library, becomes Weston's Children’s and Teen Services Librarian on May 1.

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Young Scouts Trained on Bike Safety

First and second grade boys and girls in Scouts programs learned about safety on bicycles from Weston Police officers.

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Town Democrats Propose Slate

The slate put forth by the Democratic Town Committee recommends reelecting First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor and electing Tony Pesco to the Board of Selectmen.

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Weston History & Culture Center Honored

The transformation of the historic Coley House into the 1940s earned the prestigious Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations.

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State Defrays Some Police Camera Costs

State Senator Ceci Maher said action by the Bond Commission will cover a portion of costs for the town's police body and dash camera systems.

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Ethics Board Chair: Mea Culpa

As the Selectmen consider removing members of the Board of Ethics after a complaint against Amy Jenner was mishandled, a mea culpa from the board chair.

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Water Study Committee Launches, Members Sought

Two seats are open to the public on a committee recently formed at Town Hall to research Weston groundwater and educate the town about how to protect it.

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Town, BOE Petition Against “Vexatious Requesters”

Petitions to the Freedom of Information Commission invoke a law enacted in 2018 to provide relief to agencies suffering abuse of FOIA.

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Gala Celebrates 60 Years of Weston EMS

The gathering was a memorable opportunity to socialize, enjoy music, bid on impressive auction items, and hear from the organization’s top volunteers.

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Information Sought for Town Green Memorial

The town’s Veterans Committee asks for information about Weston residents who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

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New Library Director Welcomed

Friends and fans of the Weston Public Library gathered on Saturday to meet and greet Ian Parsells, the library’s new director.

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Weston Real Estate: Still a Seller’s Market

In our latest interview with realtors from KMS Team at COMPASS, we learn that very few Weston homes are on the market. Those that are tend to sell quickly, and for high prices.

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Speak Up: What Was Learned

The Weston League of Women Voters “Speak Up” program covered a number of topics, bringing clarity to matters like bonding for facilities, the status of the Senior Center, and more.

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Blaze Destroys Weston Home, Another Damaged

No one was injured in a house fire on Hemlock Ridge on Saturday, but the home was destroyed. Fire also damaged a nearby home. Full report, video, and photos.

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FOI Commission Denies Hearings, Sends Back a Complaint

The Freedom of Information Commission unanimously approved denying hearing two FOIA complaints from two frequent filers who opened their case by berating the Commission.

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Freedom of Information Director Says “Enough”

Taxpayers are on the hook for legal fees approaching $250,000 due to FOIA complaints brought by two residents. The state Commission's director wants to stop two new ones.

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Kindergarten Registration Opens

Children who will turn five years of age on or before January 1, 2024 are eligible to begin kindergarten next fall. Online registration is now open.

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Ethics Panel Cites Jenner, Errs in Process

The Town’s Board of Ethics ruled that Selectwoman Amy Jenner violated the Code of Ethics. The way they went about it was deemed “a very significant violation.”

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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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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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