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Volume III

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A new service at Lily's, Democrats plan big rally, the First Selectwoman brings you up to date.

On The Calendar

On The Calendar:  modern reggae with The Big Takeover, Farmers Market around the corner.

Weston Weather

High temps in the mid 80s after Wednesday. Humidity rises a bit on Friday and the weekend.

Six-Town Democratic Rally, August 28

Democrats will kick off their campaign at a rally organized by the town committees of Weston, Westport, Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding, and Easton.

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Returnable Service Launches at Lily’s

A Weston entrepreneur’s growing business aims to make returning online purchases easier and more convenient with a dropbox at Lily’s.

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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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Susan Granger on Stage and Screen

Hacks and The Gray Man. Jean Smart in a comic look at female friendship, and Ryan Gosling as a convict trained to be a CIA hitman.

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Primary Election Results

Party-endorsed candidates won in Weston and statewide, except at the state level, an upset in the Republican Senate primary.

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Weston Flea, September 10

The popular Weston Flea returns on September 10, offering a wide array of items ranging from toys to crafts and jewelry. Seller spaces may still be available.

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Weekly Covid Report

Updated: August 11, 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: August 15, 2022. A summary of Weston Police Department activity from August 8 to August 15, 2022. Assignments or responses and the number of occurrences.

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July Property Transfers

34 Weston properties changed hands in July, one more than in July of 2021. Total sales were $42,126,435. The median warranty deed sale price was $1.165 million.

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Mark Twain Library Book Fair, Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend features Redding’s 61st annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair, one of the largest in New England, offering about 65,000 items.

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“Blueprints and Blue Jeans,” September 22

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity celebrates 30 years of building, renovating, and repairing houses at a memorable fundraising event on September 22.

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Congressional Candidate Tours the Shopping Center

Congressional candidate Jayme Stevenson heard all about the revived shopping center on a tour hosted by Selectwoman Amy Jenner.

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KMS Partners: House of the Week

Sponsored by KMS Partners at Compass

See it on video! This bright colonial has a flexible floor plan, three finished floors, architectural details, multiple living spaces, 5 fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms.

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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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First-Time Home Buyer? What You Need to Know

Sponsored by Bross Chingas Bross

Buying a new home can be overwhelming, to say the least. But, with the help of these tried and true tips, the process can go more smoothly.

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WestCOG Wants to Hear About Broadband

WestCOG would like to hear about your internet use, how much it costs you, and your level of satisfaction. It’s all part a regional study to explore possible internet options.

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Letters to the Editor

The most recent letter endorses Jayme Stevenson in the August 9 Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives. Previous letters include comment on the Town's ARPA plan.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s, in October

A Walk to End Alzheimer’s, one of hundreds being held across the country, takes place locally on October 9 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.

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A Fun Weekend at the Weston Fine Arts Festival

Big crowds from all around enjoyed the Weston Fine Arts Festival over the weekend. The event featured the works of dozens of artists, eleven musical acts, and a day for José Feliciano.

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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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Babe Ruth Baseball Registration Opens

Registration is now open for the autumn Weston Babe Ruth baseball program, grades 7 to 10.

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Sadie Lee in Golf Tourney (Updated)

Sadie Lee, a 12-year-old Weston Middle School student, competed in golf’s 57th Annual Women’s Amateur Championship on July 6th and 7th.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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