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Volume III

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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Music of Rachmaninoff, February 25

Lovers of classical music are in for a special treat in the Great Hall of Emmanuel Church, when three accomplished musicians perform a tribute to Rachmaninoff.

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The Weather

Thursday: 51º
Partly sunny, a slight chance of afternoon rain. At night, low 43º, mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain showers before midnight.

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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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Authors to Discuss “Egypt’s Golden Couple”

A fascinating period in the fascinating history of Egypt is the topic of a talk at the Weston History & Culture Center on Saturday, February 25.

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Susan Granger on Stage and Screen

All Quiet on the Western Front, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, and M3gan. Young Germans in World War I, Daniel Craig back as a dapper detective, and a campy, creepy killer doll.

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“Westport What’s Happening”

In a Y’s Men podcast, Westport First Selectwoman Jen Tooker says Grand List growth of just under two percent indicates continuing economic vitality.

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January Property Transfers

12 Weston properties changed hands in January. 21 sold in the same month last year. Inventory remains tight. Total sales: $11,199,811. Median warranty deed sale price for homes: $1.375 million.

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Christopher Barreca, 94

Christopher Anthony Barreca passed away peacefully on January 29. An attorney, he once was a Weston Selectman, Board of Education chair, and president of Aspetuck Valley Country Club.

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“What’s Next in Weston”

In a Y’s Men podcast, Weston First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor discusses the abuse by two Weston residents of the Freedom of Information Act, describing it as an attempt to "radicalize FOIA."

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Weston Sports

February 7 – Boys Swim & Dive: Weston 97, New Milford 63. Wrestling: Stratford 51, Weston 24.
February 6 – Boys Basketball: Stratford 49, Weston 38. Girls Basketball: Stratford 52, Weston 38.

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Weekly Covid Report

Updated: February 2, 2023. 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: February 6, 2023. A summary of Weston Police Department activity from January 30 to February 6, 2023. Assignments or responses and the number of occurrences.

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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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Board of Education Trims Budget Increase

An initial increase of 3.39 percent dropped to 2.94 percent in the final operating budget proposed by the Board, at this stage one of the lowest increases in the region.

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Weston Stars in “Play With Your Food”

February Play With Your Food one-act readings with talkbacks and lunch star Patricia Kalember and Daniel Gerroll in a scene from Tom Stoppard's “The Real Thing.”

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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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KMS Team: Let’s Discuss Your Options

Sponsored by KMS Team at COMPASS

This incredible 4-bedroom colonial is now closed! There are still more buyers in our area than homes on the market. Reach out today to discuss your real estate options!

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Trustees Announce New Library Director

Ian Parsells, currently Head Librarian and Director of the Derby Neck Library Association, will become director of the Weston Public Library in March.

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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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Nominations Open for Teacher Award

The Weston Education Foundation welcomes nominations for its Elizabeth W. Stokes Founder’s Award, honoring a Weston teacher who has provided a unique educational experience.

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Margaret Anne Shaeffer, 76

Margaret Anne Shaeffer, of Weston, died on January 3 in hospice care at Norwalk Hospital after a year-long struggle against an aggressive respiratory disease.

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Kiwanis Food Drive Collects Truckloads

Kiwanis Club members got a great response at the shopping center on January 21 as residents pitched in generously to help keep shelves at the Weston Food Pantry stocked.

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Dr. King Honored at Lachat

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated at Lachat Town Farm with a Day of Service where hundreds of grocery bags were filled to help those in need.

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School District Budgeting Process Begins

The initial proposal requests a 3.39 percent operating budget increase. Benefits and some SPED costs are down but energy costs will soar.

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Obituaries

Christopher Anthony Barreca, 94, a longtime resident of Weston, passed away peacefully on January 29. Full obituary.

Margaret Anne Shaeffer died on January 3 after a year-long struggle against a respiratory disease. Full obituary.

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Scholarship Fund Opens at Norfield Children’s Center

The fund is a needs-based scholarship established in memory of beloved Norfield teacher Elena Coulter Spence.

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A Good Night for a Bonfire at Emmanuel

It was a nice evening on Saturday for the bonfire at Emmanuel Church. The WVFD supervises, proceeds go to the Weston Warm-Up Fund.

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Governor Lamont’s State of the State

In his annual address, Mr. Lamont touched on a wide range of topics, declared that “Connecticut’s permanent fiscal crisis is over,” and proposed tax relief.

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Weston Police Say “Thanks”

The Weston PBA and Police Department thank the community for generous donations to very successful holiday toy drives, benefitting hundreds of families in the region.

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Howard Simon, 90

Howard Simon, longtime resident of Weston, died on December 30 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was known for his affable personality, engaging everyone he met with midwestern charm.

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Brendan O’Kelly, 99

Brendan William O’Kelly, 99 years old, a Weston resident for more than 60 years, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2022. He married the love of his life, Helen Cook on May 16, 1953.

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Police Toy Drive Delivers

An initial Humvee-ful of toys for this year’s holiday season was delivered to a preschool in Danbury that focuses on kids with special needs.

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Chanukah Celebrated with Menorah Lighting

The traditional Weston Menorah lighting ceremony marked the eight-day Chanukah festival.

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Help Wanted: Guest Teachers

Opportunities exist for those with a degree and who can bring life experiences into the classroom.

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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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Connecticut Remembers

Flags at half-staff on Wednesday were in remembrance of the twenty children and six adults who were killed ten years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Public Notices

The second installment of Real Estate and Personal Property and Supplemental Motor Vehicle Taxes are due and payable on January 1.

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Letters to the Editor

In the most recent letter, referring to Marjorie Taylor Greene, Steve Ezzes wonders, “At what point is a person held accountable for seditious comments?”

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Susan Hauser, of Weston

Susan Hauser of Weston died on Monday, December 5. Fiercely determined her entire life, she died with her husband and family nearby, at home, on her own terms.

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Hundreds Enjoy Tree Lighting and Festival

No doubt the largest of its kind in memory, the Beautification Committee and Commission for the Arts event may be a preview of things to come.

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Kiwanis Drive Supports the Food Pantry

Members of the Weston Kiwanis Club were out in force at the shopping center, collecting items to keep the Weston Food Pantry stocked.

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New Weston Police Officer Sworn In

Officer Carlos DeJesus took the oath of office in a Town Hall ceremony with his family in attendance. He previously served on the Bridgeport force.

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Kathlyn “Bobbie” Dorman Sassano, 99

Kathlyn Dorman Sassano aka “Bobbie” passed away peacefully on November 1st. A celebration of her life will be held at noon on December 3 at Norfield Congregational Church.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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