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Volume III

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“This is a huge loss,” said WVFD Chief John Pokorny, on the death of Fire and EMS veteran Mark Blake.

On The Calendar

On The Calendar:  L’shana tovah. Coming up, Lachat's final regular season Farmers Market.

Weston Weather

High temps drop below 70º beginning on Wednesday as nighttime lows dip into the 40s.

Restaurant Equipment Tax Auction, October 21

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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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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Susan Granger on Stage and Screen

The Greatest Beer Run Ever, Pinocchio, and Confess, Fletch. A Vietnam-era beer run, a reboot of a children’s classic, Jon Hamm takes over for Chevy Chase.

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Candidates & Campaigns

In the latest news from the legislative campaign trail, the Independent Party endorses Toni Boucher, Rep. Anne Hughes endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters.

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Obituaries

Mark Blake, a dedicated Weston emergency responder, died of Covid-19 on September 20. Full obituary.

Pamela Drowne Bochinski, a longtime Weston resident, died peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on August 21. Full obituary.

Previous obituaries

Weston Sports

Saturday, September 24: Football: Weston 42, Lewis Mills 7. Field Hockey: Weston 5, St. Joseph 2. Friday, September 23: Weston wins in Swim & Dive and Volleyball.

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Weekly Covid Report

Updated: September 22, 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: September 19, 2022. A summary of Weston Police Department activity from September 6 to September 19, 2022. Assignments or responses and the number of occurrences.

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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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Double Rainbow Dazzles

A double rainbow graced the skies over Weston's Wells Hills Farm on September 19, as captured by the farm's Michelle Fracasso.

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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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KMS Partners: House of the Week

Sponsored by KMS Partners at Compass

Improved price! This bright, fresh colonial has a flexible floor plan, lovely details, 5 fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms. A must-see!

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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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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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Scenes from the Flea

The annual Weston Flea, which supports the Weston Senior Activities Center, took place in almost perfect weather with a large collection of popular items.

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Say Hello

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August Property Transfers

28 Weston properties changed hands in August, one more than in August of 2021. Total sales: $33,629,400. Median warranty deed sale price: $1.25 million.

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On the Music Radar

The 1975’s “Being Funny In A Foreign Language,” due in October, “pairs serene folk-rock with the perfect amount of neurotic digressions.”

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PURA Reduces Electric Rates, September 1

Electric bills are set to drop a bit on September 1, following a reduction of allowable rates by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

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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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For Kids: Music on the Hill After School

Registration is now open for two Music on the Hill after school programs, one for kids who love to sing and one for kids who especially love rhythm.

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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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Democrats Rally for State and Regional Ticket

Democrats from six neighboring Fairfield County towns joined together in a rally to shift their general election campaign into high gear.

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Stage 3 Drought Declared in Two Counties

Two Connecticut counties have moved into a Stage 3 drought level, which is moderate, but could affect water supply and agriculture.

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Pamela Bochinski, Longtime Resident

Longtime Weston resident Pamela Drowne Bochinski died on August 21. She was an active member of the community for decades.

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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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Katharine Ordway Preserve Reopens

The Nature Conservancy announced today that the 62-acre Katharine Ordway Preserve is once again open to the public.

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YMCA Fund Invites Grant Applications

Organizations with programs focusing on supporting equitable education in Fairfield County may be eligible for grants from a special YMCA fund.

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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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Citizen of the Year Nominations Open

The Weston Police Commission invites nominations for its Citizen of the Year award, recognition of a unique contribution to the town.

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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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“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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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