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Volume III

Top Stories

A new column about the arts from WestonArts, the state keeping an eye on Omicron, the Playhouse remembers Stephen Sondheim, and new Susan Granger reviews.

Covid Reports

Updated Tuesday, November 30  Click for our latest charts depicting where things stand. New reports are published every weekday evening.

Weather & Events

Highlights on The Calendar: Sip and shop at Norfield Church, the mystery of the Red Wolf, the tree lighting at Emmanuel Church, and the police engagement program.

Weston Arts SPOTLIGHT

November 30, 2021

Welcome to WestonArts Spotlight, a new column from WestonArts, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to connecting, supporting and celebrating the arts in our community.

The column will highlight local artists, their stories, their works, and upcoming performances.

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Lamont: State Watching Omicron Closely

November 28, 2021

Connecticut health officials are closely watching developments with the Omicron variant of Covid-19, according to an announcement by Governor Ned Lamont.

“This news reminds us about the importance of being vaccinated and getting a booster,” said Mr. Lamont.

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Westport Playhouse Remembers Sondheim

November 28, 2021

During the summer of 1950, Stephen Sondheim was an apprentice at Westport Country Playhouse. He worked in a variety of capacities and appeared in a production.

Fifteen years after his apprenticeship, Sondheim’s own work appeared on the Playhouse stage.

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Police and Community Engagement Program, December 4

November 26, 2021

A program aimed at strengthening the relationship of law enforcement and the community runs in Weston on Saturday, December 4. The program, focusing on de-escalation practices and building trust, includes presentations, discussion, and simulations.

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Susan Granger At The Movies

November 29, 2021

Susan Granger reviews The Power of the Dog, King Richard, and Passing. Jane Campion’s mythic, suspenseful Western, Will Smith as the demanding father of tennis stars, and a story that builds on current conversations about color, cruelty, and privilege.

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Weston by Air

– Special Feature –

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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Chew on This: Gingerbread Men

November 28, 2021

Gingerbread man kits are available for order again this season from the Weston Women’s League, following a hugely popular debut last year.

You can choose from five kits — plus a special one — and have your order delivered (in Weston and Westport).

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Haskell Recognized for Student Debt Legislation

November 26, 2021

State Senator Will Haskell won national recognition in the 2021 Ideas Challenge by NewDEAL.

The award is for his sponsoring legislation to provide a tax credit for businesses that help employees pay off student loans.

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Barbara Anne King Wins Adult Fiction Honors

November 26, 2021

“The Apple King,” a novel by Weston author Barbara Anne King, is the 2021 winner of the Connecticut Author Project Award for adult fiction. The contest is sponsored by the Indie Author Project.

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Eversource, BBB Scam Alert

November 26, 2021

‘Tis the season for lots of things, including scams. Eversource and the Better Business Bureau urge you to be on the lookout for two. “Scammers are constantly changing their tactics,” says an Eversource official.

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Holiday Trees and Wreaths from the Scouts

November 17, 2021

Fresh cut Christmas trees and hand-made balsam wreaths are available again this year from Weston’s Boy Scout Troop 788. You can stop by the Onion Barn after Thanksgiving or order online.

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KMS Partners: Just Sold!

Sponsored by KMS Partners at Compass

Just sold by KMS Partners: 232 Newtown Turnpike, 13 beautifully landscaped acres with multiple buildings, known as the Byebrook Estate. The estate, once comprising over 100 acres, was owned by real estate attorney and investor Lawrence Wien.

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P&Z OKs Lily’s, Weston Gardens, Aspetuck Plans

November 23, 2021

The Planning and Zoning Commission gave a green light to special permit applications by Lily’s Weston Market and Aspetuck Valley Country Club.

The commission also confirmed the zoning status of Weston Gardens, which is planned to be sold.

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The Hit List

November 22, 2021

Listen as Adele once again leaves fans speechless, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss once again raise the roof, Bryson Tiller teams with Justin Bieber and Poo Bear, KAYTRANADA and H.E.R. collaborate, and Kasey Musgraves covers Coldplay.

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Letters to the Editor

In the most recent letter, a resident renews her call for rakes over noisy leaf blowers.

In previous letters, Friends of Lachat urged voters to approve an agreement with neighbors at a Special Town Meeting.

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Obituaries

Frederick Louis Hyman died peacefully on October 7, 2021 at the age of 89. He was a television and publishing executive, and Jacques Cousteau’s friend and business partner. Full obituary.

Judith Smith, 77, of Tampa, Florida died on August 24, 2021. She was one of triplets born in 1943 and raised in Weston. Full obituary.

 

Previous obituaries

Mark Twain Library Art Show, December 5–12

November 19, 2021

Redding’s Mark Twain Library presents its annual fundraising Art Show from December 5 through December 12.

The juried show, in its 49th year, runs as both an in-person exhibition and an online gallery. A ticketed preview reception takes place on December 4.

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MoCA Invites Entries by High School Artists

November 18, 2021

MoCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Westport, invites submissions to a 2022 High School Student Art Exhibition. Art in the exhibition will be on view early next year and in an online gallery.

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Emmanuel Church Tree Lighting, December 4

November 16, 2021

Emmanuel Church will ring in the holiday season with a tree lighting community event on Saturday, December 4. Features include carols, s’mores, and a WestonArts crafts activity for kids.

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Blossom Hill Auction, November 19 – 30

November 18, 2021

The Blossom Hill Foundation holds its 12th annual auction from November 19 through November 30. Blossom Hill was founded to help children affected by conflict in the Middle East.

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10 Reasons Why Fairfield County Is a Great Place to Raise Your Family

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Special Olympics Auction, November 26

November 18, 2021

Bidding opens on November 26 for an online auction benefiting athletes served by Connecticut Special Olympics. It is called the “Choose to Include Holiday Auction,” and includes trips, gift baskets, and more.

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About the Schools: Condition, Capacity, and Use

November 12, 2021

Weston public schools are the focus of a “community conversation” on November 17. The intent is to establish a common understanding so informed decisions can be made.

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Hospitals Seek to End Labor and Delivery Care

November 15, 2021

In a Guest Essay, State Representatives Anne Hughes and Susan Johnson urge public testimony against plans by two rural hospitals to discontinue maternity and delivery services.

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Democrats Seek Boards & Commissions Volunteers

November 16, 2021

With openings on several Town commissions, boards and committees, the Democratic Town Committee is looking for volunteers.

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Weekday Devil’s Den Closings for Deer Hunt

November 15, 2021

Devil’s Den will be closed on nine weekdays in November and December as The Nature Conservancy conducts its annual deer hunt on the preserve, during the firearms hunting season designated by the state.

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Veterans Day Observed

November 11, 2021

Weston veterans were honored at a ceremony organized by the Town’s Veterans Affairs Committee at the Memorial Garden on November 11.

Flags had been placed by Scouts, greeting cards were written by Daisies and presented to the veterans.

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Selectmen, Boards and Commissions Sworn In

November 10, 2021

Newly-elected and reelected members of Weston boards and commissions were sworn in by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz at the Town Hall gazebo on November 9.

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About Town

Remember the last time the Town of Weston moved to rebuild town and school facilities? Well, here we are again 25 years later!

I followed the story of the first tentative steps (1990s) to the 2001 Referendum on my website. Throughout construction the Building Committee …

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Eversource: Higher Winter Bills Coming

November 8, 2021

Eversource is warning residential consumers that significantly higher electric bills are on the way this winter. At the root of the problem: the increasing cost of natural gas.

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Voters OK Lachat Agreement

November 6, 2021

115 qualified voters turned out for a Special Town Meeting and unanimously approved an agreement between Friends of Lachat, the Town, and nearby homeowners.

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United Nations Anniversary Celebrated

November 5, 2021

The 76th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations was observed on October 25 at a flag raising and ceremony at Town Hall organized by the United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut.

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Town Mask Mandate Lifted, Somewhat

November 5, 2021

This morning, First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor rescinded her emergency order mandating masks indoors in public settings. The rules still apply in Town facilities.

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Election Recap: What Changed, What Didn’t

November 4, 2021

First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor and Selectman Martin Mohabeer cruised to victory in Tuesday’s voting. Amy Jenner will also join the Board of Selectmen. An election recap.

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Covid Vaccine Available for Kids Age 5 to 11

November 3, 2021

Wasting no time after action by the FDA and the CDC, Governor Ned Lamont announced that Covid-19 vaccines are available for children ages 5 to 11. Nearly all Connecticut school-aged children are now eligible.

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October Property Transfers

November 1, 2021

31 Weston properties changed hands in October, fewer than the 41 in October of 2020 but far more than the 13 in October of 2019.

See the transfers.

An Official Welcome for Weston Pharmacy

October 30, 2021

The new Weston Pharmacy was officially welcomed in an event hosted by State Senator Tony Hwang and First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor on Saturday, October 30.

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Play Ball For All and Community Pitch In

November 2, 2021

A Sunday morning curbside food collection by Weston’s Play Ball For All program brought in much-needed stock for the Weston Food Pantry.

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Korean War Veterans Honored

October 22, 2021

Veterans of the Korean War were honored at a Town Hall ceremony led by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor on October 19.

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P&Z Creates Village District

October 14, 2021

On Tuesday evening, after again hearing from the public, the Planning and Zoning Commission adopted new zoning that creates a Village District in town center.

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Scenes from Founders Day

October 14, 2021

Weston celebrated the town’s 234th birthday on October 11 at the Founders Day event hosted by WestonArts.

Here we have scenes of the event.

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Jolantha: It All Started With Ebenezer and Abigail

October 8, 2021

A pig named Jolantha lives on Kellogg Hill Road, always dressed for the occasion. She has taken on a life of her own with each passing year as a charming Weston icon.

Her history may surprise you.

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October Proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 8, 2021

First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor proclaimed October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in a ceremony at Town Hall. (888) 774-2900 is the number for those in distress.

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Drive-Through Flu Clinics Available

October 8, 2021

Drive-through flu vaccination clinics are available on Thursdays through November 11 from Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County.

The clinics take place from 2:00 to 4:30 at 22 Danbury Road in Wilton.

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Play Ball For All Names Leadership Board

October 10, 2021

Play Ball for All, the local organization where high school athletes and volunteer coaches mentor underserved youth and run baseball clinics, named its Teen Mentor Leadership Board for 2021 – 2022.

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Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

October 5, 2021

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department is promoting “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” this year’s public awareness campaign by the National Fire Protection Association.

“It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Fire Chief John Pokorny.

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State, Eversource Reach Isaias Settlement

October 4, 2021

In a settlement with the state, Eversource will return $65 million to customers, set aside $10 million more, stabilize electric rates for at least two years, decline to appeal a $28.4 million PURA penalty, and change its governance.

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Haskell: Ensure Safe, Convenient Voting

Guest Essay

In a guest essay, State Senator Will Haskell recaps Connecticut legislation extending absentee ballot access and plans "to continue working toward greater democratic accessibility."

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