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Peter's Market will close this weekend.

On Zoom at Noon, Senator Will Haskell said this year's legislative session "will be historic."

With sadness we report the passing of Harvey Bellin.

Covid Reports

Updated Tuesday, January 26.  Click for our latest report on vaccines and where things stand.

A large number of students and staff are in quarantine and Weston High School has shifted to all-remote due to the threat that a “specific activity” could create on-campus spread.

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Peter's Market to Close

January 27, 2021

Peter’s Weston Market, a town institution, will close its doors by Sunday, January 31, a result of a long-standing eviction action.

The market was served with a notice to quit the premises in March due to nonpayment of rent, but action was delayed while courts were closed.

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Sen. Haskell on Zoom at Noon: a Recap

January 25, 2021

State Senator Will Haskell joined us on Sunday for a live Zoom at Noon, answering questions from the public about a wide range of topics.

We have a summary, and an index of the topics covered on the video so you can easily scrub to those that interest you most.

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Harvey F. Bellin, 76

January 23, 2021

Harvey Bellin, a longtime Weston resident, Democratic party stalwart, environmental activist, author, and television producer and director, passed away on January 22 at the age of 76.

Mr. Bellin won an Emmy award for directing “The Outlivers,” a tongue-in-cheek history of the town.

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Also in the News

 

Governor Lamont authorized deployment of 200 additional National Guard troops to safeguard the inauguration.

Artists! Show your work in a WestonArts virtual gallery.

Special: Contact tracing: how it works, why it matters.

Lamont Provides More Clarity on Phase 1B

January 19, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont provided more clarity about how Phase 1B of Covid-19 vaccinations will unfold over the next few weeks.

Phase 1B contains roughly 1.4 million people. There will be a group-by-group rollout, with much depending on supply.

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Granger At The Movies

January 25, 2021

Susan Granger reviews "News of the World," with Tom Hanks in "an elegiac western."

Carey Mulligan stars in "Promising Young Woman," a female revenge thriller, and Jude Law stars in "The Nest," a dysfunctional family drama.

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Briefly

The Democratic Town Committee seeks candidates for the Commission on Aging.

Notices from the Tax Collector about taxes due and Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 9R.

In February, a NAMI program about new hope for treating bipolar disorder.

Obituaries

Jane Ransom Gray, 93, of Weston, passed away peacefully on November 18th, 2020, surrounded by family. Full obituary.

Dr. Jack G. Shiller, 92, a longtime Westport resident, died in his home in Redding, Connecticut on January 13, 2021. Full obituary.

Previous obituaries

Weston Real Estate: Still Hot

January 15, 2021

In a video interview and summary, we followed up with top realtors to find out the latest about Weston real estate sales and home values.

We also learned something significant about Weston's appeal to prospective new residents.

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Stop the Spread: EMS Urges Flu Shots

January 10, 2021

EMS and other emergency responders have received the Covid-19 vaccine, providing protection for members and helping to ensure they will be there when you call.

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The Real Pets of Weston

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It’s our pleasure to introduce you to a handsome young hound named Pete!

This pup is still growing and has wiggles and wags to spare. It’s pretty much impossible not to share in his enthusiasm.

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COVID-19 Antibody Testing: FAQ

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People may be looking for more information about COVID-19, particularly if they have been exposed to it and if they have any type of protection against the virus. AFC Urgent Care Norwalk is offering antibody testing for asymptomatic patients to test for COVID-19 antibodies.

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About Town

January 14, 2021

How wrong can a person be? How about a little?

Last week I said, “2021 would begin the recovery of the nation” from Covid.

Perhaps that still is true.

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Vaccination Registration Opens for Age 75 and Up

January 14, 2021

Connecticut residents age 75 and up can now register with the state's Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Registration is available online. A telephone registration system is becoming operational.

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Administration Requests 3.81% Schools Budget Increase

January 12, 2021

Budget season officially began with a request by the school district administration for a 3.81 percent operating budget increase.

The district has found savings in several areas but is also experiencing higher costs in major categories. Nearby districts are in the same position.

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Lamont Deploys Guard Troops to D.C.

January 12, 2021

At the request of the United States National Guard, Governor Ned Lamont authorized the deployment of more than 100 members of the Connecticut National Guard to Washington, D.C.

The deployment includes military police and dog teams trained to detect explosives.

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Rep. Hughes on Zoom at Noon, a Recap

January 10, 2021

State Representative Anne Hughes joined us for a live Q&A Zoom at Noon on Sunday, January 10.

Topics covered a wide range.The video is indexed in case you only want to see certain parts of the conversation.

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Covid-19 UK Variant Present in Connecticut

January 7, 2021

Two cases of the new, highly transmissible variant of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Connecticut.

The individuals are between the ages of 15 and 25. Both reside in New Haven County. Both recently traveled. But genetic testing indicates the cases are unrelated.

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Improved AT&T Cell Coverage on the Way

January 4, 2021

A new cell tower near Lyons Plain Road will improve reception and coverage for AT&T mobile users when construction is finished in the spring.

AT&T customers and first responders will finally encounter fewer dead zones. Construction has begun.

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Town Forms Diversity Advisory Committee

December 29, 2020

A Town Diversity Advisory Committee has begun work to develop recommendations regarding diversity, equality, and inclusion in Weston.

“We want to hear from the people who represent the diverse voices of our community,” said the First Selectman.

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Cardona Chosen for Secretary of Education

December 23, 2020

Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona has been selected to serve as Secretary of Education in the Biden administration.

Dr. Cardona, a product of Connecticut public schools, was later a teacher, principal, and administrator in them.

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An Appeal: Help Stop the Spread

December 21, 2020

In this column, EMS President Jon Weingarten takes on the task of convincing Weston residents to recognize that "each of us has the ability to control Covid-19 infections."

With ten precautions, you can be a protector of friends, strangers, and the community as a whole.

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Almost Christmas: a Song for You

December 21, 2020

Twelve amazing singers from Weston’s SBEstudio dazzle you with Almost Christmas, a song from A Little Princess, in this delightful three-minute video.

Shared with you as a give-back message of hope for the community.

See and hear the song.

Moderna Vaccine to Arrive, Clinical Trials for Children Due Soon

December 21, 2020

63,000 doses of the new Moderna vaccine are on the way.

The state may change plans for those over 65 or at risk, and Dr. Fauci says clinical trials for children may begin soon.

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Santa Visits Historical Society

December 23, 2020

24 lucky families had a socially distanced chat and photo shoot with Old St. Nick at the Weston Historical Society.

The visit took place on December 6. Photos, and a brief holiday greeting from St. Nick.

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First Nursing Home Resident Receives Vaccine

December 18, 2020

At The Reservoir, a nursing home in West Hartford, Jeanne Peters became the first Connecticut nursing home resident to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Ms. Peters says she is "95 and counting."

See the two-minute video.

Tax Deferments Available, State Funds Coming

December 18, 2020

The Board of Selectmen acted swiftly on Thursday evening on two actions taken this week by Governor Lamont.

The Board voted to renew 90-day tax deferments and to formally request funds offered by the state to defray costs related to Covid-19.

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Helen de Keijzer Honored

December 18, 2020

Helen de Keijzer Day was declared in a proclamation by the First Selectman on December 17, honoring Ms. de Keijzer's decades of service to the community.

Ms. de Keijzer was hailed for active advocacy for the Weston Senior Center as a longtime member of the Commission on Aging.

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Wirtenberg Art Auction Benefits Senior Center

December 18, 2020

Proceeds from an online silent art auction of watercolors by Margaret Wirtenberg go to the Friends of the Weston Senior Activities Center to support the Center itself.

This fundraiser will help finance the Center’s 2021 curbside lunch program.

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P&Z, Consultant to Plan Affordable Housing

December 15, 2020

With affordable housing about to come front and center into the focus of the Connecticut General Assembly, Planning and Zoning engaged a consultant to help develop a plan.

The work should take three to four months to complete.

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First Supply of Vaccines Expected on Monday

December 13, 2020

State officials anticipate the first supply of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive as early as tomorrow, December 14.

A select committee recommended immediate distribution, which Governor Lamont ordered.

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Weston Schools Shift to All-Remote

December 11, 2020

Weston public schools shifted into temporary all-remote mode on Monday, December 14, until at least January 6, 2021.

The move was not unexpected. Prospects for an early January resumption are uncertain.

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Regents Revive Debt-Free Community College

December 10, 2020

The Board of Regents for Higher Education breathed fresh life into Connecticut’s new debt-free community college program, voting to provide $3 million to keep the effort going.

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Hal Shupack, 1936–2020

December 7, 2020

Hal Shupack, a former Weston First Selectman and long-serving community leader, passed away on December 7.

A full obituary.

Our original report.

New Patio at Weston Senior Center

December 10, 2020

Thanks to continuing support and donations from the Weston Adult Soccer League, a new back patio is just about complete at the Weston Senior Activities Center.

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Students: Design a Billboard

December 9, 2020

Talented Weston students can send a message about recycling and have a chance to earn $500 for the high school Green Team—and $250 for themselves—with a winning billboard design entry in a competition sponsored by the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority.

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Ronald Radcliffe Marshall, 9/29/26-12/1/20

December 8, 2020

A resident of Weston for 54 years, Ron was born in St, Augustine, Florida.

Several years into his career he met and married Barbara Winkelmann. In 1964 they moved to Weston. Ron was an institution running the roads from the 1960s up until his last year in town.

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Code Red Shuts Down January 1, New System Ready for Signup

December 7, 2020

The Code Red system widely relied upon in town for emergency notifications will be shut down on January 1.

The new Emergency and Community Alert Program is two important systems in one. Everyone is urged to sign up.

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Vaccines to Arrive This Month, Rollout Priorities Set

December 4, 2020

The first Covid-19 vaccines are expected to ship on December 14.

Governor Lamont made the announcement on December 3 and explained how vaccinations will become available.

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Give A Kick

December 1, 2020

A GoFundMe campaign is underway by three Weston young men who started a program three years ago—Give A Kick—to donate shoes to families in need.

They've had great success. But the old way of collecting donations doesn't work this year.

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Key Senate Committee Roles for Haskell

December 1, 2020

State Senator Will Haskell will chair the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee for another two-year term.

"Fighting for higher education and employment opportunities has never been more important," said the senator.

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Step Up Connecticut Launches

November 30, 2020

Step Up Connecticut is a concentrated effort to recruit citizens to support healthcare, long-term care, education, and those most vulnerable as the pandemic health crisis continues.

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Lamont: Beware Covid Testing Scams

November 27, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont advises Connecticut residents to be on the lookout for scam artists seeking to take advantage of people needing a test and searching for a place to have one done.

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Letters to the Editor

November 30, 2020

The Silbert family writes about an act of suppression of free speech and racial intolerance.

Rhett Zovich expresses a political opinion with an illustration.

Letters to the Editor

They Look After Us. It's Our Turn

November 24, 2020

In a video clip from our live November 15 Zoom at Noon broadcast, EMS leaders tell you how volunteers have labored to keep us as safe as possible this year.

In return, they ask only a couple of simple favors.

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Appeals Court Declines to Review Dog Park Ruling

November 23, 2020

Prospects for building a dog park on the town-owned Moore Property improved on November 20 when the Connecticut Appellate Court denied a petition to review a trial court’s ruling.

In August, a Superior Court judge upheld the Conservation Commission’s approval.

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School District Weighs Options as Cases Surge

November 20, 2020

The Weston Public School District advised parents this morning that a shift to all-remote instruction could be imminent with the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The district has already been forced to retreat from plans to expand in-person education.

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Governors Focus on College Students, Thanksgiving, and More

November 17, 2020

Soon, governors in the region will issue a joint declaration regarding students returning home from college.

Other measures may be in the offing, as the governors "take a look" at indoor dining, gyms, and religious gatherings.

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Bella, Linell, Rosenberg Commit

November 19, 2020

Congratulations to these Weston student athletes who signed commitment letters with colleges this week:

Bella Gary will swim at UConn. Nicole Linell will swim at Northeastern. Julia Rosenberg will run track at Vanderbilt.

Applause for Lachat Haunted Farm

November 16, 2020

If all the world is a stage, in Weston this year the stage became Lachat Town Farm, creating events that are safe and fun for the entire family.

The capstone may have been the Haunted Farm. It takes a village to create a spooky village.

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