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Road work will start earlier than expected. Eight roads, in order of how heavily traveled, are in for full milling and paving.

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Paving Set to Begin, Monday August 2

July 30, 2021

Road paving begins on Monday, August 2 — all factors including weather cooperating — which is a bit earlier than expected.

With extra funds added, eight roads are now set for full milling and paving.

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First Selectman Spaulding Makes it Official

July 29, 2021

First Selectman Chris Spaulding made it official on July 28, when the Selectmen accepted his resignation. “This has been one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of my life,” said Dr. Spaulding.

“I wish I could do it forever.”

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Democrats Endorse Nestor, Mohabeer

July 29, 2021

The Democratic Town Committee has endorsed Selectwoman Samantha Nestor for the office of First Selectman and Martin Mohabeer for a seat on the Board of Selectmen.

The committee also named candidates for boards and commissions on this year’s ballot.

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Spaulding to Resign as First Selectman

July 27, 2021

Citing health concerns, First Selectman Chris Spaulding will resign from office at a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, July 28..

“This was a tough call,” said Dr. Spaulding. “I love this job, and everyone knows I love Weston.”

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Also in the News...

The Weston Police department seeks applicants for a Patrol Officer position.

Play Ball for All held a baseball and mentoring clinic for underserved youth.

Registrations and sponsorship opportunities are still open for the Westport Weston YMCA's August 2 golf tournament.

Susan Granger At The Movies

July 26, 2021

This week, Susan Granger reviews digital TV streaming services and the movies “Old” and “Voyagers.”

A supernatural thriller from M. Night Shyamalan and a young adult sci-fi thriller that imagines a dystopian future.

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Noel Villepigue Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

July 27, 2021

Noel Justin Villepigue, a Weston High School sophomore and member of Weston Boy Scout Troop 788, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

It is the highest achievement and rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America.

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Republicans Endorse Brendsel, Jenner

July 26, 2021

The Republican Town Committee has endorsed Kirby Brendsel for the office of First Selectman and Amy Jenner for a seat on the Board of Selectmen.

The committee also named candidates for boards and commissions on this year’s ballot.

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Democrats Turn Out to Support Nestor, Mohabeer

July 25, 2021

Democrats turned out for a fundraiser organized by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz to support the campaigns of Selectwoman Samantha Nestor and Martin Mohabeer.

“Leadership matters,” said Ms. Bysiewicz.

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AFC Urgent Care Norwalk: a Wide Range of Services

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

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The Children of Joan Weinstein, on Vaccinations

July 23, 2021

In February, we published the obituary of Joan Weinstein, who died of Covid-19 at the age of 85.

Six months later, her children have a message.

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Letters to the Editor

Recent letters include background information from an original member of the Friends of Lachat in response to a recent letter submitted to Weston Today.

Also, a letter expressing concern for the lack of information from police about fatal accidents and road safety.

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Obituaries

Robert Sherwood Fortin, a longtime resident of Weston, passed away on July 1, 2021, after a long battle with heart disease. Full obituary.

Warren Andrew Spence, 82, of Williamsburg, VA, ascended peacefully to Heaven on April 23, 2021. He was unable to recover after surgery to remove a brain glioblastoma. Full obituary.

 

Previous obituaries

About Town

Where is the summer going?

August is right around the corner and what do we have to show for action on various fronts?

What’s up with my triumvirate of favorites?

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EMS Offers Training for New Volunteers

July 27, 2021

Weston’s all-volunteer EMS, always on the lookout for new members, holds a training course this fall for those eager to step up and serve.

The course runs from September 7 to December 9.

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Play With Your Food at Lachat

July 27, 2021

Play With Your Food, the playreading series popular everywhere around, comes to Lachat Town Farm on August 7 with a family comedy of intrigue, romance and deception and a comedy about a desperate out-of-work actor.

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Young Artists Give Back

July 25, 2021

One of the more popular booths at the Weston Fine Arts Festival had the simple title, “At Least We Tried: Portraits from a Kid’s Perspective.”

The next day, the young artists presented a big check to WestonArts, proceeds from their festival artwork.

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The Real Pets of Weston

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Scenes from the WestonArts Festival

July 20, 2021

In less than two minutes, a video sampling of scenes from the weekend’s Weston Fine Arts Festival.

The reviews are in from organizers, artists, and attendees: it was a hit. From what we hear, look for a return engagement next year.

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Weston Flea Set for September, Vendors Wanted

July 20, 2021

The popular Weston Flea takes place this year on Saturday, September 18.

Spaces for vendors tend to sell out quickly, so if you want to sell your old, new, or handmade wares, now is the time to get your spot.

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Norwalk Mentor Program Seeks Volunteers

July 16, 2021

For 31 years, the Norwalk Mentor Program has offered an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Norwalk students.

It takes about an hour a week. The program is looking for volunteer mentors now.

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New Arts Festival Debuts July 17 – 18

July 12, 2021

WestonArts hosts the first ever Weston Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18.

It's free, has over 70 juried artists’ booths, food, and live music, including a performance by José Feliciano.

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June Property Transfers

July 4, 2021

36 Weston properties changed hands in June, a repeat of 2020 and nearly thrice the number sold in June of 2019.

The total value of properties transferred was just over $40.5 million. The median home sale price (not including land transactions) was $1.1 million.

See the transfers.

St. Francis of Assisi Welcomes New Pastor

July 1, 2021

Father Augustine Nguyen was only eleven years old when he and his sister fled from communist Vietnam in a fishing boat, drifted in open seas, but eventually made his way to the United States.

He is now pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Church.

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Sharon Ferraro Appointed to Board of Education

July 1, 2021

On Thursday evening, the Board of Selectmen appointed Sharon Ferraro to the Weston Board of Education. Ms. Ferraro's volunteer experience includes years on PTOs and the Weston Women’s League.

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Nestor, Mohabeer Announce Candidacies

June 28, 2021

Selectwoman Samantha Nestor has declared her candidacy for the office of First Selectman in November’s municipal election.

Ms. Nestor will campaign on a ticket with Martin Mohabeer, candidate for the Board of Selectmen.

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Support for Caregivers at Monthly Meetings

June 24, 2021

Those who serve as caregivers for loved ones can find support and learn about available resources in a Weston Social Services group that meets once a month.

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Big Win for Saugatuck Rowing Club at Youth Championships

June 24, 2021

Competing for the first time with U17 8+ boats, the Saugatuck Rowing Club celebrated a major victory at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Florida.

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Costs to Taxpayers of Document Demands and Complaints Rise

June 18, 2021

Legal and administrative costs are rising from a torrent of document demands and complaints to State agencies.

A resident repeatedly alleges that Weston is governed in secret by officials who mislead the public.

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PTO Supports Weston Food Pantry with Donation

June 15, 2021

After months of fundraising, the Weston PTO presented the Weston Food Pantry with a donation of $1,350.

The Food Pantry is a volunteer organization that works to alleviate food insecurity.

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Students Learn from Theater Pros at SBEstudio Camps

June 15, 2021

Many young people find a path to developing their theater talents at the popular SBEstudio, led by Jodi Stevens Bryce. “This is about more than acting,” said Ms. Bryce. “It’s also about how real life on the road works.”

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Senior Center Gets Beautified

June 14, 2021

The entrance to the Weston Senior Center has been beautified by — who else? — the town’s Beautification Committee.

All of the new landscaping is native and pollinator-friendly plants.

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Town Offices to Reopen, but Fireworks are Off

June 10, 2021

Town offices are expected to reopen to the public on June 18. Certain limitations will remain for a while.

Meanwhile, Parks and Recreation has reluctantly called off July Fourth celebrations.

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Lachat Farmers Markets Return

June 4, 2021

Lachat Town Farm’s popular Farmers Markets return for the season in full form beginning on Friday, June 25.

You can enjoy live music, fresh farm produce, artisanal vendors, gourmet food trucks, beer and wine, farm animals, and children’s programming.

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Builders Beyond Borders: Volunteering at Home and Abroad

June 4, 2021

Builders Beyond Borders, an opportunity for young people to volunteer and make a difference in the world, is about to expand with summer international trips and local programs for even younger ages.

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Nuthatch Naturals Launches on June 10

June 4, 2021

Nuthatch Naturals, a new Weston business, launches on June 10 in a Zoom introduction of the company and its flagship Daily Soothing Lotion product.

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Scouts, WVFD Observe Memorial Day

June 1, 2021

Scouts, volunteer firefighters, and the town’s Veterans Committee preserved the most relevant features of Memorial Day Weekend. Those who served and sacrificed and the flag were honored.

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May Property Transfers

June 1, 2021

28 Weston properties changed hands in May, over 50 percent more than the number sold in the same month last year or the year before.

The total value of homes sold was $29,050,400.

See the transfers.

Memory Lane: Memorial Day Weekend

May 29, 2021

In just 3-½ minutes, on video from the ground and way up in the sky, it’s Memorial Day Weekend the way it was and, with luck, will be again.

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A Remembrance of George Floyd

May 27, 2021

A gathering on May 25 observed one year since the murder of George Floyd, beginning at Town Hall and continuing to a candlelight vigil at Norfield Church.

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Police Commission Statement to the Community

May 26, 2021

On May 24, the Board of Police Commissioners drafted and approved a statement regarding the complaint filed by Weston resident Walter Simpson.

We publish “To the Weston Community at Large” at their request.

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EMS Headquarters Open, Ready to Serve

May 21, 2021

Three years ago, EMS President Jon Weingarten told the Board of Selectmen a donation had been secured to help build EMS headquarters. A peek inside the newly-completed facility.

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Police Commission Delays Complaint Follow-Up

May 19, 2021

The Police Commission put off until June discussion of next steps regarding the response to a long-standing citizen complaint. Commissioner David Muller wanted to know why.

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Mask Requirements Ease

May 17, 2021

“Connecticut is one of the most vaccinated states in the nation,” declared Governor Ned Lamont. As of Wednesday, masks are no longer required outdoors.

Indoors, they are still mandatory if you have not been vaccinated. Businesses have options.

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Police Board Confronted on 911 Call and Response

May 12, 2021

A 3-½ hour meeting of the Police Commission on May 6 addressed a 911 call on a Black Weston resident and the responding police officer’s conduct.

But most of the focus was on how Walter Simpson’s complaint was handled by police authorities.

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Spaulding: “I Won’t Be Running Again”

May 3, 2021

While serving Weston “has been one of the greatest experiences of my life,” said First Selectman Chris Spaulding, he has decided not to seek reelection.

In our interview, he also looks back at the harrowing first days of the pandemic.

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April Property Transfers

May 3, 2021

34 Weston homes changed hands in April, more than twice the number sold in the same month last year or the year before.

The total value of homes sold was $31,550,600.

See the transfers.

Letter to the Editor

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