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Multi-million dollar defamation suit filed against school board, district officials.

Selectmen vote 2.55% operating budget increase.

Shavees will lose it at St. Baldrick's.

Lang's closes after years of "relentless" difficulties with pharmacy benefits managers.

Calendar Highlights

Saturday: the acclaimed Choral Chameleon Ensemble.

Sunday: Let the People Decide at the Library. And the voting booth.

See details in our Town Calendar about upcoming Weston events.

Weston Weather

Saturday: Clear, high 45°.

Sunday: Clear, high 49°.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, high 51°.

Tuesday: Light rain most of the day, high 48°.

Wednesday: Overcast, rain starts mid-afternoon, goes until morning. High 43°.

Defamation Suit Against School Board, Officials Seeks Millions

February 21, 2020

David Lustberg, former Transportation Coordinator at Weston Public Schools, has filed a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against the Board of Education, Superintendent McKersie, and Human Resources Director Lewis Brey.

Mr. Lustberg says he was defamed in a public email sent by Dr. McKersie last year.

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Let the People Decide: The Story Behind the Story

February 20, 2020

When you see Let the People Decide on Sunday at the Library, you won't see a typical documentary about violent suppression of African-American voting rights in the 1960s. You will see a film that draws a straight line from those times to today.

The path to Gavin Guerra's making of the film started with a bargain-bin book.

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Selectmen Approve 2.55% Town Budget Increase

February 19, 2020

On Tuesday evening, the Board of Selectmen approved a Town budget request with a 2.55 percent increase in funds for operations.

Costs rise due to wage increases, insurance premiums, and pension contributions. Some matters—road maintenance and the fate of the Transfer Station—may not yet be completely resolved.

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And This...

Parks & Recreation Column: Current programs, updated weekly.

Infrastructure is the name of the game, and a word about one of Weston's many artists. About Town.

Safe Connect for domestic violence victims.

Scoreboard

Boys Basketball  Weston 58, Bethel 38. (Tue. 2/18.)

Girls Basketball  Weston 37, Bethel 56. (Tue. 2/18.)

Indoor Track  Weston's girls team won the Class M state championship. The boys did well too, placing fourth.

Wrestling  Three Weston wrestlers placed in the SWC championship tournament.

How Volunteer Firefighters Keep Weston Safe

February 20, 2020

As an eight year-old boy, John Pokorny enjoyed jumping on a fire truck with his father, a Weston Volunteer Fire Department captain.

Since 1996, Mr. Pokorny has led the department, a force of 70 well-trained volunteers who respond to about 550 emergencies every year.

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Shavees Lose it at St. Baldrick's, February 29

February 16, 2020

St. Baldrick's, the big, incredibly fun community head-shaving party, runs this year on February 29th. Think free food from popular providers, an open bar, terrific music, and probably the best silent auction around.

Lisa Bigelow, one of the parent organizers, describes it as a "joyful event."

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Rolfing Part 2: Learning to Breathe

By the end of my first Rolfing session, I found myself breathing more deeply, more evenly, and more consistently. The session gave me a new appreciation for the value of high-quality, consistent breathing.

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The Real Dogs of Weston

Ally and Charlie are two charming young shih tzus who reside in the home (and laps) of human brother Ian and parents Paul MacShane and Meryl Sia. These two work round the clock fulfilling their duties as Devoted Family Lap Dogs.

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The Pharm Stand Opens in Ridgefield

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The Co-op: A Natural Path to Learning

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The Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School, fondly known as The Co-op, values play as the natural path to learning.

Each classroom has a wall of window to the outside. Play themes often incorporate nature and the seasons of the year.

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Girls Indoor Track Team State Champions

February 15, 2020

Weston High School's Girls Indoor Track & Field team won the Class M state championship on Saturday with strong team and individual performances.

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A Tea for the Vote, March 8

February 17, 2020

On March 8, International Women’s Day, Lachat Town Farm is holding a tea.

In an historical context, this is a fitting way to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

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Lang's Closes, Citing Benefits Managers

February 14, 2020

Lang's Pharmacy closed suddenly on Wednesday. In all likelihood, co-owner Frank Randazzo saw it coming for some time.

Late last year, Mr. Randazzo said, "In Connecticut, we're probably a year away from not having any independent pharmacies."

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Haskell, Hwang Support Sexual Assault Protections

February 13, 2020

State senators Will Haskell and Tony Hwang joined forces in a bipartisan coalition supporting legislation to give college students added protection against sexual assault.

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Kindness Matters Series, in March

February 12, 2020

Weston Youth Services and the Weston Field Club have teamed up to sponsor Kindness Matters, a series of five weekly sessions about how parents and communities can prevent bullying and promote kindness.

The program's first session is on March 4.

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Speak Up: What We Learned

February 9, 2020

Saturday's annual League of Women Voters Speak Up event drew a capacity crowd, and then some.

Topics ranged from budget pressures and school start times to why the mill rate will never be as low as Westport's, pesticides, and how Hartford could help or at least stop hurting.

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Everett B. Flodeen, 88

February 12, 2020

Everett B. Flodeen, age 88, a long time resident of Weston, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

He is survived by his devoted daughter Cindy Friedrichsen and her husband Ken of Weston and his 3 grandchildren.

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Valley Forge Road Re-Opens

February 6, 2020

All of Valley Forge Road is open again, as work to rebuild a dangerously eroded slope is complete. The road had been closed since mid-December between Old Stage Coach and Davis Hill roads.

Construction finished fairly close to schedule, and may have come in slightly under budget.

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Shaban Announces State Representative Candidacy

February 4, 2020

Former State Representative John Shaban announced his candidacy to once again represent Weston, Easton, and Redding in the General Assembly's House of Representatives.

Mr. Shaban, a Republican, held the 135th district seat from 2011 to 2017. “I will continue to focus on sensible solutions rather than symbolic gestures,” he said.

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Public Safety Appropriation Approved

February 3, 2020

By unanimous voice vote at a Special Town Meeting, an appropriation was approved for renovations to Weston's public safety facilities, including an expansion of Firehouse No. 1 on Norfield Road.

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Weston Hosts Robotics Competition

February 2, 2020

On February 1, over 65 student-led teams from middle and high schools throughout New England competed in a robotics tournament at Weston High School.

Teams sent into battle robots that they designed, built, and programmed. The all-day event was the first of its kind hosted in Weston.

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Haskell to Tackle Age Discrimination

February 2, 2020

Age discrimination against a potential new hire is illegal, says State Senator Will Haskell in an op-ed. But the law has a loophole.

Sen. Haskell pledges to co-sponsor legislation championed by AARP in the upcoming legislative session.

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School Board Approves 2.89% Increase

January 31, 2020

On Thursday evening, the Board of Education approved an operating budget that increases 2.89 percent.

The Board signaled an intention to seek additional savings, with an apparent focus on the district's administrative structure, possibly extending into reductions at senior levels.

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School Board Considers Budget Cuts

January 30, 2020

Reductions that directly "touch the classroom" were the core of a no-growth budget scenario presented to the Board of Education. Superintendent William McKersie made clear the scenario was not a set of recommendations.

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School Board, Administration Clash on Budget

January 27, 2020

In a tense Board of Education workshop last week, the Weston School District administration presented a revised budget request, increasing by 2.86 percent instead of the initial 5.55 percent.

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Boys Basketball on a Roll

January 27, 2020

After opening league play on January 13 with an overtime win over Kolbe Cathedral, Weston's boys basketball squad kept the drama going with late-game heroics against Masuk, Stratford, and Brookfield, adding three to the win column.

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Weinstein Running for State Representative

January 22, 2020

Former Weston First Selectwoman Gayle Weinstein announced her candidacy to represent Weston, Easton, and Redding in the State House of Representatives.

"I had promised my family that the 2015 election would be my last," said Ms. Weinstein. "That changed in the last year."

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Hughes Launches Re-Election Bid

January 21, 2020

State Representative Anne Hughes launched her campaign for re-election at Silverman's Farm in Easton on January 12. Ms. Hughes represents the 135th House district, consisting of Weston, Easton, and Redding.

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Recycle at the Onion Barn, Help Fund Sports

January 27, 2020

Every Saturday morning at the Onion Barn, you can enjoy the company of neighbors, feel good about helping the environment, and support Weston athletics.

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Safe Connect for Domestic Violence Victims

January 15, 2020

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz announced a major upgrade to Connecticut's domestic violence hotline this week in Hartford. The system, Safe Connect, gives victims of domestic violence confidential assistance at no charge.

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School District Requests 5.55% Budget Increase

January 10, 2020

On January 6, Schools Superintendent Dr. William McKersie presented a budget request for next fiscal year that calls for an operating increase of nearly $3 million, plus capital projects.

"There's going to be some hard decisions to make," said Board of Education chair Tony Pesco.

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Health District Offers Flu Vaccinations

January 14, 2020

It is not too late to get the flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control encourages everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated. You can do so at the Westport Weston Health District.

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OT Win for Boys Basketball

January 14, 2020

Down by two in the waning seconds of regulation, Weston's varsity Boys Basketball team notched a 60–55 overtime win on Monday evening against Kolbe Cathedral.

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Aspetuck Land Trust Wins Fromson-Strassler Grant

January 13, 2020

The Aspetuck Land Trust has been awarded a $625,000 State grant that may make it possible for the Trust to acquire Weston's Fromson-Strassler property and preserve it as open space.

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Farewell to Westport Pizzeria

January 3, 2020

Our neighbors in Westport are about to say goodbye to a town fixture when Westport Pizzeria closes next week after 51 years in business. State Senator Tony Hwang arranged a farewell party on Friday afternoon.

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Gertrude “Trudy” Chandler, 92

January 5, 2020

Yarmouth, Maine: Gertrude “Trudy” Chandler, 92, our beloved Oma, passed away peacefully at home on December 30, 2019 surrounded by her family. Born July 6, 1927 in Brunnen, Switzerland, she eventually married Lee Chandler and moved to Weston, where she lived for almost 40 years.

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Victor Escandón Appointed to School Board

January 3, 2020

Victor Escandón, a career corporate finance executive, was appointed on January 2 by the Selectmen to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education.

Mr. Escandón and his wife have lived in Weston since 2008, and have three children in the public school system.

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2019: The Year in Review

January 1, 2020

We go back, back in time to January of 2019, then step forward month-by-month, recapping all the highlights and events.

It was an interesting year in beautiful Weston.

Enjoy.

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Other Recent News

State funds released for an overdue Library grant.

Weston Trojans win State football title.

AT&T proposes a new cell tower.

Our story and video report: Veterans Day ceremony.

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