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The Legislature takes first action to require utilities to keep the lights on.

We interview Michelle McCabe, candidate for the 28th State Senate district.

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We follow up with three of the area's top real estate agents to find out if the surge in Weston home sales persists.

October 8 is the target to go to Phase 3 of the reopening plan. In a blow to news editors, bars remain closed.

Weather & Events

Our Events section includes a drive-in movie for newcomers, a drive-in concert, Lachat's Hoedown, Hazardous Waste Disposal Day, a Pink Aid fundraiser, and a live musical.

House Passes "Take Back Our Grid"

October 1, 2020

In special session on September 30, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed the "Take Back Our Grid Act."

The legislation is designed to force power companies to reduce grid failures, improve storm response, and compensate you for extended outages.

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Weston Real Estate: Still Hot

September 30, 2020

A surge in demand for Weston properties continues. In a follow-up to our May report, we learn that inventory is at an all-time low and bidding wars are not uncommon.

Meanwhile, buyers enjoy low interest rates, but lenders are toughening up requirements.

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How To Vote Absentee

September 17, 2020

It's easy to vote absentee this year. Everyone can. We tell you how it works. So does Connecticut's top elections officer, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

You can vote by mail or use a safe, secure drop box at Town Hall.

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Letters to the Editor

September 28, 2020

Susanne Smith says Representative Anne Hughes is "somebody who is totally dedicated to the communities she serves." Maureen E. Hanley writes in support of Senator Tony Hwang, "who always shows up to help."

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Seeking the State Senate: Michelle McCabe

September 30, 2020

In an interview, Michelle McCabe, the Democratic candidate for the State Senate 28th District, which includes part of Weston, discusses topics of current interest and the priorities she would have if elected.

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Whaleboats in American History, October 14

September 28, 2020

Whaleboats played a significant role during and after the American Revolution, but much of their history has been overlooked.

On October 14, historian Ed Hynes tells you all about it in a Weston Historical Society presentation.

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Letter: 4-CT Meets Its Goal, Looks Ahead

September 25, 2020

When Don Kendall and Ted Yang formed 4-CT, the goal was to establish a statewide non-profit to support programs and deliver rapid relief from the pandemic. That goal was met.

Now, a new focus.

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About Town

I was wondering when someone around our neck of the woods may notice that Connecticut is in a drought. And then I looked at the map.

At the beginning of September, about a third of our state was in severe drought.

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Phase 3 Reopening Set for October 8

September 24, 2020

If all goes well over the next two weeks, limits on the size of gatherings in many venues will increase on October 8.

But for the time being, bars and nightclubs will remain closed as the state shifts into Phase 3 of the reopening plan.

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ACT Presents The Last Five Years Live and Streamed

September 23, 2020

The curtain rises again in October at ACT—A Contemporary Theatre—in Ridgefield. For your viewing pleasure, in person or at home: the modern musical The Last Five Years.

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COVID-19 Antibody Testing: FAQ

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Play Ball for All Forms Teen Mentor Leadership Board

September 22, 2020

For the past two years, Weston's Play Ball for All has provided an opportunity for the town's athletes to serve younger ones.

This year, the organization is taking it even further.

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Weston Students eesmarts Finalists

September 23, 2020

Students Thomas Carlon, Annalise Kimura, Nicole Linell, Kaeli Mecca, and Nicole Sztachelski were honored as finalists in the 15th annual eesmarts student contest promoting energy efficiency.

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Frank G. Schettino, 98

September 23, 2020

Frank G. Schettino, Commander, USN (Ret.), 98, passed away on September 16, 2020.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Mr. Schettino joined the optical division of Perkin-Elmer Corp., and the family moved to Weston.

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COVID Cases Temporarily Close Weston Schools

September 20, 2020

Weston schools shifted to all-distance for two days this week after school district officials learned that two students tested positive for Covid-19.

Schools reopened on Wednesday in their hybrid mode. Our September 20 original story now contains an update.

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Flags at Half-Staff for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 18, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont today directed U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died today at the age of 87.

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Seeking Re-Election: Rep. Anne Hughes

September 15, 2020

In the first of a set of interviews with candidates seeking to represent Weston in the General Assembly, State Representative Anne Hughes discusses topics of current interest, accomplishments from her first term, and priorities for a second.

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Autumn Football Still Canceled, Spring Back on the Table

September 16, 2020

Full contact autumn high school football appears to be a definite no-go following today's announcement by CIAC.

A spring season is back on the table.

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Alfred Wirtenberg, 74

September 15, 2020

Alfred Irving Wirtenberg, age 74 of Weston, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2020.

Alfred lived with his wife, Margaret, in Weston for 40 years. An audiophile and avid runner, he loved the town and its natural beauty. Anyone who met Al loved him.

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Jolantha is Ready Again

September 7, 2020

Our pleasure to bring you this from Hans Wilhelm:

Some time ago the school bus driver stopped by to thank us for always dressing Jolantha up for the first day of school. He said, "Every year on their first day of school there are always some crying children on the bus."

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School Board Chair: "If Anyone Can Pull This Off, We Can"

September 2, 2020

In a video interview, Board of Education chair Tony Pesco discusses the agreement with the Weston Teachers' Association, news about the costs of reopening Weston schools, the "pillars" of the reopening plan, and how parents need to do their part.

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Something for Everyone at Lachat Town Farm

September 1, 2020

In true Weston fashion, Lachat Town Farm continues to keep the community connected by reinventing beloved past events and establishing exciting new ones.

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Back to School: Expert Advice

August 31, 2020

In a video interview, we turned to educational advocate Nancy Taylor for expert advice about how to make school re-entry a success.

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School Board, Teachers Union Reach Understanding

September 1, 2020

In a joint statement this evening, the Weston Board of Education and the Weston Teachers' Association announced an agreement and "common understandings" for reopening schools next week.

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Court Dismisses Dog Park Appeal

August 27, 2020

A Superior Court judge dismissed an appeal of the Conservation Commission's approval of locating a dog park on the Town-owned "Moore property."

"The court has no doubt," wrote Judge Taggart Adams, "the record contains substantial evidence to support the Commission's decision."

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Lamont, Legislative Leaders Agree to Emergency Extension

August 31, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont announced today an agreement with legislative leaders to extend his emergency powers five months, to February 9, 2021.

The six-month Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergency had been set to expire on September 9.

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Barbara Warfield Zacavish, 81

August 29, 2020

Barbara Warfield Zacavish, age 81, a longtime former Weston resident, died peacefully after a brief illness at her home in Wesley Chapel, Florida on August 24. “Barbie,” as she was affectionately known, had a 35-year teaching career at Hurlbutt Elementary School and co-owned the Lunch Box for 37 years.

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New Weston Cases a Concern, Include Children

August 25, 2020

First Selectman Chris Spaulding, visibly troubled by an outbreak in the region and new Weston coronavirus cases that include children, urges Weston residents to remain disciplined and do the right thing.

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Teachers: We Don't Feel Safe

August 24, 2020

Teachers in Weston public schools are more than nervous about returning to classrooms, according to the Weston Teachers' Association. Some teachers put it plainly: "We are terrified."

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A Good Idea: Share the Road

August 24, 2020

You may have seen Share the Road signs popping up around town, especially on busy streets. They come to you courtesy of the Weston Police and Board of Police Commissioners.

No threats about the long arm of the law, but a polite request: let's watch out for each other.

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A Friend Remembers Lynne Barrelle, Weston Town Historian

August 23, 2020

Weston's Town Historian, Lynne Barrelle, passed away on August 18. Her friend and colleague, Mary Ann Barr, Town Historian of Danby, New York, writes that the two "were fellow explorers into Weston history for many years."

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How Weston Schools Will Reopen: The Plan

August 18, 2020

Weston public schools open on September 8, if all goes as planned, with a blend of in-person and online instruction, a full curriculum, and a more populace student body.

Questions remain about athletics, with a shift to spring possible for two autumn sports.

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Community Kindness: Trip’s Tree

August 14, 2020

Four-year-old Trip Burns has always had a special connection with nature and the outdoors.

His interest in one particular tree produced a touching kindness.

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Post Office Challenges in Weston and Beyond

August 14, 2020

Long lines and long waits at the Weston Post Office, frustrating to many residents, are mainly attributable to the facility's size.

The Postal Service itself is under great pressure.

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Powerless

August 12, 2020

For about a week, we were reduced to reporting only to our email list whenever we could find a stray signal strong enough to connect.

In this story, photos and a recap of our email reports.

Photos and story.

The Real Dogs of Weston

Meet Arlo, an American Blue-Nose Pit Bull whose love of life can barely be contained by his gigantic puppy body.

Weighing in at 110 pounds of pure mush, this love bug will charm you right off your feet (sometimes literally) with his affectionate personality and enthusiastic kisses..

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