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Volume III

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Vaccines to arrive this month, and the State announced how they will be distributed.

Support is needed in many critical areas. Step Up Connecticut responds.

The governor warns of Covid test scams.

The Numbers

Updated Thursday, 12/3  Click for our latest report on Covid cases in Weston and Fairfield County.

Total Weston cases year-to-date reached 208. 32 new cases were confirmed in town in the past two weeks.

Weather & Events

Our Events section includes Toys for Tots, Candy Cane Lane at Lachat, and the Mark Twain Library's annual art show.

On Saturday, a P&Z hearing on revising regulations for accessory apartments.

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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Granger At The Movies: Mank, Enola Holmes, Run

December 1, 2020

Susan Granger begins with a review of Mank, a film about the making of Citizen Kane. Then, Enola Holmes, based on a young adult novel, and finally Run, a new thriller starring Sarah Paulson.

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Also in the News

Emergency responders always have our backs. It's our turn.

The Appellate Court denied a request to review a dog park ruling.

Welcome back The Real Pets of Weston.

An offer to donate a new Library wing has been withdrawn.

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Briefly

It's the last week for the Scouts tree and wreath sale.

EMS receives a cash donation from the Women's Club of Weston.

Entrance to the Senior Activities Center improved for ADA compliance.

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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About Town

December 3, 2020

How are you making out this subdued holiday season? To a greater or lesser extent, we are all feeling confined.

Some of us are undergoing serious limits to activities in the name of public health.

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12 Tips for Getting Married in the Time of COVID

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We all know weddings can be stressful. So many moving parts to manage.

This year COVID-19 created havoc. Anita Peters, sole proprietor of Mark This Day With Love, sees no reason to postpone getting married.

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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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P&Z Hearing on Apartments, December 5

November 30, 2020

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hear from the public on Saturday morning, December 5, about a petition to increase the allowable size of in-house apartments.

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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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Susan Granger Joins Weston Today

November 24, 2020

In her debut weekly column for Weston Today, internationally-acclaimed entertainment critic Susan Granger reviews The Crown, Hillbilly Elegy, and the latest twists of Grey's Anatomy.

We are thrilled to have Ms. Granger with us. Enjoy.

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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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Black Friday at the Grange

November 20, 2020

A trunk sale at Weston's Norfield Grange promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable way to do Black Friday (November 27) selling, buying, eating, and drinking. All the necessities.

It all takes place at the Grange, of course, on 12 Good Hill Road from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Hearing Set For In-House Apartment Sizes

November 20, 2020

On Saturday morning, December 5, the Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a hearing on increasing the allowable size of in-house apartments. (Republished from October 8, 2020.)

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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.

Donate Coats for Kids, Starting November 22

November 17, 2020

The Kiwanis Club of Weston is holding a winter coat and sweater drive to benefit families with young children.

Drop boxes will be available at the Weston police station from Sunday, November 22 through Sunday, November 29.

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Toys for Tots Drive Underway

November 16, 2020

The United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive is coming to Weston.

Through December 15, you can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Weston Police Department. They will be given to less fortunate children for the holidays.

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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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Lamont in Self-Quarantine

November 13, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont went into self-quarantine today after a member of his staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Several senior members of the governor’s staff will also quarantine. Chief of Staff Paul Mounds said Governor Lamont and his senior staff are tested twice a week.

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Citizen(s) of the Year, Appreciation Weekend

November 10, 2020

Weston’s Board of Police Commissioners has named its annual Citizen of the Year. This year it's Citizens.

Emergency responders and essential workers get the honor. And Kiwanis has a big weekend planned for EMS, the Fire Department, and the Weston PD.

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Interstate Youth Hockey Suspended

November 12, 2020

Interstate youth hockey competitions have been suspended by the governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The regional action follows an order last week by Governor Lamont.

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Gordon Joseloff, Journalist, Dies at 75

November 9, 2020

Gordon Joseloff, founder and publisher of WestportNow and former Westport First Selectman, passed away on November 9 at the age of 75.

WestportNow reports that Mr. Joseloff succumbed to a rare blood cancer he fought for three years.

The story in WestportNow.

Champions! The Saints

November 10, 2020

The 2020 Weston Saints, the grades 1 and 2 flag football team, finished an undefeated season.

And that's not all. The team won the Westport PAL Flag Football League championship in a Jamboree over the weekend.

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Offutt Center Offer Withdrawn

November 6, 2020

Nearly two years since it was announced, the offer by the Daniel E. Offutt III Charitable Trust to fund the addition of a wing to the Weston Public Library has been withdrawn.

A recently-identified potential need to improve septic systems may have been the deal-breaker.

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Haskell, Hwang, Hughes Re-Elected

November 4, 2020

State Senator Will Haskell, Representative Anne Hughes, and State Senator Tony Hwang won re-election on November 3.

We have the results from the legislative districts and Weston tallies for all offices on the ballot.

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Flu Shot Clinic a Success

November 10, 2020

Last week's Weston flu shot clinic hosted by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County earned a shout-out from Weston Senior Activities Center Director Wendy Petty.

So did a lot of other people who made it happen.

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Pitch In Food Drive a Success

November 10, 2020

The Play Ball For All "Pitch In" food drive on October 31 was a great success, collecting non-perishable items for the Weston Food Pantry.

The event was a curbside collection at Revson Field.

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High School Students Honored for Community Service

November 4, 2020

Eight Weston High School students received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The students worked hard for community organizations, businesses, and neighbors.

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Governor Orders Rollback

November 2, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont’s short-lived order delegating much authority to municipal leaders about the extent of reopening came to an end this afternoon.

With virtually every part of Connecticut at or near a new Covid-19 outbreak, the state will revert to a modified version of Phase 2.

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Holiday Trees and Wreaths from the Scouts

November 2, 2020

Fresh cut Christmas Trees and hand-made Balsam Wreaths are available again this year from Weston’s Boy Scout Troop 788.

Order online or, on weekends after Thanksgiving, at the Onion Barn and at Lachat Town Farm.

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Noon Zoom with the First: The Recording

November 2, 2020

First Selectman Chris Spaulding joined us on Sunday for a live open Q+A with members of the community.

Questions covered a wide range of topics. The recording runs 57 minutes, but we added prompts so you can scrub through to items of interest.

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Troubling Metrics, Success at Schools, Improved Treatment

October 30, 2020

Thursday's statewide metrics were sobering. Fairfield County's numbers are the worst in the state.

Some cities and towns are rolling back to Phase 2. But the schools are doing well, and treatment has produced significantly better patient outcomes.

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McKersie Resigns

October 20, 2020

Dr. William McKersie announced today that the 2020-21 school year will be his last as superintendent of the Weston Public School District.

“It is a good time to take on new leadership opportunities,” he said.

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Full Reopening Set for Grades K-5

October 9, 2020

Hurlbutt Elementary and Weston Intermediate schools are set to reopen on October 26 for daily in-person instruction in either full or abbreviated days.

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Make Weston Redeemable

October 9, 2020

Thanks to volunteers, you can still deposit 5-cent redeemable cans and bottles for recycling.

This keeps Weston a little cleaner, saves taxpayers a little money, and generates revenue for local charities.

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Carl M. Gilpin, 86

October 7, 2020

Carl M. Gilpin, 86, recently of Pinehurst, North Carolina, passed away on October 4, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Gilpin served as a Lieutenant in the US Army, began a career, and joined Somerset Importers in New York City. At that time he and his family resided in Weston.

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Legislature 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 Senate did too, the next day. It's meant to improve service and make utilities more accountable.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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