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Rep. Anne Hughes launches re-election bid, former First Selectwoman Gayle Weinstein to challenge.

Speak Up on February 8th.

A new Real Dogs of Weston.

Safe Connect for domestic violence victims.

Calendar Highlights

Friday–Sunday: Frozen JR. delights.

Sunday: War with Russia?

On the 31st: The John Cutrone Quartet at Lachat.

See details in our Town Calendar about upcoming Weston events.

Weston Weather

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, high 41°.

Friday: Partly cloudy, high 44°.

Saturday: Rain most of the day and night. Windy too. High 40°.

Sunday: Overcast, high 41°.

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.

"It was an energetic, enthusiastic kickoff," Rep. Hughes told Weston Today.

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Speak Up on February 8

January 20, 2020

On February 8, the annual community Speak Up event takes place at the Weston Public Library.

Weston's Selectmen, State legislators, and a variety of officials will be there to hear your comments and answer questions.

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And This...

Senator Haskell calls for legislative action on drug pricing in the upcoming session.

Parks & Recreation Column: Current programs, updated weekly.

The second installment of taxes is due January 1.

Running Features: About Town, Kiwanis.

Scoreboard

Boys Basketball  Weston 59, Stratford 55. (Tue. 1/21.)

Girls Basketball  Weston 50, Stratford 36. (Tue. 1/21.)

Wrestling  Weston 36, New Milford 46. (Wed. 1/15.)

Boys Swim & Dive  Weston 82, Masuk 94. (Tue. 1/14.)

Our fall season recap, including the Sportsperson of the Year.

Hearts Melt in Frozen JR.

January 20, 2020

A dazzling musical production of Frozen JR. debuts on January 24 in three performances by Short Wharf, the Weston Middle School theater group.

The story is an adaptation of the Broadway smash Frozen.The Short Wharf show promises to be memorable.

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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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Rolfing: Pain-Free Living

In 2007 I was diagnosed with De Quervain syndrome. Similar to carpal tunnel, De Quervain syndrome is an inflammation of the tendons involving the thumb and the wrist. The pain is intense.

Conventional treatments didn't work. Rolfing, a treatment I learned about by accident, did.

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The Real Dogs of Weston

Happy New Year, Weston! It’s a brand new decade and we’ve resolved to meet even more of your sweet, silly, lovable, loyal, always unforgettable pets in 2020.

Our first feature this year is Scout, devoted canine companion to Weston’s Saussy family and hardworking protector of the house chicken flock.

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The Pharm Stand Opens in Ridgefield

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Champions of CBD believe in its ability to alleviate muscle discomfort, reduce anxiety, and facilitate better sleep.

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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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Keep Kids Warm & Healthy All Winter

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Winter can bring lots of family fun — sledding, skiing, snowboarding, not to mention shoveling snow.

No matter what kind of weather winter brings this year, here are some tips to follow to keep your kids warm, healthy, and safe.

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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.

The CDC advises that influenza activity remains high and can cause severe disease in some people.

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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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Play With Your Food Season Opens

January 4, 2020

Play With Your Food, the fresh, innovative theater experience, began its 2020 regular season on January 7.

"You don't have to go into New York City for great theater!" says Weston's Diana Muller, the group's producer.

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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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About Town

January 23, 2020

It is almost official! As this is being written it appears likely that very soon, perhaps on February 3rd, we will be asked to vote at a Special Town Meeting on upgrades to Weston’s public safety facilities. Those would be structures used by police and emergency services personnel.

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Kiwanians Hang the Wreath

December 12, 2019

On Sunday five member Kiwanians kicked off its decades old holiday tradition to hang the wreath on the Onion Barn including President Steve Thomas, Immediate past president Tom Fallia, Roy Marsh, Harry Spencer and Reed Ameden.

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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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State Releases Library, Open Space Funds

December 20, 2019

The Weston Public Library will receive $82,500 in long-awaited State funds following action by the State's Bonding Commission on December 18.

The Commission's action may also help Aspetuck Land Trust acquire the Fromson-Strassler property from the town.

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Three Women Who Made Weston Weston

December 20, 2019

Weston Historical Society's exhibit about three amazing Weston women now runs through January. Thursdays, 2:00 to 4:00, and by appointment. Related events on our Town Calendar.

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Out & About: Mail Carriers

December 27, 2019

Nine mail carriers serve Weston, delivering checks, bills, magazines, birthday and holiday cards, and packages to homes six days a week. This time of year their workload is intense. They cannot accept gifts, but a holiday "thank you" is always welcome.

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Trojans State Football Champions

December 14, 2019

Weston Trojans got a police escort for their return home after winning the school's first football state championship. The team dominated throughout, finishing with a 27-6 victory.

Our report includes a game summary and a 2-½ minute video report. Enjoy.

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YMCA Grants Awarded to Non-Profits

December 16, 2019

Twenty-seven Fairfield County organizations that provide educational opportunities for children and young adults received grants on December 13 from the Westport-Weston YMCA.

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A White Oak for Arborist Law Centennial

December 16, 2019

Weston Tree Warden Bill Lomas and First Selectman Chris Spaulding planted a new White Oak tree at Town Hall this afternoon, a gift from the Connecticut Tree Protective Association.

The gift commemorates the 100th anniversary of Connecticut's Arborist Law.

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Where Things Stand: the Green, the Library Wing

December 12, 2019

Proposals to add a new wing to the Weston Public Library and build a Town Green received great public attention. In both cases, much remains to be done. We report.

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Raccoon Injures Child, Mother

December 10, 2019

A raccoon attack late last week near Georgetown and Samuelson roads left a child and mother injured and transported by ambulance to Norwalk Hospital. Animal Control Officer Mark Harper was attacked as well, and asks your help keeping an eye out for diseased raccoons.

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Sen. Haskell: Make Drug Pricing a Priority

December 10, 2019

In an op-ed, Senator Will Haskell says he is "grateful for the many constituents who have reached out to share with me their struggle to afford prescription drugs," and vows to make the issue a priority in the upcoming legislative session. He begins by calling out the drastically higher cost of insulin, a drug discovered 100 years ago.

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EMS Announces Weston-Easton Training

December 10, 2019

Weston's all-volunteer EMS service is looking for new members, and so are their colleagues in Easton. The two towns have teamed up to offer a hybrid training course.

Volunteers make free EMS service possible in Weston. More will keep it going.

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AT&T Proposes New Cell Tower

December 3, 2019

Cellular service for emergency responders and some cell phone users would be improved by a new AT&T installation on Tall Pines Drive. At least one neighbor objects. The Town has offered an alternative, and is focusing on improving reception throughout town.

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Valley Forge Detours

December 4, 2019

Detours have begun on the southern section of Valley Forge Road.

A section of the road will be closed for an estimated four to five weeks, as an eroded slope and shoulder are rebuilt.

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Police Commission Honors William Brady

December 4, 2019

On Tuesday evening, the Board of Police Commissioners honored departing member William J. Brady for over two decades of service to the commission and the town.

Mr. Brady played a key role in the development of the Weston Police Department.

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November Property Transfers

December 3, 2019

Twelve Weston properties changed hands in November. Continue reading to see the latest transactions.

Previous reports can always be found in our Town Info section.

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Food Pantry Shelves Restocked

November 23, 2019

A Kiwanis drive in November helped restock the shelves of the Weston Food Pantry, which is run by volunteers and totally dependent on donations from neighbors, clubs, schools, and companies. It also needs continuous replenishment.

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Winter Construction on Valley Forge Road

November 19, 2019

The steep, narrow shoulder of a 320-foot section of Valley Forge Road is so badly eroded that the Town has allocated $228,000 from reserves for emergency repairs this winter. The road will be closed for three to four weeks from Davis Hill Road to Old Stage Coach Road.

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Sustainable CT Certification for Weston

November 16, 2019

Weston's progress in taking action friendly to the environment has earned the town bronze Sustainable CT certification as part of a statewide program administered by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Veterans Honored

November 12, 2019

A Veterans Day ceremony organized by the town's Veterans Affairs Committee featured perfect weather, a nice gathering, great music, an address, and recognition for those who served.

Our 2-minute video report tells the story.

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The Anthem and the Oath

November 8, 2019

Student singers Maddie Revzon and Kennedy Boehme headlined the Town Hall swearing-in of several newly-elected and re-elected board, commission, and committee members on Friday evening, November 8.

See and hear the anthem and the highlights in our 1-½ minute video report.

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Town Election Results

November 5, 2019

Turnout in today's municipal election was lighter than two years ago, perhaps no surprise in a year when most offices were uncontested.

In the end, every Democrat on the ballot was elected and two Republican incumbents were not.

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Town Election: The Candidates

November 1, 2019

Voting in this year's municipal election takes place on Tuesday, November 5. Several offices on the ballot are uncontested. Seats on three important boards are very much in play.

We reached out to the candidates with three basic questions. This is what we learned.

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77 More Acres for Devil's Den

October 23, 2019

Thanks to a generous gift, the Nature Conservancy in Connecticut has added 77 acres of prime woodland and wetlands, formerly owned by the Nevas family, to its nearly 1,800-acre preserve. The land is on the western border of the Lucius Pond Ordway-Devil’s Den preserve.

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New Leadership and Systems at Public Works

October 23, 2019

On October 17, the Board of Selectmen appointed Town Engineer John Conte to head Weston's Department of Public Works, examined a preview of a new road maintenance management system, and formed a temporary committee to advise on public works matters.

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New Library Wing Approved by HDC

October 17, 2019

In only ten minutes on Wednesday evening, the Historic District Commission meeting was called to order and the application for an addition to Weston Public Library approved without stipulation.

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Route 57 Detours Coming in Summer

October 17, 2019

A barely noticeable bridge over an unnamed brook will cause minor traffic issues early next year and larger ones in the summer.

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An Urgent Call to Action on E-Cig Vaping Epidemic

Op-ed by Senator Tony Hwang

You’ve probably been reading a lot about vaping in the news lately. From the increased instances of vaping-related pulmonary illnesses across the country to the marked surge in tobacco use among teenagers, it’s an issue worth our attention — and strong call to action.

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Founders Day in Pictures

October 13, 2019

Suffice it to say that Friday evening's inaugural Founders Day event was a resounding success. Hundreds of residents joined in a well-organized celebration of Weston's 232nd anniversary as a Connecticut town.

We have the story in pictures, including the memorable Town Selfie taken from high above by Namuk Cho.

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Mike Zegers Named Democrat of the Year

October 12, 2019

Weston's Democratic Town Committee honored Mike Zegers last Sunday night as the 2019 Democrat of the Year. Several of the party's stars attended and offered praise of their own.

Senator Richard Blumenthal said Mr. Zegers's "example of leadership is worth its weight in gold, always being out there, always working hard for others, not caring who gets the credit."

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National Green Ribbon for Weston High School

October 8, 2019

In May, we had the pleasure of reporting that Weston High School was selected as a national Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Two weeks ago, student leaders of the school's Green Team formally accepted the award in Washington.

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Other Recent News

The YMCA broke ground for an addition and renovations.

The proposal for a Town Green won a key approval.

The Town authorized a deer hunt. Will it matter?

The owners of Weston Shopping Center weigh in on the long-range town plan.

Links to all previous articles can be found in our Previously section. Thanks for reading Weston Today.