Fall Term Starts August 31, Enrollments Rise

Weston public schools will open on Monday, August 31 with more students than expected. At the moment, enrollments confirmed and pending are 23 higher than projected earlier this year. Full story.

Districts Will Decide Reopening, Says the Governor

Decisions about how to reopen schools in the fall will be made by local school districts. Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona were consistently unequivocal on the subject. Full story.

Schools Plan Fall Term on New Date, State Complicates Things

A plan describing three models to reopen Weston public schools at the end of August was sent to Hartford today by the Weston Public School District. Full story.

Korean Study a Concern, but "Reinforced" Plans

A South Korean study of the transmissibility of COVID-19 by young people "is concerning," said Dr. Albert Ko, as is Israel's experience reopening schools. But for State Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, the findings "reinforced our plans." Full story.

Lamont to Order Enforcement of Hot Spot Travel Directive

An executive order by Governor Ned Lamont puts teeth into his directive regarding travel from hot spot states. Full story.

A Shift in Expectations About COVID's Direction

Expectations about the direction of the coronavirus pandemic were reset this week by Dr. Matthew Cartter, the State's chief epidemiologist, during a July 13 press conference with Governor Lamont. Full story.

Grant Awarded for Affordable Housing Plan

The Town of Weston has been awarded a $15,000 grant to prepare an affordable housing plan. Full story.

The Lunch Box Reopens

After four months being closed due to the pandemic, The Lunch Box has reopened with a new menu and new services. Full story.

Schools Task Force Plans, Lamont to Decide in Early August

In less than ten days, a task force must complete plans to reopen Weston schools in the fall. The plans must be submitted to the Connecticut Department of Education by July 24. Full story.

A Critical Ingredient for Reopening

In a 6-minute video interview, we asked First Selectman Chris Spaulding what it will take to successfully reopen Weston and avoid setbacks that would require another round of Town and school district closings. Full story.

Thomas K. Kolbusz, 67

Thomas (Tommy) Karol Kolbusz, age 67, of Weston, the loving husband of Dr. Lorraine Kolbusz, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Full story.

Town Reopening Planned for August 10

Monday, August 10 is the new target for reopening Town Hall and other municipal facilities, following a vote by the Board of Selectmen on July 2. Full story.

Police Urge Car Theft Precautions

Weston Police want you to know about car thefts in town, an increasing problem throughout Fairfield County, and urge you to take precautions. Full story.

Road Paving to Continue

Work to improve Weston roads will continue this year, despite a suggestion from the Board of Finance that paving be put off until 2021. On July 2, the Board of Selectmen voted 2–1 to proceed. Full story.

RedZone Fitness Studio Set to Open

RedZone, a state-of-the-art fitness and health studio, opens on July 20 in the Weston Shopping Center. You can check out the studio as early as Monday, July 13. Full story.

Donation Helps Expand Pollinator Habitat

Weston's Pollinator Pathway group has raised $8,000 to create additional pollinator habitat in town, thanks in large part to a dollar-for-dollar contribution by the Sustainable CT Community Match Fund. Full story.

At Lachat: Movies, Produce, Gardens. Soon, Goats

The team that runs Lachat Town Farm has managed to not only keep things going during these challenging times, but to add even more features to help all of us keep going. Full story.

Progress on Public Safety, Library, and Sidewalks Projects

In a video interview, First Selectman Chris Spaulding brings the town up to date on where things stand on reopening Town Hall, the Library, and the Senior Center. Full story.

Changes at the Transfer Station, July 1

Operations, hours, and costs at Weston's transfer station will change on July 1, following ordinance amendments approved by the Board of Selectmen on June 18 and the town's joining the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA). Full story.

Ten-Year-Old Makes Masks, Supports Food Pantry

Enterprising Weston ten-year-old Peyton Schleef decided to tackle the effects of the pandemic in two ways: to sew protective face coverings, sell them, and use the proceeds to help stock the shelves at the Weston Food Pantry. Full story.

State Unveils Outline for Fall Schools Reopening

The broad outlines of a plan to reopen Connecticut public schools were presented today by Governor Ned Lamont and State Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona. Full story.

Route 57 Detours in August

On or about August 3, construction at the intersection of Route 57 and Good Hill Road—where Weston Gardens is located—will cause auto traffic on 57 to be detoured. Full story.

Westport Weston YMCA Reopens on Monday

The Westport Weston Family YMCA is set to reopen on Monday, June 22, after 97 days being closed due to COVID-19. Reopening will be done in phases, under conditions reflecting state and local health guidelines. Full story.

A Memorable Send-off for the Class of 2020

This year, Weston High School seniors were cheated out of a spring semester, customary year-end activities, and a traditional graduation. Full story.

Free Community College Takes One Step Ahead

A plan championed by State Senator Will Haskell to provide free community college in Connecticut took one step closer to reality today. Full story.

Richard L. Canel, 92

Richard L. Canel, 92, long-time Weston resident passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Norwalk Hospital. Full story.

No Mill Rate Increase, Budgets Approved

In a 4–3 vote on Thursday evening, Weston's Board of Finance left the mill rate unchanged and approved the Town and Board of Education operating budget requests as presented. Full story.

Classic Car Rally for the Connecticut Food Bank

A classic car rally on Sunday morning raised thousands of dollars for the Connecticut Food Bank. Organizers hope the idea catches on in other parts of the country. Full story.

Hundreds Attend Black Lives Matter Gathering

As many as 400 people gathered on the lawn at Town Hall on Sunday for a Black Lives Matter event. Full story.


In a brief public service video, voices of the community say we will face this together. Full story.

Norfield Bells Toll Against Racism

You may have heard bells ringing at Norfield Church on Thursday evening. They rang for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of a heinous act in Minneapolis on May 25. Full story.

Weston Statement on Minneapolis

What happened in Minneapolis should never have happened and certainly must never happen again. Full story.

A Wedding at the Gazebo

The plan for Susanna Lustbader and Justin Weissbrod was to have a big wedding and a weekend of festivities. But a pandemic got in the way. Full story.

Weston Teen Jack Kendall Expands PPE Production

Jack Kendall, the enterprising Weston teen who manufactures face shields for emergency responders and medical workers, has expanded the volume and scope of his operation. Full story.

The Board of Finance, the Dip and the Dance

The Board of Finance meets on Thursday evening to approve final budgets for next fiscal year and set the mill rate. Full story.

May 31, 2020: Eileen Buckley Day

May 31 is officially Eileen Buckley Day in Weston, as declared in a proclamation by the First Selectman on the occasion of Ms. Buckley's 90th birthday. Full story.

Obituary: Rajan Sekaran

Whether it was dismantling a thorny algebraic structure or navigating past a similarly stinging Huckleberry bush on a 12-mile hike through the Connecticut back country, Rajan had a gift for living in the moment. Full story.

Rajan Sekaran, 59

Rajan Sekaran, of Weston, died in a motor vehicle accident on May 21, 2020. Mr. Sekaran was 59. Full story.

Tennis, Anyone?

Welcome news today for tennis players who use Town athletic facilities: the courts open today, with a reservation system put in place, along with certain rules. Full story.

Sheila Hagan Hayes, 82

Sheila Hagan Hayes, 82, passed away peacefully in Connecticut on May 21, 2020, after a brief illness, her three daughters by her side. Full story.

Memorial Day Retrospective

For Memorial Day weekend, we had tributes from the First Selectman and Weston Volunteer Fire Department, the playing of taps by an EMS captain, and a fond look back at events in previous years. Full story.

Curbside Pickup Coming to the Weston Library

Curbside pickup of books at Weston Public Library will be available as soon as June 15, as part of a joint effort by Fairfield County libraries. Full story.

Kate O'Keefe Honored by Weston Education Foundation

Kate O'Keefe, a Weston High School teacher of photography, studio art, drawing, and painting, has been named the 2020 recipient of Weston Education Foundation’s David Trigaux Innovation Award. Full story.

Flamingos Attack Again

They're back. The flamingos. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the lagoon. Full story.

Spaulding: Memorial Day Tribute

In a traditional Memorial Day address, First Selectman Chris Spaulding pays tribute to those who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country, reads a soldier's poem, and hails heroes of the current crisis. Full story.

How to Help Weston High School PTO Help the School

The loss of the 5K Road Race, one of the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, has suffered a particularly hard blow to the ability of the Weston High School PTO to fund programs and resources at the school. Full story.

And the Nominees Are...

Democrats and Republicans held conventions to nominate candidates for November's election for the General Assembly. Full story.

Chilton Ryan, 90

William Chilton Ryan (known as Chilton) died Friday, May 8th at his home in Weston, Connecticut with his daughter and son-in-law by his side. He was the husband of the late Victoria Ryan. Full story.

Virtual 5K for Food Pantry

The annual Memorial Day 5K race put on by Weston High School's PTO won't happen this year. Other PTO fundraising efforts are developing. Full story.

Weston Historical Society Invites Preservation

Weston Historical Society invites you to share stories, photos, news articles, documents, and just about anything else to help preserve the memory of these historic times. Full story.

Hair Salon, Barber Shop Reopenings Delayed

Governor Ned Lamont announced this morning that Connecticut hair salons and barber shops will not reopen until early June, instead of being part of the state's first phase of reopenings on May 20. Full story.

Local Chef Pivots, Still Gives Back

In this 9-minute video interview, Chef Alison Milwe Grace talks about life and business before the pandemic, how she pivoted to accommodate the new reality, and still manages to give back. Full story.

Weston Real Estate Market Heats Up

We wanted to know more about the suddenly-booming Weston real estate market, so we turned to experts closest to the action. Full story.

Drive-Through Testing in Bethel

Drive-through COVID-19 testing will be available a little closer to Weston. Bethel's CVS Pharmacy is one of 12 new testing sites in Connecticut. Full story.

School Fields Reopen

Athletic fields at Weston Public Schools have reopened. If all goes well, Bisceglie-Scribner Park and Morehouse Farm Park will open on Wednesday, May 20. Full story.

David Peter Simerman, 82

David Peter Simerman, 82, of Ridgefield, passed away in his sleep on April 13 due to complications from COVID-19. Full story.

Board of Finance Leans Toward Zero

The prevailing inclination of a majority of the Board of Finance appears to be to leave the mill rate unchanged this year. Full story.

No July 4th This Year

Fourth of July celebrations will not be held in Weston this year. Full story.

Fields to Open, Cautiously

Beginning on Monday with the running track at Weston High School, the town's outdoor athletic facilities will gradually reopen, with social distancing restrictions and oversight. The move is highly conditional. Full story.

Coyotes and Weston

On May 13, you have a unique opportunity to learn about coyotes in a Zoom session put on by the Wolf Conservation Center. Full story.

Mother's Day Bouquets from Lachat

Lachat Town Farm has come up with a fun idea for Mother's Day, one which also happens to raise funds for the Farm, where normal revenue-generating activities are severely curtailed at the moment. Full story.

Finance Board Budget Deliberations to Continue

The three-hour Board of Finance online public budget hearing on Saturday, May 2, was remarkable in several respects. Full story.

"We're Getting There"

In a video report, First Selectman Chris Spaulding and OEM Director Sgt. Joe Miceli update Weston on plans to gradually reopen town. Full story.

Weston High School Excels in Rankings

State and national rankings by U.S. News & World Report put Weston High School at the top of the list of excellent schools in Connecticut and throughout the nation. Full story.

How to Donate to the Food Pantry

The Weston Food Pantry offers a hand to those particularly hard-hit by the current crisis, and is now ready to accept donations of non-perishable food. Full story.

Weston Gets Flocked

Weston is under attack by flamingos. As if we didn't have enough to worry about already. Full story.

Be Safe When Walking, Jogging, or Cycling

As nice weather arrives, more Weston residents are eager to get outside on foot or on wheels. Full story.

On a Trial Basis, Trout Brook Access Reopens

Access to Trout Brook Valley parking reopens today on a trial basis. Full story.

Karin Giannitti Honored with Millie Best Environmental Award

On April 25, the Weston Kiwanis club presented its 16th annual Millie Best Environmental Award to lifelong Weston resident Karin Giannitti. Full story.

Teens Team to Combat COVID

Keona Patel, a Weston High School sophomore, and Trumbull High School junior Arya Kothari have stepped up to Combat COVID. Full story.

Gayle Weinstein: Recovering from COVID-19

In a video interview, former Weston First Selectwoman Gayle Weinstein, who is recovering from COVID-19, describes her own experience, urges continuing caution, and shares perspective on what Weston should expect and prepare for in the aftermath. Full story.

Trout Brook, Tax Payment Relief, and More

OEM Director Sgt. Joe Miceli discusses Trout Brook Valley, where he hopes access can be restored, and asks for your support for the Weston Food Pantry. Full story.

Three Words Stand in the Way of Voting by Mail

On April 7, citizens of Wisconsin were forced to make an impossible choice. State officials required their constituents to choose between their own health and their ability to participate in the democratic process. Full story.

Video Interview: Himes, Haskell, Spaulding

An interview with U.S. Representative Jim Himes, State Senator Will Haskell, and First Selectman Chris Spaulding. Full story.

Mental Health Support Available

April 2020 will bring upon us unacknowledged dangers from the unprecedented ongoing healthcare pandemic, and their ominous signs are only now evident. COVID-19 will impact many, and now more than ever we must take extra care to protect both our physical and mental health. Full story.

Net-Net on the Budgets

There will be no Annual Town Budget Meeting or referendum this year. The Board of Finance will receive public input and set the budgets and mill rate. Full story.

Spaulding: 'Help Me Help Those Who Protect Us'

Several Weston Police officers have either tested positive for COVID-19 or are displaying symptoms and quarantined. Full story.

Nanette Charny, 61

Nanette Charny of Weston, CT, 61, passed away on March 24th, 2020. Full story.

Weston Teen Makes PPE

Weston resident Jack Kendall manufactured 97 PPE face shields and donated them to EMS. He intends to supply a steady stream for local needs. Full story.

Masks for EMS, More Needed

Weston EMS got an assist yesterday when State Senator Tony Hwang dropped off a supply of surgical masks. Full story.

Keep it Going, Be Kind, Thanks Redding!

In a video update, First Selectman Chris Spaulding discusses face coverings, urges self-quarantine, and encourages kindness. Full story.

Weston Loves Bode

Bode Kloos, a brave seven-year-old who spent most of the past year undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, had his final scan this week. Full story.

Spaulding, Miceli: It's in Your Hands

First Selectman Chris Spaulding and OEM Director Sgt. Joe Miceli update Weston on why fields are closed, the status of the temporary transition of emergency dispatch, and advise continued social distancing. Full story.

A Story of Loss, and a Message

Weston firefighter Steven Chila and his family with a message for you and your family. Full story.

Dispatch Shifted to Redding, Weston Cases Likely High

Key points in a 3-minute video from First Selectman Chris Spaulding: Full story.

Health Care Volunteers Needed

The State of Connecticut needs health care volunteers now more than ever to help out with the COVID-19 effort, including students and other retired health care workers. Full story.

Joseph Linker: GeoBee Whiz

Our congratulations to Weston Middle School eighth grader Joseph Linker, whose knowledge of geography qualified him to compete in the National Geographic GeoBee state competition. Full story.

Budgets: Business as Unusual

Board of Finance budget deliberations and other key meetings proceed as usual, but in an unusual way: by teleconference. Full story.

A Champion on the Ice and Off

Jillian Belluck, a Weston skating superstar, turned in another dazzling performance at the national synchronized skating championships in February, as her Skyliners junior team won gold. Full story.

Spaulding, Miceli: March 25 Update

In a six-minute video report, First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Office of Emergency Management Director Sgt. Joe Miceli update Weston on the COVID-19 crisis. Full story.

OEM: Weston Resident Dies of COVID-19 Illness

We regret to inform you that one of our community members has succumbed to his illness caused by COVID-19. Full story.

Fatal Car Crash on Goodhill Road

Nanette Charny, 61, of Weston, was the victim of a fatal car accident on Monday, March 23. Full story.

Guidance for Trout Brook

Aspetuck Land Trust urges visitors to Trout Brook to leave dogs at home, practice social distancing, and consider visiting other preserves managed by the Trust. Full story.

OEM Bulletin: March 23

Two new COVID-19 cases are reported in Weston. OEM believes the number will be higher, and urges you to continue practicing social distancing. Full story.

Urgent Appeal from Weston EMS

Dear Neighbors, this is a letter I could never have imagined writing. We are making an URGENT appeal for help.Full story.

Devil's Den Closed

The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut closed Devil's Den due to a dramatic increase in visits and large groups congregating without social distancing. Full story.

Weston Education Foundation Announces Teacher Award

The Weston Education Foundation, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of its founding, announced a new teacher honor: the Elizabeth W. Stokes Founder’s Award. Full story.

First Weston COVID-19 Confirmed

In a brief video statement, First Selectman Chris Spaulding announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Weston. Full story.

First CT Fatality, Lamont Orders Malls Closed

This afternoon on the steps of the State Capitol, a somber Governor Ned Lamont announced the first fatality in Connecticut from complications related to the COVID-19 virus, an 88 year-old man who had previously been transported from a Ridgefield assisted-living facility to Danbury Hospital. Full story.

Two Great Ways to Help

The Women's Club of Weston recently gave a good example of how everyone can help neighbors during these difficult times. Full story.

Governors Announce Additional Restrictions, Concerned about Healthcare

In a conference call with the press this morning, governors of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey announced a common set of rules limiting public gathering. In all three states, restaurants cannot offer in-house dining. Bars, movie theaters, gyms, and casinos are closed. Public gatherings are limited to 50 people. Full story.

Spaulding Declares Emergency

This morning, First Selectman Chris Spaulding declared a state of emergency in Weston. Full story.

Spaulding, Miceli: March 16 Update

In a 5-minute video report, First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Sgt. Joe Miceli of Weston OEM update citizens on the declaration of a Weston emergency, the importance of avoiding contact, even outdoors, and the need to be aware of potential stress on the healthcare system. Full story.

All Schools, Most DMVs to Close. Restaurants, Bars May Be Next

All Connecticut public schools will be closed until at least March 31, following an executive order announced Sunday evening in Hartford by Governor Ned Lamont. Full story.

Spaulding, Miceli on COVID-19 Response

First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Weston Office of Emergency Management Director Sgt. Joe Miceli discuss the decision to close Weston schools and Town facilities to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Full story.

Lamont Modifies 180-Day School Year, Restricts Events

In Hartford this afternoon, Governor Ned Lamont modified the State rule requiring 180 days of classroom instruction, ordered a prohibition on events with over 250 people, and authorized the Department of Motor Vehicles to extend license renewals, which the Department did, by 90 days. Full story.

Schools, Town Offices Close

Weston's public schools and key facilities are closed until further notice after the discovery of possible exposure to coronavirus COVID-19. Westport and Wilton school districts closed earlier in the day for the same reason. Full story.

Lamont Declares Emergency, Spaulding Urges Social Distancing

Governor Ned Lamont today declared a public health and civil preparedness emergency in Connecticut. Full story.

Lamont Confers with Local Leaders, Places Restrictions

Governor Ned Lamont's conference call this evening with municipal leaders was "sobering, but highly informative," said First Selectman Chris Spaulding. Full story.

Questions, News in Finance Board Reviews

In budget review meetings last week, Board of Finance members appeared to signal a willingness to increase road maintenance funds and heard encouraging news about a major school district expense. Some objected to certain budget measures by both the Town and school administrations. Full story.

Wilton Resident 'Presumptive' Positive for COVID-19

A Wilton resident who is 40 to 50 years of age is the first Connecticut resident with a presumptive positive case of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Full story.

Bridgeport Hospital Physician Tests Positive

A male physician at Bridgeport Hospital has tested positive for coronavirus, the second case identified late this week of Westchester County residents who work in Connecticut. Full story.

Spaulding Convenes Coronavirus Task Force

On March 5, First Selectman Chris Spaulding convened a meeting at Town Hall of State, regional, and local medical and emergency response officials to coordinate readiness plans for the possibility of coronavirus cases appearing in Weston. Full story.

Lamont Urges Following New CDC Guidance

Governor Ned Lamont is urging that Connecticut residents who have recently traveled to certain countries—or plan to—follow new guidance from CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full story.

Weston Athletes Play Ball for All

Star Weston athletes pitched in last weekend to coach and mentor kids from the Child Guidance Center Of Mid Fairfield County. The program is called Play Ball for All. Full story.

Selectmen Recommend Education Budget Cut, Question Costs

When the Board of Finance begins budget deliberations next week, members will consider an education request transmitted by the Board of Selectmen with a recommendation that it be reduced. Full story.

State, Town, Schools Prepare for Coronavirus

Governor Ned Lamont told reporters in Hartford yesterday afternoon that the Centers for Disease Control had "upped the ante" on the coronavirus from "a position of containment to mitigation." Full story.

Defamation Suit Against School Board, Officials Seeks Millions

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

How Volunteer Firefighters Keep Weston Safe

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. Full story.

Let the People Decide: The Story Behind the Story

When you see Gavin Guerra's Let the People Decide on Sunday afternoon 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. Full story.

Selectmen Approve 2.55% Town Budget Increase

On Tuesday evening, the Board of Selectmen approved a Town budget request with a 2.55 percent increase in funds for operations. The Selectmen's review of the Board of Education budget continues on Thursday evening, following requests last week for additional information. Full story.

Pollinator Pathway Campaign Begins

On Thursday morning at the Library, the Weston Pollinator Pathway group kicks off a campaign called 50 for 50. It starts at 10:30. Full story.

A Tea for the Vote, March 8

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

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

St. Baldrick's, the big, incredibly fun community head-shaving party, runs this year on February 29th at St. Francis from 6:30 to 10:00. Think free food from popular providers, an open bar, terrific music, and probably the best silent auction around. Full story.

Girls Indoor Track Team State Champions

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

Lang's Closes, Citing Benefits Managers

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

Haskell, Hwang Support Sexual Assault Protections

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

Everett B. Flodeen, 88

Everett B. Flodeen, age 88, a long time resident of Weston, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, February 6, 2020. He was the widower of Dorothy Gustafson Flodeen. Full story.

Speak Up: What We Learned

Saturday's annual League of Women Voters Speak Up event drew a capacity crowd — and then some — at the Weston Library Community Room. Members of the Board of Selectmen, State legislators, commission and committee chairs, and other officials answered questions and heard the community's views. Full story.

Valley Forge Road Re-Opens

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. Full story.

Shaban Announces State Representative Candidacy

Former State Representative John Shaban announced his candidacy to return to the legislature, to once again represent the 135th General Assembly district, which serves Weston, Easton, and Redding. Full story.

Public Safety Appropriation Approved

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

Weston Hosts Robotics Competition

On February 1, over 65 student-led teams from middle and high schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York competed in a VEX Robotics tournament at Weston High School. Full story.

School Board Approves 2.89% Increase

On Thursday evening, the Board of Education approved an operating budget that increases 2.89 percent over current year spending. A revised set of proposed capital expenditures was also approved. Full story.

School Board Considers Budget Cuts

Reductions that directly "touch the classroom" were the core of a no-growth budget scenario presented to the Board of Education on Monday evening. The Board votes on a final budget proposal on Thursday. Full story.

School Board, Administration Clash on Budget

In a tense Board of Education workshop on January 23, the Weston School District administration presented a pro forma operating budget with a 2.86 percent increase instead of the 5.55 percent initially proposed. Full story.

Boys Basketball on a Roll

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. Full story.

Special Town Meeting: Public Safety Project

On Monday evening, February 3, funding for long-awaited construction to improve Weston's public safety facilities will be decided at a Special Town Meeting. It takes place in the Weston High School cafeteria at 7:30 pm. Full story.

Weinstein Running for State Representative

Former Weston First Selectwoman Gayle Weinstein today announced her candidacy for State Representative in the 135th House of Representatives district. Ms. Weinstein will be challenging incumbent Anne Hughes for the Democratic nomination. Full story.

Hughes Launches Re-Election Bid

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. Full story.

Speak Up on February 8

On February 8, the annual community Speak Up event takes place in the morning at the Weston Public Library Community Room. It starts at 10:30 and runs until noon. Full story.

Safe Connect for Domestic Violence Victims

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 — and those seeking to help them — confidential assistance at no charge. Full story.

OT Win for Boys Basketball

Weston's varsity Boys Basketball team notched a 60–55 overtime win on Monday evening against Kolbe Cathedral. Full story.

Aspetuck Land Trust Wins Fromson-Strassler Grant

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. Full story.

School District Requests 5.55% Budget Increase

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 — up by 5.55 percent — and $1.16 million in capital expenditures. Full story.

Gertrude “Trudy” Chandler, 92

Gertrude “Trudy” Chandler, 92, our beloved Oma, passed away peacefully at home on December 30, 2019 surrounded by her family. Full story.

Play With Your Food Season Opens

Play With Your Food, the fresh, innovative theater experience, begins its 2020 regular season on January 7 in Westport. Full story.

Farewell to Westport Pizzeria

Our neighbors in Westport are about to say goodbye to a town fixture when Westport Pizzeria closes next week after 51 years in business. Full story.

Victor Escandón Appointed to School Board

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

2019: The Year in Review

What a year. Here's what happened. Full story.

State Releases Library, Open Space Funds

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

YMCA Grants Awarded to Non-Profits

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

A White Oak for Arborist Law Centennial

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. Full story.

Trojans State Football Champions

Weston won its first football state championship today with a convincing 27-6 victory over Killingly. The Trojans were dominant on both sides of the ball. Full story.

Where Things Stand: the Green, the Library Wing

Proposals to add a new wing to the Weston Public Library and build a Town Green received much public attention this fall and approvals from the Historic District Commission. In both cases, much remains to be done. Here is where things stand. Full story.

Raccoon Injures Child, Mother

A raccoon attack late last week near Georgetown and Samuelson roads left a child and mother injured and transported by ambulance to Norwalk Hospital. Both immediately began treatment for exposure to rabies. Full story.

Sen. Haskell: Make Drug Pricing a Priority

Almost one hundred years ago, a scientist named Frederick Banting discovered insulin and its potential to provide lifesaving treatment to individuals with Type 1 diabetes. Shortly after his discovery, he sold the insulin patent rights for just $1 so that those in need would have easy access to treatment. Full story.

EMS Announces Weston-Easton Training

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 for those who want to step up and be neighbors helping neighbors. Full story.

Police Commission Honors William Brady

On Tuesday evening, the Board of Police Commissioners honored departing member William J. Brady for his many years of service. Beth Gralnick, who succeeds Mr. Brady as commission chair, presented a plaque to him and a bouquet to his wife, Louise. Ms. Gralnick cited Mr. Brady's "22 years of dedicated service to the Police Commission and town of Weston." Full story.

Fall Sports Roundup

In this year's fall season, Weston's varsity sports teams turned in outstanding performances and made strong title runs. Two of those runs reached the top. Also, a winter sports coach was named Sportsperson of the Year. Full story.

AT&T Proposes New Cell Tower

Despite today’s sophisticated technology, many Weston residents find themselves living in a cell phone dead zone. The frustration of having calls dropped, a signal too weak to reliably download data, and battery depletion while a phone searches for a signal is frequently shared by emergency responders, who struggle to maintain a connection when dispatched on calls. Full story.

Winter Construction on Valley Forge Road

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. Full story.

Board of Education: Vacant Seat, New Chair

One seat on the Board of Education is vacant, waiting for a qualified candidate to step forward. Full story.

Sustainable CT Certification for Weston

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. Full story.

Veterans Honored

A Veterans Day ceremony organized by the town's Veterans Affairs Committee featured perfect weather, a nice gathering, music by the Weston Middle School band, an address by the First Selectman, and well-deserved recognition for those who wore the uniform. Video and story.

Toys for Tots Drive Underway

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

The Anthem and The Oath

Several newly-elected and re-elected board, commission, and committee members were sworn in at Town Hall on Friday evening, November 8. 1-1/2 minute video report.

Town Election Results

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. Full story.

Town Election: The Candidates

Voting in this year's municipal election takes place on Tuesday, November 5. We profile the candidates. Full story.

Fatal Car Crash on Newtown Turnpike

The driver of a motor vehicle died early this morning in a one-car crash on Newtown Turnpike. Full story.

Tong, Hughes, Scanlon Discuss Drug Prices

Attorney General William Tong discusses drug pricing in a panel with State Representatives Anne Hughes and Sean Scanlon on October 29 at the Weston Town Hall Meeting Room. The session takes place that morning from 9:30 to 11:00. Full story.

New Leadership and Systems at Public Works

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. Full story.

77 More Acres for Devil's Den

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. Full story.

New Library Wing Approved by HDC

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. Full story.

Route 57 Detours Coming in Summer

A barely noticeable bridge over an unnamed brook will cause minor traffic issues early next year and larger ones in the summer. The Weston Police department and Police Commission want you to know in advance what is coming. Full story.

Town Election, November 5

Weston voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 5 to elect the First Selectman, Selectmen, and members of several important boards and commissions. Ballots will be cast at Weston Middle School between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm. Full story.

Founders Day in Pictures

Hundreds of residents joined in a well-organized celebration of Weston's 232nd anniversary as a Connecticut town. Full story and slideshow.

Mike Zegers Named Democrat of the Year

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. Full story.

Letters to the Editor: Proposed Library Expansion

TO THE EDITOR: Steve Ezzes Full story.

Founders Day Celebration, Friday

Weston celebrates Founders Day on Friday, starting at 4:30 at Town Hall. Full story.

Final Town Plan Workshop, Thursday Evening

On Thursday evening, the fourth and final community workshop takes place with consultants helping the Planning and Zoning Commission develop a ten-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) for Weston. Full story.

National Green Ribbon Award to Weston High

The Green Ribbon is awarded to a select number of schools that encourage education on the environment, promote sustainability, actively work to improve the wellness of students and staff, and initiate programs to reduce the environmental impact of consumed products and resources. Full story.

Road Work Begins

With just a little luck from the weather, repaving of five roads that need it desperately will be finished by the end of the month. Work scheduled to commence on October 7 has already begun. Full story.

Library Expansion Approval and Gift in Doubt

On Wednesday evening, the Historic District Commission continued its consideration of the proposed addition to the Weston Public Library. In the end, the meeting was continued to October 16, a decision that came after a sense emerged that the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness would be denied if a vote were taken. Full story.

St. Francis of Assisi Carnival, Saturday

St. Francis of Assisi Church holds its 10th annual carnival on Saturday, October 5. A Blessing of the Animals takes place at 11:00 am. The carnival runs from noon to 6:00 on the church grounds at 35 Norfield Road. Full story.

An Urgent Call to Action on E-Cig Vaping Epidemic

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. Full story.

Great Success at the Library, HDC Meets October 2

The Historic District Commission meets again on Wednesday evening, October 2, regarding the proposed expansion of the Weston Public Library. It takes place at 8:00 in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Architect Hanna Przada will continue the discussion with commissioners about her design. Full story.

Cautions on EEE and West Nile Virus

The Westport Weston Health District reports today that, so far this season, the EEE and West Nile viruses have not been found in mosquitos in Westport or Weston, but that it may only be a matter of time. West Nile virus is usually identified in local mosquitos later in the fall. The mosquitoes that carry the virus are active until the first heavy frost. Full story.

Westport-Weston YMCA Breaks New Ground

The Westport-Weston YMCA broke ground earlier this month on a major expansion that also includes complete renovation of Camp Mahackeno. Within hours, construction crews were on site, as the work is scheduled for completion by this time next year. Full story.

Dale B. Reinker, 88

Dale B. Reinker, 88, formerly of Weston, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 6, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was married to his beloved wife, Nancy (Cooke) Reinker for 63 years and lived in Fairfield, CT and Phoenix, AZ. Full story.

Second Annual Smart Walk, September 22

After a successful inaugural event last year, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, a Norwalk-based nonprofit, holds its Second Annual Smart Walk on Sunday afternoon, September 22, from noon to 3:00 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Full story.

Firestorm and Retreat Over Meal Tax

Guidelines released last week by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services for taxes on prepared foods have created something of a firestorm and prompted vigorous backpedalling in Hartford. Full story.

Paving Work to Resume

Paving on five Weston roads, originally scheduled for July, will be done in October. Weather permitting, it will be finished by the end of the month. Full story.

Senator Hwang Statement on Anti-Semitic Hate Crime

I condemn in the most vociferous terms the hateful, anti-Semitic attacks that occurred yesterday in Westport and throughout Connecticut. When someone becomes the target of a crime because of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability, the very fabric and soul of our community is torn. Full story.

Betty L. Corwin, 98

Betty L. Corwin died Tuesday, September 10, at the age of 98 at her home in Weston, Connecticut surrounded by loved ones. The Founder and Director (from 1969 - 2000) of The New York Public Library's groundbreaking Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT), Betty created one of the most important and vital resources in the worldwide theatre community. Full story.

New Library Wing Presented to Historic District Commission

The proposed addition of an arts and innovation wing at Weston Public Library came before the Historic District Commission for a public hearing on the evening of September 12. About 40 residents attended. Full story.

Town Plan Workshop Drills Down on Priorities

About 50 residents turned out for a workshop on Monday evening that focused on key elements of a ten-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), which the Planning and Zoning Commission will complete over the next several months. Full story.

Emmanuel Church Family Fair, September 21

Fun will abound at Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s 113th Family Fair — said to be the oldest in the state — on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The time-honored event will take place on the parish grounds at 285 Lyons Plain Road, rain or shine. Full story.

The Weston Flea, September 22

The Weston Flea, a community market that supports the Senior Activities Center, runs this year on Sunday, September 22 at the Weston High School parking lot. Full story.

Photography Club Kicks Off Third Year

The Weston Library Photography Club begins its third year of operation this fall. Anyone interested in creating finer photographs is invited to join. Full story.

Volunteer Fire Department Golf Benefit, September 23

Weston Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 8th annual fundraising golf outing on Monday, September 23 at Aspetuck Valley Country Club. Full story.

Library Expansion Hearing, September 11

On Wednesday evening, September 11, the Historic District Commission holds a public hearing on the proposed addition to the Weston Public Library. The hearing takes place at 7:30 in the Library's Community Room. Full story.

Westonstock, September 14

Westonstock, the big outdoor rock concert and tribute to 1969's legendary Woodstock festival, returns on Saturday, September 14 in the field at Weston Historical Society's Coley Barn. Full story.

The Role of the Historic District Commission

Connecticut municipalities are not required to have historic districts, but if they do, they must have at least one historic district commission. Weston's one commission covers five districts, including Historic District No. 1 (depicted above), usually referred to as the Norfield District, which includes Town Hall, the police department and Firehouse No. 1, the Weston Public Library, Norfield Congregational Church, and other properties. Full story.

Historic District Commission Approves Town Green

In an evening meeting on September 4, Weston's Historic District Commission approved an application by the Beautification Committee for a Town Green in an area in front of Town Hall and the Library. Full story.

Peggy Ann Anderson, 88

Margaret Ann (Benisch) Anderson (88), better known as Peggy Ann, was a resident of Weston, CT for the past 51 years. On Thursday, May 30th , 2019 she passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with melanoma cancer. Full story.

Town Green Meeting Continues, Wednesday

This evening, the Historic District Commission continues its meeting about the proposed Town Green. While the public comment portion of the proceedings has concluded, tonight's meeting is still very much a public session. It takes place at 8:00 in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Full story.

Selectmen Authorize Deer Hunt. Will it Matter?

On August 22, the Board of Selectmen authorized a deer hunt on several town-owned properties to occur between September 16 and January 31, 2020. Full story.

Fitness Studio Owner Charged with Sexual Assault

Jose Calasanz Martinez, owner of Calasanz Martial Arts and Fitness Studio in Norwalk, was arrested by Norwalk police and charged with fourth degree sexual assault. His accuser, who asked not to be identified, says she believes other women, including Weston residents, may have experienced incidents similar to the one she alleges. Full story.

EMS Seeks Volunteers

Weston's all-volunteer EMS is looking for new members. You can pitch in to save lives, become nationally certified, and help keep this free round-the-clock emergency care service available for everyone in town. Full story.

Donations Being Accepted for Emmanuel Fair

The 113th annual Family Fair at Emmanuel Church runs on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Emmanuel is currently accepting donations and welcomes your gently used treasures for the event’s various tents. Full story.

Open House at Beth Israel Chabad

Beth Israel Chabad, the longest serving synagogue in Fairfield County, hosts a Family Open House on Sunday, September 8, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Full story.

Kyra Winslow Dazzles in Dance

Weston's Kyra Winslow is bound for Elon University in North Carolina, but before departing she capped off years of study at Ridgefield Dance Studio with dazzling performances in Alice In Wonderland and Act III of The Sleeping Beauty Ballet. Full story.

Mark Twain Library Book Fair Coming

Redding's Mark Twain Library holds its 59th annual Book Fair over Labor Day weekend, August 30 to September 2. Full story.

Weston Explored Valley Forge

Dave Ungar and Joe Parciasepe of Weston Parks and Recreation must have some serious weather-gods mojo, because for the second year running, heat and humidity yielded to perfect conditions this morning for "Explore Valley Forge." Full story.

Aspirations for the Future of Weston Center

Weston Shopping Center Associates, LLC is a 3rd generation family-owned and operated enterprise. The original founders, Peggy and Peter Robinson, purchased the 6-acre parcel, known today as the Weston Shopping Center, in 1949 after they had moved to Weston. Full story.

Town Plan Workshop, September 9

In a community workshop on September 9, you once again have an opportunity to share your point of view about the future, but this time for all of Weston, not just Town Center. Full story.

The Latest on the Roads, August 23

Developments in plans to put this year's road repaving back on track are mostly good news, in some ways surprisingly so. Full story.

New Historical Society Executive Director

Trustees of the Weston Historical Society have named Samantha Kulish-Fargione as Executive Director. Full story.

Weston Founders Day, October 11

At some point while the Beautification Committee was developing its plan for a proposed Town Green, architect Nancy Thiel became curious about something: exactly when was the town of Weston officially founded? Full story.

Asbestos Abated at Hurlbutt

Everything was going smoothly this month for a $332 thousand project at Hurlbutt Elementary School to replace the school's heating system, which maintenance staff had long kept running — notably after a delayed and balky start last year — with great effort and mounting cost as the system deteriorated. Full story.

Town Hall Comings and Goings, August 22

On August 22, the Board of Selectmen made appointments to the Historic District Commission, Sustainability Committee, and advisory Sidewalk Committee. Two resignations were accepted, and an emergency response dispatcher was promoted. Full story.

Explore Valley Forge, Saturday

Weston Parks and Recreation brings back the popular Explore Valley Forge event on Saturday morning, August 24. Full story.

Broad Support for Town Green at Commission Hearing

A proposal for a Town Green will be taken up again by the Historic District Commission on September 4 at 8:00 in the Town Hall Meeting Room. A hearing on August 7 attracted a large audience, about 65 people, the overwhelming number in support of the plan. Full story.

Sales-Tax Free Week Begins August 18

Governor Ned Lamont wants you to know that, as part of his budget package passed by the legislature, Connecticut’s sales tax-free week begins Sunday, August 18 and runs through Saturday, August 24. Full story.

Update on Road Paving, August 15

At the moment, Town Hall officials are working to reset the paving schedule for six Weston roads. Work was delayed when planned repairs were found to be inadequate. Full story.

Otis and the Hurricanes, Sunday

Otis and the Hurricanes play the Barn at Weston Historical Society on Sunday evening, August 18. Showtime is 5:30 to 7:00. Full story.

New Weston School District Officer

Phillip Cross, a Westport School District administrator, has been appointed Director of Finance and Operations for Weston Public Schools. Mr. Cross replaces Richard Rudl, who accepted a position in Darien. Full story.

Town Hall Comings and Goings, August 8

On August 8, the Board of Selectmen accepted a few resignations, made a couple of appointments, and approved two hires. Full story.

"The Lisa Wexler Show" Now on WICC 600

The radio career of Probate Judge Lisa Wexler, who serves Weston and Westport, has taken a step up to a larger market. “The Lisa Wexler Show” will now air on WICC 600, Monday through Friday mornings from 10:00 to noon. Full story.

Town Green Plan, August 7

Members of the public get a chance to see the Beautification Committee’s concept for a Town Green and share their views at a hearing of the Historic District Commission at 8:00 on Wednesday evening, August 7, in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Full story.

Republicans Endorse Candidates

Weston’s Republican party held a caucus of enrolled members at Town Hall on July 23 and endorsed candidates for November’s municipal election. Full story.

Weston Police Arrest Intruder

Weston Police arrested a Ridgefield man at gunpoint after he allegedly intruded at a Wood Hill Road residence and initially refused to leave. Full story.

Gold Award for Weston Girl Scout

Weston High School rising senior Elise Russell earned the prestigious Girl Scouts Gold Award with a project to teach young girls how to braid. The girls learned how to make headbands with upcycled t-shirt material. Full story.

Bicyclist Runs into a Bear

On the morning of August 4, a man ran into a bear on Valley Forge Road. Full story.

Paving Delayed as Plans are Reconsidered

Paving on six poor-condition Weston roads, scheduled for this week, has been postponed, largely due to a disconnect between expectations and plans.Full story.

Improvements Planned Around the Onion Barn

The area around the Onion Barn will get a makeover and the most frustrating problem on the lot will be addressed by plans approved by the Board of Selectmen on July 11. The work will be done by Town staff with existing resources. Full story.

July Board and Commission Appointments

This month, the Board of Selectmen filled several vacancies on boards and commissions, and created a new committee. Full story.

Explore Valley Forge Again

Last year, Valley Forge Road was closed for one morning for a new town activity, “Explore Valley Forge.” Full story.

Road Woes: We’re Not Alone

It turns out that the surprising and premature deterioration of some Weston roads is a problem shared by many municipalities, and the Western Council of Governments (WestCOG) wants to know why. Full story.

Cobb’s Mill Inn: Investment Fund Formed

An investment fund is being formed to complete a purchase of the Cobb’s Mill Inn and restore it as an iconic, historic Weston feature. Full story.

Road Woes: We’re Not Alone

It turns out that the surprising and premature deterioration of some Weston roads is a problem shared by many municipalities, and the Western Council of Governments (WestCOG) wants to know why. Full story.

Explore Valley Forge Again

Last year, Valley Forge Road was closed for one morning for a new town activity, “Explore Valley Forge.” The event got rave reviews, so they’re doing it again. Full story.

Weston Fourth of July, 2019

Our 2-½ minute video report brings you the highlights of the Fourth of July celebration from way up in the sky. Full story.

Detailed Road Condition Assessment to Begin

After increasing the budget for road maintenance this year and adding unexpected State grants to the mix, the Board of Selectmen took action on June 27 to plan for ongoing improvements. Full story.

Art Expo Party, July 16

Last year’s Art Expo at the Senior Center was a smash hit, so they’re doing it again. Full story.

Weston Flea, Sunday, September 22

The popular Weston Flea, a fundraiser for the Senior Center and an opportunity to sell and buy all manner of treasures, returns on September 22 at the Weston High School parking lot. Full story.

School Resource Officers: Key to Truly Safe Schools

Over the past several years, following unspeakable acts of violence in schools far away and a particularly shocking one nearby, Weston has invested millions to prevent a similar tragedy here. Full story.

Chris Coogan Quintet, July 14

Longtime crowd favorite Chris Coogan and his band perform on Sunday evening, July 14 in a Weston Historical Society “Music at the Barn” summer concert. The show goes on from 5:30 to 7:30. Full story.

Comings, Goings, & Stayings at Town Hall

On June 27, the Board of Selectmen appointed new members to boards and committees, re-appointed several others, and accepted resignations with regret. Full story.

Road Paving in July

Weston's Department of Public Works has announced the road paving schedule for this year, all work occurring in July. Full story.

Summer “Music in the Meadow” Series at Lachat

Starting on July 13, a three-concert “Music in the Meadow” summer series kicks off at Lachat Town Farm. The events are rain-or-shine, $20 per adult if purchased in advance, with kids under 12 admitted for free. Full story.

Weston Gun Club Foundation Donates to Weston Police

The Weston Gun Club Community Foundation has donated to the town a large storage unit that, according to Weston Police Department Chief Ed Henion, will protect vital rescue and communications equipment and make sure police can respond to emergency situations with maximum speed and effectiveness. Full story.

Two Bridge Projects Set for 2021

Two Weston bridges that cross the Saugatuck River are in need of rehabilitation which will begin in the spring of 2021. Town Engineer John Conte held an information session with residents and the State Department of Transportation at Town Hall on June 25. Full story.

Lachat Farmers Market, Friday, June 28

The popular Farmers Market at Lachat Town Farm opens on Friday, June 28, from 4:00 to 8:00. Enjoy great music, great food, and great offerings from artisans. Our 2-½ minute video from last year's opening gives you a preview. Full story.

Consultants to Present Town Center Plan

On Monday evening, June 24, consultants from Milone & MacBroom will present plans they have developed for Town Center at a special meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission. It takes place from 7:30 to 10:00 at the Weston Middle School Library. Full story.

Found Money Goes to Roads

State grants Weston once could count on became unreliable in recent years with budget machinations in Hartford, becoming so uncertain that the Town stopped including them in its own budget revenue forecasts. This year, they arrived, over $330 thousand in found money to add to $550 thousand the Town already budgeted for road improvements. Full story.

Melissa Zales Koller Leaves Board of Finance

After 12 years on Weston’s Board of Finance, Melissa Zales Koller stepped down from the office at the end of the board’s June 20 session. She previously served on the Board of Education. Full story.

Field Club: Finance Tables Due Diligence

On Thursday evening, the Selectmen’s request for funds to conduct due diligence on the possible purchase of Weston Field Club came to the Board of Finance, which didn’t act on it. Full story.

Democratic Town Committee Endorses Candidates

The Democratic Town Committee has announced its slate of candidates for this year’s municipal elections. The Committee has endorsed candidates for every office that will appear on November’s ballot. An asterisk denotes an incumbent. Full story.

Nominations Open for Sportsperson of the Year

Nominations are now open for the Weston Sports Commission’s annual Sportsperson of the Year award. Full story.

Honors for Baseball Star Myles Lehrman

Weston High School sophomore Myles Lehrman, class of 2021, has been named to the Southwest Conference All Conference baseball team, Rookie of the Year, and selected for the All-State First Team in Connecticut’s L baseball class. Full story.

Weston Young Entrepreneurs Honored

Weston High School seniors Lilly Garone and Garrett Meyerson were honored as Young Entrepreneurs at an awards dinner this week held by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Garone and Mr. Meyerson were recognized for their business acumen, enthusiasm, and drive. Full story.

Weston Field Club: Latest Developments

It appears members of the Weston Field Club were among those taken by surprise last week with our report that the Town of Weston has offered to purchase the club. Full story.

Town Vote: Town Clerk

On Thursday, June 13, the voting portion of a Special Town Meeting will be held to decide whether to change the Town Clerk position from being elected to being appointed. Full story.

Selectmen Act on Field Club Purchase

The Board of Selectmen voted on June 6 to begin a process that could conclude with the purchase of the Weston Field Club for use as a town amenity. Full story.

Students Shine in Civic Affairs, Music

Ms President elects a president of Westonia, Weston High School students and their advisor are honored by Builders Beyond Borders, and Weston Middle School musicians dazzle at Music in the Parks. Full story.

Students Shine in Sports

Weston Soccer Club’s U15 Girls Soccer team win a big tournament, a national championship for two Weston skaters, Weston teens mentor underserved youth in Play Ball for All, and a Weston athlete stands out (at another school). Full story.

Town to Consider Acquiring Weston Field Club

Thursday evening, June 6, the Board of Selectmen will consider and vote on authorizing First Selectman Chris Spaulding to sign an agreement for the Town to purchase the Weston Field Club. The Board will also decide a special appropriation request for funds to begin the process. Full story.

Jon Weingarten, Citizen of the Year

On Wednesday evening, June 5, EMS president Jon Weingarten will be honored as Weston’s Citizen of the Year in a ceremony at Town Hall. It takes place at 5:00. You are invited. Full story.

Weston High School Tennis Open, June 28–30

Boys 21 and under are invited to participate in the second annual Weston High School Tennis Open. The popular tournament takes place at the high school on June 28–30. Players from all over the state will compete. Full story.

Let The People Decide, July 18

A screening of “Let The People Decide,” a documentary by Weston filmmaker Gavin Guerra, takes place at 7:00 in the evening of July 18 at the Westport Library. Full story.

Memorial Day Memory Lane

Weston's 2019 Memorial Day weekend in three minutes. Our video report from the ground and from the air. Full story.

Haskell: Reproductive Freedom

In Alabama, a handful of legislators trampled the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and decided that nearly all abortions will be banned starting January 1, 2020, even in cases of rape or incest. Full story.

2019 Weston High School College Destinations

Here are the next destinations in the educational journey of Weston High School's 2019 graduating class. Full story.

Special Town Meeting: Town Clerk

On Thursday evening, June 6, a Special Town Meeting will be held to discuss whether to change the Town Clerk position from being elected to being appointed. Full story.

Weekend I-95 Exit 9 and Route 1 Closures

Work by the Connecticut Department of Transportation on I-95 will involve closures at exit 9 this weekend and next. DOT advises you to avoid the area and plan alternate routes. Full story.

Westport Finance Board: Anger About Cost Sharing

On May 23, members of Westport’s Board of Finance accused Weston of being disrespectful, bad neighbors, and threatened to increase the price of beach passes to retaliate for Weston’s position on cost sharing to rebuild a bridge on Cavalry Road. Full story.

2019 Memorial Day Parade

Weston held its annual Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, on May 27, 2019. Full story.

The Big Memorial Day Weekend

This coming weekend offers the traditional Memorial Day Fair, a music festival, the 5K Road Race, a Little League baseball tournament, and, of course, a parade. Full story.

Weston High Named National Green Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education has named Weston High School a Green Ribbon school for its work to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and provide effective sustainability education. Full story.

Middle School Threats Said to Involve Second Student

On Friday, the Weston Public School District advised parents of Middle School students that a second pupil was involved in an incident late last month where threatening statements were made. Both students are currently not in school. Full story.

Wingman to Run at Weston Middle School

A youth leadership program called “Wingman” will begin running at Weston Middle School. The program aims to inspire children to be more empathetic, courageous, and inclusive by connecting students, especially those who feel alone and isolated, with volunteer leaders. Full story.

Tour the Home of Katharine Ordway, June 2

On June 2, you have the opportunity to take a peek inside some of the most amazing houses in Weston, several of which were once the residences of big stars of the arts and philanthropy. Full story.

Former School District Employees Arrested

Following a criminal complaint filed by the Weston Public School District in March, two former district employees have been arrested. Warrants for second-degree larceny were issued for Rocco Popoli, the district’s former Working Grounds Foreperson, and David Lustberg, formerly Transportation Coordinator at the schools. Mr. Lustberg also coached Weston High School’s softball team. Full story.

Spaulding, Nestor Announce Candidacies

First Selectman Chris Spaulding announced his bid for re-election this evening, and Selectman Samantha Nestor announced her candidacy for a full term on the Board. Full story.

Tour Landmark Homes, June 2

On June 2, you have the opportunity to take a peek inside some of the most amazing houses in Weston, several of which were once the residences of big stars of the arts and philanthropy. Full story.

School Septic Failure Bill: $471K

On Thursday, May 9, the boards of Selectmen and Finance approved a special appropriation of $470,834 from Town reserves to pay for remediation of a septic system failure in February at Weston Middle School. Full story.

Dr. Richard Ellis Named Parade Grand Marshal

Dr. Richard Ellis, a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran, will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27. Full story.

Weston Middle School Musicians Perform

On Friday evening, six Weston Middle School musicians joined peers from other towns in the annual “Play with the Community Band” program in Westport. Full story.

Town Center Workshop: Tightly Focused on Details

A second planning workshop for Town Center was held on Saturday, May 4 at Weston Intermediate School. The session was a follow-up to an April 6 meeting where participants discussed general ideas for the area around the Town Hall campus and shopping center, roughly 72 acres. Full story.

Weston High Receives College Success Award

Governor Ned Lamont and Department of Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell announced today that Weston High School and forty other Connecticut high schools have won the 2019 College Success Award by GreatSchools, a national nonprofit organization that provides information on educational opportunities to parents. Full story.

Voters Approve Budgets

In very light turnout, voters today approved operating budgets for the Town and Board of Education. The Capital Improvements budget also passed. Full story.

School Violence: Not a Laughing Matter

Superintendent Dr. William McKersie and Weston Middle School principal Daniel Doak advised parents this week of an incident that resulted in the removal of a student from school. Full story.

Honors for Weston Students and Student Athletes

On April 29, hours before U.S. News & World Report ranked Weston High School number two in a list of Connecticut’s best high schools, the Board of Education honored a number of outstanding Weston students and student athletes for their accomplishments. Full story.

Parents Confront School Officials over Revson Field

Roughly two dozen parents of Weston athletes confronted school district officials and the Board of Education at the board’s April 29 meeting Full story.

Teacher Pension Fund Contributions Back on the Table, or Not

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the fiscal water, a news release arrived with a statement from Governor Ned Lamont thanking the legislature’s Appropriations committee for restoring a provision in the State budget to force towns to pay part of teacher pension funds. Full story.

Town Center Workshop, Saturday, May 4

A second workshop by consultants working on the long-range town plan occurs on Saturday, May 4, at 10:30 in the Intermediate School Cafetorium. Full story.

Budget Referendum, May 4

Voters will decide budgets for the Town, schools, and capital improvements in a machine-ballot vote on Saturday, May 4. Full story.

The Board in Brief

The Board approved a request from Al’s Angels to run “Angel-ade” lemonade stands on town property on Saturday, June 8. Al’s Angels provides meals and gifts to families with children suffering from cancer and rare blood disorders during all major holidays throughout the year. Full story.

Congressman Himes Discusses Press Freedom, May 3

Congressman Jim Himes and a panel of speakers will discuss freedom of the press in Westport’s Town Hall Auditorium on Friday afternoon, May 3, at 3:30. Full story.

Sen. Haskell: Pass Early Voting

As I stood outside the polls on Election Day, there was one question that kept coming up as voters raced into the voting booth. Full story.

Measles in Connecticut

Westport Weston Health District director Mark Cooper says the Connecticut Department of Health has confirmed there are cases of measles in Connecticut, specifically in New Haven County. The cases have been linked to people who recently visited Brooklyn. Full story.

James Comey Speaks, May 7

Former FBI Director James Comey is the featured speaker at a luncheon for Child Advocates of SW Connecticut (CAC) on May 7 in Darien. Full story.

Millie Best Award to the Belknap Family

The Chauncey Belknap family will be honored with the Millie Best Environmental Award as Weston Kiwanis kicks off its annual Green Up Day event. Full story.

Rep. Hughes: Earth Day

The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970 to protest industrial development and the devastating effects that accompanied it. While we have made great strides holding corporations accountable to protect our planet, we have more work to do, especially as attempts to roll back environmental protections continue. Full story.

Annual Town Budget Meeting, April 24

This year's Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) will be held on Wednesday, April 24, starting at 8:00 pm at the Weston High School Auditorium. You must be a qualified voter, so bring identification. (See below for the definition of a qualified voter.) Full story.

New Weston Police Officer Sworn In

Weston’s newest police officer, James Boyles, was sworn in at a Town Hall ceremony on April 12. Officer Boyles joins Weston from the Orange police department. Full story.

The Arts in Bloom, May 3

To celebrate local artists, Emmanuel Episcopal Church presents its sixth annual “The Arts in Bloom” exhibition on May 3. Professional and amateur artists are invited to submit their original works for display and sale. Works by students are also welcome. Full story.

Large Turnout for Town Center Workshop

A large number of Weston residents turned out for a planning workshop about Town Center on Saturday, April 6, and it’s not too late to participate. Full story.

The Board in Brief

The ordinance that banned plastic checkout bags in Weston retail stores went into effect a few weeks ago. Stores can only offer recyclable paper bags to shoppers and must charge at least ten cents per bag, which the store keeps to defray the higher cost of paper. Full story.

Library Arts and Innovation Center: An Update

In January, we reported that the estate of Daniel E. Offutt III offered to donate $5 million to renovate and expand Weston’s public library to include a new arts and innovation wing. Full story.

Woodstock: 50 Years Later

Enjoy a concert and discussion by Woodstock veterans at Weston Historical Society on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 pm. The Society is at 104 Weston Road. Full story.

Board of Finance Trims Town, Education Budgets

On Tuesday evening, April 2, the Board of Finance trimmed $393 thousand from the Board of Education proposed operating budget and $202.5 thousand from Town operating and capital requests. Full story.

Discuss Ideas for Town Center

A vision of the possible future of Town Center will be presented by consultants working on the long-range town plan on Saturday morning, April 6. Your ideas and thoughts are not only welcome, but the whole point of the meeting. It begins at 10:30 in the Intermediate School Cafetorium. Full story.

Senior Center Grateful for WestonArts, EMS Support

Two community organizations are getting shout-outs from the Senior Center for their support and generosity. Full story.

The Board in Brief

On March 21, the Board appointed Taffy Miller to the Board of Education. Ms. Miller is the executive director of the Trust for Learning, a national collaborative fund of grantmakers who focus on early childhood education programs. Full story.

Pension Fund Cost Sharing Proposal Withdrawn

On March 29, a joint committee of the State legislature approved bills to enact Governor’s Ned Lamont’s budget proposals for education while deleting a provision that would have forced towns to assume a portion of teacher pension fund contributions. Full story.

Weston Students to Odyssey of the Mind Finals

Weston’s Odyssey of the Mind program celebrated its most successful year ever with four teams qualifying to represent Connecticut at the international finals at Michigan State University on May 22–25. Full story.

Sen. Hwang Announces Blue Plan

On March 21, State Senator Tony Hwang announced that a draft has been completed of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan and that a 90-day public comment period is now open. Full story.

Board of Finance to Decide Budgets

On Tuesday evening, April 2, the Board of Finance will decide on budgets to put before the town for a vote. The meeting is at 7:00 in the Town Hall Meeting Room, but begins with an executive session on school security. The public portion will not start until some time later. Full story.

When Ms. Pecko Flew the Coop

It was a close cluck last week when Ms. Pecko, a favorite pet of Katherine and Victoria Overton, made a run for Peter’s Market. Full story.

Haskell: Tolls for Transportation Improvements

Last month, as Governor Lamont delivered his budget address to the General Assembly, I remember the sinking feeling that came when I learned that 13 percent of Connecticut’s budget will be consumed by debt services. Full story.

Hot Fiscal Topics

Pending action in Hartford could significantly affect Weston’s financial position as deliberations on the Town and Education budgets continue. Full story.

P.E.O. Accepting Scholarship Applications

Weston’s Chapter P of P.E.O., a philanthropic and educational organization for women, is accepting applications for a $2,500 scholarship by college-bound women who reside in Weston, Easton or Redding. Full story.

Ms President Goes to Hartford

Young Weston women participating in the “Ms President US” program spent Monday touring the State Capitol, discussing important legislation, and being encouraged to pursue public service. Full story.

Coyotes: Practical Advice from Animal Control

Coyotes live throughout all of Weston. If you have a small to medium-size dog, Animal Control Officer Mark Harper urges you to be particularly cautious. Full story.

Citizen of the Year Nominations Open

Weston’s Board of Police Commissioners is ready to accept nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award. Full story.

Bring Out Your Undead

They’re creepy. They’re kooky. They’re WHS Company, and beginning March 28th they’re The Addams Family. Company is Weston High School’s student-run theater group. Here is the story of their “altogether ooky” spring musical, which you can enjoy on four dates at the end of the month. Full story.

Weston Education Foundation Grant Applications Open

The Weston Education Foundation (WEF) is calling for applications for their Community Education Grants Program. Full story.

Tri-Board Meeting on Worrisome Proposed Legislation

Weston’s Boards of Selectmen, Education, and Finance meet jointly on Tuesday evening, March 12, to discuss proposed State legislation and how it could impact the town. Full story.

Plastic Out, Know Your Recyclables

A large number of Weston residents turned out last week for a presentation by the Sustainable Weston committee about recycling and what does and doesn’t belong in blue bins. Full story.

Proposed Tax Legislation: Huge Weston Impact

Legislation proposed in Hartford would impose a State property tax on homes and deprive Weston of millions in tax revenues. Full story.

Sen. Looney: Just Kidding

SB-738, the notorious school regionalization bill sponsored by State Senator Martin Looney, set off a firestorm of public outrage. It was designed to do just that. Full story.

EMS: Stop the Bleed

A person can lose all of their blood within five minutes. Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of death from trauma, and many deaths can be prevented by people who know how to control it. Full story.

WHS Sophomore Wins Financial Essay Contest

Weston High School sophomore Andrew Castro and teacher Kara Swezey were honored today for Mr. Castro’s winning essay in a statewide competition. Full story.

Q&A: Budgets and Taxes

The Board of Finance takes up proposed Town and Board of Education budgets next week, so here is a summary of the issues they will tackle. The Q’s and the A’s: Full story.

Lamont: No Mandated Regionalization, “Nothing Has to Change”

Governor Ned Lamont assured leaders of several Fairfield County towns today at Town Hall that his education bill does not mandate regionalization of schools or require shared services among districts. Full story.

St. Baldrick’s: March 16

Last year, Weston students formed their own chapter of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, got a bunch of volunteers to have their heads shaved, put on a fun event, and raised a whopping $45,000 to support childhood cancer research. Full story.

Update on Regionalization, Hughes Urges Testimony

State Representative Anne Hughes is encouraging Weston residents to weigh in on proposed legislation that could mandate school regionalization. Full story.

Democrats Seek Board of Education Candidate

The Weston Democratic Town Committee is seeking a candidate to fill an opening on the Weston Board of Education. Interviews will be held during the next two weeks. Full story.

Support for Caregivers

Caregivers Support Group sessions are offered twice a month at the Weston Senior Center. Sessions are already scheduled for March 14 and 28, and April 11 and 25. All sessions are held from 1:00 to 2:00. Full story.

Weston Ice Skaters Bound for Nationals

Weston ice skaters Jillian Belluck and Abigail Cohen are on their way to the national Synchronized Skating Championships, which will take place in Plymouth, Michigan from February 28 to March 2. Full story.

The Board in Brief

Full story.

Watch Out for Email Scammers

After fraudulent emails were received by Town officials and church leaders, the Weston Police Department encourages you to exercise great caution if you receive a request for financial information. Full story.

Governor’s Budget Proposes Teacher Pension Sharing

The state budget proposed by Governor Ned Lamont on February 20 would force Weston and most Connecticut municipalities to finance at least 25 percent of pension fund contributions for current teachers. The minimum for struggling cities would be 5 percent. Full story.

Karaoke for a Cause

The Weston Women’s League has a fun night of karaoke planned for you on the evening of March 23rd. It runs from 8:00 to the stroke of midnight at The Barn, 123 Kettle Creek Road. Full story.

Haskell: Here’s How I’m Protecting Our Schools

This last month, I’ve heard from hundreds of constituents who are concerned about school regionalization. I'm passionate about it, too.

There's nothing more important than making sure we provide students with a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in the 21st century. Full story.

Proposed Town Budget Increases 3.3%, Services Affected

Town spending increases in the proposed operating budget for next fiscal year by just over $433 thousand, up 3.3 percent. Unexpected costs arose at the last minute, and some services will be affected. Full story.

Broadway: the Inside Story

Weston Kiwanis members and guests got a rare insider’s view of theater life when Broadway producers Alan and Barbara Marks spoke at the club’s weekly breakfast meeting on February 16th. Full story.

WHS Company: Broadway Bound at Emmanuel

On Sunday, February 24, Weston High School’s theater group, “Company” performs scenes from its upcoming spring musical comedy, The Addams Family at “Broadway Bound,” which is becoming an annual town tradition at Emmanuel Church. Full story.

Firefighters Tackle “Intense” Blaze

On February 10th, Weston Volunteer Fire Department crews battled a fire at 103 Good Hill Road until the early hours of the morning. Deputy Chief Terry Blake described the blaze as “intense.” Full story.

Invasive Beetle Threatens Ash Trees

Somewhere between five and ten percent of all trees in Weston are ash trees. Within the next few years, almost all of them will die. Full story.

The Board in Brief

Following reports of coyotes killing pets, or being suspected of doing so, Animal Control Officer Mark Harper told the Board “there are too many coyotes in town,” and that several property owners want the population reduced. Full story.

A Ray of Hope for Cobb’s Mill Inn

Fans of Weston’s iconic Cobb’s Mill Inn and Norwalk’s GrayBarns will be encouraged that the Glazer Group, which transformed the fabled and faded Silvermine Tavern into “GrayBarns on the Silvermine River,” has taken an interest in Cobb’s Mill. Full story.

Owen Bernheim in “Annie” at Westport Playhouse

Weston Intermediate School’s Owen Bernheim is in the cast of the Broadway classic “Annie” at the Westport Country Playhouse. The show runs again on February 15–17. Full story.

Opposition to Proposed School Consolidation and Vehicle Tax Reform

Weston representatives continue to speak out against proposed State legislation that would directly affect the town’s school district and financial position. Full story.

Weston Ski Comes Up Big

Weston’s ski team competed in the State Team Giant Slalom qualifying race and turned in impressive results. Full story.

Grand List Falls, Mill Rate Likely to Rise

After a 2018 town-wide revaluation, Weston’s Grand List — the total taxable value of properties in town — has fallen 6.3 percent, according to figures presented to the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance at a joint meeting on January 28th. Full story.

A Gift from Daniel Offutt: an Art & Innovation Center

The estate of Daniel E. Offutt III has offered to donate $5 million to renovate and expand Weston’s public library to include a new arts and innovation wing. Full story.

Legislation Proposed to Consolidate School Districts

Recently-proposed legislation to consolidate school districts drew considerable attention in Weston and surrounding towns over the weekend. Full story.

Board of Education Votes Slightly Lower Budget Increase

In a nearly three-hour meeting on Thursday evening, the Board of Education voted 5–2 to make modest reductions to its 2019-20 fiscal year operating budget request. Full story.

Options Presented for Smaller Schools Budget Increase

At a Board of Education meeting on January 22, Superintendent Dr. William McKersie put ideas on the table for the Board to consider to possibly reduce the school district’s budget request. Full story.

Great Community Bonfire

On January 12th, in a departure from their normal work, Weston's Volunteer Fire Department set a huge blaze before onlookers at Emmanuel Church. Full story.

Senior Center Fitness

Weston’s Senior Center has a growing number of popular arts and fitness programs, and if you are at least 55 you can take advantage of them. Full story.

Senior Center Programs

Weston’s Senior Center has a growing number of popular arts and fitness programs, and if you are at least 55 you can take advantage of them. Full story.

Support for Parents With Children's Issues

Feel like you have no one to talk with about your child's challenging behavior? You are not alone. Full story.

Hurlbutt Kindergarten Registration Begins

Children who turn five years of age on or before January 1, 2019 are eligible to begin kindergarten in the fall. Full story.

Jack Mitchell for Breakfast. Sorry. And Breakfast

Weston Kiwanis wants to give you a free breakfast. They also want to give you a chance to hear from the legendary Jack Mitchell, chairman of Mitchell Stores, who knows a lot about getting customers, keeping them, and making them love you. Full story.

Board Approves Fracking Waste Ordinance

It was standing-room only at the Town Hall Meeting room Thursday evening for a hearing on an ordinance to ban fracking and drilling waste from town. Full story.

Weston Wins Longshot Grant

After winning a $396 thousand state grant in August to build a network of sidewalks in town, First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Town Administrator Jonathan Luiz decided to try a “Hail Mary” and go for another $1.5 million to expand the network and improve the intersection of Route 57 and School Road. Full story.

Full Speed Ahead on Fromson-Strassler

Town Hall is in high gear to help Aspetuck Land Trust obtain a State grant that could allow ALT to purchase the town’s Fromson-Strassler property and conserve it as open space. The trust is facing a February 7 grant application deadline. Full story.

Dog Park Clears Another Hurdle

The folks who want to bring a dog park to Weston are on a roll. Full story.

Maria Dempsey Named NEST CEO

Weston’s Maria Dempsey has been named Chief Executive Officer of NEST Fragrances, a leading luxury lifestyle fragrance brand. Full story.

Speak Up, February 9th

The 28th annual “Speak Up” event by the League of Women Voters happens on Saturday morning, February 9th at the Weston Public Library Community Room. It runs from 10:30 to noon. Full story.

Board Hearing for Fracking and Oil Waste Ordinance

On Thursday evening, January 17, the Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing before voting on a proposed ordinance to ban wastes from fracking and gas or oil extraction. Under its provisions, such material could not be used, processed, or stored in Weston. Full story.

Large Budget Increase Proposed for Schools

Next week, the Weston School District will present its proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. It calls for a significant increase in school spending. Full story.

"Voyage of the Damned" Survivors Discuss "Complicit"

On January 24, three survivors of what would later be called “the voyage of the damned” will participate in a discussion after a screening of the documentary “Complicit,” along with the film’s producer, Robert M. Krakow. Full story.

Light Up Your Tree

Cling to the holiday break all you want (we are), but it's time for your tree to go. Full story.

2018: The Year in Review

The year began in January, as it almost always does. It kicked off with a decision by the newly-seated Board of Selectmen to let voters decide whether a portion of town-owned land should be used for a dog park. Full story.

Selectmen Appoint Students to Commission

In a series of year-end appointments and re-appointments to Town committees and commissions on December 20, the Board of Selectmen also welcomed three Weston High School students into the ranks of those who step up to serve the town. Full story.

Town to Consider Sale of Fromson-Strassler

Aspetuck Land Trust is actively pursuing a grant opportunity in hopes of purchasing 86 acres of land owned by the town of Weston and preserving it as open space. On Thursday evening, the Board of Selectmen took action to begin formal consideration of the idea and get input from the public. Full story.

Survey Participation "Amazing"

Everyone at Town Hall is pleased — and maybe a bit astonished — at the exceptionally large number of Weston residents who completed the town-wide survey, which was open from November 15 to December 15. Full story.

State Grants Children's Library Funds

Weston’s Public Library has been awarded a State Library Construction grant to pay for half of $165,000 needed to renovate the library’s Children’s Room. Full story.

Weston High Goes Green LEAF

Weston High School’s Green Team has been honored by a State organization for its efforts to promote sustainability and health initiatives. Full story.

A Gift to Weston EMS: A New Ambulance

Weston has once again benefitted from the generosity of the estate of the late Daniel Offutt, this time with a $200,000 gift to EMS for a new ambulance. Full story.

Grant Funds Sought for Bisceglie Trails

Over the years, walking trails at Bisceglie-Scribner park have deteriorated. The Town has applied for a $188 thousand state grant to restore them to their former glory. Full story.

Town Seeks $1.5 Million for Intersection and Sidewalks

The Town is actively pursuing additional state grants to make Weston safer and more pedestrian-friendly. Full story.

“Play Ball for All” a Home Run

Saturday’s free “Play Ball for All” holiday clinic was a success for participants and Weston volunteer coaches and teen mentors. Full story.

Diana Loevy Honored

On December 4th, the Weston Library’s New Yorker Roundtable Group and Morning Book Group honored the late Diana Loevy by dedicating a new bench on the library lawn in her memory. Full story.

Samantha Nestor Joins Board of Selectmen

Samantha Nestor was appointed on December 6 to the Board of Selectmen, filling the term of the late Brian Gordon. Ms. Nestor was nominated for the office by the Democratic Town Committee on November 30. Full story.

Ruby Hedge Appointed to Board of Education

The Board of Selectmen on December 6 unanimously appointed Ruby Hedge to Weston’s Board of Education, replacing Samantha Nestor, who earlier was elected to the Board of Selectmen. Full story.

Two New Board of Finance Members

The Board of Selectmen voted on December 6 to appoint Jeffrey Farr and Greg Murphy to the Board of Finance, filling vacancies created by the resignations of Jerry Sargent and Bob Ferguson. Full story.

Toys for Tots Drive Begins

The annual Toys for Tots toy drive is underway in Weston and across the country. Full story.

New Weston Police Officer Sworn In

Weston’s newest police officer, Mark Berretta, was sworn in at a Town Hall ceremony on November 30. Officer Berretta joins Weston from the West Haven police department. Full story.

Samantha Nestor Nominated for Board of Selectmen

The Democratic Town Committee has nominated Samantha Nestor to fill the unexpired term of the late Selectman Brian Gordon. Full story.

Friends of Brian Gordon Donate for a Dog Park

Friends of the late Selectman Brian Gordon have donated $45,000 in his honor to Weston Dog Park, Inc. Full story.

Public Safety Project: Costs May Drop

As we reported recently, plans are being developed to improve Weston’s critical public safety facilities and equipment. This is an update of where things stand. Full story.

Christian Blechinger, 49

Christian Blechinger, age 49 of Weston, CT died unexpectedly on Saturday November 24, 2018. The son of Anton Blechinger and Ingrid Sommerfeld, Christian grew up in Munich, Germany. At 19 he enrolled in Georgetown University and graduated with a B.S. in International Economics. Later, he earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. It was at Columbia where Christian met his future bride, Jacqueline Kim, during a happy hour on the steps of Uris Hall. Full story.

Shout-Out: Weston Progress Fund

Weston is fortunate to have community organizations that make this an even nicer place to live. This year, many of them got a financial assist from the Weston Progress Fund. Full story.

Shout-Out: Weston Kiwanis

One of the many things Weston can be thankful for this year is the good work of Weston Kiwanis. Full story.

Alden Sherman, 100

Alden Outram Sherman, 100, of Weston died November 10, 2018 at Norwalk Hospital. He and his family moved to Westport in 1947 and then to Weston in 1956. He lived in the same Weston house at the time of his death. Full story.

Tributes to Brian Gordon, Page 2

Lolita Jackson, Penn Class of '89: I do not live in Weston, rather, I went to college with Brian. The person I see described in these tributes has been the same person his entire life. President of the Penn Class of 1991, he was gregarious, caring, always lent an ear and went the extra mile. We, his Penn family, are bereft and walk with those of you in Weston in grief. But also, joy that we were able to have him as part of our lives. Full story.

Tributes to Brian Gordon

Dr. Christopher Spaulding, First Selectman: I could not have asked for a better partner to help serve our fabulous town. Brian was always next to me applying wit, wisdom and supreme dignity to the business of town an the business of life. Brian was a wonderful friend, faithful confidant and all around good guy. He will be sorely missed and the mark he left on our lives will be indelible. Our thoughts and prayers are wholeheartedly with his family and loved ones. Dream well kind soul. Full story.

Brian Gordon, Selectman, Dies at 49

Weston Selectman Brian Gordon has passed away at the age of 49 after a months-long battle with cancer. Full story.

All Ears at Town Hall: Take the Survey

The Town is conducting an online survey to find out what you want Weston to look like now and in the future. Your responses will help planners understand what you value and how much you would use a variety of services and amenities. Full story.

The Nutcracker: Two Versions

Nothing announces the holiday season quite like The Nutcracker. Two versions will be staged in the coming days. Full story.

Lachat Farm Holiday Market, December 1

Lachat Town Farm will be hosting its first Holiday Market on December 1 from noon to 4:00. You will be able to shop for holiday gifts from local artisans, handmade jewelry, essential oils and candles, and unique floral arrangements. Full story.

Eversource Project Hearing, December 13

Residents in about an eight-tenths mile stretch in the northwest corner of town will be affected by an Eversource upgrade project next year. The Board of Selectmen have scheduled a public hearing on December 13 to give the public an opportunity to ask questions of Eversource representatives. Full story.

A Veterans Day Poem

by Jillian Zuch. Full story.

Weston Historical Society Receives Major Grants

The Weston Historical Society recently received two major grants totaling $600,000 from the Daniel E. Offutt Charitable Trust. The grants will enable the Historical Society to launch a major restoration of the Coley Homestead. Full story.

Don't Feed the Bears, Keep an Eye out for Poachers

If you don't want to find bears on your front porch, Weston Animal Control Officer Mark Harper has a suggestion: don't put out bird feeders just yet. And if you feel you must put out a feeder, place it some distance from the house. Full story.

Be Bear Aware at Trout Brook, Learn on the 14th

A growing number of black bears have been spotted at Trout Brook, prompting the Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) to post signs around the preserve advising you what to do if you encounter one. Full story.

State Legislature Candidates Respond to Your Questions

A few weeks ago, we asked our email subscribers to tell us what they would like to know from the candidates running for Weston’s districts in the State Senate and State House of Representatives. Full story.

The Candidates: Toni Boucher

Toni Boucher, Republican, is the incumbent 26th district State Senator. She was first elected to the office in 2008 after serving 12 years as a State Representative. Full story.

The Candidates: Will Haskell

Will Haskell, Democrat, is a candidate for State Senate in the 26th district. He is a recent graduate of Georgetown University. This is his first campaign for public office. Full story.

The Candidates: Michelle McCabe

Michelle McCabe, Democrat, is a candidate for State Senate in the 28th district. This is her first campaign for public office. She is currently the director of the Center for Food Equity and Economic Development (FEED) at The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. Full story.

The Candidates: Adam Dunsby

Adam Dunsby, Republican, is the incumbent 135th district State Representative. He was first elected in 2016. Mr. Dunsby is also, since 2013, the First Selectman of Easton. Full story.

The Candidates: Anne Hughes

Anne Hughes, Democrat, is a candidate for the 135th district State Representative. This is her first campaign for public office. She is a social worker at Jewish Senior Services. Full story.

Property Revaluation Underway

It’s property revaluation time, and the process is well underway. Full story.

Main Street Weston Returns November 15

Weston is one of the only towns in the world that has no Main Street. Except once a year, when the Weston Women's League puts on Weston Main Street. Full story.

Lachat Hoedown a Hit

Lachat’s hoedown, barbecue, and square dance was a big hit on October 20, and we have a feeling you will see more of this kind in the future. Full story.

Emmanuel Church Musical Showcase, November 11

Weston’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church welcomes back The Fontenay Chamber Players on Sunday November 11 at 4:00 pm in their Parish Hall, 285 Lyons Plain Road. Full story.

Devil’s Den to Close for Deer Hunt

The Nature Conservancy will hold its annual controlled deer hunt at Devil’s Den Preserve during the state-designated shotgun and rifle hunting season for private lands. Full story.

Weston High Chorale Performs at Smart Walk

The thirty-member Weston High School Chorale sang the inspirational “This is Me” on October 21 at the first annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Full story.

Tuesday’s Ballot and Voting Information

The election is on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Polls are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. As long as you are on line by 8:00 pm, you will be able to vote. Full story.

"Walk the Runway" Show, November 4

The first annual “Walk the Runway” mother-daughter fashion show debuts on Sunday afternoon, November 4 from 2:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall at Norfield Congregational Church. Full story.

Art at the Center

If Weston is Connecticut’s best-kept secret, the town’s Senior Center may be Weston’s best-kept secret. That may be changing, in large part because of art. Full story.

Eva Schloss Speaks on Sunday

Eva Schloss, stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, will be speaking at 5:00 on Sunday evening, October 28, at at Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, in Bridgeport. Full story.

From the Town Clerk: Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots for the State election to be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 will be available Friday October 5th, 2018. Full story.

Town Plans Major Public Safety Improvements, Part 1

On Thursday evening, October 18, in a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance, First Selectman Chris Spaulding discussed preliminary plans to address long-needed improvements in Weston's public safety capabilities. Full story.

Town Plans Major Public Safety Improvements, Part 2

This is the second of a three-part report on preliminary plans presented by First Selectman Chris Spaulding to address long-needed improvements in Weston's public safety capabilities. This part is about the needs of the dispatch center, communication systems, and the police department. Full story.

Town Plans Major Public Safety Improvements, Part 3

This is the third of a three-part report on preliminary plans presented by First Selectman Chris Spaulding to address long-needed improvements in Weston's public safety capabilities. This part is about where the funding would come from. Full story.

Board Authorizes Deer Hunt

On October 4, the Board of Selectmen authorized Animal Control Officer Mark Harper to conduct a deer hunt from October through January 31 on select Town properties. The intent is to reduce the deer population by a maximum of 20. Full story.

Connecticut's Fiscal Crisis: Big, Getting Bigger

The state of Connecticut is in fiscal crisis, and the core of the problem is a decades-long unwillingness to fund pension and retirement health care costs for state employees and municipal teachers. Full story.

Board of Selectmen Approve Plastic Bag Ordinance

The Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 on October 4 to enact a new town ordinance that prohibits the use of plastic checkout bags in Weston’s retail stores. It takes effect in 90 days. Full story.

Education Aid Available for Women

The Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) is offering scholarships and low-cost educational loans for young women. The organization is also planning a mother-daughter fundraising fashion show on November 4. Full story.

Board to Decide on Plastic Bag Ban and Other Ordinances

On Thursday evening (October 4), the Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on four new or revised ordinances. Three are somewhat technical, but one is major, as it would ban single-use plastic retail checkout bags in Weston's stores. The hearing is at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Full story.

The Lost Negatives of Rock and Roll, October 21

The Weston Historical Society has an interesting one-night reception planned for Sunday, October 21. It will take place from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Society's museum, which is at 104 Weston Road. Full story.

It's Sergeant Miceli Now

Weston Police Officer Joseph Miceli became Sergeant Miceli today in a ceremony before Town officials and a large contingent of blue uniforms from neighboring towns. Full story.

Town Honors Charlene Chiang-Hillman

On September 20, the Town saluted Charlene Chiang-Hillman, who is retiring after 15 years as Weston's director of Social Services. Full story.

What You'll See at The Flea

Saturday's Weston Flea promises to be a fun town event. It runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the high school parking lot. Spaces for vendors sold out very quickly, so there will be a great variety of items to choose from. Full story.

Register to Vote by October 30

You have until October 30 to register to vote in the November 6 general election. Online registration is easy. Full story.

Business Workshops for Entrepreneurs

Small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs have an opportunity to get free advice in workshops by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce in a program sponsored by KeyBank. Full story.

Friends of the Weston Library Receive Major Gift

We are pleased to let you know that Friends of the Weston Library has received a gift of $215,000 from the estate of Daniel Edward Offutt, III. The foundation trust that administers the estate has made several other contributions to the town in recent months. Full story.

From Woodstock to Weston

Weston Historical Society's "Westonstock" event evoked memories of the legendary Woodstock festival, held in 1969. Several Weston residents attended the original. We thought you would enjoy hearing some of their stories. Full story.

Westonstock, September 15

In retrospect, it's clear that every event in this summer's terrific Music at the Barn series at Weston Historical Society's Coley Homestead was cleverly designed to reach a crescendo this Saturday, the 15th, at "Westonstock." Full story.

Weston Dog Park FUNdraiser, September 29

The Weston Dog Park group is holding a fundraiser on Saturday evening, September 29, from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Weston Field Club. Full story.

Animal Control Officer Cautions about Coyotes

There seem to be more coyotes than ever in Weston, and there is growing evidence that they are becoming more accustomed to people and bolder as a result. Full story.

Kiwanis Dog Jamboree a Hit

Weston Kiwanis has been working for months to put on a big town event, the Dog Jamboree, and by all accounts they succeeded. Full story.

Gary Meunier Named Sportsperson of the Year

On August 29, the Weston Sports Commission announced that Gary Meunier, Weston High School's long-time boys tennis coach, has been named the 2018 Weston Sportsperson of the Year. Full story.

P&Z Gets Additional Funds for Long-Range Plan

In a special morning meeting of the Board of Selectmen on September 4, the Planning and Zoning Commission presented a request for a $27,030 supplemental appropriation for the Town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). Full story.

Cats! (Not the Musical)

A certain amount of anxiety arose last week when a bobcat was spotted in thick brush behind Norfield Church and then near Weston Middle School early in the morning. This particular animal was a bit more bold than usual. Full story.

Weston Explores Valley Forge Road

A much-needed brief respite from heat and humidity greeted Westonites who took in the first Explore Valley Forge event on Saturday, September 1. Full story.

Westonstock, September 15

The Weston Historical Society's summer-long Life in the Sixties exhibit and series draws to a memorable conclusion with Westonstock, a joyful tribute to 1969's Woodstock music festival. It all takes place at the Coley Homestead on Saturday, September 15 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Full story.

Kiwanis Dog Jamboree Update

Weston Kiwanis is hosting its first, hopefully annual, Dog Jamboree on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It's at the Weston Middle School Field. Here are more details. Full story.

Weston Today's iPhone App for High School Sports

Your high school athlete need never miss another practice or game, and you need never get lost again on the road to an away game. Full story.

Weston Receives State Sidewalks Grant

Weston has been awarded $397,860 in state funds from the Community Connectivity Program to build a network of sidewalks in the town's center. Full story.

Police, EMS, and Fire Train for School Violence

The Weston Police, all-volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Volunteer Fire Department conducted intense training today for violent school situations. Full story.

Weston Flea, September 22, Benefits the Senior Center

On Saturday, September 22, Friends of Weston Senior Center is holding the Weston Flea, where you can buy or sell something old or something new. Full story.

Weston Women's League Offers Funding

The Weston Women's League is now accepting applications from nonprofits in the area who wish to be considered as the League's 2019 spring fundraiser beneficiary. Full story.

Explore Valley Forge on Wheels (but not in a car)

Your Parks & Recreation Department has organized a fun town event for Saturday, September 1. Full story.

Police Crisis Training, Friday August 17

On Friday morning, August 17, the Weston Police and a range of law enforcement and emergency response services will be training at Hurlbutt Elementary School for crisis incidents. Full story.

Registration Open for TOPSoccer

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based soccer program that provides meaningful learning, development, and physical participation opportunities for young athletes with disabilities. The program is designed to meet the needs of children in grades K-8 with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Full story.

Town Selects New Public Works Director

The Board of Selectmen voted on August 10 to appoint Louis Martirano Weston's new Director of Public Works. Mr. Martirano replaces the retiring Joe Lametta, who served the town for 40 years. Full story.

News from Other Westons, Volume 2

This month, our search for other Westons brings us to the charming hamlet of Weston, Nebraska, population 326. Full story.

Will State and Local Taxes Become Charitable Contributions?

Here is a journalism tip for reading any newspaper, including this one. It's called Betteridge's Law. It states that if a headline ends with a question mark, the answer is almost invariably "no." Full story.

A Bell for Prue

The bells at Weston's historic Norfield Congregational Church have been silent this year, but in a touching ceremony on Tuesday, July 31, all that changed. Full story.

High School Boys Tennis Tournament, August 23–26

Incoming and current high school boys aspiring to tennis stardom will be glad to know that the first Weston High School Tennis Open takes place at the high school on August 23–26. Full story.

Weston Teen Photographer Honored

Weston High School rising sophomore Jolie Jeffrey-Craft — literally a member of the Weston Today family — won Best Of Show in the Westport Public Library's sixth annual "Teens Behind The Lens" photography competition. Full story.

Kiwanis Hosts Fun Dog Jamboree, September 8

The Kiwanis Club of Weston has created a fun event for you, a Dog Jamboree on Saturday, September 8, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Weston Middle School Field. Full story.

Emmanuel Church Prepares for Family Fair

Emmanuel Church will hold its 112th annual Family Fair on Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Full story.

"BYO" Checkout Bag Ordinance Moves Forward

Today the Board of Selectmen scheduled a public hearing to occur at the beginning of their October 4 meeting. This will be an opportunity for the public to comment on four new or amended ordinances, including a "BYO" ordinance. Full story.

Fracking Wastewater Ban Set For Public Hearing

On July 19, the Board of Selectmen scheduled a public hearing to occur at the beginning of their September 20 meeting. This will be an opportunity for the public to comment on several new or amended ordinances, including two from the town's Sustainability Committee. Full story.

Voters Approve Lachat Lease

In a Special Town Meeting on July 19, voters approved leasing a house at Lachat Town Farm to Friends of Lachat, Inc., which operates the farm. The organization will now be able to sublease the structure to a resident farm manager. Full story.

Selectmen to Consider Environmental Ordinances

Following Thursday's Special Town Meeting regarding a Lachat lease (see related story), the Board of Selectmen's agenda includes two important proposed ordinances regarding the environment. Full story.

Board of Finance Approves SRO Funding

The Board of Finance reconvened on Thursday evening, July 12, to continue discussion and render a decision regarding a supplemental appropriation to fund an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) and increased police overtime to patrol the "Mile of Safety" full-time. Combined, the request came to $158,220. Full story.

Special Town Meeting July 19 for Lachat Lease

A Special Town Meeting will be held at 6:45 pm on Thursday, July 19 to determine whether the town should lease a Lachat Town Farm building to the Friends of Lachat, Inc. Full story.

P.J. Pacifico at the Barn

Singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico returns to Weston for "Music at The Barn" on Sunday, July 22 at 5:30 pm at the Weston Historical Society's Coley Homestead at 104 Weston Road. Full story.

EMS Secures Commitments To Fund Firehouse Quarters

On July 5, EMS president Jon Weingarten returned to the Board of Selectmen to report that written commitments have been obtained for donations totalling $500,000, and that EMS would provide an additional $250,000 from its endowment. Full story.

Lachat Farmers Market 2018 Open

Lachat Town Farm's 2018 Farmers Market season opened to an enthusiastic reception. This is our video report. Full story.

U15 Boys Win Connecticut Cup

Weston Soccer Club's U15 boys soccer team became Connecticut Cup State Champions on Saturday, June 16 when they defeated Tolland 1–0 in a tight game. Full story.

Urban Impact Fundraiser, June 23

Less than ten miles from our town borders, Bridgeport's PT Barnum housing complex is home for some of the most impoverished residents of Connecticut. Full story.

First Selectman's Update

”It has been about six months since the new Board of Selectmen has taken office. We got out of the gate quickly with a Saturday workshop where we outlined and prioritized our collective initiatives for the next two years.” Full story.

Board of Finance Postpones School Security Decision

The last stop for a proposal to increase school security was the Board of Finance, which took up the matter in its June 14 meeting. Things did not go smoothly. Full story.

An Interview With Chris Spaulding, Part 1

We recently sat down at length with First Selectman Chris Spaulding. We thought you would like to know a bit about him, his plans, and what he sees as Weston's opportunities and challenges. Full story.

An Interview With Chris Spaulding, Part 2

We recently sat down at length with First Selectman Chris Spaulding. We thought you would like to know a bit about him, his plans, and what he sees as Weston's opportunities and challenges. This is part 2 of our interview. Full story.

An Interview With Chris Spaulding, Part 3

We recently sat down at length with First Selectman Chris Spaulding. We thought you would like to know a bit about him, his plans, and what he sees as Weston's opportunities and challenges. This is part 3 of 3 of our interview. Full story.

WMS Chorus Wins Top Honors

In May, Weston Middle School musicians and the choral group traveled to Holyoke, Massachusetts for the annual Music in the Parks competition. Full story.

Honors for Mock Trial Team

Weston High School's Mock Trial team was honored at the Civics First annual award dinner on May 31. The team received the Connecticut State Second Place award and the Professionalism and Civility award for exemplary conduct during the months-long competition. Full story.

2018 Memorial Day Weekend Events

Two-minute video reports (give or take) on the 2018 Memorial Day weekend events, including the 5K Road Race, Memorial Day Fair, and Memorial Day Parade. Full story.

Selectmen Allocate Funds for School Security

On May 17, the Board of Selectmen allocated $158,220 as a supplemental appropriation in the 2018-19 Town budget that will enable the Weston Police to hire an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) and fund 546 hours of overtime associated with patrolling Weston schools an additional three hours each school day. Full story.

Firehouse Expansion Proposed for EMS Quarters

Weston's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) would get long-needed quarters in a proposed $1 million expansion of Firehouse No. 1, with EMS supplying $750,000 of the funds. Full story.

News From Other Westons

Did you know that, around the world, there are many other towns called Weston? Well, there are. Even though they stole our name, we thought you might enjoy learning a bit about them. Full story.

Speak Up Follow Up: Weston, the Environment, and Plastic Bags

Early this year, the public had an opportunity to discuss issues with town and state officials at the annual Speak Up event sponsored by the League of Women Voters. We thought it would be interesting to circle back to those who spoke and find out if they believe progress has been made on the concerns they raised. Full story.

Weston Students Reach Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Two Weston Intermediate School teams will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind world finals on May 22–25 at Iowa State University. Full story.

Barbara Reynolds Named Chamber of Commerce Chair

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce has named Weston's Barbara Reynolds as Chairman of the Board. Full story.

Ray Rauth Reappointed to Bicycle & Pedestrian Board

Weston's Ray Rauth has been reappointed to the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Board by Len Fasano, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. Full story.

Weston Takes It Back

A steady stream of Weston residents took advantage of a dropbox in the Weston Police Department lobby on April 28 to dispose of unneeded prescription medications. Full story.

Weston Picks It Up

Volunteers from Kiwanis, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and a healthy number of residents collected an estimated 900 pounds of debris from Weston's roadsides in the town's annual GreenUp Day on Saturday, April 28. Full story.

Town Approves Budgets

By wide margins, voters today approved budgets for the town, schools, and capital expenditures. Turnout, while not up to the level of the recent Special Town Meeting, increased considerably from 2017 and prior years. Full story.

Students Organize to Fight Cancer

For years, Weston students participated in Relay For Life, an activity intended to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Unfortunately, funds for the Westport-Weston branch were eliminated this year. But now, a high school group has stepped up to fill the gap. Full story.

School Security Plan Advances

A plan to increase security in Weston's schools, jointly recommended by Superintendent William McKersie and Police Chief Edwin Henion, was approved by the Board of Education at its regular meeting on April 23. Full story.

No Quorum for ATBM

At about 8:00 this evening, First Selectman Chris Spaulding called to order the Annual Town Budget Meeting. Moderator Susan Moch declared the absence of a quorum, as fewer than the charter-mandated 130 qualified voters were in attendance. Full story.

Annual Town Budget Meeting, April 18

This year's Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) will be held on Wednesday, April 18, starting at 8:00 PM at the Weston High School Auditorium. You must be a qualified voter, so bring identification. Check-in will begin at 7:15 PM in the lobby. Full story.

The Ayes Have It

Voters have approved the proposal to build a dog park in Weston. Turnout today was robust. The polls opened at 6:00 AM. A steady stream of voters cast ballots throughout the day, and continued right up until the polls closed. Full story.

April Declared Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Nationally, one in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. 19 percent of Connecticut residents report having been assaulted at some point in time. Full story.

The Dog Park: Questions & Answers

Questions and answers about the proposed dog park including location, costs, alternatives, and how (or if) it affects other priorities. Full story.

McKersie, Henion Statement on School Security

In public hearings, members of the Board of Education, School Superintendent William McKersie, and leadership of the Weston Police Department have discussed the budget reduction in the broader context of overall school security. Their task is complicated by the need to not disclose details of new or existing security measures. Full story.

Westonites Join March for Our Lives

On Saturday March 24, Elissa Teles, a Weston High School senior, led a group of friends and neighbors to Washington, D.C. for the March for Our Lives rally. Full story.

Marianne Frisch Named Executive Director of Weston Historical Society

Marianne Frisch, a 31-year Weston resident, has been named executive director of the Weston Historical Society. In her new role, Ms. Frisch will draw upon an extensive career in museum exhibition and curation, which began at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Full story.

Students Walk Out in Honor of Parkland Victims

Students across the nation organized a walkout on March 14, 2018, one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The walkout lasted from 10:00 AM to 10:17 AM, one minute for each of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting. Full story.

The Weston Blizzard of March '88 (1888, That Is)

The havoc unleashed by the recent Nor'easters has been hard on Westonites, but the blizzard that struck during the Ides of March 130 years ago also had a major impact. Back then, every day was a day without power, or a telephone, or a motorized vehicle. Full story.

Dog Park Meeting Scheduled for March 22, Vote on April 4

The Board of Selectmen has set new dates for the storm-delayed hearing and vote on the proposed dog park. A Special Town Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Weston Middle School cafeteria. This is a discussion-only hearing; no vote will be taken. Full story.

Westonites Speak Up at League of Women Voters Event

The League of Women Voters held their annual Speak Up event in the Community Room of the Weston Library on February 3. Attending from the town were all three members of the Board of Selectmen, representatives from almost every town department, commission and committee, plus Weston's three state legislators: Senator Toni Boucher, Senator Tony Hwang, and Representative Adam Dunsby. Full story.

Board Advances Fracking Wastewater Ban

In their February 1 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to send to counsel a proposed ordinance to prohibit fracking wastewater from Weston’s borders. The draft regulation was first presented to the board on January 18 by the town’s Sustainability Committee. Full story.

Selectmen Want Your Ideas on Beach Sticker Pricing

On February 1, 2018, the Board of Selectmen discussed the recently-announced price increase for beach stickers by the town of Westport. First Selectman Chris Spaulding said that the board wants “productive suggestions” from the public about how the issue might be addressed. Full story.

Beach Sticker Price Rises Bigly

Citing increased maintenance and police costs for Compo Beach, on January 24 the Westport Board of Selectmen voted to sharply increase the cost of beach stickers for residents of Weston, and even more for those from other towns. Full story.

Town to Vote on Dog Park

In its January 18 meeting, Weston’s Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to let voters decide whether a section of town-owned land will be used as a dog park. The Board also referred the matter for further review to the Planning & Zoning commission, town Conservation Commission, and Parks & Recreation department. However, they stipulated that the final outcome will be determined by a ballot vote. Full story.

Board Honors Nina Daniel

In its January 18 meeting, Weston’s Board of Selectmen honored former First Selectman Nina Daniel with a proclamation that January 19, 2018 would be “Nina Daniel Appreciation Day.” Full story.

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