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

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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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