2019 Stories

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

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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.

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