2020 Stories

Letter: 4-CT Meets Its Goal, Looks Ahead

"When Don Kendall and I answered the call to serve our state on March 15th, 4-CT was just an idea." Full story.

Phase 3 Reopening Set for October 8

If all goes well over the next two weeks, limits on the size of gatherings in many venues will increase on October 8. Full story.

Frank G. Schettino, 98

Frank G. Schettino, Commander, USN (Ret.), 98, of Brookfield, CT, husband of the late Virginia R. Pearson, passed away in his sleep on September 16, 2020. Full story.

Weston Students eesmarts Finalists

Five students were honored as finalists in the 15th annual eesmarts student contest promoting sustainability, energy efficiency, and clean and renewable energy. Full story.

Play Ball for All Forms Teen Mentor Leadership Board

For the past two years, Weston's Play Ball for All initiative has provided an opportunity for the town's athletes to serve younger athletes in the area. This year, the organization is taking it even further. Full story.

ACT Presents 'The Last Five Years' Live and Streamed

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre), the professional theater in Ridgefield, reopens in October with a modern musical and the option to attend in person or at home. Full story.

COVID Cases Temporarily Close Weston Schools

Two students tested positive for Covid-19, leading to a two-day pause of classroom instruction at Weston public schools. Full story.

Flags at Half-Staff for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"Tonight, the nation mourns the unimaginable loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a fierce and fiery champion for fairness and equality for all," Governor Lamont said. Full story.

How To Vote By Mail

Voting by mail in Connecticut this year is a fairly straightforward process. We turned to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, the state's top election officer, for clarity on how to do it. Full story.

Autumn Football Still Canceled, Spring Back on the Table

Full contact autumn high school football appears to be a definite no-go following today's announcement by the governing board of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Full story.

Seeking Re-Election: Rep. Anne Hughes

In an interview, State Representative Anne Hughes, a candidate for re-election, discussed topics currently of significant local interest, accomplishments from her first term, and the priorities she would have if returned to office by voters. Full story.

Alfred Wirtenberg, 74

Alfred Irving Wirtenberg, age 74 of Weston, Connecticut passed away peacefully on September 14, 2020. Full story.

A Bit of Weston History

On Sunday afternoon, September 13, at the Old Post Office next to Bisceglie Park, you can explore the old general store and post office, buy a piece of penny candy, and see what life was like back in the day. Full story.

Jolantha is Ready Again

Our pleasure to bring you this from Hans Wilhelm: Full story.

Take the Stage at New Paradigm Theatre

Aspiring singers and actors ages eight to whatever have a chance to get a foot in the stage door at New Paradigm Theatre's So Ya Wanna Be a Broadway Star? auditions. Full story.

School Board Chair: "If Anyone Can Pull This Off, We Can"

"If anyone can actually pull this off successfully, we can," says Board of Education chair Tony Pesco. Full story.

Something for Everyone at Lachat Town Farm

In true Weston fashion, Lachat Town Farm continues to keep the community connected by reinventing beloved past events and establishing exciting new ones, proudly remaining one of the social and cultural hubs of town. Full story.

School Board, Teachers Union Reach Understanding

In a joint statement this evening, the Weston Board of Education and the Weston Teachers' Association announced an agreement and "common understandings" for reopening schools next week. Full story.

Back to School: Expert Advice

With Weston public schools opening in one week in the most unusual circumstances ever, we turned to an expert for advice on how families should prepare. Full story.

Lamont, Legislative Leaders Agree to Emergency Extension

The six-month Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergency—and more than 70 executive orders issued by the governor since March—had been set to expire on September 9. Full story.

Barbara Warfield Zacavish, 81

Barbara Warfield Zacavish, age 81, longtime former resident of Weston, Connecticut, died peacefully after a brief illness at her home in Wesley Chapel, Florida on August 24, 2020. Full story.

Court Dismisses Dog Park Appeal

On August 26, a Superior Court judge dismissed an appeal of the Conservation Commission's 2018 approval of locating a dog park on Town-owned land. Full story.

New Weston Cases a Concern, Include Children

In a video interview recorded on August 25, 2020, Weston First Selectman Chris Spaulding expresses concern about Covid outbreaks in the region and in town. Full story.

Teachers: We Don't Feel Safe

Teachers in Weston public schools are more than "nervous" about returning to classrooms, according to the Weston Teachers' Association (WTA). Some put it plainly: "We are terrified." Full story.

A Good Idea: Share the Roads

Weston roads are your roads. But you really need to share them. Full story.

A Friend Remembers Lynne Barrelle, Weston Town Historian

Weston's Town Historian, Lynne Barrelle, passed away on August 18. "She and I were fellow explorers," says a friend. Full story.

How Weston Schools Will Reopen: The Plan

Weston public schools open on September 8—if all goes as planned— with a blend of in-person and online instruction, a full curriculum, and a more populace student body. Full story.

Community Kindness: Trip’s Tree

In a touching story of kindness from strangers, Weston four-year-old Trip Burns was met with a heartwarming surprise at his favorite tree. Full story.

Post Office Challenges in Weston and Beyond

Long lines and long waits at the Weston Post Office, frustrating to many residents, are mainly attributable to the facility's size. Inside, the building is too small to allow two postal clerks to work side-by-side. Full story.

Powerless

Photos and a recap of email reports during the widespread storm-related power outage, August 2020. Full story.

Lamont Wants Hybrid Model, Youth Infections Rise

"Connecticut is in a perfect place to reopen schools," said Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a close advisor to Governor Ned Lamont. Full story.

A Drive-by Picnic Lunch for Seniors, from Generous Donors

For the past several weeks, with more to come, Weston seniors have been treated to a free drive-by picnic lunch at the Senior Center and a chance to see friends and catch up. Full story.

Fall Term Starts August 31, Enrollments Rise

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

Districts Will Decide Reopening, Says the Governor

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

Schools Plan Fall Term on New Date, State Complicates Things

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

Korean Study a Concern, but "Reinforced" Plans

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

Lamont to Order Enforcement of Hot Spot Travel Directive

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

A Shift in Expectations About COVID's Direction

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

Grant Awarded for Affordable Housing Plan

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

The Lunch Box Reopens

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

Schools Task Force Plans, Lamont to Decide in Early August

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

A Critical Ingredient for Reopening

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

Thomas K. Kolbusz, 67

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

Town Reopening Planned for August 10

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

Police Urge Car Theft Precautions

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

Road Paving to Continue

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

RedZone Fitness Studio Set to Open

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

Donation Helps Expand Pollinator Habitat

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

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

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

Progress on Public Safety, Library, and Sidewalks Projects

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

Changes at the Transfer Station, July 1

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

Ten-Year-Old Makes Masks, Supports Food Pantry

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

State Unveils Outline for Fall Schools Reopening

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

Route 57 Detours in August

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

Westport Weston YMCA Reopens on Monday

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

A Memorable Send-off for the Class of 2020

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

Free Community College Takes One Step Ahead

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

Richard L. Canel, 92

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

No Mill Rate Increase, Budgets Approved

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

Classic Car Rally for the Connecticut Food Bank

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

Hundreds Attend Black Lives Matter Gathering

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

Together

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

Norfield Bells Toll Against Racism

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

Weston Statement on Minneapolis

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

A Wedding at the Gazebo

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

Weston Teen Jack Kendall Expands PPE Production

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

The Board of Finance, the Dip and the Dance

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

May 31, 2020: Eileen Buckley Day

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

Obituary: Rajan Sekaran

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

Rajan Sekaran, 59

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

Tennis, Anyone?

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

Sheila Hagan Hayes, 82

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

Memorial Day Retrospective

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

Curbside Pickup Coming to the Weston Library

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

Kate O'Keefe Honored by Weston Education Foundation

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

Flamingos Attack Again

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

Spaulding: Memorial Day Tribute

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

How to Help Weston High School PTO Help the School

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

And the Nominees Are...

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

Chilton Ryan, 90

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

Virtual 5K for Food Pantry

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

Weston Historical Society Invites Preservation

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

Hair Salon, Barber Shop Reopenings Delayed

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

Local Chef Pivots, Still Gives Back

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

Weston Real Estate Market Heats Up

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

Drive-Through Testing in Bethel

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

School Fields Reopen

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

David Peter Simerman, 82

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

Board of Finance Leans Toward Zero

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

No July 4th This Year

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

Fields to Open, Cautiously

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

Coyotes and Weston

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

Mother's Day Bouquets from Lachat

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

Finance Board Budget Deliberations to Continue

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

"We're Getting There"

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

Weston High School Excels in Rankings

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

How to Donate to the Food Pantry

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

Weston Gets Flocked

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

Be Safe When Walking, Jogging, or Cycling

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

On a Trial Basis, Trout Brook Access Reopens

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

Karin Giannitti Honored with Millie Best Environmental Award

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

Teens Team to Combat COVID

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

Gayle Weinstein: Recovering from COVID-19

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

Trout Brook, Tax Payment Relief, and More

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

Three Words Stand in the Way of Voting by Mail

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

Video Interview: Himes, Haskell, Spaulding

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

Mental Health Support Available

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

Net-Net on the Budgets

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

Spaulding: 'Help Me Help Those Who Protect Us'

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

Nanette Charny, 61

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

Weston Teen Makes PPE

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

Masks for EMS, More Needed

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

Keep it Going, Be Kind, Thanks Redding!

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

Weston Loves Bode

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

Spaulding, Miceli: It's in Your Hands

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

A Story of Loss, and a Message

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

Dispatch Shifted to Redding, Weston Cases Likely High

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

Health Care Volunteers Needed

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

Joseph Linker: GeoBee Whiz

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

Budgets: Business as Unusual

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

A Champion on the Ice and Off

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

Spaulding, Miceli: March 25 Update

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

OEM: Weston Resident Dies of COVID-19 Illness

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

Fatal Car Crash on Goodhill Road

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

Guidance for Trout Brook

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

OEM Bulletin: March 23

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

Urgent Appeal from Weston EMS

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

Devil's Den Closed

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

Weston Education Foundation Announces Teacher Award

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

First Weston COVID-19 Confirmed

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

First CT Fatality, Lamont Orders Malls Closed

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

Two Great Ways to Help

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

Governors Announce Additional Restrictions, Concerned about Healthcare

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

Spaulding Declares Emergency

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

Spaulding, Miceli: March 16 Update

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

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

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

Spaulding, Miceli on COVID-19 Response

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

Lamont Modifies 180-Day School Year, Restricts Events

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

Schools, Town Offices Close

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

Lamont Declares Emergency, Spaulding Urges Social Distancing

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

Lamont Confers with Local Leaders, Places Restrictions

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

Questions, News in Finance Board Reviews

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

Wilton Resident 'Presumptive' Positive for COVID-19

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

Bridgeport Hospital Physician Tests Positive

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

Spaulding Convenes Coronavirus Task Force

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

Lamont Urges Following New CDC Guidance

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

Weston Athletes Play Ball for All

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

Selectmen Recommend Education Budget Cut, Question Costs

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

State, Town, Schools Prepare for Coronavirus

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

Defamation Suit Against School Board, Officials Seeks Millions

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

How Volunteer Firefighters Keep Weston Safe

As an eight year-old boy, John Pokorny enjoyed jumping on a fire truck with his father, a Weston Volunteer Fire Department captain. Since 1996, Mr. Pokorny has led the department, a force of 70 well-trained volunteers who respond to about 550 emergencies every year. Full story.

Let the People Decide: The Story Behind the Story

When you see Gavin Guerra's Let the People Decide on Sunday afternoon at the Library, you won't see a typical documentary about violent suppression of African-American voting rights in the 1960s. You will see a film that draws a straight line from those times to today. Full story.

Selectmen Approve 2.55% Town Budget Increase

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

Pollinator Pathway Campaign Begins

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

A Tea for the Vote, March 8

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

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

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

Girls Indoor Track Team State Champions

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

Lang's Closes, Citing Benefits Managers

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

Haskell, Hwang Support Sexual Assault Protections

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

Everett B. Flodeen, 88

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

Speak Up: What We Learned

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

Valley Forge Road Re-Opens

All of Valley Forge Road is open again, as work to rebuild a dangerously eroded slope is complete. The road had been closed since mid-December between Old Stage Coach and Davis Hill roads. Full story.

Shaban Announces State Representative Candidacy

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

Public Safety Appropriation Approved

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

Weston Hosts Robotics Competition

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

School Board Approves 2.89% Increase

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

School Board Considers Budget Cuts

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

School Board, Administration Clash on Budget

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

Boys Basketball on a Roll

After opening league play on January 13 with an overtime win over Kolbe Cathedral, Weston's boys basketball squad kept the drama going with late-game heroics against Masuk, Stratford, and Brookfield, adding three to the win column. Full story.

Special Town Meeting: Public Safety Project

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

Weinstein Running for State Representative

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

Hughes Launches Re-Election Bid

State Representative Anne Hughes launched her campaign for re-election at Silverman's Farm in Easton on January 12. Ms. Hughes represents the 135th House district, consisting of Weston, Easton, and Redding. Full story.

Speak Up on February 8

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

Safe Connect for Domestic Violence Victims

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz announced a major upgrade to Connecticut's domestic violence hotline this week in Hartford. The system, Safe Connect, gives victims of domestic violence — and those seeking to help them — confidential assistance at no charge. Full story.

OT Win for Boys Basketball

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

Aspetuck Land Trust Wins Fromson-Strassler Grant

The Aspetuck Land Trust has been awarded a $625,000 State grant that may make it possible for the Trust to acquire Weston's Fromson-Strassler property and preserve it as open space. Full story.

School District Requests 5.55% Budget Increase

On January 6, Schools Superintendent Dr. William McKersie presented a budget request for next fiscal year that calls for an operating increase of nearly $3 million — up by 5.55 percent — and $1.16 million in capital expenditures. Full story.

Gertrude “Trudy” Chandler, 92

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

Play With Your Food Season Opens

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

Farewell to Westport Pizzeria

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

Victor Escandón Appointed to School Board

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

2019: The Year in Review

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

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