2021 Stories

Scenes from the WestonArts Festival

In less than two minutes, a sampling of scenes from the weekend’s Weston Fine Arts Festival. Full story.

Weston Flea Set for September, Vendors Wanted

Vendors can now reserve spaces at the popular Weston Flea, which takes place this year on Saturday, September 18 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Weston High School parking lot. Full story.

Robert Sherwood Fortin, 78

Robert Sherwood Fortin, a longtime resident of Weston, CT, passed away on July 1, 2021, after a long battle with heart disease. Full story.

Norwalk Mentor Program Seeks Volunteers

For 31 years, the Norwalk Mentor Program has offered an opportunity for adult role models to get the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of students in Norwalk Public Schools. The program is looking for volunteer mentors now. Full story.

Weston Fine Arts Festival: the Latest

This weekend’s Weston Fine Arts Festival promises to be memorable. It’s at the fields of Hurlbutt Elementary School, rain or shine, on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It’s free. Full story.

Weston Fine Arts Festival Debuts July 17 & 18

WestonArts hosts the first ever Weston Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18. It all takes place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the fairgrounds behind Hurlbutt Elementary School. Full story.

St. Francis of Assisi Welcomes New Pastor

Father Augustine Nguyen is the new pastor at St. Francis of Assisi Church. At age 11, Father Augustine and his sister fled from communist Vietnam and eventually reunited with other siblings in the United States. Full story.

Sharon Ferraro Appointed to Board of Education

On Thursday evening, the Board of Selectmen appointed Sharon Ferraro to the Weston Board of Education. Full story.

Nestor, Mohabeer Announce Candidacies

Selectwoman Samantha Nestor has declared her candidacy for the office of First Selectman in November’s municipal election. She will campaign on a ticket with Martin Mohabeer, candidate for the Board of Selectmen. Full story.

Lachat Midsummer Celebration and Day of Service

Lachat Town Farm has two great events coming up, the first on Saturday, June 26, the day after the season kickoff of Farmers Markets. Full story.

Support for Caregivers at Monthly Meetings

Those who serve as caregivers for loved ones can find support and learn about available resources in a Weston Social Services group that meets once a month. Full story.

Big Win for Saugatuck Rowing Club at Youth Championships

Competing for the first time ever with their U17 8+ boats, the Saugatuck Rowing Club celebrated a major victory this year at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Full story.

Costs to Taxpayers of Document Demands and Complaints Rise

Legal and administrative costs at Town Hall and the Weston Public School District are rising from a torrent of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demands, most from two residents who have also filed complaints with State agencies alleging misconduct. Full story.

PTO Supports Weston Food Pantry with Donation

After months of fundraising, the Weston PTO was proud to present the Weston Food Pantry with a donation of $1,350 on June 14. Full story.

Senior Center Gets Beautified

The entrance to the Weston Senior Center has been beautified by the town’s Beautification Committee with new landscaping of all native and pollinator-friendly plants. Full story.

Town Offices to Reopen, but Fireworks are Off

Town Hall offices are expected to reopen to the public on June 18, but Parks and Recreation has reluctantly canceled a Fourth of July celebration. Full story.

Music at the Barn Returns

The popular Music at the Barn outdoor concert series at Weston Historical Society resumes on June 20 in another sign of life returning to normal. Full story.

Lachat Farmers Markets Return

Lachat Town Farm’s popular Farmers Markets return for the season beginning on Friday, June 25. The farm is looking for volunteers and also offers paid steward positions for the markets and Music in the Meadow. Full story.

Builders Beyond Borders: Volunteering at Home and Abroad

“Volunteering is good for everybody,” said Amy Schroeder-Riggio, Executive Director of Builders Beyond Borders. “It’s an inclusive and impactful experience that really brings life into perspective.” Full story.

Scouts, WVFD Observe Memorial Day

Members of the Boy Scout Troop 788, Cub Scout Pack 75, Weston Volunteer Fire Department, and the town’s Veterans Committee preserved the most relevant features of Memorial Day Weekend: honoring those who served and sacrificed for their country. Full story.

A Remembrance of George Floyd

A gathering on May 25 observed one year since the murder of George Floyd. The observance began at Town Hall with music and brief remarks by Town officials and committee members. Full story.

Shrek the Musical: A Can't Miss

Finally, the charming Shrek the Musical gets the all-star treatment it deserves, from the talented cast and crew of WHS Company. Full story.

Police Commission Statement to the Community

We would like to thank all the community members and in particular, Walter & Aria Simpson, who attended our May 6th Police Commission webinar to talk about the 911 call made regarding suspicious activity, the immediate police response and the process by which a complaint was submitted and investigated. Full story.

Warren Andrew Spence, 82

Warren Andrew Spence, 82, of Williamsburg, VA, ascended peacefully to Heaven on April 23, 2021. He was unable to recover after surgery to remove a brain glioblastoma. Full story.

Memorial Day Activities and Remembrances

Traditional Memorial Day events are not happening this year, but PTOs and other organizations have seen to it that fun activities take place that those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country are honored. Full story.

EMS Headquarters Open, Ready to Serve

EMS President Jon Weingarten conducted a tour for Town officials of the new Daniel E. Offutt III EMS Headquarters. Full story.

Police Commission Delays Complaint Follow-Up

On Tuesday evening, the Weston Board of Police Commissioners put off until June discussion of next steps regarding the police and Commission response to a long-standing citizen complaint. Full story.

Mask Requirements to Ease, May 19

On May 19, masks will not be required for anyone outdoors. Indoors, masks are not required if you have been vaccinated. If you have not, masks are still required. Full story.

Letter to the Editor

We are reaching out to Walter Simpson, his family and all residents of Weston regarding the highly unfortunate circumstances and events Walter experienced in late 2019. Full story.

Police Board Confronted on 911 Call and Response

A 3-½ hour meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners on May 6 had one topic: a 911 call in November of 2019, the conduct of the Weston police officer who responded to the call, and the response by police authorities to a complaint by the subject of the 911 call. Full story.

Letter to the Editor

Our family wants to thank everyone who attended the Weston Board of Police Commissioners meeting to support us, raise awareness about racial bias, and break down the walls of systemic racism in policing. Full story.

To the Emotional Rescue: Flamingos

It’s hard to imagine a better feeling than waking up in the morning, looking out your window, and seeing proof positive that someone cares about you enough to arrange a visit from a flock of flamingos. Full story.

Police Commission Meeting Over-Zoomed, Rescheduled

Tuesday evening's meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners was called off after several members of the Board were stuck in the Zoom waiting room with members of the public, too many for the police Zoom account to handle. Full story.

Spaulding: “I Won’t Be Running Again”

First Selectman Chris Spaulding has decided against seeking another term in office when municipal elections are held toward the end of this year. Full story.

Budgets Approved by Referendum

All three budgets put before voters were approved in the May 1, 2021 Referendum. Full story.

Letter to the Editor

On November 21, 2019, Walter left his home and took the five-minute walk down to the corner where he waited for his 5-year old daughter’s bus to bring her home as he did every afternoon. Walter’s private road has one of those mailbox clusters you see on main roads, and he collected his mail on the way to the bus stop. Full story.

Covid-19 Metrics Show Significant Improvement

Covid-19 metrics in Weston, Fairfield County, and statewide have improved significantly in the past week. Fairfield County’s case rate has dropped below 20 for the first time since late October. Weston’s numbers are even better. Full story.

Memorial Day Parade Off, July 4th in Doubt

Hopes for a return this year to traditional Memorial Day weekend events will not be fulfilled. And while the Parks and Recreation department is exploring whether Fourth of July celebrations are possible, prospects for that event are in serious doubt. Full story.

State, Town Reopenings In Sight

A phase-out of business restrictions begins on May 1, all subject to continued improvement in Covid-19 case and vaccination rates. Meanwhile, Weston officials are planning to fully reopen Town Hall by early June. Full story.

Vaccinations Available at Walk-Ups

More than 50 locations in Connecticut, several in our area, now offer walk-up Covid-19 vaccinations. No appointment is needed during the hours they operate. Full story.

No ATBM Quorum, Referendum Vote on May 1

By our count, Saturday’s Annual Town Budget Meeting fell about 90 short of the 130 needed for the meeting to take place. Budget Referendum voting resumes on May 1. Full story.

Affordable Housing in Focus, and Blurred

Housing, zoning, and related proposed legislation were topics of considerable discussion this week in Weston, as three key boards met with state legislators and a Planning and Zoning Commission workshop focused on affordable housing. Full story.

New Redeemable Stations Open

Just in time for Earth Day, three new brightly colored stations have been installed at the Transfer Station where redeemable beverage containers can be deposited. Full story.

The Budget Meeting, Referendum, and Voting Absentee

This year's Annual Town Budget Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 at 2:00 pm at the high school football stadium. The Budget Referendum follows a week later. You can vote in the Referendum by absentee ballot. Full story.

Green Up Day, Saturday

Green Up Day, an annual spring community event, takes place on Saturday, April 24. At 10:00 am, volunteers meet behind Norfield Congregational Church, pick up lawn bags, and choose a road where litter that has accumulated over the winter months will be picked up. Full story.

Haskell Encourages Young People: Get Vaccinated

State Senator Will Haskell encourages young people in the state to register for appointments and get their shots. “It’s so critical that young people do their civic duty and sign up for the vaccine,” said the senator. Full story.

Legislators, Three Boards Meet on April 19

State Senators Will Haskell and Tony Hwang and Representative Anne Hughes will discuss pending legislation with members of three Weston boards on April 19. Full story.

Cub Scouts Livestream Pinewood Derby

Cub Scouts Pack 75 were determined to hold their Pinewood Derby this year, despite coronavirus. So they raced 18 cars virtually in the driveway of the pack’s committee chair. Full story.

Parks & Rec Summer Camps Registrations Open

Look no further than Weston’s own Parks and Recreation Department for excellent summer camp programs. Registration for the camps is open now. Programs often fill up quickly. Full story.

Vincelli on Storm Preparedness, April 17

On Saturday morning, April 17, Michael Vincelli of the Westport Weston Health District will discuss how to prepare for what is increasingly the inevitable: powerful storms that fell trees, block roads, and knock out power. Full story.

Affordable Housing Workshop Set for April 19

The Planning and Zoning Commission meets on Monday evening, April 19, for a special public workshop about the developing affordable housing plan. It starts at 7:30. Full story.

Board of Finance Sends Budgets to Town Vote

The Board of Finance approved reduced Town, school district, and capital budgets to put before the Annual Town Budget Meeting on April 24. If ultimately approved by voters, the budgets will likely result in a 1.7 percent mill rate increase. Full story.

A Patriots’s Day “Rendezvous with Rachel Revere”

On Friday evening, April 16, the Drum Hill chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution host a program about Rachel Revere, wife of Paul Revere, whose legendary midnight ride is commemorated every April on Patriots’ Day. Full story.

Joan Scott, 97

Joan Taylor Wisnieff Scott died peacefully at her home in Newtown Connecticut, surrounded by her loving family and the denizens of her private bird sanctuary, on a glorious Easter Sunday, April 4th 2021. She was 97. Full story.

April a “Tipping Point,” Says Dr. Gottlieb

April will be a Covid-19 “tipping point,” according to former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who appeared with Governor Ned Lamont at a press briefing on Monday. Full story.

Fairfield Comedy Club, Vans, Philoche Support Comedians

To support comedians who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fairfield Comedy Club partnered with sneaker company Vans and artist Guy Stanley Philoche to offer a limited edition line of Vans shoes and tee-shirts. Full story.

$1.5 Million Gift to Weston Historical Society

The Weston Historical Society has received gifts totaling $1.5 million from the Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust. Full story.

Haskell: Why the Bottle Bill Matters

In an op-ed, State Senator Will Haskell explains the rationale for a Bottle Bill update proposed in the Legislature, increasing the deposit on bottles and cans. Full story.

Friends of Lachat Propose New Agri-Culture Building

Plans for a proposed new building at Lachat Town Farm will be shared at a public meeting of the Lachat Town Farm Commission on Wednesday evening, March 31, at 6:00. Full story.

P.E.O. Scholarship Applications Open

Weston’s Chapter P of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) announces that scholarships up to $2,500 are available to college-bound women who reside in Weston, Redding or Easton. Full story.

Budget Hearing, ATBM, Referendum Dates Set

A Board of Finance public hearing on proposed budgets is set for Tuesday evening, March 30, at 7:00 on Zoom. The Town has also decided dates for the Annual Town Budget Meeting and Referendum. Full story.

Ages 16 and Up Vaccine-Eligible on April 1

Special provisions for 16 and 17 year-olds will be required, but on April 1, all Connecticut residents age 16 and above will be able to make appointments for Covid-19 vaccinations. Full story.

United Way Grant Helps Weston Families

A Covid Relief Grant from United Way of Coastal Fairfield County will help Weston Social Services provide emergency assistance and help keep families in stable homes. Full story.

Spread the Word: Let Blue Lights Pass

When you see flashing blue lights in a car, please safely move to the side of the road and let the vehicles pass. Full story.

Weston Ski Teams Excel in State Open

Weston High School ski teams excelled in what head coach Rich Fanning called an “epic” State Open competition. Full story.

Weston Pharmacy to Open, and the Latest About a Market

A new Weston Pharmacy is on its way to Weston Shopping Center. In an in-depth interview, the shopping center's manager also talks about bringing in a new market. Full story.

The Latest in Covid-19 Scams

Cash offers, claims about vaccine dangers, and fake vaccinators are the latest Covid-19 scams making the rounds in Connecticut. Full story.

Lamont Accelerates Vaccination Timetable

On Friday, March 19, the minimum eligible age for Covid-19 vaccination drops to 45. Full story.

EMS: If We Can’t Find You, We Can’t Help You

When an emergency happens, every second counts. Make sure your address is clearly visible on your mailbox or near your property entrance. Full story.

Lisa Wolak Named Schools Superintendent

Weston High School Principal Lisa Wolak has been selected to take the reins on July 1 as Superintendent of the Weston Public School District. Full story.

Weston Educators Complete First Vaccine Round

Following a second dedicated vaccination clinic, all school district teachers and staff have had the opportunity for their first vaccination shot. Full story.

Library Trustees Refute False Claims

The Library Board refutes misleading budget claims made in an email from an anonymous source purporting to be “advocates” for the Weston Public Library. Full story.

Haskell Takes Transportation Committee Chair

State Senator Will Haskell has been named Senate Chairman of the Transportation Committee of the General Assembly. Full story.

Restrictions Set to Relax on March 19

Beginning on March 19, capacity and travel restrictions are set to ease, as announced by Governor Ned Lamont on Thursday. Full story.

Help EMS Help You: Clear the Way

Although spring is almost upon us, winter may still rear its ugly head. It won’t come as a surprise if March brings us more snow. Full story.

Vaccinations Open for 55+, Restrictions to Ease

Covid-19 vaccination appointments will be available to those age 55 and above, adding about 600,000 Connecticut residents to the rolls of those who eligible.The governor is expected to ease some Covid restrictions. Full story.

Larry Roberts Selected as Communications Center Director

The Board of Selectmen voted to hire Larry Roberts, a 28-year resident, as director of Weston’s communications center. Full story.

Shea Frimmer Named to Playhouse Youth Council

Shea Frimmer, a Weston High School student, has been named to the newly-formed Westport Country Playhouse Youth Council. Full story.

Sidewalks: the Big Picture

Plans for a network of sidewalks in the center of town have developed piece by piece over several years. This is a catch-up on the big picture and where things stand. Full story.

Selectmen Send Slightly-Revised Budgets to Board of Finance

On February 25, the Board of Selectmen voted to send final budget requests to the Board of Finance with minor adjustments that brought the Town’s operating budget increase up slightly, from 2.73 percent to 2.82 percent. Full story.

Town Budget Request: Up 2.7%, Major Capital Items

The First Selectman's budget request for next fiscal year calls for a 2.7 percent increase in Town operating funds and significant investment in capital items. Full story.

Nils A. Kindwall, 97

Nils A. Kindwall of Jupiter, FL, died peacefully on February 15, 2021, surrounded by his loving family due to complications of post-polio syndrome. He was 97. Nils married the love of his life, Lucille Shore Kindwall in 1953. Full story.

55 and Up on March 1 as State Pivots

Faced with the complexities of an enormous and disparate population slated to become eligible for Phase 1B vaccinations in March, the state has pivoted. Full story.

Mary Kaddis, Vegan Baker, Entrepreneur

“There’s a myth that vegan food isn’t good, but vegan desserts prove that this couldn’t be farther from the truth,” says Mary Kaddis, Weston High School sophomore and founder of Oh My Vegan Bakery. Full story.

Sports Restrictions Ease, Vaccine Supply Grows

Connecticut’s Covid metrics continue to improve, so Governor Ned Lamont has eased restrictions on youth athletics. Full story.

Q&A with Congressman Jim Himes: a Recap

Congressman Jim Himes joined us for a live, 30-minute Q&A on Wednesday, February 17. Full story.

Dr. Van Gosse on African Americans in New England

Dr. Van Gosse reveals the little-known role of African Americans in the formative era of American democracy. Full story.

Lyn Mack, 67

Lyn Mack, 67, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away suddenly from acute peritonitis on Friday, January 29, 2021. Full story.

Lamont Gets the Shot, Enlists Faith Leaders

Governor Ned Lamont was given his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine this morning at a clinic in Bloomfield. Full story.

Cooking for the Chinese New Year

Thanks to the Weston Commission for the Arts and Chef Alison Milwe Grace, you can celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Ox with a traditional Chinese feast made in the comfort of your own home. Full story.

Agreement Near for Sale of Fromson-Strassler

A sale price for the Fromson-Strassler property has been agreed upon by the Town of Weston and the Aspetuck Land Trust. Other terms of the deal are expected to be resolved in the next few weeks. Full story.

Zegers Steps Down as Registrar

Mike Zegers, the Democratic Registrar of Voters highly regarded on both sides of the aisle, announced his resignation from the office effective February 14. Full story.

65 and Above Vaccine-Eligible on Thursday

Governor Ned Lamont announced today that Connecticut residents age 65 and above are eligible to make an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination beginning on Thursday, February 11. Full story.

Christopher Plummer: A Tribute from the Playhouse

The entire Playhouse family is deeply saddened at the loss of one of our staunchest supporters. Full story.

Joan Anne Weinstein, 85

Joan Anne Weinstein, a longtime resident of Weston, Connecticut, passed away on January 23, 2021 at Norwalk Hospital of Covid-19. Full story.

Cobb's Mill Inn Suitor Emerges

The latest expression of interest in purchasing Cobb’s Mill Inn emerged at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Monday, February 1. Full story.

Weston Schools to Receive Emergency Relief Funds

The Weston Public School district will receive $228,541 in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds released this week. Full story.

Sharon Shattuck, 76

Sharon Coleman Shattuck, of Weston, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2021. Full story.

Vaccination Clinic at Weston Senior Center Serves Over 200

A vaccination clinic at the Weston Senior Center on Thursday drew over 200 participants from Weston and nearby towns. Full story.

Lachat Kindness Bags for Children

Lachat Town Farm’s MLK Day of Service was a big success. Full story.

Board of Education Reduces Budget Request

Weston’s Board of Education approved a revised operating budget request on January 28, reducing the ask from a 3.81 percent increase to a 2.68 percent rise. Full story.

Peter's Market to Close

Peter’s Weston Market, a town institution, will close its doors by Sunday, January 31, a result of a long-standing eviction action. Full story.

75 and Up: How to Get the Vaccination

Those age 75 and above are currently eligible to arrange an appointment to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Full story.

Sen. Haskell on Zoom at Noon: a Recap

State Senator Will Haskell joined us for a live Q&A Zoom at Noon on Sunday, January 24. Full story.

Harvey F. Bellin, 76

Harvey Bellin, a longtime Weston resident, Democratic party stalwart, environmental activist, author, and television producer and director, passed away on January 22 at the age of 76. Full story.

Lamont Provides More Clarity on Phase 1B

In a press briefing today, Governor Ned Lamont provided more clarity about how Phase 1B of Covid-19 vaccinations will unfold over the next few weeks. Full story.

200 Additional Guard Troops Deploy to D.C.

Governor Ned Lamont authorized the deployment of an additional 200 members of the Connecticut National Guard to Washington, D.C. to ensure the peaceful transition of presidential power in the upcoming inauguration. Full story.

Show Your Work in a WestonArts Virtual Gallery

Weston artists of all ages and abilities can submit creative works for display in a WestonArts Virtual Art Gallery. Full story.

Lachat Day of Service Honors Dr. King

Lachat Town Farm honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the second annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 18. Full story.

Weston Real Estate: Still Hot

We invited top realtors from KMS Partners at Compass to another Zoom session for an update on Weston home sales. Full story.

Jane Ransom Gray, 93

Jane Ransom Gray, of Weston, passed away peacefully on November 18th, 2020, surrounded by family. Full story.

Dr. Jack G. Shiller, 92

Dr. Jack G. Shiller, a longtime Westport resident, died in his home in Redding, Connecticut on January 13, 2021. He was 92. Full story.

Vaccination Registration Opens for Age 75 and Up

Connecticut residents age 75 and up can now register with the state's Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Full story.

Administration Requests 3.81% Schools Budget Increase

Budget season officially began on January 7 at the Board of Education with a request by the school district administration for a 3.81 percent operating budget increase for fiscal year 2021-22. Full story.

Lamont Deploys Guard Troops to D.C.

At the request of United States National Guard officials, Governor Ned Lamont today authorized the deployment of more than 100 members of the Connecticut National Guard to Washington, D.C. to aid and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power. Full story.

EMS Gets the Vaccine, Urges Flu Shots

As many already are aware, the FDA recently issued Emergency Use Authorizations for Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer. Full story.

Rep. Hughes on Zoom at Noon, a Recap

State Representative Anne Hughes joined us for a live Q&A Zoom at Noon on Sunday, January 10. Full story.

Covid-19 UK Variant Present in Connecticut

Two cases of the new, highly transmissible variant of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Connecticut. The variant, B.1.1.7, was recently discovered in the United Kingdom. Full story.

Haskell Proposes Covid-19 Memorial

"I was five years-old on September 11, 2001 when my mom picked me up early from school and we drove to Sherwood Island State Park. We stared silently across the water and saw the smoke rising from lower Manhattan." Full story.

Improved AT&T Cell Coverage on the Way

A new cell tower will improve reception and coverage for AT&T mobile users when construction is finished in the spring. Full story.

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