2021 Stories

Test Kit Distribution Postponed as Supplier Fails to Deliver

Plans to distribute rapid Covid-19 test kits in Weston on Friday have been canceled, because one-half million kits ordered by the state were not delivered. Full story.

Access to Town Facilities Limited Anew

Faced with rapidly increasing Covid-19 infection rates, limits on access to Town facilities are again in effect. Full story.

Emmanuel Bonfire, January 8, for Warm Up Fund

The popular Emmanuel Community Bonfire is on again this year, scheduled for Saturday, January 8 at 5:00 pm. Full story.

State Provides Test Kits, Masks to Towns and Schools

Weston residents will be able to pick up two kits per household on Friday morning, December 31, from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Weston Intermediate School bus loop. Full story.

Covid-19: Where We Are

In this video report, the top officers of Weston, Easton, Redding, and the Westport Weston Health District discuss today’s sobering Covid-19 metrics. Full story.

Girl Scouts Donate “Blessing Bags”

In the spirit of generosity for all the holidays, Girl Scout troops of all ages put together over 100 “blessing bags” this month to help the homeless. Full story.

Senator Haskell: Legislative Review

This past year was undoubtedly full of challenges, both here in Connecticut and across the country. But 2021 was also notable for moments of community compassion, economic advancement and scientific progress. Full story.

Eversource Aerial Inspections in December

A helicopter over Weston later this month will be a unit deployed by Eversource to have a look at electricity transmission lines. Full story.

Weston Police Officer Steven Vichiola Sworn In

A new Weston Police officer, Steven Vichiola, was sworn in on December 8 at the Town Hall Meeting Room. Full story.

P&Z Opts Out of Detached Apartments Mandate

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Monday evening to exercise the town’s right to opt out of a state mandate to allow detached apartments on homeowner properties, “accessory dwelling units” that are physically separate from the main house. Full story.

Wynn Lambert, 93

Wynn Lambert, 93, of Palm Beach, Florida, peacefully passed away on December 3, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. Full story.

Gearing Up for Safe Winter Sports

While there is no way to completely prevent accidents on the slope or the ice, recognizing a head injury and having appropriate equipment are two ways to improve your outcome. Full story.

First Connecticut Omicron Case Confirmed

Connecticut has its first confirmed case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, a fully vaccinated Hartford County man in his 60s. Full story.

P&Z Hearing on Detached Apartments, Monday

A housing matter on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for Monday, December 6, features a public hearing, discussion, and possibly a decision on how Weston should respond to a new state zoning law. Full story.

PBA Toy Drive Features “Stuff a Police Humvee”

The annual toy drive by the Weston Police Benevolent Association is running now, with a fun event on tap for December 11, when families can “Stuff a Police Humvee” with gifts for children in need. Full story.

“Winter Fun Fest” at Westport Playhouse

The Westport Country Playhouse presents a family “Winter Fun Fest” on Saturday, December 4, the first community event conceived, organized, and run by the new Playhouse Youth Council. Full story.

Lamont: State Watching Omicron Closely

Connecticut health officials are closely watching developments with the Omicron variant of Covid-19, according to an announcement by Governor Ned Lamont. Full story.

Westport Playhouse Remembers Sondheim

During the summer of 1950, Stephen Sondheim was an apprentice at Westport Country Playhouse. He worked in a variety of capacities on 14 shows and appeared in a production of “The Life of the Party,” written by the Playhouse’s founder Lawrence Langner. Full story.

Chew on This: Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread man kits are available for order again this year from the Weston Women’s League, following a hugely popular debut in last year’s holiday season. Full story.

Police and Community Engagement Program, December 4

A Police Engagement Program program runs in Weston on December 4, focusing on de-escalation practices for officers and civilians and building trust. Full story.

Haskell Recognized for Student Debt Legislation

State Senator Will Haskell won national recognition on November 18 in the 2021 Ideas Challenge competition held by the NewDEAL organization. Full story.

Barbara Anne King Wins Adult Fiction Honors

“The Apple King,” a novel by Weston author Barbara Anne King, is the 2021 winner of the Connecticut Author Project Award for adult fiction. Full story.

Eversource, BBB Scam Alert

‘Tis the season for lots of things, including scams. Eversource and the Better Business Bureau urge you to be on the lookout for two that involve utility bills. Full story.

P&Z OKs Lily’s, Weston Gardens, Aspetuck Plans

The Planning and Zoning Commission gave a green light to special permit applications by Lily’s Weston Market and Aspetuck Valley Country Club in its November 15 meeting, and provided zoning confirmation sought by Weston Gardens. Full story.

Menorah Lighting, Chanukah Crafts, November 28

Weston’s annual Community Menorah Lighting Celebration takes place this year on Sunday evening at Weston Shopping Center. Full story.

Mark Twain Library Art Show, December 5–12

Redding’s Mark Twain Library presents its annual Art Show from December 5 through December 12 as both an in-person exhibition at the Library and an online gallery. Full story.

An Interesting Creature

There aren’t many white squirrels out there, not many people who have seen one, and fewer still who manage to get a picture. Full story.

MoCA Invites Entries by High School Artists

MoCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Westport, invites high school students to submit works of art for a 2022 High School Student Art Exhibition. Full story.

Blossom Hill Auction, November 19 – 30

The Blossom Hill Foundation holds its 12th annual auction from November 19 through November 30. This year, the auction has something for everyone with over 75 items on offer. Full story.

Holiday Trees and Wreaths from the Scouts

Fresh cut Christmas trees and hand-made balsam wreaths are available again this year from Weston’s Boy Scout Troop 788. Full story.

Weekday Devil’s Den Closings for Deer Hunt

Devil’s Den will be closed on nine weekdays in November and December as The Nature Conservancy conducts its annual deer hunt on the preserve. Full story.

Hospitals Seek to End Labor and Delivery Care

Guest Essay: State Representatives Anne Hughes and Susan Johnson ask: When did our expectations that hospitals exist to serve the public good drop so low? Full story.

About the Schools: Condition, Capacity, and Use

The condition, capacity, and utilization of Weston public schools are the focal points of an online “community conversation” on Wednesday, November 17 with Town and school district officials, members of a select committee, expert consultants, and the public. Full story.

Veterans Day Observed

Weston veterans were honored at a ceremony organized by the Town’s Veterans Affairs Committee at the Memorial Garden on November 11. Full story.

All Together Now! Starts on Friday

The curtain goes up for a memorable Weston High School Company production on Friday, November 12 with All Together Now!, featuring musical performances of great Broadway hits. Full story.

Selectmen, Boards and Commissions Sworn In

Newly-elected and reelected members of Weston boards and commissions were sworn in by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz at the Town Hall gazebo on November 9. Full story.

Eversource: Higher Winter Bills Coming

Eversource is warning residential consumers that significantly higher electric bills are on the way this winter. At the root of the problem: the increasing cost of natural gas. Full story.

Voters OK Lachat Agreement

115 qualified voters turned out for a Special Town Meeting on November 6 and unanimously approved an agreement between Friends of Lachat, the Town, and nearby homeowners. Full story.

Town Mask Mandate Lifted, Somewhat

This morning, First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor rescinded her emergency order mandating masks indoors in public settings, but the rules still apply in Town facilities, including Town Hall and the Weston Public Library. Full story.

United Nations Anniversary Celebrated

The 76th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations was observed on October 25 at a flag raising and ceremony at Town Hall. Full story.

Election Recap: What Changed, What Didn’t

First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor and Selectman Martin Mohabeer cruised to victory in Tuesday’s municipal election, garnering 66 and 65 percent of the vote respectively. Full story.

Covid Vaccine Available for Kids Age 5 to 11

Wasting no time after action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Ned Lamont announced on Tuesday evening that Covid-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5 to 11. Full story.

Election Results

Results of the Weston, Connecticut 2021 municipal elections. Full story.

Play Ball For All and Community Pitch In

A Sunday morning curbside food collection by Weston’s Play Ball For All program on October 31 brought in much-needed stock for the Weston Food Pantry. Full story.

An Official Welcome for Weston Pharmacy

The new Weston Pharmacy was officially welcomed in an event hosted by State Senator Tony Hwang and First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor on Saturday, October 30. Full story.

Town Elections, November 2

Voting in Weston’s municipal elections takes place on Tuesday, November 2, with nine offices on the ballot. Full story.

Lachat, Neighbors Reach Accord, Subject to Vote

An agreement aimed at resolving issues between Lachat Town Farm and nearby homeowners will be subject to a public vote at a Special Town Meeting on November 6. Full story.

Korean War Veterans Honored

Veterans of the Korean War were honored at a Town Hall ceremony led by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz on October 19. Full story.

Driving Advisory: Sunday Reservoir Run

Expect a few delays on some Weston roads on Sunday morning the 24th as hundreds of runners compete in the annual Reservoir Run Half Marathon and 5K. Full story.

UN Anniversary Ceremony, October 25

The 76th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations will be observed on Monday morning, October 25, at a flag raising and ceremony at Town Hall. Public attendance is welcome. Full story.

International Market and Festival, Saturday

An International Market and Festival at Lachat Town Farm set for Saturday, October 23 has received an enthusiastic response and has the potential to become a memorable annual event. Full story.

P&Z Creates Village District

On Tuesday evening, after again hearing from the public, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to adopt new zoning regulations that create a Village District in town center. The new regulations go into effect as soon as October 18. Full story.

Scenes from Founders Day

Weston celebrated the town’s 234th birthday on October 11 at the Founders Day event hosted by WestonArts. Full story.

Yale Alley Cats and New Paradigm Theatre, Sunday

The amazing Yale Alley Cats return to Emmanuel Church on Sunday, October 17. As a bonus, you get a sneak preview of The New Paradigm Theatre’s 2022 production. Full story.

Show Off Your Pumpkins

Brilliantly-carved jack-o’-lanterns will be lit up and on display at the second annual Jack O’Lantern Stroll at Weston Historical Society’s Coley Homestead on Sunday, October 24 from 2:00 to 5:00. Full story.

Fall Family Fun Afternoon, Saturday

Join family, friends, and neighbors in a Fall Family Fun Afternoon at the Unitarian Church in Westport on Saturday afternoon, October 16, from 2:00 to 5:00. Full story.

Founders Day Celebration, Monday, October 11

On Monday the 11th, Founders Day is a celebration of Weston’s 234 years and a look ahead to a bright future. Full story.

Jolantha: It All Started With Ebenezer and Abigail

But how did Jolantha come to be? Her history may surprise you. Hans Wilhelm and Judy Richardson tell you all about it. Full story.

October Proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On Thursday, First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in a ceremony on the front steps of Town Hall, joined by Suzanne Adam, executive director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, and Weston’s delegation to the Connecticut General Assembly. Full story.

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

The week of October 3 – 9 is Fire Prevention Week, so the Weston Volunteer Fire Department is promoting “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” this year’s public awareness campaign by the National Fire Protection Association. Full story.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, October 17

For the 27th year, the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk takes place at 10:00 on Sunday morning, October 17, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Full story.

State, Eversource Reach Isaias Settlement

Eversource will return $65 million to customers, set aside $10 million to assist others, and stabilize electric rates under terms of a settlement with the state. Full story.

Village District Hearing, October 4

In a hearing on Monday evening, establishment of a Village District to possibly increase commercial development is on the agenda for the Planning and Zoning Commission. Full story.

State Agencies Prepare for Staffing Shortages

Over 8,000 state employees have not, as of Thursday afternoon, proved they have complied with an order by Governor Ned Lamont to either be vaccinated or meet weekly Covid-19 testing requirements. They face a deadline of 11:59 pm on Monday to avoid being placed on unpaid leave. Full story.

Amy Weisman Honored by Forbes

Amy Weisman, Weston resident and Managing Director of business development at Sterling Investment Partners, is featured in a Forbes magazine “50 Over 50 Women in Finance” series. Full story.

Edward Nusbaum Recognized in Best Lawyers

Weston resident Edward Nusbaum, a Westport-based family law attorney, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America publication for 2022. Full story.

Reception Set for Weston Photography Exhibit

A reception on October 2 celebrates an exhibit, currently on display in the Library's Community Room, of 90 works by eleven talented Weston photographers. Full story.

Weston Women’s League Open House, Trunk or Treat

The Weston Women’s League's popular Halloween Trunk or Treat event returns on October 24. Before that, the League holds an outdoor open house on October 5, welcoming members and guests in the spirit of friendship, community, and volunteerism. Full story.

Weston by Air

Come fly with us. Enjoy scenes of beautiful Weston from way up in the sky. Full story.

Honors for Retiring Librarian Nancy Lincoln

Weston Public Library’s leadership, Board, Friends and patrons bid a fond farewell on Sunday to Senior Librarian Nancy Lincoln, who has retired after 37 years of serving the community and library she loves. Full story.

Lamont Requests Extension of Public Emergency

Governor Ned Lamont today called the General Assembly into special session beginning September 27 for the sole purpose of renewing the Covid-19 declaration of public health and civil preparedness emergencies. Full story.

Democrats Honor Chris Spaulding

Former First Selectman Chris Spaulding was honored at a Democratic Town Committee event on Sunday, proclaimed Democrat of the Year, and praised by local and state leaders. Full story.

Fromson-Strassler: Sold

Weston voters overwhelmingly approved sale of the Fromson-Strassler property to Aspetuck Land Trust in the voting portion of a Special Town Meeting. Full story.

Annette Jensen Sandstrom, 107

Annette Jensen Sandstrom, 107, of Wallingford, wife of the late Ejnar “Sandy” Sandstrom, died on September 13, 2021 at Masonicare of Wallingford, CT. The cause was cancer. Full story.

Workshop Set to Discuss Eversource, DOT Herbicides

Eversource and the Connecticut Department of Transportation have been invited to an October Town workshop about herbicides, and a special program about water runs in September at Lachat. Full story.

Jazz with Vince Giordano at Roaring 20s Lawn Party

Jazz great Vince Giordano and his Traditional Jazz Ensemble performs live with special guests at a Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Weston Historical Society on Saturday, September 25 from 2:00 to 6:00. Full story.

Fromson-Strassler Vote, Saturday

A public vote takes place on Saturday, September 18, on the proposed sale of the Fromson-Strassler property to Aspetuck Land Trust. Full story.

Family Fun Carnival, October 2–3

The annual Family Fun Carnival at St. Francis of Assisi Church runs, rain or shine, on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3 from noon to 6:00 each day. Full story.

MoCA Admission Free for a Year

Admission to Westport's MoCA gallery (the Museum of Contemporary Art) is free for one year, thanks to a gift by an anonymous donor. Full story.

Weston Author Launches New Novel, September 21

A new novel by Weston author Heather Frimmer launches on Tuesday, September 21 in a forum at the Wesport Library at 7:00 pm. Full story.

9/11 Community Memorial Honors Those Weston Lost

A 9/11 Community Memorial was held this morning on the front steps of Town Hall in remembrance of Weston residents who perished in the terrorist attacks twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001. Full story.

Norfield Grange Fair and Market, Sunday

On Sunday, September 12, the annual Norfield Grange Fair takes place, featuring live music, contests, food, beverages, kids games, and a mystery raffle. Full story.

Norfield Church Bible School Camp a Success

During the week of August 16, the first-ever Norfield Vacation Bible School Camp at Norfield Congregational Church brought together 24 campers aged 3 to 11. Full story.

Special Town Meeting: Fromson-Strassler Sale

On Thursday evening, September 9, a Special Town Meeting will convene on the front steps of Town Hall to discuss the proposed sale of the town-owned Fromson-Strassler property to Aspetuck Land Trust. Full story.

Lachat Giving Garden Gives

With a harvest of 225 pounds of vegetables and eggs this week, Lachat Town Farm’s Giving Garden hit a milestone: 3,000 pounds of nutrient-dense food donated to neighbors facing food insecurity in just over one year. Full story.

Senator Hwang: Greetings for a New School Year

A new school year provides a fresh start or new beginning for students, staff and the whole community. This year in particular, the anticipation of what the world will look like not only today but ten months from now is giving a heightened sense of emotion for everyone. Full story.

Great American Relay Commemorates 9/11, Raises Funds

On September 13, Weston resident Jeffrey Wollman takes the baton on Stage 27 of the Great American Relay, which crosses the country to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and raise funds. Full story.

WHS Captain’s Circle Leans In

The Weston High School Captain’s Circle took part in a leadership and team-building program at the high school cafeteria on August 24 to support the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club. Full story.

Letter to the Editor: Selectman Martin Mohabeer

I would like to begin by offering my thanks to First Selectwoman Nestor, Selectman Grozinger, and the town of Weston for giving me this chance to serve on the Board of Selectmen. Full story.

Emmanuel Church Family Fair Returns

Making a comeback, the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Family Fair runs in Weston on Saturday, September 18. Full story.

Lily’s Weston Market on Its Way, Pharmacy Too

Lily’s Weston Market will open in the near future at Weston Shopping Center, and Weston Pharmacy is on track to open in early September. Full story.

Selectmen Appoint Mohabeer, Set Fromson-Strassler Vote

On August 19, the Board of Selectmen appointed Martin Mohabeer to the Board, heard from the public about the proposed sale of the Fromson-Strassler land, and set dates for a Special Town Meeting and machine vote on that matter. Full story.

Patricia Beran, 87

Patricia Pettigrew Beran, a beautiful spirit whose compassion and brilliance touched so many lives across her eighty-seven years, has been lifted heavenward. Full story.

Mask Mandate in Town, Vaccination Orders for State Workers

Joining neighboring towns, First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor today issued a mandate that face coverings be worn indoors in Weston’s public spaces. Yesterday, Governor Lamont made vaccinations mandatory for state employees and school staff. Full story.

On the Agenda

The Board of Selectmen agenda for Thursday evening, August 19 includes a vote on filling a vacancy on the Board and hearing from the public about the possible sale of Fromson-Strassler. Full story.

Explore Valley Forge on Saturday, August 21

You can enjoy scenic Valley Forge Road on Saturday morning, August 21, when the road is closed to motorized vehicles from 9:00 to 11:30. Full story.

Third Doses Advised, Available for Immune-Compromised

The state’s vaccine program will administer third doses of Covid-19 vaccines to those whose immune systems are moderately or severely compromised. Governor Ned Lamont made the announcement on Saturday evening. Full story.

Builders Beyond Borders Enrollments Open

Builders Beyond Borders, the organization that gives students a unique opportunity for personal growth and a chance to build a better world, has selected its 2022 destination and is ready to accept enrollments. Full story.

Nancy Samson Cohen, 56

Nancy Samson Cohen of Weston, Connecticut, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and community leader died peacefully on August 3, 2021. Full story.

Onion Barn Improvements Underway

Long-standing persistent flooding and mud problems at the Onion Barn are soon to be a thing of the past. Full story.

Weston and “Life in the Twenties” on Display

A new exhibition at Weston Historical Society not only takes a look back at Weston and the nation a century ago, it also cleverly illustrates how much has changed and how much hasn’t. Full story.

Selectmen Schedule Fromson Hearing, Fill Vacancies

Last Thursday evening, the Board of Selectmen voted to hold a public hearing regarding the proposed sale of the town-owned Fromson-Strassler property. The Board also filled vacancies on three key bodies. Full story.

Mark Twain Library Book Fair, Labor Day Weekend

The 60th annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair takes place on Labor Day weekend, welcoming book lovers and collectors from near, far, and wide. Full story.

Towns Can Tighten Mask Rules, No Word Yet on Schools

Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order on August 5 giving Connecticut cities and towns the ability to adopt policies about mask-wearing that go beyond the state’s minimum requirements. Full story.

YMCA Offers Parkinson’s Program

This fall, the Westport Weston Family YMCA offers a Parkinson’s Disease Body and Mind program aimed at reducing symptoms and improving quality of life for those living with the disease. Full story.

Devil's Den Reopens, Gently

With little fanfare, Devil’s Den reopened on Sunday. For at least the time being, the preserve is now open every day from sunrise to 5:00 pm. Full story.

Samantha Nestor Takes Office

Samantha Nestor was sworn in as First Selectwoman this morning at Town Hall. The oath was administered by Town Clerk Donna Anastasia at 10:00, when the resignation of First Selectman Chris Spaulding became effective. Full story.

Paving Starts Ahead of Schedule

Road paving began today, a bit earlier than expected. All or part of eight roads are set for full milling and paving. Full story.

First Selectman Spaulding Makes it Official

On July 28, the Board of Selectmen accepted the resignation of Chris Spaulding as First Selectman, effective on Monday, August 2. Full story.

Democrats Endorse Nestor, Mohabeer

Announcing its slate of candidates for this year’s municipal elections, the Democratic Town Committee has endorsed Selectwoman Samantha Nestor for the office of First Selectman and Martin Mohabeer for a seat on the Board of Selectmen. The committee also named candidates for boards and commissions that will appear on this year’s ballot. Full story.

Spaulding to Resign as First Selectman

Citing health concerns, First Selectman Chris Spaulding will resign from office at a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, July 28. His resignation will be effective Monday, August 2. Full story.

Noel Villepigue Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

Noel Justin Villepigue, a Weston High School sophomore and member of Weston Boy Scout Troop 788, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement and rank attainable. Full story.

Play With Your Food at Lachat

Play With Your Food, the playreading series popular everywhere in Fairfield County, comes to Lachat Town Farm on Saturday evening, August 7. Full story.

Weston Police Seek Patrol Officer Hire

The Weston Police Department is looking to hire a new Patrol Officer. Applications are currently being accepted. Full story.

EMS Offers Training for New Volunteers

Weston’s all-volunteer EMS, always on the lookout for new members, holds a training course this fall for those eager to step up and serve. Full story.

Play Ball For All Scores with Summer Youth Clinic

On July 24, Weston’s “Play Ball For All” hosted a summer youth baseball and bonding clinic to be benefit youth from the Child Guidance Center Of Mid Fairfield County. Full story.

Republicans Endorse Brendsel, Jenner

The Republican Town Committee has endorsed Kirby Brendsel for the office of First Selectman and Amy Jenner for a seat on the Board of Selectmen. Full story.

Democrats Turn Out to Support Nestor, Mohabeer

Democrats turned out on Saturday for a fundraiser organized by Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz to support the campaigns of Selectwoman Samantha Nestor and Martin Mohabeer. Full story.

The Children of Joan Weinstein, on Vaccinations

In February, we published the obituary of Joan Weinstein, a longtime Weston resident who died of Covid-19 at the age of 85. Six months later, her daughters and son have a message about vaccinations. Full story.

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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