About Town

This past week has seemed like being on an enormous roller coaster.

From the depths of despair to the just plain gorgeousness of blue sky and surroundings of light bright greens!

We lost a Westonite, my neighbor of 40 years. He battled C.O.P.D. valiantly, for quite some time.

He was everything a good neighbor should be. A man of action. Didn't mince words. But always with a twinkle in his eye.

Nowadays everything medical seems to take a backseat to the COVID-19 pandemic. But let us not forget the victims and sufferers of countless other maladies.

Amidst these crises, though, there are glimmers of hope and good news.

The Governor’s Executive Orders have been beneficial. And Town boards, commissions, and committees now hold meetings online only.

In the past few weeks I’ve “visited” various additional governmental entities virtually. And posted my reports on my website (see the link below this column).

The Town of Weston website makes it possible for ordinary citizens to watch every second of municipal meetings from home! And notices of these meetings are available on the Town website for all to read, now including relevant backup documents.

The Boards of Selectmen and Finance are dealing with the challenges of making life in Weston continue smoothly under the present unique circumstances. Watching online you get to see expressions of their emotions or just hear the pain in their voices better than you ever did at a live meeting!

The Police Commission doesn’t fool around! No nonsense, just the facts! And nothing beats the Building Committee for attention to detail. They know their stuff!

I find that Planning and Zoning meetings are more informative watched online than in person. Why? The main reason is the ready availability of backup documents which can be downloaded.

Facilities Optimization was into virtual meetings all along. And now the Beautification Committee has made its start! With ZBA scheduled to have a Public Hearing on May 26th.

As for Building Committee, they will have to soldier on without the expert leadership of Chairman Allen Swerdlowe. He is moving.

When I last interviewed Allen for my “About Town” cable TV program he spoke at length of the importance of urban design. That having special relevance to Weston’s future, with the central part of town slated to be linked by walkways and sidewalks. These to include places to pause, rest, and reflect upon the gorgeous community we all know and love.

A Public Hearing on the 2020 Town Plan of Conservation and Development is coming. It will be conducted virtually, of course, on Saturday June 6, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Be sure to review the draft Plan (now available at westonct.gov) in advance of the Hearing. I suggest that you especially focus on what is being recommended for the center of Town.

“About Town” is also a television program. It appears on Fridays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Cablevision Channel 88 (Public Access). Or see it at www.aboutweston.com.

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