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Volume III

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A call for action on gun violence, a groundbreaking at Lachat, progress on the Town Green.

Covid Reports

Updated Friday, May 27.  Our latest charts depict where things stand. New reports every weekday evening.

Weston Weather

Our forecast system sees no issues for Monday's parade. Cloudy, but 75º when it starts. Higher temps later.

Leaders Call for Action on Gun Violence

Mobilizing to take action on gun violence was the theme of a public press conference at Town Hall on Thursday morning, two days after a mass shooting in Texas.

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Memorial Day Weekend: a Preview

Memorial Day Weekend traditions make a comeback this year. We have details (including a day change for Red, White & Blues), and a fond look back.

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Stage Set for the 5K Road Race

After months of planning, one of the most popular Memorial Day activities jumpstarts the long weekend: the annual 5K race. Preparation began shortly after the new year.

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Softball Team Ends Season with a Win

The Weston High School softball team's season of ups and downs ended on a high note, with an 8-1 win over New Fairfield on May 20.

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Communications Center Renovated

Weston’s vital emergency communications center is completely renovated, thanks to efforts by volunteers who pitched in labor.

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Art of Julia Weist in Solo Exhibition

An exhibition by artist Julia Weist, Weston High School 2002, is on display at a gallery in lower Manhattan. Her work is already in permanent collections around the world.

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Ground Broken at Lachat for New Center

Friends of Lachat broke ground on Sunday for the farm’s new Daniel E. Offutt Education Center. Friends president Carol Baldwin put the first shovel in the ground.

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Going for the Green

A Town Green could become a reality soon, as fundraising efforts are in full swing with hopes for community contributions to take the effort across the finish line.

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People in the News

Weston High School graduate Kathleen Murphy successfully completed four years of academic, physical, and professional military training, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County announced the appointment of Margo Amgott as interim president and CEO.

Congressman Himes Visits Lily's, Walks the Sidewalks Path

Congressman Jim Himes popped in to the new market on Friday and walked the sidewalks path with the First Selectwoman. We tagged along.

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Obituaries

Beverly Gerber, 86, a longtime Weston civic leader, died peacefully on May 11 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Full obituary.

Aviation titan and tilt-rotor pioneer Leonard M. Horner, known as Jack, passed away on April 26 at the age of 95 from natural causes. Full obituary.

Previous obituaries

Susan Granger on Stage and Screen

Downton Abbey: A New Era, Anatomy of a Scandal, and A Very British Scandal. A reunion at the Crawley’s, a provocative courtroom thriller, and a notorious sex scandal rivets Britain.

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Cool Down in Your Own Backyard Oasis

Sponsored by Bross Chingas Bross

Bross Chingas Bross is highlighting two special listings, each with a pool, available in Weston. Create the summer of your dreams with your own private oasis.

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Zinc, the Wonder Mineral!

Sponsored by Dr. Chandwani

Zinc is a trace metal which plays a very important role in immune response, growth and the functioning of the neurological system. Additionally, Zinc has a positive effect on absorption of vitamins, mainly Vitamin A.

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KMS Partners: House of the Week

Sponsored by KMS Partners at Compass

Designed by award-winning architect Peter Cadoux, this custom-built masterpiece combines grandeur with comfort. Endless details in an excellent location make this a must-see.

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Dryer Fires: An Unseen Risk

Sponsored content

Many people overlook their dryer vent as a component of their home that needs to be maintained on a regular basis. The primary risk is dryer fires.

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Girls Golf Team Aims for the Championship Tournament

Weston High School’s Girls Golf team is preparing for their next match, right at the edge of qualifying for the championship tournament.

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EMS Honors Noteworthy Contributions

Weston EMS honored members who made noteworthy contributions in the past year at its annual award dinner on May 17, coinciding with National EMS Week.

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Voters to Decide Use of Federal Funds

Weston voters will decide in the next few weeks how to spend slightly over $3 million in federal funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

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Letters to the Editor

The most recent letter is in regard to the draft Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade. Previous letters have to do with the budget referendum, Margaret Wirtenberg, and the dog park.

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Notices

In Notices, the Democratic Town Committee seeks candidates for several important Town boards, commissions, and committees. Also, links to the Know Your Town Directory.

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Paint The Town Red, White & Blues

The Red, White & Blues music festival put on by WestonArts has always been a highlight of the Memorial Day Fair. This year's edition promises to continue the streak.

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5K Road Race Returns, May 28

The Weston 5K Road Race returns to kick off Memorial Day weekend on May 28 after a two-year absence due to you-know-what. Runners, walkers, kids, and volunteers can sign up now.

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Newtown Turnpike Section Closing for About a Month

A section of Newtown Turnpike will be closed for about a month so work can be done to remediate an eroded roadside slope.

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Paving Plans Set, More Funds Committed

Town spending on road paving this year will come in at just under $1.2 million, more than double what was spent annually just a few years ago. Six roads are in the plan.

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A Voice from Kyiv

A video interview with Nastya Popandopulos, a young professional in Kyiv, Ukraine. With passion and at times with remarkable humor, Ms. Popandopulos speaks of life in Kyiv before the Russian invasion, and today.

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The Town Greets Lily’s Weston Market

Management and staff at Lily’s Weston Market were eager and ready for the grand opening on Saturday, May 14. So was the town. Scenes from the grand opening.

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Evergreen Dance, June 4, Supports ADAP

The popular Evergreen Dance for 9th and 10th graders returns this year, a major fundraiser for ADAP, Weston’s local prevention council.

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Update: Mill Rate, Sidewalks, PFAS

In the past few days, the mill rate has been set, the Town Administrator has reported progress on sidewalks, and the First Selectwoman has updated the town on PFAS.

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Lamont Statement on Buffalo Mass Shooting

“What makes this mass shooting much worse is the hate at the heart of it,” said Governor Ned Lamont in a statement regarding the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo, NY.

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Perspective on the State Budget

In a guest essay, State Senator Will Haskell says headlines about the new State budget “fail to capture the full picture” of how it “has something for every generation.”

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Weston Artist's “Weir Inspired” Exhibition to Open

A collection of paintings by Weston artist Bobbi Eike Mullen, inspired by Wilton’s Weir Farm National Historical Park, will be exhibited from May 24 to June 29 in Ridgefield.

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Lily’s Weston Market Opens on May 14

Lily’s Weston Market will open at 8:00 am on Saturday, May 14. Shelves are being stocked, produce is set to arrive, and everything is good to go. Festivities are planned.

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Budgets Approved by Referendum

All three budgets were approved by wide margins in the May 7 referendum, with voter turnout rebounding some from last year's low.

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Photography Club Exhibits on Display

A new exhibition by the Weston Library Photography Club, “Texture–Line–Shape,” is now on display, with an opening reception set for May 14.

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50th Reunion for First WHS Classes

A special reunion on June 18 celebrates the Weston High School classes of 1971, 1972, and 1973, the school's first classes and graduates.

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April Property Transfers

18 Weston properties changed hands in April, slightly more than a typical year, not counting the 34 in April of 2021. Total sales: $18,308,822. Median sale price: $1 million.

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Governor Lamont Drops By, Shops Local

“There’s a great spirit in this town!” declared Governor Ned Lamont, after a whirlwind walk around the town center with First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor on Thursday evening.

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Leonard M. Horner, 95

Aviation titan and tilt-rotor pioneer Leonard M. Horner, known as Jack, passed away on April 26 from natural causes. His influence on innovations shaped commercial and military aviation.

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Girls Track Take 3rd at O’Grady Relays

The Weston girls track team came prepared to show they are a force to be reckoned with, as Danbury High School hosted the 40th annual O’Grady Relays on a newly refurbished track.

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Jerry Price Goodwin, 83

Jerry Price Goodwin passed away on Friday, April 22 at age 83 in Danbury. He was a longtime resident of Weston and New York City and a “wonderful friend of Lachat Town Farm.”

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P&Z Hearing on Detached Apartments, May 2

The Planning and Zoning Commission takes public comment on Monday, May 2 regarding new regulations that would allow detached apartments, aka ADUs.

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Prescription Drug Take Back, 24/7

Unwanted, unused, and expired medications can be disposed of safely and anonymously in the Police Department lobby. Every day, around the clock.

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Sports Clubs Get a Break From the Selectmen

Four Weston sports clubs were given relief by the Selectmen, who voted to forego payments the clubs have been making for almost 15 years.

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Richard Keene Troxell, 92

Richard Keene Troxell, 92, of Weston passed away peacefully at his home on April 19. A 50-year resident, he and wife Jackie are beloved members of Norfield Congregational Church.

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Weston Yesterday: a New Market

We thought we were the first to bring news of a new market in Weston. But now it seems the Norwalk Gazette got there before us.

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Lily’s Weston Market, Opening in May

Lily’s Weston Market is set to open in early May, with almost everything about the place brand new. For the next few weeks, all that remains are finishing touches.

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All-Girls Robotics Team Seek World Title

Weston will be represented at the VEX Robotics World Championship tournament in May by a team of eighth-grade girls, who qualified in the regional competition.

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Jared King Earns Master of Science Degree

Jared King, son of Roger and Barbara King, received a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California on March 25.

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Lachat Building Fundraising Enters the Home Stretch

Friends of Lachat are within reach of a $1 million fundraising goal, and hope a bit more support from the community will help cross the finish line before a June 30 deadline.

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Toni Boucher Announces State Senate Run

Former State Senator Toni Boucher announced her candidacy for a return to representing the 26th State Senate district in the Connecticut General Assembly.

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Candidate Profile: Alexander Burns

Alexander Burns, a member of the Weston Planning and Zoning Commission, is a Republican candidate for the Connecticut House of Representatives.

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Eight Eagle Scouts in Class of 2022

Weston High School’s Class of 2022 now counts eight Eagle Scouts among its classmates. Four of the Eagles started as Tiger Cubs at Hurlbutt Elementary School.

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Ken Bernhard Ends State Senate Campaign

Westport attorney Ken Bernhard has ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 26th State Senate district seat currently held by Will Haskell.

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Weston Warm-Up Offers Help, Asks for Some Too

The Weston Warm-Up Fund stands ready to assist residents whose heating bills accumulated over the winter and became burdensome. The Fund continues to rely on strong community support.

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It's Tick Season, so Repel, Check, and Remove

With warming temperatures, the tick population is increasing and becoming more active. The Aspetuck Health District director suggests ways to avoid tick-borne illness.

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Young Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes on the World

An Odyssey of the Mind team of fourth and fifth graders took second at the Connecticut state championships. Next up: the World Championships at Iowa State University.

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Probate Judge Lisa Wexler Seeks Reelection

Lisa Wexler has announced her bid for reelection as Westport–Weston district Probate Judge. “Being your probate judge for the last nine years has been a great privilege,” she said.

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Public Briefed on PFAS

In a March 28 public information session regarding PFAS found in the Town-run water system, residents were brought up to date by Town, school district, and health officials. The discussion also touched on the subject of homeowner wells.

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Valley Forge Road Detours, in April

A portion of Valley Forge Road will be closed for at least one month beginning on or around April 4, from Godfrey Road East to Davis Hill Road. Slope degradation has become critical on a section of Valley Forge.

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“Forever Chemicals” Found in Town, School District Water

Tests of the system that supplies water to school buildings and the municipal campus revealed the presence of PFAS, enough to prompt remediation and a public information session.

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Weston by Air

Perhaps the most dazzling feature of Weston is Weston itself. If only we could see it from way up in the sky. Well, we can. In only eleven minutes, on video. Come fly with us.

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Lachat Building Makes Way for the New

In a head start on spring construction of a new educational center at Lachat Town Farm, the project began in earnest this morning with demolition of an old three-bay garage.

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Dog Park Plan Referred to Commissions

A scaled-down dog park plan was referred to the Planning and Zoning and Conservation commissions by the Board of Selectmen on March 3, while opposition to the project took a new turn.

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Candidate Profile: Ceci Maher

Ceci Maher, a Wilton resident, seeks the Democratic party’s nomination for election to the redrawn 26th Senate district. “We need to create the future Connecticut that makes us a desirable place to live and work,” said Ms. Maher.

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Back in Focus: the Dog Park

A proposal to build a dog park in Weston is back in focus nearly four years after the project was approved by voters, which appeared to settle the matter, but did not.

Where the Selectmen stand on moving the project ahead varies.

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Rep. Hughes Seeks Reelection

State Representative Anne Hughes declared her candidacy for a third term in the General Assembly, having first been elected to the House in 2018. The district includes Weston, Redding, and over half of Easton.

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Waterwise

In a new series of articles, we draw upon recent work by Sustainable Weston and others to focus on steps homeowners can take to protect our water. The series begins with an introductory perspective and Part 1, “Rainfall as a Resource.”

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“The Year of the Black Water Tiger”

We proudly present “The Year of the Black Water Tiger,” a story inspired by old Korean folk tales, about change, kindness, and courage.

“In a time when tigers smoked, there lived a little girl and a little boy …”

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Kindergarten Registration Opens

Children who will turn five years of age on or before January 1, 2023 are eligible to begin kindergarten in the fall.

Online registration is now open.

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Election Complaint Dismissed, “No Factual Basis”

A state commission dismissed a complaint filed against the Town, but costs borne by taxpayers continue to rise for legal fees and hundreds of staff hours spent responding to an avalanche of records demands.

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Weston Real Estate: The Latest

In a new update on Weston real estate, realtors from KMS Partners describe a still-hot market. It's a good time for sellers, but a competitive time for buyers. And a key factor has changed.

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Jolantha: It All Started With Ebenezer and Abigail

A pig named Jolantha lives on Kellogg Hill Road, always dressed for the occasion. She has taken on a life of her own with each passing year as a charming Weston icon. Her history may surprise you.

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