Weston, Connecticut    |    June 22, 2018

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The Godfrey house at Lachat

Board of Finance approves SRO funds.

Special Town Meeting, July 19.

Plans to expand Firehouse No. 1 for EMS quarters take a major step forward.

Lachat's popular Farmers Market opened for the season.

P.J. Pacifico to perform at Music At The Barn.

Weston Weather

Flowers. Pretty.

Sunday: Very warm, overcast, a few sprinkles in the morning. High: 87° (4pm). 71° at 8am, 79° at 8pm.

Monday: Nice, still quite warm. High: 88° (2pm). 75° at 8am, 80° at 8pm.

Rain on Tuesday, but the rest of the week looks quite nice, with temps in the low 80s.

Our Back Pages

Antiques

Recently we reported on whether Weston will join a growing trend to ban plastic bags in stores. The next installment of our popular "News From Other Westons" is coming soon. In the meantime, read all about lovely Weston, Wisconsin. Find other articles, including those from earlier in the year, here, and thanks for reading Weston Today.

Board of Finance Approves SRO Funding

The Board of Finance reconvened on Thursday evening, July 12, to rule on a request to allocate $158,220 for an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) and increased police overtime to patrol the "Mile of Safety."

It passed, but not without a fight. Continue reading for the story. If you make it all the way to the end, you earn your Policy Wonk card and learn about extra money coming to town.

Voter Registration Session, July 31

It's an election year, and there is a primary on August 14.

The Registars of Voters are holding a special voter registration session on July 31.

Please continue reading for details about the session, registering to vote, or making sure you are already registered.

Weston Needs You

Several opportunities exist to serve the community on town committees.

Terms are expiring or vacancies exist on the Children and Youth Commission, Board of Ethics, Historic District Commission, Sustainability Committee, Veteran's Affairs, and the Weston Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission.

If you would like to help out, contact the First Selectman’s Office at (203) 222-2656 or by email. Click here for the legal notice.

Special Town Meeting July 19 for Lachat Lease

A Special Town Meeting will be held at 6:45 pm on Thursday, July 19 to determine whether the town should lease a Lachat Town Farm building to the Friends of Lachat, Inc., who would in turn sublease it to a resident farm manager. The meeting will take place at the Town Hall Meeting Room.

This will be a show-of-hands style vote and will probably run about 45 minutes. As always, bring ID.

Continue reading for the full story and details.

EMS Plan Advances

EMS leadership returned to the Board of Selectmen to report that written commitments have been obtained for donations totalling $500,000 and that EMS would provide an additional $250,000 to fund an expansion of Firehouse No. 1.

Under the plan, the Town would fund less than half the cost of the construction, which would provide a base of operations and quarters for EMS crews.

Continue reading for the full story.

P.J. Pacifico At The Barn

Singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico returns to Weston for "Music at The Barn" on Sunday, July 22 at 5:30 pm at the Weston Historical Society's Coley Homestead at 104 Weston Road.

Mr. Pacifico, a recording artist for Viper Records, is known in indie music circles for his serene brand of introspective folk and pop, and for music for television and films. Continue reading for details about the concert and admission.

Farmers Market Opens

The Farmers Market at Lachat Town Farm opened for the season on Friday, June 29 to a large turnout.

There were food vendors, artisans, food trucks, and musical performances. The market runs on the last Friday of each month through October.

We have one of our famous, exclusive, thrilling and moving 2-1/2 minute video reports for you. All the highlights. You can see it here. Enjoy.

First Selectman's Update

It is mid-year, roughly six months into the term of the current Board of Selectmen.

We invited First Selectman Chris Spaulding to report to you directly on what the Board has accomplished so far and a sense of what they continue to work on.

We are pleased that Dr. Spaulding accepted the invitation. Click or touch here to read his report.

Board of Finance Delays SRO Decision

The last stop for a proposal to increase school security was the Board of Finance, which took up the matter in its June 14 meeting. Things did not go smoothly.

By the end of an often contentious discussion, the Board voted to defer a final decision until its next session, currently scheduled for July 12.

Continue reading to learn more about the Board's concerns, how the Police Department and school officials responded, and what will likely happen next.

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So Far So Good. You've Been Terrific!

We are a few months into this, and couldn't be happier with the response and support we have received. Thanks so much for reading.

We send emails every few days to make sure you know what's going on. If you would like to join the list, please let us know by email. We won't share your contact information with anyone, and we won't spam you. Thanks again.

Interview with Chris Spaulding

We recently sat down with First Selectman Chris Spaulding for an in-depth interview. We thought you would like to know a bit more about him and his plans.

Read all about how the First Selectman intends to maximize Weston's unique appeal, address its challenges, capitalize on its opportunities, and build for the future.

We present the interview in three parts. Click or tap here to give it a read. Enjoy.

Recreation Bulletin

Parks and Recreation has a number of programs running through the summer, and we want to help them help you keep up-to-date.

You can find the latest updated bulletin here. Major events are also included in our Community Calendar and kept current. Bookmark worthy? You decide.

Enjoy. And have a great summer.

Memorial Day Parade Highlights

You didn't get a chance to see the Memorial Day parade if you were in it or stayed home. Science! But you can catch all the before, during, and after festivities in our 5-1/2 minute highlights video.

Click or touch here for all the exciting scenes. And the unexciting ones.

Memorial Day Fair Highlights

This year's Memorial Day Fair was like no other, unless you've been to a Memorial Day Fair before. Our 2-1/2 minute highlight reel captures everything but the taste of Kiwanis hot dogs.

Click or touch here for this very moving video. So to speak.

Memorial Day 5K Road Race Highlights

You can watch our 2-minute highlight reel of this year's 5K Road Race or you can start training for next year's run. Your call. (You can do both, of course.)

Click or touch here for our exclusive, awesome, and inspiring video report.