Weston, Connecticut    |    June 22, 2018

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There's a new sergeant in town.

Big library gift.

A coyote caution.

Kiwanis Dog Jamboree a hit.

Westonites remember Woodstock.

Free iPhone app for high school sports.

Weston Weather

Monday: Getting cool. Windy, partly to mostly cloudy. High: 68° (2pm). 54° at 8am, 62° at 8pm.

Tuesday: Rain likely all day. Windy. High: 70° (4pm). 62° at 8am, 70° at 8pm.

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Recently, bells were restored at Norfield Church, including a new one honoring Prue Bliss.

A plastic checkout bag ordinance moved closer to enactment.

Voters approved a Lachat lease, the Board of Finance approved SRO funding, and EMS won donation commitments for a firehouse expansion.

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It's Sergeant Miceli Now

Weston Police Officer Joseph Miceli became Sergeant Miceli today in a ceremony before Town officials and a large contingent of blue uniforms from neighboring towns.

You may know Sergeant Miceli's name from his Code Red alerts in emergencies. By the way, you can sign up for Code Red here. As they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming.

It was a nice ceremony. We would say it had everything but Italian food, except it did have Italian food. We have an exclusive story and photos.

Town Honors Charlene Chiang-Hillman

On September 20, the Town saluted Charlene Chiang-Hillman, who is retiring after 15 years as Weston's director of Social Services.

After glowing tributes from First Selectman Chris Spaulding, former First Selectman Nina Daniel, and Ms. Chiang-Hillman's children, Lee and Christina, Dr. Spaulding proclaimed a day in her honor.

In her position, Ms. Chiang-Hillman provided and coordinated a wide range of vital services for Weston residents and children. "I made a promise when I took this job," she said, "that every Weston citizen would have food, heat, and electricity, that we would provide a safety net for all of our vulnerable citizens. We have a wonderful team, and we have kept that promise."

Register to Vote by October 30

You have until October 30 to register to vote in the November 6 general election. Online registration is easy.

If you think you might be away on November 6, you can get an absentee ballot application at the Town Clerk's office or on the Town's website.

Continue reading for more information from Weston's Registrars of Voters.

Friends of the Weston Library Receive Major Gift

Friends of the Weston Library has received a gift of $215,000 from the estate of Daniel Edward Offutt, III.

Mr. Offutt lived in Weston for over thirty years. Richard Orenstein, his executor, told us that "Dan loved Weston, greatly enjoyed his time here, and wanted to give back to the community."

His foundation trust has already provided generous financial support to EMS and the Weston Historical Society.

Please continue reading for more about Mr. Offutt and this gift.

Animal Control Officer Cautions about Coyotes

There seem to be more coyotes than ever in Weston, and there is growing evidence that they are becoming more accustomed to people and bolder as a result.

After an extremely unfortunate incident last night, Animal Control Officer Mark Harper is asking that you take reasonable precautions.

Late in the evening yesterday, a resident had two small dogs with him outside, off-leash in the yard, as he frequently does. He looked away for a moment, and when he turned around, he saw a coyote run from the property and jump over a stone wall. One of the dogs was in its mouth. The dog did not survive.

Officer Harper suggests you take precautions. Please continue reading.

Weston Dog Park FUNdraiser, September 29

The Weston Dog Park group is holding a fundraiser on Saturday evening, September 29, from 7:00 to 10:00 at the Weston Field Club.

Tickets are $75.00 per person. There will be food, drinks, a deejay, dancing, a live auction, and a silent one. Sponsors include Passage East Kennels and the Glen Gate Company. As a special treat, there will be a custom libation by legendary Tito's Handmade Vodka.

The group is committed to raising donations of around $85,000 to build a three-acre enclosed dog park on town-owned land. This is their first major fundraising event.

Continue reading for the deets.

From Woodstock to Weston

The historic Woodstock festival was forty-nine years ago, but to many Weston residents, it seems like yesterday. We thought you would enjoy hearing some of their stories.

Imagine you are a young local reporter, manage to convince your editors that a concert on a farm in upstate New York will be a big story, and get the green light to go.

Imagine you are a fifteen-year-old kid in southern California and persuade your parents to let you travel across the country — solo — to attend a hippie happening that would become famous for sex, drugs, rock and roll, and mud. You get stranded on the New York thruway after all the ice cream melts, and, well, we'll let you read the story. Enjoy.

LWV Event September 29: Connecticut's Fiscal Challenges

"Connecticut’s Fiscal Challenges, Decades in the Making: A Look Back… A Look Forward" is the topic of the League of Women Voters of Weston's first event of the fall. It will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Weston Public Library. The event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Award-winning CT Mirror state budget reporter Keith Phaneuf will be the speaker. A question and answer period will follow. Mr. Phaneuf analyzes and reports on all aspects of state government finances.

The CT Mirror grew out of the concern of a small group of Connecticut residents about the decline in watchdog journalism. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet that seeks to produce in-depth reporting on government policies and politics.

The program will offer the opportunity to deepen your understanding of Connecticut's fiscal challenges and to form a clearer picture of the complicated and difficult choices ahead as well as potential solutions.

For more information, visit The League website or call Helen R. de Keijzer at 201-226-7830.

WHS Class of 1983 Reunites

The Weston High School Class of 1983 holds its 35th reunion on Saturday, October 13 at 6:30 pm at the Weston Field Club. The club is at 38 Ladder Hill Road South. Classmates near and far are invited to celebrate and help spread the word.

There will also be a cash bar gathering On Friday, October 12, at 323 Bar and Restaurant, 323 Main Street, Westport. 7:00 pm.

The Field Club evening will feature cocktails and a buffet dinner. The cost per person is $125 and the dress is casual. Checks should be made out to Derek Dominici and mailed to his attention at D&S Export, 24 Broad Street, Norwalk, CT 06851 by October 1. At the door, it's $150 for '83 alumni. Friends and siblings in neighboring classes can come in at 9:00 for $30.

Check the Weston High School Class of 1983 Facebook page for possible Sunday events. Email Aline (Doino) Weiller for more info.

Kiwanis Dog Jamboree a Hit

Weston Kiwanis has been working for months to put on a big town event, the Dog Jamboree, and by all accounts they succeeded. The heat spell broke just in time, the turnout was great, and everyone we spoke to was pleased.

It was an interesting combination of fun, demonstrations, and seminars. Proceeds go toward improving the Hurlbutt Elementary School playground and to the Kiwanis Foundation, which is dedicated to serving children.

Continue reading for more, including our 40-photo slideshow.

P&Z Gets Additional Funds for Long-Range Plan

In a special morning meeting of the Board of Selectmen on September 4, the Planning and Zoning Commission presented a request for a $27,030 supplemental appropriation for the Town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). Later, it went to the Board of Finance, which approved.

The POCD is a long-range strategic plan which, by law, every Connecticut town and city must prepare and file every ten years. It is meant to anticipate the town's needs for just about everything and plan for housing, commercial development, and the preservation of resources.

It's big. You may want to have a say. Continue reading for more about how it works.

Weston Receives State Sidewalks Grant

Weston has been awarded $397,860 in state funds from the Community Connectivity Program to build a network of sidewalks in the town's center.

Under the preliminary design prepared for the grant application, existing sidewalks at the schools will be expanded throughout the entire campus. New sidewalks will interconnect the school campus with Town Hall, the Library, Weston police, fire, and EMS, the Onion Barn, Weston Center, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Continue reading.

Selectmen Schedule Ordinances Hearing

On September 4, the Board of Selectmen set an October 4 hearing date for four new or amended ordinances. The previous target date of September 20 was pushed back due to scheduling conflicts.

This will be an opportunity for the public to have input before the Board votes on whether to enact the ordinances. The final language for each is still being written, but all four will be published and available to the public well before the hearing date. We will also report on them here, in detail.

One comes from the town's Sustainability Committee and would ban plastic checkout bags in retail stores. A measure to prohibit fracking waste has been withdrawn, at least for the time being. Two ordinances concern the enforcement of code violations. The fourth measure responds to a state mandate for monitoring storm drain systems.

The October 4 hearing will be held at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room.

Gary Meunier Named Sportsperson of the Year

On August 29, the Weston Sports Commission announced that Gary Meunier, Weston High School's long-time boys tennis coach, has been named the 2018 Weston Sportsperson of the Year.

The award is presented by the Fairfield County Sports Commission to those deemed to have made the greatest positive impact and contribution to each of their sports communities over the past year.

Coach Meunier's record in Weston has been impressive. This past spring, his team won both the Southwest Conference and Class M state championships. In his 14 seasons at the helm, his teams have won 13 state championships and 13 Southwest Conference titles.

We asked Mr. Meunier to explain how his teams have been so successful. Continue reading for the answer.

Weston Explores Valley Forge Road

A much-needed brief respite from heat and humidity greeted Westonites who took in Parks & Rec's first Explore Valley Forge event on Saturday, September 1.

The road was closed to vehicles from 7:30 am to noon. 8:00 to 9:00 was reserved for serious adult bicyclists. After that, it was all for families. There was food, information tables, and a safe, scenic view for runners, walkers, bicyclists, and skaters.

Continue reading for our exclusive story and photo slideshow.

Speaking of Parks & Rec, they have a great series of fall programs, and you can read about them here.

Cats! (Not the Musical)

A certain amount of anxiety arose last week when a bobcat was spotted in thick brush behind Norfield Church and then near Weston Middle School early in the morning.

Such sightings are not particularly rare, as Connecticut's bobcat population appears to be rising. This particular animal, however, was a bit more bold than usual.

Continue reading.

Police, EMS, and Fire Train for School Violence

The Weston Police, all-volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Volunteer Fire Department conducted training today for violent school situations.

The police have conducted similar exercises in the past, but this is the first time they were joined by fire, EMS, regional medics, the FBI, and neighboring law enforcement agencies.

It was intense, and at times all too life-like.

Continue reading for our story and photo slideshow.

Weston Today's iPhone App for High School Sports

Your high school athlete need never miss another practice or game, and you need never get lost again on the road to an away game.

Weston Sports is a free iOS app from Weston Today. Find it on the Apple App Store. Up-to-date schedules. Navigation to away games. It's amazing.

Continue reading for details or, even better, go straight to the App Store. Search for Weston Sports, and enjoy. Our gift to you.

An Android version is coming soon. We'll let you know when it's available.

News from Other Westons, Volume 2

This month, our search for other Westons brings us to the charming hamlet of Weston, Nebraska, population 326.

It's hard to say this fits into our "News from Other Westons" series, because we couldn't find a stitch of news about our sister town.

Except one thing.

When it comes to town amenities — which include things nearby — the bar has been set very high.

Continue reading for the shocking story. Well, maybe not shocking...

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