Hot Fiscal Topics

Pending action in Hartford could significantly affect Weston’s financial position as deliberations on the Town and Education budgets continue. Full story.

P.E.O. Accepting Scholarship Applications

Weston’s Chapter P of P.E.O., a philanthropic and educational organization for women, is accepting applications for a $2,500 scholarship by college-bound women who reside in Weston, Easton or Redding. Full story.

Ms President Goes to Hartford

Young Weston women participating in the “Ms President US” program spent Monday touring the State Capitol, discussing important legislation, and being encouraged to pursue public service. Full story.

Coyotes: Practical Advice from Animal Control

Coyotes live throughout all of Weston. If you have a small to medium-size dog, Animal Control Officer Mark Harper urges you to be particularly cautious. Full story.

Citizen of the Year Nominations Open

Weston’s Board of Police Commissioners is ready to accept nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award. Full story.

Bring Out Your Undead

They’re creepy. They’re kooky. They’re WHS Company, and beginning March 28th they’re The Addams Family. Company is Weston High School’s student-run theater group. Here is the story of their “altogether ooky” spring musical, which you can enjoy on four dates at the end of the month. Full story.

Weston Education Foundation Grant Applications Open

The Weston Education Foundation (WEF) is calling for applications for their Community Education Grants Program. Full story.

Tri-Board Meeting on Worrisome Proposed Legislation

Weston’s Boards of Selectmen, Education, and Finance meet jointly on Tuesday evening, March 12, to discuss proposed State legislation and how it could impact the town. Full story.

Plastic Out, Know Your Recyclables

A large number of Weston residents turned out last week for a presentation by the Sustainable Weston committee about recycling and what does and doesn’t belong in blue bins. Full story.

Proposed Tax Legislation: Huge Weston Impact

Legislation proposed in Hartford would impose a State property tax on homes and deprive Weston of millions in tax revenues. Full story.

Sen. Looney: Just Kidding

SB-738, the notorious school regionalization bill sponsored by State Senator Martin Looney, set off a firestorm of public outrage. It was designed to do just that. Full story.

EMS: Stop the Bleed

A person can lose all of their blood within five minutes. Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of death from trauma, and many deaths can be prevented by people who know how to control it. Full story.

WHS Sophomore Wins Financial Essay Contest

Weston High School sophomore Andrew Castro and teacher Kara Swezey were honored today for Mr. Castro’s winning essay in a statewide competition. Full story.

Q&A: Budgets and Taxes

The Board of Finance takes up proposed Town and Board of Education budgets next week, so here is a summary of the issues they will tackle. The Q’s and the A’s: Full story.

Lamont: No Mandated Regionalization, “Nothing Has to Change”

Governor Ned Lamont assured leaders of several Fairfield County towns today at Town Hall that his education bill does not mandate regionalization of schools or require shared services among districts. Full story.

St. Baldrick’s: March 16

Last year, Weston students formed their own chapter of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, got a bunch of volunteers to have their heads shaved, put on a fun event, and raised a whopping $45,000 to support childhood cancer research. Full story.

Update on Regionalization, Hughes Urges Testimony

State Representative Anne Hughes is encouraging Weston residents to weigh in on proposed legislation that could mandate school regionalization. Full story.

Democrats Seek Board of Education Candidate

The Weston Democratic Town Committee is seeking a candidate to fill an opening on the Weston Board of Education. Interviews will be held during the next two weeks. Full story.

Support for Caregivers

Caregivers Support Group sessions are offered twice a month at the Weston Senior Center. Sessions are already scheduled for March 14 and 28, and April 11 and 25. All sessions are held from 1:00 to 2:00. Full story.

Weston Ice Skaters Bound for Nationals

Weston ice skaters Jillian Belluck and Abigail Cohen are on their way to the national Synchronized Skating Championships, which will take place in Plymouth, Michigan from February 28 to March 2. Full story.

The Board in Brief

Full story.

Watch Out for Email Scammers

After fraudulent emails were received by Town officials and church leaders, the Weston Police Department encourages you to exercise great caution if you receive a request for financial information. Full story.

Governor’s Budget Proposes Teacher Pension Sharing

The state budget proposed by Governor Ned Lamont on February 20 would force Weston and most Connecticut municipalities to finance at least 25 percent of pension fund contributions for current teachers. The minimum for struggling cities would be 5 percent. Full story.

Karaoke for a Cause

The Weston Women’s League has a fun night of karaoke planned for you on the evening of March 23rd. It runs from 8:00 to the stroke of midnight at The Barn, 123 Kettle Creek Road. Full story.

Haskell: Here’s How I’m Protecting Our Schools

This last month, I’ve heard from hundreds of constituents who are concerned about school regionalization. I'm passionate about it, too.

There's nothing more important than making sure we provide students with a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in the 21st century. Full story.

Proposed Town Budget Increases 3.3%, Services Affected

Town spending increases in the proposed operating budget for next fiscal year by just over $433 thousand, up 3.3 percent. Unexpected costs arose at the last minute, and some services will be affected. Full story.

Broadway: the Inside Story

Weston Kiwanis members and guests got a rare insider’s view of theater life when Broadway producers Alan and Barbara Marks spoke at the club’s weekly breakfast meeting on February 16th. Full story.

WHS Company: Broadway Bound at Emmanuel

On Sunday, February 24, Weston High School’s theater group, “Company” performs scenes from its upcoming spring musical comedy, The Addams Family at “Broadway Bound,” which is becoming an annual town tradition at Emmanuel Church. Full story.

Firefighters Tackle “Intense” Blaze

On February 10th, Weston Volunteer Fire Department crews battled a fire at 103 Good Hill Road until the early hours of the morning. Deputy Chief Terry Blake described the blaze as “intense.” Full story.

Invasive Beetle Threatens Ash Trees

Somewhere between five and ten percent of all trees in Weston are ash trees. Within the next few years, almost all of them will die. Full story.

The Board in Brief

Following reports of coyotes killing pets, or being suspected of doing so, Animal Control Officer Mark Harper told the Board “there are too many coyotes in town,” and that several property owners want the population reduced. Full story.

A Ray of Hope for Cobb’s Mill Inn

Fans of Weston’s iconic Cobb’s Mill Inn and Norwalk’s GrayBarns will be encouraged that the Glazer Group, which transformed the fabled and faded Silvermine Tavern into “GrayBarns on the Silvermine River,” has taken an interest in Cobb’s Mill. Full story.

Owen Bernheim in “Annie” at Westport Playhouse

Weston Intermediate School’s Owen Bernheim is in the cast of the Broadway classic “Annie” at the Westport Country Playhouse. The show runs again on February 15–17. Full story.

Opposition to Proposed School Consolidation and Vehicle Tax Reform

Weston representatives continue to speak out against proposed State legislation that would directly affect the town’s school district and financial position. Full story.

Weston Ski Comes Up Big

Weston’s ski team competed in the State Team Giant Slalom qualifying race and turned in impressive results. Full story.

Grand List Falls, Mill Rate Likely to Rise

After a 2018 town-wide revaluation, Weston’s Grand List — the total taxable value of properties in town — has fallen 6.3 percent, according to figures presented to the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance at a joint meeting on January 28th. Full story.

A Gift from Daniel Offutt: an Art & Innovation Center

The estate of Daniel E. Offutt III has offered to donate $5 million to renovate and expand Weston’s public library to include a new arts and innovation wing. Full story.

Legislation Proposed to Consolidate School Districts

Recently-proposed legislation to consolidate school districts drew considerable attention in Weston and surrounding towns over the weekend. Full story.

Board of Education Votes Slightly Lower Budget Increase

In a nearly three-hour meeting on Thursday evening, the Board of Education voted 5–2 to make modest reductions to its 2019-20 fiscal year operating budget request. Full story.

Options Presented for Smaller Schools Budget Increase

At a Board of Education meeting on January 22, Superintendent Dr. William McKersie put ideas on the table for the Board to consider to possibly reduce the school district’s budget request. Full story.

Great Community Bonfire

On January 12th, in a departure from their normal work, Weston's Volunteer Fire Department set a huge blaze before onlookers at Emmanuel Church. Full story.

Senior Center Fitness

Weston’s Senior Center has a growing number of popular arts and fitness programs, and if you are at least 55 you can take advantage of them. Full story.

Senior Center Programs

Weston’s Senior Center has a growing number of popular arts and fitness programs, and if you are at least 55 you can take advantage of them. Full story.

Support for Parents With Children's Issues

Feel like you have no one to talk with about your child's challenging behavior? You are not alone. Full story.

Hurlbutt Kindergarten Registration Begins

Children who turn five years of age on or before January 1, 2019 are eligible to begin kindergarten in the fall. Full story.

Jack Mitchell for Breakfast. Sorry. And Breakfast

Weston Kiwanis wants to give you a free breakfast. They also want to give you a chance to hear from the legendary Jack Mitchell, chairman of Mitchell Stores, who knows a lot about getting customers, keeping them, and making them love you. Full story.

Board Approves Fracking Waste Ordinance

It was standing-room only at the Town Hall Meeting room Thursday evening for a hearing on an ordinance to ban fracking and drilling waste from town. Full story.

Weston Wins Longshot Grant

After winning a $396 thousand state grant in August to build a network of sidewalks in town, First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Town Administrator Jonathan Luiz decided to try a “Hail Mary” and go for another $1.5 million to expand the network and improve the intersection of Route 57 and School Road. Full story.

Full Speed Ahead on Fromson-Strassler

Town Hall is in high gear to help Aspetuck Land Trust obtain a State grant that could allow ALT to purchase the town’s Fromson-Strassler property and conserve it as open space. The trust is facing a February 7 grant application deadline. Full story.

Dog Park Clears Another Hurdle

The folks who want to bring a dog park to Weston are on a roll. Full story.

Maria Dempsey Named NEST CEO

Weston’s Maria Dempsey has been named Chief Executive Officer of NEST Fragrances, a leading luxury lifestyle fragrance brand. Full story.

Speak Up, February 9th

The 28th annual “Speak Up” event by the League of Women Voters happens on Saturday morning, February 9th at the Weston Public Library Community Room. It runs from 10:30 to noon. Full story.

Board Hearing for Fracking and Oil Waste Ordinance

On Thursday evening, January 17, the Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing before voting on a proposed ordinance to ban wastes from fracking and gas or oil extraction. Under its provisions, such material could not be used, processed, or stored in Weston. Full story.

Large Budget Increase Proposed for Schools

Next week, the Weston School District will present its proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. It calls for a significant increase in school spending. Full story.

"Voyage of the Damned" Survivors Discuss "Complicit"

On January 24, three survivors of what would later be called “the voyage of the damned” will participate in a discussion after a screening of the documentary “Complicit,” along with the film’s producer, Robert M. Krakow. Full story.

Light Up Your Tree

Cling to the holiday break all you want (we are), but it's time for your tree to go. Full story.

2018: The Year in Review

The year began in January, as it almost always does. It kicked off with a decision by the newly-seated Board of Selectmen to let voters decide whether a portion of town-owned land should be used for a dog park. Full story.

Selectmen Appoint Students to Commission

In a series of year-end appointments and re-appointments to Town committees and commissions on December 20, the Board of Selectmen also welcomed three Weston High School students into the ranks of those who step up to serve the town. Full story.

Town to Consider Sale of Fromson-Strassler

Aspetuck Land Trust is actively pursuing a grant opportunity in hopes of purchasing 86 acres of land owned by the town of Weston and preserving it as open space. On Thursday evening, the Board of Selectmen took action to begin formal consideration of the idea and get input from the public. Full story.

Survey Participation "Amazing"

Everyone at Town Hall is pleased — and maybe a bit astonished — at the exceptionally large number of Weston residents who completed the town-wide survey, which was open from November 15 to December 15. Full story.

State Grants Children's Library Funds

Weston’s Public Library has been awarded a State Library Construction grant to pay for half of $165,000 needed to renovate the library’s Children’s Room. Full story.

Weston High Goes Green LEAF

Weston High School’s Green Team has been honored by a State organization for its efforts to promote sustainability and health initiatives. Full story.

A Gift to Weston EMS: A New Ambulance

Weston has once again benefitted from the generosity of the estate of the late Daniel Offutt, this time with a $200,000 gift to EMS for a new ambulance. Full story.

Grant Funds Sought for Bisceglie Trails

Over the years, walking trails at Bisceglie-Scribner park have deteriorated. The Town has applied for a $188 thousand state grant to restore them to their former glory. Full story.

Town Seeks $1.5 Million for Intersection and Sidewalks

The Town is actively pursuing additional state grants to make Weston safer and more pedestrian-friendly. Full story.

“Play Ball for All” a Home Run

Saturday’s free “Play Ball for All” holiday clinic was a success for participants and Weston volunteer coaches and teen mentors. Full story.

Diana Loevy Honored

On December 4th, the Weston Library’s New Yorker Roundtable Group and Morning Book Group honored the late Diana Loevy by dedicating a new bench on the library lawn in her memory. Full story.

Samantha Nestor Joins Board of Selectmen

Samantha Nestor was appointed on December 6 to the Board of Selectmen, filling the term of the late Brian Gordon. Ms. Nestor was nominated for the office by the Democratic Town Committee on November 30. Full story.

Ruby Hedge Appointed to Board of Education

The Board of Selectmen on December 6 unanimously appointed Ruby Hedge to Weston’s Board of Education, replacing Samantha Nestor, who earlier was elected to the Board of Selectmen. Full story.

Two New Board of Finance Members

The Board of Selectmen voted on December 6 to appoint Jeffrey Farr and Greg Murphy to the Board of Finance, filling vacancies created by the resignations of Jerry Sargent and Bob Ferguson. Full story.

Toys for Tots Drive Begins

The annual Toys for Tots toy drive is underway in Weston and across the country. Full story.

New Weston Police Officer Sworn In

Weston’s newest police officer, Mark Berretta, was sworn in at a Town Hall ceremony on November 30. Officer Berretta joins Weston from the West Haven police department. Full story.

Samantha Nestor Nominated for Board of Selectmen

The Democratic Town Committee has nominated Samantha Nestor to fill the unexpired term of the late Selectman Brian Gordon. Full story.

Friends of Brian Gordon Donate for a Dog Park

Friends of the late Selectman Brian Gordon have donated $45,000 in his honor to Weston Dog Park, Inc. Full story.

Public Safety Project: Costs May Drop

As we reported recently, plans are being developed to improve Weston’s critical public safety facilities and equipment. This is an update of where things stand. Full story.

Christian Blechinger, 49

Christian Blechinger, age 49 of Weston, CT died unexpectedly on Saturday November 24, 2018. The son of Anton Blechinger and Ingrid Sommerfeld, Christian grew up in Munich, Germany. At 19 he enrolled in Georgetown University and graduated with a B.S. in International Economics. Later, he earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. It was at Columbia where Christian met his future bride, Jacqueline Kim, during a happy hour on the steps of Uris Hall. Full story.

Shout-Out: Weston Progress Fund

Weston is fortunate to have community organizations that make this an even nicer place to live. This year, many of them got a financial assist from the Weston Progress Fund. Full story.

Shout-Out: Weston Kiwanis

One of the many things Weston can be thankful for this year is the good work of Weston Kiwanis. Full story.

Alden Sherman, 100

Alden Outram Sherman, 100, of Weston died November 10, 2018 at Norwalk Hospital. He and his family moved to Westport in 1947 and then to Weston in 1956. He lived in the same Weston house at the time of his death. Full story.

Tributes to Brian Gordon, Page 2

Lolita Jackson, Penn Class of '89: I do not live in Weston, rather, I went to college with Brian. The person I see described in these tributes has been the same person his entire life. President of the Penn Class of 1991, he was gregarious, caring, always lent an ear and went the extra mile. We, his Penn family, are bereft and walk with those of you in Weston in grief. But also, joy that we were able to have him as part of our lives. Full story.

Tributes to Brian Gordon

Dr. Christopher Spaulding, First Selectman: I could not have asked for a better partner to help serve our fabulous town. Brian was always next to me applying wit, wisdom and supreme dignity to the business of town an the business of life. Brian was a wonderful friend, faithful confidant and all around good guy. He will be sorely missed and the mark he left on our lives will be indelible. Our thoughts and prayers are wholeheartedly with his family and loved ones. Dream well kind soul. Full story.

Brian Gordon, Selectman, Dies at 49

Weston Selectman Brian Gordon has passed away at the age of 49 after a months-long battle with cancer. Full story.

All Ears at Town Hall: Take the Survey

The Town is conducting an online survey to find out what you want Weston to look like now and in the future. Your responses will help planners understand what you value and how much you would use a variety of services and amenities. Full story.

The Nutcracker: Two Versions

Nothing announces the holiday season quite like The Nutcracker. Two versions will be staged in the coming days. Full story.

Lachat Farm Holiday Market, December 1

Lachat Town Farm will be hosting its first Holiday Market on December 1 from noon to 4:00. You will be able to shop for holiday gifts from local artisans, handmade jewelry, essential oils and candles, and unique floral arrangements. Full story.

Eversource Project Hearing, December 13

Residents in about an eight-tenths mile stretch in the northwest corner of town will be affected by an Eversource upgrade project next year. The Board of Selectmen have scheduled a public hearing on December 13 to give the public an opportunity to ask questions of Eversource representatives. Full story.

A Veterans Day Poem

by Jillian Zuch. Full story.

Weston Historical Society Receives Major Grants

The Weston Historical Society recently received two major grants totaling $600,000 from the Daniel E. Offutt Charitable Trust. The grants will enable the Historical Society to launch a major restoration of the Coley Homestead. Full story.

Don't Feed the Bears, Keep an Eye out for Poachers

If you don't want to find bears on your front porch, Weston Animal Control Officer Mark Harper has a suggestion: don't put out bird feeders just yet. And if you feel you must put out a feeder, place it some distance from the house. Full story.

Be Bear Aware at Trout Brook, Learn on the 14th

A growing number of black bears have been spotted at Trout Brook, prompting the Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) to post signs around the preserve advising you what to do if you encounter one. Full story.

State Legislature Candidates Respond to Your Questions

A few weeks ago, we asked our email subscribers to tell us what they would like to know from the candidates running for Weston’s districts in the State Senate and State House of Representatives. Full story.

The Candidates: Toni Boucher

Toni Boucher, Republican, is the incumbent 26th district State Senator. She was first elected to the office in 2008 after serving 12 years as a State Representative. Full story.

The Candidates: Will Haskell

Will Haskell, Democrat, is a candidate for State Senate in the 26th district. He is a recent graduate of Georgetown University. This is his first campaign for public office. Full story.

The Candidates: Michelle McCabe

Michelle McCabe, Democrat, is a candidate for State Senate in the 28th district. This is her first campaign for public office. She is currently the director of the Center for Food Equity and Economic Development (FEED) at The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. Full story.

The Candidates: Adam Dunsby

Adam Dunsby, Republican, is the incumbent 135th district State Representative. He was first elected in 2016. Mr. Dunsby is also, since 2013, the First Selectman of Easton. Full story.

The Candidates: Anne Hughes

Anne Hughes, Democrat, is a candidate for the 135th district State Representative. This is her first campaign for public office. She is a social worker at Jewish Senior Services. Full story.

Property Revaluation Underway

It’s property revaluation time, and the process is well underway. Full story.

Main Street Weston Returns November 15

Weston is one of the only towns in the world that has no Main Street. Except once a year, when the Weston Women's League puts on Weston Main Street. Full story.

Lachat Hoedown a Hit

Lachat’s hoedown, barbecue, and square dance was a big hit on October 20, and we have a feeling you will see more of this kind in the future. Full story.

Emmanuel Church Musical Showcase, November 11

Weston’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church welcomes back The Fontenay Chamber Players on Sunday November 11 at 4:00 pm in their Parish Hall, 285 Lyons Plain Road. Full story.

Devil’s Den to Close for Deer Hunt

The Nature Conservancy will hold its annual controlled deer hunt at Devil’s Den Preserve during the state-designated shotgun and rifle hunting season for private lands. Full story.

Weston High Chorale Performs at Smart Walk

The thirty-member Weston High School Chorale sang the inspirational “This is Me” on October 21 at the first annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Full story.

Tuesday’s Ballot and Voting Information

The election is on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Polls are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. As long as you are on line by 8:00 pm, you will be able to vote. Full story.

"Walk the Runway" Show, November 4

The first annual “Walk the Runway” mother-daughter fashion show debuts on Sunday afternoon, November 4 from 2:00 to 5:00 in the Parish Hall at Norfield Congregational Church. Full story.

Art at the Center

If Weston is Connecticut’s best-kept secret, the town’s Senior Center may be Weston’s best-kept secret. That may be changing, in large part because of art. Full story.

Eva Schloss Speaks on Sunday

Eva Schloss, stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, will be speaking at 5:00 on Sunday evening, October 28, at at Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, in Bridgeport. Full story.

From the Town Clerk: Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots for the State election to be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 will be available Friday October 5th, 2018. Full story.

Town Plans Major Public Safety Improvements, Part 1

On Thursday evening, October 18, in a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance, First Selectman Chris Spaulding discussed preliminary plans to address long-needed improvements in Weston's public safety capabilities. Full story.

Town Plans Major Public Safety Improvements, Part 2

This is the second of a three-part report on preliminary plans presented by First Selectman Chris Spaulding to address long-needed improvements in Weston's public safety capabilities. This part is about the needs of the dispatch center, communication systems, and the police department. Full story.

Town Plans Major Public Safety Improvements, Part 3

This is the third of a three-part report on preliminary plans presented by First Selectman Chris Spaulding to address long-needed improvements in Weston's public safety capabilities. This part is about where the funding would come from. Full story.

Board Authorizes Deer Hunt

On October 4, the Board of Selectmen authorized Animal Control Officer Mark Harper to conduct a deer hunt from October through January 31 on select Town properties. The intent is to reduce the deer population by a maximum of 20. Full story.

Connecticut's Fiscal Crisis: Big, Getting Bigger

The state of Connecticut is in fiscal crisis, and the core of the problem is a decades-long unwillingness to fund pension and retirement health care costs for state employees and municipal teachers. Full story.

Board of Selectmen Approve Plastic Bag Ordinance

The Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 on October 4 to enact a new town ordinance that prohibits the use of plastic checkout bags in Weston’s retail stores. It takes effect in 90 days. Full story.

Education Aid Available for Women

The Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) is offering scholarships and low-cost educational loans for young women. The organization is also planning a mother-daughter fundraising fashion show on November 4. Full story.

Board to Decide on Plastic Bag Ban and Other Ordinances

On Thursday evening (October 4), the Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on four new or revised ordinances. Three are somewhat technical, but one is major, as it would ban single-use plastic retail checkout bags in Weston's stores. The hearing is at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Full story.

The Lost Negatives of Rock and Roll, October 21

The Weston Historical Society has an interesting one-night reception planned for Sunday, October 21. It will take place from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Society's museum, which is at 104 Weston Road. Full story.

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. Full story.

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. Full story.

What You'll See at The Flea

Saturday's Weston Flea promises to be a fun town event. It runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the high school parking lot. Spaces for vendors sold out very quickly, so there will be a great variety of items to choose from. Full story.

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. Full story.

Business Workshops for Entrepreneurs

Small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs have an opportunity to get free advice in workshops by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce in a program sponsored by KeyBank. Full story.

Friends of the Weston Library Receive Major Gift

We are pleased to let you know that Friends of the Weston Library has received a gift of $215,000 from the estate of Daniel Edward Offutt, III. The foundation trust that administers the estate has made several other contributions to the town in recent months. Full story.

From Woodstock to Weston

Weston Historical Society's "Westonstock" event evoked memories of the legendary Woodstock festival, held in 1969. Several Weston residents attended the original. We thought you would enjoy hearing some of their stories. Full story.

Westonstock, September 15

In retrospect, it's clear that every event in this summer's terrific Music at the Barn series at Weston Historical Society's Coley Homestead was cleverly designed to reach a crescendo this Saturday, the 15th, at "Westonstock." Full story.

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. Full story.

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. Full story.

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. Full story.

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. Full story.

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). Full story.

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. This particular animal was a bit more bold than usual. Full story.

Weston Explores Valley Forge Road

A much-needed brief respite from heat and humidity greeted Westonites who took in the first Explore Valley Forge event on Saturday, September 1. Full story.

Westonstock, September 15

The Weston Historical Society's summer-long Life in the Sixties exhibit and series draws to a memorable conclusion with Westonstock, a joyful tribute to 1969's Woodstock music festival. It all takes place at the Coley Homestead on Saturday, September 15 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Full story.

Kiwanis Dog Jamboree Update

Weston Kiwanis is hosting its first, hopefully annual, Dog Jamboree on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It's at the Weston Middle School Field. Here are more details. Full story.

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. Full story.

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. Full story.

Police, EMS, and Fire Train for School Violence

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

Weston Flea, September 22, Benefits the Senior Center

On Saturday, September 22, Friends of Weston Senior Center is holding the Weston Flea, where you can buy or sell something old or something new. Full story.

Weston Women's League Offers Funding

The Weston Women's League is now accepting applications from nonprofits in the area who wish to be considered as the League's 2019 spring fundraiser beneficiary. Full story.

Explore Valley Forge on Wheels (but not in a car)

Your Parks & Recreation Department has organized a fun town event for Saturday, September 1. Full story.

Police Crisis Training, Friday August 17

On Friday morning, August 17, the Weston Police and a range of law enforcement and emergency response services will be training at Hurlbutt Elementary School for crisis incidents. Full story.

Registration Open for TOPSoccer

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based soccer program that provides meaningful learning, development, and physical participation opportunities for young athletes with disabilities. The program is designed to meet the needs of children in grades K-8 with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Full story.

Town Selects New Public Works Director

The Board of Selectmen voted on August 10 to appoint Louis Martirano Weston's new Director of Public Works. Mr. Martirano replaces the retiring Joe Lametta, who served the town for 40 years. Full story.

News from Other Westons, Volume 2

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

Will State and Local Taxes Become Charitable Contributions?

Here is a journalism tip for reading any newspaper, including this one. It's called Betteridge's Law. It states that if a headline ends with a question mark, the answer is almost invariably "no." Full story.

A Bell for Prue

The bells at Weston's historic Norfield Congregational Church have been silent this year, but in a touching ceremony on Tuesday, July 31, all that changed. Full story.

High School Boys Tennis Tournament, August 23–26

Incoming and current high school boys aspiring to tennis stardom will be glad to know that the first Weston High School Tennis Open takes place at the high school on August 23–26. Full story.

Weston Teen Photographer Honored

Weston High School rising sophomore Jolie Jeffrey-Craft — literally a member of the Weston Today family — won Best Of Show in the Westport Public Library's sixth annual "Teens Behind The Lens" photography competition. Full story.

Kiwanis Hosts Fun Dog Jamboree, September 8

The Kiwanis Club of Weston has created a fun event for you, a Dog Jamboree on Saturday, September 8, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Weston Middle School Field. Full story.

Emmanuel Church Prepares for Family Fair

Emmanuel Church will hold its 112th annual Family Fair on Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Full story.

"BYO" Checkout Bag Ordinance Moves Forward

Today the Board of Selectmen scheduled a public hearing to occur at the beginning of their October 4 meeting. This will be an opportunity for the public to comment on four new or amended ordinances, including a "BYO" ordinance. Full story.

Fracking Wastewater Ban Set For Public Hearing

On July 19, the Board of Selectmen scheduled a public hearing to occur at the beginning of their September 20 meeting. This will be an opportunity for the public to comment on several new or amended ordinances, including two from the town's Sustainability Committee. Full story.

Voters Approve Lachat Lease

In a Special Town Meeting on July 19, voters approved leasing a house at Lachat Town Farm to Friends of Lachat, Inc., which operates the farm. The organization will now be able to sublease the structure to a resident farm manager. Full story.

Selectmen to Consider Environmental Ordinances

Following Thursday's Special Town Meeting regarding a Lachat lease (see related story), the Board of Selectmen's agenda includes two important proposed ordinances regarding the environment. Full story.

Board of Finance Approves SRO Funding

The Board of Finance reconvened on Thursday evening, July 12, to continue discussion and render a decision regarding a supplemental appropriation to fund an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) and increased police overtime to patrol the "Mile of Safety" full-time. Combined, the request came to $158,220. Full story.

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. 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. Full story.

EMS Secures Commitments To Fund Firehouse Quarters

On July 5, EMS president Jon Weingarten 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 from its endowment. Full story.

Otis and the Hurricanes, July 8

Otis and The Hurricanes perform at Music at the Barn on Sunday, July 8 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at The Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road. Full story.

Lachat Farmers Market 2018 Open

Lachat Town Farm's 2018 Farmers Market season opened to an enthusiastic reception. This is our video report. Full story.

U15 Boys Win Connecticut Cup

Weston Soccer Club's U15 boys soccer team became Connecticut Cup State Champions on Saturday, June 16 when they defeated Tolland 1–0 in a tight game. Full story.

Urban Impact Fundraiser, June 23

Less than ten miles from our town borders, Bridgeport's PT Barnum housing complex is home for some of the most impoverished residents of Connecticut. Full story.

First Selectman's Update

”It has been about six months since the new Board of Selectmen has taken office. We got out of the gate quickly with a Saturday workshop where we outlined and prioritized our collective initiatives for the next two years.” Full story.

Board of Finance Postpones School Security 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. Full story.

An Interview With Chris Spaulding, Part 1

We recently sat down at length with First Selectman Chris Spaulding. We thought you would like to know a bit about him, his plans, and what he sees as Weston's opportunities and challenges. Full story.

An Interview With Chris Spaulding, Part 2

We recently sat down at length with First Selectman Chris Spaulding. We thought you would like to know a bit about him, his plans, and what he sees as Weston's opportunities and challenges. This is part 2 of our interview. Full story.

An Interview With Chris Spaulding, Part 3

We recently sat down at length with First Selectman Chris Spaulding. We thought you would like to know a bit about him, his plans, and what he sees as Weston's opportunities and challenges. This is part 3 of 3 of our interview. Full story.

WMS Chorus Wins Top Honors

In May, Weston Middle School musicians and the choral group traveled to Holyoke, Massachusetts for the annual Music in the Parks competition. Full story.

Honors for Mock Trial Team

Weston High School's Mock Trial team was honored at the Civics First annual award dinner on May 31. The team received the Connecticut State Second Place award and the Professionalism and Civility award for exemplary conduct during the months-long competition. Full story.

2018 Memorial Day Weekend Events

Two-minute video reports (give or take) on the 2018 Memorial Day weekend events, including the 5K Road Race, Memorial Day Fair, and Memorial Day Parade. Full story.

Selectmen Allocate Funds for School Security

On May 17, the Board of Selectmen allocated $158,220 as a supplemental appropriation in the 2018-19 Town budget that will enable the Weston Police to hire an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) and fund 546 hours of overtime associated with patrolling Weston schools an additional three hours each school day. Full story.

Firehouse Expansion Proposed for EMS Quarters

Weston's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) would get long-needed quarters in a proposed $1 million expansion of Firehouse No. 1, with EMS supplying $750,000 of the funds. Full story.

News From Other Westons

Did you know that, around the world, there are many other towns called Weston? Well, there are. Even though they stole our name, we thought you might enjoy learning a bit about them. Full story.

Speak Up Follow Up: Weston, the Environment, and Plastic Bags

Early this year, the public had an opportunity to discuss issues with town and state officials at the annual Speak Up event sponsored by the League of Women Voters. We thought it would be interesting to circle back to those who spoke and find out if they believe progress has been made on the concerns they raised. Full story.

Weston Students Reach Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Two Weston Intermediate School teams will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind world finals on May 22–25 at Iowa State University. Full story.

Barbara Reynolds Named Chamber of Commerce Chair

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce has named Weston's Barbara Reynolds as Chairman of the Board. Full story.

Ray Rauth Reappointed to Bicycle & Pedestrian Board

Weston's Ray Rauth has been reappointed to the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Board by Len Fasano, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. Full story.

Weston Takes It Back

A steady stream of Weston residents took advantage of a dropbox in the Weston Police Department lobby on April 28 to dispose of unneeded prescription medications. Full story.

Weston Picks It Up

Volunteers from Kiwanis, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and a healthy number of residents collected an estimated 900 pounds of debris from Weston's roadsides in the town's annual GreenUp Day on Saturday, April 28. Full story.

Town Approves Budgets

By wide margins, voters today approved budgets for the town, schools, and capital expenditures. Turnout, while not up to the level of the recent Special Town Meeting, increased considerably from 2017 and prior years. Full story.

Students Organize to Fight Cancer

For years, Weston students participated in Relay For Life, an activity intended to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Unfortunately, funds for the Westport-Weston branch were eliminated this year. But now, a high school group has stepped up to fill the gap. Full story.

School Security Plan Advances

A plan to increase security in Weston's schools, jointly recommended by Superintendent William McKersie and Police Chief Edwin Henion, was approved by the Board of Education at its regular meeting on April 23. Full story.

No Quorum for ATBM

At about 8:00 this evening, First Selectman Chris Spaulding called to order the Annual Town Budget Meeting. Moderator Susan Moch declared the absence of a quorum, as fewer than the charter-mandated 130 qualified voters were in attendance. Full story.

Annual Town Budget Meeting, April 18

This year's Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) will be held on Wednesday, April 18, starting at 8:00 PM at the Weston High School Auditorium. You must be a qualified voter, so bring identification. Check-in will begin at 7:15 PM in the lobby. Full story.

The Ayes Have It

Voters have approved the proposal to build a dog park in Weston. Turnout today was robust. The polls opened at 6:00 AM. A steady stream of voters cast ballots throughout the day, and continued right up until the polls closed. Full story.

April Declared Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Nationally, one in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. 19 percent of Connecticut residents report having been assaulted at some point in time. Full story.

The Dog Park: Questions & Answers

Questions and answers about the proposed dog park including location, costs, alternatives, and how (or if) it affects other priorities. Full story.

McKersie, Henion Statement on School Security

In public hearings, members of the Board of Education, School Superintendent William McKersie, and leadership of the Weston Police Department have discussed the budget reduction in the broader context of overall school security. Their task is complicated by the need to not disclose details of new or existing security measures. Full story.

Westonites Join March for Our Lives

On Saturday March 24, Elissa Teles, a Weston High School senior, led a group of friends and neighbors to Washington, D.C. for the March for Our Lives rally. Full story.

Marianne Frisch Named Executive Director of Weston Historical Society

Marianne Frisch, a 31-year Weston resident, has been named executive director of the Weston Historical Society. In her new role, Ms. Frisch will draw upon an extensive career in museum exhibition and curation, which began at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Full story.

Students Walk Out in Honor of Parkland Victims

Students across the nation organized a walkout on March 14, 2018, one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The walkout lasted from 10:00 AM to 10:17 AM, one minute for each of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting. Full story.

The Weston Blizzard of March '88 (1888, That Is)

The havoc unleashed by the recent Nor'easters has been hard on Westonites, but the blizzard that struck during the Ides of March 130 years ago also had a major impact. Back then, every day was a day without power, or a telephone, or a motorized vehicle. Full story.

Dog Park Meeting Scheduled for March 22, Vote on April 4

The Board of Selectmen has set new dates for the storm-delayed hearing and vote on the proposed dog park. A Special Town Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Weston Middle School cafeteria. This is a discussion-only hearing; no vote will be taken. Full story.

Westonites Speak Up at League of Women Voters Event

The League of Women Voters held their annual Speak Up event in the Community Room of the Weston Library on February 3. Attending from the town were all three members of the Board of Selectmen, representatives from almost every town department, commission and committee, plus Weston's three state legislators: Senator Toni Boucher, Senator Tony Hwang, and Representative Adam Dunsby. Full story.

Board Advances Fracking Wastewater Ban

In their February 1 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to send to counsel a proposed ordinance to prohibit fracking wastewater from Weston’s borders. The draft regulation was first presented to the board on January 18 by the town’s Sustainability Committee. Full story.

Selectmen Want Your Ideas on Beach Sticker Pricing

On February 1, 2018, the Board of Selectmen discussed the recently-announced price increase for beach stickers by the town of Westport. First Selectman Chris Spaulding said that the board wants “productive suggestions” from the public about how the issue might be addressed. Full story.

Beach Sticker Price Rises Bigly

Citing increased maintenance and police costs for Compo Beach, on January 24 the Westport Board of Selectmen voted to sharply increase the cost of beach stickers for residents of Weston, and even more for those from other towns. Full story.

Town to Vote on Dog Park

In its January 18 meeting, Weston’s Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to let voters decide whether a section of town-owned land will be used as a dog park. The Board also referred the matter for further review to the Planning & Zoning commission, town Conservation Commission, and Parks & Recreation department. However, they stipulated that the final outcome will be determined by a ballot vote. Full story.

Board Honors Nina Daniel

In its January 18 meeting, Weston’s Board of Selectmen honored former First Selectman Nina Daniel with a proclamation that January 19, 2018 would be “Nina Daniel Appreciation Day.” Full story.