How does Weston celebrate Earth Day?

One way it does so each year is by holding its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection day, sometimes referred to as “Good Riddance Day,” close to the date of Earth Day. This year “Good Riddance Day” occurs on April 27th. The times are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the place is the Department of Public Works facility on Old Hyde Road. See the “poison green” flyer you should have recently received in the mail for a list of items qualifying for disposal. You’ll probably find many of them lurking in your basement or garage.

Ever since the 1980s the poison green flyer has been sent each year to every household in town. In addition to describing what you should and shouldn’t bring, it provides tips on how to store items for the trip. And speaking of the brief trip, this is a lovely time of year to drive to Old Hyde Road and the DPW’s garage.

I’ve been pleased lately to see a new generation discovering “the three ‘r’s,” reduce, reuse, recycle. Which to me collectively signify “green.”

I’ve always felt that if Weston had “town colors” they should be green and green. And while in conjunction with recent efforts to publicize Weston there have been references to the “blue and yellow” colors of our school athletic teams, in a sense that means the same thing.

We are a community that includes many artists, and we know what the primary colors blue and yellow make when they are mixed. Green! Add the third primary color, red, and then you get brown, the color of the earth.

Green signifies the verdant open spaces we are fortunate to host or possess within our borders. And as I write this column an e-mail has arrived from the Aspetuck Land Trust reminding everyone of the multi-town aspect of land preservation.

On another note “green” is sometimes used to refer to people who are relatively inexperienced in certain ways, or are either new to some endeavor or young. This “About Town” column cannot claim to be either young or new, but it grows and changes with the times, while retaining its basic purpose: That being mainly to chronicle what goes on in Weston government.

In so doing we have reported on essentially every meeting of the Board of Selectmen since 1998. We have also kept track of the Board of Finance since 2007. And since the Town Plan update process began last summer we have been attending P&Z meetings religiously.

Local government, largely comprised of volunteers and often provided with helpful input from the public, has been the key to how Weston has sustained itself and maintained its unique character over the years and decades.

If, as is widely believed, people move to Weston primarily “for the schools,” what keeps them here after their last child graduates? My belief is that the reasons are fairly clear.

Weston is less expensive than Westport. It is quiet and peaceful. It has minimal commerce-related traffic. And it has less unpleasant controversy about civic matters than in most other communities.

Weston, of course, is also beautiful. When I moved here in 1980 I felt it was the neatest place I had ever seen. Guess what? Here in 2019 not only are we neat, but we actually understand about how to landscape public properties and coordinate their design to make our town even more gorgeous!

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