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School violence threats may involve second student.

Wingman to run at Weston Middle School.

Arrests in alleged School District fuel theft.

Spaulding, Nestor running.

The bill comes in for septic repairs at Weston Middle School.

Parade Grand Marshal named.

Calendar Highlights

On Wednesday, another free EMS Stop the Bleed workshop. We highly recommend it.

Also on Wednesday, a documentary, "Like," about responsible use of social media. Not just for kids.

Thursday evening, a hearing about transfer station fees. And then, Memorial Day weekend festivities.

See details in our Town Calendar about upcoming Weston events.

Weston Weather

Wednesday: Clear, high 74°.

Thursday: Overcast, high 70°.

Friday: Mostly clear skies, high 72° as the Fair opens.

Saturday: Clear for the 5K Road Race, Walk, & Kids Fun Run. 60° at race time, 72° the day's high.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, high 86°.

Monday: Clear for the Parade, 73° when it starts. Temps reach 82 ° later in the day.

Middle School Threats Said to Involve Second Student

Middle School parents were advised that a second pupil was involved in an incident where threatening statements were made.

The wording of of a communication led many to conclude that a second incident had occurred. It had not.

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Wingman to Run at Weston Middle School

A youth leadership program called “Wingman” will begin running at Weston Middle School.

The program aims to inspire children to be more empathetic, courageous, and inclusive by connecting students, especially those who feel alone and isolated, with volunteer leaders.

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Former School District Employees Arrested

Two former school district employees have been arrested on warrants for second-degree larceny.

Rocco Popoli, the district’s former Working Grounds Foreperson, and David Lustberg, formerly Transportation Coordinator, turned themselves in to Weston Police.

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And This...

Weston Middle School students perform with the Westport Community Band.

About Town: Up in Hartford.

Good turnout for "Good Riddance Day."

Tour the Home of Katharine Ordway, June 2

On June 2, you have the opportunity to take a peek inside some of the most amazing houses in Weston, several of which were once the residences of big stars of the arts and philanthropy.

One of the houses on tour is 177 Good Hill Road. This was once the home of Katharine Ordway, an ecologist, conservationist, and art collector who gave us Devil's Den.

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Spaulding, Nestor Announce Candidacies

First Selectman Chris Spaulding announced his bid for re-election this evening, and Selectman Samantha Nestor announced her candidacy for a full term on the Board.

"I'm eager to continue fulfilling the agenda I set when first taking office," said Dr. Spaulding.

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School Septic Failure Bill: $471K

On Thursday, May 9, the boards of Selectmen and Finance approved a special appropriation of $470,834 for remediation of a septic system failure in February at Weston Middle School.

No one appears to know exactly what went wrong.

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Dr. Richard Ellis Named Parade Grand Marshal

Dr. Richard Ellis, a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran, will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27.

After undergraduate work, medical school, and a surgical internship, Dr. Ellis received a draft notice and volunteered for the Air Force.

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The Real Dogs of Weston

A column just for Weston’s canine citizens, sponsored by Passage East Kennels. Each week, a pawsome dog neighbor.

Meet Nico, a happy hound mix who slid into his new role as the Tas family dog this past year! Originally known as Admiral, Nico was actually fostered by another family here in Weston.

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Westport Pilates: a Classical Method Thrives

In content sponsored by Westport Pilates, Weston resident Cait Lyddy talks about her studio, which is thriving despite national fitness chains that have established huge footprints in the Fairfield County fitness landscape.

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5K Road Race May 25, Parade May 27

This year’s 5K Road Race, Walk, and Kids Fun Run has all the markings of a winner.

Volunteer to help with pre-registration, bib and t-shirt pick-up, race day registration, and along the race course.

Also, the Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:45 on Monday the 27th. Marchers need to be in place by 10:00 in the school parking lot. Enjoy!

Democrats Seek Candidates

The Weston Democratic Town Committee is seeking candidates for the November 5, 2019 Municipal Election for the following elected Boards and Commissions: Board of Finance, Police Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Assessment Appeals.

Interested registered Weston Democrats should send their information to Sara Spaulding: spspaulding@mac.com.

Up in Hartford

The final weeks of the 2019 legislative Session in Hartford approach.

What has happened thus far in the Session? Or, as might be asked by some who are familiar with goings-on in recent years in the Legislature, what bills are still alive that may be a threat to Weston?

I can’t help but find it mesmerizing at times to follow how our State’s fiscal crisis evolves...

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Transfer Station Fee Hearing, May 23

The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing about a proposed fee schedule for the Transfer Station on Thursday, May 23 in the Town Hall Meeting Room at 7:30 pm. New fees go into effect on July 1.

Discussions about days and hours of operation are ongoing between Town officials and the Public Works union.

See details of the proposed pricing in the official notice.

Town Center Workshop: Tightly Focused on Details

A second planning workshop for Town Center was held on Saturday, May 4 at Weston Intermediate School. The session was a follow-up on general ideas for the area around the Town Hall campus.

You can still take part (for a while) if you missed it.

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Weston High Receives College Success Award

Governor Ned Lamont and Department of Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell announced today that Weston High School and forty other Connecticut high schools have won the 2019 College Success Award by GreatSchools, a national nonprofit organization.

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Pension Fund Contributions Back on the Table, or Not

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the fiscal water, a news release arrived with a statement from Governor Ned Lamont thanking the legislature’s Appropriations committee for restoring a provision in the State budget to force towns to pay part of teacher pension funds.

It's back. Or is it?

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Voters Approve Budgets

In very light turnout, voters today approved operating budgets for the Town and Board of Education. The Capital Improvements budget also passed.

First Selectman Chris Spaulding said he was "again disappointed by declining turnout," but added that he "appreciates voters approving the budgets. Now we get back to doing the town's business."

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Honors for Weston Students and Student Athletes

On April 29, hours before U.S. News & World Report ranked Weston High School number two in a list of Connecticut’s best high schools (a fraction behind Darien, wait until next year), the Board of Education honored a number of outstanding Weston students and student athletes for their accomplishments.

Story and photos.

Fiscal Victory Gardens

Growing Connecticut’s economy and harvesting Victory Gardens may sound like naïve analogy, but let’s go there.

I recall my parents telling me about the Victory Gardens their families planted during WWII in their front yards, in response to scarcity and rationing of food, yes, but also in public solidarity...

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Parents Confront School Officials Over Ball Fields

Roughly two dozen parents of Weston athletes confronted school district officials and the Board of Education at the board’s April 29 meeting. The ten or so who spoke were unsparing in their criticism of the district’s maintenance of Revson Field and other baseball and softball diamonds.

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School Violence: Not a Laughing Matter

Superintendent Dr. William McKersie and Weston Middle School principal Daniel Doak advised parents this week of an incident that resulted in the removal of a student from school.

The student, who was not identified, reportedly threatened to “shoot up the school” in June.

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Sen. Haskell: Early Voting

Op-ed by Senator Will Haskell

As I stood outside the polls on Election Day, there was one question that kept coming up as voters raced into the voting booth. On that rainy Tuesday in November, dozens of voters asked why Connecticut restricts elections to a single day.

Last week, the House of Representatives considered a bill that would begin to fix this...

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Measles in Connecticut

Westport Weston Health District director Mark Cooper says there are cases of measles in Connecticut.

The health district advises preventive vaccinations. “It is likely the number of measles cases will increase in Connecticut before the outbreak is brought under control,” said Mr. Cooper.

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Other Recent News

Weston students are bound for Odyssey of the Mind finals.

Town obligations for teacher pension contributions are off the table, at least for now.

The time Ms. Pecko flew the coop.

Links to all previous articles can be found in Our Back Pages. Thanks for reading Weston Today.

Letters

Send your Letter to the Editor by email to editor@weston-today.com. No limits. Any topic that interests you is fine. Enjoy.

TO THE EDITOR: Thank you so much to the Weston Board of Selectmen for passing the plastic bag ban. I support this ban because as most people know, plastic is horrible...(continues)

TO THE EDITOR: A great big shoutout to Peter’s Market for their part in reducing plastic waste in Weston. I’m hearing that the store in general, and some of their employees...(continues)

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