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ABOUT WESTON updated continually...use Google's internal search engine above to locate topics and stories of interest.  ABOUT WESTON began in 1998.

ABOUT WESTON TABLE OF CONTENTS with links.   

"ABOUT WESTON" SITE MAP Including quick links to our global business, climate change and financial melt-down sub-pages.  DIRECT LINK TO RESEARCH;

"ABOUT WESTON" ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY of site including external links.  Or use Google Search above! "About Weston" is all about Weston, Connecticut. 

Web-contact, click here: margaret@aboutweston.com

"About Weston" provides original research on Weston, Connecticut, links to official sources, and expresses the opinions of this Weston, CT website.

We attend many town board and commission meetings.  In order to find our reports, please type in name of board or commission in the search box above - and instantly, you can find unbiased information about Town of Weston activities, as long ago as December 1998, when we began covering the Weston government meetings scene, online.

Sustainability means, among other things, spending money wisely.  And one of the ways WFFR believes this can be furthered is by having a mandatory Referendum.


Temporary website
Background, read more here.



DIRECT FROM OPM:
Some research
in behalf of those concerned about taxes in Weston considering their recent tax bill:  What are/were the mill rates in all CT's 169 towns and other taxing entities?  Does this matter?

And what do you think of the Republican proposal on the car tax?

How about the CT Ballot Question regarding change to the CT Constitution?  If "yes" it is up to the Legislature to change the law. 




LATEST "ABOUT TOWN" SHOW:  



"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS ALLEN SWERDLOWE, AIA, CHAIRMAN OF THE BUILDING COMMITTEE, TOWN OF WESTON:

Distinguished architect Allen Swerdlowe, AIA, of  "Design Seven Architects", serves as chairman of the Building Committee of the Town of Weston, and also as a member of the Town's Global Facilities Committee.  In this highly informative interview he fills us in on the status of recent and ongoing construction projects involving Weston's school and town facilities, and on visions for the future of central Weston.  In the process we learn about how the dedicated architects, builders, HVAC specialists, and other construction professionals who serve on the Committee, as unpaid volunteers, have managed to accomplish every project in recent memory on time, on budget, and with beautiful and high quality results.  WATCH NOW!




"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS LYN KIMBERLY, AMERICAN WANDERER, LLC, AND CAMP BERGER OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE GRANGE:

Lyn Kimberly and her husband Chris Kimberly founded and run a unique camp-on-wheels for young people, called American Wanderer.   Prepare to be amazed at the sights of some of the most spectacular scenery you've ever seen, in the National Parks of our American West!  Hear about this, and about how they are also revitalizing Camp Berger of the Connecticut State Grange, a very special summer camp for kids.


And for more, visit their websites, www.americanwanderer.com and www.campberger.com

SHORTCUT:  Take a look also at these flyers and brochures:

Camp Berger Flyer

American Wanderer Flyer

American Wanderer Brochure


WATCH NOW!

"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS KAREN TATARKA, DIRECTOR OF THE WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY:
Do you think that librarians and public libraries are becoming less useful in this digital age?  Think again!  Find out some of the many reasons why that is not at all true, in this exceptionally informative interview with the director of the Weston (Connecticut) Public Library.  WATCH NOW!



Connecticut Plan of Conservation and Development 2013-2018:
Daniel Morley and Dimple Desai, of the Intergovernmental Policy Division of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management, discuss the draft 2013-2018 Plan of Conservation and Development for Connecticut, which is now undergoing public review and comment.  Watch this informative two-part interview about matters that affect every one of Connecticut's 169 towns and cities.  WATCH NOW!


"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH HON. GAIL LAVIELLE, CONNECTICUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143rd DISTRICT: 
Hon. Gail Lavielle, CT State Representative for the 143rd District, reports on what the Legislature was up to during its 2014 "Short Session."  Her exceptionally informative comments about rail transit issues, education funding, our State's economy, job creation, taxes, and much more, should not be missed!   WATCH NOW!

"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS COLLEEN PALMER, Ph.D., SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE WESTON (CONNECTICUT) PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
What is happening
in the Weston Public Schools, to which 80% of our municipal tax dollars are directed?   How do we achieve that delicate balance between maintaining educational excellence and minimizing taxpayer impact...as well as assuring safety for students and staff?  What are Common Core Standards all about?  And how can our school facilities serve as a resource for the broader community?  Dr. Palmer addresses all of these issues and more in a very special two-part interview.  Dr. Palmer is active in the regional association of education leaders in Southwestern Connecticut, and has much experience in the Hartford area as well as having served as Deputy Executive Director of CREC (Capitol Regional Education Council).  She also serves on a task force created in 2013 by the State Legislature to identify opportunities to offer relief to public schools from mandates that may be negatively affecting their ability to provide the best possible education to students.
We learned a lot!!!  WATCH NOW!

How do Connecticut's financial problems affect the future of public education?  Watch the 2013 winner of "Friend of the Gifted" award report on the Legislative Session!
In this very special "About Town" interview Senator Toni Boucher tells us the latest about legislative matters that affect all of us.  Special focus is given to the relationship between Connecticut's budget problems and education. 
Don't miss the very special insights she provides.  WATCH NOW!!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT...
Amy Kalafa serves on the Town Committee overseeing the future of one of the most beautiful properties in the beautiful Town of Weston, Connecticut.  Her exceptionally diverse and distinguished background also includes authoring of the book "Lunch Wars:  How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children's Health"; creation of the documentary film "Two Angry Moms:  Fighting for the Health of America's Children"; and establishment of the related website www.angrymoms.org.   She has produced award winning films and television programs, and has written magazine articles related to health education for more than 25 years, and has been featured on Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, Fox News Live, and in USA Today and The New York Times.  Don't miss this very special interview!  WATCH NOW!

CLIMATE CHANGE
Dr. Floyd Lapp, F.A.I.C.P., is the Executive Director of the South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA).  This program provides an informative look at current regional planning issues and activities, with special focus on Hurricane Sandy, and how good planning must address the effects of climate change.  WATCH NOW!

PROTECTING YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!
The Honorable Denise Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of the State, visits "About Town" to discuss what has gone on since she and the administration of Governor Malloy took the helm after the unfortunate voting travesty in Bridgeport on Election Day 2010.  Learn about how Secretary Merrill has responded with ideas that can make our democracy here in Connecticut work better!   WATCH NOW!!!

Vision and design in the built environment.
Distinguished architect Allen Swerdlowe, AIA (www.d7architects.com) serves as Chairman of the Building Committee and the School Building Committee of the Town of Weston, CT.  In this very special interview he presents valuable insights into Weston-specific issues, as well as into the important role that good architectural and urban design can play in both the educational process and in making cities and towns better places to live.  WATCH NOW!

Public Safety to the fore!
It has been three years since we previously spoke with the Chief of Police of the Town of Weston, John Troxell.  How have some important police initiatives gone since then, what is on deck, and what does the future hold for traffic, public safety, and community building in this small part of Connecticut?  How about pedestrian circulation initiatives?  Traffic signals?  WATCH NOW!


Guaranteed to liven up your winter!  Mystery, the drama of reality, PLUS endangered species!
"About Town" interviews author and journalist Jessica Speart.  Part 1 focuses on her career and how she became a writer of mystery novels.  This covers a fascinating journey from theatre and TV to environmental journalism to mystery writing!  Ms. Speart's protagonist, a Fish and Wildlife biologist, and essentially an alter-ego, saves endangered species.  In Part 2, Ms. Speart describes how her writing evolved to non-fiction and how her first book in this genre, "Winged Obsession," which will appear in print in April, not only explores a fascinating criminal subject as the central figure, but delves into the intrigues of international derring-do!
  All of which puts us in the mood to challenge a snowy winter with a good read!  WATCH PART 1 and WATCH PART 2

Leadership in tough times
How to keep the "ship of state" afloat in these difficult economic times is perhaps the biggest challenge for Hon. Gayle M. Weinstein, First Selectman of Weston.  Perhaps equally as significant is the need to respect and listen to all voices, and permit the greatest possible number of Westonites to have a say in government.  WATCH NOW!


WE'VE GOT A NEW PLAN!  How is implementation going?

The Town of Weston, Connecticut has just completed the once per decade update of its Plan of Conservation and Development, as mandated by Connecticut state law.  We are privileged to present this valuable interview with Stephan Grozinger, Esq., chairman of Weston's Planning & Zoning Commission, who tells us all about the process and its results!   WATCH NOW!


GET TO KNOW THE WESTON WESTPORT HEALTH DISTRICT!  As the eighth year of "About Town" interviews begins, a three-part series on our health gets underway.  The WWHD was one of the first groups we interviewed, just after September 11, 2001.  Eight years on, the role of the WWHD has expanded, and for some of its functions, the District's borders have widened!  Learn about H1N1 flu, water quality, environmental health, emergency management, and many other topics that are fundamental to maintaining our health, our environment, and even the value of our homes! - GO TO LINKS and watch now!



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"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS HON. ROB SIMMONS, CONGRESSMAN 2001-2007 AND CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE 2010:  The Honorable Rob Simmons, who represented Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007, is an especially distinguished guest.  Mr. Simmons was a candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator, in the 2010 election.  Learn more about Mr. Simmons' distinguished career of service to his state and country - Watch here!

The Honorable Woody Bliss, shown above at the left, served as Weston's First Selectman from 2001 to 2009, was a member of the Board of Selectmen for ten years, and served as chairman of Connecticut's South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization.  He chose not to seek re-election in November, 2009.  Watch an exceptional interview with him, in which he reflects on his years of service, and provides valuable insight into the issues facing Weston.
Watch now!

Watch this two-part interview with Westonite Jim Lomuscio, shown above second from left, who draws on his distinguished career as a non-fiction author, journalist, editor, and teacher, to provide us with truly unique insights into the field of writing, and the state of journalism today.  Mr. Lomuscio's books include "Village of the Dammed:  The Fight for Open Space and the Flooding of a Connecticut Town" (finalist for the 2006 Connecticut Book Award in Nonfiction), and the McGraw Hill college writing textbook "Writing with Your Head & Your Heart:  Balancing Logic and Emotion to Create Powerful Nonfiction."  He currently serves as Full Time Professor of Writing in the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process, at Western Connecticut State University.  Watch now!

Keeping educational costs down and standards up isn't easy in 2010!  Find out about how Weston's public school system achieves a balance between continuously improving educational excellence and fiscal responsibility, from our Superintendent of Schools and from the school system's Director of Finance & Operations.  Watch now!  And for their informative rundown on the previous year's budget preparation process, Watch now!

CT State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26th) provides important insight, perspective, and wisdom concerning the major issues facing Connecticut residents in these challenging times.  Watch "About Town" on YouTube here!

One of our best interviews yet!!!  Weston's new Police Chief, John Troxell, gives us a rundown on traffic control planning, safety measures for all forms of vehicles, and the outlook for “street life” or pedestrian-friendly improvements for 21st century Weston, among many other interesting things! - Watch now!

Director of Public Works for the Town of Weston, Joe Lametta, brings us up-to-date on the responsibilities of DPW as we update the Town Plan!

A wonderful lecture concerning Art and Painting, by a noted authority and a really great teacher!  See David Dunlop (website www.daviddunlop.com) discussing "New Materials, New Patterns, New Histories:  The Future for Painting."  This lecture was presented on March 1, 2009, at the Silvermine School of Art, of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT:

    If you are using a cable or dsl connection, click here:  http://www.aboutweston.com/Silvermine-Dunlop3-1-09CableVersion.wmv   (File size is 208 megaBytes; the lecture comprises 1 hour 39 minutes)
    If you are using a dial-up modem connection, click here:  http://www.aboutweston.com/Silvermine-Dunlop3-1-09ModemVersion.wmv   (File size is 37 megaBytes; the lecture comprises 1 hour 39 minutes)

Nichole Peyreigne, Mezzo-Soprano, and Grace Heaphy, Pianist, are two extraordinary young talents in the field of classical music.  Watch them perform in a very special concert to benefit pediatric brain tumor research via the Making Headway Foundation, to help support the research of distinguished neuro-oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Allen of NYU Medical Center.  Watch now!

"ABOUT TOWN" interviews Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, Director of External Relations and Services at the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise of Fairleigh Dickinson University: In this very special two-part edition of "About Town," a leading authority tells us all about Enterprise Sustainability, and how corporations can and in some cases are implementing "win-win-win" strategies that are good for the environment, for society, and for themselves.--Watch now!

MAGIC!  So you want to learn to make some?
Watch now!  Also, see "Art Through A Poet's Eye," featuring Adele Kamp, as well as all three parts of the Weston High School tour: click here!


TABLE OF CONTENTS: 

T O P   S T O R Y   T O D A Y ;   

Introduction and topics of interest;  

Unofficial notice of Public Meetings
  we plan to attend and our Board of Selectmen's notes;  GLOBAL FACILITIES COMMITTEE;  Tri-Board Meetings...

ANNOTATED RECENT MEETING ACTIONS

Bankrupt cities, states and...here.  Will the Supreme Court get into this in the 2012-2013 Session?

Town of Weston

Link direct to property transfers;
Got you reassessment yet?
  Check here
CENTRAL PART OF TOWN 2012/13 Plan
What is the GLOBAL FACILITIES committee and what is it doing?
Find 
police speed-hump policy;

PROMOTIONAL VIDEO/  
Education:   New Sheff agreement;  QUICK LINK 2012 school population history and projections.  And a HISTORY LESSON:
Connecticut Government:

Research page
CT Senate Districts map and street list for Weston; 
CT-N the Legislative news network.
State of Connecticut "Responsible" Planning:

OPM ON COG
OUR NEW PAGE:  Reporting on the meetings of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments ("WCCOG"):
No longer part of an 8-town region, Weston has abandoned traditional Regional Planning.
OPM, long wanting to get rid of SWRPA, has won.  SWRPA now part of an18-town WCCOG.  Similarly initialed organizations:  http://www.wccog.net/ and http://wccog.us/ as well as several others.  MORE victorious and good luck to them:  http://www.housedems.ct.gov/MORE/

Planning ideas and matters from elsewhere


Environment:  as in "weather events."

INVASIVE SPECIES IN WESTON?  http://www.eddmaps.org/distribution/
CENTRAL PART OF TOWN 2012 - earlier;  Bioswale explanation here:  http://www.grownyc.org/openspace/green-infrastructure-toolkit/bioswales
COASTAL RESILIENCE
http://coastalresilience.org/
SUSTAINABILITY - our own study
here.

LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT REGS IN ISLAND COUNTY, WA
Another one of our studies going on...CENTRAL PART OF TOWN:  IS THERE A PLAN FOR THE FUTURE?
When or if it rains, it pours, in CT, department - some ideas in run-off detention here
CLIMATE policy link here
CT Stream Flow Regs update here.
NEED A MAP OF ANYWHERE IN CT?  http://ctecoapp1.uconn.edu/aerialviewer/viewer.htm

From Washington, D.C.:  State of the Union?  Supreme Court 2014-2015;  Check up on Congress here;  Census Bureau report on income, poverty and health care.  Redistribution of the wealth...

From Across the Pond:


WHAT CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY IN THE UNITED STATES?   Start here.   GLOBALLY?



HAZARDS OF ALL KINDS, NATURAL AND MAN-MADE: 

WESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT here

WWHD here

Weston Emergency Management page here

Icelandic ash over Europe (remote sensing map) and frontpage portrait of the ash as it moves along high above...

WEST NILE VIRUS IN THE AREA;  HOW ABOUT LYME DISEASE?  AND NATURAL DISASTERS?


NOTES AND E-SOURCES: 

Annotated bibliography...please remember that this WEBsite is not official; it views events of the day as may impact good planning ...regional comparisons or examples provided...and:
A direct link to the newspaper who's main office is closest to the Legislature -  Hartford Courant;
Internal links organized in "biblio" page here!
Link to "About Town" television program information; 



OTHER: 


Watercolors by Hannah Ferenbach

"Foggy Dune"




CL&P Power outage info, left;  some CT summer "events" and 2014 London. far right; "extreme weather" advice (link to article).
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EMERGENCY: COULD BE TRAFFIC OR MASS TRANSIT, COULD BE WEATHER:  Never too much weather background

WEATHER REPORTS:

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/okx/
FORECAST FROM ACCU WEATHER

From the National Weather Service (simple local report),
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - LOCATE DETAILED FORECAST HERE: http://www.weather.gov/
How much snow?

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Report on traffic.

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Need a calendar?  http://www.timeanddate.com/

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Focus on our neighbor to the south?  Read about Westport now...other stuff?

Silvermine Guild and Art School here...
Sound Cycling.

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N o w   a   G O O G L E   a d v i s o r . . .


News of Matthew Zachary in concert: http://matthewzachary.com/nyc/
I'M TOO YOUNG FOR THIS:  TIME Magazine rates the site...http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stupidcancershow
PRACTICE-A-THON '08 A BIG SUCCESS!!!
http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1633488_1633530_1633566,00.html




SP Kennel's Chena no longer a puppy!!!
Chena now shows eager personality, confidence, as a 2014-2015 YEARLING...summertime 2014 video here.

W E B S I T E
 
Remember this FORUM very special article?

BREAKING NEWS:   Is it, in the end, all about the economy?
I.M.F:  http://www.imf.org/external/
Debt Clock
Associated Press
Reuters
Only CT newspaper with a presence in D.C.:  http://ctmirror.org/
Our favorite for State of CT news below;  assorted other news links





PROPOSED DRAFT TOWN HALL EXPANSION AND RENOVATION
As we observed it meeting of the Global Facilities Committee, Thursday morning at 7:45am in the Town Hall Meeting Room...





ON TOWN TV CHANNEL 79 AT 5PM UNTIL ELECTION DAY!

Picture story of "28th"
LWV of Weston Debate on League website here

"28th STATE SENATE DISTRICT DEBATE"  is  now on channel 79 every day at 5pm!  Read LWV backgrounder here.
Ed Fund Director (the debates are funded by contributions to the LWV of Weston education fund) opens program, introduces Moderator.
 
FOLLOW THE NUMBERS BELOW TO SEE WHAT YOUR BALLOT SHOULD LOOK LIKE NOV. 4, 2014
  - Ballot Questions



("Printed absentee ballots for the election become available to electors on this day. (§§ 9-135 and 9-140(f))).  ALSO (Constitutional Pamphlet. (§§ 2-30a, 9-140(d))).  IN WESTON THIS YEAR ("Explanatory text and/or arguments regarding local questions (optional). (§§ 9-140(d) and 9-369b.)")  Registrars may direct the clerk to mail an absentee ballot set to an elector or an applicant for admission as an elector who (1) is living outside the U.S. or (2) is a member of the armed forces,or the spouse or dependent living where such member is stationed. Town clerk also mayso acton his own motion. (§§ 9-140(f) and 9-153d).

 

Here is a link to Secretary of the State's calendar for actions leading up to Election Day November 4, 2014.  Click "VOTE" above to find reportage we think is up to snuff PLUS our own research on Election 2014
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MOST RECENT MEETINGS OF INTEREST ATTENDED:
  We save arbitrary snapshots of types of meetings thru the years here...to find more thorough history of all meetings we attended, click here.



WCCOG first meeting (in Ridgefield, second one in Wilton in No vember);

Selectmen, 9-30-14 (Special) -
approval of technology leases after discussion,to be renewed during budget process, of the wisdom of leasing over buying. New sites: Bow-hunting at Lachat and Bisceglie Oct.-Jan.

Lachat Town Farm Commission, meeting twice in July, planning for next year's crops already!  Harvest Dinner 2014 a success!

First day of school 2014-2015
and the burn in period for lights - when will the first quarterly meeting of the lights committee be? 

Historic District Commission Wednesday, July 23rd special meeting, allowing public questions.  Bank withdraws

THROUGH THE YEARS, OUR FAVORITES FROM I-BBC:

A NEW PAGE - OIL AND WATER:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/americas/2010/oil_disaster/default.stm
History of earthquakes here.

...ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8133835.stm
G-20 news: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/business/2009/g20/7897719.stm
MAKING CHANGE IN U.S. LESS FUZZY:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7657473.stm
GLOBAL CREDIT CRUNCH TIMELINE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7521250.stm
THE 'BIG BANG' SUPERCOLLIDER STORY IN FULL HERE
Global warming sidelight:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7494305.stm
GREEN:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/documentary_archive/7075560.stm
Confused over the names of countries?  Changing world here.
Big ships: the pix;  how about the Titanic?  the present story:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6377633.stm


From across the pond:




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