ELECTION 2018 PAGE: November 6th is...two weeks away plus one...
DEBATESWeather report and forecast: Any power outages around CT? Other: Reports on precipitation from National Weather Service; forecast of hazardous conditions HERE.
WESTON BALLOT PROOFS (NOT FINAL)
CONNECTICUT OFFICIAL STATE ELECTION CALENDAR 2018
PUBLIC MEETINGS AND AGENDAS IN WESTON
LINK to Town of Weston YouTube channel. What is our area of interest as well as expertise? What is our "NEWS BEAT"? ABOUT TOWN (WESTON) COLUMN HERE
C.G.A. website (link to 2018 Short Session). IMHO this - CT Finances - is the major issue Nov. 6.
VETO SESSION twists: Those who voted YES during Short Session now vote NO...
NEWEST PAGE IN GREEN
About Town P&Z reporting resumes...NEXT STEP COMMUNITY SURVEY? We would bet this subject will be discussed at Thursday's "Marketing & Communications" Committee meeting...
Summer 2016 into AUTUMN, ending in snow...as Winter began. The first day of winter is also the darkest day. SPRING has given way to
Summer 2017...longest "LONG" C.G.A. Session... AUTUMN 2017; Winter17-18 grabs hold and won't let go!!! And it is SPRING 2018...
SUMMER2018; and Autumn2018 is upon us...
"HOT BUTTONS" TO GOVERNMENT: Why we cover four (4) Committees and study the CT Legislative process; and then there is the budget crisis
CONNECTICUT (a.k.a. "Land of Steady Habits") ELECTIONS in 2018. Government page with links to White House, and LOCAL government.
169 Towns: What functions required what level of government? Are taxes not the usual final determination? Who gets a say? The local level we are most familiar with here.
CT STATE GOVERNMENT: Whither or wither CT?
CT MELTDOWN: Long Session of 2017 getting weirder and weirder?
CT STATE CONSTITUTION: Including "Article Tenth" (OF HOME RULE);
LATEST REGULAR SESSION - 2018: What comes out of bills passed during regular and effectively, during Special Sessions eventually become...REGULATIONS.
Freedom of Information Commission; Hearing on Board of Education (Bethel) charging $20 for smartphone copies (on complaint for 5 years of expense records for every administrator in the department).
A way to go before we're at Puerto Rico's level...http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/business/dealbook/failed-talks-raise-specter-of-biggest-default-in-puerto-rico-crisis.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
PLANNING THE ACTIVITY
SENIORS; another end (see immediately below) of the population spectrum...
MILLENNIALS; WHAT'S UP?
TOWN PLANNING TOOL-KIT: Online references and "how to" directions from About Weston to assist citizens attempting to do their own planning. Map of location of Weston CT Historic Districts here.
LACHAT; Or as we like to say, "Toujours Lachat" - a subject of significance going forward.
Aspetuck Land Trust
"Georgetown" development in the future?
Transportation: N.E.C. PLAN OPTIONS; Metro North New Haven Line 1% INCREASE - actual info from source here. Our observations of Governor's Transportation Panel here.
ABOUT WESTON website manager
has a professional background in city planning, has accomplished
original research on downtown pedestrian malls, and has long experience
in public policy matters, with degrees to match.
Online news outlets local, statewide, national and across the pond:
CALENDAR of Weston-only schedule of activities and DIRECT NEWS line to online newspaper http://www.weston-today.com/
TV news: http://connecticut.news12.com;
OUR FAVORITE SOURCE - CT-N link;
AND...CT NEWS JUNKIE: http://ctnewsjunkie.com/;
The New London DAY;
The Advocate Online;
The Waterbury Republican-American;
Yale Daily News;
New Haven REGISTER;
Alaska Dispatch News: http://www.adn.com/;
WHAT'S UP IN COURT? https://www.courthousenews.com/
NEW to us: https://www.ctrealtors.com/ctr-tv/
Note this is a national organization - https://www.publicintegrity.org/about
* = Observations from news accounts from elsewhere since 1998 are continually being evaluated off-line and where appropriate when specific items relate to the new more local mission of About Weston; when timely, included by reference in current discussions.
ON A LOCAL AND REGIONAL LEVEL
This way to all the information you will need to follow government
The 2018 Impementer included this: Sec. 335 and all other to 339 ((d) below "crumbling foundations - we believe to be funded by increased fees to every homeowner in the state...and...(d) Notwithstanding any municipal charter, home rule ordinance or special act, no municipality shall collect an application fee on a building permit application to repair or replace a concrete foundation that has deteriorated due to the presence of pyrrhotite.
PLEASE NOTE: We are suspended our attendance at WESTCOG. Why? Because the action most of interest in now at the Capitol.
Elsewhere - since Weston is not an island, an example. Zoning issue: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Faulty-Stamford-foundation-remains-unresolved-6730458.php
LINK TO TOWN OF EASTON DRAFT TOWN PLAN UPDATE: http://www.eastonct.gov/sites/eastonct/files/u446/easton_plan_of_conservation_and_development_2018-2028_revised_draft.pdf
Joe Lametta recently retired as Director of Public Works for the Town of Weston, Connecticut, concluding a distinguished 40 year career of service to the Town.
In this very special interview he provides fascinating
insights into the varied functions of a municipal public works department; on
how Weston has remained "ahead of the curve" when it comes to
environmental matters; and his thoughts on what may lie ahead concerning infrastructure
and other matters of import to the Town.
Recorded September 21, 2018
TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE TONY HWANG, CONNECTICUT STATE SENATOR, 28th DISTRICT:
Town" is delighted to present this interview with the
Honorable Tony Hwang, Connecticut State Senator for the 28th District. Senator Hwang
provides us with exceptional insights into the very major issues
the State is currently faced with, and the keys to how they should be resolved. Don't
miss this exceptionally informative interview, about matters that will
affect all of us.
Recorded August 23, 2018.
Town" is honored to present this interview with the Honorable Toni
Boucher, Connecticut State Senator for the 26th District.
The district Senator Boucher represents in the Connecticut State Senate includes the towns of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. In this informative interview she provides an update on the 2018 Session of the State Legislature, which has addressed issues affecting all Connecticut residents. The State's economy, its budget, taxes, jobs, cost of living, the possibility of highway tolls, as well as her unanimously passed Bill on Holocaust Education, are among the many issues she informs us about. Now signed into law by the Governor: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB00452&which_year=2018
Recorded May 6, 2018
TOWN" INTERVIEWS THE HONORABLE CHRISTOPHER SPAULDING, Ph.D., FIRST SELECTMAN, TOWN OF WESTON, CONNECTICUT:
"About Town" is honored to present this interview with the recently elected First Selectman of the Town of Weston, Connecticut, the Honorable Christopher Spaulding, Ph.D.
Among many topics covered in the interview that will be of interest to Westonites and to others interested in small town municipal government, Dr. Spaulding provides us with valuable insight into his approaches to the delicate balancing acts leadership of local govenment requires.
The Honorable Gail
Lavielle represents the 143rd District in Connecticut's House of
Representatives, which includes most of Wilton and parts of Norwalk and
Currently serving as an Assistant Republican Leader, Rep. Lavielle is the House Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and a member of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, the Transportation Committee, and the School Construction Priority List Review Committee, as well as the House Republican Screening Committee. Previously, she served as Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee and as a member of the Appropriations and Higher Education Committees. She also sits on bipartisan caucuses focused on Manufacturing and services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
"About Town" is honored to present this interview with Representative Lavielle, in which she provides important insights into the 2017 biennial legislative "Long Session," and related matters that affect all Connecticut residents.
TOWN" INTERVIEWS JIM LISHER, CHAIRMAN, TELE-HEALTH SENIORS WELLNESS PROGRAM OF NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT:
"About Town" is delighted to present this interview with Jim Lisher, chairman of the Tele-Health Seniors Wellness Program of New Canaan, Connecticut. This highly successful program commenced in 2013, and provides senior citizens with the opportunity, at no cost to them, to have periodic video visits with a nurse, and periodic remote monitoring of vital signs and other health-related information. The goal being to facilitate successful aging in place, while simultaneously improving quality of care and reducing health care costs. After watching this important interview you just may find yourself wanting to inspire the officials of your own town or city to establish a similar program!
INTERVIEWS LYN KIMBERLY, AMERICAN WANDERER, LLC, AND CAMP BERGER OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE GRANGE:
And for more, visit their websites, www.americanwanderer.com and www.campberger.com
For Windows Users (best viewed via Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire file to download):
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INTERVIEWED KAREN TATARKA, DIRECTOR OF THE WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: NEWS ON RE-OPENING AFTER RENOVATION
"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS ALLEN SWERDLOWE, AIA, CHAIRMAN OF THE BUILDING COMMITTEE, TOWN OF WESTON:
INTERVIEWS COLLEEN PALMER, Ph.D., SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS FOR THE
WESTON (CONNECTICUT) PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
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!
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!
- In case you are wondering why this website does not delve into topics...we can't cover everything all by ourselves!
- As advised years ago, most decisions end up in the lap of the Board of Selectmen. So we haven't missed one of these EVER - since June, 1991 (sometimes watching on Channel 79 or on WGTV in bad weather). And as long ago as December 1998 we began observing government ONLINE!
- We now, in 2018, attend all meetings of Boards of Selectmen and Finance as well as P&Z.
- What we think is the top issue of the week in Weston, CT.in our About Town column (in WESTON-TODAY)
- Or in the State of Connecticut or wherever we think something will impact Weston, Connecticut...
- We even do political cartoons just for fun on this website only.