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Possible flooding as the snow melts? Not Weston above.
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online. CENTRAL PART OF TOWN and WFFR are our most recent planning exercises...immediately below.
OUR NEWEST PAGE (UNDER CONSTRUCTION): Link to Town Plan 2010
CENTRAL PART OF TOWN
(l) We started updating our own version of the town plan @ when P&Z did! And then we realized the need for a plan for The Central Part of Town...since this is where all action is! And it is where the highest percentage of impervious surfaces are, where the tertiary treatment plant is, where the centralized school system is, where the Town Hall complex is...the shopping center...
means, among other things, spending money wisely. And one of the
ways WFFR believes
this can be furthered is by having a mandatory Referendum.
read more hot news here...
How many times has this been mentioned at SPEAK UP by founding member of WFFR? And hasn't WFFR called for removing the "MBR" in statute...many times??? "Can't continue doing the same thing..."
How many towns in WCCOG are in the red - have lower number of students - over a five-year period? We count 10 or 11 of the 18.
Just in time for the Weston Board of Finance Public Hearing on the budget...data
shows that over the last five years many districts have drops in
If there is no reason to have an ATBM it is because no one is
capable of speaking up. Are Westonites immune to what is happening
fiscally to the Town and the State?
LATEST "ABOUT TOWN"
INTERVIEWS LYN KIMBERLY, AMERICAN WANDERER, LLC, AND CAMP BERGER OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE GRANGE:
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
And for more, visit their websites, www.americanwanderer.com and www.campberger.com
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INTERVIEWS KAREN TATARKA, DIRECTOR OF THE WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY:
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
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!
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!
A leading voice, perhaps THE leading voice, on transportation infrastructure improvement
PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH HON. GAIL LAVIELLE, CONNECTICUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143rd
Lavielle, CT State Representative for the 143rd
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!
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
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
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!!!
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!
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...
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
Executive Director of the
Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA). This program provides
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
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!
Vision and design in the built environment.
Safety to the fore!
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
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!
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
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
a snowy winter with a good read! WATCH
PART 1 and WATCH
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
to respect and listen to all voices, and permit the greatest possible
Westonites to have a say in government. WATCH NOW!
WE'VE GOT A NEW PLAN! How is implementation going?
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
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
FILE - SEE THESE AGAIN!
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
nomination for United States
Senator, in the 2010 election. Learn more about Mr. Simmons'
distinguished career of service to his state and country - Watch
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
valuable insight into the issues facing Weston.
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
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
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!
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
for “street life” or pedestrian-friendly improvements for 21st century
Weston, among many other interesting things! - Watch
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
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
(File size is 37
megaBytes; the lecture comprises 1 hour 39 minutes)
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
interviews Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, Director of External Relations and
Services at the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise of Fairleigh
Dickinson University: In
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
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
CONTENTS: THE REVISED DATES FOR FY'16 BUDGET PROCESS
S T O R Y T O D A Y ;
Introduction and topics
of Public Meetings
we plan to
and our Board of
Selectmen's notes; GLOBAL FACILITIES COMMITTEE; Tri-Board
Meetings...and turning the page with a real planner...
ANNOTATED RECENT MEETING ACTIONS
What will the Supreme Court get into this
in the 2014-2015 Session?
Sheff agreement; QUICK LINK TO BIRTHS/ENROLLMENT AND THE FULL REPORT 2014; QUICK
LINK 2012 school
population history and projections. And a
LESSON: Demographics of Higher Education: http://www.nebhe.org/thejournal/is-our-aging-population-a-threat-to-education/
OPM ON COG
OUR NEW PAGE: Reporting on the meetings of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments ("WCCOG"): PLEASE VISIT SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR WCCOG: http://www.westernctcog.org/
MORE victorious and good luck to them:
SWRPA and HVCEO no longer exist as governmental entities: January first of 2015 only COGs in CT:
Planning ideas and matters from
SWRPA (Regional Plan of C&D 2006-2015) now part of an18-town WCCOG - website under construction - link to new entity's meetings here. No longer part of an 8-town region, Weston has abandoned traditional Regional
Planning. OPM, long wanting to get rid of SWRPA, has won.
Similarly initialed organizations in the 50 states: (ME) http://www.wccog.net/ and (PA) http://wccog.us/ as well as several others.
Environment: as in "weather events."
Washington, D.C.: State of the Union? Supreme Court 2014-2015; Check
up on Congress here; Census
on income, poverty and health care. Redistribution of the wealth...
CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY IN THE UNITED STATES?
OF ALL KINDS, NATURAL
WESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT here;
Management page here.
over Europe (remote sensing
map) and frontpage
of the ash as it moves along high above...
WEST NILE VIRUS IN
THE AREA; HOW ABOUT LYME DISEASE?
AND NATURAL DISASTERS?
that this WEBsite is not official;
views events of the day as may impact good planning ...regional
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!
to "About Town" television
by Hannah Ferenbach
CL&P Power outage info, left; some CT summer "events" and 2014 London. far right; "extreme weather" advice (link to article).
OUTAGE MAP: https://www.eversource.com/clp/outage/outagemap.aspx
REPORT OUTAGE: https://www.eversource.com/clp/customer/outage/outagelogin.aspx
SAFETY TIPS: https://www.eversource.com/Content/ct-e/residential/safety
Outages Map: http://www.cl-p.com/stormcenter/outagemap.aspx
And here is a link to United Illuminating (the area in grey on CL&P map): http://www.uinet.com
EMERGENCY: COULD BE TRAFFIC OR MASS TRANSIT,
WEATHER: Never too much
FROM ACCU WEATHER
the National Weather Service (simple local report),
WEATHER SERVICE - LOCATE DETAILED FORECAST HERE:
How much snow?
a calendar? http://www.timeanddate.com/
on our neighbor to the south? Read
about Westport now...other
and Art School here...
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/
Magazine rates the site...http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stupidcancershow
'08 A BIG SUCCESS!!!
W E B S I T E
very special article?
Is it, in
the end, all about the economy?
OPM "Fiscal Indicators" (most recent online)
CT newspaper with a presence in D.C.: http://ctmirror.org/
CT sources: http://www.aboutweston.com/CONTENTS.htm#ctap
FOCUS ON COMMITTEES: JF deadline P&D March 30. "Car-tax" sharing? Changes to HB6851). How about SB1? Spending cap shell game coming?
Lawmakers Struggle With Spending Cap
by Christine Stuart | Mar 26, 2015 12:05pm
Anti-poverty advocates and residents who benefit from the state’s social
service programs visited the state Capitol Wednesday to lobby lawmakers
against many of the $1.3 billion in spending cuts included in
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget.
The decision to drop parents from the state’s Medicaid program for
low-income families, reduce reimbursement for doctors who accept
Medicaid patients, reductions in funding for legal service programs and
families of children with disabilities, are just a few of the spending
cuts advocates find unacceptable.
Sen. Beth Bye, co-chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, told
advocates Wednesday that there are many cuts she also finds “untenable.”
But this year’s budget is “a really difficult puzzle,” Bye said.
It’s difficult partly because it’s $54 million over the spending cap in 2016.
The cap, which was instituted at the same time as the income tax, is
calculated by tying increases in state spending to either personal
income growth or the rate of inflation. The governor’s budget director
discovered days after unveiling the budget that it was $54 million over
the spending cap. But he declined to offer any revisions and left any
changes up to the legislature
Last week, Bye said the committee is looking at all of its options when it comes to putting together a spending proposal.
There are people who think “we shouldn’t look for ways around the
spending cap problem” and there are others who believe it’s okay to move
spending outside the cap, Bye said. All of those options are being
The General Assembly would need a 3/5ths majority to approve spending
beyond the cap. That would require bipartisan support, which doesn’t
exist. Several Republican lawmakers have said they have a strict
interpretation of the spending cap and will be watching the Democratic
majority closely to see what they decide to do with the budget...story
in full: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/lawmakers_struggle_with_spending_cap/
RECENT MEETINGS OF INTEREST ATTENDED:
Please be advised: Click HERE for the Budget Process dates for FY'16...and About Town's reports here. We save arbitrary snapshots of types of meetings thru the years here...to find more thorough history of all meetings we attended, click here.
Executive Session twice on March 19th plus more talk about Global
solutions...and report on Lights Committee arranging for Musco to design
special detail for the fixtures that are leaking light as per previous
test. Next measurements take when some leaves have come out before
work done to gain the zero readings.
Board of Finance beginning March 9th...and what a meeting! Read more here. And we are watching at home Wednesday evening on the Education Budget review.
WCCOG : March
19th meeting report;
Tri-Board Meetings: Run up to January 27th...we watched at home on the streaming Board of Education Meeting sight!
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:
History of earthquakes here.
...ONE SMALL STEP FOR
ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8133835.stm
CHANGE IN U.S. LESS
CREDIT CRUNCH TIMELINE:
warming sidelight: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7494305.stm
over the names of
Big ships: the
pix; how about the
Titanic? the present story:
From across the pond:
Weston" site was
last updated on 3/26/15
to this one of @500 separate pages on this website, since 7/19/04. Prior to
7/19/04, the index page had a total of 9833
began on 12/14/98.
WESTON FORUM CLOSINGS/CANCELLATION NEWS...
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