ABOUT WESTON WEBSITE'S MISSION
FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS TO ABOUT WESTON WEBSITE
OUR ELECTION 2018 PAGE: STATE ELECTION CALENDAR - http://portal.ct.gov/-/media/sots/ElectionServices/Calendars/2018_Election/2018-Calendar-searchable-pdf.pdf?la=en
Weather report and forecast: Any power outages around CT? Other: Reports on precipitation from National Weather Service; forecast of hazardous conditions HERE.
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 is the major issue Nov. 6.
VETO SESSION twists: Those who voted YES during Short Session now vote NO...
About Town P&Z reporting resumes...we are still hoping B.F.J. gets the job! Our reasons...
ABOUT WESTON'S ART:
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...
ABOUT WESTON website internal
search engine at the top of this page can be used to locate
stories of interest. ABOUT WESTON began in 1998.
- More political cartoons: 2017;
- Campaign 2016: Political CARTOONS, in the spirit of Daumier, whose prints hung in my childhood home's "dining room" and made an early impression!
- Seattle and Whidbey Island
- Second Chance Portfolio
(slow loading). While you are waiting please note that these
artworks, including early graphics, never appeared "framed" for a Juried
Exhibition. Or a show, such as at the...
- 2015 Senior Center ;
- Direct link to "About Town" Public Access TV show's video;
DOG DAYS OF AUGUST.
Junior was ready to join the panel at NPR about CT Primaries, but her pups came early.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
The Board of Selectmen, where everything seems to end up, and where town policies are made.
The Board of Finance,
where the Town financial health is maintained. Please also find
here our reporting on CT entities most recently active on this issue.
Go to our favorite news outlets
"Topics of interest for inquiring minds" or all About Weston sub-pages, or "BLOGS" in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
Background for About Weston - contact us.
"About Town" column from this week's WESTON FORUM. "About Town" television shows here; Norfield Oak story. QUICK LINK TO CT-N
2018 ELECTION NEWS HERE. WARNING: Opinions here as well...
#1 BEST INFO - NEW CT SEC'Y OF THE STATE ELECTION CALENDAR HERE: http://portal.ct.gov/-/media/sots/ElectionServices/Calendars/2018_Election/2018-Calendar-searchable-pdf.pdf?la=en
QUICK LINK TO OUR COVERAGE OF CONNECTICUT'$ HOT I$$UES OUR "CASABLANCA" PAGE FOR GOVERNMENT (reference to "...the usual suspects" round up).
Topics of interest - RESEARCH: Here
we have organized three-dozen or so sub-pages of this website into
categories...for your convenience, if you are interested in a particular
topic. These are updated as information becomes available.
More research sources
UPDATE: Includes 2016 C.E.R.C. - which is a snapshot of data points from various sources and years. Example of Weston data: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/cerc-pdfs/weston.pdf
Song related to Veto Session. NEW Commission forms NEW PAGE HERE
More gambling? Another Commission! And fury about toll study - how many is that?
Does this relate to calling any Special Session re: U.S. Supreme Court decision on sports betting?
Special Session coming?
"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.
PLANNING OF ALL KINDS
From Washington, D.C. to Hartford to our favorite, Weston, Connecticut - Weston is a little town that works...
WESTON BOARD OF SELECTMEN:
PLANNING ENTITIES: At various levels of government.
URBAN DESIGN & RELATED MATTERS
FAVORITE NEWS OUTLETS
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:
WESTON FORUM: https://aspetuck.news/ ;
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;
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
A must for research is the Internet - now Weston Library is open for business!
Thanks Carl Sandburg.
D A T
A C O M E S I N V A R I O
U S F O R M S , O V E R
A I R A N D T H E N M O V E
S O N . . .
LIST OF RESOURCES: Below some research
sources we employ. Plus some asides...
- C.E.R.C. visits Weston , CT quicky data set: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/cerc-pdfs/2017/weston-2017.pdf
- NEW TO US - Feb. 2015 Board of Education report: http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/DemographicTrendsv4.pdf
- "NICHE" - https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/weston-fairfield-ct/
- Feeling sick? http://c-hit.org/
- CT State Data Center demographic link: http://ctsdc.uconn.edu/
- C.E.N. http://www.cen.ct.gov/cen/site/default.asp ;
- CT State Data Center: http://ctsdc.uconn.edu/
- A MUST READ FOR DATA COLLECTORS AND USERS: http://ctbythenumbers.info/2016/04/09/perspective-survey-data-not-what-it-used-to-be/
- The official word (DPH) on vital statistics (work in progress): http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=394598
- The source for what's up at the Legislature (then correlate with CT-N): https://www.cga.ct.gov/
- CTECO: Son of CLEAR: http://ctecoapp1.uconn.edu/simpleviewer/ezviewer.htm
- A private source for weather: http://www.weather.com/ ; and the official site: http://www.weather.gov/
- Unofficial links to
list of ordinances and regulations etc., posted on the Internet,
research by Judicial Branch law library, by CT Town: http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/ordinances.htm
- We notice a centralization of data sources 2018. From CERC the horses mouth; interesting source info in a public-private partnership (beware of this aerial link) including 2012 aerials: http://www.ctdata.org/
- AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THE PROVERBIAL "HORSES MOUTH" FOR OFFICIAL STATS OF VARIOUS KINDS JUST BELOW...
- MUNICIPAL FISCAL INDICATORS from O.P.M.: http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/FI_2012-16_Edition_As_of_2-6-18.pdf
Link to the National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/museum/visit/index.html.
- U.S.G.S. link to Alaska Volcano Observatory: https://www.avo.alaska.edu/
- How do you type in French language accents? Check here: http://www.aboutweston.com/French%20words%20and%20accents.jpg
* = 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
RESEARCH SUB-PAGES ON ABOUT WESTON WEBSITE...IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (numbered item first):
A, B, C , D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O(other), P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. ("Z" stands for "zoning")
169 Towns in CT
CT ELECTION INFORMATION ON MOST RECENT ONE HERE.
Did you miss the About Town column last week? Do you need hot tips on what is going on in town?
Because we're interested in this subject. And urban design, which may be discussed during construction projects here.
Army Corps of Engineers
Army Corps of Engineers and the reports the Town had to an impact for years and years. And more recent related environmental matters.
Aspetuck Land Trust
All fields are not natural; The Nature Conservancy ("Devil's Den" at right) really defines Weston.
WESTON BUDGET PROCESS:
Our first concern. But are we immune from negative "externalities" as they say in economics?
- Weston Budget Process for FY'19 over...
- But that
doesn't mean we stop spending via "special appropriations" until we hit
the 2% cap max. (by Charter) for special or additional appropriations
(of current budget).
- State of Connecticut not out of the woods yet. - 2018 "Short Session" .
NEW - CT PENSION SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION
When the State of CT runs out of money, then what?
When cities and towns run out of money, then what?
Municipal Accountability Review Board
PAGE DEALING WITH RETIREMENT SECURITY or insecurity?
IN ORDER TO GET IN THE MOOD: https://ctmirror.org/2017/01/30/a-legacy-of-debt-connecticut-standing-on-its-own-fiscal-cliff/
F.S.E.G. (ALMOST) HISTORY?
Like Cinderella's coach - gone. Still promoting report however. "'The more you make, the more you pay'" said one legislator.
LINK TO: SHEFF RESUMES AND C.C.J.E.F. STORIES.
Link to planning for Census 2020
"The Horses Mouth" for data or better yet, the quick number for 2010 here.
How much did Weston grow according to the U.S. Census between 2000 and 2010? ANS. 142 people. Census change 2000-2010 = 10,037 to 10,179
Visit some explanatory links, research and special maps fbelow:
PLEASE NOTE: We are suspended our attendance at WESTCOG. Why? Because the action most of interest in now at the Capitol.
Gone but not forgotten: The MORE you look the MORE you see...the MORE DEM dead hand (or not) of MORE government encroachment...try here...for MORE: http://www.housedems.ct.gov/node/2746
cooperation should be voluntary and we assume if there are any changes
they will come from the Legislature. We now "attend" via CT-N,
meetings of ACIR and CT Councils of Governments.
LEGISLATIVE BRANCH : AND HOW IT RELATES TO OTHER BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT
C.G.A. news we find; find list of bills during Sessions from Committees we follow.
CT Spending Cap Commission...CT TAX PANEL and others; Excellent Caucus information session.
After bills are passed and the C.G.A.has finished its work during Sessions, REGULATIONS
are formulated by the bureaucracy ("Executive Branch") to enforce
them. A biennial budget pays for all of it. They now have
CHILDREN ADVOCATE REPORTS
What is Children's Committees up to? Lately. The "advocate?"
EXECUTIVE BRANCH: More bad news now?
Who might run in Gov. Malloy's spot on Dem ticket? Anyone with
second thoughts? Anyone ever run before? (Which ones not
Democrats?) Lt. Gov. won't run. Mayor of Hartford in it?
WHICH ANIMAL RAN FOR PRESIDENT (PUN ALERT: "GORE")?
How can you tell the legislative difference between a lion and a bear again? CT Ethics Advisory Commission and observations of other watch dogs.
CRISIS"...THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH...THE END OF THE RAINBOW...DO NOT PASS
GO, GO DIRECTLY TO A REGION? QUASI-PUBLIC ENTITY?
THE JUDICIAL BRANCH
New CT Chief Justice Richard Robinson, after Judiciary does not endorse first nominee, who was rejected by Senate; C.C.J.E.F. story latest.
it relates to others branches and everyday people... SHEFF
decision: And here comes Sheff for another round beginning Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017...and we ask, will the Legislature be watching?
Drought and now storm water regulations - are they connected? CHECK OUT HISTORY HERE
important to a town with no public water lines or sewer service and
environmentally necessary to stay that way. But what's this? Household Hazardous Waste Collection coming April 28th, "Shredding Day" May 5th...
Bd of Ed meeting news here. MBR story.
LATEST (INCLUDES 2016-2017 DATA) - CT MIRROR STUDY COMPARING SCHOOLS, STATEWIDE AND DRG
HOLY DEFUNDING BATMAN!!!
Education and its CT funding landscape, NEWER news; how much do Charter Schools grow in a bleak financial situation? New Federal law suit; And Educational Technology
How many kids issue to re-emerge? Now?: And the relation among local, regional and state levels of government supplying this service. C.E.A. seeks injunction to halt governor's pass-thru of retirement costs; veto threat;
Lighted fields issue...
High School auditorium projects.
Previous entities created by earlier Legislatures to deal with BUDGET CRISIS
FINANCE BOARD ACTIVITY IN THE WESTON BUDGET PROCESS HERE
Follow Weston Budget Process here. Link to the now finished CT Spending Cap Commission; work of CT Tax Panel, which we followed .
AND OTHER WATCH DOG AGENCIES
This way to all the information you will need to follow local government and protect your freedoms, at right...
Freedom of Information Commission and its sister agencies - S.E.E.C. and Ethics found here, too. Firearms Permit Examiners Board 2017;
"HOW TO" handy tips - "tweaks" in procedures suggested Link: http://www.ct.gov/foi/cwp/view.asp?a=3171&Q=531378#ObtainRecords
"GOVERNMENT" at all three levels - Federal, State and Local.
"The Gazebo" -
Weston's gathering place, on our "greensward." Town Hall, the Weston Public Library and the Norfield Fire House located there...part of a greater plan?
Global Facilities Committee - now including notes on all meetings we ever attended
Health Care 2015
We are always concerned about the structural relationship among levels of government.
Historic Preservation and Re-Use; Historic Districts and Adaptive Re-Use
Highlights from previous research (internet attack, nuclear security); BOTNET ATTACK OF THE MACHINES
Previous information organized for best historical use. Relates to some thoughts we've had about historic preservation.
THE MILLENIALS: What is in their future? Read study here.
SUSTAINABILITY STUDY; WESTON ALWAYS INTO GROUNDWATER - MINI - STUDY ARSENIC, 2017. REVIVED AND NOW WE'RE AHEAD OF THE GAME: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?
National significance in eastern & southwestern CT; and other related issues...such as preserving open space lands including your natural "lawn"... relation to water cycle...via safe household hazardous waste disposal.
Planning & Zoning matters under "Z"
Including notes from Weston meetings related to Police news and new Federal regulations on drones. Gun registration story here, too. 2017 Citizen of the Year celebration.
Power Outage Blog
To report an outage to Eversource, or to check out P.U.R.A. rate case...or who is in the process of buying Aquarion, click here: https://www.eversource.com/clp/outage/outagemap.aspx
Re-Evaluation of property now...
How does this relate to CT Tax Panel - who discussed the CT "over-reliance" on the Property Tax.
AN ARTISTIC E- RE-VISIT;
SEATTLE LIKE WESTON CT?
Full consolidation of Seattle pages online now; Whidbey planning board news, comparison of population from previous About Weston website...how is Weston like Whidbey Island?
P E C I A L T O W N M E E T I N G S
. R E F E R E N D A A F T E
R , B U D G E T P R O C E S S B Y F Y Y E A R
APRIL 4, 2018 DOG PARK MACHINE VOTE GETS 1686 VOTERS TO THE POLLS
- And dogs outscore school budget 2018 25% to 9%.
more budget Referendum voters in 2017 than could be allowed (sitting)
in the high school auditorium in 2017...2015 School
Budget goes down - 2nd referendum 688 y, 313 n, total of
- The reason, in part, for an ATBM/Referendum
required via Charter Revision was Weston High School Auditorium capacity
(originally 600, now in the 500's);
- This laudable change then included a QUORUM of 130 (not a unanimous vote of second Charter Revision Commission);
example of a way to muzzle the voice of the people. When will the
stay home from ATBM folks get the message NOT to take their freedoms
Board of Selectmen meeting notes: Town of Weston website the second official "posting" location. Site Selection process in Weston...
Special Town Meetings since 2002...our reports.
Millennials (they are "GenY") come after GenX
Strategic Planning Committee
Strategic Planning Committee to formally announce "thewestonway.com"
Sustainability Study by About Weston and above right, the link to 2018 version of Sustainability Committee, plus these: Paris - COP21 link.
HOW IS WESTON, CONNECTICUT LIKE A MALL?
Our answer: Local Plan cannot be "inconsistent" with CT Plan of C&D...see link below!
Which comes first for P&Z Commission
- its Plan of C & D now - how does it relate to CT
Plan? New LEGEND? An example of interrelationship here (bike-ped): TownPlan2008-2018.html
CLICK HERE FOR "2020": Get on board our "2020"/NEW town planning page...
Compare our approach this time to the way we did our version of the Plan in 2010!
GO TO OUR OBSERVATIONS OF PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION MEETINGS AND OTHER EVENTS
Almost always the "Z" when you are talking
regulations and their changes. The decennial "plan" process is the
"P." See our planning process here.
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
WE WATCHED ON A FRIDAY BEFORE THE THREE-DAY WEEKEND FOR ACTION ON GOVERNOR'S TRANSPORTATION FINANCE PANEL - OUR REPORT HERE.
All modes! To include bicycle-pedestrian to Federal Railroad planning NE Corridor. Some CT hot development issues - transportation - Monroe "roundabout!" and take the train New Haven-Springfield.
21st Century Unions
Public sector unions fighting for their place everywhere but not in CT, in my opinion. C.R.S.A. to force retirement saving? Or not?
Wild Things review
"WATCH DOG" AGENCIES HERE
"Dog Days" - PUPPPY TIME
Graphic portrait of the Iditarod Trail...on to the graphics from 2018 Iditarod...
The World (graphic at left from NASA photo - eclipse, imagined) and then we are getting ready for New Year's Eve 2018.
WWHD - offices on Bayberry Lane, Westport.
LATEST "ABOUT TOWN"
TOWN" INTERVIEWS THE HONORABLE TONI BOUCHER, CONNECTICUT STATE SENATOR FOR THE 26th DISTRICT:
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.
TOWN" INTERVIEWS THE HONORABLE GAIL
LAVIELLE, CONNECTICUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143rd DISTRICT:
The Honorable Gail
Lavielle represents the 143rd District in Connecticut's House of
Representatives, which includes most of Wilton and parts of Norwalk and
AND SOME NOTABLE PREVIOUS SHOWS:
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
"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:
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!
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, who
provides us with exceptional insights into the serious budgetary issues
the State is faced with, as well as into the campaign for the
Republican nomination for the 2016 Presidential Election. Don't
miss this exceptionally informative interview, about matters that will
affect all of us.
"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD H. FRISCH, TECHNOLOGIST:Artificial intelligence, more
precisely referred to as mechanical intelligence, is now and
increasingly will be re-shaping our lives. Learn all about it from
a distinguished expert in such matters, technologist Richard Frisch.
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
Users (best viewed via Internet Explorer, which will automatically open
Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire
file to download):
or Apple/Mac users (depending on the software you are using, playback
may not begin until the entire file has downloaded, which may take
several minutes or more depending on the speed of your internet
GREAT LEADERSHIP!!! Wonderful job on renovation!!! Weston in powerful network of libraries...
INTERVIEWED KAREN TATARKA, DIRECTOR OF THE WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: NEWS ON RE-OPENING AFTER RENOVATION
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 returning 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!
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!!!
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
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
GREAT NEWS - CONGRATULATIONS TO JIM CAMERON - AN EARLY GUEST OF ABOUT TOWN, INTERVIEW NO LONGER ONLINE: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/nyregion/bar-cars-may-return-to-metro-north-trains-serving-connecticut.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=nygeo-promo-region®ion=nygeo-promo-region&WT.nav=nygeo-promo-region
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(sometimes watching on Channel 79 or on WGTV in bad weather). And as
long ago as December
1998 we began covering government ONLINE!
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ABOUT WESTON'S MISSION, 2018...A NEW TOWN PLAN UPDATE PROCESS BEGINNING - WHERE ARE WE NOW?
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WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW IN PICTURES THIS SEASON:
"HOW IS THAT AGAIN?" DEPARTMENT:
Hot, cold, stormy, stinky and otherwise. Clouds
generically (3 simple visuals). Strato (low), Alto (medium) and
Cirro (high); Atlantic Hurricane Season - link to National Hurricane Center. Tornado?
Get ready for hopefully avoiding outages (best practices): https://www.eversource.com/Content/ct-c
FYI - Officer Joseph Micelli now in charge of Emergency Management - he uses e-mail!
Weston CT: Sign up for CODE RED: https://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=jI5CO7wxm3%2bOw87gZfcjaA%3d%3d
Check to see where CT power outages are: Customer out of power by town...
What the Town was advising for winter - http://www.thewestonforum.com/58890/weston-is-prepared-for-winter-storms/