the website provides original research on Weston, Connecticut 06883.
Methodology: Link to official data
sources; emphasis on land use. Opinions
expressed here of this Weston,
CT website only.
Read the already published "About Town" column in the WESTON FORUM.
ABOUT WESTON, CT & OUR MISSION including news policy - how do we decide what is the news?
PUBLIC MEETINGS AND AGENDAS
Budget Process dates revised - check here: http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/BUDGET_REVIEW_SCHEDULE_2016-17ApprovedRev011216.pdf
ABOUT WESTON'S ORIGINAL ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS:
ABOUT WESTON internal
search engine at the top of this page can be used to locate
stories of interest. ABOUT WESTON began in 1998.
SO YOU NEVER HEARD ABOUT THE YUKON QUEST?
Graphic of "YQ300 dog tag" by M.S. Wirtenberg
T A B L E O F C O N T E N T
The Board of Selectmen, where everything seems to end up, and where town policies are made. HOT NEWS AT PLANNING AND ZONING!
Go to our favorite news outlets
Topics of interest: 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.
"Topics of interest" or sub-pages, in alphabetical order.
OUR INTERESTS: Weston Budget Process moving forward - First Selectman presents operating budget for Town and Capital Budget expenses week...what did the Board of Education propose for FY'17?
B U D G E T P R O C E S S D A T E S ( R E V I S E D )
FY'17 Budget Process in Weston: Feb.
8th, 9th and 22nd are the ones for review of First Selectman's budget
FY'17, and Board of Ed's operating budget, too (no action permitted) and
the Capital Budget - after voting, the First Selectman's Budget then
becomes THE BOARD OF SELECTMAN'S BUDGET.
Education is a CT
Constitutional responsibility. But a really big part of local budgets!
CONNECTICUT (a.k.a. "Land of Steady Habits")
PLANNING OF ALL KINDS
BOARD OF SELECTMEN:
URBAN DESIGN & RELATED MATTERS
FAVORITE NEWS OUTLETS
Link to our favorite daily newspapers online - after the New York Times, which we always read first - and other e-news outlets for opinion.
News outlets local, statewide, national and across the pond:
A resource for videos of live or past events.
LIST OF RESOURCES: Some research
sources we employ, although we do not consider any of them completely
RESEARCH SUB-PAGES ON ABOUT WESTON WEBSITE...IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (numbers first):
A, B, C , D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. ("Z" stands for "zoning")
169 Towns in CT
165 had local elections November 3, 2015; the other 4 had local elections in May.
Did you miss the About Town column last week?
Because we're interested in this subject.
Army Corps of Engineers
Impact in Weston and related matters.
Aspetuck Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy ("Devil's Den" at right)
NEW Weston Budget Process page now active for FY'17...see here for first step...where are we now?
Capital Budget in the scheme of things Part of...Town & School spending plans of a long term (but not as long as bonding, for sure) capital nature...in Weston.
NEWS: Link to planning for Census 2020
"The Horses Mouth" for data.
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 our explanatory links, research and special maps from now WestCOG below:
WestCOG regional meetings
The MORE you look the MORE you see...the dead hand (or not) of MORE government encroachment...
CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY : Short Session underway...
Particularly important to a town with no public water or sewer service.
Under 2% proposed
Education and its CT funding landscape, and Educational Technology
And the relation among local, regional and state levels of government supplying this service.
High School auditorium projects.
Link to CT Tax Panel, finished with its work and presented its final document to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee when else - on a Friday afternoon!
Freedom of Information
"HOW TO" handy tips: http://www.ct.gov/foi/cwp/view.asp?a=3171&Q=531378#ObtainRecords
"The Gazebo" -
Weston's Government gathering place, on our "greensward." Town Hall, the Weston Public Library and the Norfield Fire House located there.
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 on internet attack and nuclear security...
Previous information organized for best historical use. Relates to some thoughts we've had about historic preservation.
National significance in eastern CT, and other related issues...such as preserving open space lands.
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.
Power Outage Blog
To report an outage to Eversource, click here: https://www.eversource.com/Content/ct-e
Re-Evaluation of property
How does this relate to CT Tax Panel - who discussed the CT "over-reliance" on the Property Tax.
SEATTLE LIKE WESTON CT?
Full consolidation of Seattle pages and Whidbey planning board news, comparison of population from previous About Weston website...
Selectmen meeting notes: Town website now an official "posting" location for meeting notices.
Special Town Meetings since 2002...our reports.
Millennials (GenY) come after GenX
Strategic Planning Committee
We are following "GenX" sub-committee!
Sustainability Study by About Weston and above the link, another link to more on air pollution plus...we'll always have Paris - COP21 link.
Which came first, the "P" of the "Z" in the mission of P&Z? The function of ZBA? An example: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Faulty-Stamford-foundation-remains-unresolved-6730458.php
Town Plan Toolkit: What are some things we could add to it? Focus on the central part of town - need a planning-size map?
Are the Town of Weston zoning and subdivision regulations up to date? 2015: Seeking out pathways to healthy living! And here is a story about "special natural characteristics" - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35148909
WE WATCHED FRIDAY BEFORE THE THREE-DAY WEEKEND FOR ACTION ON GOVERNOR'S TRANSPORTATION FINANCE PANEL - OUR REPORT HERE.
All modes! To include bicycle-pedestrian information eventually. One of three rotating hot issues - this one, transportation - meetings at the L.O.B. on CT-N!
21st Century Unions
Public sector unions fighting for their place, and if a recent report is true, they should watch out, indeed.
Wild Things review
Formerly known as "Woof-site" and contains reports about animals...
The World (graphic from NASA photo) and some of its issues.
WWHD - offices on Bayberry Lane, Westport.
LATEST "ABOUT TOWN"
"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.
AND SOME NOTABLE PREVIOUS SHOWS:
"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH
THE HONORABLE TONI BOUCHER, CONNECTICUT STATE SENATOR, 26th DISTRICT:
The Honorable Toni Boucher, CT State Senator for the 26th
District, reports on what has transpired during the 2015 biennial "Long Session" of
the State Legislature, and the “Special Session” which followed it. She describes how the second highest tax
increase in Connecticut’s history has alarmed major corporations headquartered
in our State, as well as individuals of all political persuasions. And she explains that it didn’t have to be,
and how change that would make jobs, education, and transportation top State
priorities, may be in the wind.
TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE GAIL
LAVIELLE, CONNECTICUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143rd DISTRICT:
Gail Lavielle, CT State Representative for the 143rd District, reports
on what the Legislature has been up to during its 2015 biennial "Long
Session." Her exceptionally informative comments about critical
issues involving the State budget, transportation, taxes, and some
particularly worrisome bills that have been proposed, should not be
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
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!
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
ABOUT WESTON'S MISSION:
We can't cover everything.
- Report news related to Weston, CT that About Weston observes, in person, on TV or
- Provide online link to Public Access TV interview show "About Town" here.
- Our web-contact: margaret - at - aboutweston.com
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 in bad weather). And as
long ago as December
1998 we began covering government ONLINE here!
"Eye on Hartford," a column in the print edition of the FORUM, preceded "About Town" - which is offered HERE by the weekend, in larger type.
Our self- described "news beat" - the meetings of boards, commissions, committees, and other entities such as Special Town Meeting or the budget process we watch - are organized by symbol, logo or picture,
- HOT NEWS returns after a hiatus. Now, link to stories is via a work of our original art - painting, drawing, halftone or cartoon - that tells the story of the story!.
- Care about taxes? FY'17 Budget Process has begun...where are we now? And one can't ignore the CT Legislature for goings-on that might affect Weston, in the pocketbook and/or elsewhere!
- What is local government up to? Type in name of board or commission in the search box at the very top of this page (not the "www" choice).
Weston" site was
last updated on 2/7/16
WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW THIS SEASON: What the Town is advising - http://www.thewestonforum.com/58890/weston-is-prepared-for-winter-storms/
Weston CT weather private source: http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/weston-ct/06883/daily-weather-forecast/2208569
Snow fall amount can be found here, according to N.O.A.A. (National Weather Service) - http://www.weather.gov/
"HOW IS THAT AGAIN?" DEPARTMENT:
Link to online calculator: http://www.online-calculator.com/
Time & date: http://www.timeanddate.com/
CHECK LATEST STORM MESSAGE
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