479 million
'instant minutes'
WWW www.aboutweston.com
ABOUT WESTON WEBSITE'S MISSION AND HOW TO FIND STUFF

   

QUICK LINKS
CT ELECTION RESULTS

NEW
FY'20 BUDGET PROCESS LINK

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




The ABOUT WESTON WEBSITE is the only source of news reports on P&Z
PLANNING-RELATED LINKS, STARTING WITH THE CONNECTICUT LEGISLATURE IN 2019

  

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...

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










ABOUT WESTON'S ART COLLECTION IN LOTS OF DIFFERENT MEDIA:
ALL-MEDIA ART COLLECTION  and our "new" Pointillism.

NEW - GRAPHIC VISIT  - What makes a place a city?

"Inside-Outside" Series here.  On hold while we consider changing Weston media picture.

The Four Seasons Series Ongoing: "From the beginning" as the conductor usually says... 
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 2017Winter17-18  grabs hold and won't let go!!!  And it is SPRING 2018...
SUMMER2018;  and Autumn2018 is upon us...
More political cartoons:  2017;  you will find newer ones here, too.

Campaign 2016:  Political CARTOONS, in the spirit of Daumier, whose prints hung in my childhood home's "dining room" and made an early impression!

Paris.

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;
 

ABOUT WESTON website internal search engine at the top of this page can be used to locate topics and stories of interest.  ABOUT WESTON began in 1998.





 

    

TOLLS FOR TRUCKS.  
What's in store for other modes of travel?  For some other related ideas such as:
  1. Regional Schools,
  2. Taxing power to COGs after bill passes for "weighted" voting?
  3. STATE-WIDE PROPERTY TAX ON CARS.
  4. The last CT Governor from Greenwich brought us the State income tax...
  5. FWIW, this election proved to me that people are "relocating" for property tax purposes - we'll see what happened in local elections next year.









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.

Planning & Zoning, where the Town Plan of Conservation and Development update will take place.

Go to our favorite news outlets




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 - RESEARCHHere 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






  
Introduced by Lieutenant Governor-Elect Bysiewicz (r)    
Governor- Elect Lamont press conference:  http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15748

Song related to Veto SessionNEW
Commission chugging along -  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?







"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&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news




PLANNING THE ACTIVITY



SENIORSanother 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.



GOVERNMENT:  From Washington, D.C. to Hartford to our favorite, Weston, Connecticut - Weston is a little town that works...



WESTON BOARD OF SELECTMEN

More:


THINGS ENVIRONMENTAL



PLANNING ENTITIES:  At various levels of government.  And those that are charged with

Local

Regional:  WCCOG;  and CCOGs'  Executive Directors meet in Hartford.

Creatures of the State:  A.C.I.R. (Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations) - State and local government as appointed by statute;  Economic Competitiveness Commission; - Chair. running for AG - will this continue past Nov. 6, 2018?


URBAN DESIGN & RELATED MATTERS


OTHERS BEYOND
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:

HERSAM ACORN pulled the plug on the FORUM


CALENDAR of Weston-only schedule of activities.  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/;

http://www.ctmirror.org/home;

The New London DAY;

http://www.norwichbulletin.com;

http://www.courant.com/;

http://www.westportnow.com/;

http://www.westport-news.com/;

The Advocate Online;

http://www.greenwichtime.com;

http://www.newstimes.com/;

http://www.connpost.com;

The Waterbury Republican-American;

Norwalk HOUR.

Yale Daily News;

New Haven REGISTER;

Alaska Dispatch News:  http://www.adn.com/;

I-BBC:  http://www.bbc.com/news;

http://ctbythenumbers.info/;

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...
  1. C.E.R.C. visits Weston , CT quicky data set:  https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/cerc-pdfs/2017/weston-2017.pdf
  2. NEW TO US - Feb. 2015 Board of Education report:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/DemographicTrendsv4.pdf
  3. "NICHE" - https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/weston-fairfield-ct/
  4. Feeling sick? http://c-hit.org/
  5. CT State Data Center demographic link:  http://ctsdc.uconn.edu/
  6. C.E.N. http://www.cen.ct.gov/cen/site/default.asp ;
  7. CT State Data Center:  http://ctsdc.uconn.edu/
  8. A MUST READ FOR DATA COLLECTORS AND USERS:  http://ctbythenumbers.info/2016/04/09/perspective-survey-data-not-what-it-used-to-be/
  9. The official word (DPH) on vital statistics (work in progress):  http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=394598
  10. The source for what's up at the Legislature (then correlate with CT-N):  https://www.cga.ct.gov/
  11. CTECO: Son of CLEAR: http://ctecoapp1.uconn.edu/simpleviewer/ezviewer.htm
  12. A private source for weather: http://www.weather.com/ ;  and the official site:  http://www.weather.gov/
  13. CT-N;
  14. 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
  15. 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/
  16. AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THE PROVERBIAL "HORSES MOUTH" FOR OFFICIAL STATS OF VARIOUS KINDS JUST BELOW...
  17. MUNICIPAL FISCAL INDICATORS from O.P.M.:   http://www.ct.gov/opm/lib/opm/FI_2012-16_Edition_As_of_2-6-18.pdf
  18. Link to the National Archives:  http://www.archives.gov/museum/visit/index.html.
  19. U.S.G.S. link to Alaska Volcano Observatory: https://www.avo.alaska.edu/
  20. How do you type French language accents Check here for the complicated version:  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






IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER ("169 towns" page first - how long will there continue to be that many?

ABC , DEFGHI,  J,  KLMNO(other),  P,  Q,  RSTU,  V,  W,  X,  Y,  Z. ("Z" stands for "zoning")

   
           
169 Towns in CT
CT ELECTION INFORMATION ON MOST RECENT ONE HERE.


     
ABOUT TOWN...
Did you miss the About Town column last week?  Do you need hot tips on what is going on in town?



                 
Architecture
Because we're interested in this subject.  And urban design, which may be discussed during construction projects here.


               

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
REPORTS   - impact for years and years.  Light on more recent related environmental matters.  CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS  in Implementer.2018.


      
Aspetuck Land Trust
All fields are not natural;  The Nature Conservancy  ("Devil's Den" at right) really defines Weston.








 Crumbling Foundations
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.


WESTON BUDGET PROCESS: 
Our first concern.  But are we immune from negative "externalities" as they say in economics?

     
STATUS?




 

              
CT PENSION SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION - meeting twice a month, way "out of the box" thinking!
When the State of CT runs out of money, then what?





When cities and towns run out of money, then what?  We note that administration officials are leaving for other jobs...according to CT MIRROR.


    
M.A.R.B.
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.

            
CTCOGS
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
Regional 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 one, 11-15-17.




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.

                  
"PERPETUAL CRISIS"...THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH...THE END OF THE RAINBOW...DO NOT PASS GO, GO DIRECTLY TO A REGION?  QUASI-PUBLIC ENTITY?



THE JUDICIAL BRANCH



HOT NEWS:  "The judicial branch has eliminated the four-person Supreme Court police force..." reports the CT MIRROR....not so fast!
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.
Judicial Branch...as 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
Particularly important to a town with no public water lines or sewer service and environmentally necessary to stay that way.  But what's this?



NEW TO US  THE CONNECTICUT SPECIAL EDUCATION COST MODEL TASK FORCE:  MEETING MINUTES AND TASK FORCE DOCUMENTS

MOST RECENT MEETING - A VIRTUAL ONE.
CT school finance project director attending these meetings.  We note that the RFP got no responses.  "Focus groups" are being held with parents.




Bd of Ed meeting news here.  MBR.  NEW for 2018-2019, Weston High School sports viewing

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...




Finale
High School auditorium projects.





 
Previous entities created by earlier Legislatures to deal with BUDGET CRISIS



FINANCE BOARD ACTIVITY IN THE WESTON BUDGET PROCESS HERE

 
Finance Board
Follow Weston Budget Process here.  Link to the now finished CT Spending Cap Commissionwork of CT Tax Panel, which we followed .  



F.O.I.A.
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.  St. Joseph's College forum on Impeachment.




Georgetown



Global Facilities Committee - now including notes on all meetings we ever attended



    

Health Care 2015
We are always concerned about the structural relationships - can health care be the bridge?


Historic Preservation and Re-Use;  Historic Districts and Adaptive Re-Use



THE HUB



    
Internet Matters
Highlights from previous research (internet attack, nuclear security);  BOTNET ATTACK OF THE MACHINES




Lachat
Previous information organized for best historical use.  Relates to some thoughts we've had about historic preservation.



L.N.G.



NEW PAGE



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?

                 
Natural Resources
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"

               
Police 
Weston meetings related to Police news and drones.  Planning use for 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?



S 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



           
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.









FYI:
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 awesome 2018 version of Sustainability Committee, plus these:  Paris - COP21 link.



CT COG

2020 VISION

NEW CHARETTE

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.

                             
Transportation
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"




      
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. 


ZONING HERE







IN-STUDIO INTERVIEWS

LATEST "ABOUT TOWN" SHOW:


"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH JOSEPH R. LAMETTA, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS (RETIRED) FOR THE TOWN OF WESTON:

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






"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE TONY HWANG, CONNECTICUT STATE SENATOR, 28th DISTRICT:

"About 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.







"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS THE HONORABLE TONI BOUCHER, CONNECTICUT STATE SENATOR FOR THE 26th DISTRICT:

"About 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





"ABOUT 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.




"ABOUT 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 Westport.

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.







AND SOME NOTABLE PREVIOUS SHOWS:


"ABOUT 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!





"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.












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

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

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

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):

    http://www.aboutweston.com/Kimberly11-19-14.wmv

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    http://www.aboutweston.com/Kimberly11-19-14.mp4


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GREAT LEADERSHIP!!!

      
Wonderful job on renovation!!!  Weston in powerful network of libraries...

 

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



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




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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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&region=nygeo-promo-region&WT.nav=nygeo-promo-region







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SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND DEPARTMENT:  Here you can get access to our view of historical information and our online reports.  Use our search box at the top of this page - once on the website sub-page you have selected, use the "find" function for the topic, name or whatever you are looking for...
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WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO TELL YOU OUR OPINION ON LOCAL ISSUES OR OTHERS, WHEN WE FEEL STRONGLY

We also do a lot of research and original thinking regarding planning.  We create online maps, too...

          

ABOUT WESTON'S MISSION, 2018...A NEW TOWN PLAN UPDATE PROCESS BEGINNING - WHERE ARE WE NOW?

The town that is hidden in the woods.

Much as the capabilities of the Internet itself to be a research source, we are one, too.

Through various redesigns since we began (1998), now it is possible to "search" our pages (see top of this, the index page).  Type in a word and see what you find!  Plain white pages are for "news" as we have observed it.  In 2015 we began expanding our use of our own original art to illustrate our now more than 183 pages.  All photographs are our own, as well.


METHODOLOGY: Link to official data sources;  emphasis on land use.  Opinions expressed here of this Weston, CT website only.  Consider this as research on what has happened in or to Weston  CT since 1998. 



Design
is original to this website:  Newest visual cue at right below.

  
Since Dec. 2017, new pages having to do with CT Legislative/Executive Branches,  entities, in a yellow background color - i.e.  "M.A.R.B., C.R.S.A., F.S.E.G.", labor, bureaucratic or private sector-heavy types of creatures.  Special award to those who can translate the government slang! 

Pages primarily about the art itself appear with black background/white print.  Reverse for predominantly news pages.  And we just couldn't use any other color for Sustainability page.








The "About Weston" site was last updated on 11/12/18 




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





Sergeant Joseph Micelli in charge of Emergency Management  - he uses e-mail!:  http://www.westonct.gov/777981/786481
miceli@westonpolice.com
miceli@westonpolice.com

 
Weston CT:  Sign up for CODE REDhttps://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/