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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
C.G.A. SHORT SESSION - FOLLOW IT HERE
LINK to Town of Weston YouTube channel. What is our area of expertise? ABOUT TOWN (WESTON) COLUMN HERE
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;
At the Board of Selectmen:
Report from Tax Assessor about early progress on reassessment - more to come,
No quorum at ATBM. NEXT: Referendum on budget Saturday, April 28th. 9am to 8pm.
W E S T O N C T F Y ' 1 9 B U D G E T P R O C E S S M O V I N G A H E A D T O T H E N E X T A C T I O N
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
The Board of Selectmen, where everything seems to end up, and where town policies are made.
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
NEW 2018 ELECTION NEWS HERE.
NEW QUICK LINK TO OUR COVERAGE OF CONNECTICUT'$ HOT I$$UES OR "CASABLANCA" PAGE AND HOT LINKS AT THE TOP TO VARIOUS ACTORS IN CT GOVERNMENT.
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
APRIL 24 Tuesday: HOUSE (TBA) & SENATE (12 noon); APRIL 25 Wednesday: HOUSE (TBA) & SENATE (12 noon).
BELOW OBSERVATIONS ON PLANNING, GOVERNMENT AND RELATED SUBJECTS BASED UPON OUR EXPERTISE.
2018 SHORT SESSION: Link to our page, ALL ARE "HOT BUTTONS" BELOW
CONNECTICUT (a.k.a. "Land of Steady Habits") is holding elections in 2018... GOVERNMENT PAGE WITH LINKS TO WHITE HOUSE, AND OF COURSE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT
PLANNING OF ALL KINDS
GOVERNMENT: From Washington, D.C. to Hartford to...our favorite, Weston, CT
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.
News outlets local, statewide, national and across the pond:
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, although we do not consider most of them completely
* = 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 and not so natural fields; The Nature Conservancy ("Devil's Den" at right)
Weston Budget Process for FY'19 page - back already? No dates worked out yet, of course. Do you think the State of Connecticut is out of the woods yet?
When cities and towns run out of money, then what? NEW PAGE...
F.S.E.G. ALMOST HISTORY?
HO HO indeed - but this one disappeared like Cinderella's coach but they are no going away and are aggressively promoting their report. Will the Legislature pay any attention?
LINK TO: SHEFF RESUMES AND C.C.J.E.F. ON APPEAL.
NEWS: 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 our explanatory links, research and special maps from now WestCOG below:
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE SUSPENDING ATTENDANCE AT WESTCOG.
Previously - 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...and others; and what's expected to be hot in 2017? How about 2018? 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.
CHILDREN ADVOCATES AT WORK
What are Committees up to in between Sessions? How about staff?
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
Nominated to be new Chief Justice, after Judiciary does not endorse, 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? 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.
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 .
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.
C O M M U N I T Y D I S C U S S I O N OF OPEN SPACE / CLUSTER; GROUNDWATER MINI - STUDY ARSENIC, 2017. REVIVED: 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/Content/ct-e
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 U M A F T E R A . T . B . M .
APRIL 4, 2018 DOG PARK MACHINE VOTE GETS 1686 VOTERS TO THE POLLS
- Barely more budget Referendum voters in 2017 than could be allowed (sitting) in the high school auditorium in 2017...2015 saw the School Budget go down - second referendum was 688 y, 313 n, or a total of 1001 votes.
- 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);
- An 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 for granted?
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.
NEW PAGE - 2020 VISION
HOW IS WESTON, CONNECTICUT LIKE A MALL?
Which comes first for P&Z? Plan of Conservation & Development - how does it relate to CT Plan? An example of interrelationship here (bike-ped): TownPlan2008-2018.html
Always the "Z" when you are talking regulations and their changes. The decennial "plan" process is the "P." See our planning process here.
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 - this one, transportation - meetings at the L.O.B. were on CT-N!
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
Graphic portrait of Southern Route of the Iditarod Trail begins...
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 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 Westport.
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 Developmental Disabilities.
"About Town" is honored to present this interview with Representative Lavielle, in which she provides important insights into the 2017 biennial legislative "Long Session," and related matters that affect all Connecticut residents.
TOWN" INTERVIEWS JIM LISHER, CHAIRMAN, TELE-HEALTH SENIORS WELLNESS PROGRAM OF NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT:
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.
"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.
INTERVIEWS LYN KIMBERLY, AMERICAN WANDERER, LLC, AND CAMP BERGER OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE GRANGE:
and her husband Chris Kimberly founded and run a unique
camp-on-wheels for young people, called American Wanderer.
Prepare to be amazed at the sights of some of the most spectacular
scenery you've ever seen, in the National Parks of our American
West! Hear about this, and about how they are also revitalizing
Camp Berger of the Connecticut State Grange, a very special summer camp
And for more, visit their websites, www.americanwanderer.com and www.campberger.com
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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
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advised years ago, most decisions end up in the lap of the Board of
Selectmen. So we haven't missed one of these EVER - since June, 1991
(sometimes watching on Channel 79 or on WGTV in bad weather). And as
long ago as December
1998 we began covering government ONLINE!
WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO TELL YOU OUR OPINION ON LOCAL ISSUES
- What we think is the top issue of the week in Weston, CT.
- Or in the State of Connecticut or wherever we think something will impact Weston, Connecticut.
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,
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 Weston CT since 1998.
WEBSITE DESIGN is original to this website:
We are now (Dec. 2017) making new pages having to do with CT Legislative activity by special commissions in a yellow backgroiund 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! All pages had white background until 2015, when we began using our graphic art - and began with black background pages.
- 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: email@example.com
Weston" site was
last updated on 4/21/18
WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW IN PICTURES THIS SEASON:
Favorite link, check out Weston Garden Club (no doubt planning for next planting season) for info: http://www.westongardenclub.com/Weston_Garden_Club/Welcome.html
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: 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?
AIR QUALITY: From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, explanations and direct to CT numbers.
Link to online calculator: http://www.online-calculator.com/
Time & date: http://www.timeanddate.com/
Clouds (our graphics of what each type looks like, artistic license used here).
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/