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Weston, CT:  Les Feuilles Morte.   Words in French on Joan Baez version hereanother great song about this season here.  Vladamir Ashkenazy on piano, SP Kennel on trail...

SEARCH PAGE FOR REVIEWING INTERNAL LINKS

A N N O T A T E D    B I B L I O G R A P H Y :

Page One  - Public Meeting reports
Page Two - Education
Page Three - DATA ON PROPERTY HERE:  Land use planning and traffic - CT DOT - search for WEBcams as sight is being updated;  and check SWRPA for aerial pix soon.
Page Four - CT General Assembly and the State of CT

Research protocol; 
on-line research sources by areas of interest:  ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER F.A.Q.
RealClearPolitics polling

Link to Town of Weston info at on-line version of Connecticut State Register and Manual.

POLITICS:  Where is some of the most influential thinking on Capitol politics in CT?  http://www.courant.com/news/politics/

ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT page.


"About Weston" art click here.





Please remember that any information found on this website is not official.

INTRODUCTION:
  current events in town and summary of issues agenda for Weston. 


PAGE ONE:PUBLIC MEETINGS ATTENDED BY "ABOUT TOWN":

BOARD OF SELECTMEN meeting notices and reports by "About Town" - link to unofficial  BUDGET PROCESS

PUBLIC MEETING NOTES - other Board and/or Commission meetings observed by "About Town"...by reverse chronology by Board.


WOODLANDS COALITION LINK:
Decision on Docket 272...towns to our east protest lack of "total undergrounding" to no avail...DOCKET #217  CT Siting Council finishes with, accepting principle of "underground" path. Norwalk challenges in court and loses.  A place where future leaders of the community learned the importance of getting involved in government!




PAGE TWO:  EDUCATION
BUILDING COMMITTEE/SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE





PAGE THREE:  ON PLANNING:
Included are the following...plus a new link for comprehensive information about the drought:  HTTP://www.drought.state.ct.us/

2010 U.S. Census data


Connecticut State Data Center at UCONN

FINAL REPORT PUBLISHED:  link here - http://ctsdc.uconn.edu/Projections-Towns/groups_5CTs.html

Demographics is an important part of planning.  "The Two Connecticuts" (report before FINAL link above) become "The Five Connecticuts" - either way, Weston is "wealthy" and among the "Westport-like" towns named at the high end of the spectrum of poor-to-rich.

For more: http://popcenter.uconn.edu/

TOWN ASSESSOR LINK ON WESTON HOMEPAGE:  http://qpublic9.qpublic.net/ga_search_dw.php?county=ct_weston

ASSESSMENTS ONLINE:  http://gis.vgsi.com/WestonCT/Search.aspx

Most recent reassessments on-line (and technical reassessment coming).

Most recent sales data here;  a trove of links here;  2005 and 2006 sales data:  http://www.weston-ct.com/Assessor%20Sales%20Data.htm


TOWN CLERK DATA ON LINE:  http://www.weston-ct.com/resolution/


PHOTOGRAPHS FOR TOWN PLANNING PURPOSES:

Depending on who's counting, fully 25% of Weston is permanent open space...preserving open space was one of the major implementation goals of the 1987 TOWN PLAN.  Without actually buying the land--only purchasing development rights--Weston has secured conservation easements for 2000 acres, thus implementing the PLAN.  The "New Town Plan 2000" strengthens this element.  Bus garage location  always a question of "is it better to have the bus garage in Town, or is it better to incur the cost of shipping malfunctioning vehicles elsewhere ($$)..."
Check out latest changes at Weston Center.

Past is prologue:  the history of the Weston, Connecticut (published by the link preceding) community is a good thing to know...all planning begins with understanding where a town or region has been, and where it strives to go in the future.


Weston is a small part of the Southwestern Region...but change is coming by January 2015 if not sooner, as COG is now recognized as the only regional planning format and the number of regional planning organizations is lowered through mergers under the OPM intention to have perhaps 8 or fewer regional bodies left standing  by then...
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BIG TIME DEVELOPMENT IN STAMFORD AND A CHALLENGE TO THE SKIES (http://www.sensibleairspace.org)
Stamford is rising..again! And redo of the South End is proposed, too.  "The Gold Coast" of Connecticut is Weston's neighborhood, as shown at left;  eight towns make up the South Western Region:

Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton and Weston.  Check out Weston's "greenbelt."  In the center, is the 1990 LANDSAT image of CT showing imperviousness estimates.  Cleck HERE for blow-up!  And on the right...

CT Plan of C&D 2013-2018 suject of "About Town" double interview;  up for approval in the 2013 SessionCT Plan of Conservation and Development (2004-2009) approved in 2005 Long Session along with "Implementer" bill.  Check out our easy-to-read summary of the new Plan of C&D.

What's doing in Westchester?  Westchester County government site:  http://www.co.westchester.ny.us/

VIEWS FROM OUR WESTON TOWN PLAN PROJECT:
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LINK TO FULL SERIES OF E-TOWN PLAN PHOTOGRAPHS: series of photographs located above show AREAS OF CHANGE
since the Town Plan 1987 appeared.  Check the rest of this link out!


Photo essay on sights in central part of town...

Link to FLETCHER-THOMPSON graphic sent to all residents prior to Nov. 15--overall Town-School Plan that the voters said "YES, YES, YES" to at Referendum (Nov. 15, 2001).  Planning and Zoning Commission gave it unanimous 8-24 OK (with condidions).
LINK TO CT STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT (1998-2003) ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (click below):



PAGE FOUR: CT GENERAL ASSEMBLY  AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH...PLUS TRANSPARENCY...


NOW COMPTROLLER - KEVIN LEMBO ON THE JOB!

Welcome to transparency.CT.gov, a website developed by the Connecticut General Assembly under the direction of the Office of Fiscal Analysis with data provided by the Office of the State Comptroller.  This site was created in accordance with Public Act 10-155, An Act Requiring the Establishment of a Searchable Database for State Expenditures. This Public Act requires the Office of Fiscal Analysis to establish and maintain a website for the purpose of posting state agency expenditures, including contracts and grants.

GOVERNOR & LT. GOVERNOR:  Hon. Dannel Malloy at right above, with  Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, who presides over the Senate and gets to say "Let's try your minds...";


President Pro-Tempore of the Senate Don Williams (l);  Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney


Minority Leader of the Senate John McKinney;


Speaker of the House, Brendon Sharkey;  Majority Leader of the House, Joe Aresimowicz;  Former Speaker Chris Donovan retired.

 Minority Leader of the House Larry Cafero,  

Revived arts interest statewide (CT Commission on Culture & Tourism)?  May be on hold in 2011.  For "About Town" monitoring of  what goes on at C.G.A., click here...

We leave this chronology up for reference...
Reverse Chronology 2002-2004:

CAMPAIGN 2006


RESEARCH ON THIS WEBSITE IS ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS...

Our basic Internet research protocol attempts to tie together the traditional forms with the "changing news of the day" dynamic--reports come in from news services (I-BBC our favorite) and we update our "Top Story" serveral times in a 24-hour cycle.  There is a whole other "style" of documentation for scholarly texts on the Internet--here are two examples:

SEARCHING (AS IN LOOKING FOR SOMEONE):  Want to locate someone anywhere in the world?  Click HERE

CURIOUS AS WHEN A WORD OR PHRASE CAME INTO USE?  THANKS, GOOGLE!  http://books.google.com/ngrams

HAVE FAX BUT NO E-MAIL?  THE REVERSE?  http://www.faxmachinesonline.com/


SOURCES:

National--and international (including the #1 Internet Search Engine and the best education site for research):National Public Radiko- http://www.wnpr.org/




SOURCES:

In Connecticut--recommended for info from news organizations, levels of government (you name it!!!) - best "external links"



NEWSPAPERS ON-LINE:  http://www.cslib.org/

WSJ:  http://www.marketwatch.com/

WTIC
http://player.radio.com/player/RadioPlayer.php?version=1.2.10624&station=80

 

CT-N link above;  OUR FAVORITE CONNECTICUT NEWSPAPERS AND SUPER LOCAL; PLUS BLOGS WITHOUT NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION;  FOR TV news:  http://connecticut.news12.com/


Websites without newspapers - hot news and lots of opinion - up to the reader to figure out where one stops and the other starts, perhaps?


ALWAYS CONTROVERSIAL BLOGGER WITH DEFINITE OPINIONS
One of these days Jon Pelto may be "disappeared" by the powers that be in Hartford - but he'll have company!  Check latest hot button item.


SUPER LOCAL NEWSPAPER-LIKE
And now, the advent of "media only on the web.."


OTHER...we search to find national and New York newspapers first, plus other publication sites and NPR:  http://www.npr.org/



GREAT MAPS AND DATA AND MORE ON-LINE: 




Environmental/nature/global warming




Private planning/historical/political:





FIND OUT ABOUT WESTON APPRAISAL 2008:  http://www.visionappraisal.com

Other basic needs department:
  Website of a Weston citizen-based organization speaking up for turnout at meetings:  http://www.westonfiscalresponsibility.com/
http://www.sanborn.com/
http://terraserver-usa.com/
Of Connecticut:  from the University of Connecticut:  C.L.E.A.R.
GOOGLE
Worldwide: 
http://www.digitalglobe.com/




Like classical music? Try NYTIMES; SP Kennel "Moonlight Sonata"

AUTUMN LEAVES
Early Yves Montand version.


"Before Becoming Cat Woman..."  Eartha was a dinner guest in my house in the Bronx, late 1950's. 
From YouTube by way of Google...

A recent "retrospective" montage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv3xXEHGgRI&feature=related

"September Song" done recently...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMg4iDr4u1I



TED RUSSELL KAMP





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