Happy 50th Birthday,
Weston Public Library!
The Central Part of Town in pictures* -
Q&A, with some links.
CHECK OUT THE LUNCH BOX REDO, 2008...and now in 2014!
is a simplified land use map of the Central Part of Town. North
is to the left. The gazebo in Spring...and the entry to Town
Hall. Improvements to the Center according, we assume, to plan. "Good
Riddance Day" schedule in neighboring towns (ours drew 200 plus
Saturday, April 26, 2008 with an hour more to go!) - electonics, etc info and
green="parks and open space"
A l l t h e n
e w s t h a t
f i t s , w e p r i n t . . . O N L Y a
t P e t e r ' s M a r k e t
i n W e s t o n C e n t e r
ABOUT TOWN: Get ready
By Margaret Wirtenberg on August 21, 2014
...Lunch Box returns
Some things can mature and even improve with age.
Welcome, the new Lunch Box! And what an excellent and natural
development it is, too. I have to admit that I don’t go there every day
as I did up until a few years ago. But I continue to very much enjoy my
weekend breakfasts there with friends. How shall I describe the new
In terms of size it is just like the Lunch Box that resulted from the
expansion effort that was undertaken in 2008, but with a complementary
color scheme and classic and classy design befitting a fine restaurant —
which, actually, it is trying to be. And at this early stage in its
existence it certainly appears to me to be succeeding.
In the couple of months or so that it took to present this new face, the
Lunch Box’s temporary absence forced many of us to find new haunts for
breakfast. I tried The Blue Bird in Easton and Orem’s in Wilton, but now
that the L.B. is up and running, they’ve got my business back!
We are lucky in Weston to have two spectacular places to eat. First, of
course, is Cobb’s Mill Inn. Nobody can beat Cobb’s Mill for atmosphere
and spectacular views, assuming one likes picturesque rural landscapes.
I’ve celebrated any number of important family events there, and it has
always been my “go-to” spot for important occasions in my life.
And now we have the Lunch Box, complete with working lunch boxes, an
enormous blackboard and chalk, not one but two bathrooms, awesome
omelets, delicious coffee, and much more, including remembrances of
earlier times in Weston, in the form of historic black and white photos
that have been retained from the previous L.B. incarnation.
You know, I don’t think we’ve changed that much, nor has the meaning of the Lunch Box to all of us.
ARE YOU A REAL WESTONITE? NOW THIS IS CHANGE!!!
We're not giving any hints, but if you don't know what the
pictures above are, you are not a true, full-time Westonite. Can
you see the Tower? Below see the first site plan ever filed for
Weston Center (a pre-existing, non-conforming use - as soon as it
appeared, Westonites discovered Zoning - first regulations in 1950 (zoning
regulations on line or at Town Hall [r.])...
FUTURE OF THE ONION BARN MURKY AS POLICE STATION TAKES SHAPE?
Seasons of the Weston Onion Barn -
"Good Riddance Day", summertime "Just Ice" and community events such as "Speak Up..." and HHW Day 2014.
Lemonade stands to raise money in Weston
By Kimberly Donnelly on April 11, 2014
At its meeting Thursday, April 3, the Weston Board of Selectmen agreed
to allow the Robin Hood Foundation to set up lemonade stands on various
town properties for one day as a fund-raiser. The foundation is a
nonprofit organization that targets poverty in New York City by making
donations to 200 poverty-fighting organizations.
Jenny Pastor of Weston has worked with the Robin Hood Foundation and
wanted to bring the lemonade stand event to Weston. There are already
more than 40 Weston families and more than 140 in Westport committed to
manning the stands in their respective towns throughout the day.
“It’s a warm and lovely family event” and it “helps create future philanthropists,” Ms. Pastor said.
The foundation needed town approval to set up stands at Morehouse Farm
Park, Bisceglie-Scribner Park, and in front of the library. It will also
be asking the school board for permission to have a stand at the
Hurlbutt baseball field that day.
First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said there is nothing in town
regulations that prohibits her from allowing nonprofits to raise money
on town property. But, she said, because this may be seen as a
precedent-setting policy, she wanted to bring it to the full board for
Selectman David Muller said he didn’t have a problem OK’ing the practice
as long as it is regulated through an approval process and as long as
there is not “philanthropy overload.” He suggested limiting these types
of activities to once a month.
Selectman Dennis Tracey agreed, but added that the first selectman
should be able to approve or reject requests in the future without
having to bring them all to the board first.
The foundation will need to get the proper permits for the stands and will assume all liability.
The stands are scheduled to be set up Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rain date in Sunday, June 1.
WATCH FOR THIS ISSUE TO SURFACE AS POLICE STATION ACCESS NEEDS COME TO FORE.
Onion Barn is closed for now
Written by Patricia Gay
Thursday, 03 May 2012 00:00
Residents are being advised not to drop off cans and bottles — or
anything else — at the Onion Barn in the center of town.
Due to structural issues with the barn, it is not currently being used
by the Weston High School Boosters for can and bottle recycling
collections (see related letter on page 4A).
Town Administrator Tom Landry said it came to his attention in December
that there were structural issues with the Onion Barn's roof, siding
and support beams. After an inspection by the town's building inspector
Rack Gleason, Mr. Landry said a decision was made not to let people
inside it until the building is repaired.
The Onion Barn was originally built in 1830 and was used to store
Weston's bumper crop — onions. Over the years, the Onion Barn has
primarily been used as a bulletin board, with banners and signs posted
about town events and activities.
For the past 15 years, the Boosters have been using it to store and
collect recyclables as a fund-raiser.
Mr. Landry said the existing structure has had many repairs and
replacements done to it over time. "The roof, siding and floor are not
original. About six or seven years ago, the building was listing on one
side, and the town did some internal cabling to pull it back into
shape," he said.
He noted that the aging structure needs "a lot of TLC." He said the
foundation is stone on stone with no mortar, and because of that, the
stones have become dislodged and the structure is beginning to sag.
Rain water and ground water are causing rot and are also promoting
Because of the building's shaky condition, Mr. Landry said Mr. Gleason
told him he was surprised it had survived the winter. "The barn needs
more than simple cosmetic work. It needs a new roof and new siding at
least," Mr. Landry said.
He has gotten one estimate of around $20,000 for repairs. The selectmen
have not made any decisions yet about the future of the Onion Barn and
repairs for it were not included in the 2012-13 budget.
In addition, any work done to the Onion Barn will need the approval of
the Historic District Commission because the barn is located in an
historic zone, Mr. Landry said.
The Boosters have temporarily suspended their can and bottle recycling
collections and will let the public know when it has made new plans.
Men Cleaners is coming to Weston
Written by Patricia Gay
Thursday, 23 December 2010 00:00
Minute Men Cleaners, a full service dry-cleaning business, is scheduled
to open soon in the Weston Shopping Center.
It will be located in a space next to the Weston Hardware Store.
Josh Tolk, property manager for the center, said the anticipated
opening date is March 1, 2011.
The center has been without a dry cleaner since 2006, when the Weston
Valet business closed its doors.
Peter’s Market took over the space formerly occupied by Weston Valet
for an expansion. Minute Men will be taking over a portion of the space
currently occupied by the hardware store.
Minute Men is a family-owned business run by brothers Ken and Jon
Shepard. It has operations in Westport, Trumbull, Greenwich and the
Huntington section of Shelton.
Services offered in Weston will include dry cleaning, shirt laundering,
and tailoring, Mr. Tolk said. All dry cleaning and laundering will be
done off premises, while the tailor will be available on site, Mr. Tolk
May 2, 2014 declared "Dante and Barbara Zacavish Day" in Weston
WE'LL MISS YOU, BARBARA AND DANTE...A CLASS ACT! KEEPING "LB" FEEL, IN AUG. 2014...
We checked out the new Lunch Box this morning. Every detail is awesome and just perfect - from the:
- Inclusion of familiar old (historic) framed photos of Weston,
- Complementary color palette to most recent, previous, Lunch Box re-do, see at top of page;
- Re-installation of high stools at the
counters - for those who remember from @1980;
- Plus VERY classy "napkins" (red and white cloth).
- Plus actual crayons plus chalk
board! Actual lunch boxes (from the previous incarnation plus some
new popular ones);
- EXCELLENT coffee and omelet (basically, design your own...) IMHO.
Weston couple is buying the Lunch Box
By Patricia Gay on April 23, 2014
In just a couple of weeks, a Weston couple with two young daughters will be the new owners of the Lunch Box in Weston Center.
In an exclusive interview with The Forum, Jessica and Josh Tolk said
they are planning to purchase the popular Weston eatery from longtime
owners Dante and Barbara Zacavish and have a closing scheduled for April
They plan to close the Lunch Box on May 1 to begin renovations, and plan to re-open it at the beginning of June.
The Tolks, who have lived in Weston since 2007, said they plan to run
the restaurant on a 50/50 basis, with Ms. Tolk running the front of the
house and the service end of the restaurant, and Mr. Tolk handling the
back of the house and the kitchen.
Ms. Tolk, 38, has a background in finance and a teaching certificate.
She taught math for 13 years in Boston, then in Bridgeport, and at
Norwalk High School.
Mr. Tolk, 47, has his own property management business and is also the
manager of Weston Center, where the Lunch Box is located. He attended
the Lincoln Culinary Institute four years ago with the hope of someday
opening his own restaurant with his wife.
That “someday” came this year, when Lunch Box owner Dante Zacavish
approached Mr. Tolk and asked him if he would be interested in buying
the Lunch Box.
“I’ve known Dante for 20 years and he’s a great guy. When I told him I
was thinking about opening a restaurant in Black Rock, he said, ‘Josh, I
think you should buy my place.’ So we did,” Mr. Tolk said.
Mr. Zacavish started the Lunch Box 37 years ago, when it was a
hairdressing salon. He converted it into a restaurant known for its
pizza, hamburger specials, and coffee. At 79, though, he said it was
time to retire and move permanently to Florida, where he and his wife,
Barbara, had been living several months of the year.
On May 1, the Tolks plan on renovating the Lunch Box space, adding
counters and seats, banquettes, and a second bathroom that’s
The restaurant currently has seating for 36, and that number won’t change, Mr. Tolk said.
They plan to keep wi-fi service at the restaurant and add music and
possibly television at certain hours. “We’re not certain about
television, we’re exploring that,” Mr. Tolk said. Power outlets will be
added under the banquettes to allow customers to plug in their laptops.
Their plans also call for redoing the ceiling to add noise reduction
features so it won’t be a loud environment in the restaurant.
The couple also plans to change the color scheme and add some
kid-friendly features. “Our goal is to have a country cafe with a touch
of an urban feel to it,” said Ms. Tolk.
The couple still plans to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Lunch
Box, but there are some changes ahead for the menu. Mr. Zacavish’s
pizza is remaining, but some new items will be added, such as specialty
salads with homemade dressings and a variety of paninis. At night, they
plan to offer grilled steak, pasta and seafood dishes as well.
In a major change, the couple plans on applying for a liquor license so
they can serve wine and beer. “We want the Lunch Box to be
family-friendly but with more adult options at night,” Ms. Tolk said.
The Tolks will continue to offer home delivery and takeout for busy families. “We’re listening to people,” Mr. Tolk said.
TAKE CARE, MARTIN!!!
Thank you Laura, Faydana and Nedal for your wonderful and caring table service!!!
Nedal (l) married since gaining citizenship and had a beautiful girl, Bellagia (c).
THE LUNCH BOX TO BE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP AT THE END OF APRIL 2014 AND A WONDERFUL STORY HERE (AND WE KNOW THERE WILL BE CONTINUITY...)
LUNCH BOX IN MAY AND JULY 2008 - BIGGER BUT NOT FORGETTING WESTON
their OWN donuts (fabulous,
only @240 calories in one plain donut)!!! BTW - thank you Dante
for all the great pizzas!!! And Barb's great taste!!!
O N E
S C O O P O R T W O ? N
E W U . S . C I T I Z E
N N I D A L A N D
R E P. S T R I P P ( 2 0 0 9 ) ! ! !
E A R L Y M O
N I N G L I G H T . . .
E X C E L L E N
T F L O O
R P L A N !
S N A P S H O T S O
F O L D W E S T O N !
Note the floor treatment, GREAT terracotta wall-color, beautiful
detailing and, no photo, l a r g e unisex, handicapped bathroom.
Smaller seating section for kids or those who would like to sit away
from the "crowd" (or just closer to the ice cream bar?); larger
area on the other side...really, you have to stop in
to see what a great job they have done here!!!
One of the original
stores in the Center, owned and run by the same families for more than
50 years, closed its doors in 2007. A very sad day for "About
2006 when map at right was filed at Planning & Zoning.
FORUM Breaking News photo (Jon will be going to Stop & Shop in
Wilton Center working their pharmacy operation)...
Weston Pharmacy is closing Saturday
by PATRICIA GAY
Apr 13, 2007
A fixture in the town for more than 30 years, the Weston Pharmacy in
the Weston Shopping Center is closing its doors for good as of noon
tomorrow, Saturday, April 14.
The closing came as a surprise to many who had no idea the pharmacy was
going out of business.
“This is devastating. It’s like a death in the family,” said Jim Magee,
owner of Peter’s Weston Market, another tenant in the shopping center.
Word of the closing started trickling out to the public in the past 48
“I just found out,” Lynn Pokorny, a longtime customer, said. “I can’t
believe it. It’s the best pharmacy and provides a service the community
The store was packed this afternoon as people lined up to pick up
prescriptions, and buy perfume, greeting cards and other products that
were on sale at 30% off.
Starting Sunday, April 15, prescriptions from the Weston Pharmacy will
be transferred to the Stop & Shop supermarket’s pharmacy in Wilton
center. Pharmacy hours are Monday through Friday 8 to 8, Saturday 9 to
5, and Sunday 9 to 3.
According to Stop & Shop’s pharmacist, Sadna Lassi, customers who
want to transfer their prescriptions to another pharmacy may contact
Stop & Shop at 834-9735 or have another pharmacy contact them
Josh Toluk who manages the Weston Shopping Center, would not elaborate
as to the reasons why the pharmacy was leaving except to say it was the
pharmacy’s decision to go. The center does not presently have another
tenant lined up for the space, he said.
“Anything we do, we put quite a bit of thought into — as to how it will
better the town of Weston and what will best serve the community,” he
Ken Salem, one of the pharmacy’s owners, said he was too busy to
comment today as the store was filled with people picking up
antibiotics and medicine. More to come...Lang's of New Canaan takes
decreased pharmacy space after Weston Pharmacy closes.
WESTON CENTER (this map is not
an official document as it appears on
Peter's Market (photo above taken some time ago) to sell
newspapers in 2006, as store to expand
its aisles, taking over the cleaner's spot; already spread to
liquor store - which moved to space next to hardware store.
Planning and Zoning Commission gives permission to expand
this what we had thought was a non-conforming property (too much
impervious surface, for example--see Zoning Regulations). First
map of the Center filed as as result of
January 23, 2006 decision to approve modifications to Peter's
Market. An addition appears to be under construction at the rear
of the market (Spring 2007).
MEMORIES: Weston Pharmacy
I will always remember taking this photo of really cute animals--the
best presents for my extended family were purchased here! We see
Jon now in Wilton, but this is a photo taken in happier times.
Bank moved from temporary spot in part of Peter's to the official BANK
location - doing very well now, compared to the rest of that industry -
nothing like a trusty local bank with great management! Our very
favorite banker home in Weston!!! The Lunch Box
is the actual center of town.
New York Times now at the ever-expanding
Peter's Market. LUNCH BOX (r.) remains home to the best
conversation in town.
Who are the three men above and when was this photo taken?
HINT: where does the business of the town take place? Can
you name the building above?
One new and three old photos of parks and open space in Central
Weston - which are which? Which one gets the most use?
(Trick question: playground at right is the correct answer.)
Can you identify these structures? Which one was
considered for the new Senior Activities Center?
Where are these pictures taken? Are you ready for "Good
Riddance Day" the last Saturday in April from 8:30am to 12:30pm at DPW
Hyde Road? Weston's previous HHW Days here.
* ANSWERS: e-mail us!
"About Town" with the exception of Cobb's Mill Inn (Joan Lewis) and the
Weston High School construction photo (from the Board of Education