Construction" of the new W.I.S.; "Front
Porch," "Greensward," "Aerial Norfield," "Town Hall Roof" watercolors by Margaret
Wirtenberg. Auditorium construction by WestonArts and the Town. WATCH OUT WESTON
WESTON FEATURES AND A BIT OF HISTORY...ABOUT TOWN HAS ALWAYS ADMIRED
HOW WESTON STUCK TO ITS TOWN PLAN.
NOTE: In most recent State Plan draft, the
"rural" category does not exist, and after Adam Lanza, Newtown, how to integrate
town and school activities is up in the air...behind closed doors.
on a prior State of
Connecticut's Plans of Conservation and Development forever as a "rural community
you color in the features mentioned below on the
blank map of this area? Or check out our
map of this area, not yet complete or verified. Color code or
"Legend" to the "Existing
Land Use Map" of this
neighborhood - click here.
central part of Weston are dramatic! A tertiary treatment plant
for the school expansion is functioning for that use, located on School
every type of land use has been intensified. The formerly mostly
Park is a
place for active
recreation now on
its southern section (still undeveloped on its north). "Weston
Parks" community group spearheaded a redo of the swimming/play area -
the Town's "swimming
Bisceglie. The School
Road campus is now fully
developed, including a separate building for Central
as a result of the school
construction project just about
fixed. Board of Education headquarters
now includes the "Town Hall Annex" - home to the
land use and building related offices and permits issued by town
staff. The Weston Public Library; main firehouse; shopping at Weston Center ; and the recently
spot-patched Onion Barn are all here. Have we left any other non-residential use out?
"Speak Up 2007" revealed the Town of
Weston's plan for combining a new roof for the old section of Weston
High School with the first redo of the auditorium (in 40 years);
"Speak Up 2008"
had a late-in-the-day focus on Revson, and the full event streams on
the LWV of Weston website.
'SPEAK UP 2009' NOW:
top line, our own Plan files.
Photo essay below the top line from the HOUR's front-page coverage.
CENTER WAS OUT OF POWER, TOWN HALL
GENERATOR CHUGGED ALONG! CODE RED WORKED!!!
Heading north on Weston Road, Route 57/53, past Weston Center near the
Bus Garage...driver dies in car-utility pole crash.
In Weston Center: Carjackings
end in fatal crash, driver identified
Written by Patricia Gay
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 11:27
A man who allegedly carjacked two women at knifepoint in Norwalk and
Westport, was killed after the stolen car he was driving crashed into a
utility pole on Weston Road on Tuesday, Aug. 25...story in full at the Weston FORUM.
Carjacking Suspect Dies in Weston Crash
Posted 08/25 at 12:52 PM
UPDATE A fast-moving police chase that began with a knifepoint
carjacking in Norwalk and involved several crashes and another
carjacking in Westport ended today with the suspect being killed after
smashing into several utility poles in Weston, police
Police investigate today’s carjacking crime spree after the suspect’s
crashed in Weston...story in full at WestportNow.
Carjacker leads police on three town
ending in his death
August 26, 2009
A man suspected in two attempted home invasions allegedly carjacked two
vehicles at knifepoint Tuesday and led police on a wild three-town
chase that ended abruptly with his fatal crash into utility poles in
Weston...story in full at Norwalk HOUR.
12 was on the scene...there was a report online.
Update: Weston Road is now open to one lane traffic
Written by Patricia Gay
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 06:46
Update: 8/26/09, 6:48 a.m.
According to the Weston Communication Center, Weston Road/Route 57
running through the center of Weston is now open to one lane traffic.
Expect delays...story in full at Channel 12.
end in crash: Fatal accident in Weston closes road, knocks out
Written by Patricia Gay
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 17:31
STORY UPDATED: 8/25/09 at 5:35 p.m.
A man who allegedly carjacked two women at knifepoint was killed after
the stolen car he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Weston
Road this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 25.
The accident is expected to close the main road through town for nearly
24 hours and has reportedly disrupted power, cable, and phone service
to some areas of town. According to Weston Police Chief John
Troxell, around 10:06 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, an unidentified white
male, who appeared to be in his 20s, was driving a Volvo SUV northbound
on Route 57 (Weston Road) at a high rate of speed when he crashed into
a utility pole near the school bus depot at the intersection of School
Road...story in full at Weston FORUM.
On time, on budget:
Auditorium project gets scrutiny as summer vacation
ends '08. Rigging, stage an abstract expression!
Special Town Meeting on
2008 approves additional funding for
Weston High School Auditorium redo.
Weston auditorium off-limits, but on
Written by Kimberly
Thursday, August 28, 2008
It may be opening day for Weston
schools, but not so for the Weston High School auditorium.
The auditorium is undergoing
renovation and is off limits to students, but work is proceeding on
schedule with no major problems.
“So far so good. Everything is on
track,” said Joe Fitzpatrick, chairman of the building committee,
earlier this week. “We’ve been lucky we’ve had no major headaches...” story in full at Weston FORUM.
Stage is set
Weston High School auditorium
Written by Kimberly Donnelly
Friday, August 08, 2008
The lights are dark and the stage is
bare at the Weston High School auditorium. That’s normal for this time
of year; what’s not normal is the fact that there are also no seats, no
curtain, no floor tiles or carpet, no walls in some places, and lots
and lots of dust...story in full Weston FORUM.
"Through the Roof" - watercolor by Margaret
Board of Selectmen votes to permit First Selectman to
move forward on the Town Hall Roof project at August 7, 2008 regular
meeting. Although they were not happy about having to comply with
the Historic District Commission requirement that slate be replaced
only with slate, where it had been used originally, no further bids had
been solicited because of the price increases in all materials in the
market lately - the original bid was thought to be the best one they
would get at this point. Also, it was noted that further delay
would make it unlikely to get the roof replaced until next year.
Weston Town Hall
roof request denied
Written by Brian Gioiele
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Local leaders received a second bite at the apple, but the sour taste
remained the same. The Historic District on Wednesday, July 2,
denied a certificate of appropriateness for the Board of Selectmen’s
request to replace the present slate roof on the original section of
Weston Town Hall with asphalt shingles.
This was the second such denial, with the selectmen first appearing in
May seeking the same certificate. Receiving the approval would
have allowed the town to save an estimated $179,000 in the overall cost
of the roof replacement.
“We’re in charge of making sure that our grandkids see it the way it
was,” said commission member Chris Kimberly, an alternate. “In the
short run, anything flies, but 100 years down the road, we want to be
able to see what the town hall looked like.”
The application required the commission’s approval since the town hall
sits in a historic district. In rendering its ruling, the commission
cannot consider cost...story in full Weston FORUM.
hall roof: Weston contnues quest
for Historic District approval
Written by Kimberly Donnelly
Thursday, 12 June 2008 10:27
The Board of Selectmen is trying to gather enough information to submit
a new application to the Historic District Commission, asking it —
again — to allow the use of asphalt shingles instead of slate when
replacing the roof at Weston Town Hall.
The town is looking into different manufacturers to see if it can find
asphalt shingles that are less expensive than slate but that are just
as visually pleasing. Because the town hall is located in the
Norfield Historic District, it must apply to the Historic District
Commission in order to make any changes to the materials used when
replacing the roof. An application from the town requesting the
use of less expensive asphalt shingles was heard by the commission —
and denied — on May 7...story in full at Weston FORUM.
Weston Town Hall
by Kimberly Donnelly
May 28, 2008
The Board of Selectmen is hoping history won’t repeat itself...story in full at Weston FORUM.
Weston Town Hall
Bids higher than engineer’s estimate
by Kimberly Donnelly
Apr 10, 2008
Bids for replacing the roof at Weston Town Hall have come in well above
the engineer’s estimate for the work. Two bids were received by
the town and were opened Monday, April 7...story in full at Weston FORUM.
LAND USE MAP BY ABOUT TOWN, 2008 - LEGEND FOR MAP BELOW
This map was put together using Town of Weston tax maps - cutting and pasting!
American history quiz:
What tune did the British pipers play at Yorktown in defeat? Ans.
- "The World Turned Upside Down."
you locate the structures shown on this page on the blank map
below? Here is a
hint: "north" to the left on the blank map below--"north" to the
top on the other map. Check out our first crack at the central
part of town land
USE MAP OF THE CENTRAL PART OF TOWN, SEPTEMBER 2005 - BLANK BASE
MAP (by "About Town")
approximately 1" = 600'
remember, this is not official information. Simple land use
categories for Weston, (l), complex Weston-oriented land use categories
A MAP IS AN IMPORTANT THING.
Please note that it is always possible to vary the different
colors by shade - for example, pale yellow for lower density,
ochre for multi-family, etc. At right, Weston land use categories 2008:
included are classification for under -2-acre lots (non-conforming) as
well as three different classes of roads in the Central Part of Town..
Town employees settle into 'mods'
November 20, 2007
A number of Weston's municipal employees have been on the move in
recent weeks, shifting to what was once vacant office space on the
grounds of the town's schools.
The employees — who include planning and zoning, building and social
service workers, among others — are in the process of relocating from a
variety of town locations to the Kinderland building next to the
school's administrative offices on School Road.
The modular facility once housed kindergarten classes before the
schools underwent renovations a few years ago, and only a portion of
the space was being used by school administrators, said First Selectman
The modular offices offer more space to Weston employees who were
working in cramped and inadequate conditions, he said, and they will
help consolidate the town's work force, which had been scattered in a
number of locations in town.
"We had people in all kinds of places, and they were crowded into
overloaded spaces," said Bliss, who noted that some employees were
working out of the library, some out of a trailer next to town hall,
and some in a less than ideal space in the basement of the town hall,
among other locations.
The move, which should be completed sometime next month, is only a
temporary solution, however, he said, as town officials decide on a
more permanent one.
There has been some discussion about either expanding town hall or
building a new police station to free up some space at town hall, Bliss
said, but the matter needs to be further studied and decided upon.
Beyond the town's planning and zoning, building and social services
workers, he said, the Kinderland facility will also now be the
temporary home for Town Engineer John Conte, Fire Marshal John Pokorny
and Conservation Planner Fred Anderson.
The Parks and Recreation Department, which had been working out of a
trailer next to the Town Hall, will soon be moving into the recently
vacated Jarvis House across the road, Bliss said, where Conte, Anderson
and others who have moved to the Kinderland facility were once housed.
With some employees moving out of town hall, there will also be some
office shifts there, he said, and some of the spaces will be
Tom Landry, Weston's town administrator, said one of the intentions of
the move was to have employees from similar departments working in
close proximity, so residents seeking help from the town's land use
departments or social service departments needed to make only one stop.
"We put departments together that were like departments," he said...story in full at Norwalk HOUR.
May 2010, and the Shopping Center is in for
review of its latest modification to the interior of one of the major
buildings - these modifications should be not increasing the zoning
incompatibility - P&Z review for zoning permit. The part
being changed below:
Blow ups of interior proposal for electrical power in
building one (hardware store, real estate/insurance, liquor store)
Blow up below of specific change to hardware space.
find the official site plan for Weston Center, filed January 23,
2006. Building project in rear of Peter's, Spring '07 not shown!