About Town's "Election 2014"; Minutes not yet available for Joint Meeting of Finance/Selectmen.
About Town art collection; video link to interviews; Lunch Box awesome!
WINTER COMING SOON...WE HOPE TO BE PROVEN WRONG!
Continuation at Z.B.A. Tues., Nov. 25, 2014.
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DIRECT FROM OPM:
Some research in behalf of those concerned about taxes in
Weston considering their recent tax bill: What are/were the mill
rates in all CT's 169 towns and other taxing entities? Does this matter?
LATEST "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!
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
SHORTCUT: Take a look also at these flyers and brochures:
And for more, visit their websites, www.americanwanderer.com and www.campberger.com
Camp Berger Flyer
American Wanderer Flyer
American Wanderer Brochure
INTERVIEWS KAREN TATARKA, DIRECTOR OF THE WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY:
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 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!
PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL TWO-PART INTERVIEW WITH HON. GAIL LAVIELLE, CONNECTICUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143rd
Lavielle, CT State Representative for the 143rd
reports on what the Legislature was up to during its 2014 "Short
Session." Her exceptionally informative comments about rail
transit issues, education funding, our State's economy, job creation, taxes, and much more,
should not be missed! 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!!!
How do Connecticut's financial problems
affect the future of public education? Watch the 2013 winner of "Friend
of the Gifted" award report on the Legislative Session!
this very special "About Town"
interview Senator Toni
Boucher tells us the latest about legislative matters that affect all
of us. Special focus is given to the relationship between
Connecticut's budget problems and education. Don't
miss the very special insights she provides. WATCH NOW!!!
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
State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26th) provides
important insight, perspective, and wisdom concerning the major issues facing
Connecticut residents in these challenging times. Watch "About
Town" on YouTube here!
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
S T O R Y T O D A Y ;
Introduction and topics
of Public Meetings
we plan to
and our Board of
Selectmen's notes; GLOBAL FACILITIES COMMITTEE; Tri-Board
ANNOTATED RECENT MEETING ACTIONS
Will the Supreme Court get into this
in the 2012-2013 Session?
Sheff agreement; QUICK
LINK 2012 school
population history and projections. And a
OPM ON COG
OUR NEW PAGE: Reporting on the meetings of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments ("WCCOG"):
No longer part of an 8-town region, Weston has abandoned traditional Regional
Planning. OPM, long wanting to get rid of SWRPA, has won. SWRPA now part of an18-town WCCOG. Similarly initialed organizations: http://www.wccog.net/ and http://wccog.us/ as well as several others. MORE victorious and good luck to them:
Planning ideas and matters from
Environment: as in "weather events."
Washington, D.C.: State of the Union? Supreme Court 2014-2015; Check
up on Congress here; Census
on income, poverty and health care. Redistribution of the wealth...
CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY IN THE UNITED STATES?
OF ALL KINDS, NATURAL
WESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT here;
Management page here.
over Europe (remote sensing
map) and frontpage
of the ash as it moves along high above...
WEST NILE VIRUS IN
THE AREA; HOW ABOUT LYME DISEASE?
AND NATURAL DISASTERS?
that this WEBsite is not official;
views events of the day as may impact good planning ...regional
or examples provided...and:
A direct link to the newspaper
who's main office is closest to the Legislature - Hartford Courant;
Internal links organized in "biblio" page here!
to "About Town" television
by Hannah Ferenbach
CL&P Power outage info, left; some CT summer "events" and 2014 London. far right; "extreme weather" advice (link to article).
EMERGENCY: COULD BE TRAFFIC OR MASS TRANSIT,
WEATHER: Never too much
FROM ACCU WEATHER
the National Weather Service (simple local report),
WEATHER SERVICE - LOCATE DETAILED FORECAST HERE:
How much snow?
a calendar? http://www.timeanddate.com/
on our neighbor to the south? Read
about Westport now...other
and Art School here...
w a G O O G L E a d v i s o r . . .
News of Matthew Zachary in concert: http://matthewzachary.com/nyc/
Magazine rates the site...http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stupidcancershow
'08 A BIG SUCCESS!!!
Chena asked about the weather...Not much snow in AK yet.
Chena, according to her musher, is reserved with humans and confident
and business-like in harness. A 2014-2015 YEARLING, she will train
with the team! Summertime 2014 video here.
W E B S I T E
very special article?
Is it, in
the end, all about the economy?
Only CT newspaper with a presence in D.C.: http://ctmirror.org/
Our favorite for State of CT news below; assorted other news links
The ebb and flow of school population.
In the past, Weston was most impacted by major
employers in the region moving; downturns in the U.S. economy affect
birthrates five years later.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT...BACK TO THREE BUILDINGS LONG RANGE?
At a public hearing before a Town Meeting, the community may ask "why not use a Plan 'B?'" - i.e. North
House refitted for Town staff use instead of additions to Town Hall as a replacement for the Town
Hall Annex. This might reduce the immediate sticker price by $1.8 million est.
Since Hurlbutt fields are to be used, perhaps, for
storm water runoff along with enlarged septic fields proposed in front
of Town Hall, for the Public Safety Complex - and assuming all of that
works, would not a Plan 'C' also work? Maybe some nice senior housing some day, as the Town Engineer drew up and former First Selectman proposed in the 1990's?
Background history of Town/School Referendum 2001: New Ideas?
Second, although the Board of Selectmen will most likely not be where
this discussion is held, it is obvious to us it will come up...in 1991-1992 when Weston total enrollment was 1393 and
at that time, there was a cry to close...(not yet enlarged and
renovated) Weston High School. Well, this time, it might be an
idea to close Hurlbutt E-S and/or put them in mothballs. Why not
include them in the Norfield Historic District which would not preclude
interior renovations for more senior/affordable housing or other town
use? The Core Building (circled in red below) is not "historic"
but does remind everyone of the beginning of the school expansion
project - which was "historic" if for no other reason than it was an
example of the power of Town Meeting and adjournment to Referendum
(#1). And two years later, Referendum #2.
LWV of Weston Observer Corps 2001 report:
TOWN MEETING NOV. 7:
was very polite. It was also videotaped and put on the screen the
very next day (congratulations to Town staff working free overtime, no
doubt, to make the "station" a "24-7" all news all the time 21st
public access machine)...couldn't have happened without the Town of
volunteer-run GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL rising to the
notes that the Weston Middle School Cafeteria was pretty full (not
- this means @170 persons - but maybe the number for eligible voters
considerably smaller because the real records kept are for "qualified
and does not include the people filling seats who are: Education
Staff or other Town Staff not residents of Weston, under-age residents
sitting with parents and Weston residents who not citizens. Both
LWV Co-Presidents were present, along with other Board Members and general
membership. This was First Selectman Hal Shupack's last Town
and he introduced Woody Bliss, his successor. Opening remarks
made by the Chair. of the Board of Education, the Superintendent
of Schools, Chair. of the Parks and Recreation Commission.
the architects, were present, but no one asked any questions of
It was noted that no one who spoke was in doubt about their
It was also noted that anyone who would like to take a tour of the
Parks and Recreation improvements was welcome to the League of
Voters/Parks and Rec. event Friday, November 9 at 11am in Bisceglie
A question about
the Sheff decision vis a vis filling unused space in the public schools
was discussed somewhat heatedly, with a standing ovation given to the
who had the nerve to bring up the issue of why people might be opposed
to school expansion - asking if it was not a code position for not
an integrated society. One after the other of some who had
the expansion returned to the microphine to recite reasons why they
intended to suggest that this was a racial issue.
The Town Meeting
was adjourned to the machines--VOTE
THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2001, WESTON MIDDLE SCHOOL, FROM 6am
8pm --Schools will be open so...watch out for traffic and parking
in the Middle School lot.
Turnaround off School Road for school bus drop off at Core building! 1987 photo of East House.
First school expansion
Core building and connectors running through it to East, South and North "houses".
Why do we suggest these alternative thoughts?
Because we might want to begin thinking of a "Centrality: Town Campus
Plan" for sharing buildings and technology with the Schools. With
the Hurlbutt campus eventually no longer in school use (perhaps), walk paths
directly connecting North House to Town Hall might be possible.
Also, if demographics will also support it, an enhanced Senior Transit
service might be able to locate in the newest structure at the
turnaround at Hurlbutt
History of enrollment changes:
By 1994 birth rates were up to 108, so NESDEC advised that growth would
come, especially if in-migration increased. The results of a local
census of children (that got a 75% return from the entire community)
was sent to the State Department of Education demographer from the
Superintendent of Schools on Sept. 18, 1995. Where the SDE
official numbers of children under the age of 5 yrs was 475, the
local census just referred to, showed 808 in that same cohort.
Eventually came the Referendum of 2001 and the redo of Question 2 in 2003; completion
of work at WHS by 2006; @3000 student
maximum planned for never came to pass.
1995 Engineer's Alert
Read what happened, blow-by-blow, unofficial source - note that some
links to old data and reports by regional agency no longer working.
RECENT MEETINGS OF INTEREST ATTENDED: We save arbitrary snapshots of types of meetings thru the years here...to find more thorough history of all meetings we attended, click here.
WCCOG second meeting in Wilton November
20; no meeting in December - so next one will be rotating
to...Sherman (Jan. 22). "About Town" will endeavor to make all the
WCCOG meetings in the former HVCEO area only.
Selectmen, 9-30-14 (Special - instead of first Oct. meeting?) - approval of technology leases after discussion,to be renewed during budget process, of the wisdom of leasing over buying. New sites: Bow-hunting at Lachat and Bisceglie Oct.-Jan.; we note that subsequent
meeting of Selectmen Oct. 22 was also a "special" followed by Election
Night :special" that included a Joint Meeting with the Board of Finance
that was not videotaped! What was it Jonathan Gruber said about
Lachat Town Farm Commission, meeting twice in July, planning for next year's crops already! Harvest Dinner 2014 a success!
First day of school 2014-2015; and the burn in period for lights - when will the first quarterly meeting of the lights committee be?
Historic District Commission Wednesday, July 23rd special meeting, allowing public questions. Bank withdraws.
THROUGH THE YEARS, OUR
FAVORITES FROM I-BBC:
A NEW PAGE - OIL AND WATER:
History of earthquakes here.
...ONE SMALL STEP FOR
ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8133835.stm
CHANGE IN U.S. LESS
CREDIT CRUNCH TIMELINE:
warming sidelight: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7494305.stm
over the names of
Big ships: the
pix; how about the
Titanic? the present story:
From across the pond:
Weston" site was
last updated on 11/23/14
to this one of @500 separate pages on this website, since 7/19/04. Prior to
7/19/04, the index page had a total of 9833
began on 12/14/98.