50th Anniversary of Weston Library, Budget Process FY'15...Central Part
"About Town" video and art collection;
"GOOD RIDDANCE DAY" 2014:
COMING SOON...HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION April 26th, 8:30am to 12:30pm
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means, among other things, spending money wisely. And one of the
ways WFFR believes
this can be furthered is by having a mandatory Referendum.
read more here.
LATEST "ABOUT TOWN"
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!
American Wanderer: Let's go
to the videotape! And
for more, visit the website, www.rvcampforkids.com.
Kimberly 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 how all of this ties in with Weston,
Connecticut. Learn about Weston's Norfield Grange. And,
towards the end of the program, prepare to be touched by an eloquent
testimonial presented by a famed actor! WATCH
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!!!
up in Hartford? Read Rep. Lavielle's Oct. 16, 2013 OP-ED "Is This Any Way To Run A
Hon. Gail Lavielle, CT State Representative
for the 143rd District,
reports on what the Legislature was up to during its 2013 Long
She is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee, and
a member of the Appropriations, Education, and Higher Education
Committees. She also continues active involvement in
transportation matters, having formerly served as a member of the CT
Public Transportation Commission. Find out the latest, on issues
that are important to all of us in Fairfield County and elsewhere in
Connecticut. 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 ;
THE FY'15 BUDGET PROCESS: FEB.
11th 1st Selectman presents to Bd of Selectmen http://www.aboutweston.com/BUDGETFY15.html
Introduction and topics
of Public Meetings
we plan to
and our Board of
Selectmen's notes; Tri-Board
Meetings - included in
Selectmen's meeting notes...
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
new day for 50 years young SWRPA, never to
grow older, a
this bill became law as part of
the budget implementer..WATCH OUT HERE:
Planning ideas and matters from
Washington, D.C.: State of the Union? 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
CENTRAL HERE; BOWDLERIZED VERSION FOR 2013! 10-27-13 blowup
above (r) - "EXTREME WEATHER" link
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!!!
Invasive species solution on Whidbey
SP Kennel's leader retiresand...ChaCha
has a new bunch of pups, b.9/9/11. Clyde, second born in that
litter, completed Iditarod #42...known for being a really good eater!
W E B S I T E
very special article?
Is it, in
the end, all about the economy?
Assorted other news links
Lachat Oversight Committee, Thurs., 6pm, Town Hall Meeting Room.
Planting plans and implementation, work supervision; grants being pursued for further work on homestead.
RECENT MEETINGS OF INTEREST ATTENDED: We save arbitrary snapshots of types of meetings thru the years here...to find more thorough history of meetings we attended, click here.
EXPLANATION OF WHY SOME
MEETINGS NOT ATTENDED BY "ABOUT TOWN"...WE ACTUALLY FORGET TO CHECK
SOMETIMES, BUT MOSTLY WE GO TO MEETINGS IN ORDER TO REPORT ACTIONS -
DISCUSSION IS NICE TO HEAR, TOO!!!
of Finance reviewed Selectmen and Education and Capital budgets and now "deliberates" to set the numbers for ATBM.
Busy, busy, busy...Special Tri--Board meeting we could not attend April
7; April 3 meeting does Robin Hood item; Feb. 12 Special Meeting has
Board of Education presenting budget to
Selectmen for their review but no action; Feb. 11 - First
Selectman presents power
point and detail o Board of Selectmen.
Committee had excellent meeting...here
is the FORUM editor's report on what the First Selectmen has in
mind; BACKGROUND: meeting
on October 25, 2013 (originally posted for
Saturday) attended by About Town as the only "civilian" - not recorded
for broadcast, either!. Same
for this group on public notice via the Town website..also, recent
developments regarding safety and security have put its activities on
hold....awaiting orders from headquarters in Hartford.
LWV of Weston SPEAK UP:
Full report as well as link to online showing of the program here.
Lachat project moving along - notes.
Tri-Board Meeting: School
Security, Jan. 15, 2014, no action. Three Boards at least!!!
PLANNING COMMITTEE meeting Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at 7:45am
in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Are they having others that we don't know
about? Could be! Capital Budget recommendations here.
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:
Ferry sinking, hundred missing, South Korea
16 April 2014 Last updated at 04:01 ET
Hundreds missing as S Korea ferry sinks
Survivors have been describing scenes of terror on board a
South Korean ferry as the vessel came to a shuddering halt, tipped on
its side and rapidly began sinking.
"There was a really loud noise and then the boat immediately began to shift to one side," said rescued passenger, Kim Song-Muk.
"People were scrambling to get to the upper decks, but it was difficult with the deck slanted over."
It is not yet clear what caused the ferry, carrying mainly school
students, to sink, but survivors gave similar accounts of a catastrophic
event at around 09:00 (00:00 GMT).
"I heard a big thumping sound and the boat suddenly started to tilt," a rescued student told the YTN news channel by telephone.
"Some of my friends fell over hard and started bleeding. We jumped into
the water and got picked up by the rescue boats," he said.
Another student, Lim Hyung-min, told how he he jumped into the ocean
wearing a life jacket with other youngsters and then swam to a nearby
"As the ferry was shaking and tilting, we all tripped and bumped into
each another,'' Lim said, adding that some people were bleeding.
Once he jumped, the ocean "was so cold... I was hurrying, thinking that I wanted to live".
Kim Seong-mok told YTN that he was "certain" many people were trapped
inside the ship as water quickly filled up inside and the severe tilt of
the ferry kept them from reaching the exits.
Some people yelled at those who couldn't get out, urging them to break
windows, he said. There were questions too about the emergency
protocols broadcast on board the stricken vessel...
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