WWW www.aboutweston.com
"ABOUT WESTON NEWS" THE WEBSITE PROVIDES ORIGINAL RESEARCH ON WESTON, CONNECTICUT 06883.
Methodology: Link to official data sources;  emphasis on land use.  Opinions expressed here of this Weston, CT website only.
Background for About Weston



Read the already published "About Town" column in the WESTON FORUM this week. 

ABOUT WESTON, CT & OUR MISSION  including news policy - how do we decide what is the news
PUBLIC MEETINGS AND AGENDAS 
Please note:  About Town photos illustrate events attended.





ABOUT WESTON'S ORIGINAL ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS:
ABOUT WESTON internal search engine at the top of this page can be used to locate topics and stories of interest.  ABOUT WESTON began in 1998.








Special Board of Selectmen's meeting reviews plans for Lachat next budget
Graphic by M.S. Wirtenberg 







T A B L E    O F   C O N T E N T S  : 

The Board of Selectmen, where everything seems to end up, and where town policies are made. 


Go to our favorite news outlets

Topics of interest - RESEARCHHere we have organized three-dozen or so sub-pages of this website into categories...for your convenience, if you are interested in a particular topic.  These are updated as information becomes available.

"Topics of interest" or sub-pages, in alphabetical order.

More research sources




OUR INTERESTS:   Go direct to our page on... EDUCATION, a CT Constitutional responsibility and a really big part of local budgets! 

 
CONNECTICUT (a.k.a. "Land of Steady Habits") is holding elections in 2016 - GOVERNMENT PAGE GIVES TOP SPOT TO NOVEMBER ELECTION WHILE KEEPING TRACK OF LOCAL MATTERS, TOO

PLANNING OF ALL KINDS

GOVERNMENT
Our favorite:
BOARD OF SELECTMEN

More:


THINGS ENVIRONMENTAL


URBAN DESIGN & RELATED MATTERS

OTHERS BEYOND
FAVORITE NEWS OUTLETS





News outlets local, statewide,  national and across the pond
:







A resource for videos of live or past events.


LIST OF RESOURCES: 
Some research sources we employ, although we do not consider any of them completely without bias.







RESEARCH  SUB-PAGES ON ABOUT WESTON WEBSITE...
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (numbers first): 

AB,  C , DEFGHI J,  K,  LM,  NO(other),  P,  Q,  RSTU,  V,  WX,  Y,  Z. ("Z" stands for "zoning")



169 Towns in CT
165 had local elections November 3, 2015;  the other 4 had local elections in May.



ABOUT TOWN...
Did you miss the About Town column last week?



       
Architecture
Because we're interested in this subject.  And urban design, too.



Army Corps of Engineers
Impact in Weston and related matters.


        
Aspetuck Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy ("Devil's Den" at right)




          
Weston Budget Process for FY'17 page - all over!   Budget Process for FY'16 revived for those who might not have been around (listen again to the shocking results of Referendum#1) .



    
Capital Budget was part of the process, too.




NEWS: Link to planning for Census 2020


"The Horses Mouth" for data.
How much did Weston grow according to the U.S. Census between 2000 and 2010?   ANS. 142 people.  Census change 2000-2010 = 10,037 to 10,179

Visit our explanatory links, research and special maps from now WestCOG below:



              
    
WestCOG regional meetings
The MORE you look the MORE you see...the MORE DEM dead hand (or not) of MORE government encroachment...try here...for MORE:  http://www.housedems.ct.gov/node/2746




LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND HOW IT RELATES TO OTHER BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT
                  
C.G.A. news; find list of bills during Sessions from Committees we follow;  Special Sessions;  "Veto Override" - CT Spending Cap Commission...not complete report - mid - Veto Session.


EXECUTIVE BRANCH:  How much bad news now?

           
NEW  - CT ETHICS ADVISORY COMMISSION OBSERVATIONS
Power struggle with the Legislature (never mind the overrides) and S.E.E.C.  2016 budget cuts required of "watch dogs" by Governor;  also of Judicial Branch...





Drought 
Particularly important to a town with no public water or sewer service.





Education and its CT funding landscape, how much do Charter Schools grow in a bleak financial situation?  And Educational Technology
How many kids issue to re-emerge?  And the relation among local, regional and state levels of government supplying this service.
   Lighted fields issue...




Finale
High School auditorium projects.




               
Finance Board

Link to the new CT Spending Cap Commission;  based upon work of CT Tax Panel, finished with its work and presented its final document to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee when else - on a Friday afternoon!  


 


Freedom of Information
"HOW TO" handy tips:  http://www.ct.gov/foi/cwp/view.asp?a=3171&Q=531378#ObtainRecords



"GOVERNMENT" at all three levels - Federal, State and Local.



"The Gazebo" -
Weston's
gathering place, on our "greensward."  Town Hall, the Weston Public Library and the Norfield Fire House located there...part of a greater plan?




Georgetown



Global Facilities Committee - now including notes on all meetings we ever attended





Health Care 2015
We are always concerned about the structural relationship among levels of government.


Historic Preservation and Re-Use;  Historic Districts and Adaptive Re-Use



THE HUB




Internet Matters
Highlights from previous research on internet attack and nuclear security...




Lachat
Previous information organized for best historical use.
  Relates to some thoughts we've had about historic preservation.



L.N.G.



       
Natural Resources
National significance in eastern CT, and other related issues...such as preserving open space lands.  And our relation to water cycle...via safe household hazardous waste disposal.




Planning & Zoning matters under "Z"

       
Police 
Including notes from Weston meetings related to Police news and new Federal regulations on drones.  Gun registration story here, too.





Power Outage Blog
To report an outage to Eversource, click here:  https://www.eversource.com/Content/ct-e





Re-Evaluation of property
How does this relate to CT Tax Panel - who discussed the CT "over-reliance" on the Property Tax.





SEATTLE LIKE WESTON CT?
Full consolidation of Seattle pages and Whidbey planning board news, comparison of population from previous About Weston website...






      
Selectmen meeting notes:  Town website now an official "posting" location for meeting notices.





Special Town Meetings since 2002...our reports.




FYI:
Millennials (GenY) come after GenX


Strategic Planning Committee



  

Sustainability Study by About Weston and above the link, another link to more on air pollution plus...we'll always have Paris - COP21 link.





Which came first, the "P" of the "Z" in the mission of P&Z?  Always the "Z" when you are talking regulations and their changes.
The function of Zoning Board  in Stamford..not ZBA or the B.B.A.  Back story:  http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Faulty-Stamford-foundation-remains-unresolved-6730458.php


    
http://ctbythenumbers.info/2016/07/24/project-undertakes-mapping-ct-with-precision-from-the-air/



WE WATCHED ON A FRIDAY BEFORE THE THREE-DAY WEEKEND FOR ACTION ON GOVERNOR'S TRANSPORTATION FINANCE PANEL - OUR REPORT HERE.

       
Transportation
All modes!  To include bicycle-pedestrian information eventually.  One of three rotating hot issues - this one, transportation - meetings at the L.O.B. on CT-N!




21st Century Unions
Public sector unions fighting for their place, and if a recent report is true, they should watch out, indeed.






Wild Things review

 


"Dog Days"
Formerly known as "Woof-site" contains year-round reports of animals.  Sled dogs on vacation until September first!


The World (graphic from NASA photo) and some of its issues.



WWHD - offices on Bayberry Lane, Westport.








LATEST "ABOUT TOWN" SHOW:  


"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS JIM LISHER, CHAIRMAN, TELE-HEALTH SENIORS WELLNESS PROGRAM OF NEW CANAAN, CONNECTICUT:

"About Town" is delighted to present this interview with Jim Lisher, chairman of the Tele-Health Seniors Wellness Program of New Canaan, Connecticut.  This highly successful program commenced in 2013, and provides senior citizens with the opportunity, at no cost to them, to have periodic video visits with a nurse, and periodic remote monitoring of vital signs and other health-related information. The goal being to facilitate successful aging in place, while simultaneously improving quality of care and reducing health care costs.  After watching this important interview you just may find yourself wanting to inspire the officials of your own town or city to establish a similar program!






AND SOME NOTABLE PREVIOUS SHOWS:

"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE TONY HWANG, CONNECTICUT STATE SENATOR, 28th DISTRICT:

"About Town" is delighted to present this interview with the Honorable Tony Hwang, Connecticut State Senator for the 28th District, who provides us with exceptional insights into the serious budgetary issues the State is faced with, as well as into the campaign for the Republican nomination for the 2016 Presidential Election.  Don't miss this exceptionally informative interview, about matters that will affect all of us. 








"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE GAIL LAVIELLE, CONNECTICUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143rd DISTRICT:

The Honorable Gail Lavielle, CT State Representative for the 143rd District, updates us on the issues facing Connecticut's Legislature as it opens its 2016 biennial "Short Session."  Her exceptionally informative comments about critical issues involving State budget deficits, taxes, transportation, retaining and attracting businesses and jobs, as well as the recent problems of the State's Motor Vehicles Department, should not be missed!  And listen to her testimony on Transit Corridor Development Authority here.







"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD H. FRISCH, TECHNOLOGIST:

Artificial intelligence, more precisely referred to as mechanical intelligence, is now and increasingly will be re-shaping our lives.  Learn all about it from a distinguished expert in such matters, technologist Richard Frisch.






"ABOUT TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE TONI BOUCHER, CONNECTICUT STATE SENATOR, 26th DISTRICT:

The Honorable Toni Boucher, CT State Senator for the 26th District, reports on what has transpired during the 2015 biennial "Long Session" of the State Legislature, and the “Special Session” which followed it.  She describes how the second highest tax increase in Connecticut’s history has alarmed major corporations headquartered in our State, as well as individuals of all political persuasions.  And she explains that it didn’t have to be, and how change that would make jobs, education, and transportation top State priorities, may be in the wind.










"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS LYN KIMBERLY, AMERICAN WANDERER, LLC, AND CAMP BERGER OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE GRANGE:

Lyn 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 this, and about how they are also revitalizing Camp Berger of the Connecticut State Grange, a very special summer camp for kids.

And for more, visit their websites, www.americanwanderer.com and www.campberger.com

For Windows Users (best viewed via Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire file to download):

    http://www.aboutweston.com/Kimberly11-19-14.wmv

For Windows or Apple/Mac users (depending on the software you are using, playback may not begin until the entire file has downloaded, which may take several minutes or more depending on the speed of your internet connection):

    http://www.aboutweston.com/Kimberly11-19-14.mp4


WATCH NOW!


"ABOUT TOWN" INTERVIEWS KAREN TATARKA, DIRECTOR OF THE WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY:
Do 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 Development 2013-2018:
Daniel 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!




"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!


"ABOUT TOWN" 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 balance between 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 in the 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!!!  WATCH NOW!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT...
Amy 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!

CLIMATE CHANGE
Dr. Floyd Lapp, F.A.I.C.P., is the Executive Director of the South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA).  This program provides an 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 the 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!   WATCH NOW!!!

Vision and design in the built environment.
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 NOW!

Public Safety to the fore!
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!
"About 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 alter-ego, saves 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 challenge a snowy winter with a good read!  WATCH PART 1 and WATCH PART 2

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 need to respect and listen to all voices, and permit the greatest possible number of Westonites to have a say in government.  WATCH NOW!


WE'VE GOT A NEW PLAN!  How is implementation going?

The 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 results!   WATCH NOW!


GET 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 now!




ON FILE - SEE THESE AGAIN!  
          

 

"ABOUT TOWN" 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 the Republican nomination for United States Senator, in the 2010 election.  Learn more about Mr. Simmons' distinguished career of service to his state and country - Watch here!

The 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 provides valuable insight into the issues facing Weston.
Watch now!

Watch 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 University.  Watch now!

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 process, Watch now!

One of 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 outlook for “street life” or pedestrian-friendly improvements for 21st century Weston, among many other interesting things! - Watch now!

Director 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 connection, click 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 connection, click here:  http://www.aboutweston.com/Silvermine-Dunlop3-1-09ModemVersion.wmv   (File size is 37 megaBytes; the lecture comprises 1 hour 39 minutes)

Nichole Peyreigne, Mezzo-Soprano, 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 now!

"ABOUT TOWN" interviews Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, Director of External Relations and Services at the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise of Fairleigh Dickinson University: In this very 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 now!

MAGIC!  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 tour: click here!








ABOUT WESTON'S MISSION: 

We can't cover everything. 

As advised years ago, most decisions end up in the lap of the Board of Selectmen.  So we haven't missed one of these ever - since June, 1991 (sometimes watching on Channel 79 in bad weather).  And as long ago as December 1998 we began covering government ONLINE here! 

"Eye on Hartford," a column in the print edition of the FORUM, preceded "About Town"  - which is offered HERE by the weekend. 

Our self- described "news beat" - the meetings of boards, commissions, committees, and other entities such as Special Town Meeting or the budget process we watch - are organized by symbol, logo or picture,
  1. HOT NEWS returns after a hiatus.  "Hot News" may originate globally, nationally, regionally or from "above" in Hartford.  Now, link to stories is via a work of our original art - painting, drawing, halftone or cartoon - that tells the story of the story!.
  2. Care about taxes?  FY'17 Budget Process is over.  CT Legislature seemingly in session A LOT!
  3. What is local government up to?  Type in name of board or commission in the search box at the very top of this page (not the "www" choice).

The "About Weston" site was last updated on 7/28
/16 


WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW THIS SEASON:   First link, check out Weston Garden Club for info:  http://www.westongardenclub.com/Weston_Garden_Club/Welcome.html

Weston CT weather private source:  http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/weston-ct/06883/daily-weather-forecast/2208569
Snow fall amount can be found here, according to N.O.A.A. (National Weather Service) - http://www.weather.gov/

"HOW IS THAT AGAIN?" DEPARTMENT: 

Link to online calculator:  http://www.online-calculator.com/
Time & date:  http://www.timeanddate.com/


 

REPORTS:

CHECK LATEST STORM MESSAGE
Weston CT:  Sign up for CODE REDhttps://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=jI5CO7wxm3%2bOw87gZfcjaA%3d%3d


Check to see where CT power outages are:  Customer out of power by town... 

What the Town was advising for winter - http://www.thewestonforum.com/58890/weston-is-prepared-for-winter-storms/