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LATEST: COOLING CENTERS IN TOWN: From the FORUM July 26;
WARNING : Under construction this summer
Watercolor by M.S. Wirtenberg
Art collection; Senior Center show; direct link to video; Sustainability - how you can make a difference.
WESTON CT breaking news
ABOUT WESTON internal
search engine above can be used to locate
stories of interest. ABOUT WESTON began in 1998. Information
from the original website on subjects not specifically ABOUT WESTON no
longer available online.
ABOUT WESTON HAS A NEW MISSION: All
the news that About Weston observes, in person or online, we
report. "About Town" the public access TV show also appearing
Web-contact: margaret - at - aboutweston.com
provides original research on Weston, Connecticut, links to official
sources, and expresses the opinions
of this Weston,
CT website. We attend many town board
and commission meetings, observing via Town Channel and School Channel at times.
In order to find our reports and commentary, there are three (3) methods to use:
type in name of board or commission in the search box above - and
instantly, you can find unbiased
information. Much of our previous website, however, is no longer
online. E-mail any question to About Weston and we will try to
retrieve this data for you. As
long ago as December
1998 we began covering the Weston government meetings scene,
online. They are kept updated either by integrating
historical reports or topics and information into this new website design, or via adding news
reports to the original, now unpublished, webpages.
- Observations on this new website current for: Board of Selectmen,
Finance Board, WCCOG, Police Commission, Global Facilities Committee,
Lachat through the years is our favorite civic involvement. Others
listed relate to these entities' subject matter. Our current
sub-pages on other government activities can be found by scrolling down
the list of "pages" below and clicking the hot links. And we haven't forgotten about Education or Transportation
or Freedom of Information as subjects affecting Weston on a broader scale, either. Actions from
outside entities play a large role in these subjects for Westonites. And new today..."Special Town Meetings since 2002" for those who might wonder what Town Meeting government is all about.
- Or...these same observations and sources are ordered by symbol or picture, making them easy to find!
Please remember that we have re-assembled this site to refocus its mission directly on Weston.
T A B L E O F C O N T E N T
S - G O D I R E C T T O
N E W S O U T L E T S H E R E
Please visit the pages listed below in order of most recent interest to About Weston. Or, click on pictures listed in ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
- "CENTRAL PART OF TOWN" and future development as the STRATEGIC PLAN COMMITTEE INTERVIEWS go on...to fulfill its perhaps expanded MISSION STATEMENT;
- TOWN PLANNING TOOL-KIT:
Online "how to" directions from About Weston to assist citizens
attempting to do their own planning. Map of location of Weston CT
Historic Districts here.
is our most recent planning exercise; Selectmen interviews on strategic plans. Related pages: "Natural Resources" , "Re-Evaluation" plus DROUGHT;
encompass all modes...roads, rails, pedestrian and waterborne traffic as well as airports, bridges,
- Lachat; Or as we like to say, "Toujours Lachat" - a subject of significance going forward.
- NEW: Aspetuck Land Trust
- "Georgetown" development in the future?
- Internet matters; A fast changing picture.
- "About Town" the television program, can be viewed online.
- Board of Selectmen: Where everything local ends up...and things regional below...
- Power Outage Blog: Where global warming meets "shelter in place."
- Western Connecticut Council of Governments
- Connecticut State Government: We cover the three branches as they intersect issues of importance to Weston, with emphasis on the Legislature.
- NEW: Freedom of Information Commission;
- Finance Board of Weston: The buck stops there. NEW: Or does it stop here (CT State Tax Panel)?
- Regional and local public safety and other police issues and use of drones and/or other aerial reconnaissance techniques.
- "Global Facilities" - what are we
talking about here? This is local only, as far as we know.
Overlaps with regional public safety as well as central part of town.
- Education is a CT
Constitutional responsibility..."Strategic" 2015 Commission reports back to
Legislature in 1, finishes in 2 years. Strategic master plan for CT public education by its 29 member on tap!
- Research - including links to our own observations as well as reports by others and...
- Information from the U.S. CENSUS BUREAU as it applies to Weston, CT and Georgetown: part of this unincorporated place is in...Weston!
- NEW: Special Town Meetings in Weston since 2002;
- Link to our favorite daily newspapers and news outlets.
Including the U.S. Census.
Observations as well as news accounts from elsewhere since 1998
have been archived off-line. And these archives are being continually updated off-line, but also, not available on the Internet. Here is a link to the National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/museum/visit/index.html
FORUM: http://www.thewestonforum.com/ ; CT-N link; TV news: http://connecticut.news12.com
CT NEWS JUNKIE: http://ctnewsjunkie.com/
The New London DAY;
The Advocate Online;
Anchorage Daily News: http://www.adn.com/
"Wait What?" blog: http://jonathanpelto.com/
ORIGINAL RESEARCH ABOUT WESTON INCLUDING OBSERVATIONS AT MEETINGS ATTENDED.
Links to the history of various projects, problems and programs since
1998 to be included where topical. For example...in "alphabetical" order:
Aspetuck Land Trust
"At the Gazebo" is a central gathering place, Weston's "greensward." Town Hall, the Weston Public Library and the Norfield Fire House located there.
COG regional meetings
CT Legislature - original pen and ink drawing of Capitol is your link to About Weston.com reports on the Connecticut General Assembly. And significant land use action. Or go direct http://www.cga.ct.gov/
Drought particularly important to a town with no public water or sewer service.
Education and the relation among local, regional and state levels of government supplying that service.
CT Freedom of Information
Global Facilities Committee - now including notes on all meetings we attended
Historic Preservation and Re-Use; Historic Districts and Adaptive Re-Use
Internet Matters: Highlights from previous research on internet attack and nuclear security...
Lachat - previous information organized for best historical use.
Natural Resources of National significance in eastern CT, and other related issues...
Police and Drones - including notes from Weston meetings related to Police news.
Power Outage Blog
Re-Evaluation of property - how does this relate to C.G.A.
actions as far as sSB 1 goes (as it was spread around the Implementer)?
Selectmen meeting notes
BREAKING NEWS - CT
Bonding Commission approves library grant; Weston to lose $845 of
municipal grants in the coming fiscal year - source: http://ctmirror.org/2015/07/01/how-much-does-your-town-gain-or-lose-in-the-state-budget/
Special Town Meetings since 2002...
Sustainability Study by About Weston - news today from the Stamford ADVOCATE about G.M.O. labeling...http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/House-passes-bill-to-prevent-mandatory-GMO-6401836.php
Town Planning Toolkit
Transportation - all modes! To include bicycle-pedestrian information eventually.
"Dog Days" formerly known as "Woof-site" and contains reports about animals...
CONTINUING WITH PART TWO OF A STRATEGIC PLANNING EXERCISE FOR WESTON...
ABOUT TOWN'S OWN "STRATEGIC PLAN" OBSERVATIONS: Could one of the "Strategic Planning" ideas be for private use of public space? (Link is to story from Milford, CT)
Strategic Planning Committee interviews so far...
Special Board of Selectmen meeting
Thursday (4th Thursday makes it "special") July 30, 2015 for more
interviews for Strategic Planning Committee.
Weston FORUM earlier reported that no further
interviews coming until after
summer vacation; Special Meeting of the Board of Selectmen July
13, 2015 in the afternoon for the purposes of Executive Session
negotiations (labor). Will 15 spots on a "Strategic Planning
Committee" come down
to finding out who is "D" and who is "R" - and who will select
the "U" if any apply? For example, could it be 5 - 5 - 5?
Perhaps greater articulation of role of sub-committees needed in MISSION
means, among other things, spending money or resources
wisely. And planning is an activity that should assist in making
choices when resources are limited (or in this case, when natural
resources are perhaps, limiting). For more on sustainability, please visit our page begun in 2012: http://www.aboutweston.com/SustainableStudy.html
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU ONLINE FOR REFERENCE...
U.S. CENSUS OF POPULATION
U.S. CENSUS OF HOUSING
LATEST "ABOUT TOWN"
"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.
AND SOME NOTABLE PREVIOUS SHOWS:
TOWN" PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE GAIL
LAVIELLE, CONNECTICUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 143rd DISTRICT:
Gail Lavielle, CT State Representative for the 143rd District, reports
on what the Legislature has been up to during its 2015 biennial "Long
Session." Her exceptionally informative comments about critical
issues involving the State budget, transportation, taxes, and some
particularly worrisome bills that have been proposed, should not be
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
And for more, visit their websites, www.americanwanderer.com and www.campberger.com
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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!
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 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
Weston" site was
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Link to online calculator: http://www.online-calculator.com/
Weston CT weather: http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/weston-ct/06883/daily-weather-forecast/2208569
Time & date: http://www.timeanddate.com/
The bridge on Godfrey Road is now OPEN.
The best and most clear story ever updated - story about the most confusing (Rte 7 as a detour has to be a joke)!
As described by the CT DOT in 2014...for the Cobb's Mill Bridge.
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