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LATEST "ABOUT TOWN" SHOW:
What's up in Hartford?
Hon. Gail Lavielle, CT State Representative
for the 143rd District,
reports on what the Legislature is 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!!!
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
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!
In this two-part "About Town"
interview Connecticut State Senator Toni
Boucher tells us the latest about legislative matters that affect all
of us. Part 1 focuses on the recently concluded 2012 Legislative
"Short Session." Part 2 focuses on Education Reform. Don't
miss the very special insights she provides!! WATCH NOW!
Weston's Superintendent of Schools tells us all about what
is happening in the Weston Public Schools, and also what is
on the horizon for education reform in Connecticut. 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). We learned a lot!!! WATCH
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
Will the Supreme Court get into this
in the 2012-2013 Session?
of Weston: CENTRAL
PART OF TOWN 2012/13 - who's got
the Plan? Charter Revisiion
Education: POST-SANDY HOOK THOUGHT;
Board of Education
Meeting videos posted here - note that the most recent one is from
April 25, 2011.
Planning: 50 years young is SWRPA!!!
And never to
grow older, if
this bill becomes law!
Planning ideas and matters from
- our own study here.
Another one of our studies going
PART OF TOWN: IS THERE A PLAN FOR THE FUTURE?
When or if it rains, it pours, in CT, department
- some ideas in run-off detention here.
Flow Regs update
NEED A MAP
OF ANYWHERE IN CT?
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!!! SUPER-ACCURATE!
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/
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#41 (10 of 16 Black Team members children or
grandchildren of ChaCha).
W E B S I T E
very special article?
Assorted other news links
Genetically modified plants a reality.
Modified Food Bill Headed Back To Senate
by Hugh McQuaid | May 24, 2013 2:21am
Following hours of behind the scenes negotiations, the House voted
early Friday morning to approve a watered down version of legislation
concerning the labeling of foods containing genetically modified
The bill passed on a 114-7 vote with 29 lawmakers either abstaining or
not voting. On a voice vote, House lawmakers adopted significant
changes to the legislation which the Senate passed earlier this week.
The Senate legislation would have required that all genetically
engineered foods be labeled as such by July 1, 2015, assuming that at
least three nearby states pass similar legislation. If other states in
the region failed to adopt labeling statutes, Connecticut’s requirement
would go into effect on its own in 2016 through what lawmakers
described as a “stand-alone” provision.
In a strike-all amendment, the House scrapped the bill’s “stand-alone”
provision and increased the number of states needed to trigger
Connecticut’s labeling requirement to five. In order to apply, at least
two of those states would need to be near Connecticut and the combined
population total of states participating would have to equal at least
25 million people.
The changes come as a result of negotiations between House Speaker
Brendan Sharkey, the governor’s office, and House Republicans, all of
whom have voiced concerns about placing Connecticut businesses at an
unfair disadvantage by making it possible for it to be the only state
in 2016 to require labeling.
However, the modifications to the bill were not popular with advocates
like the Fairfield-based group GMO Free CT, which emailed lawmakers
early Friday morning, urging them to oppose the House version of the
“Dear Legislators, the advocates of the GMO Labeling bill do not
support Speaker Sharkey’s amendments. Please do not support the bill
with amendments,” the email said.
But House lawmakers, who had debated a bill until 5:45 a.m. the
previous morning, did not seem willing to engage in a lengthy debate
about the modified legislation by the time it came to the floor after 1
Rep. Phil Miller, co-chairman of the Environment Committee, said the
amended bill was the result of much discussion and compromise.
“Each of the proponents and everyone involved had to, perhaps, give
some ground a bit to have a bill that we could pass and that will
hopefully put us on the road to becoming among the first states in the
nation to have this labeling law,” he said. “So our consumers will know
what they’re buying with better clarity.”
Rep. John Shaban, the Environment Committee’s ranking Republican, said
the changes helped ease some of his concerns about the bill.
“It does put us out in the forefront of this effort. We’re going to
pull other states with us. It will be a truly regional response,” he
Following the bill’s passage, Sharkey issued a short statement saying
he was pleased the bill could be the first of its kind in the nation.
“It was done on a bipartisan basis in concert with the governor and I’m
hopeful it serves as a model for other states to join us,” he said.
The bill will now need to return to the Senate.
of local government meetings
Above, Weston Town Hall (Comission Room frpm the
outside)...our list of meetings of
interest and notes taken by us since
the last local election are included here.
MAY 16, 2013: SELECTMEN WANT NEW
CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION (OF 7), TO BEGIN IN JUNE, FINISH IN TIME
NOV. 2013 BALLOT INCLUSION.
Why??? Or as my Mom's cat,
Charlie (r), would have probably asked, "Meow?" While the cat's
away, the mice shall play (Charter
Revision over the summer was done 10 years ago by 5 members.)
The first ATBM with mandatory Referendum (new under brand new Charter)
in 2013 is confused;
"About Town" was one who asked the Moderator what would happen if a
quorum showed up AFTER the proposed single quorum call was made - a
theorhitical point, and one which elicited the appropriate response -
the Moderator said he would consider it and if what looked like a
quorum to him was present, he would so declare.
I heard the Registrars announce "no
quorum" - which would have been 136 - or would it have been a higher
number that included Town Meeting voters too?
The question was debated, the Moderator
said he would consider another quorum count if more people showed up.
Our question: Is there a
deeper reason for a rush to another Charter Revision? Could the
M.O.R.E. Commission legislation take away taxing authority from
municipalities? And with an appointed Tax Collector, that makes
it easier to regionalize...tax collection. Hey - how about just
letting the State collect all property taxes and redistribute them
according to its own priorities?
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
GLOBAL CREDIT CRUNCH TIMELINE:
Global 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:
"Unconfirmed" video from ITV:
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