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Looking south from Redding, the Saugatuck Reservoir extends far into Weston (Joan Lewis photo 2006);  Trout Brook Valley (r.) lies in Weston and Easton.  Town Plan.
P o s t c a r d s   f r o m   W e s t o n . . . a  s p e c i a l   e s s a y    o n    d o w n t o w n   h e r e.
NOTE: Photographs of early in school construction process - unofficial snapshots...

Contents of this page:  

Infrastructure


The Referenda
Life in Weston

OVERVIEW:

Four Joan Lewis photographs above capture Weston forever...and remind us of drought;  three views north to Redding.
Weston Historical Society (left) on Weston Road welcomes visitors from Westport to our town.  Stone walls to historic fences shows the Jarvis Military Academy site (now Town offices) leading to the intellectual heart of the town--Weston Library.  Built in 1963 in the modern style, this facility, used more and more as the waves of Westonites seek it out, is also in Weston's first historic district!

Margaret Wirtenberg photographs (digital ones in most cases, "photos by Al") on the remainder of this sub-page.
Should the scene fourth from the right above (Margaret Wirtenberg photo also) be part of a new, "Atlantis" historic district?  It is said that the Village of Valley Forge lies below the surface of the Saugatuck Reservoir...a previous sub-center in old time Weston/Easton!  James Lomuscio's book (cover at right) "Village of the Dammed" relates the 1940 story of the building of the Saugatuck Reservoir, comparing it to the battle to save Trout Brook Valley some 50 or so years later...



WELCOME TO WESTON...

Here in the 21st Century Westonites are getting serious about preserving history.  Taking the lead is the Weston Historical Society.


Margaret Wirtenberg watercolor at right below
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The ABOUT TOWN collection of snapshots of places and recent events in Weston follows...beginning with the Juliana Lachat Preserve (which is not in the center of Weston--but it is so beautiful, it deserves another viewing)...click at right above for some of the recent government actions taken.

Located on Godfrey Road, the Juliana Lachat Preserve is nextdoor to The Nature Conservancy; it is a former farm and was preserved for many years by its owner using the State of Connecticut's Farm and Forest Classification system to freeze taxes.  New in 2011 is an attempt to find source of funds to preserve the homestead.

Saugatuck Trail (from Samuel Senior Dam to Redding) marked in State of Connecticut "blue"...and don't forget the Devil's Den Preserve or the Katherine Ordway Preserve (owned by The Nature Conservancy).  NOTE: the Town of Weston holds the development rights for both properties.  Aspetuck Land Trust properties (great in all seasons) make it a pleasure to live in or just visit Weston, one of four town that make up the Aspetuck Land Trust (Westport, Easton and Fairfield the other three) WITH YOUR DOG...link to hand-drawn maps only of ALT properties in Weston - this week, TROUT BROOK VALLEY!

NECESSARY THINGS:

FORUM photo
INFRASTRUCTURE:
Flooding takes out Cartbridge (l.);  next, one computer generated view of replacement;  Valley Forge Bridge being redone now (r.)


 

Final School Plan
Never finished, Middle School Roof replacement just finished in 2010, it will be the "end game" that determines the ultimate success of all Referendum projects.  Middle School Auditorium set aside for another day. 
High School roof repair and renovation of auditorium approved, transferring funds from Item#3 of Referendum at Special Town Meeting March 22, 2007.
UPKEEP OF BUILDINGS AND FIELDS vital - the Kaestle Boos report the roadmap for this goal.



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PARKING:
The Weston High School parking lot (above) may not be sufficient to hold all the cars of students, faculty and visitors if projections are correct and student driving privileges remain unchanged. 


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TEMPORARY BUILDINGS AND INFRASTRUCTURE: 




CIRCULATION: New bus company - First Student.
Sidewalks! Safe Routes to School may be a grant to provide these.  What an original idea!  At least that is the way it looks to "About Town"--with new road to new 3-4-5 school handling two way traffic as far as the new school (enter from westerly direction) and then one-way completing loop back to School Road with bus drop-off for Weston High School/bus traffic (at new gallaria entrance at new gym) before intersecting existing School Road. NOTE: the map presented at Referendum Nov. 15, 2001 (above) definitely did not include additional parcel purchased later.


WESTON MIDDLE SCHOOL:  THE PLACE WE VOTE!
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Here you have it...WMS is hemmed in by wetlands (left) or paved area.  As portables "melt away" road to rear of WMS will be completed, permitting a safer traffic path.  Some day it may house a lovely auditorium for its students...new roof.




WESTON HIGH SCHOOL


THE FINISHED PRODUCT;  SEATING CAMPAIGN LEADERS;  ARRANGEMENTSPROGRESS ALONG THE WAY: 



WESTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL


PROGRESS:



HURLBUTT
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PARKING LOT  LIGHTING UP AND RUNNING!
Long range Capital Plan proposed by the Board of Education shows, at this time, "$1 million" place-holder amount per year for renovations at the Hurlbutt School buildings after 2007...more parking and even more parking put in!  New windows make the school look like new (almost)!  These new windows show the out-of-doors courtyard spaces and trees and make recess look like fun!!!  Click on picture at right to read about quick program on a Friday after noon for the 4th grade (WMS heard it right before).  From notes and pictures on the walls of East House, it looks as if the 4th graders are being prepped for the move to the Intermediate School next term!



FIELDS

ALL THESE IN USE!  Revson Field still not up to expectations of users.
Morehouse Farm Park (l.) completed successful Women's Slow-Pitch Softball season in '05;  football and track ready for Fall '05!  New and redone tennis courts to be ready (no photo).  Soccer Field in use;  Bisceglie Park Little-League Park in use;  not shown:  Varsity Baseball at Revson Field.




Lots of things have changes recently:  Town Hall now has an Annex in School Road portables; at the Center, the Lunch Box is expanding, a pharmacy is due back as maybe a cleaning drop-off...
THE HEART OF WESTON IS DOWNTOWN:
SOME OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS OF CENTRAL WESTON BELOW...

CELL PHONE SERVICE (SEE BIG CELL TOWER BEHIND THE TREES):
Proposal for second tower at Transfer Station - OK'd by Town Meeting Dec. 15, 2005 and ready to roll, we think, in 2006.  Can you see the tower in the photo on the left?  This is one view where you can't!  A 195' tall monopole has been erected;  there is a new building for the mechanical needs of the six companies and the Town of Weston.  The regulatory agency on high voltage electricity towers is CT SITING COUNCIL.

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Memorial Day brings partriotism to Town Hall...
Next is Norfield Church--which is next to Town Hall across the way, is a residence where Polly, a beautiful horse, used to live.  Polly would hang out at the stone wall and welcome people to Town Hall (across the street)...if Polly were still alive, she would have the "best view" of the new tower.
The Jarvis Military Academy,next, is in Weston's first historic district...as is the Onion Barn and the law office of long-time former First Selectman at the right.

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WESTON CENTER is the commercial "downtown" of our town;  How things change!  In front of WESTON VALET (no more), a member of the EMS - Fire Department illustrates "how big" the tower is...PETER'S MARKET (and all the other stores, too--especially WESTON PHARMACY [not pictured, because it is no longer there--between the BANK and the LUNCH BOX] ) and the LUNCH BOX are here to serve as well...with improvements coming for later in 2007.


The real heart of the community, even more in 2011, continues...

THE LUNCH BOX--home of fine dining and conversation in Weston, Connecticut...and the only restaurant in town.

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