About Town: Noise

Sound and fury signifying … noise? Of the five senses — sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch — how many relate to planning and zoning? Probably all of them in some manner, although some more directly than others. But one that a P&Z Commission can significantly affect through its zoning powers is our hearing of noise that may result from construction. Other noise that at times may permeate through our neighborhoods falls under the purview of town ordinances. I would expect, also, that during its Town Plan revision or re-envisioning process that is getting underway it would not be too … Read more

About Town: Candid canines

A celebration of man’s best friend is front and center this Saturday. Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Weston, on Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., your dog can stop by and observe or participate in competitions, demonstrations, and seminars. And in the process perhaps learn some useful new techniques. Or even get free medical advice. The Weston Middle School field will be the location of the “Dog Jamboree.” Admission cost is modest, and the event will benefit charitable causes. The K9 unit of the Westport Police Department will perform. That’s perhaps reason number one to attend. Dogs … Read more

About Town: Plan for the future

How do I love Weston? In any number of ways, most of which relate to our town having remained true to a plan. Why am I grateful to Weston? For one thing, it has taught me about what makes a community. I hadn’t really known much about Weston when I moved here in 1980. It was very understated then, in desirable ways, as it is now. “2020 Vision” is what I call my online proposal for the essence of a Town Plan update. I’ve chosen to create it given that our Planning and Zoning Commission is in the early stages … Read more

About Town: Weston views

What is the most iconic view in Weston? Other than that of the trees and other plantings on your own property, of course. I’d have to say it is the Saugatuck Reservoir. Mark down Saturday, Sept. 1, for a morning excursion along its shore, right here in Weston. Thanks to our Parks & Recreation Commission, on that day you’ll be able to leave your car at Morehouse Farm Park, and take out your bicycles, skates, or skateboards. Or put on your walking or running shoes. Then you can make your way to the road crossing at Newtown Turnpike, and cross … Read more

About Town: Police have busy summer

Here it is August, and just about nothing, nada, seems to be happening on the government front. As a matter of fact, last week it was perhaps more likely to run into a Westonite on the Champs-Élysées in Paris than at a meeting of an elected board or commission. Although there was at least one very notable exception. The Board of Police Commissioners was hard at work with a full agenda. I rarely attend Police Commission meetings. Not because I don’t care about public safety, of course, but mainly because I trust that this commission in particular will make a … Read more

About Town: Planning Weston’s town plan

“2020” is a catchy number. What does it mean to you? “Eyesight” may be what immediately comes to mind for those of us who wear or are in need of corrective lenses. Others may think of the U.S. Census count that occurs periodically, while some might even think of the forthcoming 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. But what mainly comes to my mind is that it will be time for Weston’s next Town Plan of Conservation and Development. Since development of that plan necessarily takes considerable time, here in 2018 we are already getting started. Who … Read more

About Town: State fiscal problems

It’s oxymoron time in Hartford once again. Or perhaps not, hopefully. “Pension sustainability” is the focus of the latest entity created by the Connecticut General Assembly. The earlier “Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth Commission” laid out the state’s financial problems and suggested solutions. It was such a great plan that no one liked it. Depending on one’s gastronomic preferences, some might have likened it to having to eat your vegetables. The membership of that commission came mainly from academe and business, plus a former co-chairman of the Spending Cap Commission. But now we have a commission appointed to focus on … Read more

About Town: Primaries

Primaries matter. If you don’t vote when you legally have the opportunity, you literally don’t count. Aug. 14 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Weston Middle School Gym is when Westonites who are registered as Democrats or Republicans can soon make their voices heard. Please be sure to vote in the party primaries. Those who tune in to political chatter only in the autumn often complain that they don’t like any of the candidates. Well, on Aug. 14 we can help to determine who those candidates will be. Republicans will choose their candidate for six offices, and Democrats … Read more

About Town: Swimming upstream

Weston is not alone. At least, that is, as long as there are 168 other towns and cities in Connecticut with their own independent local governments. We are one of a large “school” of municipal fish swimming upstream. Upstream against an ever more threatening rip tide of state debt. That would be mainly in the form of Connecticut’s unfunded liabilities for pensions of public employees and teachers. So it came as no surprise to me at last week’s meeting of the Board of Finance that the board balked, at least initially, at any expense beyond what Westonites had agreed to … Read more

About Town: Vote ‘yes’ for Lachat

Lachat is “where it’s at” in Weston these days. A vision has just about become a reality. What vision you may ask? It is pretty simple really. The goal of preserving a farmhouse and associated structures, and making the picturesque property, that climbs to Devil’s Den, into a farm. I have always considered this site to be my foremost model for doing landscape art. If you are a painter, and like to paint fields or other outdoor scenery, you would not want to overlook an opportunity to view Lachat. Not to mention its barns, and the glorious mix of colors … Read more

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