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

About Town: Summertime

Now it is officially summer. Summer is the season for outdoor activities, especially for children.  At least there is one thing that has not changed over the years. Nothing much happens in Weston in July and August. This has been a basic truth for so long that those of us who try to keep our fingers on the pulse of government sometimes get worried. Weston barely seems to have a pulse in these months. However, this summer promises to provide some free entertainment on the political front.  Thanks to eager politicians seeking to replace Gov. Malloy we will soon be … Read more

About Town: Suspense

The suspense is almost killing me. The “suspense list,” that is, as described by the tax collector at the Board of Finance meeting last week. “Tax suspense lists” are common items in Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities. These lists are comprised of taxes deemed to be “uncollectible.” So does anyone you know make the list? The list presently comprises six pages, plus an additional page involving a few small businesses, and encompasses more than a hundred properties. Some of the names on it look familiar. The list totals a bit more than $20,000. The individual amounts listed are generally small … Read more

About Town: Changes

How is Weston like Paris? I think there are quite a few similarities. One is that they are both beautiful places. Paris grew and developed over many centuries, though, while Weston initially grew for more like one century, starting in the 1700s, before shrinking in population rather dramatically, with the demise of industry. Yes, Weston once had industry, such as a mill and a toy factory. Fast forward to the end of World War II. Growth resumed as weekend residents built second homes here, and others who could not afford Westport settled in Weston. In the wilderness, defined here as … Read more

About Town: Planning

You can feel it. Summer vacation is in the air. Just a couple more weeks. Of special note is that living in Weston in the summer is a vacation in itself. But sometimes it can be a more peaceful vacation than at other times. One reason for that is it can depend on construction that might be on the schedule for schools or at the municipal complex on Norfield Road. For example, this summer such activities will be occurring. While they will not be visibly or audibly evident to most Westonites, they may be to some who live near the … Read more

About Town: Beauty

Why do people move to Weston, Connecticut? Why do they stay? Please join the League of Women Voters of Weston for lunch on June 1, at noon at the Aspetuck Valley Country Club. The league’s Betty Hill Forum on International Affairs follows the luncheon. It is not too late to “pay at the door” and attend this annual event. You can find further details at lwvweston.org. Both the ambience of that locale and the camaraderie you’ll find there will serve to illustrate my answers to the questions asked above. Weston is “drop dead gorgeous,” and Westonites of all ages value … Read more

About Town: Green

One of the pleasures of living in Weston is the simple fact that there isn’t any place that looks better in the spring. “Aspetuck News” shares the first part of its name with a beautiful river that marks a small part of the eastern border of Weston. When do I get to this part of town? At the League of Women Voters of Weston’s annual Betty Hill Forum on International Affairs. This year it takes place on June 1 at the Aspetuck Valley Country Club. For more information, please visit the league’s website, lwvweston.org. AVCC is recognized by Audubon International. … Read more

About Town: Discourse

The 2018 edition of the state legislature’s biennial “Short Session” is over, thankfully. That, in itself, is a significant accomplishment. Last year’s biennial “Long Session” left the state without a budget until October. A former state representative for the 135th District, to which Weston belongs, famously once said, “Hold on to your pocketbook when the legislature is in session.” How many bills during this session might affect Weston, or might have affected us if they had passed? As I perceive it, there were probably too many to count. I did not follow everything in every committee, of course, but what … Read more

About Town: Discourse

If you had to pick just a few words to describe Weston, they might be neat, green, and driven.  “Neat” in part because while we are a town with lawns that are irregular and natural, wherever there is something to mow, we mow it. “Green” because once winter has finally released us from her grip, that’s pretty much all you see. There are various shades and tones of green, but the color of new growth in early spring seems almost uniformly emerald. “Driven” is another way to refer to our community. That is actually a play on the word. Yes, … Read more

About Town: Civility

Weston is a state of mind. How much longer can we remain so? There are those who fear that we as a community have lost the belief we’ve traditionally had in the necessity for civility. Public discourse has always been very polite here. I believe that continues to be the case, although as the activities of public institutions move along it can sometimes be hard to tell. For example, under the revisions of our Town Charter that were approved by the voters a few years ago, we now have an annual referendum on the budget. Those who previously may have … Read more

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