Weston selectmen discuss emergency tree work, marketing strategies

The Weston town, education and capital budgets were passed at a referendum vote.

The Weston Board of Selectmen met in a special meeting on Thursday, April 5, at Weston Town Hall. The following items were up for discussion and decision. Tree warden appropriation The selectmen unanimously approved a supplemental appropriation of $30,000 to the tree warden’s 2017-18 operating budget in consideration of the need for emergency tree work on municipal roads and municipal properties. Tree Warden Bill Lomas explained there was substantial tree work in light of the four nor’easters in the month of March. “I had about $13,000 left in my budget to continue to do the normal course of work in … Read more

Ira Bloom named Weston Town Attorney

In a unanimous vote, the Weston Board of Selectmen officially hired Ira Bloom of Berchem Moses PC as the Weston’s new town attorney at a meeting on Thursday, April 5. Bloom was recommended by Weston’s Legal Review Committee and will replace Ken Bernhard of Cohen and Wolf as Weston’s legal counsel. He will officially start on Wednesday, May 2. Bloom has been town attorney for Westport since 1998, New Canaan since 2012, and has served as counsel to Wilton, Easton and Madison for several years. He has also represented other municipalities, along with numerous applicants and neighborhood associations throughout the … Read more

Weston artist receives fellowship grant

Joseph Fucigna of Weston, an evolving sculptor and painter who turns “nondescript common material that most people wouldn’t notice” into works of art, is one of 39 Connecticut-based artists to receive a state-funded grant through the Connecticut Artist Fellowship Program. According to Connecticut’s Office of the Arts, the Artist Fellowship Program “recognizes the artistic excellence of individual Connecticut artists in a variety of disciplines” and allows the “artists the opportunity to pursue new works of art and to achieve specific creative and career goals.” The highly competitive program received more than 235 applicants. “I was a bit surprised that I … Read more

Editorial: To Weston

With all due respect to Easton and Redding, two fine towns I’ve had the privilege of covering a bit recently, I’d like to extend a hearty “thank-you” to Weston. I started at The Weston Forum in the summer of 2015. It was my first “real” job after I graduated from UConn and I was nervous to learn how to be a reporter. I never studied journalism, so coming to this community to be in control of the news you read each week was a daunting responsibility for me. Almost immediately I felt welcome in Weston, a town I had only … Read more

Weston to vote next week on dog park

Weston residents will finally vote, on Wednesday, April 4, on whether or not to approve a proposed dog park. The vote was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 10, but was rescheduled because of excessive power outages in Weston after a snowstorm. The vote will take place via a machine ballot from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., at Weston Town Hall. Voters will vote Yes or No on the following question: “Shall the town of Weston establish an enclosed approximately 3 and ½  acre parcel on Davis Hill Road as depicted in a visualization map in accordance with a draft MOU … Read more

‘Rock hound’ brings healing crystals to Weston

Nisan Eventoff has been a “rock hound” for more than 40 years and he carries healing crystals with him daily. “I’ve been interested in the healing properties of crystals for years,” said Eventoff. “I have many all around my house. I think they help eliminate negativity.” Eventoff, a Westonite for 29 years, works with fellow Weston residents Joe Devermann and Kareen Kanega to bring those healing powers to town. The three have started The Stonz Company, dedicated to bringing hand-mined crystals to Weston for healing purposes. Devermann, Eventoff’s neighbor and close friend, lives part of the year in Panama near … Read more

Weston students walk out to protest gun violence

Weston High School students Matthew Figiola, Caroline Cassol, and Eliza Maestri held up teddy bears at the walkout on March 14. — Claudia Thompson photo

Weston High School students participated in the National School Walkout Day on Wednesday, March 14, in droves, with approximately 600 high school students taking a stand against gun violence. Elissa Teles, a Weston High School senior, organized the event through a Facebook group set up in the days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. “I was so infuriated after the Parkland shooting,” Elissa said. “I decided to make a group and add people who may be interested, they added more people and it grew.” Elissa, 18, along with fellow students Gabriella Reynolds, Matt Syndey, … Read more

Committee recommends new town counsel for Weston

Weston’s Legal Review Committee has recommended that the town hire Ira Bloom of Berchem Moses PC as the town’s attorney. If hired, Bloom would replace Ken Bernhard of Cohen and Wolf. Dennis Tracey, chairman of the legal review committee, told the selectmen the committee “unanimously” recommended the hiring of Bloom, a senior partner at Berchem Moses. “He was very impressive in our interview,” said Tracey. “He’s a well regarded municipal attorney, the gold standard of municipal attorneys in Fairfield County.” Bloom has been town attorney for Westport since 1998, New Canaan since 2012, and has served as counsel to Wilton, … Read more

Weston allocates first solar megawatt

The Weston Board of Education allocated the first of two megawatts of solar electricity from a remote solar farm in Windham. The school board voted unanimously at a meeting on Monday, Feb. 26, to use the megawatt of electricity to power Weston High School and Weston Middle School. The town will start receiving the electricity by early spring. Electricity from the second megawatt, which will be available in the spring, will likely power Weston’s town hall and library, while the remaining electricity generated will go to the schools. Each megawatt has the opportunity to be attached to five distinct meters, … Read more

Weston’s tree warden proves to be valuable asset

Bill Lomas has been Weston’s tree warden since July 2016, and he has worked hard in that time frame to cultivate fruitful relationships. “Last year Eversource did well over $2 million in pruning and tree removal in Weston,” Lomas said. “I try to maintain a cordial relationship with them. When they have issues we can help address them, and when we have issues they help address those.” Lomas views his relationship with Eversource as symbiotic. “We have work that needs to be done, they have to do work; if our relationship can be mutually beneficial, then all of our goals … Read more

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