Friends of Weston Library receive $215,000 gift

There may be new programs and events on the horizon for patrons of the Weston Public Library. The Friends of the Library have received a $215,000 gift from the Daniel Edward Offutt, III Private Foundation Trust. The gift was announced last week by Richard Orenstein, foundation trustee. Leslie Geller, co-president of the Friends of the Weston Library said she was “absolutely overjoyed” to learn the group had received this donation. “We are so very grateful to our benefactor for his generosity. We are a small group that tries to bring in a lot of activities that are mostly free and … Read more

Weston celebrates Fourth of July with music and fireworks  


Westonites are getting ready to don the red, white, and blue and look to the skies next week to wish America a happy birthday. Weston’s annual 4th of July celebration is next Wednesday, July 4, and includes a number of outdoor activities. Starting at 4:30 p.m., there will be music, entertainment, and food on the grounds of the Weston Middle School. The evening will conclude with a performance by Big Deal Rock, performing hits from the 70s to today, and a fireworks display. Events are sponsored by Weston’s Parks and Recreation Department. Residents are encouraged to take blankets and chairs … Read more

Weston High School seniors graduate Friday, June 22

Weston Schools Superintendent William McKersie

The members of the class of 2018 will take part in Weston High School’s 48th annual commencement exercises on Friday, June 22. The graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. under a tent between the high school and the intermediate school — rain or shine. Parents and guests are urged to arrive with plenty of time before the ceremony begins, as parking will be limited. Guests will not be allowed to “save seats” — any markers, signs, or items left to do so will be immediately removed. Police will be stationed at checkpoints along School Road to direct … Read more

Lawsuit filed over Weston Dog Park

A lawsuit has been filed against the Weston Conservation Commission by seven individuals appealing the commission’s approval of the town of Weston’s application to construct a public dog park on a 36.17 acre tract of town-owned land. On May 3, the Conservation Commission approved the town’s application to construct a 3.5 acre dog park, 1,280-foot roadway, 22-vehicle parking lot, and 80-foot turnaround, on a 36.17 acre tract of undeveloped land bordered by Lords Highway East and Davis Hill Road, known as the “Moore property” which is owned by the town of Weston. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Dania Feller … Read more

Redding town budget fails by four votes, education budget passes

Redding voters once again rejected the proposed 2018-19 town budget at today’s referendum. This time by just four votes. At the first budget vote on May 8, the town budget failed by 522 votes.     Unofficial results for the budget vote held Tuesday, June 5. Question 1: Shall the Town of Redding appropriate the sum of $49,368,104 for the annual budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019? (This includes Redding’s share of the Region No. 9 budget) Yes: 1,184   No: 1,188 Question 2: Shall the Regional School District No. 9, composed of the Towns of Easton … Read more

Phillips arrest warrant: Weapons found in hidden room

The venue for the case involving former Weston Police Commissioner Richard “Rick” Phillips is being moved from state Superior Court in Norwalk to state Superior Court in Stamford. The transfer was made during a hearing in Norwalk on Wednesday, May 23.   Phillips, 56, was arrested on May 7 and charged with 15 counts of illegally possessing assault weapons, 90 counts of possessing a large-capacity magazine, five counts of possession of a silencer, unsafe storage of a firearm, and interfering with an officer. Phillips has not yet entered a plea and is free in lieu of a $100,000 bond. The … Read more

Weston graduation ceremony will be held outdoors

Weston's 2016 graduation ceremony was held outdoors under a large tent. —Scott Mullin photo

Following years of tradition, there will be an outdoor graduation ceremony again this year in Weston. The school administration had initially cut the cost of the graduation tent rental from its budget and planned to hold the ceremony inside the high school gym. But parents and students circulated a petition asking for the ceremony to remain outdoors. When that request was denied, they offered to pay $21,500 for the expense of the outdoor ceremony ($15,500 for tent setup, take-down, and lighting; $3,200 for overtime costs for security, custodians, site preparation, and cleanup; and 15% contingency). In just four days, the … Read more

Redding musician gets a Brazilian beat

Grammy-winning saxophonist and band leader Paul Winter of Redding performed a sold-out concert on Saturday, May 12, at Voices Cafe in Westport. Accompanied by musicians Vanderlei Pereira, Gustavo Amarante, and Paul Meyers, Winter performed Brazilian music from his new program, My Brazil, as well as favorites Wolf Eyes, Common Ground and Icarus. The concert was sponsored by the Unitarian Church in Westport for the benefit of the KEYS program, which provides musical instruction to underserved inner-city children in Bridgeport.

Watch out for coyotes

Weston Animal Control Officer Mark Harper said his office has been deluged with calls about coyote sightings and aggressive behavior. “They’ve been seen all over town, so I want to warn people to keep track of their dogs and cats when their pets are outside,” Harper said. At this time of year, Harper said, coyote pups are transitioning from milk to red meat and they are now hunting. Coyotes are quiet and sneaky and will stalk small animals, especially in early morning and at night. “Coyotes are looking for food and will snatch cats and small dogs from yards. Adult … Read more

Weston families are raising funds for graduation tent

Weston's 2016 graduation ceremony was held outdoors under a large tent. —Scott Mullin photo

The clock is ticking for Weston parents and students who want to continue the tradition of holding the senior graduation ceremony outside under a tent. For many years, a large tent has been set up on a field outside Weston High School to hold senior commencement ceremonies. However, due to budgetary constraints this year, $20,000 to fund the graduation tent was cut from the education budget. Weston School Superintendent William McKersie announced the ceremony would be held in the high school gym, and graduates would be limited to six tickets apiece for guests. Students and parents complained about the decision, … Read more

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