State awards open space grant for Weston property

The Aspetuck Land Trust has received a state open space grant for the 38-acre Belknap property in Weston.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on Monday that $6.05 million in state grants are being awarded to 23 municipalities across Connecticut to support the purchase of 2,005 acres of land that will be preserved as open space. One of the grants is for the Belknap property in Weston which was purchased by the Aspetuck Land Trust in November to expand its 86-acre Honey Hill Preserve that extends into Wilton. “Connecticut’s tradition of preserving open space has helped define our landscape and preserve its important natural resources and geographical beauty,” Malloy said. “These grants continue our open space preservation legacy and … Read more

Westport Library employee arrested for possession of child pornography

Robert Kelly

A Westport Library manager, Robert Kelly, has been arrested by Westport police for possession of child pornography. A search of Kelly’s Westport home found 45 images of child pornography on his electronic devices, according to police. Police secured an arrest warrant for Kelly and he turned himself into police on Jan. 29. Kelly is charged with possession of child pornography, promoting obscene performance, and obscenity. He was released after posting $100,000 bond and is to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Feb. 7. An investigation began in August 2017, when Westport police were notified by the Connecticut State Police Computer … Read more

Weston’s Christopher Plummer is nominated for an Oscar

Christopher Plummer of Weston has been nominated for an Oscar for All the Money in the World.

Christopher Plummer of Weston has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as J. Paul Getty in the film All the Money in the World. The nominees were announced this morning. Plummer was a last-minute replacement for actor Kevin Spacey, who was dismissed from the film following allegations of sexual misconduct. Spacey’s scenes were quickly reshot with Plummer. In 2012, at age 82, Plummer became the oldest person to ever win an Academy Award for acting. He won a Best Supporting Oscar for his role in the film Beginners. In an interview with Plummer … Read more

Editorial: Oprah 2020?

At the Golden Globe Awards last Sunday, host Seth Meyers pointed at Oprah Winfrey and joked about her running for president. But things said in jest can sometimes become a reality. Following an impassioned speech given by Winfrey while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, social media was flooded with the message #Oprah2020. After the ceremony, Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times it was “up to the people” whether Winfrey could be elected president, saying, “she would absolutely do it.” A couple of Winfrey’s close friends then confirmed to CNN that she is “actively … Read more

About Weston: WestonArts

What is “WestonArts,” besides being one of my favorite organizations ever? “From music and art to writing and dance, WestonArts makes our town a better place and more cultured place to live.” This is perhaps the most honest and accurate self-assessment they could make. Early on in the construction of Weston’s massive schools and fields project, with the ink on its award of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status barely dry, WestonArts made a commitment. Although the high school was to be doubled in size, there was no money to renovate its auditorium. That is the one space in Weston large enough to … Read more

Dunsby and Hwang vote to restore Medicare funding

State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) and state Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) voted for a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year. Last month, legislators successfully petitioned the General Assembly back into special session in order to address the issue. MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Legislators, in adopting the budget in October, reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, consequently reducing … Read more

Weston bonfire is postponed

Scene from last year's bonfire at Emmanuel Church in Weston. — File photo

Due to icy conditions in the weather forecast, the Epiphany Bonfire scheduled for this Saturday, Jan 6 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Weston, has been postponed to Saturday, Jan. 20. Related story:  Epiphany Bonfire is this Saturday

Winter Storm Warning in effect until Friday

Snow from the storm is coating trees and roads in Weston. This is a a shot of Wilson Road as of 8:30 a.m. —Margaret Wirtenberg photo

A winter storm bringing heavy and blowing snow is expected to last throughout the day until early Friday morning. The storm could bring a possible 8 to 12 inches of snow by the time it is over according to the National Weather Service. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph could cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Tree branches could fall as well. Snowfall rates of around 1 inch per hour are expected this morning into early afternoon. A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. … Read more

Weston PTO gala raises $50,000 for playground

A benefit gala featuring dinner, dancing, and fund raising was held to support the replacement of the Hurlbutt Elementary School’s North House playground. The playground is 30 years old and serves elementary school students and the greater Weston community. Its replacement is expected to cost $130,000. Sponsored by the Hurlbutt PTO, the gala was held at the Rolling Hills Country Club and raised $50,000 for the playground project. Auction items raking in contributions included being a Navy SEAL for a Day at the Campfire Club of America, a fire truck birthday party donated by the Weston Fire Department, a police … Read more

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