Tax commissioner accepting electronic filings starting Jan. 22

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin Sullivan has announced that the state’s online Taxpayer Service Center (TSC) will begin accepting individual income tax returns electronically on Monday, Jan. 22. The Internal Revenue Service launches the federal filing season on Jan. 29. Said Commissioner Sullivan, “We always encourage taxpayers to file for free and securely online. Every year, more state taxpayers do so.  In addition to extensive on-line instructions and forms, DRS provides paper returns and print information that are available at local town halls and libraries — but no longer at post offices.” For a complete list of locations that … Read more

Flu vaccine still available at the Westport Weston Health District

The Westport Weston Health District has seen a significant increase in the local incidence of influenza activity and growing community concern with the flu, according to Mark A.R. Cooper, director of health. He said it is not too late to get vaccinated and encourages residents to schedule an appointment online at wwhd.org/. Influenza activity is continuing to increase in Connecticut and has been classified geographically as widespread. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It is spread by coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions, he said. The Centers for Disease Control … Read more

Weston selectmen send revised dog park proposal to P&Z

A dog park proposal is headed back to Weston's Planning and Zoning Commission for an 8-24 referral.

Weston’s Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to send a revised proposal for a town dog park to the Planning and Zoning Commission for an 8-24 referral. The vote took place at the selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18 in front of a crowded Town Hall meeting room who listened intently to Town Engineer John Conte’s hour-long presentation about the new proposal. The proposed dog park would be built on a 3.6 acre parcel located in the 36-acre Moore Property off of Davis Hill Road and Lords Highway East. The entrance to the dog park would be a 1,280 foot gravel … Read more

Connecticut Senator, Governor react to shutdown of federal government

The federal government was shut down at midnight Friday when the Senate was unable to agree on a short-term spending bill to continue government services. While there have been several previous government shutdowns, this is the first one to occur when a single party has control of both houses of Congress as well as the presidency. The Senate may meet again over the weekend to see if it can resolve the shutdown. Until then, thousands of nonessential federal employees will be placed on furlough if there hasn’t been a resolution by Monday. Essential services such as the military, TSA, air traffic control, … Read more

Funeral services set for Don Heibeck

Funeral services have been set for Don Heibeck of Wilton, a longtime member of the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company who died on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m., Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church Street, Georgetown. Heibeck’s family was the owner and founder of the Wilton landmark Heibeck’s stand, known for its burgers, sandwiches and ice cream. The store has been a favorite of Wilton and Redding schoolchildren for many decades.

Saga ends: Easton finally accepts new road

The long-standing saga surrounding Adirondack Trail being accepted as an official town road is finally over. At its Jan. 18 meeting, the Easton Board of Selectmen voted to make the new section of the residential street in the southeastern part of a town a municipal road. “Thank you,” developer Harold Rosnick said after the vote. Rosnick is beginning to sell housing lots in the new section of the development, which runs from Tuckahoe Road in Easton to Buttonwood Drive in Trumbull. The Board of Selectmen put off a vote on the matter in December because of concerns about whether proper … Read more

Imagine World science fair in Redding features STEM projects

The Redding Elementary School PTA is sponsoring an interactive science and art fair called Imagine a World on Saturday, Jan. 27. This year, students are also encouraged to exhibit their own STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) projects at a revived STEM Fair. “In past years, there has been a science fair at RES that students and parents loved. We decided to bring it back and hold it in conjunction with Imagine a World, said Jim McDevitt, a member of the IAW committee and co-chair of STEM Fair. The deadline for STEM Fair registration is Jan. 22. The public is invited … Read more

Weston student earns top prize in GBYO Concerto Competition

Trumpeter and Weston High School senior Jane Paknia won the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra (GBYO) 2018 Concerto Competition. The finals of the competition were performed for the public recently at the Pequot Library in partnership with Music for Youth. GBYO’s most accomplished young musicians auditioned in November to advance to the final round and vie for the chance to perform as soloist with the Principal Orchestra at GBYO’s annual Spring Concert in May. Ten students auditioned, with six competing in the final round. Each musician played one movement of a concerto for the panel of judges. Judges this year included GBYO Music … Read more

Save the Children holds winter party in Weston

Save the Children’s Fairfield Leadership Council is holding a Winter White Party at Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 8 to 11 p.m.   The event features cocktails, small bites and dancing. Proceeds from the event and gifts will support Save the Children’s mission to give every last child a chance at a brighter future. To purchase tickets or to make a donation, visit SavetheChildren.org/WinterWhiteParty, email [email protected], or call 475-999-3219.

$1.8 million school budget increase proposed for Weston

Weston Schools Superintendent William McKersie is proposing an education operating budget of $51,705,609, an increase of $1,798,088, or 3.60% from the current fiscal year. McKersie made his presentation to the Board of Education at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16. He said the main reason for the increase is “addressing the financial shortfall in special education.” Approximately $1,616,329, or 90% of the proposed budget increase for the 2018-19 fiscal year is allocated to Special Education and Pupil Services. In the current year, he said, the Weston school district faces $1,402,564 in an out-of-district tuition deficit for Special Education. He … Read more

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