Spring programs at Weston Public Library

Tech Tips: Scanning Your Photographs, Thursday, April 12, 10 to 11 a.m. Book Group, Thursday, April 12, 10:30 a.m., Greek Plays: The Trojan Women and Helena Drop-In Seed Bomb Workshop, Tuesday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mini-Maker Program: Washi Tape Flowers, Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Book Group, Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m., The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen Tech Tips: Home Movie Magic, Tuesday, April 24, 10 to 11 a.m. Mini-Maker Program: Animal Marionette Puppets, Tuesday, April 24, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Library After Dark: Trivia Night, Thursday, Apr. 26, 7 to 9 p.m. Poetry Reading, Saturday, April 28, … Read more

Norwalk River Valley Trail talk in Redding

Charlie Taney, executive director of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, with Pat Sesto of Ridgefield.

Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail will present a talk with trail designer and builder Josh Ryan on Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mark Twain Library in Redding. Principal of the recreational trail design firm Timber & Stone in Montpelier, Vt., Ryan will address plans to expand the trail through Redding and Ridgefield. He will also share the trailer of his upcoming film, Trail Stories. Norwalk River Valley Trail Executive Director Charlie Taney and board treasurer Stuart Green will be on hand to offer remarks during the presentation. Refreshments will be served. Register online or at … Read more

WGTV Channel 79 broadcast schedule

WGTV Channel 79, Weston’s government access channel, has daily showings of recent Weston governmental and board meetings as well as community events. Current broadcast listing of local events on WGTV Channel 79: Town Meeting, proposed dog park, March 22, 9 a.m. Board of Finance April 12 meeting, noon. Board of Finance budget deliberation, 1 p.m. Board of Selectmen March 13 meeting, 4 p.m. Board of Selectmen March 5 meeting, 5 p.m. Board of Selectmen April 5 meeting, 7:30 p.m. Live broadcasts will pre-empt rebroadcasts.

Aspetuck Land Trust holds Earth Day hike

The Aspetuck Land Trust will hold an Earth Day hike, Birding with Jory Teltser on Saturday, April 21, from 8-10 a.m., at the Newman-Poses Preserve, Westport. Attendees will search for and identify local birds. Bring binoculars, camera, water. Jory Teltser, a 17-year-old Staples High School yunior and avid birder has knowledge beyond his years in the area of birding. He currently is working with the Aspetuck Land Trust to collect data on birds on Aspetuck Land Trust properties. This data will be used to improve bird habitats. When he first started birding in 2010, Jory was only 9. Jory is … Read more

Gina Orticelli is Easton Spirit Award recipient

This year’s Anne Lindquist Library Spirit Award goes to Gina Orticelli, president of the Friends of the Easton Public Library. A former library board member and longtime Easton resident, Orticelli has organized and facilitated many events, including the Holiday House Tour and the Country Fair/Cow Chip Raffle. As a library board member, Orticelli ran the annual staff luncheon and the retirement party for former library director Bernadette Baldino, as well as library board events and fund-raisers. Past recipients of the award include Rita Doremus, who received the award posthumously, and Joelle Johnston. A reception will take place on Sunday, April … Read more

Green Cleanup Day coming to Weston

GreenUp Acorn

On Saturday, April 28, from 9 to noon, Weston will participate in “Green Cleanup Day” a joint project involving the Town Sustainability Committee, Weston Kiwanis, Habitat Restoration Services and volunteers from all over Weston. Small trees will be given to every participant. Donated by Eversource, sugar maples, white pines or laurel bushes will go to all volunteers on the project. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. behind Norfield Church to pick up trash bags, the free tree, and the phone number to call when filled bags are ready for pickup. The focus will be on roadsides in Weston to clear … Read more

Area state officials oppose toll bill

As E-ZPass has grown, there are fewer cash-only lanes.

Connecticut may be moving closer to having tolls installed on its highways following passage of House Bill 5046 by a narrow vote on April 5 in the legislature’s Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives. The 26-25 vote on An Act Concerning the Sustainability of Transportation Projects was hailed by Gov. Dannel Malloy and decried by state Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) and state Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135), who voted against it. “I believe that, in fact, this bill would represent one of the biggest tax increases — after two of the largest tax … Read more

Land trusts work together to preserve open space

Preserving open space is a joint effort, according to many of the speakers at the 53rd annual meeting of the Redding Land Trust, held on Sunday, April 8. The meeting, which was attended by more than 100 people, took place at the Redding Community Center. It was called Green Connections: Partners in Preservation, and focused on the role Redding’s neighboring communities play in working together to save open space. The Redding Land Trust preserves Redding’s open spaces, woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. It owns easements on more than 1,600 acres in Redding. At the meeting, representatives from land trusts connected with … Read more

Easton residents can no longer vote to decrease budget at Annual Town Meeting

The Easton Board of Selectmen has voted to eliminate language in the Annual Town Meeting notice that enabled residents to decrease but not increase the proposed budget. As in recent years, the upcoming Annual Town Meeting will allow for discussion on the budget and then adjourn to a referendum vote, which will take place May 8 this year. In past years, the meeting notice stated participants could take action to decrease but not increase the proposed budget amount. Easton First Selectman Adam Dunsby said that approach “strikes me as unfair” so he sought a legal opinion on the matter from … Read more

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