About Town: Planning Weston’s town plan

“2020” is a catchy number. What does it mean to you? “Eyesight” may be what immediately comes to mind for those of us who wear or are in need of corrective lenses. Others may think of the U.S. Census count that occurs periodically, while some might even think of the forthcoming 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. But what mainly comes to my mind is that it will be time for Weston’s next Town Plan of Conservation and Development. Since development of that plan necessarily takes considerable time, here in 2018 we are already getting started. Who … Read more

About Town: State fiscal problems

It’s oxymoron time in Hartford once again. Or perhaps not, hopefully. “Pension sustainability” is the focus of the latest entity created by the Connecticut General Assembly. The earlier “Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth Commission” laid out the state’s financial problems and suggested solutions. It was such a great plan that no one liked it. Depending on one’s gastronomic preferences, some might have likened it to having to eat your vegetables. The membership of that commission came mainly from academe and business, plus a former co-chairman of the Spending Cap Commission. But now we have a commission appointed to focus on … Read more

About Town: Primaries

Primaries matter. If you don’t vote when you legally have the opportunity, you literally don’t count. Aug. 14 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Weston Middle School Gym is when Westonites who are registered as Democrats or Republicans can soon make their voices heard. Please be sure to vote in the party primaries. Those who tune in to political chatter only in the autumn often complain that they don’t like any of the candidates. Well, on Aug. 14 we can help to determine who those candidates will be. Republicans will choose their candidate for six offices, and Democrats … Read more

Editorial: Summertime

As the famous song from Porgy and Bess goes, it’s summertime, and the living is easy. Or is it? While beautiful summer days usually lift your spirits, there may be times when you just don’t feel that happy. What does happiness mean to you? It’s not easy to define and means different things to different people. One definition offered is that happiness is a feeling of joy, contentment or positive well-being combined with a sense that life is good, meaningful and worthwhile. Since it’s not unusual to occasionally experience times when you feel less than “happy,” there are things you can … Read more

Commentary: The eyes of babes

Whether I’m at the post office, supermarket or bowling alley, I try to make gentle eye contact with all those who cross my path, strangers included. Though this simple, friendly gesture takes only a second, I’m amazed at how few reciprocate. If you’ve tried, you know that making contact is not as easy as you would think and if you haven’t, well … you might just be one of “them.” Since our heads and eyes move with such ease, avoiding eye contact for the uninterested person is easy, even if they’ve been secretly studying you before your attempt to engage. … Read more

About Town: Swimming upstream

Weston is not alone. At least, that is, as long as there are 168 other towns and cities in Connecticut with their own independent local governments. We are one of a large “school” of municipal fish swimming upstream. Upstream against an ever more threatening rip tide of state debt. That would be mainly in the form of Connecticut’s unfunded liabilities for pensions of public employees and teachers. So it came as no surprise to me at last week’s meeting of the Board of Finance that the board balked, at least initially, at any expense beyond what Westonites had agreed to … Read more

Editorial: An ode to local journalism

Gerald Fischman,  61. Rob Hiaasen, 59. John McNamara, 56. Rebecca Smith, 34. Wendy Winters, 65. The names may not be too familiar to most people in Connecticut. How they lost their lives, however, should never be forgotten. On the afternoon of June 28, these people working at the Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, Md., were killed when a man armed with a gun and a grudge came inside the office building to hurt people. The five who worked at The Capital, four of them longtime reporters, worked to bring news and information to their communities. By all accounts, they were … Read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — Post-4th fireworks

No sooner have I settled in for another night of The Bachelor on TV when suddenly my dog, fear in her eyes and shaking uncontrollably, jumps on my chest and plants her butt on my chin. If it’s July or August, it must be some clown in my neighborhood shooting off fireworks again. I loved fireworks as a kid. My dad would take us out to Long Island Sound and watch the town fireworks display as the boaters honked at the really good ones. It’s fun to see a child’s face light up when the finale goes longer than expected. … Read more

Editorial: Hello, Easton

Hi readers and residents of Easton, my name is Aaron Berkowitz and I will be the new editor covering your town. For the past three years I have been writing for the Shelton Herald, where I reported on Shelton crime, politics, education and developments. I am excited to announce that I will be learning about and sharing the news in your town from here on out. Adjusting to the new community will take some time, but it is my promise to always report on all available “sides” to a story, while also keeping the residents’ right to know what’s going … Read more

About Town: Vote ‘yes’ for Lachat

Lachat is “where it’s at” in Weston these days. A vision has just about become a reality. What vision you may ask? It is pretty simple really. The goal of preserving a farmhouse and associated structures, and making the picturesque property, that climbs to Devil’s Den, into a farm. I have always considered this site to be my foremost model for doing landscape art. If you are a painter, and like to paint fields or other outdoor scenery, you would not want to overlook an opportunity to view Lachat. Not to mention its barns, and the glorious mix of colors … Read more

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