Benefits of Girl Scouting

To the Editor: Today, we acknowledge International Day of the Girl Child. Since 2012, the world has celebrated this day to highlight global progress in female achievement and raise up issues regarding the unique needs of girls and special challenges they face in our complex world today. While we celebrate many advances girls and women have made in society, our current social climate includes conversations from sexual harassment and aggression to gender boundaries, body safety, inclusiveness, and gender equity. Girls and young women may be viewing these headlines and finding themselves uncertain with the state of our nation and the … Read more

Editorial: Vigil

In a town like Redding, Easton or Weston, where so many strive, and often seem to achieve perfection, it can be hard to admit you need help. Everywhere you look, there are perfect cars, perfect people, perfect clothes and especially, perfect families. So when faced with a problem such as domestic violence, it is tempting to hide behind that veil of perfection and hope to ride it out, expecting things to get better. Because often it can seem like it’s better to pretend, than for others to know the truth. Perhaps that’s why domestic violence remains one of the most … Read more

About Town: Candidate debate

What are you doing Saturday morning, Oct. 13, from 10:30 to noon? I’m going to be at the Weston Town Hall meeting room. Get ready for the League of Women Voters of Weston’s debate for candidates to represent the 135th District in the state legislature. Namely Democrat Anne Hughes and Republican incumbent Adam Dunsby. This is the district that encompasses the three towns served by the Aspetuck News — Easton, Weston, and most of Redding. Partisan politics aside, what are the issues? Most people are horrified at what has been going on in Washington, D.C. lately, although perhaps for a … Read more

Editorial: If you want to help…

If you want to help, don’t help. Good advice now that things have taken the predictable foolish turn they do during election season. Reports of a “push poll,” which is really a cloaked survey that seeks to discredit one candidate in favor of another, have been circulating in the 26th state senate district. The poll allegedly seeks to discredit incumbent Sen. Toni Boucher, a Republican. Fingers are pointing at her opponent, Will Haskell, a Democrat, who denies any knowledge of the poll. CLICK HERE FOR STORY Giving each the benefit of the doubt, it is possible a third party is … Read more

About Town: Multifaceted public hearing in Weston

Get set for a triple-feature, involving governmental matters. But since this is Weston, it most likely won’t be a three-ring circus. First is an event entitled “Connecticut’s Fiscal Challenges, Decades in the Making: A Look Back, A Look Forward.” It will be presented by the League of Women Voters of Weston this Saturday at the Weston Public Library beginning at 10:30 a.m. The league will be recording the program for subsequent replay online. The next two events take place in the Town Hall meeting room. Those to whom the aforementioned fiscal challenges are of interest may especially want to make … Read more

Walsh’s Wonderings — The invisible stink

They live among us, perfectly decent people in almost every respect. You’ve probably known them for years. They give to charity and pay their taxes. Some even return their library books before they’re due out of consideration to others who want to read them. They just won’t acknowledge your greeting when you pass them in the hall. The refusal to acknowledge greetings should not be confused with those suffering from “resting brat face,” that dreaded malady that makes it appear that those who suffer from it just sucked on a lemon. No, RBF is an involuntary condition, while those who … Read more

Commentary: Support proposed ban on plastic bags in Weston

The Sustainable Weston Committee (SWC) has proposed an Ordinance Regarding Retail Checkout Bags modeled on similar ordinances in neighboring towns, BYO (bring your own) bag. A town hearing on the ordinance has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Weston Town Hall. The community will be given an opportunity to speak regarding the BYO ordinance that we have presented to the selectmen prior to their vote. We invite everyone to come out and show strong support for passing this ordinance so that we can join the many towns, cities and states that support this proactive plastic bag … Read more

About Town: Fiscal cliff

Are we as a state on a fiscal cliff? This question will be addressed at an event soon to be presented by the League of Women Voters of Weston. It will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Weston Public Library. Keith Phaneuf, a distinguished reporter for the CT Mirror, will be the featured speaker. Mr. Phaneuf’s specialty is state government finances. He is the author of a comprehensive series of articles called A Legacy of Debt: Connecticut Standing on its own Fiscal Cliff.   Interested citizens from Easton, Redding, and other area towns, … Read more

Letter: Redding library book fair was a success

To the Editor: A heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to the success of the 58th Annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair. It wouldn’t have happened without generous donors, enthusiastic volunteers, and purchasers of books, games and recordings. Donors to the 2018 book fair gave extraordinary collections of books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl records. Others provided trucks to move 3,074 boxes of books to the Redding Community Center, sustenance for volunteers during set-up, overflow parking, hand carts, and financial support of the book fair. In appreciation, a banner acknowledging in-kind donations hangs at the circulation desk of the Mark … Read more

Letter: Vote no on proposed Easton ordinance

To the Editor: The Sept. 24 Easton Town Meeting has been called to discuss and vote on a proposed town ordinance. On its face, some people might say that this proposal will make the town more accountable and provide taxpayers with a greater voice. The fact of the matter is that the proposed ordinance can make it more difficult for the town to conduct its normal business. Enacting this law would add additional concerns to the day-to-day operations of the town and could make doing ordinary business more difficult and cumbersome. It is much more efficient for the town to … Read more

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