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

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

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

About Town: Summertime

Now it is officially summer. Summer is the season for outdoor activities, especially for children.  At least there is one thing that has not changed over the years. Nothing much happens in Weston in July and August. This has been a basic truth for so long that those of us who try to keep our fingers on the pulse of government sometimes get worried. Weston barely seems to have a pulse in these months. However, this summer promises to provide some free entertainment on the political front.  Thanks to eager politicians seeking to replace Gov. Malloy we will soon be … Read more

About Town: Suspense

The suspense is almost killing me. The “suspense list,” that is, as described by the tax collector at the Board of Finance meeting last week. “Tax suspense lists” are common items in Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities. These lists are comprised of taxes deemed to be “uncollectible.” So does anyone you know make the list? The list presently comprises six pages, plus an additional page involving a few small businesses, and encompasses more than a hundred properties. Some of the names on it look familiar. The list totals a bit more than $20,000. The individual amounts listed are generally small … Read more

About Town: Changes

How is Weston like Paris? I think there are quite a few similarities. One is that they are both beautiful places. Paris grew and developed over many centuries, though, while Weston initially grew for more like one century, starting in the 1700s, before shrinking in population rather dramatically, with the demise of industry. Yes, Weston once had industry, such as a mill and a toy factory. Fast forward to the end of World War II. Growth resumed as weekend residents built second homes here, and others who could not afford Westport settled in Weston. In the wilderness, defined here as … Read more

About Town: Planning

You can feel it. Summer vacation is in the air. Just a couple more weeks. Of special note is that living in Weston in the summer is a vacation in itself. But sometimes it can be a more peaceful vacation than at other times. One reason for that is it can depend on construction that might be on the schedule for schools or at the municipal complex on Norfield Road. For example, this summer such activities will be occurring. While they will not be visibly or audibly evident to most Westonites, they may be to some who live near the … Read more

About Town: Beauty

Why do people move to Weston, Connecticut? Why do they stay? Please join the League of Women Voters of Weston for lunch on June 1, at noon at the Aspetuck Valley Country Club. The league’s Betty Hill Forum on International Affairs follows the luncheon. It is not too late to “pay at the door” and attend this annual event. You can find further details at lwvweston.org. Both the ambience of that locale and the camaraderie you’ll find there will serve to illustrate my answers to the questions asked above. Weston is “drop dead gorgeous,” and Westonites of all ages value … Read more

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