About Town: Good Riddance

Did you save your green flyer that came in the mail a few weeks ago? Please pay attention to its environmental wisdom. You can also refer to a list on the town of Weston website of 37 kinds of household hazardous waste items, which you will soon have an opportunity to dispose of, conveniently and safely. This handy guide to what’s hazardous is explained further in the flyer. Examples are likely to be lurking under the sink, or in the garage or basement. As announced in the green flyer, Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is Weston’s … Read more

About Town: Working Together

Thank goodness I live in Weston. We should be very proud of how we deal with local issues. My prime recent example would be, of course, the recently completed phase of the Dog Park saga. Everyone in Weston should be impressed with how we managed to engage close to 25% of all eligible voters in last week’s vote on this issue, even though a windstorm and power outages were developing as the day wore on, and even though we don’t have a town-centric print newspaper. The selectmen had wanted to hear from the general public on this issue. And they … Read more

Editorial: To Weston

With all due respect to Easton and Redding, two fine towns I’ve had the privilege of covering a bit recently, I’d like to extend a hearty “thank-you” to Weston. I started at The Weston Forum in the summer of 2015. It was my first “real” job after I graduated from UConn and I was nervous to learn how to be a reporter. I never studied journalism, so coming to this community to be in control of the news you read each week was a daunting responsibility for me. Almost immediately I felt welcome in Weston, a town I had only … Read more

About Town: So long, Joe Lametta

I don’t recall if the groundhog predicted an early spring this year or not. But for sure we didn’t get one. When you have a March filled with seemingly nonstop snowstorms, one even paving the way for springtime skiing, enough is enough. Even our trusty and indefatigable public works director must be feeling that way. There was much news at recent meetings of the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance, especially as annual budget proposals were reviewed. But to me, none of this had greater significance than the news that Joe Lametta, head of Weston Public Works, is … Read more

About Town: Important votes

Sometimes it can be especially instructive to live in Weston. Take power outages, for example, such as the ones most of us had during the recent storm trifecta. These kinds of experiences are helpful for setting personal priorities. They show how the “neighbor helping neighbor” base of our volunteer government makes Weston special. How do we find ourselves capable of stepping up in these crises? Some data to consider: Weston’s human population is a bit more than 10,000. There are two census tracts totaling 13,000 acres. Can we compare it to other places? A Google search indicates that in New … Read more

About Town: Preparation

Spring isn’t here yet. Spring is the season of rebirth and hope. I was reminded of this fact by a combination of recent weather events. First was the windstorm and its assorted and often serious consequences for individuals and the town of Weston itself. It was disconcerting at last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting to listen to the first selectman sincerely describing what had transpired during the windstorm. He spoke of the failure of our public infrastructure. He noted that the people who were there to serve the public, such as police, fire and emergency medical services personnel, were able … Read more

About Town: Regionalism

Regional thinking is a good thing. But one might wonder why if it is such a good thing it has not become the way government usually works? The answer is basically that it isn’t so simple. Remember the parable of the blind men and the elephant? Although in this case “the elephant” has nothing to do with the GOP. It comes down to a question of what our goals and aspirations for society may be. Which usually means letting the good of the many outweigh the good of the few. And that’s great, except if you are one of the … Read more

About Town: Town Meeting

Thank goodness for Weston Dog Park Inc. and its supporters. That non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and its supporters have demonstrated that 21st-Century Westonites have a collective voice. I say this not because I own a dog, much less one who wants to play on the Moore property and make friends. As I have found during previous research, town records show that more than 1,000 four-legged barking creatures reside in Weston households. It is their welfare that I care most about in this instance. If a person’s best friend is a dog, the next best is perhaps our town charter. In the … Read more

About Town: Circus

The circus is coming to town. At least the political “circus” known as the Connecticut General Assembly. Opening Day has just occurred as this column is being written. Gov. Malloy gave his annual lecture to the House and Senate on “fairness” and on what a great state we live in. He called for ever more socially responsible programs, and outreach to those deemed “most in need.” Of course, “those most in need” is a relative matter, that is subject to differing opinions. One reason we have elections is to determine how needs and resources to pay for meeting them should … Read more

About Town: Cooperation

Regional cooperation of the voluntary kind is becoming more popular. It works when all parties gain something. Right now that means saving money. What does Weston have that it might share with its neighbors in the catchment area of the “Aspetuck News?” I would venture to guess that Weston could serve as an example for Easton and Redding of what happens when you go it alone in the field of public education. Easton and Redding share a common high school, Joel Barlow. I wonder if some residents of Easton and Redding showed up at the 2018 edition of the League … Read more

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