Alison Wachstein spotted a bobcat near her home in Weston taking down a deer in the woods. Over the course of three days, the bobcat was seen guarding and eating its kill in rain and snow until turkey vultures and hawks came by to finish it off. One of the bobcat’s eyes was cloudy, most likely injured. Wachstein said in the 38 years her family has lived in Weston, she has spotted foxes and deer, but this was her first bobcat sighting.
We’ve seen a lot of teenagers thrust into the national spotlight in the past few weeks. Some have dazzled audiences by winning medals in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, while others have commanded the attention of the nation by calling for stricter gun laws following the senseless tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead. Lately, teens have continually shown overwhelming strength, compassion, and drive. Not bad for a generation that is often accused of being self-obsessed and lazy. To start on a light note, American teens have repeatedly showcased athletic excellence during the … Read more
To the Editor: I am writing in response to the Feb. 5 article, “Weston selectmen vote to send fracking waste ban to counsel.” Selectman Stephen Grozinger suggested there “may be harm” in putting prohibitions in place against fracking waste from other states because it would cost money to have Weston’s town counsel review and consider the ordinance. However, this small investment would begin the process of protecting town taxpayers permanently from any future costs associated with remediation and/or restitution costs. All we have to do is look at our neighbor Greenwich, which had to close its high school athletic fields … Read more
Broadway veteran Jodi Stevens of Weston, who was in the original Broadway casts of Jekyll and Hyde and Urban Cowboy: The Musical, is teaching master classes. The three-class spring series will be held at Emmanuel Church, 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston, on Mondays, March 5, April 2, and May 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. The classes are for experienced adolescents and adult performers and for those pursuing a professional career in musical theater. The fee is $100 per class or $250 for all three. A brief phone interview for assessment is required to register. To schedule a phone interview … Read more
Freedom of Information (FOI) is a term of art. For those of us who are followers of what is going on at town hall and in Hartford, it means being able to know what government is doing. I always prefer to start at the bottom and work my way up when following such things. So what is most important for me is to know where local government is at. Thanks to living in Weston, where a favorite word is “transparency,” doing so is a piece of cake. Do you want to know what any board or commission is up to? … Read more
Westonites will vote on whether a dog park should be constructed on the town-owned Moore property on Saturday, March 10. The vote will take place by machine vote in the Meeting Room at Weston Town from noon until 8 p.m. First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Selectman Brian Gordon voted on Thursday, Feb. 22 to establish a referendum for the dog park in response to a petition the town received from Weston Dog Park Inc. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The town will vote yes or no on the following question: “Shall the town of Weston establish an enclosed, approximately 3.5 acre … Read more
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: Board of Finance Jan. 24 meeting, 9 a.m. LWV Speak Up, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. Board of Selectmen Feb. 12 meeting, noon. Board of Selectmen Feb. 20 meeting, 2 p.m. Conservation Commission Feb. 22 (Dog Park Public Hearing), 4 p.m. Board of Selectmen Feb. 22 meeting, 7:30 p.m. Live broadcasts will pre-empt rebroadcasts.
The Weston High School mock trial team beat Ridgefield last week in the state semifinals. The team will compete against Trumbull for the state championship next month. The winner will go on to represent Connecticut at the national competition in Nevada in May. The Weston mock trial team is coached by teacher Laura Del Savio and attorney volunteer coaches Kate Moore and Carl Bernstein. Team members are Brendan Moore, Max Chayet, Carolyne Zech, Matt Sydney, Owen Tanzer, Abby Glassberg, Jane Burdette, James Joyce, and Beck Reiferson.
Weston’s school resource officer (SRO), Joe Mogollon, has started a website to help inform Weston parents of his duties and to share helpful resources designed to keep students safe. “I attend a lot of PTO meetings and talk to parents pretty often,” said Mogollon. “A lot of times parents can’t make meetings or don’t have the chance to talk, so this website is to help them see what I’m doing at the schools.” With the guidance of Weston High administrators, Mogollon launched the website in December. There are links to resources on drug and alcohol safety, cyberbullying, and traffic safety … Read more
Easton Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands, Town Hall Conference Room A. Redding Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:30 a.m., BOE Facilities Planning Committee (special meeting), JRMS Library Reading Room. Monday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., motivational speaker and mental health awareness advocate, JBHS auditorium. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Commission, Town Hall Hearing Room. Weston Thursday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m., Board of Selectmen (special meeting), Meeting Room. Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Conservation Commission (dog park public hearing), Meeting Room. Friday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m., School facilities, high school walk-through, Weston High School. Monday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Board … Read more