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Volume III

Gala Celebrates 60 Years of Weston EMS

The gathering was a memorable opportunity to socialize, enjoy music, bid on impressive auction items, and hear from the organization’s top volunteers.

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Susan Granger on Stage and Screen

Sharper, Knock at the Cabin, and The Ark. Grifters galore in a psychological thriller, the latest horror film from M. Night Shyamalan, a spaceship adventure in search of Planet B.

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The Weather

Tuesday: 47º
Mostly cloudy, a slight chance of rain showers. At night, low 31º. Mostly cloudy. On Wednesday, sunny with a high near 52º.

Extended forecast.

Town, BOE Petition Against “Vexatious Requesters”

Petitions to the Freedom of Information Commission invoke a law enacted in 2018 to provide relief to agencies suffering abuse of FOIA.

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“What’s Next in Weston”

In a Y’s Men podcast, First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor discusses the Grand List and how the mill rate works.

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Information Sought for Town Green Memorial

The town’s Veterans Committee asks for information about Weston residents who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

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Peter Schoellkopf, 56

Peter Schoellkopf, of Weston, died unexpectedly on March 17. With his wife, Andrea, he proudly owned Zoe & Co Sugarbeads, a jewelry, gem and gift store in Ridgefield.

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Lillyan Jacqueline Troxell, 92

Lillyan Jacqueline (Taschl) Troxell, 92, passed away peacefully in her home on March 10. Jackie and her late husband, Dick, lived in Weston for 50 years.

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Public Notices

The Aspetuck Health District gives notice that a hearing on the proposed district budget followed by a Board of Directors meeting takes place on April 10.

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New Library Director Welcomed

Friends and fans of the Weston Public Library gathered on Saturday to meet and greet Ian Parsells, the library’s new director.

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Sidewalks Phase 1 Good to Go

The first phase of plans to build a network of sidewalks around the center of town is officially in motion. An outreach to key state officials closed a funding shortfall.

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Weston Sports

The Trojans spring season is about to begin, with baseball, girls golf, lacrosse, outdoor track, softball, and tennis.

Winter scores  |  Spring schedules

Weekly Covid Report

Our weekly Covid-19 report updates on Thursday evenings. In graphics, the latest on Weston cases and key Fairfield County metrics.

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The Blotter

March 20 to March 27, 2023: A summary of Weston Police Department assignments or call responses and the number of occurrences.

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Decision Nears for Emergency Communications

The need to upgrade has long been known. Voters may soon be asked to approve drawing from reserves.

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KMS Team: House of the Week

Sponsored by KMS Team at COMPASS

This completely renovated turn-key colonial on 2½ acres near town center and the schools has open living spaces, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, and beautiful outdoor living spaces.

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Hummingbird Healing Center: Sound and Light Relaxation

Sponsored by Hummingbird Healing Center

At the Hummingbird Healing Center, experience the transformational power of sound through a variety of different modalities.

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What to Expect at the Home Inspection

Sponsored by Bross Chingas Bross

Sales Associate Robert Appell describes the home inspection process for buyers and sellers: what it is, how it works, and what to expect.

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Pitch & Publish Conference, May 20

Westport Writers’ Workshop offers writers seeking a literary agent or to learn about the industry their second annual Pitch & Publish Conference.

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Peter Schoellkopf, 56, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 17. Full obituary.

Lillyan Jacqueline Troxell, 92, passed away peacefully in her home on March 10. Full obituary.

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“Westport What’s Happening”

In a Y’s Men podcast, Westport First Selectwoman Jen Tooker is joined by Human Services Director Elaine Daignault to discuss the department's services.

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TOPSoccer Season to Open

TOPSoccer is a community-based soccer program for young athletes with physical or learning disabilities. One-hour Saturday sessions start on April 1 at Morehouse Park.

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Lyons Plain Road Set for Rehabilitation

The full three-mile length of Lyons Plain Road, from Davis Hill Road to the town line bordering Westport, is set for rehabilitation in the spring of 2024.

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William Barron, 77

William (Bill) Barron passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023. He was 77. Mr. Barron, an attorney, was a Weston resident since 1954, and was active in the community.

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Letters to the Editor

First Selectwoman Nestor: “In the coming weeks and months the public safety team will be bringing forward a proposal for a new Land Mobile Radio system for Weston.”

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P.E.O. Scholarship Applications Open

Scholarships up to $2,500 from the Philanthropic Educational Organization are available to college-bound women who reside in Weston, Redding or Easton.

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February Property Transfers

Six Weston properties sold in February as supply remains limited. 10 were sold in February of 2022. Total sales: $7,336,088. Median warranty deed sale: $1.273 million.

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Tree-Plenish with the Green Team

Saplings of beautiful trees are only $5. You can plant them yourself or have it done by volunteers. The goal is to plant at least 300 saplings to offset energy consumption.

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Democratic Town Committee Seeks Candidates

The Weston Democratic Town Committee seeks candidates for major elected boards and commissions on the ballot in the 2023 municipal election.

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Weston Real Estate: Still a Seller’s Market

In our latest interview with realtors from KMS Team at COMPASS, we learn that very few Weston homes are on the market. Those that are tend to sell quickly, and for high prices.

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Republican Town Committee Seeks Candidates

Republicans interested in serving the community are asked to consider one of the major boards and commissions on the ballot in November.

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Ellen Jones, 74

Ellen Jones, of Fairfield, passed away unexpectedly in her home on February 19. Ms. Jones, once Assistant Town Clerk in Weston, also recently worked at Lily’s Weston Market.

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Himes: U.S. “Staunchly Committed” to Ukraine

In a statement on the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Congressman Jim Himes says the United States remains “unflinching in our support” of Ukraine.

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Weiner, Miles Excel at State Meets

Ellison Weiner defended her indoor pole vault titles, the Trojan girls finished third in Class M, and Cameron Miles notched a boys win at 1000 meters.

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Sabrina Guerra Honored by Sen. Murphy

Sabrina Guerra, a ten-year-old autistic non-speaker, was honored by Senator Chris Murphy for her winning entry to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest.

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Kiwanis Super Bowl Parties Support Veterans

Parties sponsored by Weston Kiwanis benefitted men living at “Homes For The Brave” and women living at Bridgeport's “Forgotten Heroes” location.

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Speak Up: What Was Learned

The Weston League of Women Voters “Speak Up” program covered a number of topics, bringing clarity to matters like bonding for facilities, the status of the Senior Center, and more.

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Blaze Destroys Weston Home, Another Damaged

No one was injured in a house fire on Hemlock Ridge on Saturday, but the home was destroyed. Fire also damaged a nearby home. Full report, video, and photos.

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Star-Studded EMS Gala, March 25

Tony award winning actor and director James Naughton will serve as master of ceremonies as Weston EMS marks its 60th anniversary of providing free emergency care services.

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FOI Commission Denies Hearings, Sends Back a Complaint

The Freedom of Information Commission unanimously approved denying hearing two FOIA complaints from two frequent filers who opened their case by berating the Commission.

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EMS President Jon Weingarten Steps Down

Mr. Weingarten, a member of Weston EMS since 1979 and president for the past 26 years, handed the organization's reins to Alycia Angus, vice president since 2021.

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Freedom of Information Director Says “Enough”

Taxpayers are on the hook for legal fees approaching $250,000 due to FOIA complaints brought by two residents. The state Commission's director wants to stop two new ones.

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Board of Education Trims Budget Increase

An initial increase of 3.39 percent dropped to 2.94 percent in the final operating budget proposed by the Board, at this stage one of the lowest increases in the region.

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Kindergarten Registration Opens

Children who will turn five years of age on or before January 1, 2024 are eligible to begin kindergarten next fall. Online registration is now open.

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Trustees Announce New Library Director

Ian Parsells, currently Head Librarian and Director of the Derby Neck Library Association, will become director of the Weston Public Library in March.

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Kiwanis Food Drive Collects Truckloads

Kiwanis Club members got a great response at the shopping center on January 21 as residents pitched in generously to help keep shelves at the Weston Food Pantry stocked.

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Dr. King Honored at Lachat

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated at Lachat Town Farm with a Day of Service where hundreds of grocery bags were filled to help those in need.

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A Good Night for a Bonfire at Emmanuel

It was a nice evening on Saturday for the bonfire at Emmanuel Church. The WVFD supervises, proceeds go to the Weston Warm-Up Fund.

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Governor Lamont’s State of the State

In his annual address, Mr. Lamont touched on a wide range of topics, declared that “Connecticut’s permanent fiscal crisis is over,” and proposed tax relief.

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Weston Police Say “Thanks”

The Weston PBA and Police Department thank the community for generous donations to very successful holiday toy drives, benefitting hundreds of families in the region.

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Ethics Panel Cites Jenner, Errs in Process

The Town’s Board of Ethics ruled that Selectwoman Amy Jenner violated the Code of Ethics. The way they went about it was deemed “a very significant violation.”

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Weston by Air

Perhaps the most dazzling feature of Weston is Weston itself. If only we could see it from way up in the sky. Well, we can. In only eleven minutes, on video. Come fly with us.

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Selectmen Vote 2–1 to Table Union Complaint

The union president is “furious” and dismayed at the vote by the two Selectmen, one of whom is named in the complaint. Further action is planned.

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Eversource Puts EV Information Online

Now online, ChooseEV includes information about available models, tax incentives, potential savings, home charging options, and locations of public charging stations.

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Town Hall Union Files Complaint

The union objects to Selectwoman Amy Jenner’s public criticism of the Tax Collector. Union president Mark Harper has asked to address the Selectmen on Thursday.

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A Voice from Kyiv

A video interview with Nastya Popandopulos, a young professional in Kyiv, Ukraine. With passion and at times with remarkable humor, Ms. Popandopulos speaks of life in Kyiv before the Russian invasion, and today.

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A Voice From Kyiv: Part 2

Nastya Popandopulos joins us again from Kyiv, Ukraine for a first-person video report. She says Ukrainians draw inspiration from America and its fight for independence.

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DTC, RTC Condemn Bullying of Volunteers

In a joint statement, Weston’s Democratic and Republican Town Committees denounce social media bullying of volunteers who serve the community.

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