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Dispatch shifts to Redding, Weston likely has hundreds of cases, possibly 100 times the number confirmed. A 3-minute video update.

The budget process continues virtually, with cuts in the offing, and will end without a public vote.

Governor Lamont calls for health care volunteers.

Where Things Stand

29 confirmed cases in Weston, nearly half age 23 or younger.

Whether you have it or not, whether you are older or younger, the best way to stay safe is to stay home.

See our special resources section or the special Town website page.

Weston Weather

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, high 53°.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, high 55°.

Friday: Overcast, drizzle at times. High 52°.

Saturday: Overcast, high 54°.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, high 59°.

Dispatch Shifted to Redding, Weston Cases Likely High

March 29, 2020

Key points in a 3-minute video from First Selectman Chris Spaulding:

Emergency dispatch is temporarily being handled by Redding.

100 cases likely for every 1 confirmed infection.

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Budgets: Business as Unusual

March 27, 2020

There will be no Annual Town Budget Meeting or referendum this year, but work continues on the budgets.

Increases continue to decrease, and a potential mill rate hike may be getting smaller and smaller.

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A Champion on the Ice and Off

March 27, 2020

Weston figure skater Jillian Belluck brought home a synchronized skating gold medal and an individual award, which included a charitable donation.

She was also set to represent the United States in the world championship tournament in England.

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And This...

Parks & Recreation Column: Current programs, updated weekly.

February property transfers.

Special: How Weston Volunteer Fire Department keeps us safe.

Where things are with the Town Plan. About Town.

Safe Connect for domestic violence victims.

Joseph Linker: GeoBee Whiz

March 27, 2020

Our congratulations to Weston Middle School eighth grader Joseph Linker, whose knowledge of geography qualified him to compete in the National Geographic GeoBee state competition.

Our sympathies to him as well, as the competition was canceled.

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Health Care Volunteers Needed

March 28, 2020

Governor Lamont: "The State of Connecticut needs health care volunteers now more than ever to help out with the COVID-19 effort, including students and other retired health care workers."

A brief video from the governor and information about how to register.

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Tennis, Basketball Courts Closed

March 27, 2020

Per OEM: Tennis and basketball courts at the Weston schools athletic complex are closed. The running track remains open, but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

School security staff will supervise, assisted by Weston Police if necessary.

Spaulding, Miceli: March 25 Update

March 25, 2020

In a six-minute video report, First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Office of Emergency Management Director Sgt. Joe Miceli update Weston on the COVID-19 crisis, advise on safety, and discuss new Town communication tools.

See the video.

The Real Dogs of Weston

Meet Mini & Bucky, dog brothers from different mothers who found the same forever home in Weston! These playful pups are so much fun to be around, human family members Doug, Lisa, Alexis & Jacob Rozen don’t even mind that they hog all the social media spotlight.

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OEM: Weston Resident Dies of COVID-19 Illness

March 25, 2020

From the Weston Office of Emergency Management:

We regret to inform you that one of our community members has succumbed to his illness caused by COVID-19.

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Fatal Car Crash on Goodhill Road

March 25, 2020

Nanette Charny, 61, of Weston, was the victim of a fatal car accident on Monday, March 23.

Weston emergency responders were dispatched after a 911 call reported a partially submerged vehicle in a pond on Goodhill Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact Weston Police at (203) 222-2600.

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The Pharm Stand Opens in Ridgefield

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Lachat Closes

March 25, 2020

Lachat Town Farm has closed, due to increased traffic and concern that visitors may not practice safe social distancing.

Events, including the farm's spring Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 4, have been canceled.

The birdhouse competition is still on!

The Co-op: A Natural Path to Learning

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The Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School, fondly known as The Co-op, values play as the natural path to learning.

Each classroom has a wall of window to the outside. Play themes often incorporate nature and the seasons of the year.

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Keep Kids Warm & Healthy All Winter

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No matter what kind of weather winter brings this year, here are some tips to follow to keep your kids warm, healthy, and safe.

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Letters

March 20, 2020

Sean Martin writes about plastic zip ties left on the side of the road by cable crews.

Former First Selectman Nina Daniel writes that the Town and Education budgets should be flattened.

Rolfing Part 2: Learning to Breathe

By the end of my first Rolfing session, I found myself breathing more deeply, more evenly, and more consistently. The session gave me a new appreciation for the value of high-quality, consistent breathing.

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Urgent Appeal from Weston EMS

March 23, 2020

An open letter from EMS President Jon Weingarten:

"This is a letter I could never have imagined writing. We are making an URGENT appeal for help."

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Devil's Den Closed

March 23, 2020

The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut has closed Devil's Den.

The Conservancy says this is due to a dramatic increase in visits, large groups congregating without social distancing, and to visitors not heeding requests to not park where emergency access would be blocked.

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OEM Bulletin: March 23

March 23, 2020

10:00 am bulletin from Weston's Office of Emergency Management:

Synopsis: two new COVID-19 cases are reported in Weston. While not informed prior to public release, OEM is working to obtain more comprehensive data, believes the number will be higher, and urges you to continue practicing social distancing.

Read the full bulletin.

A Note About Trout Brook

March 23, 2020

Aspetuck Land Trust's preserves are still open, but Trout Brook Valley is getting a lot of traffic.

The Trust urges you to leave your dog at home, keep your distance from others, and suggests you try other, possibly less crowded, preserves they manage.

They don't want to have to close Trout Brook.

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First Weston COVID-19 Confirmed

March 20, 2020

In a brief video statement, First Selectman Chris Spaulding announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Weston.

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Weston Education Foundation Announces Teacher Award

March 20, 2020

The Weston Education Foundation has a new teacher honor: the Elizabeth W. Stokes Founder’s Award.

It recognizes and rewards a teacher who has provided a unique or unusual experience outside the classroom to Weston students.

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First CT Fatality, Lamont Orders Malls Closed

March 18, 2020

This afternoon on the steps of the State Capitol, a somber Governor Ned Lamont announced the first fatality in Connecticut from complications related to the COVID-19 virus.

Earlier in the day, the governor ordered the closing of indoor portions of large shopping malls, bowling alleys, and amusement parks.

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Two Great Ways to Help

March 17, 2020

You can help Weston Social Services help neighbors in need at this difficult time.

Also, the Red Cross has a severe shortage of blood right now.

Blood drives have been canceled, but you can still make an appointment and donate.

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Spaulding, Miceli: March 16 Update

March 16, 2020

In a 5-minute video report, First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Sgt. Joe Miceli of Weston OEM update citizens on the declaration of a Weston emergency, the importance of avoiding contact, even outdoors, and the need to be aware of potential stress on the healthcare system.

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Spaulding Declares Emergency

March 16, 2020

First Selectman Chris Spaulding has declared a state of emergency in Weston.

His formal declaration essentially extends State and national declarations related to the COVID-19 crisis.

In Westport, First Selectman Jim Marpe also declared an emergency, and reported 20 new confirmed cases.

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Governors Announce Additional Restrictions, Concerned about Healthcare

March 16, 2020

The governors of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey announced a common set of rules. In all three states, restaurants cannot offer in-house dining. Bars, movie theaters, gyms, and casinos are closed. Public gatherings are limited to 50 people.

"We are badly outgunned," said Governor Ned Lamont.

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All Schools, Most DMVs to Close. Restaurants, Bars May Be Next

March 15, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont ordered all public schools closed until at least March 31, authorized DMV closings, will explore bar and restaurant closings.

Towns may have flexibility in budget votes, small businesses may qualify for low-interest loans, some business tax deadlines are extended. And more.

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Spaulding, Miceli on COVID-19 Response

March 12, 2020

First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Weston Office of Emergency Management Director Sgt. Joe Miceli discuss the decision to close Weston schools and Town facilities to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Our video report, about 5 minutes.

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Lamont Modifies 180-Day School Year, Restricts Events

March 12, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont modified the State rule requiring 180 days of classroom instruction and ordered a prohibition on events with over 250 people.

Dr. Matthew Cartter, the State's chief epidemiologist, said he expects "in the next month, 20 percent of the Connecticut population will have this."

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Schools, Town Offices Close

March 11, 2020

Weston's public schools and key facilities are closed until further notice after the discovery of possible exposure to coronavirus COVID-19.

This afternoon, First Selectman Chris Spaulding and Emergency Management Director Sergeant Joe Miceli activated the town's emergency operations center.

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Lamont Declares Emergency, Spaulding Urges Social Distancing

March 10, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont today declared a state of emergency in Connecticut, invoking two statutes that give him power to modify or suspend regulations that interfere with protecting public health.

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Lamont Confers with Local Leaders, Places Restrictions

March 9, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont's conference call with municipal leaders was "sobering, but highly informative," said First Selectman Chris Spaulding.

The governor also announced another case, forbade State travel, discouraged meetings, and urged students not to travel for break. DPH placed restrictions on nursing home visits.

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Questions, News in Finance Board Reviews

March 9, 2020

In budget review meetings last week, the Board of Finance appeared to signal a willingness to increase road maintenance funds and heard encouraging news about a major school district expense.

Some members objected to certain budget measures by both the Town and school administrations.

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Spaulding Convenes Coronavirus Task Force

March 6, 2020

On March 5, First Selectman Chris Spaulding convened a meeting of medical and emergency response officials to coordinate readiness plans for the possibility of coronavirus cases appearing in Weston.

This story has been updated since initial publication.

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Lamont Urges Following New CDC Guidance

March 4, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont is urging that Connecticut residents who have recently traveled to certain countries follow new guidance from CDC and avoid non-essential travel to those countries.

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Selectmen Recommend Education Budget Cut, Question Costs

February 28, 2020

When the Board of Finance begins budget deliberations next week, members will consider an education request transmitted by the Board of Selectmen with a recommendation that it be reduced.

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At Lachat: The Nest Best Thing

February 28, 2020

Lachat Town Farm and Wilton's Ambler Farm have teamed up to put on a birdhouse building competition, The Nest Best Thing.

You can take advantage of a free birdhouse-building workshop, have your birdhouse on display, and win gift certificates.

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State, Town, Schools Prepare for Coronavirus

February 27, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont told reporters in Hartford that the Centers for Disease Control had "upped the ante" on the coronavirus from "a position of containment to mitigation."

"It's no good pretending it's not going to come," said Dr. Matthew Cartter, the State's chief epidemiologist.

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Weston Athletes Play Ball for All

February 29, 2020

Star Weston athletes pitched in last weekend to coach and mentor kids from the Child Guidance Center Of Mid Fairfield County. The program is called Play Ball for All.

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Entries Open for DeFACEment Art

February 26, 2020

Norwalk's Maritime Garage Gallery invites artists age 18 and up to submit work in almost any medium for an exhibit titled “DeFACEment: Through Artistic Eyes.” The entry deadline is April 2.

"Clever uses of medium, with the exception of pedestal sculpture," are encouraged.

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