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Weston, CT California - Town Hall Happenings 06 17 2022 17 June 2022 ( news )
Weston, CT , state California ( By Press Release office)
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Greetings and welcome to today’s Town Hall Happenings!
Today’s opening note is a reminder of the power of your vote . I encourage you to go vote on
Saturday , June 18 between Noon and 8:00 pm at the Weston Town Hall Meeting Room at 56 Norfield Road
concerning the allocation of the $3 million in federal ARPA funds that have been awarded to Weston .
Spending Plan for American Rescue Plan Act ( ARPA ) Funds
As referenced in the opening note , the next step in the process is a machine ballot vote of yes or no on the following question: “Shall the American Rescue Plan Act spending plan , as determined by both the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance , be approved?” Tabulators will be used . Absentee Ballots will not be accepted . To see the ARPA spending Plan that people will vote on , visit the Town Clerk’s office or
https://www . westonct . gov/government/municipal - departments/finance
The June 18th vote is the final step in the process of determining how Weston will use its ARPA funds . The spending plan that is up for voter approval has been approved of by both the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance . The boards voted on the plan following a public hearing where members of the public expressed their likes , dislikes , suggestions , and asked questions . Board members also received emails from the public on the subject of ARPA .
Questions for Constituent Corner may be emailed to
snestor@westonct . gov
and I will either answer you myself or forward you on to the right people!
Town Offices and Transfer Station Closures
In observation of Juneteenth , the Town Hall , Library , Senior Center , Parks and Recreation , and Annex will be closed on Monday , June 20
, . The Transfer Station will be closed Monday , June 20
and Tuesday , June 21
New Executive Administrative Assistant
Please join me in welcoming Darcy
Barrera - Hawes as the Executive Administrative Assistant in the Selectmen’s and Town Administrator’s Office . Darcy has extensive municipal experience both in Weston and in other towns . A long time Weston resident , Darcy holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and has been a volunteer for Weston charities for years . We are thrilled she has accepted the position .
Work on Farrell Road , Tannery Road South is done . Trails End and Merry Lane have been milled and are in the process of paving . The Town plans to mill and pave the following roads over the next few months:
- Davis Hill Rd from the intersection of Steep Hill Rd to the intersection of Valley Forge Rd . Driveway aprons to be repaired are associated with house numbers 66 , 89 , 95 and 111 . This Road also includes the entrance apron to Martin Rd .
- Lords Highway from the intersection of Newtown Turnpike to the intersection of Birch Hill Rd . Driveway aprons to be repaired area at house numbers 42 and 58 .
Cavalry Road Bridge Project Update
The new bridge is open to traffic! Thank you neighbors for your patience and understanding .
Newtown Turnpike Road Work
Newtown Turnpike is fully open to traffic . Erosion remediation work has been completed .
Valley Forge Road Work
Valley Forge Road is fully open to traffic . Erosion remediation work has been completed .
The State of Connecticut continues an exciting pedestrian safety project on Weston Road . The State hired the NyConn Corporation to install two Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons - one near the Weston Shopping Center signage and the other directly across the road from that signage . The underground construction portion of the work was completed last week . The installation of the beacons themselves has been installed and the final phase of completion by NyConn will be in July .
Update on PFAS Remediation Efforts
As detailed in my previous THH’s , the Town of Weston has detected PFAS in the School/Town Drinking Water System . As I stated previously , the prototype remediation system installed dramatically reduces PFAS levels to non - detectable levels in the drinking water . The Town’s Certified Operator has submitted a final remediation design to the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health for review and approval . Once we receive that approval it will trigger the purchase and installation of the permanent remediation system .
The Weston DEI Committee invites you to join us to celebrate Juneteenth on June 19th from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Weston Town Green . Enjoy speakers , music , food , drinks and local vendors . DEI ' s mission is to foster a culture of diversity , equity , and inclusion to ensure all community members are accepted , respected , and empowered to participate in the shaping of Weston . As part of our efforts , we will host an event to honor what is now considered America’s second Independence Day . A Federal Holiday as of 2021 , Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the rebel Confederate states on June 19th , 1865 .
Board of Selectmen Meetings
Please feel free to Zoom into the virtual BOS meetings , which are always posted on the Town website . Documents , recordings , and minutes are available at:
https://www . westonct . gov/government/boards - commissions/elected/board - of - selectmen
Covid - 19 updates and information are posted regularly on the town website . Please see here
https://www . westonct . gov/government/municipal - departments/emergency - management/covid - 19
for more information .
Support for Ukraine
Big Dreams Children Foundation Inc . is raising funds to support Ukrainian civilians during the war . Consider supporting its mission to address specific needs of Ukrainian people at the right time during this humanitarian catastrophe . Email Weston resident Iryna Akolzina for more information:
mewithukraine@gmail . com
Big Dreams website:
http://www . bigdreamscf . org/ukraine - humanitarian - aid
Link to donate:
https://www . paypal . com/donate/?hosted_button_id=82BBTYF39YEK4
Please visit the Town of Weston Facebook page (
https://www . facebook . com/westonct . gov
) to see the results of the efforts to date .
Get Rid of Your Hazardous Waste
Weston residents have multiple opportunities in 2022 to get rid of household hazardous waste: Below is a schedule of regional collection events that Westonites can participate in:
- September 10th from 9 am to 1 pm in Weston at Hurlbutt Elementary School
- October 8th from 9 am to 3 pm in New Milford at John Pettibone School
- November 12th from 9 am to 2 pm in Brookfield at Brookfield High School
- April 2023 ( exact date to be determined ) from 9 am to 2 pm in Danbury at the Public Works Facility
- May 2023 ( exact date to be determined ) from 9 am to 2 pm in Newtown at a Public Works Facility
No need to bring money . Each town gets billed for the waste that their own residents drop off . For details about what to bring and location addresses , please visit the website of the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority here:
https://hrra . org/household - hazardous - waste/
Volunteers Needed for Town Boards
The following appointed boards have positions available: Assessment Appeals , Beautification , Conservation Commission , DEI Advisory Committee , Historic District Commission , Insurance Advisory Committee , Marketing & Communications Advisory Committee , Parks and Recreation , and the Veterans Affairs Committee .
2022 Child Tax Rebate: You may be eligible for a child tax rebate of up to a maximum of $750 ( $250 per child up to three children ) . To be eligible for this rebate you must meet all of the following requirements: 1 ) You must be a resident of Connecticut; 2 ) You must have claimed at least one child as a dependent on your 2021 federal income tax return who was 18 years of age or younger; and 3 ) You must meet certain income thresholds . For more information visit:
https://portal . ct . gov/DRS/Credit - Programs/Child - Tax - Rebate/Overview#:~:text=The%20child%20tax%20rebate%2C%20which , child%20up%20to%20three%20childrenYou
must apply between June 1 and July 31 , 2022
Bayberry Lane Bridge Replacement Project
The Town of Westport has begun replacing the Bayberry Lane Bridge over the Aspetuck River . The roadway will remain closed through November 30th 2022 . Local traffic has been directed through the designated detour route - Easton Road to Coleytown Road to North Avenue to Lyons Plain Road to White Birch Road , or the reverse , as necessary . Residents adjacent to the bridge have been notified of the road closure and detour . Motorists are advised to drive with additional caution , allow extra travel time , and obey all detour and safety signals . Please direct questions about the project to Westport Town Engineer Keith Wilberg at 203 - 341 - 1128 .
Parks & Recreation
With summer closing in on us and the weather heating up - we thought it might be nice to get a quick update on our happenings .
Bisceglie Scribner Pond: The Pond at Bisceglie Scribner Park will open this Saturday , 6/18 at 11:30 - 6 daily . Passes can be purchased in the Jarvis office at 47 Norfield Road or online at
https://web1 . myvscloud . com/wbwsc/ctwestonwt . wsc/splash . html?interfaceparameter=webtracnew
Summer Camps begin 6/27 with space left in select weeks & camps . We are also offering week long sports camps like field hockey , football , volleyball , lacrosse , tennis and more! Please find all of these on our website:
https://www . westonct . gov/government/municipal - departments/parks - recreation
Family 4th of July Celebration: Weston ' s Family 4th of July Celebration will take place on Monday , July 4th! Preferred Parking Passes are on sale now at the Jarvis building at 47 Norfield Road for $30 - the office accepts cash/check .
These parking passes cannot be purchased online .
https://www . westonct . gov/home/showpublisheddocument/8054/637889187830170000
Summer should be fun! We hope everyone enjoys their last week of school and we hope to see you soon!
A Message from Weston Public Schools
Weston/Westport Y aftercare: Let them have some fun and grow in a program that puts your child’s health & wellness first . For Weston Public School children in grades K - 5 , our School Age Child Care program offers engaging activities to round out their day . Snack , homework help , arts & crafts , STEM activities , themed projects , outdoor & physical activities and more , ensure they get the support they need and have a great time in a safe environment . Click here for flyer:
Westport Weston YMCA 2022 - 2023 Aftercare Flyer
SCHEDULE: We follow the Westport Public Schools calendar and run on normal school days and scheduled early dismissals .
TRANSPORTATION: Students will be picked up at Hurlbutt and WIS utilizing YMCA and district buses .
Contact Kathy Giglio at the Y . She is the Childcare & Youth Services Director , call with any questions . 203 . 571 . 6040 or
kgiglio@westporty . org
Weston Senior Center
- Curbside Summer Lunch Series: Wednesday , June 22nd , 11:30am Norfield Church ( Outside ) . Sign up is required by Monday at noon ( 203 ) 222 - 2608
The Weston Flea
Saturday , September 10th ( Rain date September 11th ) . Reserve your spots by calling ( 203 ) 222 - 2608 or email Wendy:
wpetty@westonct . gov
Weston Public Library
This week , our exceptional Library Director , Karen Tatarka , let us know that she will be leaving to take a new job in July . We are thrilled for her new opportunity and sad to see her go . If you have a chance , please stop by the Library and thank her for all she had done for our community .
This Sunday ( June 19 ) starts the Library ' s summer schedule and the Library will be closed Sundays through Labor Day .
Summer Library Adventures and Summer Reading Kick - Off! -
Wednesday , June 22 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM . No registration required .
Join us to kick - off our Summer Library Adventures program! We will have games , crafts , snacks and prizes . You can also register for our Summer Reading program . At 5:00 PM we will have a special event with Magician Ed Popielarczyk ( must register for that event ) . Drop in for some fun and get ready for a summer you won ' t forget with the Weston Public Library!
Magic Show with Ed Popielarczyk - Wednesday , June 22 @ 5:00 PM . Ages 3+ . Registration required .
Join us for our summer kick - off party and then join us as we watch the magic of Ed Popielarczyk . This magic show is a comedy show that uses a lot of audience participation . The kids are the stars because they make the magic happen as Ed usually has lots of trouble! He doesn’t just “do a trick , ” he tells a story that revolves around each trick . It may be a short story or a longer one , but each story helps to bring the trick together . Every child who comes on “stage” to be a helper receives a souvenir! Register at
www . westonpubliclibrary . org
Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Trio: From Jazz to Soul - Saturday , June 25 , 6PM Hybrid
Sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Public Library in recognition of African - American Music Appreciation Month .
Featuring songs from the 30s thru the 70s . . . A musical journey from the era when the “First Lady Of Song , ” Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage to when the “Queen of Soul , ” Aretha Franklin ruled the airways . In addition to Ella and Aretha , this showcase pays tribute to Billie Holiday , Nina Simone , Nancy Wilson , Etta James , Martha & The Vandellas , Mary Wells , and Gladys Knight .
Please register at
www . westonpubliclibrary . org
. This event will be hybrid . Guests are welcome in the Community Room or can join via Zoom .
: Fridays , June 17 & 24 , July 8 , 15 & 22 and August 5 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM . Ages birth - 6 . Registration required per family separately for each session . We have brought back our playgroup and extended the hours during summer! Parents/Caregivers and children are invited to join us for open play in the community room . Meet new neighbors and friends and try out some of our early learning toys . Register at
www . westonpubliclibrary . org
With gratitude ,
PS: Check out my previous THH by visiting the following link!
Town of Weston News
Thinking of the WHS Class of 2022 who graduate on Tuesday , Congrats!
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