I think it is time for a party. Elections are over and we are all one big party again. At least here in Weston.
Presuming that power is back up for most of Weston when this column appears, we will be back in gear. And it will be a particularly appropriate time to have a community discussion about “Town Affairs” — albeit, following very different circumstances than were originally envisioned!
The League of Women Voters of Weston has reserved the Town Hall Meeting Room for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It is planned that First Selectman Gayle Weinstein, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer, and Board of Finance Chairman Jerry Sargent will make introductory remarks. The public will then be invited to ask questions.
Also invited is the former co-chairman of the Charter Revision Commission, Ken Edgar. Any meeting that includes Mr. Edgar is a worthwhile expenditure of your time!
He has been asked to comment on what changes we might expect to see in the budget process, presuming that the new charter received voter approval on Election Day.
Mr. Edgar is also chairman of the Weston Community Service Coalition. He just might have a few things to say in relation to the challenges we all faced as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The Lachat Oversight Committee has also been invited to participate, and to update us on the status of their efforts.
So please take advantage of this special opportunity for dialogue with some of our key municipal officials, which has assumed even greater importance as a result of the recent natural disaster.
Who ever said there is no such thing as a free lunch?
At noon on Saturday, immediately following the “Town Affairs” event, it is planned that the League of Women Voters of Weston will host just such a lunch, combined with the opportunity to pursue further discussion of matters of concern to the town and its citizens.
It is close to 50 years since the LWV of Weston became a distinct entity, separating itself from Westport’s league. Probably two or three generations of Westonites have been members of the LWV of Weston.
In the beginning, only women were members. It was then only 42 years since women achieved the right to vote. During the 1970s, the league opened membership to men, as well. The “family membership” option has always been popular in Weston.
Democracy is not a spectator sport, and the league has always believed that its chapters should parallel governmental organization. Thus we have LWVs at local, state, and national levels.
Having gained independence in 1962, the new “provisional” Weston LWV promptly produced its first Know Your Town Directory. What is a “KYTD?” Simply put, it is a great first step to finding out how your town government functions, and who runs each of its functions. To this day, even newspaper reporters rely upon it!
Here at the grassroots level, the Weston LWV is proud to step up and ask pointed questions of our government when necessary. And perhaps most significantly, to help members of the community at large to have their voices heard.
Now is the time to join the LWV of Weston. And to join us for a Town Affairs Update and a free lunch!