ABOUT TOWN: Big picture

About-Town-Margaret-WirtenbergSometimes we can get overloaded with detail. The variety of challenges we often face can put us into information overload. Like right about now.

So keeping things simple is a virtue. The League of Women Voters of Weston invites you to lunch on Friday, May 17, at the Red Barn in Westport. The League’s annual meeting will be held there on that morning. But the luncheon that follows will be open to the general public. And the guest this year will be state Sen. John McKinney, fresh from his co-chairmanship of the legislature’s bipartisan commission that dealt with the tragedy at Sandy Hook.

Especially in the light of inaction in Washington, D.C., it will be enlightening to hear his comments. How did Connecticut succeed in preventing partisan politics from leading to legislative failure?

This winter the town of Weston went through its own process of refining an existing regulation that had been written in 1993 regarding assault weapons. And it is working to refine its gun regulations, based on public input and the new state of Connecticut language.

Contact the league via its website, lwvweston.org, for further information about the May 17 event.


What is local government up to lately? Since this is Weston, it must have something to do with the environment!

This Saturday, April 27, is “Good Riddance Day” for household hazardous waste. Bring your items, packed safely, to the Department of Public Works on Old Hyde Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. This will be a regional event, with residents from some other towns also invited. But not every town! So bring ID.

Saturday’s event comes on the heels of the Westport Weston Health District’s report on arsenic in well water. That is a naturally occurring phenomenon, though. Household hazardous waste is not natural. You buy it off the shelf in stores, as cleaning solvents, herbicides, turpentine, and photo chemicals, to cite a few examples. But if it finds its way onto the ground you will end up drinking it!

Any items in your basement, garage, or under the sink that have a skull and crossbones symbol on them, and that you are no longer using, are things to pack up for a trip to DPW on Saturday!

Some things you may find around the garage might be so old that you won’t be able to recall what they are! Never fear, there will be a chemist on duty to figure it out for you, and dispose of your items safely.

And in case you weren’t aware, the last Saturday in April, which this year falls on that same April 27 date, is “Green Up Day” in Connecticut. The idea of having an annual “Green Up Day” was conceived by the late Westonite Millie Best. Kiwanis organizes Weston’s roadside cleanup each year in her name.

Cleaned up and cleared out enough yet? You might still have lots of paper items and documents that are in need of shredding. If you are a Weston resident, on Saturday May 11, from 9 to noon, return to the DPW garage and celebrate “Shredding Day.” A professional shredding service will be on hand to do the deed.

Spring is here!

NOTE: “About Town” is also a television program. It appears on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Cablevision Channel 88 (Public Access). Or see it at aboutweston.com. This week’s guest is Gail Lavielle, state representative from the 143rd District.

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