ABOUT TOWN: Good Riddance

Is this a provocative title for a column? Perhaps in some circumstances!

But in this case, Westonites know what it refers to: Our annual opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste products. On Saturday, the tradition continues at the Department of Public Works on Old Hyde Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Be there!

Be sure to take advantage of this one annual regional opportunity that occurs in your own backyard. But if you can’t, please know that there will be three more such events this spring and early summer — and four more in the fall — in other communities in the region. Check the town website for details.

Household hazardous waste affects our wells if it leaches into ground water as a result of improper disposal. You may never be aware of this threat until it is too late.

Saturday is also Green Up Day, whose impact is above ground. Green Up Day purifies the visual aspect of our town. Picking up roadside trash and detritus is, unfortunately, a necessity if we want to keep Weston beautiful.

I always assume it is drivers just passing through town who create roadside waste. I may or may not be correct in this assumption.


Springtime in Hartford is another matter altogether. Just about two weeks remain in this, the “short” legislative session. Fasten your seat belts, we appear to be in for a bumpy ride!

Bills I have been watching all session are still alive, but some are being bounced from committee to committee. Perhaps this is because the leadership doesn’t want to deal with delaying tactics the minority are certain to impose if such legislation comes up for debate in either the House or the Senate.

Lobbying has been intense on Education Reform (SB24). The latest news is that reports show the bill itself — or at least parts of it — were originally drafted by consultants having expertise on charter schools, probably borrowing language from legislation already adopted elsewhere.

This is, of course, often the way laws are written. Recycling legal language that has already been litigated is always a safe thing to do. And it is easier, too.

And the budget deficit must be reconciled. Who will pay for overly ambitious estimates of revenue made last year? How will the administration find more income at the last minute?

A special session this summer may be inevitable if an education reform package acceptable to the administration does not pass.

And back in play during that session, if not before, would be: statewide property tax equalization on cars and equipment; passing on the cost of inoculating and treating lost animals to the new owners at adoption; and installation of “red-light cameras” for enforcement of traffic laws in cities. And more!

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 Colleen Palmer, Weston superintendent of schools.

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