I know when spring has arrived in Weston.

It is when you see more walkers, runners, and cyclists out and about. Spring is for new things. Like the pale green wash that seems to overhang every view in my neighborhood.

Spring is for outside activities. Perhaps it is no accident that the official opening of the beach season, in Westport, comes after Memorial Day. Not to mention that one of the big activities over the three-day Memorial Day weekend is marching in a parade, or watching it.

Anyway, I urge Westonites to look forward to bicycle and pedestrian activities in the months to come!

One of the relatively recent important initiatives of Weston volunteer government has been the emergence of special committees addressing bicycle and pedestrian activities, and also sustainability.

They seem to me to be complementary. One creates opportunities to exercise our arms, legs, lungs, and heart, while also benefiting our planet. The other mainly involves exercising our brains to benefit our planet, as well as ourselves!

More Color

The new proposed town charter, as unanimously approved by the Charter Revision Commission, is now online at the town website. Next stop is a public hearing conducted by the Board of Selectmen, on Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room.

What has changed since the Charter Revision Commission’s own public hearing on April 25? There is an executive summary online at the town website that provides a snapshot. Stated are the intentions of the Charter Revision Commission to completely overhaul the 2003 document. And they did!

One of the online documents is an understandably hard to interpret PDF showing the old charter, and how it has been revised by the commission.

Time and patience is required to scrutinize its many details, so it is not surprising that it seems not to have received a great deal of attention.

But take the time to look at it. It is eye-catching, not unlike a colorful parlor game! Keep in mind that the commission has revised and moved sections, and that there are some new “deletes” that might be confusing at first.

But just a quick look will provide a good feel for how much work this Charter Revision Commission has done!

Underlined words in “blue” and “green” represent re-phrased and new language, respectively. “Red” words and sentences, with lines through them, are old charter language that is being tossed out. And black letters, with no underlining or cross-outs, are old wording that remains.

This being a Presidential Election year, we all know what “red states” and “blue states” are.

Considering the commendably non-partisan manner in which the commission has consistently functioned, though, I’m certain that the color choices used in this document have no political implications! Even though the last Charter Revision Commission had a majority of Republicans, and this one has a majority of Democrats.

But what about the green lettering? It is fresh and new! Like spring!

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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