Editorial: Oprah 2020?

At the Golden Globe Awards last Sunday, host Seth Meyers pointed at Oprah Winfrey and joked about her running for president. But things said in jest can sometimes become a reality. Following an impassioned speech given by Winfrey while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, social media was flooded with the message #Oprah2020. After the ceremony, Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times it was “up to the people” whether Winfrey could be elected president, saying, “she would absolutely do it.” A couple of Winfrey’s close friends then confirmed to CNN that she is “actively … Read more

About Weston: WestonArts

What is “WestonArts,” besides being one of my favorite organizations ever? “From music and art to writing and dance, WestonArts makes our town a better place and more cultured place to live.” This is perhaps the most honest and accurate self-assessment they could make. Early on in the construction of Weston’s massive schools and fields project, with the ink on its award of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status barely dry, WestonArts made a commitment. Although the high school was to be doubled in size, there was no money to renovate its auditorium. That is the one space in Weston large enough to … Read more

Dunsby and Hwang vote to restore Medicare funding

State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) and state Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) voted for a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year. Last month, legislators successfully petitioned the General Assembly back into special session in order to address the issue. MSP is a Medicaid program that helps seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federal minimum level. Legislators, in adopting the budget in October, reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, consequently reducing … Read more

Weston bonfire is postponed

Scene from last year's bonfire at Emmanuel Church in Weston. — File photo

Due to icy conditions in the weather forecast, the Epiphany Bonfire scheduled for this Saturday, Jan 6 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Weston, has been postponed to Saturday, Jan. 20. Related story:  Epiphany Bonfire is this Saturday

Winter Storm Warning in effect until Friday

Snow from the storm is coating trees and roads in Weston. This is a a shot of Wilson Road as of 8:30 a.m. —Margaret Wirtenberg photo

A winter storm bringing heavy and blowing snow is expected to last throughout the day until early Friday morning. The storm could bring a possible 8 to 12 inches of snow by the time it is over according to the National Weather Service. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph could cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Tree branches could fall as well. Snowfall rates of around 1 inch per hour are expected this morning into early afternoon. A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. … Read more

Weston PTO gala raises $50,000 for playground

A benefit gala featuring dinner, dancing, and fund raising was held to support the replacement of the Hurlbutt Elementary School’s North House playground. The playground is 30 years old and serves elementary school students and the greater Weston community. Its replacement is expected to cost $130,000. Sponsored by the Hurlbutt PTO, the gala was held at the Rolling Hills Country Club and raised $50,000 for the playground project. Auction items raking in contributions included being a Navy SEAL for a Day at the Campfire Club of America, a fire truck birthday party donated by the Weston Fire Department, a police … Read more

Radon test kits available at Westport-Weston Health Dept.

Radon test kits are available for Weston and Westport residents free of charge while supplies last. Radon is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that is formed from the radioactive decay of radium and uranium, which occurs naturally in bedrock worldwide. Radon is drawn into the home through cracks and other openings in the foundation, and can accumulate in the home, especially in winter months when the heating system is on and the windows and doors are closed. Exposure to radon does not cause initial symptoms, but exposure over a long period can damage your lungs. The U.S. Surgeon … Read more

Emergency storm announcement, Weston schools closed

Weston public schools have announced they will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 4, in anticipation of a major winter storm which could bring strong winds and power outages. The town of Weston is gearing up for the storm, according to Joe Miceli, the town’s emergency management director, who issued the following statement: “All emergency services and the Dept of Public Works have modified their staffing levels as deemed appropriate, all equipment has been checked and is ready to be deployed. “We would like to remind residents that they are welcome to come to town hall and the library to warm … Read more

Storm emergency preparedness tips for Weston

A winter storm watch is in effect for Weston and the region from late Wednesday night through Thursday evening. The National Weather Service says heavy snow and blowing snow is possible. Plan on difficult  travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are likely, with higher amounts in excess of 6 inches possible. The forecast calls for snow mainly after midnight tonight, with a steady temperature around 23 and wind chill values between 10 and 15. On Thursday, snow could be heavy at times with areas of blowing snow before noon. … Read more

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