Weston student earns top prize in GBYO Concerto Competition

Trumpeter and Weston High School senior Jane Paknia won the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra (GBYO) 2018 Concerto Competition. The finals of the competition were performed for the public recently at the Pequot Library in partnership with Music for Youth. GBYO’s most accomplished young musicians auditioned in November to advance to the final round and vie for the chance to perform as soloist with the Principal Orchestra at GBYO’s annual Spring Concert in May. Ten students auditioned, with six competing in the final round. Each musician played one movement of a concerto for the panel of judges. Judges this year included GBYO Music … Read more

Save the Children holds winter party in Weston

Save the Children’s Fairfield Leadership Council is holding a Winter White Party at Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 8 to 11 p.m.   The event features cocktails, small bites and dancing. Proceeds from the event and gifts will support Save the Children’s mission to give every last child a chance at a brighter future. To purchase tickets or to make a donation, visit SavetheChildren.org/WinterWhiteParty, email [email protected], or call 475-999-3219.

$1.8 million school budget increase proposed for Weston

Weston Schools Superintendent William McKersie is proposing an education operating budget of $51,705,609, an increase of $1,798,088, or 3.60% from the current fiscal year. McKersie made his presentation to the Board of Education at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16. He said the main reason for the increase is “addressing the financial shortfall in special education.” Approximately $1,616,329, or 90% of the proposed budget increase for the 2018-19 fiscal year is allocated to Special Education and Pupil Services. In the current year, he said, the Weston school district faces $1,402,564 in an out-of-district tuition deficit for Special Education. He … Read more

Norfield Grange hosts barn dance and chili dinner

The Norfield Grange in Weston is hosting its sixth Annual Barn Dance and Chili Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 20 starting at 7 p.m. The event will kick off with a pot of the Grange’s award-winning chili. This is a fun potluck event too and the Grange asks guests to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share with all. Also, bring a list of  ingredients in the dish. After dinner it will be time to throw on your dancing shoes, boots or sneakers and kick up your heels for the main event featuring acclaimed caller Billy Fischer whom will … Read more

Weston Schools Superintendent discusses goals, challenges

William McKersie

Weston’s school superintendent, Dr. William McKersie, is convinced that creating global citizens is the district’s highest priority. A global citizen is defined by the district as someone with “the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes to achieve their personal goals and contribute to society.” In September 2017, McKersie launched a web page outlining how achieving the ultimate vision of creating global citizens can be achieved. The page lists five “goals” that are designed to “cultivate empowered citizens of the global community.” The five goals are “academic excellence,” “digital learning,” “healthy learning environments,” “gauging district progress,” and “resources for learning.” “Global citizenship was … Read more

Police Log for Weston, Redding, Easton

Police log

DWI in Weston town center Weston police arrested Gunars Dreifuss, 63, of Orange for DWI on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:45 p.m. He was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence. Officers were dispatched about a vehicle crossing the double yellow line on Georgetown Road as it was traveling toward Weston Town Center. They followed the vehicle into Weston Center and approached the car. According to the police report, officers noticed “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the inside of the vehicle.” They noted that Dreifuss’s eyes were “glassy and bloodshot” and there was an empty … Read more

Ways to volunteer

By Peter Houlahan, Contributing writer With every new year come new resolutions. For many, this includes a commitment to giving back to the community by volunteering one’s time and expertise to a good cause. “The town would cease to function without its volunteers,” said Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton. “They play an enormous role in the community.” Every town offers an abundance of organizations and clubs, whatever one’s interests, skills or time constraints. Sometimes the trick is just finding them. Here is a small sample of organizations that could use your help. Additional opportunities to volunteer are provided on each of … Read more

Weston graduation controversy gets ‘in-tents’

In an effort to save costs, Weston High School announced last week that its annual graduation ceremony will be held in the school gymnasium this year, rather than under an outdoor tent at the school as it has done in the past. But fallout from the tent decision has gotten “intense,” leading to opposition from students in a petition drive. In a letter from Weston Schools Superintendent William McKersie, dated Thursday, Jan. 11, he explained that the cost of holding the graduation ceremony under the tent is more than $20,000. “This includes installation, chair rentals for both inside and outside, … Read more

Winter Weather Advisory in effect, snow is on the way

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Weston, Redding, Easton, southern Connecticut and southeast New York, from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Snow is expected starting around midnight and could last throughout the day on Wednesday. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties.

Lachat Farmers’ Market in Weston is looking for volunteers

Lachat Town Farm in Weston is looking for some volunteers,

In the effort to sustaining the bounty of local food and skilled craftsmanship, the Lachat Town Farm in Weston is in need of volunteers to assist with this year’s monthly Farmers’ Market. Lachat Farmers Market is dedicated to supporting small family farms, crafts people and prepared food vendors. Volunteer positions available: Farm Liaison: Working alongside a veteran volunteer, this helper will communicate with local farmers and help draw them to our events. Music Coordinator: This volunteer will recruit and schedule bands to perform during each event. Volunteer Coordinator: Recruit volunteers for assistance with the logistics surrounding the events and schedule … Read more

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