Monthly Archives: March 2021

Nothing Says Spring Like Hazardous Waste Collection Day – April 3

Did your early spring cleaning net some nasty chemicals and stuff that you can’t throw away in your regular trash? Don’t even attempt to put it down the septic and drains–the wetlands will find you …have you seen the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Well, it was filmed here in Weston, and that was because of all the Rodeo herbicide

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Outside the Home Range: A Walk on the Charles in Watertown

Changing the tires from winter to summer versions means two hours of exploration time near Direct Tire in Watertown. With the local coffee shops less appealing, and a cloudy but warm early spring afternoon enticing the Owl, it was time to head out to the Charles River Reservation. The Charles River Reservation stretches twenty mles along the Charles River, but

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Elections and candidates, Dates and Plans

The crocuses and snowdrops are up, and so are the political signs. ‘Tis the season, which will end in Weston on May 8 with the Town Election. You can find out official information about candidate roles at the town website, and see the names as currently nominated. The last date to withdraw a nomination is April 6, and one can

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Board of Health Reports Covid Case Numbers are Up in Weston

An emailed communication from Weston’s Board of Health this morning shows that Weston’s average daily incidence rate of Covid is up, week over week, as of March 23, 2021. Residents are urged to re-double efforts at physical distancing, masked gatherings and overall keeping safe. The reminder from the town is that this pandemic is not over, even though there is

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Sunday Gratitude: To Those Who Show Up

In September 2020, the Owl was doing the usual rounds of forest and fields as her day (volunteer) job is stewardship for Weston Forest and Trail Association. About a quarter mile into the woods on Case Estates, at a scraggly-weeded open spot in the forest, a little idea sprang up that would not go away. What if there was a

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Resolution in State Ethics Commission Filing: Gillespie Pays Civil Fine

Per a press release from the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, former Weston Selectman Douglas Gillespie violated the Conflict of Interest law and has been assessed a $8,000 Civil Penalty. Conflict of interest law bars municipal employees from officially participating in matters in which they or their immediate family have a financial interest. Gillespie violated this legal prohibition by participating as

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Did You Know? Weston’S March 25 Update to Vaccination Statistics

Weston now has more than one-third of its residents vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest Massachusetts Department of Public Health data published on March 25. Over the past week, the percentage of Weston’s population that has been fully vaccinated has gone from 17% (1,861 people) to 20% (2,168 people). Massachusetts is currently in

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