Monthly Archives: April 2021

The Owl and the Candidates: Getting to Know the School Committee Candidates

More than 125 people attended the League of Women Voter’s Candidates Night zoom last night, which was an impressive showing. Controversy was at an all-time low, and kindness and collaboration seemed to be the theme of the night. The Owl would like to expand the Board of Health, for one, to elect all three candidates. Alas… And now, for the

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Happy Arbor Day, Weston!

Today is Arbor Day, the Owl’s favorite day of the year! Planting a tree symbolizes nurturing new life, planning for the future, and getting close to our roots, literally and figuratively. As the Arbor Day Foundation says, the simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow to provide us with clean air and water,

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Latest Covid-19 VAccination numbers for Weston

Weston now has 62% 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 April 29. The percentage of Weston’s population that has been fully vaccinated is now 41%. Vaccinations are now open to all Massachusetts residents aged 16+, and at last look, appointments were available

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The Owl and the Candidates: Getting to Know the Select Board Candidates

The Owl has asked candidates for Weston’s contested races to answer a few questions of the less-political type. Both candidates for Select Board answered the call (the hoot?) and their responses (unedited) are below. The Owl reminds all readers that these are volunteer positions for the town of Weston, require an amazing amount of time and untold stress, and that

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Temporary Leash Order Lifted on Conservation Lands

The Conservation Commission has voted to accept the latest Emergency Management Team guidance which is to lift the emergency leash order for all conservation lands. While the mandate had been loosened in August 2020 to allow off-leash dogs until 10 am, this returns most properties to allowing off-leash dogs with no time restrictions. Properties that continue to be dog-restricted regardless

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Meet Weston’s New Sustainability Coordinator Kortni Wroten

In March, Weston welcomed Kortni Wroten, its first-ever Sustainability Coordinator, who is responsible for implementing and monitoring the Town’s energy-use programs and environmental strategies. Kortni will be helping community members think about how they can reduce their carbon footprint individually and as guardians for future generations. The Owl first met Kortni this month (by zoom) as an introduction between Kortni

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Candidate Video Statements available from Weston Media Center

Weston Media Center posted yesterday videotaped candidate statements for contested roles in the May 8 town election. This is the second year Weston Media has done candidate videos. Most candidates took advantage of the chance to introduce themselves to residents, and why they were running for the first time, or for re-election. You can watch these candidate statements here. Please

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Annihilate or Be Annihilated – Garlic Mustard Warfare

Yesterday evening, the Owl and Mr. Owl took a stroll around Town Green. What a lovely spot–except for A TON of garlic mustard taking hold along the northern edge. Allowed to grow unchecked, garlic mustard will take over the world, and your garden, and crowd out all kinds of pollinator-friendly plants. What to do, Weston? Annihilate it, with the guidance

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