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Members only section here...
Next Selectmen's meeting agenda here.  Background from "Know Your Town" -  scroll down or click here to see
what the LWV has been up to in the past few years...
Click here to join our three-tiered organizatiion!


LEAGUE of WOMEN VOTERS of WESTON :
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Election News 2013.   Online Know Your Town Directory.  "Follow the money"at  Annual Meeting Friday, May 30, 2014

Table of Contents

NEW RULES FOR ATBM 2014, REPORTED BY THE FIRST SELECTMAN
ANNOUNCED AT BOARD OF SELECTMEN;  WHO WILL KNOW?  THOSE RECEIVING E-MAIL FROM  WESTON FORUM



Speak Up XXIII still having  impact...
Board of Finance "deliberation" adds in 5th day for Senior Center...will ATBM confirm this???

REGISTRARS WANT TO REMIND PUBLIC OF PROCESS FOR THE APRIL 23RD ANNUAL TOWN BUDGET MEETING AND
REFERENDUM ON MAY 1ST

The Weston Registrars of Voters, Laura Smits and Theresa Brasco, would like the public to be aware of changes in the voting
 process for the ATBM due to Weston Charter Revision approved in November 2012.  As in the past, the ATBM will be held in the
Weston High School auditorium  beginning at 8:00p.m. Check-in will begin at 7:15 for qualified voters who intend to participate in
the Annual Town Budget Meeting. Qualified voters include registered voters as well as U.S. citizens on the Weston Grand List
owning property of $1,000 or more. The Registrars request that voters remember to bring identification (driver’s license, credit card,
 utility bill, etc.) with them to expedite the process.  Once the budget numbers have been established by the ATBM, voters will have
 an opportunity to vote that evening on the budget by machine (referendum) in the Weston High School Library.  At that time,
voters will be given a ballot and checked off the list as having voted. For those unable to vote that evening, referendum voting
will continue on Thursday, May 1st in the Weston Middle School gymnasium from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Voters can also vote by
absentee ballot beginning on Thursday, April 24 thin the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours: Monday-Friday,
 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Once voting has ended on May 1st, the Moderator will read the combined results of both voting sessions.

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A CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM RALLY AT WESTON CENTER, ORGANIZED BY CT COMMON CAUSE...
League seemed to have the largest group - as in LWV's from all around!  Photos here.

C.G.A. Short Session: 
1.  Hot topic...
F.O.I. and the Connecticut State Library...article here.  FOI to be muzzled?
2.  Regional matters:  Two bills still afloat (House and Senate versions) - will either pass, be revised or just left to die?




Report: Connecticut’s Fiscal Transparency Improves
CTNEWSJUNJKIE
by Hugh McQuaid | Apr 8, 2014 11:42am

Connecticut earns a “B” for transparency in government spending according to an annual report card grading the
50 states in online access to data on where taxpayer dollars are spent.

The grade comes from the fifth annual “Following The Money” report by the ConnPIRG Education Fund.
The report grades states’ from “A” to “F” based on the content and accessibility of each their transparency websites.

Connecticut’s “B” represents a step up from last year’s report card where the group gave the state a “C+.”
However, the state website was outpaced by more comprehensive sites from states like Florida, Indiana, Iowa,
Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

The report calls Connecticut an “advancing state” and cites two recent executive orders by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy
designed to improve access to information on economic subsidies handed out to businesses and establishing an
“open data portal.” But it also said information on business tax credits are not as transparent as similar programs
in other states.

In a statement, ConnPIRG Director Abe Scarr said there has been a trend throughout the country to give taxpayers
easier access to data on their money is spent so they can hold elected officials subsidy recipients accountable.

“Connecticut has taken some positive steps this year to keep up with the rising transparency standards, and we hope
Connecticut takes further steps to become a national leader,” he said.

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo has pushed for legislation requiring the state to post more information on corporate
subsidies on it’s websites. Although the lawmakers did not pass the proposal, Malloy essentially implemented it with
an executive order establishing a searchable database of the state’s economic assistance programs.

In a press release, Lembo said the state’s improved grade recognized the recently enacted changes, but reflected a
need for more progress on transparency with regard to state economic development spending.

“There is never a finish line for open government – only a perpetual work in progress – so I look forward to
continuing the discussion and working on new ways to expand public access to important government financial
information and data,” he said.


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"THE POWER AND POTENTIAL OF BI-PARTISAN ACTION"


LINK TO PICTURE STORY - CLICK BELOW:
LWV of Weston Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Friday, May 17, 2013, The Red Barn, Westport
Guest Speaker was Sen. John McKinney (R-28)

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CT Legislative Session final day...http://cga.ct.gov/2013/TOB/H/2013HB-06706-R00-HB.htm
The "Implementer Bill" that included M.O.R.E. Commission recommendations.

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"The Town's Business Is Your Business:  Direction from the people to their government."
For the twenty-second year in a row, the League of Women Voters of Weston brought you
its original...power-to-the-people, setting the agenda for the year to come - SPEAK UP!!!



WHAT WAS SO FUNNY?  ONLY THE POLICE CHIEF WAS NOT SMILING...
Well, it was Planning and Zoning that cracked everybody up...we won't spoil it for you...
Best viewed with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player
and start play back without waiting for the download to complete.

1 hour 41 minutes 30 seconds
For cable and dsl users:
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVSpeakup2-23-13CableVersion.wmv  
(260 Megabytes) 
   
For dial-up modem users:
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVSpeakup2-23-13ModemVersion.wmv  
(38 Megabytes)

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SPECIAL
LWV of Weston meeting Friday Feb. 22nd  the day before rescheduled Speak Up...


LWV of Greenwich held this meeting Tuesday...not Simpson-Bowles, but sequester question to the fore.
"HARD CHOICES AHEAD - SIMPSON-BOWLES (A Framework for Change)"

Picture story here.

Videotaped by LWV for online here:

Best viewed with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and start playback
without waiting for the download to complete.

1 hour 20 minutes 34 seconds
For cable and dsl users:


http://www.lwvweston.org/Himes2-22-13CableVersion.wmv

(208 Megabytes)


For dial-up modem users:

http://www.lwvweston.org/Himes2-22-13ModemVersion.wmv

(30 Megabytes)

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PUBLIC HEARING ON WESTON ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS COMING MARCH  21ST AT 7PM IN TOWN HALL
WESTON SELECTMEN SERVE UP GUN REG DISCUSSION!

 

Held November 10, 2012, before Sandy Hook School tragedy in Newtown.

LWV Town Affairs Update:  Public discussion of space needs needed?

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2013 Fall Conference was awesome!!!  See our "picture story" here...




Best viewed with Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player
and start playback 
without waiting for the download to complete.

FALL CONFERENCE VIDEO:
SHINING A LIGHT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN CONNECTICUT
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVCT10-26-13.wmv
(378 megaBytes; 2 hours 31 minutes 11 seconds)

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At LWVCT Convention, in front of the National President, our state stood fast in support of freedom...
now that the Governor signed it, this "Corrupticut" nickname, much bruited about regarding John
Rowland's offenses, now might apply to present leadership of the Legislature...


Picture story for  LWVCT 2013 Convention here.  VIDEO ONLINE NOW!
As it happens, LWVCT Convention comes at the same time as the end of the Long Session - action
proposed to counter last minute undermining of Campaign Finance Reform laws - unsuccessfully, as it turned out.


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League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund 2013

Symposium on International Relations 2013 "Water, Water Everywhere, But Not a Drop..."

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MILLSTONE

Millstone acts on Fukushima failures...
Full 2014 story here

Millstone for 2013 here Potassium iodide pills.  Safety from terrorists at Millstone report...


Thyroid pills headed to residents near Millstone
DAY
Sep 10, 9:30 AM EDT
WATERFORD >> Emergency preparedness officials are preparing to distribute more than 1 million potassium
 iodide tablets in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the Millstone Power Station.

The pills reduce the likelihood of developing thyroid cancer by protecting the thyroid from radioactive iodine
isotopes that can be released after a severe nuclear power plant accident. They’re distributed periodically in the
nine-town area around the Waterford plant.

The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/14HURg7 ) that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will send
1.28 million 65-mg tablets to the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in the coming
months.

Adults would take two pills and children weighing less than 100 pounds would take one.

Emergency management directors will distribute the pills in East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, Montville,
New London, Old Lyme, Waterford and Fishers Island, N.Y.
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INDIAN POINT

NY reactor shut down after pumps fail
Greenwich TIME
Updated 8:01 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — A nuclear reactor in the New York suburbs has been shut down because two pumps that
send water from a drain tank to the steam generators stopped working.

The plant's owner said Wednesday the shutdown of Indian Point 2 went safely. They said there were no injuries
and no release of radioactivity.

The pumps are located on the non-nuclear side of the plant. Officials say they are investigating why the pumps
stopped operating

Plant owner Entergy Nuclear said Indian Point 3, the other reactor at the plant in Buchanan, is currently operating
at full power.

Entergy is seeking new 20-year licenses for the reactors, which the state and some environmental groups oppose.


LWV of Greenwich program - YouTubed: 
http://www.lwvg.org/
Read here a report from reliable group, 2011, received from LWV of Greenwich.
More informational links - from the present Att'yGeneral and the previous one.

Weston LWV looking into significance for Weston of Indian Point repermitting - news story below:.

Indian Point: Still safe

NYPOST
Last Updated: 11:11 PM, May 17, 2012
Posted: 10:35 PM, May 17, 2012

Another year, another Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety inspection passed with flying colors by Indian Point.

So will this finally silence the “shut it down” crowd — starting with Gov. Cuomo, who says his mantra “has always
been ‘safety first’?”

Don’t hold your breath.  The NRC’s annual report card on the safety of nuclear plants around the country gave
 Indian Point yet another thumbs up.  Yes, some 25 issues need attention.

But the NRC’s regional administrator, Bill Dean, said they were all deemed “very low risk” or of “very low safety
significance.”

Indian Point’s 2,062 megawatts provide 12 percent of New York state’s power — 30 percent for the city and
Westchester.  There is no way to replace that juice — itself barely sufficient — either quickly or affordably. And
certainly not both.  Not to mention the 1,300 jobs and $800 million for the local economy the plant provides.

But safety first, as the governor says.  And the verdict is in: Indian Point is safe.


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FALL CONFERENCE 2012 SELL-OUT CROWD!!!  For more pictures, click here...

SHEEP AND COMING HURRICANE SANDY...
Lots of people and animals at the Trumbull Ag School Oct. 27!  Fall Conference shows LWV not chicken, either.
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ONLINE SPECIAL EVENT STILL PHOTOS AND STORY
Before the voting by unions (rejecting give-back deal), but after Long Session ended, the LWV of Weston
held its VIDEOTAPED Legislative Wrap Up 2011;



Center, Connecticut logo from previous era.
AT LEFT...SPECIAL SESSION OVER NOW:  "What happened?"  League asks legislators

Cities and towns winners, unions losers;  Senate votes to curtail benefits in future;  but wait...
SEBAC (unions) changes rules for a re-vote - simple majority only now required.


HOUSE BILL PASSES IN BOTH CHAMBERS:
AN ACT CONCERNING THE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2013.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=6701&which_year=2011

SENATE BILL ON CURTAILING BENEFITS PASSES, NOT TAKEN UP BY THE HOUSE
http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=1301&which_year=2011

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"WHEN WOMEN RUN, WE CHANGE THE WORLD"

Go direct to watch Patricia Russo's address (Women's Campaign School at Yale):
http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVAnnualMtg5-11-12.wmv

2012 Betty Hill Forum XIII picture story here


Annual Meeting, Weston LWV 10AM, The Red Barn, Friday, May 11, 2012

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Friday May 6 - LWV of Weston Annual Meeting at Red Barn; Betty Hill International
Forum 2011 REPORT


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REFERENDUM STORY HERE (Budgets, YES, YES; NO on Cemetery)

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SPEAK UP 2012 VIDEO LINKS:
1 hour 44 minutes 25 seconds
 For cable and dsl users:  http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVSpeakup2-4-12CableVersion.wmv  (272 MegaBytes)
 For dial-up modem users:  http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVSpeakup2-4-12ModemVersion.wmv (40 MegaBytes)
 
THREE STORIES INSPIRED BY SPEAK UP IN THE FORUM


SPEAK UP 2012  photo essay
Thoughtfull questioning on Legislative Session (l) and FORUM-anointed hottest subject, Humvees (r)

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Bravo LWVCT - it was a was a great event!!! Click here for more.


THE BIG FINALE!  VIDEO ONLINE HERE
A rousing performance and sing along to "Pride and the Passion" in honor of the League of Women Voters

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LWVCT COUNCIL 2012  REPORT HERE
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Hamden Clarion Hotel and Suites

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LWVCT CONVENTION 2011 REPORT HERE
Saturday May 21, 2011 LWVCT Convention
At the Graduate Club, in New Haven

LWVCT CONVENTION:  Luncheon at left;  afternoon Plenary Session at right

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Video now online here

FALL CONFERENCE 2010 LOCATION
South Congregational Church not a sponsor.


LWVCT FALL CONFERENCE 2010
One Year Later:  Health Care in Our Country and Our State
Interesting sidelight: health care issue in today's news: http://www.ctmirror.org/print/14673

A SUMMARY OF THE FALL CONFERENCE 2010: 

The presenters were Jacob S. Hacker, the Stanley B. Resor  Professor of Political Science at Yale University and
Kevin Lembo, Comptroller-Elect, who had held the position of state Health  Care Advocate and was co-chair of
the SustiNet Health Partnership Board of Directors. 
Kay Maxwell, Former LWVUS president, moderated. 



Professor Hacker discussed the future of  health care reform on the federal level and what that would mean for
Connecticut.  He has written an excellent book about all of this, which was available.



Mr. Lembo, Comptroller-elect, described SustiNet and informed the audience about the specifics of the SustiNet
Board’s upcoming recommendations to the General Assembly for implementation. 



The responders were Stephen Glick of the Chamber Insurance Trust and Frances Padilla, the VP Program, Policy
and Administration for  the Universal Health Care Foundation of CT (the organization that helped design SustiNet).



Written questions were collected from the audience during the presentations and submitted to Kay Maxwell.  The
entire conference was video recorded;  DVDs will be distributed to local leagues.

Link here to more background info and a video of the event                   
Want a DVD?  Click here for news of how to obtain one!!!   
    
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS - full story here.

“The league has fought for 90 years to improve our system of representative government and impact public policies
through citizen education and advocacy,” said Helen Z. Pearl, president of the New Britain area League of Women
Voters and a founding commissioner of the PCSW.


NEW TOWN PLAN NEWS HERE
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Watch this important discussion from 2009!

Who's Who at the LWVCT:  http://www.lwvct.org

LWVCT FALL CONFERENCE DECEMBER 5, 2009

This year’s LWVCTEF Fall Conference was held at a new venue: South Congregational Church,
277 Main Street, Hartford. 

The topic, “Health Care in Connecticut: What’s Next?” brought out more than 70 members of the public to
hear from 3 speakers: 
The Weston LWV offers it for your information here online!


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OBSERVER CORPS:

HOT NEWS FROM FORUM

AGENDA FOR SELECTMEN'S MEETING COMING UP
HERE

NOW THE LAW TO POST THESE MEETINGS
Town of Weston website for official notice of meetings (televised and otherwise).

"Know Your Town ON-LINE."

Not-exactly-a-blog 

Link here to non-League website with FORUM report on WfFR meeting.


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B A C K G R O U N D   O N    L E A G U E  :



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LWV OF WESTON, CONNECTICUT -  PUBLICATIONS:  NEW CHARTER DOCUMENT SOON?

NEW for 2012 is Know Your Town Directory, available at online here or on the Town of Weston Website...


WESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Numbered prints by Mary O'Reilly Sowinski for sale (some still left!) depict Weston in 1979!

Notecards commissioned by LWV of Weston available from the League;
  • Test your knowledge of Weston...what is depicted in the print above? 
  • Is this scene still there?
  • Why is this view of particular importance for Westonites?





With the economy turnng down, this was a very important forum:
"MUNICIPAL SHARED SERVICE:  THE ROAD AHEAD"
A Symposium Presented by:
  • The Connecticut Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
  • The Connecticut Office of Policy and Management
  • The League of Women Voters of Connecticut
October 30, 2007, 7:45am-12:30pm
Central Connecticut State University, Student Center, Alumni Complex

Watch the condensed version here:

    http://www.lwvweston.org/ACIR10-30-07ExcerptsCableDSLVersion.wmv
 
    http://www.lwvweston.org/ACIR10-30-07ExcerptsDialupModemVersion.wmv


 

Take a tour of the Capitol with official League Guides--"Capitol and Information Tours" (C.I.T.)
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Video of LWVCT Convention 2007 (long and short versions)...
L W V C T    C O N V E N T I O N    R E P O R T  - E-AWARD to Weston!


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By others:

FROM LWVCT SPECIALIST:  ACTION ALERT ON WATER SUPPLY REGULATIONS

SUSTAINABILITY


Professional journal above (r) can be obtained here.

THE SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE FIELDBOOK:
WHEN IT ALL COMES TOGETHER...

The Transitioning to Green initiative is committed to helping you find your place in the world of the new green economy. 
Headed by Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, this organization exists to empower you to transform yourself not only in your career
choices but also in how you choose to live the rest of your life.

Are you looking to transition into a greener career? Attend the Transitioning to Green Forum, a highly interactive, unique,
one-day event with subject matter experts (SME’s) in sustainability and green jobs.

Click here to read more about the Forum and to register!


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 News of some previous speakers at LWV of Weston event!


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CONTACT  WEBMASTER FOR LWV OF WESTON.

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