With $3 million in state and federal money, a 5K loop will tie together Weston center, schools, churches and Town Hall.
But wait! There’s more!
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds will pay for pickleball courts too.
That’s the latest news from our neighbor to the north. Click the link below, to hear details straight from 1st Selectwoman Sam Nestor. It’s the 2nd installment in the Y’s Men of Westport — and Weston’s — “What’s New in Weston” podcast series.
Today’s New York Times real estate section profiles Westport’s neighbor to the north.
It’s a fair, balanced account of the pros and cons of buying in the “quiet and wooded” town.
The 2 places will always be linked — after all, we were once part of Weston. And today’s story mentions Westport a few times.
There are references to a couple who looked at our “popular town on the Metro-North Railroad line with beaches and a vibrant downtown. But prices were daunting,” and a real estate agent suggested “they might get more for their money in Weston, a town they hadn’t considered.”
Referring to Weston’s “single plaza in the town center, where the market, pharmacy, hardware store and sole restaurant are housed behind identical brick storefronts,” the Times says “Weston is nothing like Westport. But the more the (couple) looked around, the more it felt like home.”
If you can’t find what you need in Weston Center, you have to head to Westport.
The article notes that Westonites commute from our train station, shop in our stores, and enjoy our restaurants.
Of course, Weston’s school system is excellent. The 2-acre zoning is very appealing. And it’s got Devil’s Den, 3 private clubs and Lachat Town Farm.
Negatives include the “rather sluggish” real estate market, and a property tax rate “higher than that of most surrounding towns.”
That won’t change, says 1st Selectman Nina Daniel.
“When you come into Weston, you breathe a sigh of relief. You are not in traffic. You have a sense of being away from the hurly-burly of the world.”
For years, Cobb’s Mill Inn defined Weston. The New York Times story never mentioned the fabled restaurant.
The Times concludes:
The resistance to change that has long defined Weston has lessened of late, as newcomers push for various amenities. As first selectman, Ms. Daniel is trying to straddle the divide, agreeing with those who want, for example, sidewalks connecting the school campus with the town center, while reassuring others that the town is not headed for mass commercialization. Also up for discussion: a town green, a community center and cluster-style housing for retirees.
(To read the entire story, click here. Hat tip: John Karrel)
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