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Weekly Question: What Should Weston's New Year's Resolution Be?

Individual resolutions are one thing, but what should the town of Weston be aiming to accomplish in 2013?

Well, it's Jan. 2. How many of you have already fallen off the New Year's resolution wagon?

Here's hoping your commitment is holding firm.

To take your mind off your own, personal betterment, we wanted to take this opportunity at the start of 2013 to turn our attention to the Town of Weston's betterment.

You live, work, play and pay taxes in Weston. You've watched it grow and change and shrink and morph into what it is today. In fact, this year Weston will be celebrating everything that it has been during its 300-year history.

So as you think back over Weston's history and ponder ahead through 2013, we want to know: What should Weston's New Year's resolution be? Does it need to lose weight (cut costs)? Bulk up (bring in new business)? Take better care of its appearance (adjust design requirments or available open space)?

Is there something else on your mind that you're hoping to see Weston resolve to do in 2013. Tell us in the comments!

Isabella Jancourtz January 02, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Let's resolve to get a town website, like Wayland has, which allows voters to watch meetings on demand, among other things. Let's resolve to get meaningful information out to the voters, with informative agenda and minutes provided by all town boards, more notice of meetings given to the local media and more opportunities for voter participation. Let's resolve to be smarter and more frugal about how we spend our money. And let's resolve to pay down our town debt, so that not only we, but also our children and grandchildren, can afford to live here.
Isabella Jancourtz January 03, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Dear Concerned Parent, I wish you would run for the Weston School Committee. Even if you lose, you would be doing the town a service by bringing up these really important issues in a public forum. If you win, I'd be happy to help with the babysitting while you go to meetings. Expensive school buildings should not be taking resources away from the education of all our children. My two grandsons live in a town very like ours in NJ and one of them has some very special needs as he is on the autism spectrum. The schools have been wonderful, sending tutors to the house when he was very young and continuing to help him in every way. Now, at age 9, he is thriving, writing, producing and starring in plays, giving piano recitals, learning with unbounded curiosity and doing fun things with friends and family. Of course all children deserve excellence in education. Are you listening, Superintendent Cheryl Maloney? And, if so, what do you have to say?
Isabella Jancourtz January 04, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Weston parents speak out: Dr. Maloney gets F for failing to provide education for special needs students that is as excellent as that provided for students without special needs. What, if anything, is our School Committee and our Board of Selectmen going to do about this? Where is the PTO on this important issue?
Isabella Jancourtz January 04, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Dear Concerned Parent, yes it is blatant discrimination for children to be treated differently by the Weston Schools and that is clearly wrong and unacceptable. It also is very wrong that parents should have any reason to fear speaking up on behalf of their children. Having a child with special needs is enough of a challenge that parents should not have to fight the school system as well. They should be getting all the help that the staff and the administration can possibly provide. I will do what I can to help. I hope that you and other concerned parents, grandparents and other voters will keep speaking out. How about a citizens' petition at May town meeting requiring the schools to provide equally excellent services for all children? I think it would have a good chance of passing and, in any event, it would bring the issue before the voters. I believe that most people in town are unaware of this problem. As Justice Brandeis famously said "Sunshine is the best disinfectant."
Isabella Jancourtz January 06, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I wrote the selectmen yesterday about the failure of the Weston school system to provide an excellent education for all students with special needs and let them know that they need to immediately address and resolve this issue, which Dr. Maloney and the School Committee have failed to do. I hope to be at the Town Hall on Tuesday, January 8 at 7pm to formally present the problem to the Board of Selectmen and to suggest that an advisory group be appointed to investigate the situation and make recommendations. My open letter to the selectmen should be in the Weston Patch soon, and in the Town Crier on Thursday. Thanks, Concerned Parent and pets53, for revealing this unacceptable situation. I sincerely hope and believe that things will start to improve soon. And thank you, Patch, for providing this forum for Weston residents.

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