UP 2000" participants (on stage)
left to right: Dr. Janet Shaner, Superintendent of Schools; Anthony Land,
Police Chief; Mike Foster, Chair., Board of Education; Leonard
Peterson, Chair., Board of Finance; Dan Wilder,
SWRPA Representative; Emil Frankel, Selectman
(standing); Hal Shupack, First Selectman (partially
hidden); Geoff Moore, Volunteer Fire Department
(mostly hidden); Roy Hill, Town
Administrator; Hon. Judith Freedman, State Senator,
26th District; Aleeta Attra, Beautification
Committee; Hon. Cathy Tymniak, State
Representative, 133rd District. (Many other members of
Boards, Commissions (see below for all the names), Woody
Bliss, Selectman and Hon. John Stripp, State
Representative, 135th District, not in this photo.)
Thank you Greg Griffin for the
Thank you to Jim Lomuscio for
this meeting; thanks also to Arne DeKeijzer for
co-moderating. The beautiful new Parish Hall at Norfield
Church made a perfect setting for this, the 9th annual "Speak
Up" (aka "The Town's Business Is Your Business: Direction
From The People To Their Government") A full report on
this meeting follows below.
For those who
may have missed it...
Speak Up 2000 a roaring
success--more than 120 Westonites...plus Bridgeport
Hydraulic officials...plus Westport residents...plus observer
from LWVCT (from Darien)...someone (a late-comer) actually
complained that we didn't have enough parking!
ISSUES: It was clear that school bus issue is
alive (not used--other point that there is not a "late" bus or
equivalent anymore), water company land sales is alive, sewer
issue also...safety on the roads (speeding) and an underlying
anger and impatience with government going too slowly.
Bridgeport Hydraulic Company executive given a
seat on stage by League to explain sale of company and
land...WESTON FORUM reporter present.
Present at SPEAK UP 2000 were:
Board of Selectmen: Hal Shupack, First
Selectman; Woody Bliss and Emil Frankel, Selectmen
Town Administrator: Roy Hill
Board of Finance: Len Peterson, Chair.
Planning and Zoning Commission: Marguerite
Board of Education: Mike Foster, Chair.,
plus Dr. Janet Shaner, Superintendent of Schools
Police Commission: Peter Ottomano, Chair.,
plus Chief of Police Tony Land
Zoning Board of Appeals: Nick Noyes, Chair.
Building Committee: Richard Wolf, Chair.
Westport-Weston Health District: Judith
Nelson, MPH, Executive Director
Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief: John
Pokorny and Jeff Moore
Beautification Committee: Aleeta Attra
Commission for Children and Youth: Helen
Conservation Commission: Tom Failla, Chair.
Parks and Recreation Commission: Pat Kane,
Library Board: Helen Welch
Commission for the Elderly: Herb Day
Board of Ethics: Dick Bochinski
SWRegional Planning: Dan Wilder