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2019 Plan of Conservation and Development Done! Now Available for Public Viewing

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the 2019 Plan of Conservation and Development on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019; it became effective as of Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. This follows nearly two years of study and review by the Commission.

The plan is available for public viewing online on the Town of Wilton website.

The adopted plan addresses such topics as demographic trends, fiscal projections, housing needs, natural resource protection and land conservation initiatives as well as community facility needs. Numerous meetings, workshops, topic surveys and a community poll were conducted in order to identify those matters of community importance. Many Town boards and commissions, Town administrators and the public participated in the process.

Mandated by Connecticut law, this document serves as a community roadmap for identifying and prioritizing those issues deemed important to the community. Plan recommendations are used to develop policies aimed at addressing Town needs.

The Cheshire-based firm of Milone and MacBroom, Inc. assisted the Commission in preparing the document.

Show Your Warrior Pride

Wilton High School varsity cheerleaders are offering a chance for fans to show their pride to the whole neighborhood with a new fundraiser. The Varsity Cheer Team will use turf paint to spray paint a 3′ Wilton Warrior logo on a driveway or lawn for just $30. The logo will last approximately six months and is a fun way to celebrate a birthday, sport season, graduation or just to show Wilton spirit.

Visit the varsity cheerleader fundraiser website to download an order form and for more information on how to take part.


Pilates Advantage Cuts Ribbon on Grand Opening of New Wilton Space

(sponsored post) The Pilates Advantage held a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting at its new home at 414 Olmstead Hill Rd. (in the red barn on the corner of Rte. 7) last Saturday, Sept. 28. Owner Mary Beth Young has been in business for 12 years and took advantage of moving to a new space to add brand new equipment and offer more than 25 classes each week in her bright and airy studio.

“This is the studio I always dreamed of having for our wonderful, loyal customers,” Young said. “I hope everyone in Wilton and the surrounding towns will have the opportunity to experience its great energy.”

The Pilates Advantage is open seven days a week and offers private and group lessons utilizing Reformers, Cadillacs and Arc Barrels, as well as a variety of group floor classes including Mat, Barre, Cardio, Rebounding, and Jump Board. New schedule offerings include a class for seniors and sport conditioning classes.

Young says that pilates is “an excellent compliment to other forms of exercise and helps strengthen and lengthen while eliminating chronic pain and preventing future injury.” She and her team of expert instructors offer a personalized approach for beginner-to-advanced clients of all ages. They also foster a health and wellness community with health tips, recipe sharing and a series of special events featuring health and wellness topics.

Young offers a free private lesson and one week of free classes to all new clients.

To find out more or to book a first appointment, contact the studio via email or by calling 203.563.9100.

2019 Golf Tourney Fundraiser Organized by Wilton’s Gance Family Nets Largest-Ever Tally 

The 2019 Honorine St. Jude Golf Tournament and dinner, organized this past July by Scott and Linda Gance, was the most successful in the event’s history, raising $30,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. From its first year in 2010, when the tournament raised about $1,500, to 2018 when the fundraiser took in its most recent milestone (until now) of $25,000, the Honorine St. Jude Golf Classic represents the Gance family’s commitment to selfless giving, honoring the tradition started by Scott’s beloved mother, Marcelle Honorine Gance.

photo courtesy Hechler Photographers