Heather has made Wilton her home since 2007, becoming involved in the community as a parent, advocate, volunteer, observer and commentator. She has volunteered for Ambler Farm, the Wilton Public Schools, the Wilton Library and the Wilton Family Y, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilton Education Foundation.
For three years, Heather wrote for Wilton Patch. She created a widely read opinion column, From the Driver’s Seat, and reported on daily events in Wilton, from business, education and politics to human interest and lifestyle. Her columns drew attention to Wilton residents in need, issues faced by locally owned businesses, and the ongoing centrality of Wilton Schools in day-to-day town life.
“I hope I achieved what I set out to do–to get people talking. I wanted to open up discussions about topics that affected our town but that sometimes weren’t always “safe” to put out there. I talked about personal things hoping that we could get past the social stigmas to find more universal, common experiences—or simply see that it was possible to be vulnerable and still move forward. It was refreshing and validating to hear so many people say, ‘I feel the same way!’ or ‘That happened to me too!’ “I wanted people to pay more attention—not to me, but rather to what was happening to and in town. I hoped by sharing more it would encourage people to be more open to discussion of the issues, to more understanding of the many different people within town borders, and for more connection—connection to friends, to neighbors and to their kids. “Most gratifying of all was when the column helped us as a community come even closer together, to help one another out. Whether it was helping people register for the bone marrow donor registry; raising support for families in need and children fighting cancer; or getting people the help they needed after Hurricane Sandy; I wanted the column to be about doing good, and I think it delivered on that promise.” —“So Long…For Now,” From the Driver’s Seat, Wilton Patch
During her Wilton Patch tenure, she was asked to extend her opinion writing across more than 40 regional Patch.com sites when her second column, PatchIn, was syndicated across CT and NY.
Heather also has written about Wilton for Wilton Magazine and covered parenting news for Brain, Child magazine.
No stranger to media before moving to Wilton, Heather worked for “Entertainment Tonight,” TV Guide and Self, and was a long- and short-form TV/news/video producer in Chicago. Sandwiched in between media gigs, Heather started a children’s knitwear accessories business, la Folie.
She has still been able to keep up with her interests in media, national and local politics, and pop culture, all the while being an active parent to two children–Maden, a Wilton High School sophomore, and Poppy, who’s in 6th grade at Middlebrook. She and her husband, Mikael, try to visit his family in France on occasion, and both enjoy spending some time in the summer down the Jersey shore.
Lisa is a realtor with the Wilton office of William Raveis and a regular contributor to GOOD Morning Wilton, writing about the Wilton real estate market. She can be reached at 203.246.6986 or via email.
Jackson is the creator of Jackson’s Weather and provides daily weather forecasts for his own website, JacksonsWeather.com and the Southwestern Connecticut region. He is 17-years-old and is a senior at Wilton High School.
He has been featured in Wilton Magazine as part of the “Top 25 Most Intriguing People in Wilton.” He has also been profiled in Wilton Daily Voice and the Wilton Bulletin.
Jackson’s interest in meteorology began after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy in 2011. That’s when he realized how cool and fascinating weather really is. Later on in March 2015, he created Jackson’s Weather so he can share the weather forecasts, that he creates himself, with the Wilton community and beyond. He was inspired to create his website when friends and family frequently asked him what the weather would be like for the day. He updates his website everyday, seven days a week.
Despite his age, Jackson practices true meteorology. He doesn’t just copy it from other weather websites; instead, he views all of the different weather computer models that predict the weather in the future, and uses them to determine his forecast.
In the future Jackson plans to be a broadcast meteorologist, and he looks forward to the time where everyone will be able to catch him on TV.