In the Press: Easton, Connecticut

Easton

libraryEaston has been declared the best little town in Connecticut — for towns with a population of 6,500 to 10,000. Now it can hold its head up to its southern neighbors, Fairfield and Westport, also declared best towns by Connecticut Magazine.

Most likely Easton residents couldn’t care less. And that’s part of its charm.

As First Selectman Tom Herrmann put it, “It’s a terrific town with great schools, great services, great community organizations — all in a beautiful setting with down-to-earth people.”

However, he also told the Minuteman, “We’re absolutely thrilled. It’s wonderful. It’s gratifying that Connecticut Magazine recognizes what Easton residents have known for a years.”

“It’s the state’s best kept secret,” Herrmann said. “But no longer,” he added. A Minuteman reporter mentioned to Herrmann that traveling up Sport Hill Road to The Country Store felt like traveling back in time. “Welcome to the ‘60s,” said Hermann. “It’s tranquil,” he added.

img_3184Connecticut Magazine’s March 2010 edition admits that Easton is the part of Fairfield County that you don’t hear much about. “It’s a bit off the beaten path, so crime is not a problem,” it says. Crime is one category on which the magazine rates towns and Easton had the lowest crime rate for its size.

However, Easton is also number one in the education category. Easton has consistently had some of the best test scores in all of Connecticut, bar none. It shares a high school, Joel Barlow, with the number four small town, Redding. Average SAT scores are 1725, but their CAPT scores for 10th graders show across the board learning, as do their Connecticut Mastery Scores for fourth, sixth and seventh grades.

Joblessness is well below the state average, the magazine says, though residents who aren’t farmers probably commute to jobs elsewhere. But they must have good jobs. The median house price is $524,000.

Thus, residents can afford to spend $80 per capita on their library. Armed with information from that library — or elsewhere — they vote. The turnout in the November 2008 election was almost 84 percent.

easton-horse-farmsNo doubt Herrmann hopes these voters will turn out in the Republican primaries this year. He’s among a crowded field of candidates that want to challenge Jim Himes for Congress.

Besides that well-stocked library, Herrmann says the Parks and Recreation Department plans “fabulous activities” year ‘round.

Tranquil as it is, people from other towns like to visit Easton. Herrmann says it’s a favorite destination for bicyclists. Others come to pick berries, apples, pumpkins, or Christmas trees, depending on the season.

For 7,272 people who live there, Easton is always in season.

Excerpt taken from article by Meg Grosso


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