The Easton Diversity and Inclusion Task Force has its first members. The Board of Selectmen on Thursday appointed four town residents to serve on the newly formed task force.  They are Whendi Cook Broderick, Lise Fleuette, Vivian Hardison and Shari Williams.  Each member will be sworn in to their new position in the coming weeks, with a meeting scheduled to be set at a later date.

The selectmen formally established the task force at their meeting on Aug. 20. 

The task force will serve an advisory role to town leaders, departments, boards and commissions.  It will advocate and advise, as well as offer tools and resources, to help recognize and mitigate the effects of implicit bias in Easton.  The task force charge says it “will help Easton embrace a future where diversity is an advantage.”

The task force still needs one more member, as well as two alternate members. Anyone interested in serving on the Easton Diversity and Inclusion Task Force should contact the First Selectmen’s Office at 203-268-6291.

The Board of Selectmen meeting on Sept. 3 also included the following:

  • Approval of a resolution to allow the town to apply for and accept funds from the state’s Neglected Cemetery Grant Program.  The program provides a reimbursement program for work performed at historic cemeteries in town.
  • Discussion of Aquarion Water Company’s diversion permit application. Aquarion submitted an application to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection looking to increase the amount of water it transfers from the Greater Bridgeport System, which includes the reservoirs in Easton, through the Southwest Regional Pipeline to several communities including Greenwich and Stamford. First Selectman David Bindleglass will gather more information about various impacts this may have on Easton as well as the permit application process. The selectmen may seek legal counsel in the matter to ensure the town’s best interest is taken into consideration.
  • Discussion of upcoming events for Easton’s 175th Anniversary Celebration.  The town party and fireworks are both on Sept. 12.  A virtual 5k run and bike race continue throughout September. Go to for complete information.

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By Kristi Sogofsky

Kristi currently serves on the Board of Selectmen. She also volunteers her time with several youth and community groups. Kristi worked in local broadcast journalism for 20 years as an anchor and reporter.