Thursday, June 22, 2017
Westport Tax Collector Peggy Klein today reminded residents that first quarter real estate taxes, personal property taxes, motor vehicle taxes and sanitary sewer use and assessment charges are due July 1.
She said bills will be mailed next week and taxpayers have until Aug. 1 to pay taxes without penalty.
If paid late, accounts will be subject to an 18 percent annual, 1.5 percent per month, penalty. The minimum interest charge is $2.
Klein stressed that failure to receive a bill does not negate charges or interest. She added that all tax ills may be paid by credit card, debit card or direct withdrawal from a checking account on-line at http://www.westportct.gov.
9 a.m. - Westport Senior Center - CSA Enhancement Committee
9 a.m. - Westport Weston Family Y - Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 50 Imperial Ave. - Westport Farmers Market
2 p.m. - Staples Fieldhouse - Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony
5:30 p.m. - Westport Senior Center - Thursday Evening Mini Series: Edward & Mrs. Simpson
7 p.m. - Westport Library - Leonard Sherman on “If You’re in a Dogfight, Become a Cat!—Strategies for Long-term Growth”
7:30 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - Architectural Review Board
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Scenes from tonight’s baccalaureate ceremony for the Staples High School Class of 2017, Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Former Staples High School Principal John Dodig had a role in the Class of 2017’s “Car Pool Karaoke” shown at the end of the baccalaureate ceremony tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Staples High School salutatorian Christopher Scherban told 2017 classmates tonight that on his move to Westport in the 10th grade he heard from other students of a Staples culture of competition. He said he soon adapted by being an “extremist competitor” but not in the usual way. He learned at Staples, competition does not fracture, “it is the very thing that draws us together,’ he said. “You learn to compete with yourself,” His advice to classmates: “Your time is running out. Stop wasting it fretting about brands and branding, cults and clothing, There is no room for half measures and nor will there ever be. Go out to your colleges and to your universities and live deliberately. Enjoy yourself. Most importantly, compete and live fully.” Christopher will attend Georgia Tech in the fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
It was a full house tonight at the Staples High School auditorium for the Class of 2017 baccalaureate ceremony. Graduation takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Aquarion Water Company will hold a Town Hall public meeting next week in Westport and clear up some of the mystery about its ongoing construction project across from Staples High School.
The session set for Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall auditorium will cover planned water system improvements and water conservation, an announcement said today.
Aquarion officials said that in addition to discussing distribution system improvements on Long Lots Road, Myrtle Avenue and the Post Road, the company plans to detail improvements to its water storage location on North Avenue across from Staples.
“Nearing the end of its useful life, the existing tank no longer meets the water needs for the Town of Westport,” the announcement said.
In a ceremony today on the steps of Town Hall, First Selectman Jim Marpe presented commendations to the rowers and coaches of the Saugatuck Rowing Club Girls Varsity 8+ who recently won the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Six of the nine-member crew were present. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The Westport Library has announced its 25th Annual Summer Book Sale is set for Friday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 18.
The sale falls on the same weekend that the Westport Downtown Merchants Association hosts its annual Fine Arts Festival.
Under tents on Jesup Green and in the Library’s McManus Room, the sale will feature more than 100,000 discounted books in more than 70 categories from art to zoology, with a particularly large selection of art and photography books, organizers said.
In addition to books there will be DVDs, CDs, vinyl and audio books. The sale also will offer a large selection of music, including songbooks from heavy metal to Broadway shows, plus pristine Metropolitan Opera librettos, most at low paperback prices.
An employee today confirmed a longtime rumor that the Nike Running store, 69 Main St., will close by end of 2017. The employee said the Nike trend now is to limit retail locations to “outlets and large cities.” The store opened in November 2011 and suffered severe flooding during Super Storm Sandy in 2012. One local real estate source estimated there are now 10 vacancies or availabilities in the Main Street area, one of the highest such rates in recent years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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