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Westport to Accept Tax Relief Program Applications Feb. 1

Westport Assessor Paul Friia announced today that his office will begin taking applications for the state and local tax relief programs on Friday.

The programs are open to homeowners who are totally disabled or who have reached the age of 65 by the date of application.

“Qualified applicants for the state program are those who own their own homes or hold a ‘life use’ title to their home, have resided in Connecticut for one year prior to filing application, and whose ‘qualifying income’ does not exceed $29,800 for single, or $36,500 for married couples,” said Friia.

Qualifying income is adjusted gross income, plus tax-exempt interest and Social Security.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Gallery – “Repositioning the Landscape” Exhibition
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center Alternative Gallery – “Car Parts” by Ken Scaglia
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201– Administrative Review Committee
Noon – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Robert Leleux, “The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy”
5:30 p.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – Special Board of Finance Health & Transportation Subcommittee

Metro-North to Introduce Credit Card On-Board Sales

Metro-North Railroad said today it is introducing hand-held electronic ticket machines for on-board credit card and debit card sales.

The machines will use wireless, real-time credit authorization that will also allow conductors to receive text messages from the Operations Control Center about train operations including service updates and disruptions, the railroad said.

The devices will be phased in beginning on April 1, an announcement said.

These hand-held ticket machines begin replacing the old “duplex” ticket blanks currently used for on-board ticket sales. Duplexes require a conductor to use a hole puncher to mark the boarding station and destination, the fare zone and whether the trip is peak or off-peak. 

Westport Property Transfers Jan. 7 – 11, 2008

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Jan. 7-11, 2008:

Paul and Darlene Letersky to Richard F. and Diane Burns, 19 Roosevelt Road, $2,150,000WN property.jpg

Richard Christopher Montanaro to Church of the Assumption, 44 Lincoln St., $1,210,000

32 Burnham Hill Assoc. LLC to Gail M. Cohen, 32 Burnham Hill, $3,775,000

Florence E. Sloat Est. to Carousel Development Inc., 59 High Point Road, $1,050,000

William D. Hutchinson, 91

Longtime Westport resident William D. Hutchinson passed quietly Sunday afternoon in his home at Whitney Glen, Westport.

Called Poppa by his family, Bill was a tremendous athlete, and credited his football coach at James Monroe High School in the Bronx, N.Y., for keeping him from becoming a “street bum,” and enabling him to attend Dartmouth College.

His tremendous athleticism made him a high school standout, excelling in both track and football. Eventually, his decision to make football his main concentration led to his giving up a possible swimming berth on the U.S. Olympic team.

A Dartmouth graduate (Class of ‘40), he was a mega football star, and multi-position All-American, earning him the nickname “Bullet Bill.” His involvement with Dartmouth football never diminished, and he assisted with the punters well into his 70s.

Westport Y’s Women Hear Talk on Burma/Myanmar

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Westporter Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the third secretary-general of the United Nations, addressed the Y’s Woman of Westport Weston today. Aye Aye Thant, shown pointing to her native Burma/Myanmar on a map, told the audience she feels it would take a long time to really achieve anything near democracy there. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Westporter Tina Gaudoin Named Editor of New WSJ Magazine

The Wall Street Journal today named Westporter Tina Gaudoin to be editor of the Journal’s new high-end lifestyle magazine, which is scheduled to launch Sept. 6.WestportNow.com Image
Tina Gaudoin: will head lifestyle magazine. File photo

Gaudoin will work closely with the Journal’s news department and will oversee all editorial content that will appear in the publication, an announcement said. Additionally, she will develop a core team of magazine journalists and report to Mike Miller, deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

“I am thrilled to be joining such an august publication with such a phenomenal heritage,” said Gaudoin. “I look forward to bringing the world of The Journal reader to life, with the help of intelligent reporting, arresting visuals and a sense of humor.”

Since June 2007, Gaudoin was the editor of the quarterly magazine, The Times Luxx. She joined The Times of London in 2003 as the style director of its Saturday magazine.

Monday, Monday

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Traffic slowed to a halt in this morning’s rush hour traffic resulting from a four-vehicle collision in the southbound lane of I-95 just prior to the Saugatuck Avenue Bridge in Westport. Two persons were transported to Norwalk Hospital, neither with life-threatening injuries. Three of the vehicles were towed from the scene. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com