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LWV Sending Out “Know Your Town” Booklet

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Members of the League of Women Voters of Westport worked today on distributing 10,000 copies of their “Know Your Town” booklet being sent to every Westport household. The booklet contains lists of elected and appointed officials, town departments, schools, agencies and services, and other useful names and contacts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Westport Will Accept Tax Relief Applications Until May 15

Westport Assessor Paul Friia reminded residents today that his office is still accepting senior tax relief applications through Thursday, May 15. 

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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 –  Plan Implementation Committee
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Earthplace – “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found”
5 p.m. – Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen (live coverage cable channel 79 and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Green Room – Westport Youth Commission Bacharach Committee
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Coleytown Middle School Cafeteria – SEPTA presents “Brain Imbalance as a Cause of ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia and Spectrum Disorders” by Dr. Mark Goldenberg
7:30 p.m. – Greens Farms Academy (35 Beachside Ave.) – Scott Pelley of CBS: “A Journalist’s View of Our World”
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Longshore Golf Clubhouse Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM Finance Committee
7:45 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Information Technology Committee

Large Turnout for Annual Malloy Lecture

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There was a large turnout tonight for the Westport Public Library’s annual Malloy Lecture, this year featuring Iranian-born American academic Vartan Gregorian. Gregorian, 74, is currently president of Carnegie Corporation of New York and formerly was president of Brown University and the New York Public Library. “No community can be great…without a great library,”  he told the Bedford Middle School audience. He noted there are more libraries in the United States than there are McDonalds. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Academic Worries that Computers Will Win Over Books

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Noted academic Vartan Gregorian was guest at the Westport Public Library’s annual Malloy Lecture tonight at Bedford Middle School. The Carnegie Corporation president said he is concerned that in years to come, people will use computers for their information instead of reading books.  He said he worries that misinformation could be spread. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Salvatore E. Romano, 77

Salvatore E. Romano, a lifelong Westport resident, died suddenly Sunday morning at home. He was 77.

Mr. Romano was born at home in Saugatuck on Aug. 7, 1930, son of the late Dominick and Lillian (Valiante) Romano. He was the owner of Romano Construction Company in Westport. He graduated from Staples High School in 1949, and served in the U.S. Navy during the early 1950s.

He was an ardent sports fan. Mr. Romano was an avid golfer and supporter of Staples High School football.

Survivors include one daughter, Sally Anne Romano of Torrington; three sons, Dominick E. Romano of Raleigh, N.C., Joseph E. Romano of Palm Springs, Calif. and Tim J. Romano of Westport; five grandchildren, Jamie, Ana Maria, Tim, Kelly and Lauren; and his former wife and lifelong friend, Rosemond Romano of Norwalk.

Mr. Romano was predeceased by four brothers, Dominick, Carmine, Joseph and Edward.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral Wednesday, April 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East, Westport and at 10 a.m. in Assumption Church, 98 Riverside Ave., Westport, for a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Green’s Farms.

Contributions Mr. Romano’s memory may be made to The Grid Iron Club, 606 Post Road East, Suite 619, Westport, CT 06880