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New Tax Service for Low and Moderate Income Households

Westport Human Services Director Barbara Butler announced today a new and expanded service to low and moderate income households.

Tax preparation assistance and electronic filing of state and federal taxes will continue every Monday from Feb. 8 to mid-April at the Westport Library from 4 to 7:30 p.m., she said.

Interested residents may call Westport Human Services Department 203-341-1050 to schedule an appointment.

“This year more residents than ever may qualify for tax credits,” Butler said.

Benjamin A. Krygier, 93

Benjamin A. Krygier died Sunday, Jan. 31, at Carolton Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield. He was 93.

Born in Greens Farms, he was a lifelong Fairfield resident.

Krygier, a retired painter, proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 557th Field Artillery Battalion, seeing action in northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.

He was a longtime race fan and in his youth had served as a member of a pit crew. He also enjoyed hunting, was an avid fisherman, and was a member of Westport Fish and Game.

Three Iraq Veterans Among New Westport Officers

Three veterans with U.S. military service in Iraq are among five new police officers sworn in today at a Police Department ceremony. The new officers are:

Michael J. Ruttenber, 28, is a New Jersey native. He is a 2003 graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Ruttenber served on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007 in both Afghanistan and Iraq and is currently a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. He is a resident of Somers, N.Y.

Scott C. Morrison, 39, is a graduate of Fairfield High School and a 1997 graduate of the University of Connecticut where he received a Bachelor of General Studies degree. Morrison worked as a financial advisor and trader in New York City and Fairfield County for several years prior to applying with the Westport Police Department. He is a resident of Fairfield.

Paul M. Wargo, 26, is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Fairfield and a 2001 graduate of Norwalk Community College where he received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. Wargo was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2000 with deployment to Iraq and was discharged as a sergeant in 2007.  He was most recently employed as a surgery technician with Veterinary Centers of America in Norwalk. Wargo resides in Bridgeport.

Wesport Police Add Five New Officers

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The Westport Police Department today added five new recruits. First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff swore in the new officers in a ceremony in the police headquarters classroom. “You are now part of our family,” he told them. “You take care of us and we will take care of you and your family.” The new officers (l-r) are Michael Ruttenber, 28; John Lachioma, Scott Morrison, 39; Paul Wargo, 26, and James Loomer, 23. They will begin five months of training at the Police Academy in Meriden on Feb. 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

2009 Grand List at $10.9 Billion, Up 1.35 Percent

Westport’s 2009 Grand List—the sum of the assessed value of all taxable property, including real estate, motor vehicles, and personal property as of Oct. 1, 2009—was $10.9 billion, a 1.35 percent increase over the previous year, Tax Assessor Paul Friia said today.

Friia said in a news release that he signed the list—which was based on Oct. 1, 2005 values—as required by state statute on Sunday for transmittal to the state.

“The net Grand List of $10,910,243,025 represents an increase of approximately 1.35 percent over the 2008 Grand List based on 2005 values,” said Friia.

The increases in the values—despite the weakened economy—came in real estate and personal property, he said.

Jean R. Planthaber, 89

Jean R. Planthaber of Weston passed away in her home on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Born March 2, 1920 in Far Rockaway, N.Y., she was the first child of Florence and Walter Roche. She attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Elementary School and graduated Our Lady of Wisdom Academy in Ozone Park.

Jean attended Hunter College where she majored in French followed by two years at Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School.

After graduation, her first position was personal secretary to Mr. S.H. Kress, where she was able to use her French, translating for him as his art collection pieces arrived from France.

Monday, February 1, 2010


9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Westport/Weston Health District – Wellness Clinic, adults and children
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Musician Milt Hinton”
Noon – Westport Public Library – Authors@the Library: Katherine Weber, “True Confections”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – RTM Environment Committee          
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Golf Advisory Committee                        
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Westport Public Library – “Making the College Match—Strategies for Success,” Dr. Gay Pepper

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar