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First Quarter Taxes Due July 1

First quarter real estate taxes, personal property taxes, motor vehicle taxes and sanitary sewer use and assessment charges are due July 1, Tax Collector Harry Whiteley said today.

Whitely said taxpayers have until Aug. 1 to pay taxes without penalty, adding that accounts will be subject to an annual 18 percent, 1.5 percent per month, penalty charge if paid late. The minimum interest charge is $2.

The announcement said that failure to receive a bill does not abate charges or interest.

All bills can be paid by credit card, debit card,or direct withdrawal from a checking account online at http://www.westportct.gov.

Neil Hardy, Medical Illustrator, 88

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Neil O. Hardy of Westport, an award-winning medical illustrator, died June 3. He was 88. In a 2009 talk at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, he pointed to a picture of himself as a student at Johns Hopkins University. He showed many of his meticulously drawn medical illustrations with explanations about each one. Occasionally, he said, he had to store an eyeball or heart in the family refrigerator, much to the dismay of his wife, Judith. “I used (them) to help me get a good drawing,” he said. See obituary HERE.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Seatbelt Enforcement Nets 37 Tickets

The Westport Police Department’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign held May 21 through June 3 netted 37 citations for seatbelt violations, police announced today.

“This year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign was a real success,” said Capt. David Farrell “Through our enforcement efforts, we believe we helped keep community members safe and reminded drivers of the importance of buckling up.

“Issuing tickets was not our goal,” he added, “but it was a way to remind people of the importance of such a simple action.” 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.

Police: Arrest Follows Fraudulent Returns

Officers arrested a Bridgeport woman on larceny charges for making fraudulent returns to HomeGoods, police said today.

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Sasha Bennett: free on $2,500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to the arrest report, officers on May 7 were dispatched to HomeGoods at 1860 Post Road East on a report of an employee theft. 

Store loss prevention reported that Sasha Bennett, 28, made three fraudulent returns on two different dates in April.  An arrest warrant application for Bennett was submitted and later granted.

On Friday, the Greenwich Police Department contacted Westport Police Headquarters that they had Bennett in custody. Westport officers responded and took Bennett to Westport, charging her with sixth-degree larceny.

Library Riverwalk Officially Open

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There was a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the Westport Library’s newly renovated Riverwalk Level and Interim Library. The new space is the first phase of the building to open as part of the organization’s Transformation Project. The library will host a reception at 6:30 p.m. as part of the celebration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Monday, June 4, 2018


Westport Library re-opens.
8:30 a.m. – Westport Library – Ribbon Cutting, Riverwalk Level & Interim Library
9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
10 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
Noon – Town Hall Room 201 – P&Z Affordable Housing Subcommittee
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Tabletop Games for Adults
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Opening Reception for the Riverwalk Level & Interim Library
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, & www.westport.k12.ct.us)
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Boating Advisory Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Golf Advisory Committee

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Congratulations

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Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today congratulates the Rev. Ed Horne of the United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston as more than 200 friends, family and congregants celebrated his retirement at a “16 years of Love” party at the Inn at Longshore. His last worship service will be on Sunday, June 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dan Gelman for WestportNow.com