First County Bank Foundation

awarded five Westport-based nonprofit groups a total of $22,500 in grants to support these organizations with their mission. The foundation has awarded individual grants worth over $8.2 million since its inception in 2001.

First County Bank Foundation granted $2,500 to Earthplace for their natural history museum, wildlife rehabilitation program, water-quality laboratory, after school and summer camp programs; $10,000 to Homes with Hope for their emergency shelter for homeless single mothers and their children; $5,000 to Positive Directions for its adolescent behavioral health treatment program; $2,500 to the Westport Library Association for its year-round assistance and enrichment program; and $2,500 to United Way of Coastal Connecticut-Westport for general programs.

Save the Children’s Prep Step campaign won the Prepareathon in Action Award, one of the 11 distinguished 2017 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

The Prep Step, part of Save the Children’s Get Ready Get Safe campaign, is a song and dance to help make preparedness accessible for child care providers, teachers, parents and communities and was designed to be fun for children.

In just 100 seconds, the Prep Step video teaches children three basic steps to help them prepare for any emergency:

Know your “In Case of Emergency” contacts;

Make a home emergency plan;

Gather disaster supplies and pack a “go-bag.”

The FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards are national and recognize innovative local practices and achievements by honoring individuals, organizations and jurisdictions that have made outstanding contributions toward strengthening their community to prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster. Additionally, the awards program helps to generate conversation at the neighborhood level, provides models of preparedness programs and demonstrates how to implement preparedness programs in any community.

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce will once again hold a candidate debate for those vying for the position of first selectman.

At the Westport Library Oct. 12 at 11:30 a.m., the Westport candidates for first selectman, Timothy J. Elgin, Melissa Kane, Jim Marpe and John Suggs, will square off and discuss business-related issues at what has become an annual Chamber-run candidate debate. The session will be moderated by Jay Sandak, an alternative disputes resolution attorney from the law firm of Carmody, Torrance, Sandak and Hennessey.

The Chamber debate will have an interactive moderator who will lead the discussion on topics related to the business environment in town. Jobs, taxes, the recent retail closures and more will be looked at by all four candidates.

The debate will once again take place at the Westport Library in the reading room. Attendees should arrive around 11:30 a.m. to meet and greet the candidates and write down questions they’d like asked. The initial questions will be submitted by the Chamber board and public questions will be vetted by them prior to submission.

The debate will begin at noon. The session should end around 1:30 p.m.

This is a free event open to anyone interested.

Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its list of newly-enrolled students for the fall semester. Among the new students is Camille Cross, of Westport, who is majoring in exploratory professional studies.

The construction phase of the bunker improvement project at Longshore Golf Course, 260 Compo Road South, began last month with a groundbreaking ceremony on the 12th green.

Joining First Selectman Jim Marpe Sept. 12 were Course Superintendent Todd Salamone, Director of Parks and Recreation Jen Fava, Golf Pro Jon Janik, John Ponko from the construction company Turco Group, Golf Advisory Committee Chairman Fred Hunter, Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Charlie Haberstroh, Jim Downing and Doug Smith from Golf Design Unlimited, Longshore Womens Golf Association President Topsy Siderowf and RTM Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman Chris Tait.

The project consists of the redesign, elimination and addition of bunkers for improved playability and maintenance, installation of bunker liners, and the installation of new sand.

Construction by Turco Golf, Inc. will take place weekdays and is expected to be completed in early June.

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week will run Sunday through Oct. 15. It’s part of the continuing “Eat Local” campaign to promote area restaurants, which began in September with the Slice of Saugatuck.

This year Restaurant Week — actually two weeks — features 26 eateries offering prix fixe meals. Venues from one end of Westport and Saugatuck, all the way into the Southport area of Fairfield, will once again be treating diners to a gastronomic feast.

Instead of a single price for all places, each has set its own prix fixe ranging from $15 to $25 for lunch and $25 to $35 for dinner. Brunch for $15 and up is being offered by some of the locales.

Restaurant Week is once again being sponsored by Castlekeep Advisors, WEBE 108 and WICC 600, where radio commercials and contest give-a-ways to promote the event will be ongoing.

The full list of participating restaurants, the meals they are offering and their menus can be found on the chamber’s website at westportwestonchamber.com/restaurantweek.

On Election Day, Nov. 7, the following polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

Saugatuck Elementary School: RTM Districts 1 and 2.

Coleytown Middle School: RTM Districts 3 and 8.

Greens Farms School: RTM Districts 4 and 5.

Long Lots School: RTM Districts 6 and .7

Town Hall auditorium: RTM District 9.

The RTM District 9 poll location is a temporary change from prior years, due to construction at the Westport Library.

Voters may use the “Westport’s Voter Information Look-Up” page on the town’s website to check their polling place and party affiliation at westportct.gov. For information, contact the registrars office at 203-341-1115.

Second-quarter real estate taxes, personal property taxes, sanitary sewer use and assessment charges are due Sunday, Oct 1.

Taxpayers have until Nov 1 to pay taxes without penalty. Accounts will be subject to an 18 percent (1.5 percent/month) penalty charge if paid late. Minimum interest charge is $2.

Failure to receive a bill does not abate the charges or interest.

Real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and sanitary use and assessment bills may be paid by credit card, debit card or direct withdrawal from a checking account at westportct.gov.

Checks should be made payable to “Town of Westport” and mailed to:

Tax Collector — Westport

P.O. Box 350

Westport CT 06881

In-person payments may be made at the Tax Collector’s Office, Room 109 in Town Hall (110 Myrtle Ave). Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.

The Westport Department of Human Services reminds seniors the department offers a list of middle and high school students willing to work small outdoor jobs such as raking leaves or shoveling walkways.

There is a suggested fee of $10 per hour.

Seniors needing assistance may contact the department at 203-341-1050.

Students interested in helping a senior and earning extra money can contact the department or email humansrv@westportct.gov. Students already registered for the program are requested to contact the department if they wish to remain on the list. Written permission from a parent or guardian is necessary.

The Westport Arts Center presents “Vivian Maier — a Lifetime of Photographs” on view through Nov. 10. The exhibition features over seventy color and black-and-white photos taken by the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime.

Maier’s story has been pieced together only from the images she made and from the handful of facts that have surfaced about her life. For over five decades while she served as a nanny in Chicago and New York, she shot more than 100,000 images, which she kept hidden from the world. Maier captured both revealing self-portraits and casual, unposed images of people in urban America; she was interested in the fringes of society, and had special interest in the poor and the forgotten.

In 2007, two years before Maier’s death, Chicago historic preservationist John Maloof discovered a trove of negatives and undeveloped film in a storage locker he bought at an auction. They revealed a surprising and accomplished artist and a stunning body of work, which Maloof championed and brought to worldwide acclaim.

Maier’s life is also the subject of an Oscar-nominated film, “Finding Vivian Maier.” Currently available on Netflix, it will be screened at the Westport Arts Center in October.

Compact smart homes with elevators. A commute-busting high-speed ferry from Westport to Manhattan. A bike path connecting downtown to the Saugatuck train station. Out-of-the-way lots for self-parking driverless cars.

Welcome to Westport in the year 2067.

A new exhibit, 06880+50, brings together the the innovative imaginings of a select group of Westport architects at Westport Historical Society.

The participants range from independent architects to members of large firms and include works from David Adam Realty, Inc., Peter Cadoux Architects, Robert Cohen, Roger Ferris & Partners, Michael Greenberg & Associates, Juresko Herman, Frederick William Hoag, John Jones, Dierdra O’Farrelly, Leigh Overland, Roundtree Architects, Sellars Lathrop Architects, Scott Springer, Robert Storm and Vita Design Group.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 31.

PaintCare, a no-fee paint recycling program, will be available to Westport residents at the Westport Transfer Station.

Residents may take advantage of this program by bringing latex paint, oil-based paint, primer, stain, sealer, varnish and shellac (no spray paint) to the Westport Transfer station, 300 Sherwood Island Connector, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

There is no charge for recycling paint at the Transfer Station site for Westport residents, nor are any local tax dollars expended. The program is funded by a PaintCare Fee of 75 cents per gallon, which is added to the purchase price of paint sold in Connecticut. This fee is used to fund all aspects of the PaintCare stewardship program. Collected fees pay for paint collection, transportation, recycling, public outreach and program administration.

The addition of this program to the town’s recycling efforts is expected to reduce annual hazardous waste processing by $3,000 to $4,000 annually.

The paint dropped off at the transfer station is packed into large, plastic-lined boxes and transported to PaintCare’s facility. If possible, the paint is recycled into new paint. If not, it may be turned into fuel or used to make another product.

PaintCare Inc. is a nonprofit organization established by paint manufacturers to plan and operate paint-recycling programs in states that have passed paint stewardship laws. Connecticut is one of only seven states in the country to pass the legislation.

The Community Service Corps is an after-school program available to Westport students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Agency placement is made based upon the student’s interests and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Student volunteers work one afternoon each week, Monday through Thursday, from 3 to 5 p.m. At the end of the 10-week program, there is a wrap-up event at Toquet Hall, where student volunteers reflect on and discuss their experiences.

Applications for the fall session of the Community Service Corps are available. A copy of the student’s medical form must be submitted with the application.

Registration forms are available at westportct.gov, as well as in the Department of Human Services office in Town Hall Room 200.

Contact Youth Services Program Director Kevin Godburn at 203-341-1155 or kgodburn@westportct.gov or Westport Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 with any questions.

Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.

The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.

The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.

There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.

Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.