Absentee ballots are still available through Westport Town Hall as Election Day nears at the Town Clerk’s office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registered electors may qualify for the following reasons:

Active service in the armed forces of the United States;

Illness or physical disability;

Religious tenets, which forbid secular activity on the day of the election;

Duties as an election official at the polling place other than their own during all of the hours of voting.

Absence from the town during all of the hours of voting.

Applications for a ballot can be requested in person at the Town Clerk’s office located in Room 105 at the Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., or by calling 341-1110. The application is also available online for download at www.westportct.gov.

Landscape awards

Wilton-based Hoffman Landscapes won two Landscape Awards of Excellence from the National Association of Landscape Professionals for its work on residential properties in Fairfield and Westport. The firm is owned by Michael Hoffman. The organization cited Hoffman’s Rick King for his restoration of a Westport garden destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, and Matt Biron for his use of a wraparound porch at a Fairfield home as the basis for an entertainment center with a swimming pool and outdoor room with a fireplace.

Calling all artists

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is seeking storefronts and window painters for the annual town-wide Halloween Window Painting Contest.

The event will be held on Oct. 22. Children of all ages are invited to put their artistic skills to work on merchant store-front windows to create the spookiest and/or best Halloween-themed painting.

There will be three age groups participating; Elementary School, Middle School and High School within the categories of Scariest Art Work, Best Halloween Theme and Most Original.

Judging will take place over the following few days by esteemed members of the community. The nine winners will get a picture of themselves with their window submitted to the press and receive a $25 gift certificate to Saugatuck Sweets. Kids can paint independently or in teams.

The chamber is seeking both sides of this process, kids and windows, with the goal of surpassing last year’s number of stores painted of 23.

Privileged and pressured

Nationally acclaimed researcher Suniya Luthar will speak about substance abuse among affluent teens at the Wilton High School Little Theater at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21.

While she was on the faculty at Yale University, Luthar conducted a groundbreaking study of students in Westport that found affluent teenagers have the elevated levels of anxiety, depression and substance use that most people associate with poverty.

Over the last two decades this area has become one of her specialties, and she is widely recognized as an expert on the topic.

Luthar will share highlights of her research on vulnerability in affluent teens and educate parents and school staff on skills and strategies to foster resilience.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Parents, professionals, school staff and other interested adults are welcome. The program is appropriate for parents with children of all ages.

For more information, call Wilton Youth Services at 203-834-6241.

Sponsored by: Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services, Silver Hill Hospital, Weston Youth Services, Westport Positive Youth Development, Wilton Presbyterian Church, Wilton Public Schools, Mountainside Treatment Center, Wilton Schools PTAs and PTSA.

Seniors need help?

Middle and high school students are willing to work small outdoor jobs such as raking leaves or shoveling walkways for local seniors. There is a suggested fee of $10 per hour. Seniors needing assistance may contact the Westport Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050.

Students interested in helping a senior in need and earning extra money should contact the Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 or humansrv@westportct.gov. Please note that students already registered for this program are requested to contact the department if they wish to remain on the current list. Written permission from a parent or guardian is necessary.

Dogs allowed at Compo

From now until March 31, 2017, dogs will be allowed in certain areas at Compo Beach. During that time, the following regulations will be in effect:

Dogs are prohibited from the pavilion, playground and boardwalk.

All dogs must be leashed in all areas of the park except in the designated off-leash area of the beach south of the pavilion, including South Beach. Off-leash regulations are posted at entrance to the off-leash area.

You are required by law to pick up your dog’s feces.

Violation of the above regulations is subject to a fine of $77.