Community Channel: Bike the Beach, LWV and more
Published 11:35 pm, Friday, September 16, 2016
Bike the Beach
Bike the Beach has been an annual fundraiser for more than 25 years. This year’s festivities will be held on Sept. 18 at Jennings Beach in Fairfield.
The bike tours feature a variety of routes from leisurely to challenging, accommodating serious cyclists as well as families out for a Sunday ride. Riders start and finish at Jennings Beach, Fairfield, and may choose a 10, 20, 45, or 62-mile route. All routes are along the scenic Connecticut coastline, with the longest passing through Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Norwalk, and Darien.
An additional option, Hike the Beach — a 5K Fitness Walk — is available for supporters who are non-cyclists. The walk is on a level route in the Fairfield beach area.
Bike the Beach supports the charitable activities of the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport. The Probus Club is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting housing, training, and social programs for Fairfield County community members with intellectual disabilities. All proceeds from the event are used to support their programs.
Bike/Hike the Beach is designed for bikers or walkers of all ages. The first 350 registrants will receive a souvenir shirt. Pre-registration fee is $35 for riders, $25 for walkers. Detailed information and registration forms can be found at bikethebeach.com.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Ave. For further information, or to register for activities, please call 203-341-5099 or visit westportct.gov/seniorcenter.
Diving with Jacques Cousteau: Weston native Richard Hyman will tell tales of life with Jacques Cousteau on Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. His book “Frogmen” will be available for purchase and signing at the program, which is free and open to the public. The book is Hyman’s account of his diving adventures with Cousteau and the crew of the Calypso in Canada, Mexico, Belize and Martinique, and his dives on the Civil War’s USS Monitor shipwreck.
Jesters of Jive: Led by singer and storyteller Joan Crowe, the musical quartet Jesters of Jive pays tribute to writers who have not only created great tunes, but songs with a sense of humor. The group will perform on Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. The show will feature classics by Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Louis Jordan, Dave Frishberg, Bob Dorough and others in new interpretations. The program is free and open to the public.
The League of Women Voters of Westport will hold its annual fall brunch on Sept. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the home of Celeste and Norm LaCroix at 36 Arlen Road in Westport. The event will offer the opportunity to meet and discuss the issues with the local candidates vying in the upcoming election.
The cost of the brunch is $20 per person. Reservations are requested and can be made to Ellie Lowenstein at email@example.com. Checks made payable to LWV Westport can also be mailed to LWV Westport, P.O. Box 285, Westport, CT 06881.
For information about ongoing activities and membership, visit lwvwestportct.org.
Reminder for veterans
The Westport Assessor’s Office reminds all veterans (or widows/widowers of veterans) who have served during an active period of war for at least 90 days and have received an honorable discharge to file their DD-214 in the Town Clerk’s Office prior to Sept. 30. The exemption is $6,000 off an assessment and will be reflected in the July 2017 tax bill.
Veterans who have already filed and are receiving an exemption do not need to re-file.
The Town of Westport also offers a local option for an additional $20,000 off of an assessment. Please note that this is an income qualifying program. Maximum qualifying income is $60,200 for a single veteran and $67,900 for a married veteran. Applications for this program will be accepted prior to Sept. 30.
A member of the armed forces who is currently on active duty may be eligible for an In-Service Exemption and have one passenger motor vehicle garaged inside or outside the State exempt from property tax. To qualify, the individual must submit a form annually confirming “on active duty” by signing the attestation statement.
For details and/or questions contact the Assessor’s Office at 203-341-1070.
Become a school board member
The Westport Board of Education seeks candidates for a vacancy on the Board created by the resignation of Brett Aronow. The successful candidate will serve on the Board of Education from the date of appointment until the Board of Education election scheduled for November 2017.
Any individual interested in being considered for appointment to the position is required to be:
A registered Democrat;
Willing to be interviewed separately by the Democratic Town Committee and the Board of Education prior to appointment; and
Willing to serve and attend Board of Education meetings immediately upon appointment, starting as early as October 2016.
Letters of application are to be submitted to the Board of Education by no later than Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. on paper or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join a new commission
First Selectman Jim Marpe is seeking Westport residents interested in appointment to Westport’s Commission on People with Disabilities. The newly established Commission’s mission is to ensure that Westport is a town where people with disabilities have the opportunity and support to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity, inclusion and self-determination. Possible candidates include self-advocates, caregivers, parents/family members, professionals serving the disability community and other residents with a desire to educate and advocate for people with disabilities in Westport.
Commission goals include creating a forum for community members to:
Increase awareness about issues and opportunities affecting people with disabilities;
Advise town officials on policies, procedures, programs and services (including facilities);
Provide information and guidance to individuals, businesses and organizations on matters related to disabilities;
Foster and promote a community dialogue with businesses, community organizations, clubs and associations; and
Engage people with disabilities and their families, encouraging them to participate in town government and planning.
The Commission on People with Disabilities will consist of seven members serving two-year terms renewable to a maximum of eight years. Applicants must be registered voters in Westport.
It is expected the commission will meet during the work week on a monthly basis beginning this fall. Dates and times for meetings will be announced at a later date, with the expectation of regular attendance and approximately 3-4 hours per month of commission-related work as the new commission establishes its focus. The commission will be supported by the town’s professional Human Services Department staff.
Questions about the Commission and letters of interest may be directed to Assistant Director of Human Services Elaine Daignault at 203-341-1165 or Elained@westportct.gov.