Community Channel: New tax collector, Newman’s Own gives to library...
Published 1:16 pm, Thursday, September 7, 2017
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe appointed Deputy Tax Collector Harry Whiteley, Jr. to the position of tax collector effective immediately. Whitely assumes the role previously held by Peggy Klein, who retired Sept. 1 after 30 years of service.
About a decade ago, Whitely joined the town of Westport as a part-time tax data processing clerk. In 2014, he was promoted to deputy tax collector, helping to form a team environment committed to customer service and internal improvements.
Most of Whiteley’s career has been in information technology (IT) programming systems and performance management. For 35 years, he worked for UST Inc., located at the time in Greenwich, where he was an IT manager in its corporate headquarters. He ran the corporate data center for over seven years and the IT performance and analysis division for another four years. In those roles, he ensured data support and security and was responsible for the measurement and analysis of all IT activities, performance and service delivery.
Whiteley graduated from IBM Training School in New York City and, while at UST Inc., obtained an Associate of Arts in Business from Fairfield University. A Fairfield resident, Whiteley has been a volunteer for the Fairfield PAL as a coach and referee for soccer, softball and basketball leagues.
The Westport Library has been awarded a $35,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to celebrate 35 years since Paul Newman began the food company bearing his name.
The Westport Library is one of the original recipients of Newman’s generosity. The $35,000 grant will be put toward major renovations at the library, including the organization’s long-awaited transformation project.
Newman’s Own Foundation is giving $35,000 to 15 of the nonprofit organizations that were originally funded and have been supported for over three decades. The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. Since 1982, more than $495 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.
While they didn’t win the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot last month, a number of Connecticut residents did get lucky playing Connecticut lottery games.
Three tickets that matched four numbers and Powerball won $200,000 because they had Power Play. The day after the big Aug. 23 Powerball drawing, Shannon Portilla, of Norwalk, collected her $200,000 win on a Powerball ticket sold at Riverside Sunoco in Westport.
PaintCare, a no-fee paint recycling program, will be available to Westport residents at the Westport Transfer Station.
Westport 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 12:00 pm.
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 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 Westport’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 if recycled into new paint. If not, it may be turned into fuel or used to make another product.
PaintCare Inc. is a non-profit 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 Western Connecticut Council of Governments is seeking public comment on the draft five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
The CEDS outlines economic development strategies to enhance the economy of the Western Region of Connecticut, encompassing the municipalities of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
A 30-day public review comment period of this draft document is required prior to adoption and submittal of this report to the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This public review comment period ends Sept. 20.
Anyone desiring to review the draft document may do so at the WestCOG office in Sandy Hook, 1 Riverside Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The CEDS can also viewed at westcog.org. Printed copies are available upon request.
Comments should be received no later than 2 p.m., Sept. 20.
Comments may be submitted by email to email@example.com or in writing, addressed to Elizabeth Esposito and sent to the Sandy Hook office.
Tickets are available for The Westport Library’s 2017 Malloy Lecture in the Arts, “Falsettos: In Conversation.”
The Sept. 11 event will be a panel discussion on the Broadway hit “Falsettos,” featuring the men behind the show — Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn and Tony Award-winning playwright and director James Lapine — and the revival’s Tony-nominated star Stephanie J. Block.
The evening,at 7 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse, will be moderated by five-time Emmy Award-winning executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center and Westport resident Andrew C. Wilk.
The event is free; however, tickets are required. Tickets are now available through the Westport Country Playhouse box office online or by calling (203) 227-4177.
The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is made possible by a generous contribution from Westport artist Susan Malloy. The Westport Library created the lecture series in 2002 as a free, public annual discussion by an individual who has had a significant cultural influence and whose work has enhanced the understanding and appreciation of the arts.
Written by both Finn and Lapine on the cusp of the AIDS crisis, “Falsettos” chronicles the life of a gay man Marvin, his ex-wife, his lover, his son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door as they navigate the often-choppy waters of modern, middle-class family dynamics. Lapine directed its original run on Broadway in 1992 for which both he and Finn won Tony Awards for best book of a musical. Finn also won a Tony for best original score.
The film version of “Falsettos” stars Tony-nominated actor Stephanie J. Block as Marvin’s ex-wife Trina. Block will join Finn and Lapine at the Westport Country Playhouse on the panel and will delight the audience with a live performance of selections from “Falsettos” as well as some of her other notable Broadway roles.
The Malloy Lecture will be a panel discussion centered around selected scenes from the film of “Falsettos.” The evening will also include an opportunity for audience Q&A.
Town residents interested in learning about the local police department are invited to register for the Citizens’ Police Academy.
The program begins Sept. 29 and will run for nine weeks. The first five weeks of classes will be from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays. The final four weeks of the program will be from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Those who participate in the program, which can accommodate up to 24 community members over the age of 21, will learn about various aspects of law enforcement and how the department operates, the release said. Participants will also be allowed to have access to some hands-on experiences.
Police officers from the Westport Police Department will be the instructors of the program. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a ride-along with an officer within the Westport police patrol division.
All participants will leave the program with more knowledge about the police department and with CPR/AED certification.
Registration for this program runs until Sept. 12. Applications can be picked up at the Westport police headquarters.
Interested participants can also reach out to Lt. Jillian Cabana at 203-341-600 to receive an application or more information about the academy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Westport Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050 with any questions.
The Westport Domestic Violence Task Force is seeking local salons willing to donate gift certificates for haircuts and color treatments.
The gift certificates would benefit the two local Domestic Violence Crisis Center shelters.
The women and children residing in these shelters have fled violent households, often with just the clothes on their backs. Many women in these shelters have been out of the workforce for a while and want to prepare themselves for job interviews or they are looking to change their appearance to avoid an abuser. The gift certificates would be used anonymously at later dates for that purpose.
The gift certificate drive is being conducted through Sept. 30.
Donating salons will be named and thanked at the task force’s October awareness event and at the Unitarian Church’s October Voices Cafe.
Donors are asked to complete a donation form available at westportct.gov, which will be used to provide them with an official receipt for tax purposes, as the crisis center is a public charity.
Gift certificates and submission forms can be dropped off to task force co-chairwoman, Lt. Jillian Cabana, at Westport police headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, or arrangements can be made for salon pick-up.
For information, contact email@example.com or call 203-341-6009.
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.