Community Channel: Restaurant Week returns, Register to vote...
Published 10:57 am, Friday, September 29, 2017
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.
Registrars of Voters Kevin White and Marla Cowden are hosting an in-person voter registration session on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to add new voters to the official voter list and to complete a preliminary voter list.
Residents may come into the registrars office at any time that day to register to vote.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.