WESTPORT — The town clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting this Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. These special office hours are scheduled to accommodate voters applying for an absentee ballot to vote in the municipal election to be held Nov. 7. Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office daily, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They will be available through Monday, Nov. 6, until 4:30 p.m. Ballots must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, when the polls officially close. The Town Clerk’s office is located in Room 105, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

WESTPORT — First Selectman Jim Marpe announced this past week that he has accepted the retirement letter of Director of Public Works Stephen Edwards, effective Dec. 31. Edwards has worked for the town for 32 years. Town Engineer Peter Ratkiewich will be promoted to Director of Public Works upon Edwards’ retirement. Ratkiewich has been a Westport employee since 1989. He was hired as the Deputy Town Engineer and took over the responsibilities as Town Engineer in October, 2008.

WESTPORT — The Westport League of Woman Voters 2017 Election Voters Guide is now available via a link to westport.votersguide.info

WESTPORT — The Department of Public Works has announced the 2017 Leaf Collection Program dates. The curbside collection period will extend from Oct. 30 through Dec. 3.

Any leaves placed on the curbside during this period in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the Public Works Department. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up.

The compost process can not handle plastic bags. Residents living on private roadways must place their bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway. A DPW crew will pick up throughout the entire town several times during the collection period.

A final pass will be initiated on Dec. 4 and take approximately one week. Any properly bagged leaves put out before Dec. 4 will be collected.