Community Channel: Help govern Toquet Hall, taxes due
Toquet Hall, Westport’s teen center, is accepting applications for its middle school and high school governing boards.
Established in 1998 by the Westport Youth Commission as a safe, substance-free place “for teens by teens,” the Toquet Hall governing boards play an integral role in helping to shape the programs and style of the teen center. Through this opportunity, Toquet Hall provides a forum for youth to serve as community assets, develop leadership skills, planning and decision making skills, and interact with people of different interests and backgrounds.
The governing boards meet bimonthly to discuss upcoming programs, review press kits, assist with fundraising initiatives and create promotion strategies. Students will gain valuable volunteer experience in a fun and unique setting.
Applications are available at toquethall.org and any student who lives in Westport is eligible to join regardless of where they attend school.
Please contact Kevin Godburn or Kiernan Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-341-1155 with any questions. Also watch for upcoming programs by visiting the website or following Toquet Hall on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
Taxes are due
Westport Tax Collector Peggy Klein reminded residents that third quarter real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and sanitary sewer use and assessment charges are due Jan. 1.
Taxpayers have until Feb. 1 to pay taxes without penalty. Accounts will be subject to an 18 percent penalty charge if paid late. Minimum interest charge is $2.
Real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and sanitary sewer use and assessment bills may be paid by credit card, debit card or direct withdrawal from a checking account online 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
Failure to receive a bill does not abate the charges or interest.
At the Center for Senior Activities
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.
Award-winning miniseries: “Eleanor & Franklin,” which won a combined 18 Emmy awards in 1976, will be shown at the senior center. The first part, “The Early Years,” will air on Jan. 5 and 12 at 3:15 p.m. “The White House Years” will be shown on Jan. 19 at 3:15 p.m.
The event is free.
Pet safety talk: Veterinarian Melissa Shapiro will discuss pet safety (household toxins, car safety, fencing, etc.) for dogs, cats, and other pets on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. She will also spend time discussing the importance of choosing reliable, safe pet care (dog walkers, pet sitters, kennels).
Shapiro, a graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, will bring two of her rescued shelter dogs who will entertain and visit with the audience. There will be time for an informal Q&A and discussion following the talk.
The event is free and open to all ages.
Westport has experienced numerous vehicle break-ins during the month of December. In all cases of vehicles being entered, which resulted in thefts, the doors were unlocked. The recent thefts have occurred overnight.
The Westport Police Department reminds residents to please lock your car and bring your keys inside. Please remember to take valuables out of your car for the night, such as cash, purses, wallets and electronics. It is also good practice to keep outside lights on and motion lights activated.
Please notify the police department if it appears your vehicle was entered or you observe anything suspicious in your neighborhood.
Get your flu shot
The Westport Weston Health District still has flu vaccine and would like to remind students returning home for the holidays that it is a good time to get vaccinated as the flu season will peak around February.
This is a good time for older adults to also get vaccinated. Recent studies endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that the standard flu vaccine tended to wear off more quickly in older adults. Therefore, waiting to the end of the calendar year to be vaccinated helps ensure the vaccine lasts through flu season, which runs from October to May.
This year, the types of flu vaccines offered will include injectable vaccine for people three years and older, and high dose vaccine for persons 65 years and older.
The CDC does not recommend using the nasal flu spray this year due to low efficacy rates for the past two flu seasons.
The injectable flu vaccine for those under 65 years of age is quadrivalent, which means it contains four influenza strains; two influenza A and two influenza B strains. The high-dose flu vaccine for those over 65 years of age is a trivalent vaccine and contains two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain.
High dose vaccine has been shown to improve the production of antibodies, thus providing a stronger immune response against the flu. The most important issue is to get vaccinated.
To schedule an appointment call 203-227-9571, ext. 231.
Call for photos
Entries will be accepted through Feb. 5.
Professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are invited to participate.
The show will be on display from March 9 to April 30. In addition, the photography of Joe Standart will be on display.
Visit fairfieldhistory.org/exhibitions-2/images for more information or to enter.