Community Channel: Graduates, a reminder for vets and more
Updated 3:47 pm, Friday, September 23, 2016
Sarah Wainshal, daughter of Shari and Ron Wainshal of Westport, graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Me. with a degree in French and francophone studies. She is a 2012 graduate of Staples High School.
Wainshal was inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society, an organization that honors graduating seniors who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or have received special nomination from the faculty for outstanding academic achievement in their junior and senior years, and who have participated in a varsity sport for a minimum of three years.
Find a furry friend
PAWS will bring a variety of their adoptable pets for visitors to meet. Adoption counselors from PAWS will be available to help visitors search online for all the pets PAWS cares for and to teach about the adoption process and how to complete online applications.
The nonprofit organization was began in 1962 by Westport’s Betty Long to rescue homeless dogs and place them in permanent homes. In the early 1980s, rescue efforts were expanded to include cats. For 37 years, PAWS rented space from local boarding kennels & veterinary hospitals.
The town will host its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport/Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.
Collection will occur rain or shine. This is a no-charge regional program designed to provide a safe option to keep household hazardous wastes out of the solid waste stream and protect land and water from potential contamination.
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 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 email@example.com.