HARTFORD - State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) has been named an Environmental Champion by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) for the sixth consecutive year. Of the 16 legislators to receive the recognition this year, she was commended for her leadership on issues related to electric vehicles and bottle recycling during the 2017 legislative session.

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters is a bipartisan, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting Connecticut's environment by making it a priority for elected officials.

“Because our state’s historic fiscal crisis and the failure to pass a state budget into law have dominated the conversation this year in the General Assembly, many critical environmental issues did not receive the attention they deserved, which is why I am especially honored to maintain the distinction of Environmental Champion this year,” Lavielle said in a written statement.

WESTPORT — The Department of Public Works is planning its annual leaf collection program. The department requests homeowners consider the feasibility of backyard composting and suggests that they call the Conservation Department at 341-1170 or Earthplace at 227-7253 for relevant information.

Ccurbside collection will take place Oct. 30 through Dec. 3. Leaves placed on the curbside in biodegradable paper bags will be collected by the department. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be picked up.

The compost process cannot handle plastic bags. Residents living on private roadways must place t bagged leaves at an intersecting town roadway.

A public works crew will pick up throughout the entire Town several times during the collection period.

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