Yard waste

hours extended

WESTPORT — Public Works Director Peter Ratkiewich announced that due to the extensive amount of debris generated by the March nor’easters, the town’s yard waste site at 180 Bayberry Lane will be open for the following extended hours: Saturday, March 17, from 7 to 3 p.m.; Monday through Friday from 7 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 24, from 7 to 3 p.m.

In response to the amount of tree damage that residents have incurred due to the recent storms, Ratkiewich said the fee for residents to dispose of yard waste will be waived through March 24. The fee will not be waived for commercial haulers.

Town workers began cleanup operations on Thursday, March 15. “Public Works will make a single pass through town to pick up storm debris that has fallen within the road right-of-way” said Ratkiewich, “Cleanup operations are expected to take up to two weeks, dependent on if any other storms add to the problem. ”

Beach parking

emblems go on sale

WESTPORT — Residents are reminded that as of May 1, parking emblems will be required on all vehicles to enter town beaches. Beach parking emblems go on sale March 19. Parks & Recreation Deputy Director Rick Giunta said “avoid long lines at the Parks & Recreation office by purchasing your parking emblems online.” Accounts can be established at www.westport

recreation.com. Applications for parking emblems will also be accepted by mail, fax, or in person at the Parks and Recreation Department Office at Longshore Park, 260 Compo Road South. Sales office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.