Letters to the editor
Published 1:05 am, Friday, May 7, 2010
I am writing this letter to be sure that as many people as possible know that we are about to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Town of Westport's purchase of Longshore Club Park, our unique and treasured recreational facility along the shores of Long Island Sound. Widely regarded as the most significant land acquisition in the Town's history, the 169-acre Longshore Club Park opened to residents as a public park on May 28, 1960.
I invite you to be a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Longshore Club Park by learning about the projects being undertaken by the Longshore 50th Anniversary Committee to celebrate this landmark event and the important role Longshore occupies in the lives of Westporters. Longshore attracts every kind of recreational enthusiast and those of us who simply enjoy its scenic beauty. Visit the Longshore 50th Anniversary web site: www.westporthistory.org/longshore50 to find out more about the special activities and events being planned, like a 1960's Dance Party and a joint Longshore/Rotary tribute event honoring those Westport officials and residents who were instrumental in transforming Longshore Club Park from private to public ownership.
The Longshore 50th Anniversary Committee is a town appointed committee of volunteers whose mission is to collect, preserve, present and celebrate the rich history of Longshore Club Park for the public through special exhibits and events, a dedicated multimedia website, a short documentary film and a commemorative coffee-table style book. Please show your appreciation of Longshore Club Park by visiting the 50th Anniversary web site, and please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support Longshore's 50th Anniversary.
Best wishes for a healthy and enjoyable Westport spring!
Chairman, Parks and Recreation Commission,
Thanks to tax volunteers
The Westport Department of Human Services would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of the volunteer counselors who helped area residents as part of the AARP/IRS Tax Assistance Program. This year in addition to the Westport Center for Senior Activities, a new site was offered at the Westport Library on Monday evenings.
Over 226 returns were prepared and in addition 32 individuals were helped with filing extensions during scheduled appointments with AARP trained volunteer counselors.
An estimated $260,000 in refunds and rebates were returned to local seniors, Westport Human Services clients and other area residents.
We wish to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to AARP counselors Mark Spivack and Eric Olsen. Many relieved and grateful taxpayers expressed their thanks for the volunteers' time, skill, patient support and guidance. The Human Services Department would also like to thank the Westport Library and staff for their gracious accommodation of this first year effort to offer tax preparation service to low and moderate income residents of all ages. It was a pleasure working with everyone who helped to make this program successful and worthwhile for the community. Thank you AARP volunteers and Westport Library!
Director, Westport Department of Human Services,
We are changing the time that we stand on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge every Saturday.
We are now there from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Come join us!