Early Childhood Literacy Roundtable, Survey for Westport Residents and More!

March 28, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,

Next month, State Representative Comey and I will hold an Early Literacy Roundtable. We will discuss the importance of developing children's literacy skills, and how that will positively impact their future. The event will be held on April 16 from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM in Room 310 in the State Capitol Building. Hope to see you there!

New Reservation System for Outdoor Pickleball and Tennis Courts in Norwalk 

Due to an increase of demand in Pickleball and Tennis, the City of Norwalk has established a new reservation system for reserving courts.

Court reservation fees will be $15.00 per hour for residents and $25.00 per hour for non-residents, with a maximum of two court reservations per transaction. Users will receive a permit via email stating their reserved date, time and court location. The community will be able to see if the courts are reserved or available for play through their Active Net account. To make a reservation at one of the City’s facilities, participants can sign into their Active Net account at http://scb.ai/Nvtpyt or create an account if they don’t already have one. Once they are logged in, users should select the “Reservations” tab on the top left-hand side of their screen. Under this tab, they will then select “Pickleball courts” or “Tennis courts” and the specific location, court number and desired time slot (maximum of 2 hours per court). Once they have agreed to the waiver and rules of conduct, they can proceed to check out.

Please note that reservations are not required to utilize the City’s courts. Individuals are welcome to play pickleball or tennis without reservations if the courts have not yet been reserved.

Click here to learn more. 

Reminder - April 13 is Household Hazardous Waste Day 
Westport will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day Saturday, April 13 from 
9am – 2pm at the Greens Farms Railroad Station.

This no charge regional program for residents of Westport, Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien, Stamford, and Greenwich to safely dispose of their household hazardous wastes. Products such as cleaners, gasoline and pesticides can pollute the environment and jeopardize public health when they are disposed of improperly.

Residents of participating towns may safely dispose of the following types of hazardous waste: gasoline, kerosene, spray paint, paint strippers, paint thinners, solvents, paints, stains, turpentine, varnishes, wood preservatives, degreasers, fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, bleach, charcoal lighter, cleaning chemicals, drain cleaners, mercury thermometers, moth balls, pet flea shampoos, photo chemicals, rug shampoos, spot removers, art supplies & paints.
Before bringing household hazardous material to the collection site:

  • Make sure items are clearly labeled and NEVER MIX CHEMICALS.Incompatible products may react, ignite, or explode, and mixed waste may become non-recyclable.
  • Keep products in original labeled container.
  • Place leaky containers in clear plastic bags.
  • Tighten lids of all containers and pack items in sturdy cardboard boxes lined with paper.
  • Put boxes in the trunk or in the back of the vehicle away from passengers.
  • Leave pets and children home when bringing hazardous materials for collection.
  • Keep your windows open and drive directly to the collection site.
  • Residents must remain in their vehicles during collection.
  • Residents are asked to be patient, as this is the first HHW Day of 2022, and lines may be longer, due to greater number of participants and larger quantities of materials per vehicle.
  • Do not smoke or eat while handling hazardous materials.

REMINDER:  Westport residents may recycle: antifreeze, motor oil, batteries of any type, light bulbs, and electronics at the Westport Transfer Station, 300 Sherwood Island Connector, Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 2:30 pm, Saturday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm.
The following items are NOT acceptable:  AMMUNITION, FLARES, and COMMERCIAL HAZARDOUS WASTE.

If you have any questions, contact the Westport Public Works Department at 203-341-1793 or click here

Online Survey for Safe Streets and Roads for All Safety Action Plan in Westport

The Town of Westport has announced the launch of an online map-based survey aimed at gathering public input in support of the development of the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Safety Action Plan project.

The survey provides residents with an opportunity to share insights, experiences, and suggestions to help shape the future of road safety. By engaging with the community, Westport aims to identify key concerns, prioritize safety measures, and implement strategies to create a safer multi-modal transportation system for all residents and visitors.

To complete the online SS4A Safety Action Plan survey, please visit www.fhistudio-apps.com/westport-map. The survey is mobile-friendly and can be completed in just a few minutes.

On-Demand Rides in Norwalk Available Now
I have great news for anyone who needs on-demand rides in Norwalk. A pilot program designed to modernize transportation is now up and running . You will be able to schedule and request rides within Norwalk for only $2 per ride. The service will be available 7 days a week - Monday - Wednesday: 7am - 7pm; Thursday- Friday: 7am-11 pm; Saturdays: 1 pm-12 am; Sundays: 1-9 pm. 

Routes are anywhere within the city of Norwalk, and also connects with the following services: NTD fixed route buses, Metro-North Train Stations, and CTtransit Route 341.

Here’s how you keep riding:

In order to take advantage of this program, log into the Wheels 2U app. You’ll be prompted to create an account using your current (or new) credentials, add your payment info again, then book your next ride!

Click here to learn more. 

Blood Drive in Westport
American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in Westport on April 2. It will be held on the second floor of the Masonic Temple Lodge. Check out the flyer below for more information. 
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions and concerns you may have - I can be reached at Dominique.Johnson@cga.ct.gov, or through my office phone - 860-240-8585.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! 


Dominique Johnson
State Representative


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