Need help with taxes? (Besides having more money, that is.)
Westport’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program — free state and federal preparation — runs from now through April 15. IRS-certified preparers assist seniors and low- to moderate-income households, virtually or through a limited in-person scanning option.
The national program is run locally by the Department of Human Services.
The virtual option provides uploading of information via a secure encrypted site A specialist reviews and follows up for additional information as needed. Click here to participate.
The limited, on-site scanning capabilities at the Senior Center is offered Tuesdays (1 to 4 p.m.) and Thursdays (9 a.m. to noon). Participants complete a phone call to confirm what documentation is required to participate. Call 203-341-1071 for an appointment.
More than 700 returns were prepared and filed last year in Westport, with total refunds exceeding $350,000.
Elementary school students have returned to full-time, in-person learning for the first time in 10 months.
Yesterday, the Kings Highway PTA welcomed teachers and staff with this sign:
Last night’s full wolf moon was beautiful even with the naked eye.
If you were lucky enough to view it through the Westport Astronomical Society’s telescope at the Rolnick Observatory, it looked even more spectacular:
Westporter Joshua Aronson — who teaches applied psychology at New York University — heads a panel on “The Anti-Racist Policy Agenda: Education” (February 4, 7:30 p.m., Zoom).
Along with educators and politicians, he’ll discuss racial disparities in the educational system, their political impact, and the future of educational equity in Connecticut.
Sponsors are the Democratic Women of Westport and the Staples Young Democrats. Click here to register. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work continues on the Beachside Avenue I-95 overpass. The bridge is now down to its skeleton. Renovation will continue for several months.
And finally … on this day in 1861, Kansas was admitted as the 34th state in the union.