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Wednesday, January 17 News

News Briefs: Clarification tax tax payments, Junior animal care keepers, History Bites Lunchtime Chat

Property Owners May Prepay Taxes Due January and April 2018

FAIRFIELD — On Tuesday, Dec. 26 First Selectman Mike Tetreau posted a letter to residents to better explain the current tax situation.

“The Town has received many inquiries from residents regarding the prepayment of taxes. I would like to clarify a few things to help residents prepare and plan accordingly,” he wrote. “According to State Statute, the Town only has the authority to accept prepayment, by Dec. 31, of tax payments due January 1, 2018 and April 1, 2018. State Statute does not allow you to prepay taxes due July 1, 2018 or later, this December.”

Those wishing to prepay their January and April taxes can do so:

In Person - At the Tax Collector’s Office by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29 (hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

By Mail - Must be postmarked by Sunday, Dec. 31

Online - Must be submitted by midnight, Sunday, Dec. 31 (convenience fee applies)

You can go to www.fairfieldct.org/taxpayment to view your tax bill and/or pay your taxes online.

“Please note that this is not tax advice and the Town takes no responsibility regarding the IRS treatment of these payments. The Town strongly recommends that you consult with your personal tax advisor before making a decision to prepay,” wrote Tetreau.

Junior animal care keepers

FAIRFIELD — The Junior Animal Care Keepers class is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at The Connecticut Audubon Society and experience direct interaction with resident animals. The six-week program, for 6th and 7th graders, provides the chance to study, and care for, the non-releasable animals who call the Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield their home. The program meets on Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield. Program fee for the six-week series is: CAS members: $60/person; non-members: $80/person. Proceeds support The Connecticut Audubon Society’s conservation and environmental education programs. Advance registration is required and space is limited so it’s good to sign up early. Call 203-259-6305 ext. 109, or visit www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield for more information about this class and all of winter programs and special events at the Center at Fairfield.

History Bites Lunchtime Chat

FAIRFIELD — Every month the Fairfield Museum hosts a “History Bites” lunchtime chat. January’s chat will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 12:30-1:30pm. The topic is the Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family. Author Nina Sankovitch will discuss her new book on this family legacy. Roger Lowenstein of the Wall Street Journal called the book “[A] stirring saga…Vivid and intimate, Ms. Sankovitch’s account entertains us with Puritans and preachers, Tories and rebels, abolitionists and industrialists, lecturers and poets Ms. Sankovitch has made a compelling contribution to Massachusetts and American History.” Presented with the Fairfield University Bookstore. Free for Museum members. $5 suggested donation for non-members. Please bring a bagged lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided. 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, (203) 259-1598, Fairfieldhistory.org.

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Museum after Dark

FAIRFIELD — Sports fans, skiers, skaters, hockey players and families who are looking forward to watching the 2018 Winter Olympic Games on television this “Museum After Dark” event at the Fairfield Museum is for you. On Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m., go behind-the-scenes of reporting on the Olympics with Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures and broadcaster Rob Simmelkjaer. Get a preview of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, learn how technology is changing how people watch and find out how NBC produces an event of this magnitude despite the challenges of a 14-hour time difference. Rob will also discuss how politics affects the games, from the security issues in South Korea to Russia’s stance on the doping scandals. A reception begins at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m. The Museum After Dark event is presented in conjunction with the Fairfield Museum’s “Winter Wonderland” exhibition, which is now open in the Ruth Carlson Horn Gallery. It runs through Feb. 19. Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, (203) 259-1598, Fairfieldhistory.org.

The Great War and the Strikes of 1915

On Sunday, January 21, from 4pm — 5:30pm at the Fairfield Museum, educator and historian Carolyn Ivanoff will present a lecture in costume on the year of 1915 in Bridgeport — the triumphant, striking summer. World War I transformed Bridgeport, Connecticut into a powerful arsenal for the allied war effort. Women workers would play an important role in workers’ rights. Over 12,000 striking women would win the eight-hour day mostly without any national labor involvement. The event is free for Members of the Museum and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. Presented with the League of Women Voters. The Museum is located at 370 Beach Road. For more information call (203) 259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.

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