Westport Information:

First Selectman • Jim Marpe


Westport Town Hall


110 Myrtle Ave.

Westport, CT 06880


203-341-1111 

Web site: www.westportct.gov


Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


E-Mail: selectman@westportct.gov

 

Commission for Senior Services

Provides public forum for the study and discussion of needs of Westport’s seniors and advocates for appropriate change. The Commission serves to advise and consult with the First Selectman, Department of Human Services, and the senior community on issues and resources 
pertaining to seniors in Westport.


Chair • Les Wolf

           
Robert Fox  

Municipal Agent for Seniors


Appointed by First Selectman, under state law, to represent elderly and their families and caregivers. Assists seniors by providing information and referrals to community resources and by helping with applications for benefits.


Kristen Witt, LCSW

203-341-1067


E-mail: kwitt@westportct.gov

 

Department of Human Services

Promotes independence, personal development, and enhanced quality of life for Westport’s senior residents. Department works in partnership with other community organizations, service providers, and funding sources.


Town Hall 

110 Myrtle Ave.

Westport, CT 06880


203-341-1050 • Fax: 203-341-1973 


E-mail: humansrv@westportct.gov

 

Director • Elaine Daignault, MS, NCC

203-341-1165


E-mail: elained@westportct.gov

 

Finance Manager • Susan Stefenson, MBA


203-341-1072

E-mail: sstefenson@westportct.gov

 

Social Worker/Municipal Agent for the Elderly
 • Kristen Witt, LCSW

203-341-1067


E-mail: kwitt@westportct.gov

 

Social Worker/Municipal Agent for People with Disabilities • Michelle Bottone, M.A., LMFT 


203-341-1068

E-mail: mbottone@westportct.gov

 

Administrative Assistant • Margaret Pinheiro


203-341-1050

E-mail: mpinheiro@westportct.gov

 

Programs and services for eligible Westport seniors, including Town relief programs, fuel assistance, rent and sewer relief, short-term financial assistance. Also: Counseling, information, and referrals regarding alternative living resources, such as independent living, assisted living, skilled facilities, home care, and day care. And protective services in cases of elder abuse. Various transportation services are made available as are programs offering volunteer opportunities. Department publishes The New Perspective, a newsletter for Westport seniors, and the Community Resource Directory for Seniors.

Center for Senior Activities

Offers nutrition program and multifaceted recreational and educational programming.


21 Imperial Ave.

Westport, CT 06880


203-341-5099 • Fax: 203-341-1187

www.westportct.gov/seniorcenter

 

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Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 
Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

Director • Susan Pfister • 203-341-5098
Program Manager • Holly Betts • 203-341-5096
Administrative Assistant • Denise Puskas • 203-341-5095
Receptionist • Benjamin Palmer • 203-341-5099
Nutrition Program Coordinator • Kristin Malagise 
• 203-341-5097

 

Programs and services—call for times and possible fees—include: Senior Cafe. Noon meal Mon.-Fri. Reservations required at least 24 hrs. in advance. Suggested donation: $5. • Arts/Crafts. • Classes/ Lectures/Discussions. • Music/Drama/Films • Exercise/Dance. • Culinary Arts Presentations • Games. • Blood pressure/glucose screenings and flu clinic.

 

Supportive Services for Families and Caregivers

Municipal Agent for Seniors and Department of Human Services have information on such services • 
203-341-1050.


Information covers any programs or services useful to seniors in local and regional areas. Many services 
available on sliding-scale fee schedules.

 

Westport Weston Health District

Regional health department providing full-time professional public health services. Programs of immunization, counseling, testing, screening include ones targeting ailments that afflict seniors.


180 Bayberry Lane 

Westport, CT 06880 

203-227-9571

 

Director of Health • Mark A. R. Cooper, MPH, RS
Senior-oriented programs include: Pneumonia Vaccine Clinic. Once-in-a-lifetime vaccine for those 65 years and older. Fee covered by most Medicare plans.

Transportation Services

• American Cancer Society, volunteer drivers take ambulatory patients anywhere in the area for cancer appointments. No cost but requires 72-hours’ notice. 1-800-227-2345 (Dial option 1).
• Family & Children’s Agency—Home Care Plus, offers assisted transportation in wheelchair-accessible van for those at least 60 years of age to appointments, bank, post office and shopping. • 203-831-2900
• Westport Transit District’s Door-to-Door Service for Westport Residents, offers door-to-door transportation services to New Cannan, Norwalk and Wilton for Westport residents 65 years or older or certified as disabled. 
Mon.-Fri., 8 a. m.-6 p.m. • Application and tickets ($3.50 per ticket or 10 for $35.00) available at Town Hall/Room 200 or Senior Center. Contact the Department of Human Services for additional options.

 

Tax Relief Programs 

The Assessor’s Office administers State and Town programs for tax relief (credits, deferrals and exemptions) 
for Seniors, Totally Disabled and Veterans.


Applications are taken at Town Hall by the Assessor’s Office (203-341-1070) and the Department of Human Services (203-341-1050) for homebound clients only.


Assessor • Paul Friia • E-mail: pfriia@westportct.gov

Probate Court

Town Hall, Room 100

203-341-1100


Fax: 203-341-1153

 

Judge • Lisa K. Wexler


E-mail: lisa@lisawexler.com

 

Westport Public Library


Active community programming features noted authors, artists, musicians, performers. One of Library’s emphases is drawing users’ attention to informative Web sites, including those relating to senior concerns.

 

Services include:

Large print books and other publications with large type and increased spacing between lines to make the print easier to read.


E-readers • The Library lends Kindle e-readers, which have large type settings.


Mail-A-Book • At-home service.

For information 
contact Margie Freilich-Den at 203.291.4845 or 
mfreilich-den@westportlibrary.org


20 Jesup Rd.

Westport, CT 06880

203-291-4800


Hours: Mon.-Thurs 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Fax: 203-227-3829 • Web site: www.westportlibrary.org

 

Executive Director

Bill Harmer

203-291-4801


E-mail: bharmer@westportlibrary.org

Call 911 for all emergencies.

Police Department

All officers also certified as Emergency Medical Technicians or Medical Response Technicians and function as First Responders to all emergency medical calls, with assistance of Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services in ambulance crews.


50 Jesup Rd.

Westport, CT 06880


Non-emergencies: 203-341-6000 • Fax: 203-341-6092

 

Chief • Foti Koskinas

203-341-6008

 

Fire Department

515 Post Road East

Westport, CT 06880


Non-emergencies: 203-341-5000 • Fax: 203-341-5009

 

Chief • Robert Yost 


E-mail: ryost@westportct.gov

 

Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services (WVEMS)

Not-for-profit organization whose volunteers work with Police Department to assist in providing emergency medical care to community. WVEMS staffs ambulance service 24 hours a day every day.


50 Jesup Rd.

Westport, CT 06880


Non-emergencies: 203-341-6081 • Fax: 203-454-6157


Web site: www.westportems.org

Deputy Director • Marc Hartog

203-341-6056

 

WVEMS promotes File of Life Program. Information about residents’ medical conditions and medications is placed in magnetic holder on refrigerator, with sticker for front door to notify responders in emergency. Card to carry also provided.

 

Other Important Phone Numbers

Animal Control • 203-341-5076
Public Works • 203-341-1120
Registrars of Voters • 203-341-1115
Tax Collector • 203-341-1060
Town Clerk • 203-341-1110

Westport’s Population by Age

(Source: Latest Decennial U.S. Census)

60-64 1,576

65-74 2,177

75-84 1,421

85+ 628

Total 60+ 5,802

Total population of Westport: 26,391

Percentage 60 years of
age or over: 21.9%

Land area: 20.0 sq. mi.

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