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Friday, March 23 News

News Briefs: Youth Commission seeks adults and students, Recycle Connecticut announces new list...

Youth Commission seeks adults and students

WESTPORT — The Westport Youth Commission is seeking students in grades eight through 11 and adult members for the 2018-19 school year.

“The Youth Commission serves as a public forum for youth issues and advocates for youth needs and concerns in the community,” Human Services Director Elaine Daignault said. “Its 30 members, 15 students and 15 adults are appointed by the first selectman.”

Incoming ninth-grade students can join the Freshman Committee prior to applying for appointment as sophomores.

There are limited vacancies available. Students in grades eight through 11 or an adult who is interested in discussing youth issues on a monthly basis are encouraged to join. The appointment process for youth and adults includes: the submission of a letter of interest, a completed interest inventory and at least one letter of recommendation on behalf of the candidate by April 6. The application and interest packet can be found at westportct.gov under “Appointed Boards: Youth Commission”.

Commission meetings are open to the public and are usually scheduled for the third Thursday of each month.

For information, contact Kevin Godburn at 203-341-1155 or kgodburn@westportct.gov.

Recycle Connecticut announces new list

WESTPORT — Public Works Director Peter Ratkiewich has announced Westport is participating in the new standardized recycling guidelines set forth by the state and the RecycleCT Foundation.

RecycleCT’s new “What’s in? What’s out?” recycling campaign is a program designed to answer the statewide need for a universal list of what can and cannot be recycled.

“We worked closely with recycling coordinators in our cities and towns and the six facilities in our state that accept recycled material to get everyone on the same page,” said Robert Klee, commissioner of the states Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

For example, the often rejected pizza box and those iconic red plastic party cups are now recyclable, but shredded paper and plastic bags are not.

To learn more, visit the RecycleCT website at recyclect.com.