Stepping Stones gives free memberships

DARIEN — For every Stepping Stones Museum membership purchased or renewed by Dec. 31, a free membership will be given to a family in need. The museum is partnering with Person-to-Person for the Get One, Give One membership special. The families will be able to enjoy all of the membership’s benefits, including free admission for a year and invitations to fun family events. Memberships can be purchased online and range from $165-$400 for an annual membership or $2,500 for a lifetime membership. Stepping Stone CEO Rhonda Kiest said 125 memberships have already been donated through the holiday Get One, Give One program. Stepping Stones Museum for Children is located at 303 West Ave. in Norwalk. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to p.m. Tuesday-Sunday Labor Day through Memorial Day and holiday Mondays from 10; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $15 for adults and children and $10 for seniors. Children under 1 are free. For information, call 203-899-0606 or visit

January tax payments

NEW CANAAN — Due to the new federal legislation, the following are acceptable payments before Jan. 1, 2018: 2016 Grand List second installment Real Estate taxes due Jan. 1; 2016 Grand List Supplemental Motor Vehicle taxes due Jan. 1. The 2016 Supplemental Motor Vehicle tax bills were mailed on Dec. 19 and currently available on the town website ( Supplemental Motor Vehicle bills are for vehicles registered between the dates of Oct. 2, 2016 and July 31, 2017. Payments can be made in person at the Tax Collector’s Office until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29. Payments by mail must be postmarked by the US Postal Office on or before Dec. 31 in order to be processed as a December payment. Payments may also be made through until 11:59 p.m. Dec.31, 2017. If your real estate taxes are escrowed, please make sure you contact your bank to release your funds in December instead of January. Any questions, please call the Tax Collector’s Office 203-594-3064.

FCCF’s Advocacy Series to continue in 2018

STAMFORD — Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Advocacy Series launched this year’s program with December Legislative Forums in Norwalk and Stamford with a focus on strengthening relationships between nonprofit leaders and elected officials to encourage them to work together for community improvement. The Advocacy Series will run through May and was developed to help nonprofit leaders build the relationships, knowledge and skills to make them better advocates for their organizations and the communities they serve. Plans are in place to host two more regional Legislative Forums in Bridgeport and Danbury in January. The series will continue by building knowledge on some of the key issues affecting the region with several webinars. The culmination of the series will be Fairfield County’s Advocacy Day on May 31.