JULY 17, 1968
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 39 years ago:
Income tax decision nears
Norwalk's romance with a city income tax may blossom or fizzle next month.
City Council, which had been toying with the idea since early spring, huddled in a closed session Tuesday night following the regular council meeting.
Councilman Allen Hakes, chairman of the Finance Committee, predicted this morning that the issue would be resolved at council's next meeting Aug. 6.
"I think we have it pretty well whipped. Now what we have to decide is who'll run the show," said Hakes.
By this, Hakes meant which firm interviewed by council would be retained to set up a system to collect income taxes. Several made presentations to council last spring.
The city has operated with a deficit for several years, and faces another year "in the red" under a budget adopted Tuesday night for 1969.
Mrs. Joe Vartorella, instructor in Norwalk's Safety Town program, was pictured in the paper celebrating her birthday, "just like the kids." She was honored with a surprise party held by the 16 Safety Town youngsters and the Norwalk Police Department. Although her cake read "age 39 again," the children guess Mrs. Vartorella to be anywhere from 9 to 90.
City GI wins 2nd Bronze Star
Arthur E. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Miller, 10 Bouscay Ave., has been awarded his second bronze start in recognition of his service with the Army in Vietnam.
The star was presented in ceremonies Friday at Fort Ord, Calif., where Miller is now stationed.
He is a 1963 graduate of St. Paul's High School and formerly was employed by Janesville Cotton Mills here.
Ray Chapin joins Ford sales staff
Raymond Chapin, 181 St. Mary's St., has joined the sales staff of George Manyak Ford.
Chapin and his wife, Mable, have four children. Three are married and the youngest son, Ray, lives with his parents.
A lifelong resident of Norwalk, Chapin belongs to the First United Presbyterian Church here.
Finance System Grove champion
Finance System already had the championship in its pocket but this didn't carry any weight with the Eagles Tuesday night in the Junior circuit of the lefty Grove League.
The Eagles played Finance to a 1-1 tie over the first six innings before the winners exploded for four runs in the top of the seventh.
Members of the winning team were pictured in the paper. They included Alan Hohler, Jim Schepers, Doug Peabody, Kurt Eberly, Dave Peabody, Robert Meagrow, Patrick Brown, Mike Fries, Jim Wetzel, Steve Fries, Doug Hemenway, Mark Kozlowski, John Peabody, James Budziszewski, Steve Kaytayn and coaches Charles Fries, Ollie Griffith and Tom Fries.
Compiled by Andy Prutsok