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First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and Selectwoman Shelly Kassen hosted the first Citizen Brown Bag Luncheon of their administration today. They talked about a number of issues they are working on including revaluation and senior citizen tax relief. The next one is scheduled for Dec. 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Joseloff Holds First Brown Bag

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First Selectman Gordon Joseloff listens to residents during Wednesday’s Citizens Brown Bag Lunch, the first of his administration. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff heard about problems with sidewalks, trees and an assortment of other issues during his first Brown Bag lunch today, but he also outlined his initial plans after a little over a week in office.

Joseloff said he hopes it was the first of many sessions, but he hopes to take brown bag lunches—first initated by former First Selectwoman Diane Farell—on the road to other venues.

“We still haven’t worked out the schedule yet, but we hope to have it here at Town Hall at least one time per month,” he said. “The holidays are coming, so we might not have something set until after the new year.”

Joseloff said he wants to keep an open line of communication with the community, so he intends to continue the lunches.

Library Taps Seven Top Advisors

By James Lomuscio

Seven movers and shakers, some with enough credentials for a presidential cabinet, have joined the Westport Public Library’s 25-member Advisory Coucil, a body that offers insight on how the library can define its mission and reach its goals.

The new members include: Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; David Komansky, chairman emeritus of Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc.; Lawrence Grossman, former president of NBC News and PBS and current co-chair of the Digital Promise Project; Ann Sheffer, a community arts patron and member of the Connecticut Commision on Culture and Tourism, as well as a board member of myriad foundations; Evelyn Kossak, president and co-founder of Jolen Creme Bleach Company; Ian Bremmer, columnist and commentator who founded Eruasia, a research and consulting firm; and Venetia Kontogouris, managing director for Trident Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm.

The new council members join a powerhouse roster that includes Joseph A. Califano, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1977 to 1979, and John Sias, former president of the San Francisco Chronicle and president of NBC Network Group.