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Arts Center to Open Student Art Show

The Westport Arts Center will hold its 2007 Student Art Exhibition June 9-17, and there will be an opening reception on Saturday, June 9 at noon-2 p.m.

The exhibition will feature artwork by students from Westport, Norwalk and Bridgeport.

The majority of the artwork on display will work by 19 high school juniors and seniors from Staples High School and Greens Farms Academy.

They include Erica Adler, Ben Bangser, Emily Black, Nick Burrows, Lindsay Chandler, Kylie Collins, Will Denton, Jaclyn Foster, Flora Greenberg, Lauren Gesswein, Brendan Lee, Audrey Miller, Scott Ritchie, Pillip Seo, Austin Arnold Siegert, Sarah Steinmetz, Zach Smart, Stephanie Urist and Alex Vincent.

Joseloff Names New Assessor

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Paul A. Friia: Coming back to Westport. Contributed photo
Someone familiar with Westport has taken the position as Westport’s new assessor.

Paul A. Friia replaces William Gaffney, who resigned earlier this month after serving three years, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced today. (See WestportNow May 11, 2007)

Friia served as Westport’s deputy assessor from 1998 to 2002 and has been Weston assessor since 2003.

“I’m very pleased that Paul (Friia) has accepted Westport’s offer of employment,” Joseloff said in a statement. “I’m confident that his vast knowledge and experience in all aspects of assessing real estate in general and particularly Connecticut municipalities will be a real asset for our community.”

Community Theatre Opens “Lend Me a Tenor” on Friday

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The Westport Community Theatre opens Ken Ludwig’s comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” on Friday. The production will be held on Fridays and Saturdays June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Sundays June 3, 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. There will also be a performance on Thursday, June 7 at 8 p.m. There is much chaos in the Tony Award-winning comedy where confusion and mistaken identities tell the story of the Cleveland Grand Opera’s biggest fundraising night in history, where a world famous tenor is scheduled to perform the lead in “Otello.” Before his arrival, things unravel from start to finish, creating an uproarious evening of theater. Tickets are $12 – $16. Contact the Box Office at (203) 226-1983 for reservations or go to www.westportcommunitytheatre.com for directions. The theater is located at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Celebrating Solar Power

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Carl Leaman, chair of Westport’s Green Energy Task Force, and Selectwoman Shelly Kassen, a member of the group, smile as they inspect new solar panels dedicated today at Westport fire headquarters. The installation is one of the first on a municipal building in Connecticut and was partially financed by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Westport Cuts Ribbon on First Solar Panel Project

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First Selectman Gordon Joseloff (l-r), Green Energy Task Force Chairman Carl Leaman and Selectwoman Shelly Kassen cut the ribbon for the town’s first solar panel project at Westport Fire Headquarters today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Linda Alvkall

Westport’s top officials gathered at Westport Fire Headquarters today to cut the ribbon on the town’s first solar panel project and celebrate a step forward in saving energy.

Workers from Solar Works recently completed installing 110 panels for the 23.6 kilowatt system on the roof of the building in the project that cost $191,600. Westport received a $100,000 grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund for the project.

The panels, which can be viewed from Post Road East, will provide the building a portion of the electricity it needs.

Mark Pizzi, Westport Solar Consultants principal, said today represented a fine moment for Westport and a unique opportunity.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 48 Myrtle Ave.

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Westport building officials are considering a demolition application for the house at 48 Myrtle Ave. at the corner of Evergreen Avenue.  Built in 1929, the 3,493-square-foot house is situated on a 0.75 acre property. It is on the Historic District Commission agenda for its June 12 meeting. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com