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Historical Society ‘Back to Roots’ Exhibit Opens Friday

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Members of the Westport Historical Society’s exhibit team prepare for Friday’s opening of its new exhibit about Westport farming called “Back to Our Roots.” There will be a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Also on display in the Little Gallery is “Rock On! – Our Stone Wall Heritage,” an array of photographs of Westgport stone walls from the artistic perspective of WestportNow photographer Larry Untermeyer. Pictured (l-r) are: Elizabeth Juvelier, Carrie Aitkenhead, Sue Kirby, Anne Levine Brian O’Leary Dorothy Curran, WHS president. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Training Under the New Chief

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Westport firefighters today performed their annual May Day Firefighter Down training under the direction of the Fire Department’s new chief, Andy Kingsbury, at its headquarters facility.  Kingsbury, who had been the department’s training officer as assistant chief, said that this drill reinforces the communication issues that are vital when a missing or downed firefighter is rescued. He said the training also raises the awareness of the potential for a firefighter fatality in the line of duty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Sportsmen of Westport Honorees

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Seven Westporters were honored Tuesday night at the 50th annual Sportsmen of Westport Dinner of Champions at Continental Manor in Norwalk. Posing for a group picture, they are (l-r) Mark Brockwell, Mary Gail Horelick-Gristina, Nikki Zeoli-Porzio, Nell Mullen, Jay Paretzky Carmen Arciola, Steve Doig, Jack McFarland, and Al Fiore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Westporter to Take Over Lobbying Group

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Westport’s Michael Kassen shakes hands with President Obama at Sunday’s session. The Washington Times featured the photo on its website.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) washingtontimes.com graphic
Westport resident Michael Kassen will take over as head of the pro-Israel lobbying group The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Current president Lee Rosenberg made the announcement Sunday at AIPAC’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. shortly before President Obama addressed the group.

Kassen will serve as president-elect until he is installed as national president at the 2012 AIPAC Policy Conference to be held next March. He has been a member of AIPAC’s National Board of Directors.

Kassen, who recently traveled to Russia where he met top Russian officials, is married to Westport Selectman Shelly Kassen.

Building Bought for $12M Sells for $5.4M

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE and CORRECT (corrects Main Street sale, adds Hampe background) A just completed Westport commercial office building sale is sure to send shudders down the spines of nervous Westport’s property owners. WestportNow.com Image
The office building at 450 Post Road East changed hands last week. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The building at 450 Post Road East purchased in 2007 for just under $12 million—and assessed at $10.9 million by the town in 2010—has sold for $5.4 million, according to the Town Clerk’s office.

Abbey Road Advisors LLC located at 33 Riverside Ave. sold the building, which had been vacant, to Baywater Properties LLC in Darien. It was a private sale that did not involve commercial real estate brokers.

The conveyance tax to the state was $54,154 and to the town, $13,538.50, according to the deed received Friday and stamped by Patricia Strauss, town clerk.