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From the First Selectman’s Desk – 11/21/14

Our Town Hall staff has been busy organizing two initiatives that will take place this fall and winter. The first of these initiatives advances one of my top goals: strengthening our sense of community through events that bring residents together. The Woodbridge Town Library is partnering with Long Wharf Theater around a smart and funny play by Steve Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

Last week, the Library hosted actors from the play and the play’s Performance Director, Gordon Edelstein, at the Center Gym. The actors performed two scenes from the play followed by a discussion led by Mr. Edelstein with an audience of more than 80 people.

In a small town like Woodbridge we are able to make great things like this happen, and as in this case, in short order! My friend Linda Calarco, a Woodbridge resident and Long Wharf supporter, suggested this partnership. I shared Linda’s terrific idea with the Library’s acting director Lynn Serra and program officer Katherine Ward who shared my enthusiasm for the program and made it happen.

In addition to Lynn and Karen, I’d like to thank Betsy Yagla, the Town’s Assistant Administrative Officer, Long Wharf Theatre staff Elizabeth Nearing and Josh Borenstein and a very special thank you to Gordon Edelstein, Long Wharf’s Artistic Director, and the actors who read scenes from the play. The actors were impressive, indeed, and the discussion was rich and rewarding for audience and actors alike.

There are two more parts to this Long Wharf/Woodbridge collaboration. On December 3, Dr. Mark Schenker, Senior Associate Dean of Yale College, will host a discussion about the play at the Library at 7 p.m. Copies of the play are available for check out at the Circulation Desk. And on December 11, Long Wharf Theater will host “Woodbridge Night”—residents can take advantage of a 25% discount on tickets that night and attend a special pre-play reception. To take advantage of the discount, visit the Town’s website, woodbridgect.org.

Another initiative that commences this fall is the Woodbridge Energy Challenge. If you missed the first workshop last week, you still have several more chances to sign up for a solar assessment and learn about other ways to conserve energy and save money.

Over the winter the Woodbridge Energy Challenge will present three informative workshops –in January, February and March—about topics such as insulation, home energy audits and HVAC upgrade options. In April there will be another workshop focusing on solar energy.

To make sure you know about these and other upcoming important events in Woodbridge, please sign up for the Town’s enewsletter at tinyurl.com/WoodbridgeEnews and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/WoodbridgeCT.

I hope you can join us and your neighbors at some of these upcoming events and I wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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