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Friends of Sherwood Island Honor Joseloff

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The Friends of Sherwood Island State park tonight honored Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff with its True Friend award at its 15th annual Shorefest Dinner at the park, which also honored the 100th birthday of the state park system. Hope Hageman, a founding member of Friends, presented the award as (l-r) Liz-Ann Koos, president of Friends, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal looked on. Blumenthal, who presented Joseloff with a certificate honoring him on his award, recalled the two have known each other since they were teenagers in Westport, spending much time on its beaches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Staples ‘63 Kicks Off 50th Reunion Weekend

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Members of the Staples High School class of 1963 tonight kicked off their 50th reunion weekend with a party at the clubhouse at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach. Among the attendees were (l-r) Miggs Burroughs, Barbara Kelman Ravage, Wendy Gladstein Singley, Pam Barkentin Blackburn, Jill Lundquist, and Carmine Picarello. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Fun at Pre-Playhouse Gala Party

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A reception was held tonight at the Westport home of art patron Ann Sheffer to honor Westport Country Playhouse benefactors, sponsors and board members associated with the Sept. 16 Playhouse Gala celebration. Pictured are gala co-chair Katya Friend and Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos with Howard Aibel, who will be presented at the gala ceremony with the inaugural Westport Country Playhouse Leadership Award for philanthropy and art advocacy. The event honors Phylicia Rashad, the first African-American woman to win the Tony Award for a dramatic lead role in the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Tickets are available at www.westportplayhouse.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Comings & Goings: Kidville opens Sept. 15

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Kidville, 1572 Post Road East, dedicated to children’s activities and located in the former location of Goodwill Industries, opens on Sept. 15 with an open house celebration for the public from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., according to owners Rob and Valerie Gutman. Valerie said the celebration features use of the gym, arts and crafts and live entertainment by the Rockin’ Railroad band. The 4,800-square foot store offers a children’s boutique shop, birthday parties, classes for newborn to 5-year-olds in music, dance, art and pre-school enrichment, a gym and KVU—Kidville University classes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Flood Issues to Be Discussed at Monday Meeting

The Town of Westport will host an informational meeting about flooding on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.

Special guest will be Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer Gemma Fabris of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, according to a Fire Department announcement.

Homeowners who are interested in elevating their homes and have been affected by severe flooding during Hurricane Sandy or have suffered repetitive loss from prior storms should attend, the announcement said.

There will be a question and answer period to address any concerns residents may have.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 22 Jennie Lane

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 22 Jennie Lane, near Compo Road South, is in process. Built in 1956, the one-story split level has 1,716 square feet and is situated on a 1.01-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Property Transfers Aug. 19 – 23, 2013

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Aug. 19 - 23, 2013:

Sharon J. Brockwell to Lori M. and Scott Church, 1 Country Lane, $2,875,000WNproperty.jpg

Hayward R. and Noelia Gipson Jr. to Robert S. and Nora A. Caporale Jr., 5 Imperial Landing, $1,190,000

Timothy N. Bailey to GMAC Mortgage LLC, 120 Valley Road, $263,400

Richard M. and Lisa A. Jeanneret to Paul and Patricia Block, 22 Burr Farms Road, $3,065,000

Groundbreaking Sunday to Mark Church Rebuilding

Work is under way on rebuilding Westport’s Saugatuck Congregational Church after its devastating fire in November 2011 and a groundbreaking will be held Sunday 1 p.m. to mark the occasion.

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Preliminary work is under way on rebuilding the Saugatuck Congregational Church following the November 2011 fire. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The church said the first stage of work involves removal of plaster and materials damaged by water and smoke as well as restoration of pews in the sanctuary.

“Construction is projected to begin in six to eight weeks and to be completed in the fall of 2014,” the church said in an announcement.

The official groundbreaking ceremony will be held in the Memorial Garden on the church grounds following the church’s Welcome Sunday 11 a.m. worship service and picnic.