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Michel’s letter prompts response from administration

Michel’s letter prompts response from administration

Sophie Casey ’20 and Siri Kanter ’20

February 15, 2020

Niah Michel ’20 described several concerns about the treatment of minority students in a letter to the editor, entitled “Racism at Staples,” published by WestportNow on Feb. 14. Michel said she wrote on behalf of the black and Latino community at Staples and addressed the alleged discrimination an...

Kings Highway Elementary bus crashes with children on board

Kings Highway Elementary bus crashes with children on board

Claire Redmer '21, Social Media Director

February 8, 2020

A school bus with over 20 students on board veered off Sylvan Road North, striking a traffic sign, stone wall and a tree while en route to Kings Highway Elementary School at 8:15 a.m. on Feb 7. Several of the students sustained minor injuries; however, none required transport to a hospital. The driver was extra...

Szabo returns to middle school from leave

Szabo returns to middle school from leave

Rachel Suggs '21, Web News Editor

January 31, 2020

Coleytown Middle School (CMS) principal Kris Szabo returned to her position on Jan. 29 after being placed on administrative leave. Szabo was placed on leave on Dec. 4 following her arrest for allegedly slapping a man in a parking dispute in Southbury, Connecticut. She was charged with second-degree ...

School Start Time Committee presents unanimous agreement for 8:00 a.m. Staples start time

School Start Time Committee presents unanimous agreement for 8:00 a.m. Staples start time

Natalie Bandura '22, Paper News Editor

January 14, 2020

The Westport School Start Time Committee presented the unanimous agreement on Jan. 13 to move start times for Staples High School to 8:00 a.m., start times for the middle schools and Saugatuck Elementary to 8:30 a.m. and start times for the remaining four elementary schools to 9:00 a.m. to the Board of Ed...

Chef’s Table Westport location announces its close

Chef’s Table Westport location announces its close

Lexie Moskovit ’21, Web Sports Editor

January 3, 2020

Chef’s Table, located on 161 Cross Highway in Westport, will be closing on Jan. 15, due to low business. Chef’s table opened in Westport on April 1, 2018. Most of the customers are students from Staples and Bedford along with construction workers, tradesmen and delivery men early in the morning....

CMS Principal placed on leave following arrest

CMS Principal placed on leave following arrest

Poppy Livingstone '21, Creative Director

December 12, 2019

Coleytown Middle School (CMS) Principal Kris Szabo was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday, Dec. 4, following her arrest for allegedly slapping a man during a parking dispute.  Szabo was charged with second-degree breach of peace and was released on a $500 bond. She appeared in state Superior Court i...

Beach spot “Joey’s by the Shore” closes after 32 Years

Jack Dennison '21, Paper Sports Editor

November 21, 2019

Joey’s by the Shore will close promptly due to a loss of a rent agreement with the Westport Parks and Recreation department, according to a press release on the Westport government website. Joey’s had been serving Compo Beach and the Longshore Country Club with standard American fast food for ...

Change in ingredients leaves allergic students unable to eat pizza in Westport Public Schools

Change in ingredients leaves allergic students unable to eat pizza in Westport Public Schools

Claire Redmer ’21, Social Media Director

November 2, 2019

Chartwells, the food service provider for Staples, temporarily replaced the current pizza crust with another option containing the additional allergens of eggs and sesame, as the original is unavailable due to high demand. The temporary change was implemented on Oct. 31.  In an email from Principal St...

RTM rejects attempt to ban sale of recreational marijuana

RTM rejects attempt to ban sale of recreational marijuana

Andreas Lolis ’21, Paper News Editor

October 6, 2019

The Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) voted down an ordinance that would ban the sale of recreational marijuana in Westport for two years if and when the state legalizes it. Jimmy Izzo, RTM Member and Chair of the Public Protection Committee, introduced the ordinance along with RTM Member Greg...

Hate symbols discovered in Staples

Hate symbols discovered in Staples

Dana Perelberg '20, Paper Managing Editor

September 15, 2019

Multiple hate symbols––including a carving of a swastika––were uncovered at Staples High School on the evening of Sept. 12.  Upon the discovery of a swastika carved into a bathroom stall door, the administration called in the Westport Police Department to assist them in inspecting the sch...

BOE names Stafford Thomas Jr. principal of Staples

BOE names Stafford Thomas Jr. principal of Staples

Andreas Lolis '21, Paper News Editor

June 25, 2019

The Board of Education unanimously approved Stafford Thomas Jr. as Principal of Staples High School on June 20. The Principal seat was vacated by James D’Amico, who earlier this year announced his resignation effective at the end of June. While Thomas doesn’t have any specific potential pol...

Matsu Sushi reopens

Mia Daignault ’20, Staff Writer

June 10, 2019

Matsu Sushi in downtown Westport has reopened as of June 4. It was temporarily closed in April due to renovations. They also were charged with labor abuse charges earlier in the year. Matsu will be opened 11 am to 3 am and 5pm to 9pm Tuesday through Sunday but will be closed Monday’s to continue...

Dr. David Abbey named interim superintendent of schools

Dr. David Abbey named interim superintendent of schools

Sophie Driscoll '19, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019

Dr. David Abbey began as interim superintendent of schools on May 8. The Board of Education (BOE) appointed him to the role with a unanimous vote on May 6. Abbey will hold the position until the BOE finds a permanent superintendent. “It is gratifying to find someone of Dr. Abbey’s caliber to lead our schools th...

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