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Absentee ballot concerns emerge as election approaches

To reduce the potential for COVID-19 spread from in-person voting, many are choosing to vote with absentee ballots. Ballots are mailed in or dropped off in-person in official ballot drop boxes. One is located in the back of Westport’s Town Hall.

Madeleine Casey '22, Opinions Editor

October 26, 2020

COVID-19 has induced an unprecedented increase in the use of absentee ballots in Westport, leading, in turn, to increasing ballot rejection.  Many fears stem from the fact that those now considering absentee voting have never done so before.  “We have fielded all sorts of questions about a...

Phase 3 of reopenings launched as COVID-19 rates increase among youth

With the new Connecticut Phase Three plan in place, Arezzo restaurant-goers are now free to eat outside with no maximum capacity and inside up to 75% capacity.

Natalie Bandura '22, News Editor

October 23, 2020

Phase 3 of statewide reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic was implemented on Oct. 8 as the next step in the four-phase plan for reopening designed by Governor Lamont and his administration. The new, more lenient protocols include an increase from 50% to 75% capacity for indoor seating at restaurants...

Connecticut COVID-19 cases rise in wake of phase three reopening

On Monday, Oct. 12, 1, 339 COVID-19 cases were reported, brining the positivity rate up to 2.4%. The is the highest rate Connecticut has seen since June.

Meg Enquist '23, Staff Writer

October 22, 2020

Connecticut reported a 2.4% COVID-19 positivity rate on Monday Oct. 12, the highest single-day rate since June.  The number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations increased by 16 patients, bringing the statewide total to 188. Connecticut hasn’t had this many COVID-19 hospitalizations since June 15.  T...

Scarice recommends against full reopening of Westport schools

Following Scarice’s decision, Long Lots Elementary School will be staying in their current model and not going back five days a week.

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor

October 22, 2020

During the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, Superintendent of Schools Thomas Scarice announced that he would not be recommending a full reopening of schools at this time, and that the district would be continuing the hybrid model for the foreseeable future due to concerns over an uptick...

Westport robbery investigation persists with urgency

The People’s United Bank in Stop and Shop 
is right next to the entrance of the store. 
The bank has not only lost money, but the 
trust of the public since the robbery.

Sydney Chinitz '23, Staff Writer

October 22, 2020

Police have limited leads on the suspect of the four People’s United Bank robberies at Stop and Shops around Fairfield County that occured between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5.  The police departments of Shelton, Norwalk, Westport and Fairfield are all working together on this top-priority case. As of ri...

COVID-19 case prompts quarantines at Long Lots Elementary School

Impacted by a positive COVID-19 test, Long Lots Elementary School now has multiple members of its community quarantined

Finnegan Courtney '23, News Editor

October 2, 2020

Long Lots Elementary School (LLS) was revealed to have a positive COVID-19 case late on Sept. 28. The person, whose identity cannot be revealed due to privacy protections, is currently quarantined at home for 14 days. Immediately following the district’s knowledge of the case, they began contact t...

Threatening political messages posted in downtown Westport cause fear among residents

Lucy Arrow '21, Web Managing Editor

October 1, 2020

Violent and threatening posters spreading political messages were placed in downtown Westport by an unknown person or group of people this weekend. Posted outside of Pink Sumo, and taped to  parking signs on Church Lane, the signs had both national and local threats.  Some signs read “This town is ours, kill Trump...

Fairfield Ludlowe High School closes down within month of opening

Fairfield Ludlowe closed down due to the coronavirus

Jack Dennison '21 and Jalen St.Fort ’22

September 28, 2020

Fairfield Ludlowe High School closed on Thursday for the remainder of the week after five students tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Mike Cummings stated that the school closed down after the administration received a phone call that multiple students tested positive for the virus.  ...

Coleytown Elementary closed after staff member tested positive for Coronavirus

Coleytown Elementary closed after staff member tested positive for Coronavirus

Katie Simons ’22, News Editor

September 14, 2020

Coleytown Elementary School (CES) closed down on Sept. 11 after a staff member tested positive for Coronavirus just three days after opening the school to students for the first time since March The district plans to reopen CES on Monday.    “The Administration learned early this morning that a staf...

High school football players protest in Hartford over season’s cancellation

Cameron Manna '21, Staff Writer

September 11, 2020

High school football players from across the state assembled on the steps of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford on Wednesday to protest the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s (CIAC) decision to cancel their season.                                 ...

Eversource response to Tropical Storm Isaias frustrates Westport, elicits PURA investigation

Tropical Storm Isaias was the fourth biggest storm to hit Connecticut, following Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. The majority of Westport lost power for an extended period of time.

Natalie Bandura '22, Paper News Editor

August 31, 2020

The aftermath of tropical storm Isaias has elicited an investigation into Eversource’s storm preparation and response rate by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), in light of widespread discontent with the efficiency of Eversource’s power line repairs among both private citizens...

Lamont announces barbershops, hair salons delayed until June

Despite the initial announcement that barbershops and hair salons would be included in phase one of Connecticut's reopening plan, Lamont has retracted this statement and pushed the reopening date to June.

Finnegan Courtney '23, News Editor

May 28, 2020

Earlier this week, Governor Ned Lamont announced during his daily briefing that all Connecticut hair salons and barbershops reopenings would be pushed back from its original date of May 20 to at least June 1. While most stores and restaurants throughout the state reopened in some capacity on May 20,...

Lamont removes Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health

Governor Ned Lamont removed the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health in the midst of the coronavirus.

Andreas Lolis '21, Breaking News Editor

May 19, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont fired Public Health Commissioner Renée Coleman-Mitchell on May 12.  Coleman-Mitchell’s tenure was marked by controversy surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations, according to The CT Mirror. Lamont thanked the departing Commissioner in a press release that announced the decision. “[Coleman-Mitchell’s] service over the last year has be...

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