Inklings News

German students take field trip to UConn, win competition in German language

Staples German students compete in the quiz bowl at UConn on Nov. 14.

Siri Kanter ’20, Associate Managing Editor

December 17, 2019

German students at Staples took a field trip to the UConn Storrs campus to learn about German culture on Nov. 14. Staples placed first in the Quiz Bowl, a competition in that tested students’ knowledge about the German language and influence.  Thirty-seven students, in classes German 1 through ...

CMS Principal placed on leave following arrest

Szabo has been charged with a second-degree breach of peace after allegedly physically assaulting a 71-year-old man in a parking lot. 

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...

Governors Ball changes their age policy for 2020

People who are 17 and under cannot enter the festival unless accompanied by an adult. This new age policy will begin next year at the 2020 music festival.

Mia Daignault '20, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Governour’s Ball announced a new age policy on Nov. 25 that prohibits attendees under 18 years of age from attending the 2020 Governour’s Ball music festival. Under-age attendees can accompany adults, but each adult is required to bring a valid form of ID and can only bring two under-age attendee...

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 ...

Sporting goods store closes in Westport

The sports store Olympia Sports on Post Road East announced it’s closing and has started its closing sale on many items.

Abbie Goldstein '22, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

Olympia Sports, a retail sporting goods company, is closing its Westport location along with eight other stores throughout Connecticut due to a change in ownership. JackRabbit, a different sporting goods company, recently purchased the company and is continuing to operate 75 different Olympia Sports s...

Paper bags acquire an extra charge in Westport stores

Companies with local stores like Whole Foods, Bluemercury and Stew Leonard’s have distributed reusable bags to promote environmental awareness.

Lauren Hassell ʼ22, Web Features Editor

November 19, 2019

Westport has enacted a $.10 tax that local, non-corporate stores have the option to apply to every paper bag provided to their customers.  According to the Connecticut State Department of Revenue Services (DRS), municipalities are permitted to enact or enforce an ordinance concerning single-use checkout bags ...

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

Westport public schools are temporarily changing the crust of their pizza, due to a shortage in the original. The new crust contains the additional allergens of eggs and sesame.

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...

Matsu sushi closes due to sales tax suspension

Matsu Sushi is one of many sushi restaurants in Westport, but has faced numerous closures over the past year.

Molly Gold '21, News Editor

October 19, 2019

Matsu sushi closed temporarily due to the suspension of their Sales and Use tax permit on Oct 11. The permit was suspended due to violations such as a discrepancy in the sales tax remittance from years past, according to WestportNow. Many Staples students are no longer customers of the business...

Sandy Hook promise posters posted around school promote school safety

K2BK promise posters displayed around Staples High School to promote school safety through teacher reliance

Caroline Donohue '20, Business Director

October 11, 2019

Thirty-one posters were recently hung up around Staples to promote school security. The posters were organized by Kool 2 Be Kind (K2BK) through their new program “Say Something Hall of Fame” in accordance with the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. These posters feature the name, fun fact and contact...

New Wreckers deli excites students

Students waiting in line at the new Wreckers Deli for a faster approach to sandwiches.

Kylie Cohen '20 and Charley Guthartz '22

October 8, 2019

The Staples cafeteria introduced the new Wrecker’s Deli, allowing students and staff to pre-order sandwiches during lunch waves for the convenience of students with after-school activities. During the three lunch waves, long lunch lines make it difficult for students to order and eat a sandwich...

Board of Education examines redistricting for elementary, middle schools

Due to the construct on Coleytown Middle School due to the mold, the BoE has considered redistricting areas to help balance the amount of students at the schools as Westport’s enrollment is declining.

Katie Simons ’22, Arts Editor

October 8, 2019

The Westport Board of Education (BOE) discussed plans to redistrict the elementary and middle schools at a meeting on Sept. 23. Although redistricting would balance out the recent decrease in enrollment in the Westport Public Schools system, no decisions have been finalized. The BOE discussed...

RTM rejects attempt to ban sale of recreational marijuana

Marijuana, which is classified by the Federal Government as a Schedule I drug, has been legalized by 11 states and Washington, DC in recent years. Many believe that Connecticut’s State Legislature will legalize it within the next few legislative sessions.

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...

EEE disease reappears, takes second life in Connecticut

NORTHERN TENDENCIES: According to CNN, in 2019, there have been cases of EEE in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Michigan. Massachusetts had the highest number of cases, 10, and North Carolina had the lowest, one. There have been fatal cases in every state except for North Carolina and New Jersey.

Giselle Oldani, Web Arts Editor

October 4, 2019

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, has taken the life of an unnamed resident of Old Lyme, Connecticut, the office of governor Ned Lamont confirmed on Sept. 24. The patient was hospitalized in the middle of September and was said to be of elderly age. This death...

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