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Westport School District faces federal investigations

Westport School District faces federal investigations

March 30, 2017

By Ian Bernstein '18 & Sophie Driscoll '19 On Nov. 9, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights opened two investigations of the Westport Public School system in response to allegations claiming a school principal and guidance counsellor shook a student complaining of harassment, acco...

Facebook launches new “Town Hall” feature

Facebook launches new “Town Hall” feature

March 29, 2017

By Maddy Sell '18 This Monday, March 27, Facebook introduced a new feature that allows users to easily follow and contact their respective state and federal representatives. The new service can be found via Facebook’s slide out menu, both on web and on mobile, and displays a list of local repres...

Threats of a shooting force Darien High School into lockdown

Threats of a shooting force Darien High School into lockdown

Kit Epstein '17, Staff Writer

March 27, 2017

By Kit Epstein '17 On Friday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m, Darien High School, located 14 miles south of Staples, went on lockdown after multiple threats of a shooting were found in writing in the boys’ bathroom. According to The Darien News, there were two different threats written on the bathroom ...

London attacks raise question of predictability of terrorism

London attacks raise question of predictability of terrorism

March 26, 2017

By Izzy Ullman '17 While attempting to complete her homework on a flight to London on March 22, Lindsey Felner ’17 was left in shock when a CNN update about a terrorist attack popped up on her computer. The update unraveled the first of many, eventually revealing the terrorist attack that killed...

Donut Crazy cuts ribbon to new store located in Westport

Donut Crazy cuts ribbon to new store located in Westport

Cate Casparius '19, Staff Writer

March 21, 2017

By Cate Casparius '19 March 17, 2017 was a big morning for Jason Wojnarowski as he cut the ribbon at 9 a.m. to officially open his fifth Donut Crazy in the last three and a half years. Around 150 members of the Westport community gathered behind Wojnarowski to welcome him into the community, including t...

Winter Storm Stella leaves students in a white out

Winter Storm Stella leaves students in a white out

Brett Franklin '18, Assistant Business Manager

March 14, 2017

Prior to the arrival of winter Storm Stella, it was announced the Westport Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, due to the forecast for blizzard conditions. Winter Storm Stella is expected to accumulate more than a foot of snow and bring high winds to Westport, and “will make...

Staples seniors recognized for the High Honors Society

Staples seniors recognized for the High Honors Society

March 9, 2017

By Julia Rosier '18 Eighteen Staples seniors received an email on March 3, 2017 notifying them of being in the top 4 percent of their class, which qualified them for the High Honors Society. “I was super excited and didn’t expect it or to even be at the spot where I am,” Julie Kaplan ’17...

Superintendent warns faculty of budget reduction after state education cuts

Superintendent warns faculty of budget reduction after state education cuts

Fritz Schemel '17, Editor in Chief

March 9, 2017

By Fritz Schemel '17 In an e-mail Tuesday to Staples faculty, Superintendent Colleen Palmer detailed the impacts recent state budget cuts to Westport’s education system will have. In her letter, Palmer said the district has lost $2.4 million dollars in support from the state this year in their...

Democrats prevail in Connecticut General Assembly after special election

Democrats prevail in Connecticut General Assembly after special election

Charlie Colasurdo '18, Staff Writer

March 9, 2017

By Charlie Colasurdo '18 On Feb. 28, Democrats Douglas McCrory and Dorinda Keenan Borer won their races for Connecticut State Senate and House, and Republican Eric C. Berthel gained the other vacant Senate seat. Though it’s been months since Election Day, the Connecticut General Assembly was facing...

Car plunges into Saugatuck River killing husband, wife survives

Car plunges into Saugatuck River killing husband, wife survives

February 28, 2017

By Megan Brown '17 At approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday, diners at The Whelk were disrupted by the sound of a woman screaming from the Saugatuck River. They immediately dialed first responders. “They [the people at the restaurant] couldn’t see her, but they heard her screaming in the channe...

Oscar’s best picture debacle stirs up controversy

Oscar’s best picture debacle stirs up controversy

Phoebe Mendelson '17, Staff Writer

February 28, 2017

By Phoebe Mendelson '17 The mix-up between “La La Land” and “Moonlight” for who won best picture is how many are remembering the 89th Academy Awards that took place on Feb. 26, 2017.  Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, over 34 millions viewers were tuned in to watch the Oscar’s unfold. From Viola Da...

We the People A.P. Gov gets into national competition off of wild-card spot

We the People A.P. Gov gets into national competition off of wild-card spot

Emma Greenberg '18, Opinions Editor

February 10, 2017

By Emma Greenberg '18 On Jan. 7 the We the People section of A.P. Government and Politics learned that they qualified for the National We the People competition. The We the People competition tests students on their knowledge and understanding of the constitutional principles and provides students with ...

Public school students condemn Education Secretary confirmation

Molly Mahoney '18, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017

By Molly Mahoney '18 Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Education Secretary Feb. 7 when 50 senators voted in favor of her confirmation and 50 opposed it, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast his vote as a tiebreaker. Despite party alliances, Republican senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski...

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