Inklings News

Sporting goods store closes in Westport

Sporting goods store closes in Westport

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

Paper bags acquire an extra charge in Westport stores

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 ...

Carly Kaplowitz ՚21, Features Editor

October 23, 2019

Eager Carly Kaplowitz ՚21 is excited to follow her path from Intro to Journalism to Advanced Journalism with high hopes for the upcoming year. Currently enrolled as a paper features editor, Kaplowitz was inspired to take on this role by her sister, a previous editor for Inklings. While Kaplowitz enjoys...

Charley Guthartz ’22, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

Charley Guthartz ’22 is in her first year of Advanced Journalism as a staff writer. Guthartz decided to take the class after enjoying her Intro to Journalism class freshman year. “Whatever you’re passionate about, you have the ability to write about it,” Guthartz said about journalism. Outside...

Matsu sushi closes due to sales tax suspension

Matsu sushi closes due to sales tax suspension

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...

Petition for track to be named after coach Lawrence

Petition for track to be named after coach Lawrence

Lily Caplan '22, Staff Writer

October 19, 2019

Andrew Colabella, a representative of RTM district four, created a petition two weeks ago to name the new Staples track after Laddie Lawrence ’64, head coach of boys’ cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. The petition on change.org has over 1,000 signatures. Colabella requested...

Student Assembly pushes towards a cleaner school community

Student Assembly pushes towards a cleaner school community

Annabelle Iannone ’21, Web News Editor

October 18, 2019

Student Assembly hung up posters around Staples in the middle of September to encourage students to help maintain a clean school environment. The signs, placed throughout the hallways and in each bathroom, ask students and staff to report any facility maintenance issues, such as a toilet being out...

Push Against Cancer joins OKO, other local business for town block party, sends kids to camp

Push Against Cancer joins OKO, other local business for town block party, sends kids to camp

Charlotte Armstrong ’21, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

The first annual Push Against Cancer (PAC) Block Party raised funds for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp at the Green at National Hall on Oct. 6. The fundraiser, which raised $2,200, pays for the costs of kids suffering from cancer to attend the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. “This is a once in a...

ACT test change allows students to retake individual exam sections

ACT test change allows students to retake individual exam sections

Emily Stone '20, Business Manager

October 12, 2019

The ACT announced Tuesday that students will be allowed to retake individual sections of the exam starting Sept. 2020. According to USA Today News, for a fee, students will be able to retake specific subjects where they did poorly. In the past, students would have to reregister, repay, and retake...

Board of Education examines redistricting for elementary, middle schools

Board of Education examines redistricting for elementary, middle schools

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...

Connecticut minimum age to buy tobacco increases

Connecticut minimum age to buy tobacco increases

Marina Engler '22, Staff Writer

October 8, 2019

Connecticut residents must now be 21 or older to buy products containing tobacco effective Oct. 1. Healthcare officials and lawmakers alike concluded that the bill, passed in June 2019, is necessary to stop habitual smoking in teenagers. “95 percent of smokers start their habit before reaching...

Staples teens fight to bring Ed Milton back to campus

Staples teens fight to bring Ed Milton back to campus

Reilly Caldwell '20, Features Editor

October 8, 2019

Staples students started a petition that has since received over 360 signatures to reinstate Teen Awareness Group advisor and student outreach counselor Ed Milton after he was released by the Town of Westport. Students both involved and not involved in TAG attended the Board of Education (BOE) meeting...

Trump Administration targets teen vaping epidemic

Trump Administration targets teen vaping epidemic

October 4, 2019

The Trump Administration addressed the growing health concerns of teenage use of e-cigarettes after a recent increase in teens with respiratory related illnesses has been linked to vaping and five recent deaths of adult e-cigarette consumers. This prompted the U.S. Center for Disease Control to...

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