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A gaggle of insects (Left to right Cameron Mann ’24, Josy Pitaro ’24, Finley Chevrier ’24, Samantha Edwards ’24, Matthew Bukzin ’24)  facing James (Beck Fipp ’27) during rehearsal.

James and the Giant Peach makes its debut at Staples

Elsa D'Elia '25, Staff Writer March 7, 2024

Almost every member of the Staples community should be familiar with the feeling of waiting in anticipation in the dim auditorium, playbook in hand, waiting for the start of another notorious Staples Players...

Usher performed during the Apple Music halftime performance in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII.

Revealing the highs and lows of Usher’s Super Bowl halftime performance

Poppy Harrington '25, Social Media Manager February 17, 2024

I don’t watch football often, but I do watch the Super Bowl every year whether I know what's happening or not. This year I was particularly excited to see Usher's half time performance due to his highly...

Alina’s Cakes & Cookies is now open in Westport in addition to Fairfield in the Post Road plaza with Greens Farms Spirit Shop and Fortuna’s.

Alina’s Cakes & Cookies expands into Westport

Rylie Cordella '25, Assistant Business Manager February 17, 2024

Alina’s Cakes & Cookies opened in early February on 1252 Post Road East in the Turkey Hill plaza with Green Farms Spirit Shop, Gofer Ice Cream, and Fortuna’s. This is the bakery’s second location...

The Grammys 2024 had highs and lows, per usual.

The Grammys 2024 were predictable, but fun

Jack Robinson '26, Web Opinions Editor February 17, 2024

The Grammys were, as predicted, a hot mess. For a three and a half hour show, only nine awards were handed out, leaving a whopping 85 awards to be shafted and handed out in the preshow. The show read more...

Galentines Day 2023 table

Whip up some love: Valentine’s Day recipes to savor with loved ones

Avery Michalowski '26, Assistant Creative Director February 15, 2024

Personally, I think Valentine's Day is an underrated holiday, although I celebrate it in a different way than most. I don't have a boyfriend, but instead I celebrate the love I have for my friends and...

Choreographer Caitlin Roberts sets a group number, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” with the cast of “The Lion King Jr.”

Middle School Actors Prepare for their Big Show

Andi Jacobs, Paper Arts Editor February 8, 2024

Everyone knows about Staples Players. It is Westport’s beloved high school acting troupe, filled with Broadway-bound singers, dancers and actors. But where do these students come from? Where did they...

Detapas decorated the restaurant with an array of colors and plants to attract customers and create a great ambience.

DeTapas Spanish Gastrobar closes its doors

Charlotte Berner '25, Staff Writer February 8, 2024

DeTapas Spanish Gastrobar closed down on Jan. 28 due to financial reasons after being open for a little over two years. The restaurant first opened on Jan. 14, 2022 and has served a variety of Spanish...

My first loaf of sourdough bread.

Sourdough; a mix of science and baking that is not for the weak

Avery Michalowski '26, Assistant Creative Director February 6, 2024

Sourdough is a miraculous, natural creation made with just water, flour, heat and time. Meaning it doesn't need store-bought yeast to rise and instead is made with fermented water and flour. My love...

Ye delays new collaborative album with Ty Dolla $ign, sparking anger after previous controversies. (Photo by Pieter-Jannick Dijkstra, Flickr)

Ye delays new collaborative album with Ty Dolla $ign triggering widespread anger after previous controversies

Corbin Chaney '25, Staff Writer January 4, 2024

Controversial rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and frequent collaborator Ty Dolla $ign were supposed to release their anticipated album, “Vultures” on Dec. 15 under the group name ¥$. The...

“This is the Life I See” will run through Dec 30, 2023 at Westport’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

From prison to painter to people: Westport’s Museum of Contemporary Art showcases works of Purvis Young

Zoe Boxenbaum '25 and Nina Bowens '25 December 18, 2023

What separates a prison and an art gallery? The two share more than you might expect. Concrete floors, blank walls, open rooms and a home for artist Purvis Young’s multimedia works.    Young was...

Art teacher Stephanie Sileo’s Printmaking and Studio Art Foundations classes created printmaking pieces using LEGOs.

New projects, recently added classes, independent exploration: art department welcomes variety of creative opportunities

Lily Hultgren '25, Paper Features Editor December 18, 2023

For Staples students, whether you want to be an aspiring artist, learn a new skill or destress from a busy school schedule, there are many opportunities in the art department to tap into your creativity...

Released on Nov. 22, “Maestro” pays a respectful tribute to Jewish composer among offensive minority representation in Hollywood.

The ethics of a nose: Netflix’s “Maestro” raises questions from critics

Zoe Boxenbaum '25, Broadcast Director December 18, 2023

After six years of preparation, an $80 million budget, 129 minutes of run time and one prosthetic nose, “Maestro” (a biopic about legendary Jewish composer Leonard Bernstein) has proven to be a box...

The AMC Royal 6 movie theater in Norwalk previewed the trailer for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to The Hunger Games series, on the big screen ahead of its official release on Nov. 17.

Unveiling the origin story: ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ enriches ‘The Hunger Games’ series

Poppy Harrington ’25, Social Media Manager December 7, 2023

The unique plot, dystopian setting and compelling storytelling are a couple of reasons why “The Hunger Games” remains one of my favorite movie series. When I went into the theaters with my friends...

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