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The Westport Library hosted a First Selectman debate on Oct. 12. The event lasted from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Candidates responded to questions relating to Westport issues from moderator, Matthew Mandell.

Westport Library hosts First Selectman Debate

Tierney Kugel ’22, Breaking News Manager October 14, 2021

Westport’s First Selectman Debate took place on Oct. 12 at the Westport Library. The debate, sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Matthew Mandell, lasted from 12:00-2:00...

On Oct. 5, students across Fairfield County who were planning to attend the 2022 County Charity Ball and the Red and Whites Charity Ball were informed of the dances cancelation due to a lack of funding from local businesses. (The dates selected do not reflect the original dates of Counties and Red and White dances)

2022 Counties, Red and Whites dances canceled

Hannah Conn ’23, Web Opinion Editor October 7, 2021

The County Charity Ball, affectionately called “Counties,” and Red and Whites Charity Ball, or Red and Whites, were canceled on Oct. 5. Both dances originally had two separate dates in February, one...

In response to the Texas abortion ban and subsequent Supreme Court ruling, protesters yelled chants such as “my body, my choice” and “we won’t go back” throughout the rally.

Protesters for abortion rights gather on Saugatuck River Bridge

Dania Hemdan ’24, Staff writer October 5, 2021

A pro-choice abortion rights rally took place Saturday afternoon, Oct. 2, at Saugatuck River Bridge. People from all different backgrounds, including Staples students, gathered on the sidewalks of the...

Saugatuck Elementary School has experienced a rise in COVID-19 cases, prompting optional testing on Oct. 1.

Rise in Saugatuck cases, classified outbreak

Toby Goldfarb ’23, Web News Editor October 3, 2021

A total of 30 COVID-19 cases were identified as of Sept. 30 over the past week at Saugatuck Elementary School, according to the WPS COVID-19 Dashboard. This outbreak has led state health officials to recommend...

Cheshire High School’s fan section waved an Israeli flag during the football game versus Staples on Sept. 24.

Staples students accuse Cheshire High School of antisemitism during football game

Amanda Rowan ’22, Photo-stories Editor September 26, 2021

Staples students reported hearing offensive chants and seeing an Israeli flag waved in the Cheshire High School’s student section during the varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 24.  “Late last...

The girls second floor bathroom was vandalized on Sept. 23. The perpetrator(s), who has not yet been identified, peeled paint off the stall walls, broke the toilet seat and drew a sexually explicit image on the stall door.

Girls bathroom vandalized, administration searches for perpetrators

Giselle Oldani ’22, Web Managing Editor September 25, 2021

The second-floor girls bathroom was reported vandalized on Sept. 23. A piece of the toilet seat was broken off and thrown into the toilet, paint was peeled off the stall and spread across the floor and...

The effects of a viral TikTok trend can be felt all across the state, even in our own town at Bedford Middle School, where bathrooms such as these were vandalized and stolen from.

Property stolen, destroyed at Bedford Middle School due to viral TikTok trend

Finnegan Courtney ’23 September 20, 2021

A recent TikTok trend that has involved theft, destruction of property and vandalism at schools has spread to Westport, specifically, Bedford Middle School (BMS), resulting in restrictions on student freedom...

Staples administrators announced that a Homecoming Dance for seniors will take place on Oct. 23, following a majority of survey responses in favor of the dance.

Administration announces senior Homecoming Dance

Natalie Bandura ’22, Editor-in-Chief September 17, 2021

Staples seniors will have a Homecoming Dance on campus on Oct. 23, following the annual Pep Rally and homecoming football game on Oct. 22, according to an email sent out to Staples students by Principal...

Michael Newman, 61, was arrested Friday May 21, after a warrant was made for his arrest regarding child pornography.

Former Staples peer advisor arrested, facing possession of child pornography charges

Emma Smith ’22, Staff Writer May 27, 2021

Former Staples peer advisor Michael Newman turned himself into the Westport Police Station on the evening of May 21; he was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography in the third-degree,...

An overview of the major changes resulting from the last COVID-19 guidance across the state.

Masks no longer required indoors if fully vaccinated

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor May 18, 2021

After over a year of mask-wearing and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the end may finally be near with new CDC guidance.  “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things...

The FDA is predicted to approve the distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to 15 early next week. Connecticut plans to get vaccines to this age group through the use of school clinics.

FDA set to authorize Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and above

Claire Redmer '21 May 6, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to authorize distribution  of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to 12 to 15-year-olds during the week of May 10. The vaccine was previously approved...

The schedule for the 2021-22 school year has been announced as returning to the six-period day schedule Staples had before the pandemic.

Schedule change set in motion for 2021-22 school year

Maddy Tansley ’23 April 26, 2021

The Staples school day schedule for the 2021-22 school year is set to change back to the six-period a day model that was used pre-pandemic, rather than using the current four-block model.   When...

An email sent to all staff on April 5 specified that all staff members, including those who just received their second shots, are expected to work in person on the asynchronous Friday, April 9 following the district’s final second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

Staples staff expected to report in person on asynchronous day following second dose vaccine clinic

Lys Goldman ’21, Managing Editor April 9, 2021

All Westport teachers and staff are expected to work in person on Friday, April 9, an asynchronous day, after the district’s final second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic is held on Thursday, April 8, per...

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