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COVID-19 case prompts quarantines at Long Lots Elementary School

Impacted by a positive COVID-19 test, Long Lots Elementary School now has multiple members of its community quarantined

Finnegan Courtney '23, News Editor

October 2, 2020

Long Lots Elementary School (LLS) was revealed to have a positive COVID-19 case late on Sept. 28. The person, whose identity cannot be revealed due to privacy protections, is currently quarantined at home for 14 days. Immediately following the district’s knowledge of the case, they began contact t...

Threatening political messages posted in downtown Westport cause fear among residents

Lucy Arrow '21, Web Managing Editor

October 1, 2020

Violent and threatening posters spreading political messages were placed in downtown Westport by an unknown person or group of people this weekend. Posted outside of Pink Sumo, and taped to  parking signs on Church Lane, the signs had both national and local threats.  Some signs read “This town is ours, kill Trump...

Fairfield Ludlowe High School closes down within month of opening

Fairfield Ludlowe closed down due to the coronavirus

Jack Dennison '21 and Jalen St.Fort ’22

September 28, 2020

Fairfield Ludlowe High School closed on Thursday for the remainder of the week after five students tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Mike Cummings stated that the school closed down after the administration received a phone call that multiple students tested positive for the virus.  ...

Coleytown Elementary closed after staff member tested positive for Coronavirus

Coleytown Elementary closed after staff member tested positive for Coronavirus

Katie Simons ’22, News Editor

September 14, 2020

Coleytown Elementary School (CES) closed down on Sept. 11 after a staff member tested positive for Coronavirus just three days after opening the school to students for the first time since March The district plans to reopen CES on Monday.    “The Administration learned early this morning that a staf...

Instagram trends have brought people together

Instagram challenges are the new trend that are bringing people together.

Jake Navarro '20 and Ethan Frank '20, Staff Writers

May 14, 2020

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Westport Registrar of Voters announces deadlines for 2020 election registration

By Monday, voters will need to make a final decision on which party they will be a member of for the 2020 election and whether or not to switch.

Finnegan Courtney '23, News Editor

May 11, 2020

The Westport Registrar of Voters decided that May 11 would be the last day for registered voters who are currently in a political party to switch parties. All new or unaffiliated voters who wish to register as a member of a political party must do so by Aug. 10. In order to vote in a primary, Connecticut voters must be registered as members of that primary’s party. ...

Lamont closes public schools until fall

Connecticut schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

Jack Dennison '21, Broadcast Director

May 6, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont officially canceled in-person classes at all Connecticut public schools until the fall. This comes as the state approaches 30,000 coronavirus cases. In a press release, Lamont expressed disappointment in the circumstances that led to his decision. “I was holding out hope t...

We The People breaks records in unprecedented times

The We The People team discovered they had won their division over a Zoom call with teacher Suzanne Kammerman.

Serena Ye '20, Broadcast Director

April 30, 2020

The We The People class placed fifth at the 2020 National Finals Challenge held from Saturday, April 25 to Sunday, April 26.  In addition to finishing the highest Staples High School has ever placed, the team also received the Division C award as the highest-scoring team from the Northeast. In li...

Longshore Golf Course and Compo Beach parking lots plan to reopen May 15

On May 15, Longshore Golf Courses and Compo Beach parking lots will be reopening for the public with restrictions.

Lucy Arrow '21, Paper Features Editor

April 30, 2020

As of May 15, Longshore Golf Course and Compo Beach parking lots will be reopening after their closure since March 14 in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Although these locations are reopening, restrictions are being placed to maintain safety. At the beach parking lots, the spaces avail...

College and Career Center revises plan to keep senior internships

Students will have three options to choose from as their “Reimagined Senior Internship.”

Emily Stone '20, Business Director

April 29, 2020

The College and Career Center announced April 28 that senior internships for the 2020 school year will take place as scheduled.  According to an email sent out to the senior class, students will be able to choose from three different research based options that will act as their internship experience. ...

Westport utilizes pandemic drone to test for COVID-19 symptoms

Westport utilizes pandemic drone to test for COVID-19 symptoms

Lia Chen '20, Associate Managing Editor

April 22, 2020

Westport will be the first town in Connecticut to use drones to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their “Flatten the Curve Pilot Program” announced on Tuesday. The drones will be able to detect COVID-19 symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and fevers from up to 190 feet away using a specialized...

Westport cancels summer events due to COVID-19

The 2020 Fourth of July fireworks and Memorial Day Parade in Westport are canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Caroline Donohue '20, Business Director

April 21, 2020

The 2020 Memorial Day Parade and Fourth of July fireworks in Westport have been canceled this year to prevent community spread during the coronavirus pandemic. The town of Westport released a statement of cancelation on April 20.  First Selectman Jim Marpe and other Westport officials are working to ho...

Executive order requires use of face coverings in public in Connecticut to slow spread of COVID-19

Some citizens have used bandanas as face coverings when going out in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Others have used homemade cloth masks, surgical masks and more to protect themselves. Beginning April 20 at 8:00 p.m., these face coverings will be required in public if one cannot keep a safe social distance.

Lys Goldman ’21, Paper News Editor

April 20, 2020

Connecticut residents will be required to wear a face covering in public spaces effective Monday, April 20 if they cannot stay at least six feet away from others, as stated in an executive order signed by Governor Lamont on April 17. In addition to anyone who cannot maintain a safe social distance...

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