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There is a potential tik tok ban on all devices following many debates over the security of U.S. government data. A bill has been introduced and evaluated following these debates.

TikTok bill enforced to protect the security of the U.S. government, U.S. technology

Olivia Signorile '25 , Staff Writer March 28, 2023

While the government issued a technology ban on government devices, some lawmakers want TikTok banned entirely in the United States. Republicans introduced the bill, which provides President Biden the...

Riverside Avenue is notoriously busy for its foot traffic due to the numerous restaurants and social venues situated on the avenue. However, there are no government-installed lights to help illuminate the busy area at nighttime, nor are there any traffic lights at the large intersection near The Whelk.

Riverside Avenue car accident triggers resident concerns

Henry Watson ’25, Paper News Editor March 28, 2023

Matthew Balga, 54, was struck by a car while crossing the street at 11:30 p.m on Riverside Avenue on March 4. According to police footage, Balga was wearing dark clothing and was walking outside of the...

After raining for multiple hours, snow from the storm is finally seen sticking to multiple surfaces.

Connecticut weathers second major storm

Nile Jean '24, Staff Writer March 17, 2023

Connecticut weathered its second major winter storm of the year yesterday. While Westport faced mostly rain, other northern parts of Connecticut saw powerful snowstorms.  The storm was a nor’ easter,...

The Staples Best Buddies Chapter poses for a group picture to post on their instagram to promote outside of school events.

Best Buddies hosts annual Friendship Ball

Maddie Bell '23, Staff Writer March 16, 2023

Connecticut Best Buddies chapters participated in the annual Friendship Ball on Sunday, March 12 from 2-5 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club. Tickets were sold for $25 each with the option to make an additional...

Most of the rates for Compo Beach parking have seen a 10% increase; however, this does not apply to the price of non-resident passes where the price was decided based on the rate from 2017. All data compiled from WestportNews. Graphic by Aidan Sprouls 23.

Compo Beach updates prices for 2023 season

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Web Opinions Editor March 15, 2023

For the upcoming 2023 beach season, the town of Westport has decided to update the price of parking passes at Compo beach, golfing at Longshore and camps held at Longshore or Compo beach, increasing the...

A car crashes into the culinary classroom before 8 a.m., causing a gas leak and fire alarm, and forcing an evacuation.

Car crashes into school, causes fire alarm and evacuation

Anna Kercher '25, Staff Writer March 2, 2023

A Jeep Wrangler crashed into the culinary department of Staples High School on Wednesday March 1, just before 8 a.m., causing a gas leak, followed by a pulled fire alarm and evacuation out of the building....

Proposed Connecticut legislation would require parental consent for social media users under the age of 16 to sign up for popular social media platforms, including but not limited to, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok.

Proposed Connecticut legislature requires parental permission for young social media users

Mia Bomback ’25, Paper News Editor March 2, 2023

Proposed Connecticut legislation would require children under the age of 16 to have parental consent to sign up for social media platforms. This would amend previous legislation that required parental...

Once winners are announced on April 18, the top three winners will receive cash prizes. Graphic by Rylie Cordella ’25.

TEAM announces 10th annual Teen Diversity essay contest

Rylie Cordella ’25, Staff Writer February 17, 2023

TEAM (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Westport and their co-sponsor, the Westport Library, announced their essay contest for the 10th year in a row on Feb. 6. This year’s essay topic...

In 2022, 183 seniors received the Seal of Biliteracy. An additional 117 juniors were also qualified to earn the Seal. The Class of 2018 were the first Staples students to obtain the Seal of Biliteracy after Governor Dannel Malloy signed Public Act 17-29 on June 6, 2017, which established the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy.  Graphic by Lily Hultgren 25.

Seal of Biliteracy assessment approaches, teachers, students reflect

Lily Hultgren ’25, Paper Features Editor February 16, 2023

This March, Staples juniors and seniors who are currently enrolled in a world language class will be taking the Seal of Biliteracy language proficiency assessment, the STAMP (Standards-based Measurement...

This stand stays outside of the school counseling offices and is a place where students can interact with a school counseling officer during the school day.  Even though this sign states, “Guidance help: free” they would like their services to be called “School Counseling.”
Photo by Aidan Sprouls 23.

Guidance office transitions name to ‘School Counseling’

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Web Opinions Editor February 16, 2023

Guidance has recently been making a transition to refer to its services as “School Counseling.” This change will be an adjustment to students; however, some believe that this will make the counseling...

Long Lots Elementary School was originally built in the 1950s as a middle school. Over time the appliances and systems in the school have deteriorated, leading the Board of Education to recommend a rebuild of the school.

Long Lots Elementary inspection reveals need for rebuild

Genevieve Frucht ’24 and Paige Miller ’24 February 16, 2023

 Westport Board of Education (BoE) recommended that the town construct a new Long Lots Elementary School  building in June 2022 after an inspection of the school showed that many of its systems and components...

One item under the “yellow bucket” is Post Road East at Hillspoint Road. The complaint was that people use the parking lot of Cumberland Farms as a cut through to avoid the light. This is dangerous for both pedestrians and customers.

‘Three Bucket’ plan addresses traffic, pedestrian concerns

Gabriella Gerig ’23, Paper Sports Editor February 11, 2023

The Town of Westport is addressing concerns regarding traffic and pedestrian safety issues using information from past meetings and organizing priorities according to the Traffic & Pedestrian Safety...

On Jan. 30 at Toquet Hall, Lighthouse hosted its “A Night of Queer History” event at Toquet Hall. Dan Woog (pictured above), Westport LGBTQ+ advocate, spoke on the history—and future—of the gay community.

Lighthouse, LGBTQ+ support organization arrives in Westport

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief February 7, 2023

Lighthouse, a LGBTQ+ youth support group within the Connecticut-based organization Kids in Crisis, opened an additional location in Westport. Currently, there are three Lighthouse locations: Stamford,...

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