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WestportNow terminates publication

WestportNow will cease publication after nearly 18 years of reporting. This is due to the death of Gordon Joseloff, the website’s founder, editor and primary publisher.
November 25, 2020

WestportNow will stop publication at the end of November after the death of the website’s founder, editor and publisher, Gordon Joseloff.  The news was announced in a statement published on the website...

Westport establishes hotline, exposure notifications to track Covid-19

The exposure notification option in settings is available on both apple and android phones in Connecticut. When enabled, the service tracks if people have been exposed to others that have Covid-19 through logging any phone that comes within six feet. If someone with this service tests positive for Covid-19, they enter it into their phone and the exposure notifications send a message to phones that have come within six feet of the positive person.
November 25, 2020

Superintendent Thomas Scarice set up a coronavirus hotline and email address on Nov. 10 to report new cases. Additionally, exposure notifications were enabled on Nov. 13 to track exposure. “Should...

The Westport Farmers’ Market alters their winter season at Gilbertie’s

The Westport Farmers’ Market reopened at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center for the winter season with social distancing restrictions.
November 19, 2020

The Westport Farmers’ market officially opened for their annual winter season on Thursday, Nov. 12 at Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center in Westport with modifications put in place. “[The Westport...

Bedford, Coleytown Middle School switches to full distance as Westport cases rise

Bedford/Coleytown Middle Schoolers were notified of the closing on Sunday, Nov. 15.
November 17, 2020

As of Nov. 16, Bedford/Coleytown (Westport’s temporarily combined middle school) is fully remote until Nov. 30 due to staffing shortages because teachers were quarantined.   “After the high...

Staff, students learning remotely until after Thanksgiving break

Email sent by Superintendent Dr. Thomas Scarice outlined a remote plan for the upcoming weeks.
November 14, 2020

Westport students and staff will be learning remotely until after the Thanksgiving break due to an increase in the number of staff and students quarantining. The decision comes after students were fully...

Westport COVID-19 cases rise, Westport classified as “code red”

Nov. 13 press release on detailing First Selectman’s Jim Marpe’s response to the “code red” classification.
November 14, 2020

Westport became a “code red” town on the COVID-19 CT data map with the weekly number of cases increasing to 53 on Nov. 12.   The rate of cases in Westport increased to 22.4 per 100,000 residents,...

Staples goes full remote for Thursday, Friday

Due to the influx in COVID-19 cases in the district, schools have been forced to go fully remote for the remainder of the week.
November 13, 2020

All Staples High School students, as well as all middle schoolers, will go fully remote for Thursday, Nov. 12 and Friday, Nov. 13 due to an influx in COVID-19 cases, leading to a shortage of faculty.  In...

Staples High School coronavirus cases increase

Students who were identified as a close contact received an email on Nov 10 at around 9 pm, letting the students know they will be required to quarantine for the 14 days.
November 12, 2020

An email was sent out announcing that two more individuals at Staples High School have tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9. This is Staples’ fifth positive case of the year so far.    “This...

Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Stratford join growing Coronavirus red zone list

A sign asks customers at “The Fresh Market” to not enter the store without a mask. Signs like these have been seen frequently in front of stores such as Home Goods and Terrain throughout the pandemic.
November 10, 2020

As of Nov. 11, Stamford, Norwalk,  Brideport and Stratford, Connecticut are considered red zone towns, with Fairfield being moved from red to orange after the weeks of Oct 11-24. Further asymptomatic...

Staples confirms first COVID-19 cases

Westport families were informed of a positive COVID-19 case at Staples High School on Nov. 6. The infected person was in quarantine and did not have any close contacts at school.
November 10, 2020

Staples High School confirmed three positive COVID-19 cases between Nov. 6 and Nov. 9. These are the first cases at Staples during the 2020-21 school year.  “This afternoon I was made aware of an...

Changes made to Connecticut sports, CIAC delays winter start

Changes made to Connecticut sports, CIAC delays winter start
November 10, 2020

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced multiple changes to the original state plan for high schools sports, predominantly for winter ones, canceling sports deemed “high risk” during a press briefing...

Westport under COVID-19 “orange alert,” returns to Phase 2.1

Westport under COVID-19 “orange alert,” returns to Phase 2.1
November 10, 2020

Westport received an orange color coding on the Connecticut COVID-19 Data Tracker map of average daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents on Nov. 5. Following a statement from First Selectman Jim Marpe,...

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