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Restaurants adapt to social distancing guidelines

Restaurants adapt to social distancing guidelines

Ella Bloomingdale '20, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Westport restaurants have implemented curbside pickup and delivery services in response to First Selectman Jim Marpe’s Executive Order #1 that ordered the closing of all on-site restaurants services, effective March 16. “The new rule has surprisingly made my family and I eat out more,” Abby Rag...

Westport accumulates 1/5 of all Connecticut COVID-19 cases

Westport accumulates 1/5 of all Connecticut COVID-19 cases

Evi Tarshis '20, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Connecticut state officials reported on March 23 that the number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Westport has surpassed 70, which is one fifth of the state’s confirmed cases, while Westport only represents 1% of the state’s population.  “Last week the number of testing sites and...

Staples implements daily A/B schedule

Staples implements daily A/B schedule

Shira Zeiberg ’22, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Staples will begin an A/B schedule starting Thursday, March 26 where students meet with classes from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m for the duration of the distance learning academic plan.  On A days, periods one through four will meet and on B days periods five through eight will meet. Some Staples students ...

Board of Education eliminates April break for 2020 school year

Board of Education eliminates April break for 2020 school year

Claire Redmer ’21, Social Media Director 

March 25, 2020

The Board of Education voted to cancel four days of the Westport Public School spring recess during a special meeting held virtually via Zoom on March 23. The vote was unanimous with member Vik Muktavaram abstaining.    April 6 through April 9—which students originally had off from school—w...

School closure further prolonged

School closure further prolonged

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont announced Monday in a news conference that all Connecticut schools will remain closed until at least April 20th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, distance learning programs will remain in operation throughout the state. “We are not going to let this period be a loss for your kid...

Westport Center for Senior Activities closes until further notice

Westport Center for Senior Activities closes until further notice

Serena Ye ’20, Broadcast Director

March 23, 2020

The Westport Department of Human Services (DHS) closed all facilities and daily programs at the Westport Center for Senior Activities (WCSA) until further notice due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), effective March 11.   Prior to the initial local outbreak, the department took vital steps to prep...

COVID-19 prompts standardized testing cancellations

COVID-19 prompts standardized testing cancellations

Lucy Arrow '21, Features Editor

March 23, 2020

Multiple standardized testing dates have been cancelled in test centers across the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and many are not planned to reschedule.  These cancelled tests include Connecticut’s in-school March SAT, the April ACT, March SAT and May SAT. The April ACT, the only test res...

Stop & Shop adjusts hours to accommodate patrons ages 60 and over

Stop & Shop adjusts hours to accommodate patrons ages 60 and over

Emma Van Riper ’20, Social Media Director

March 23, 2020

Stop & Shop added a window of time from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM for customers ages 60 and over to shop alone, effective March 19, as this age group is highly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The store hours for the rest of customers will be from 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM, which will give wor...

Connecticut establishments closed to restrict COVID-19 community spread

Connecticut establishments closed to restrict COVID-19 community spread

Margot Stack ’22, Staff Writer

March 20, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont has ordered all restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and bars to close in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the Hartford Courant. In addition, President Trump has confined all gatherings to less than 10 people.  Starting Monday night, local restaurants will be restricted to food de...

WWHD finishes off COVID-19 testing supplies, terminates testing

WWHD finishes off COVID-19 testing supplies, terminates testing

Natalie Bandura '22, Paper News Editor

March 19, 2020

The Westport-Weston Health District (WWHD) ran out of COVID-19 testing supplies and was forced to terminate testing for the purpose of tracing residents who may have come in contact with the virus. “The WWHD is no longer attempting to trace individuals who might have come into contact with the virus,...

District moves to Distance Learning model amid coronavirus pandemic

District moves to Distance Learning model amid coronavirus pandemic

Claire Redmer ’21, Social Media Director

March 17, 2020

Westport Public Schools began Distance Learning on Tuesday March 17 in order to continue teaching students while schools are closed due to COVID-19.  The district’s Distance Learning model at the high-school level requires students to complete daily assignments which are published through online platf...

President Trump imposes travel ban on Europe, prompting travel cancellations in Westport

President Trump imposes travel ban on Europe, prompting travel cancellations in Westport

Jack Dennison '21, Sports Editor

March 17, 2020

President Trump banned all travel between the U.S. and the European Union for 30 days last Wednesday, effective March 13, to help control the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He later included the United Kingdom and Ireland in the ban, and advised Americans not to gather in groups of more...

Lamont temporarily closes all Connecticut public schools

Lamont temporarily closes all Connecticut public schools

Maya Hruskar '23, Staff Writer

March 16, 2020

On March 15, amid growing concerns of the Coronavirus pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont ordered Connecticut public schools closed effective March 17 until March 31, in an executive order. “To promote and secure the safety and protection of children in schools related to the risks of COVID-19, all public school classes will be canceled for all s...

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