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The first two professional development days of the 2024-2025 school year will take place on Aug. 22-23.

Increased professional development time to be added to next year’s school calendar

Olivia Saw ’26, Web Arts Editor May 8, 2024

 Westport’s Board of Education approved adding more professional development (PD) time to the school calendar for next year on Thursday, May 2. The schedule will see a total of three delayed openings,...

While the intention of the new FAFSA application was to simplify the aid process for families, the rollout challenges ended up causing more harm than good, especially for those in greatest need.

FAFSA complications push back senior decision day

Ella Harrington '25, Web News Editor May 7, 2024

National Decision Day, typically celebrated on May 1, will take place on May 14 this year due to delayed financial aid award letters from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). With these...

I-95 was shut down due to a three car collision. One of the trucks contained oil which led to a catastrophic fire, leading to the destruction and future rebuilding of the bridge located above the highway.

BREAKING NEWS: Fire causes I-95 closed due to car collision, fire

Siena Petrosinelli ’25, Paper Arts Editor May 3, 2024

I-95 in Norwalk is closed until at least May 6 due to the need for rebuilding the depleted overpass that was damaged during a fire from a petroleum tank erupting. CTInsider reported that overnight work...

TikTok has become incredibly popular among American teenagers, yet many still view it as a threat to security, including the United States Senate.

BREAKING NEWS: TikTok ban bill is officially made law, will take effect next year

Jack Robinson, Editor April 25, 2024

The Senate passed the “21st Century Peace through Strength Act”--a bill that combines a $95 billion aid package to Ukraine and other nations as well as a ban on TikTok-- on April 24,  and it was signed...

Big Y employs over 10,000 people across all Big Y Foods Inc. convenience stores.

Big Y Supermarket confirms arrival in Westport, promising quality for local residents

Avery Michalowski ’26, Assistant Creative Director April 24, 2024

Big Y Supermarket is expected to open in four to six months in place of Amazon Fresh supermarket, in Post Plaza shopping center. The Amazon Fresh Market had been mostly built and ready for opening but...

Staples High School science teachers handed out glasses for all students and staff.

Solar Eclipse lights up Westport

Poppy Harrington, Social Media Manager April 24, 2024

The solar eclipse crossed over North America, passing over Mexico, the United States and Canada on Monday, April 8. The eclipse was only visible to certain states within the U.S., including Connecticut,...

On Feb. 27, gathered on North Avenue across from Staples High School and Bedford Middle School to peacefully protest against racism and discrimination in Westport Public Schools. The protest lasted from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Westport Public Schools face accusations of racism

Lily Hultgren '25 and Zoe Alpert ’25 April 23, 2024

Westport Public Schools received calls for a reform of its policies regarding racism following a peaceful protest on Feb. 27, outside of Staples High School and Bedford Middle School. The protest was in...

From April 8-10, the Staples High School library created an amnesty period for overdue books and equipment. Students could either return the items or follow one of the prompts instructed by Librarians Jennifer Cirino and Nicole Moeller, waiving up to six dollars in fines.

Library offers amnesty for overdue items during the solar eclipse

Demi Sasson '25, Associate Managing Editor April 22, 2024

From April 8 to April 10, students could submit fun photos via email or bring overdue items to the Staples library to forgive any fines under $6 in lieu of the solar eclipse.  Librarians Jennifer Cirino...

During the months of April through November, Church Lane will be closed to public traffic allowing only pedestrians on the road.

Downtown Westport announces seasonal entertainment starting early April

Danisha Nasution, Staff Writer March 29, 2024

Church Lane will be temporarily closed to public traffic for outdoor entertainment as the weather starts to warm up.  On March 13, plans were finalized to close the road that runs through downtown...

If approved, this years Education budget will increase by about 8%.

Board of Finance approves Board of Education budget for next year

Sophie Smith ’26, Paper Sports Editor March 29, 2024

The Board of Finance passed the Board of Education’s spending plan for the 2024-2025 school year on March 19. The budget will now go to the Representative Town Meeting to be officially approved.  The...

Dr. Daniel Cortright leads the BMS Science Olympiad team to victory. Cortright started out as the assistant coach in 2017 and became head coach in the 2021-2022 season.

Bedford Middle School Science Olympiad team places first in state tournament, advances to national competition

Ella Harrington‘25, Web News Editor March 29, 2024

The Bedford Middle School (BMS) Science Olympiad team placed first  at the Science Olympiad state competition in Coventry on March 16. Many participants received individual awards as well. With this victory,...

Leigh Foran ’24 poses for her next year on the Colombia Women’s Track team.

Principal Thomas announces 2024 valedictorian, salutatorian

Audrey Curtis '25, Web Photostory Editor March 20, 2024

Staples High School revealed its valedictorian, Leigh Foran, and salutatorian, Andrew Berkowitz, for the Class of 2024 on Feb. 27. The selection process, based solely on students’ weighted GPA, recognized...

Westport will charge electric vehicle drivers fees at 35 charging stations across town and railroad lots, with a rate of 35 cents per kilowatt-hour and an additional idling fee at certain locations, to promote sustainable and economically viable EV use.

Westport implements electric vehicle charging fees

Liora Perkins ’25 and Lily Rimm '25 March 18, 2024

Charging electric vehicles at public stations in Westport will soon come with a cost, as the town prepares to implement fees starting March 11.  This decision, approved in December, initially planned...

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