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The Playhouse suffered serious damage to several different areas of the theatre, because of the water that seeped through low-lying entrance doors and down staircases.

Westport Country Playhouse thankful for support after flood

Phoebe Miller ’23, Paper Sports Editor September 14, 2021

The Westport Country Playhouse suffered severe flood damage from the remnants of category two Hurricane Ida that hit Westport on the night of Sept. 1. The hurricane caused severe flooding and destruction...

Many Westport community members reposted this image on social media in order to educate their peers on the Texas abortion ban and the local protest.

Westport community gathers peacefully downtown, shows disapproval of recent Texas abortion ban

Jolie Gefen ’24, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

Westport community members gathered on Main Street on Sept. 5 to protest the recent ban on abortions in Texas.  The Texas abortion law prohibits most abortions past 6 weeks with few exceptions.  Many...

The Westport Board of Education returned to in-person meetings, like the one pictured above from two years ago, for the first time since March of 2020 (reused photo from previous Inklings BOE article).

Westport BOE returns to in-person meetings

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor June 10, 2021

The Westport Board of Education (BOE) returned to in-person meetings at Staples High School on June 7 for the first time since before the pandemic began in March of 2020. This announcement comes as Connecticut...

An overview of the major changes expressed in Superintendent Thomas Scarice’s update, including an update on mask policy.

Westport schools update COVID guidance, masks at recess not required

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor June 4, 2021

As part of the announcement that Westport schools will not be offering district learning next year, Superintendent Thomas Scarice also announced that masks will no longer be required outside at recess...

First COVID-19 vaccine dosage yields difficult side effects in 12 to 15 year olds

First COVID-19 vaccine dosage yields difficult side effects in 12 to 15 year olds

Lea Rivel ’22, Social Media Director June 4, 2021

Since Pfizer’s approval for children ages 12 to 15 on May 10, many vaccine recipients at Staples have experienced negative reactions to the shot.  Although the news of vaccinations opening up...

Hannah Even ’21 and Rishabh Mandayam ’21 were awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.

Two Staples seniors received the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship

Meg Enquist ’23, Assistant Business Manager June 2, 2021

The $2,500 National Merit Scholarship was awarded to two Staples seniors: Hannah Even ’21 and Rishabh Mandayam ’21. This scholarship can be used at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university...

She La La, a retail business, along with other buildings in Westport, have put signs in their storefront to inform customers of their mask policy.

Connecticut stores, restaurants individually decide mask mandates for vaccinated customers

Margot Richlin ’23, Web Opinions Editor June 1, 2021

Starbucks and Trader Joe’s are amongst the first stores to lift indoor mask mandates since Governor Ned Lamont changed Connecticut’s mask guidelines on May 19.  In Connecticut, fully vaccinated...

The Department of Education announced that Connecticut schools will not be required to offer distance learning to students for the 2021-2022 school year, creating speculation regarding Staples’ plans for the fall.

Westport Public Schools not required to provide online learning option for future academic years

Hannah Ratcliffe ’22, Web Arts Editor June 1, 2021

Superintendent Thomas Scarice announced that the Westport Public Schools, in accordance with the Department of Education, would not be offering remote learning for the next school year on May 21, eliminating...

COVID-19: a school year amidst the pandemic

COVID-19: a school year amidst the pandemic

May 27, 2021

From half-capacity, cancelled sports seasons and reverting to lesser capacity to a near return to normalcy, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the 2020-21 school year increasingly unpredictable. With the enormity...

Michael Newman, 61, was arrested Friday May 21, after a warrant was made for his arrest regarding child pornography.

Former Staples peer advisor arrested, facing possession of child pornography charges

Emma Smith ’22, Staff Writer May 27, 2021

Former Staples peer advisor Michael Newman turned himself into the Westport Police Station on the evening of May 21; he was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography in the third-degree,...

The 2018 Memorial Day parade in Westport will be somewhat different from this year due to COVID-19 regulations and protocols.

Memorial Day parade returns to Westport for May 2021

Finnegan Courtney '23, Paper News Editor May 26, 2021

Westport, for the first time in two years, will be celebrating Memorial Day with a parade through the town on May 31, starting at 9 a.m. “We know it will be different this year than in years past,...

Since the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-15 year olds, many students are receiving their first dose, even at drive-in clinics.

Pfizer vaccine authorized for children ages 12-15 by FDA

Prasaus Yeager ’22, Staff Writer May 25, 2021

Middle school students and underclassmen can now receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ages 12-15 on May 10.  According...

Connecticut remains effective in vaccine distribution; however, demand has decreased in the past few weeks, leaving officials concerned.

Connecticut vaccination rates decline, worries officials

Ella Shi ’23, Paper Features Editor May 25, 2021

In recent weeks, Connecticut’s vaccination rates have seen a drastic decrease, despite remaining a forerunning state in terms of vaccine distribution. Officials are concerned about persuading wary residents...

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