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The Connecticut Department of Public Health reported 11 fentanyl-laced marijuana overdose cases in July, nine in August, nine in September and 10 in October. The cases occurred all over Connecticut with no apparent pattern. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, just two milligrams of fentanyl can be a lethal dose.

Connecticut Department of Public Health warns of fentanyl-laced marijuana spike

Giselle Oldani '22, Web Managing Editor November 24, 2021

Officials from the Connecticut Overdose Response Strategy and the Department of Public Health issued a warning last week concerning a rise in marijuana laced with fentanyl. In the past four months, the...

Staples High School offered the COVID-19 booster shot for teachers on Nov. 17. They could sign up for a preferred time slot and receive it when convenient.

Westport Public Schools offers booster shot for teachers

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Paper Arts Editor November 21, 2021

Staples High School offered a booster shot clinic on Nov. 17 following the announcement that teachers were eligible to receive it as of Sept. 24. Despite the low transmission rates in school, many...

The Coxsockie skin rash can develop on hands, feet and mouth, known to be an itchy discomfort and takes approximately seven to 10 days to go away.

Coxsackie viral infection spreads throughout Staples

Talia Varsano ’24, Staff Writer November 18, 2021

The infectious Coxsackie virus, otherwise known as hand, foot and mouth disease, has been spreading throughout the Staples community in recent weeks.  Liam Donaldson ’24, a safety and running back...

Jen Tooker and Andrea Moore’s plans as they take office as First and Second Selectwomen elects.

Republicans elected to First and Second Selectwomen seats

Jason Stein '22, Staff Writer November 18, 2021

Jennifer Tooker and Andrea Moore will be sworn in as Westport’s first and second select women as of Nov. 12, 2021. After a tight race, according to, the pair won by a mere 69 votes on...

American airports are filled with visitors as the travel ban for dozens of countries has now ended.

America terminates the international travel ban for dozens of countries

Jolie Gefen ’24, Staff Writer November 18, 2021

Travelers from countries around the world are now allowed back in America as of Nov. 8. After almost two years of strict pandemic restrictions, travelers are now able to enter the United States. Although...

Winners of the 2021 Westport election were sworn in and took the Oath of Office during the inauguration held at Town Hall on Nov. 15.

Inauguration held at Westport Town Hall for local election winners

Tierney Kugel ’22, Breaking News Manager November 17, 2021

The inauguration and Oath of Office Ceremonies for Westport 2021 election winners were held at Westport Town Hall on Nov. 15. The inauguration and ceremonies lasted from 7:30-8 p.m. where representatives...

This is the Saugatuck Shores in Westport, Connecticut at the spot where the Westport Police, Fire and EMS Departments rescued a Westport man at 5.55 am on Nov. 9.

Westport police, fire, EMS departments save man in water

Lily Klau ’23, Paper Features Editor November 12, 2021

A Westport man was rescued Nov. 9 at 5:55 am by Westport police, fire and EMS departments after he was found partially submerged in the water.  “It was an elderly gentleman [with an undisclosed medical...

A panel of students from Civic Leadership High School along with Connecticut Board of Education Student Member Natalie Bandura discuss preliminary ideas for budgeting proposals at the Nov. 10 event.

New state initiative expands youth civic engagement in education budgeting

Anna Diorio ’23, Paper Arts Editor November 10, 2021

Staples will participate in Voice4Change, an initiative in state educational financing, which allows students to craft, campaign for and vote on budget proposals for how to spend $20,000 allocated to each...

The mask mandate in Westport was lifted on Nov. 4, effective immediately.

Mask mandate lifted for indoor public settings in Westport

Meg Enquist '23, Assistant Business Manager November 6, 2021

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe rescinded Executive Orders #9 and #10 and lifted the mask mandate for indoor public settings on Nov. 4, effective immediately. Westport has been in the gray category...

Governor Lamont’s “Screen and Stay” initiative provides an opportunity for unvaccinated students and staff to remain in school when contact-traced. Certain criteria must be met for contact-traced unvaccinated persons to continue attending school under these rules.

Lamont announces optional statewide contact-tracing initiative for schools

Natalie Bandura ’22, Editor-in-Chief November 6, 2021

Governor Lamont announced the rollout of the “Screen and Stay” initiative for Connecticut schools on Nov. 4. For schools that choose to participate, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students and...

Republicans Jennifer Tooker and Andrea Moore won as First and Second Selectwomen in Westport’s Nov. 2 election, beating out the Democratic incumbents. Seven Democrats and 11 Republicans won elected positions.

Republican candidates secure victory as Westport’s First and Second Selectwomen

Natalie Bandura ’22, Editor-in-Chief November 4, 2021

Republican candidates Jennifer Tooker and Andrea Moore became Westport’s First and Second Selectwomen, defeating the Democratic First Selectman incumbent Jonathan Steinberg, who represented Westport...

Recently, Bedford Middle School was announced as one of the  top 10 middle schools in the state.

Bedford ranked eighth on top middle schools list in Connecticut

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor November 1, 2021

Recently, U.S. News released a list of the top middle schools in each state, including Connecticut. On the Nutmeg State’s list, Bedford Middle School (BMS) ranked eighth on the list with Coleytown Middle...

Despite mask mandates and other COVID-19 prevention procedures, children are still vulnerable to the virus.

FDA authorizes the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11

Ava Cordella '24, Staff Writer November 1, 2021

Starting Nov. 4, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be available to children 5-11 years of age.  The vaccine will be administered in two dosages. Each dose is a reduced 10 milligrams in comparison...

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