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Blueberry muffins are great for a light snack

Blueberry muffins are great for a light snack

Prasaus Yeager ’22, Staff Writer June 11, 2021  

The Porch is preparing to finish cleaning up and renovating the Westport building in time for an opening in mid-May.

The excitement

May 27, 2021

“When you walk in, I mean, if you've seen it before, I think it looks totally different,” Pecoriello said. “So again, we tried to keep what was charming about it. We hope people see that we kept...

Preparations ensue for the impending opening date of the Porch, repairing the kitchen among the most prominent.

The process

May 27, 2021

The Pecoriello’s focus on local business fits into their broader goal of creating a space for the entire Westport community. They’ve added a sound system, entertaining the idea of an acoustic guitar...

Andrea Pecoriello works through a spacing issue for the buckets of penny candy she hopes to bring into The Porch. She refuses to give up on her ambitions to create her dream country store.

The mission

May 27, 2021

In addition, some of the employees for the Remarkable Theater also work at Sweet P Bakery or will be working at The Porch. “We do have a similar mission. That's what binds us together,” Pecoriello...

Andrea Pecoriello discusses construction and renovation plans in an unfinished The Porch.

The inspiration

May 27, 2021

“This property just felt so right for what we wanted to do,” Andrea Pecoriello said. “People love it and have wonderful memories of it, and we wanted to restore it so that the next generation could...

Andrea and Bill Pecoriello (Andrea, right; Bill, left) are the owners of The Porch at Christie's, a new Westport restaurant at 161 Cross Highway, the former location of restaurants Christie's and Chef's Table.

Bringing back the classics

May 27, 2021

Situated at a recently installed gap in the white fence surrounding the restaurant’s titular porch, the ramp allows wheelchair users to enter through the slamming screen door (actually a new nostalgic...

Restaurants in Connecticut are now able to dine at full capacity, which has allowed for a resurgence in popular Westport dining spots such as the Spotted Horse in downtown Westport.

Restrictions ease as Connecticut prepares for new phase

Amanda Rowan '22, Photostory Editor May 27, 2021

Outdoor dining restrictions have eased in Connecticut, and many Westport restaurants followed suit, as of May 1. Governor Ned Lamont announced that the state will now allow individuals to be served at...

Due to the Connecticut State Senate's bill, students who were previously exempted from the vaccine for religious reasons are no longer excused.

Religious exemption bill for mandatory vaccines terminated

Phoebe Miller '23, Sports Editor May 27, 2021

The Connecticut State Senate has passed a bill that will no longer allow religious exemptions from children’s vaccination requirements for schools, colleges and other educational facilities. One such...

It is important to try to refrain from travelling during the pandemic to reduce surges in COVID-19. However, if people choose to travel during February break, Governor Lamont’s guidelines attempt to ensure utmost safety on and after a trip.

Post-December break COVID surge warrants more urgent February break protocols

Chloe Murray '22, Public Relations Director May 27, 2021

From December 8-22, three Staples students reported positive COVID-19 cases to the administration. From Jan. 3-17, 17 positive cases were reported*.  Students traveling and spending non-socially-distanced...

With Westport now classified as an

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

Natalie Bandura '22, Editor In-Chief May 27, 2021

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,...

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,...

Eli Shorrock ’22 enjoys the new schedule format because he can get more work done during class time. Although, sometimes he gets antsy during the long periods.

New block schedule provides positive take-away from pandemic

Jess Leon ’22, Staff Writer May 26, 2021

In a year that has consisted of constant changes, students have adopted some and neglected others. The block schedule at Staples has been a change that some students and teachers have seen as a positive...

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