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Hurricane Sandy Approaches Westport

Sandy marks her arrival as waves crash along Mill Beach.

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“I am seriously afraid of this hurricane. I basically live on an island,” said Angus Armstrong ’13. “There’s a river in front, behind, and an underground river to the right of my house and we flood all the time, even in mild rainfall.”

While the majority of students are anticipating school closings, Armstrong would be willing to trade a “potential week off of school” for the guarantee of no hurricane.

“I would be happier if it just dissipated in the Atlantic,” he said.

Students like Robby Vallone ’14 are taking a more relaxed approach to the upcoming storm.

“I live on a hill so I don’t have too much to worry about,” he said.


With the approach of Hurricane Sandy, Westport students and teachers alike are beginning to worry.

“It is not often that I raise such an alarm on the storm, but at the exact same time it is not often that I see the potential that weather models are showing right now,” said Jacob Meisel ’13, a teenage meteorologist known as the “Westport Weather Wiz.”

He went on to say that according to national weather models, Hurricane Sandy will have an East Coast landfall on Sunday night and will include gusts of up to 80-90mph.

Westport Police Captain Sam Arciola said that Westport has been meeting with emergency groups from other towns in order to prepare for the storm. “We’re currently in the pre-planning stages–getting all of the staffing and equipment together.”

“The staffing levels are important because we want to make sure that all of our police officers and emergency personnel can take care of their own families, homes, and personnel affairs while we deal with the storm,” he said.

Arciola urges early preparation due to the possibility of a prolonged event. “If the storm comes in close proximity to the region and there are power outages, you want to make sure that you have enough food, water, and fuel.”

A worker at Ace Hardware on Main Street said that many people have been coming in to get an array of necessities. “Flashlights, batteries, and propane are the biggest sellers, but people have also been buying tarps and sandbags,” she said.

Check Inklings for more updates as the storm progresses.

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Hannah Foley
Hannah Foley, Editor-in-Chief

Hannah Foley ’14 has many talents, but when combined together, she is unstoppable. As a major contributor to Inklings newspaper as Editor-in-Chief, WWPT radio, Staples’ award winning radio show, and Good Morning Staples, she is truly a triple threat. Each alone are impressive enough, but Foley is able to manage them all together.

It all started with journalism as a freshman, when her class joined forces with the television production class. She immediately began hosting at Good Morning Staples, where she can still be seen to this day. She later found herself as a part of the news department for WWPT, and the rest is history.

Foley has continued to impress, winning a John Drury Radio Award for second in the nation for a feature news story she wrote and read on WWPT.

Although each is unique, Foley feels that her participation in the individual organizations benefits the others. “Since they all have a base in journalism, they all require that you master different skills and those skills can be applied across the board,” explains Foley.

One of Foley’s proudest articles written for Inklings is a column  about her experience living in Brooklyn during the 9/11 attack.

But the thing that introduced it all to her still holds a special place in her heart.

“I love layout, I love eating food at layout, and I love the moments that happen at layout,” Foley says. “When I look back at high school, I’m not going to remember that test I took. I’m going to remember sitting at the table with my staff eating Roly Poly’s, laughing while Ms. McNamee and Mr. Rexford make jokes.”
Molly Barreca
Molly Barreca, Sports Editor
Molly Barreca seems like a typical humorous girl at Staples. However, there are many things that most don’t know about her. She aspires to work in public relations when she is older, similarly to her father who has worked in the television industry for years. Barreca is one of Inklings most popular writers with over 1,000 hits on her articles. She has always been a talented writer and loved reading the paper, but she officially started Inklings at the end of her sophomore year. She then took advanced journalism her junior year and is currently in the advanced class her senior year. This coming year Barreca is one of the sports editors, and her ambition is to change the sports section. “I want to make the sports section a little less predictable,” Barreca said. She is very excited about the back page and likes that it is one of the more featured pages. “I want to make the section somewhere people turn to when they first get the paper because they want to see what we’re going to do next,” Barreca said. Barreca and her good friend Aaron Hendel, which is also her co-editor, are eager to change Inkling’s sports section for the better. It will be interesting to watch Barreca as she changes the Inklings sports section and follow in the footsteps of her father.
Haley Zeldes
Haley Zeldes, Sports Editor
Haley Zeldes is finally a Senior Girl who, along with the other queens in her class, orders the school to “13OW DOWN” to her as she takes on her final year at Staples. Although she is excited to claim her throne, she has not lost sight of the fact that this may be the beginning to her end. Zeldes has made it a priority of hers to stay committed to Inklings for she feels that Inkling’s strength is how everyone works really well together, creatively, and works off of each others ideas to make the best stories possible-she definitely wants to remain apart of that community where she is confident as the new features editor. “I’ve watched other writers in the past take the stories that I’ve wanted-but not anymore. It’s my turn now,” Zeldes said. In addition to writing feature articles, what you can expect to see from Zeldes is some eye-catching layouts in the next issue. She is extremely excited to experience layout again and to make interesting pictures that will help the pieces stand out. Queen Haley is one hard worker that’s for sure, who is willing to put her best foot forward to make the paper as successful, if not more successful, than it has been in previous years. “I want to leave my mark on inklings and share my knowledge with underclassmen,” Zeldes said. “I’m hoping that when I leave, Inklings will continue to strive.”
Rose Propp
Rose Propp, Photographry Editor
Rose Propp ’13 is simply artistic. Various forms of art have always been in her life, but nowadays she is focusing her time on her true artistic passions: journalism and photography. This is Propp’s second year on the Inklings staff, and she is this year’s photography editor. Inklings isn’t the only place where Propp demonstrates her interest in photography. She has a photo blog where she posts the best photos that she takes. Check out Propp describes herself as having a love for journalism. “[Journalism] allows me to express myself in ways I have never seen in myself before,” Propp said. Aside from journalism and photography, Propp enjoys long distance running, math, and economics. She frequently takes long runs on the beach and likes economics because she finds real world applications of concepts very interesting. Propp also was a musician. She has played violin, trumpet, piano, and guitar. In fact, her mother is a music teacher at Greens Farms School. Even though Propp has stopped playing music for the likes of journalism and photography, it is quite apparent that artistic ability runs in the Propp family.

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