Inklings News

Connecticut reopening brings both worry and excitement

Julia Kasabian '21, Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

With Coronavirus slowing down in Connecticut, the state is slowly starting to work its way towards normalcy. Businesses are reopening. Restrictions are beginning to be lifted. People are starting to see each other in person more.  Connecticut residents have many differing opinions on the reopening of the st...

Lamont removes Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health

Governor Ned Lamont removed the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health in the midst of the coronavirus.

Andreas Lolis '21, Breaking News Editor

May 19, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont fired Public Health Commissioner Renée Coleman-Mitchell on May 12.  Coleman-Mitchell’s tenure was marked by controversy surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations, according to The CT Mirror. Lamont thanked the departing Commissioner in a press release that announced the decision. “[Coleman-Mitchell’s] service over the last year has be...

School closure further prolonged

Connecticut schools, including Staples High School, will remain closed until April 20 at the earliest.

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont announced Monday in a news conference that all Connecticut schools will remain closed until at least April 20th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, distance learning programs will remain in operation throughout the state. “We are not going to let this period be a loss for your kid...

Lamont temporarily closes all Connecticut public schools

Lamont signed an executive order following the revelation that Connecticut now has 26 confirmed cases since March 15.

Maya Hruskar '23, Staff Writer

March 16, 2020

On March 15, amid growing concerns of the Coronavirus pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont ordered Connecticut public schools closed effective March 17 until March 31, in an executive order. “To promote and secure the safety and protection of children in schools related to the risks of COVID-19, all public school classes will be canceled for all s...

Westport confirms first two COVID-19 cases

Westport’s first two official cases of the coronavirus were declared Friday, bringing the total number of infected Connecticut residents to 11..

Allison Gillman '23, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

Westport’s first two official cases of COVID-19 were declared Friday, according to Mark Cooper, director of the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) and the Hartford Courant. The confirmations marked the sixth and 11th cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut. First Selectman Jim Marpe said the individ...

Lamont declares state of emergency, braces for COVID-19 pandemic

Lamont expressed his concern over the COVID-19 cases in Connecticut on Tuesday in a press conference.  Lamont believes his state of emergency will provide the state with the federal funding necessary to most effectively combat the virus.

Eddie Kiev '20, Web Managing Editor

March 10, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont declared both a public health emergency and a civil preparedness emergency Tuesday afternoon following two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut. The former grants the state legal power over quarantine, while the latter gives the governor power to restrict travel and close...

Supreme Court allows families of gun violence victims to sue gun manufacterer, gives them justice

Supreme Court allows families of gun violence victims to sue gun manufacterer, gives them justice

Rachel Suggs '21, Web News Editor

November 21, 2019

America has a complex history of making, selling, buying and using guns, and our laws reflect our disagreement. There are several laws that conflict over the highly contentious and partisan gun control debate that gained steam in the recent decade. For example, the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arm...

Connecticut minimum age to buy tobacco increases

Connecticut recently signed a bill that is aimed at combating the underage use of tobacco related paraphernalia. The bill goes into effect October 1st.

Marina Engler '22, Staff Writer

October 8, 2019

Connecticut residents must now be 21 or older to buy products containing tobacco effective Oct. 1. Healthcare officials and lawmakers alike concluded that the bill, passed in June 2019, is necessary to stop habitual smoking in teenagers. “95 percent of smokers start their habit before reaching...

EEE disease reappears, takes second life in Connecticut

NORTHERN TENDENCIES: According to CNN, in 2019, there have been cases of EEE in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Michigan. Massachusetts had the highest number of cases, 10, and North Carolina had the lowest, one. There have been fatal cases in every state except for North Carolina and New Jersey.

Giselle Oldani, Web Arts Editor

October 4, 2019

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, has taken the life of an unnamed resident of Old Lyme, Connecticut, the office of governor Ned Lamont confirmed on Sept. 24. The patient was hospitalized in the middle of September and was said to be of elderly age. This death...

Non-medical marijuana will pose a harm to Westport

Graphic by Jack Dennison ’21

Jack Dennison '21

May 30, 2019

Thirty-five years ago, President Ronald Reagan declared a war on drugs. Now, it seems as if illegal substances have won the war as marijuana dispensaries are finding a home here in Westport. The state of Connecticut should not approve marijuana for recreational use, and Westport residents should ...

Staples girls’ lacrosse gears up for postseason play

Staples girls’ lacrosse battle Fairfield Ludlowe earlier in the season. They captured the win 11-10 and will face the Falcons in the first round of the FCIAC tournament on May 17 at home.

Brian Wilk '19, Staff Writer

May 16, 2019

The Wreckers concluded their season being 14-2 in the state and 10-0 in the FCIAC. Staples girls’ lacrosse made history by breaking the best in-season record in school history. Staples girls’ lacrosse defeated New Fairfield, the only team in the state left undefeated, 11-10 in their last regular season game on May 14. “I am really proud of this team. We came into the season pessimistic due to losing some key players, but we are pleasantl...

Girls’ lacrosse gears up for the season

Staples girls’ lacrosse takes the win over Weston high school 11-5. This is the final game of preseason before they take on Rye High School.

Brian Wilk '19

April 1, 2019

Staples girls’ lacrosse defeated Weston 11-5 in an exhibition match on March 28, in the Wreckers’ last scrimmage before the start of the regular season. The Wreckers were led by Kyle Kirby ’20, who scored four goals, three assists and playing lockdown defense. “I think we got off to a s...

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