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Westport COVID-19 Cases Up 10, Deaths Unchanged

The state said today its Westport COVID-19 case count was up 10 at 438 (417 confirmed and 21 probable) and deaths unchanged at 23. The current case rate is 7.9 per 100,000.

Connecticut’s daily coronavirus infection test rate soared beyond 6% on Thursday — roughly six times the daily rate the state faced all summer and early into the fall.

A somber Gov. Ned Lamont warned residents to brace for the worst, but he opted not to reverse the Oct. 8 easing of restrictions on business activities.

Instead, the governor granted more municipalities flexibility to tighten rules on businesses within their own borders — though he warned he could order new restrictions statewide as soon as next week.

Marpe: Consider Alternatives for Trick-or-Treating

First Selectman Jim Marpe today urged parents to consider alternate plans for their children’s trick-or-treating this Halloween since a number of homes are not participating for fear of the coronavirus.

“Those choosing to trick-or-treat this Halloween should be aware that there has been an increasing number of calls to town departments from Westport residents who do not wish to accept trick-or-treaters at their doors this year,” Marpe said.

“Parents and youth who are considering trick-or-treating this year are advised to consider alternate plans for the holiday considering that many homes may not be participating,” he added.

Marpe said The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers traditional trick-or-treating to be “a high-risk activity and should be avoided.”

Winners Announced for Windows Painting Contest

Westport CT Halloween Window Painting Winners 2020
Halloween Window Painting Contest winning entries. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) today announced the winners of this year’s annual Halloween Window Painting Contest held Saturday.

About 100 children, the highest participation to date, painted 55 commercial windows for the contest, the announcement said.

“We are so pleased to have pulled this off, in spite of the pandemic,” said Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director. “The effort was truly worthwhile, and we thank every merchant who offered a window, to ensure every child entered had a canvas to paint.”

This year’s judges were Ruth Mannes, MoCA of Westport executive director and Anne Greenberg, MoCA’s education director.

Westport Voters Use the Absentee Ballot Option

Westport residents Robert and Donna Bonafide cast their absentee ballots at Town Hall. Oct. 28, 2020, by Dave Matlow
Westport residents Robert and Donna Bonafide cast their absentee ballots at Town Hall. Donna Bonafide said, “we want to avoid the long lines on election day.”  According to Ruth Cavayero, deputy Town Clerk, 9,876 absentee ballots were issued and 7,353 (over 74%) were completed and submitted as of Oct 27 (there are 23,752 registered voters in Westport). Cavayero said the party count is as follows: Democrat – 5,162 issued and 4,122 received; Republican – 1,550 issued and 1,071 received. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com