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Exposed to COVID, Marpe in Quarantine

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe will remain in quarantine for 14 days following direct contact Sunday with an individual who tested positive for COVID 19, town officials announced today.

The announcement said that Marpe will stay quarantined for the requisite two weeks or until he receives a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR COVID-19 test.

“In accordance with CDC guidelines and medical advice, he is self-isolating and is awaiting COVID-19 test results,” the announcement said. “In an abundance of caution, Mr. Marpe is currently advising all individuals with whom he came into contact of the situation, and he is taking the proper precautions.”

According to Mark Cooper, director of the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD, Marpe, “based on his actions, he does not appear to have exposed anyone.”

New Operator Planned for Inn at Longshore

The Inn at Longshore, Westport CT
The Inn at Longshore. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that the town is considering a new tenant for the Inn at Longshore as Rory Tagert, the inn’s operator for 35 years, has announced his retirement.

Tagert is asking that the town assign the lease to hotel and restaurant operators known as Longshore Hospitality LLC, a partnership led by the Greenwich Hospitality Group.

“I am pleased to announce that the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen will be considering an exciting proposal regarding the Inn at Longshore,” Marpe said, adding that Tagert, has served the town “with distinction.”

The current lease runs for another eight years and provides for the right of the tenant to assign the lease with the town’s approval, according to the announcement.

Town Launches Halloween House Contest

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department today announced its first Halloween House Decorating Contest, a town wide event to replace the annual Halloween Parade canceled in the wake of COVID 19.

“We understand the disappointment in not being able to host our annual Halloween Parade,” the announcement said. “However, we still wanted our community to have the opportunity to show their creativity and come together as one.

“We encourage you and your families to decorate the outside of your homes in a way that follows the theme of Halloween,” it added. (See “Ellery Lane Home’s Spine-Chilling Transformation.”)

Those interested in participating in the free event can register via the Parks and Recreation Department.

Ellery Lane Home’s Spine-Chilling Transformation

Halloween House at 3 Ellery Lane, Westport, CT
Spooky Halloween lawn decorations are an annual attraction on the lawn at 3 Ellery Lane, off Prospect Road. Homeowner Dena Guggenheim said, “this is our family’s third Halloween in Westport—we moved here from New York—and our family loves working together to make our Halloween decorations more elaborate each year. We’re actually not even finished yet.” Guggenheim, the mother of three children ages 10, 8 and 4,  said she grew up in Dallas “where Halloween decorations were ‘hugely extreme’ and that had an influence on making Halloween one of our favorite times of the year.” Guggenheim added, “no one is really scared by the decorations, just our dog is.” Guggenheim said the family registered for the Halloween House Decorating contest sponsored by Westport’s Parks & Recreation Department (click here for more information). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com