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Voilà! Work on the Lights Complete After 5 Hours of Effort

Westport, CT Cribari Memorial Bridge Christmas Lights Makeover, Nov. 21, 2020, by Jaime Bairaktaris
Work on the lights for the Cribari Memorial Bridge finished around 3 a.m. today. Volunteers removed all the old lights and replaced each strand with new lights donated by the Westport based charity Al’s Angels. AJ Penna & Sons Construction helped. The official Bridge lighting will take place at a time yet to be determined. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

Maple Avenue South is Getting a New Sidewalk

Westport Director of Public Works Pete Ratkiewich announced the Town is the recipient of a Connecticut Small Towns Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant in the amount of $128,205 earmarked for the replacement of the sidewalks on Maple Avenue South. The Town will fund $21,795 of this project.

Maple Ave. South in Westport, CT is getting new sidewalk, by Dave Matlow, Nov. 20, 2020
Maple Avenue South will get a new sidewalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

According to Governor Ned Lamont’s Nov. 9, 2020 announcement, more than $11 million in STEAP funding was awarded to 94 small towns across Connecticut for various infrastructure improvement projects. This is the first time since 2016 that the State has awarded STEAP funding.

The grant funds awarded to Westport are targeted at replacement and construction of a section of sidewalk on Maple Avenue South from Post Road East to Clapboard Hill Road, about 2,575 linear feet. It includes replacement and new “infill” construction where there is currently no sidewalk. The current sidewalk, in poor condition, will be replaced, making it continuous for the entire length of the segment. It will make walking safer for pedestrians along Maple Avenue South and make it easier for pedestrians to get to businesses on the Post Road. The funds will be used primarily for construction.

First Selectman Jim Marpe said, “I am pleased that the State funds will allow the Department of Public Works to begin work on this important infrastructure improvement that facilitates pedestrian access and contributes to the walkability of Westport.”

Marpe: Urges Westporters to Stay Safe by Staying Home for Thanksgiving

First Selectman Jim Marpe issued the following statement today:

Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced that 145 of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities are now in the red zone alert level, the highest of the state’s four alert levels on the weekly COVID-19 Alert Map. The red zone indicates municipalities that have an average daily COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population. Westport remains in the red zone and has witnessed further growth in cases. This week, Westport is calculated at 33 cases out of a population of 100,000, compared to 22.4 cases last week. There are no municipalities in the State that were in the red zone last week that have been recategorized to a lower alert level this week.

According to the CDC, more than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days. This statistic is alarming and demonstrates that we must remain vigilant. We must anticipate that cases will continue to spread as individuals are travelling, returning home from college, gathering, and shopping in the weeks ahead. Wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding gatherings is a must if we are to control this pandemic.

This year, many of the traditional activities surrounding Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season have the potential to be a threat to our health and safety. I urge all residents to refrain from the typical large and plentiful holiday gatherings. As of November 6th, the State-wide cap on gathering in private residences is 10, down from 25. Please keep your Thanksgiving celebration to no more than 10 individuals, and preferably celebrate at home only with the people with whom you live. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of contracting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Avoid the crowds on Black Friday or prepare for strict adherence to the 50% capacity rule at retail stores. Consider cyber Monday as an alternative. Always maintain a 6-foot distance from others and wear a face covering.

Scarice: COVID-19 Case at Stepping Stones Preschool

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Scarice today issued the following update to school families:

Dear Westport Families and Staff,

Shortly after I sent an update earlier this evening of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the District, we received word of one connected to Stepping Stones Preschool. Through the swift initial contact tracing involving Mrs. Lynda Codeghini, Preschool Director, Mrs. Sue Levasseur, our Health Services Supervisor, and Mr. Michael Rizzo, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services, we were able to quickly identify the affected students and staff.

Those impacted have been notified by school and District officials. As a reminder, families are asked to report positive of COVID-19 cases of students using our reporting voicemail or email regardless of whether the students are in remote or hybrid models of instruction. Please follow this link for more information on reporting.

Respectfully,
Thomas Scarice
Superintendent of Schools