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Three Health & Safety Updates from Superintendent Scarice

Superintendent Thomas Scarice sent three health and safety notices today. We have combined them below. Immediate impact—Coleytown Elementary School (from 2nd Notice): both cohorts of each kindergarten and 4th grade classroom will switch to remote learning.

Dear Westport Families and Staff,

First Notice: This afternoon I was made aware of both positive and presumptive cases of COVID-19 at Greens Farms Elementary School. The affected individuals have either been in quarantine previously or will be moving forward.

Upon learning of the positive and presumptive COVID-19 cases, the Westport Public Schools conducted initial contact tracing. Those determined to be “close contacts” are defined as individuals who were within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes over a 24 hour period, starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling ill or 48 hours prior to a positive test of an asymptomatic individual. It has been determined that there were exposures in two fifth grade classrooms and on one school van. Those impacted have been notified.

Second Notice: This evening I was made aware of two additional positive cases of COVID-19, this time at Coleytown Elementary School. The affected persons will be excluded from the school environment and have been instructed to quarantine at home.

Introducing: ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’

Ribbon-cutting, Rock, Paper, Scissors sculpture donation, Westport, CT Nov. 8, 2020
First Selectman Jim Marpe cuts the ribbon to officially introduce the sculpture “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” donated by Bill Scheffler and Ann Sheffer. Joining Marpe are (l-r) Bill Harmer, Westport Library executive director; Kathie Bennewitz, Westport public arts curator; Nancy Diamond, co-chair of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee; Bill Scheffler; and Ann Sheffer. The sculpture is located on the Westport Library lawn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport Veterans Day Services at VFW Post 399 This Year

Phil Delgado of Westport VFW Post 399 announced that the Westport Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Post located at 465 Riverside Ave.

The program will include Posting the Colors; welcoming remarks by First Selectman Jim Marpe; placing of a memorial wreath by members of VFW Post 399 and American Legion Post 63; Firing Detail conducted by the Westport Police Department; and will conclude with honoring five veterans invited to this year’s ceremony.

Due to the Phase 2.1 COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure safety for all, attendance at this event will be by invitation only. A video of the ceremony will be posted on all Town social media pages and Optimum Channel 79/Frontier Channel 6020 shortly after the end of the ceremony.

Compo Beach Will Close When Parking Reaches 50% Capacity

Westport Operations Director Sara Harris announced that due to the nice weather and warmer than normal temperatures this weekend, car and pedestrian traffic has been increasing at the Westport beaches. “In an abundance of caution and to ensure public health and safety, the parking lots will close tomorrow when they reach 50% capacity, as was done during the summer. We will reopen as spaces become available,” she announced.

While in the Compo Beach area, wear masks when walking on the beach boardwalk, using the restrooms or area sidewalks, or at any other time when you are unable to maintain a six-foot distance from others.

Al’s Angels Prepare Thanksgiving Meals

Al's Angels founder Al DiGuido of Westport, CT, talks with volunteers at Thanksgiving meal donation prep in Bridgeport, CT. Nov. 7, 2020, photo by Dave Matlow
Al’s Angels founder Al DiGuido of Westport, talks with volunteers. An estimated 150 volunteers, many from Westport, gathered today at a Gault warehouse in Bridgeport to prepare 1,600 Thanksgiving meal bins distributed by Westport-based nonprofit Al’s Angels to needy families throughout the tri-state area. Consistent with COVID-19 health guidelines the annual food assembly event was held outdoors, for the first time, with individual temperature tests and adherence to mask-wearing protection. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

WYWL’s Annual Craft Westport Goes Online

The Westport Young Woman’s League 45th Craft Westport Show goes online this weekend.

Westport Young Woman's League Craft Westport Online Marketplace, Nov. 6-8, 2020
Shop the online Craft Westport Marketplace this weekend. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Craft Westport is usually held the first weekend in November at Staples and one of two major fundraisers supporting the WYWL charitable grants programs, but the event was canceled due to COVID-19. The other event, Minute Man Road Race, was also canceled.

Customers can browse and buy from their favorite artists’ online shops by visiting the Craft Westport Marketplace.

There is no admission fee to shop online. The WYWL asks marketplace visitors to consider making a donation in lieu of the admission fee to support its program of grants to many local charities, which includes recipients like the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

Marpe: Westport COVID-19 Classification Now Orange

First Selectman Jim Marpe issued the following statement today:

The State of Connecticut has implemented a color-coded map indicating the average daily rate of COVID-19 cases among persons living in community settings per 100,000 population by town.

According to a 14-day rolling average, Westport now has a rate of 13.3 corresponding to the orange color category of 10-14 cases per 100,000. The colors are meant to provide communities an accurate account of the prevalence of COVID-19 so that the appropriate personal precautions can be managed. Given this status, the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends adherence to the rules of phase 2.1 listed below. The map and additional data links can be seen on Westport’s town page at www.westportct.gov/covid19.

  • Restaurants will return to or remain at 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 8 people limited to a table;
  • Restaurants and entertainment venues will be required to close by 9:30 p.m., except for food takeout and delivery services, which will be allowed to continue after 9:30 p.m.;
  • Personal services, such as hair salons and barber shops, will remain at 75 percent capacity;
  • Event venues will be limited to 25 people indoor, 50 people outdoor;
  • Performing arts venues and movie theaters will have a capacity of 100 people;
  • Religious gatherings will be limited to 50 percent capacity or 100 people maximum; and
  • A public health advisory is issued urging residents to remain indoors between 10pm and 5am, unless for essential activities.