Wednesday, December 08, 2021

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Gallery: Westfair Drive Neighborhood Celebrates Halloween—Safely


In a celebration of Halloween, families Westport’s Westfair Drive neighborhood, near Stop & Shop, organized a “Nightmare on Westfair Drive” parade. To encourage social distancing, event liaison Anna Rycenga, a Westfair Drive resident, said, “we have two starting points and chalk markers on the road for each family group to stand on at six feet apart before we start the parade for the 76 youth participants and their parents.” Many neighbors set up tables on their driveways to offer separately packaged bags of treats for the kids. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

And the Winner of the Scariest Halloween House is … 3 Ellery Lane!

Winner of the Halloween Decorating Contest 2020, 3 Ellery Lane, Westport, CT, by Dave Matlow
Westport Parks & Recreation announced the Halloween House Decoration Competition winners. The Fayad-Guggenheim Family of 3 Ellery Lane (above) took 1st Place. Second Place went to the Bodell Family of 1 Bradley St. (entry). The Hopkins-Clemons Family of 16 Rockyfield Road secured 3rd Place (entry), and Honorable Mention went to the Mirabelli Family of 1 Quintard Place (entry). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 – Halloween


Westport Senior Center is closed.
Noon – 2 p.m. – MoCA Westport – “World Peace” exhibit
7:30 p.m. – Imperial Parking Lot – Remarkable Drive-In Theater: “Halloween”

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Event Calendar
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Westport Property Transfers Oct. 12-16, 2020

Westport property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s office for the period Oct. 12-16, 2020:

Westport School of Music Inc. to 18 Woods Grove Road LLC, 18 Woods Grove Road, $615,000Westport Property Transfers

Thomas Martin & Patricia Ann Milligan to Warren E. Gluck & Katherine I. Fogerty, 29 Hermit Lane, $2,105,000

Robert H. & Lorraine Steinmetz to Stefan Brod & Jennifer Carr, 5 Vinyard Lane, $745,500

11 Little Fox Lane LLC to Eric & Stephanie Raphael, 2 Jennings Court, $2,650,000

Timothy J. & Annmarie Romano to Michael Greenberg, 4 Wakeman Place, $970,000

Lauren A. & Anthony F. LoFrisco, Jr. to Danielle & Patrick Ryll, 51 Marion Road, $1,130,000

Alan & Jodi Koves to Andrija & Christina Catherine Katic 3 Silver Bark Road, $880,000

Nadine S. & Paul M. Tanen to Anna & Damon Ustin, 3 Half Mile Common, $598,000

Paul Sarno to 2 Timber Lane LLC, 2 Timber Lane, $519,000

Pallet Inc. LLC to Ben & Angela Gibson, 41 Charcoal Hill Road, $812,500

Robert A. Immediato, Sr. to Krassimire Mirtchev & Vili D. Mirtcheva, 11 Strathmore Lane, $360,000

Superintendent Scarice Issues COVID-19 Update

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

Dear Westport Families and Staff,

This afternoon the district was made aware of two related positive COVID-19 cases in our schools. The affected individuals, one from Kings Highway Elementary School, and the other, from Bedford Middle School, have not been in the schools in recent days. They will remain excluded from both school environments and have been instructed to continue quarantining at home. 

Upon learning of the positive COVID-19 cases, the administration began immediate contact tracing. It has been determined that no other individuals at either school were identified as “close contacts.”

As I have shared in prior communications of a similar nature, working closely with the Westport/Weston Health District and our medical advisor, it has been confirmed that the staff and students have implemented our mitigating measures by maintaining distance to the maximum extent possible, and by wearing masks. However, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)/Department of Public Health (DPH) guidance indicates that decisions for exclusion from school and quarantine will be based on the individual circumstances of each case, including those who have spent a significant amount of time (i.e. more than 15 minutes) in the presence of a positive case, regardless of mask wearing.

The school district administration is required to comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding student and employee confidentiality and privacy. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) precludes sharing the identity of an individual, with the exception of sharing the individual’s identity with a public health agency (e.g., Westport/Weston Health District). In addition, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents the school district from publicly sharing personally identifiable information derived from student education records.

In light of these confidentiality and privacy protections and our related legal obligations, as well as the need to protect the health and safety of the school community, we will continue to adhere to the appropriate means of notifying the school community of possible exposure to COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis. Judgement will be used and each case might look a little different from another.

With the cases I have shared today, I want to thank the affected individuals for reporting their positive results to our staff. This allowed for swift contact tracing that identified no need to quarantine additional members of the Kings Highway Elementary School and Bedford Middle School communities.

Tomorrow is Halloween. I implore all of our students and families that celebrate the holiday to take the necessary safety precautions with any plans for the day.

Sincerely,
Thomas Scarice
Superintendent of Schools

Polls Return to Their Usual Location Nov. 3

Registrars of Voters Richard Ruggiano and Marla Cowden said Westport Voting Districts will return to their customary locations for the Nov. 3, 2020 Election.

Districts 143 and 136-1 at Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Avenue
District 136-2 at Coleytown Elementary School, 65 Easton Road
District 136-3 at Longs Lots Elementary School, 13 Hyde Lane
Districts 136-4 and 136-5 at Greens Farms Elementary, 17 Morningside Drive South
District 136-6 at Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road

All registered voters can check their scheduled polling place at: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

Voters will be issued a mask and gloves (you can wear your own). Allow additional time to vote due to COVID-19 procedures. Be ready to wait in line and dress for the weather. Leave personal belongings in your locked vehicle and bring only your identification into the poll. Food and beverages are not allowed in the poll. And, finally, follow the directions of election officials.