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CIAC Votes to Restart Conditioning

Conducting conditioning and sport specific skill work as non-contact and in small cohorts is classified as low risk regardless of the sport.

The Board of Control has determined that any fall sport that is canceled will not be played at a later time during the 2020-2021 school year. 

“The CIAC will work this week to finalize the timeline of full team activities and contest play,” the announcement said.

As it has done through this entire process, the board will continue to monitor the situation and the plan will remain fluid, it said.

Conducting conditioning and sport specific skill work as non-contact and in small cohorts is classified as low risk regardless of the sport.

The Board of Control has determined that any fall sport that is canceled will not be played at a later time during the 2020-2021 school year. 

“The CIAC will work this week to finalize the timeline of full team activities and contest play,” the announcement said.

As it has done through this entire process, the board will continue to monitor the situation and the plan will remain fluid, it said.

Firefighters Douse Couch Fire

Westport firefighters tonight doused a couch fire started by a candle.

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Firefighters with fire-damaged couch. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Fire Department photo

The occupants of a home on Maplewood Avenue said they thought they put out the fire but called firefighters anyway,

When firefighters arrived, the couch reignited, which they quickly extinguished and then brought the couch outdoors, according to reports from the scene.

Firefighters asked for an additional engine to be added to the initial response after the couch reignited.

Library Book Sale Returns Next Month

In order to provide as safe an environment as possible for patrons, volunteers and employees, the number of persons admitted to the sale at any time will be limited. the announcement said.

Also every person will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while inside the Library, and to maintain a 6-foot social distance as much as possible. Entry will be via the Library’s Upper Parking Lot entrance only.

Admission on the first day of the sale will be by pre-paid, timed admission tickets, only. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 24 at 8 a.m. at westportlibrarylabordaybooksale.eventbrite.com.

Book sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please visit: http://www.westportbooksaleventures.org/our-events

To volunteer at this sale, please contact Judi Lake at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Westport Library Book Sale is operated by Westport Book Sale Ventures, a nonprofit enterprise with the dual social mission of supporting the Westport Library, while providing meaningful employment for adults with disabilities.  For more information, or to get involved, please visit http://www.westportbooksales.org.

In order to provide as safe an environment as possible for patrons, volunteers and employees, the number of persons admitted to the sale at any time will be limited. the announcement said.

Also every person will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while inside the Library, and to maintain a 6-foot social distance as much as possible. Entry will be via the Library’s Upper Parking Lot entrance only.

Admission on the first day of the sale will be by pre-paid, timed admission tickets, only. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 24 at 8 a.m. at westportlibrarylabordaybooksale.eventbrite.com.

Book sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please visit: http://www.westportbooksaleventures.org/our-events

To volunteer at this sale, please contact Judi Lake at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Westport Library Book Sale is operated by Westport Book Sale Ventures, a nonprofit enterprise with the dual social mission of supporting the Westport Library, while providing meaningful employment for adults with disabilities.  For more information, or to get involved, please visit http://www.westportbooksales.org.

KHS Principal on Medical Leave

He added: “Prior to her arrival in Westport Ms. Leffert worked for the Fairfield Public Schools from which she retired in 2017. Her experiences in Fairfield included roles as a special education teacher, a district coordinator of special education services, and director of human resources

“Shortly after retiring Ms. Leffert also served as the interim principal of McKinley Elementary School in Fairfield. Her extensive experience in both Fairfield and Westport make her the ideal person for the role of interim principal at Kings Highway.”

Scarice said DiBella has been working tirelessly throughout the summer to get everything ready for the start of the school year.

“She is committed to making sure this work continues and has already begun important transition work with Ms. Leffert,” he said.

In March 2019, DiBella and four staff members, put on administrative leave almost two months earlier, returned to work.

The educators had been subject to allegations “that were thoroughly addressed through a comprehensive review process,” said acting superintendent Anthony Buono at the time.

Buono said due to confidentiality rules imposed by federal and state law, there could not be a direct response to or discussion about the allegations.

WesportNow reported on Feb. 5 the administrative leaves resulted from a complaint filed with the state about the restraining of a 6-year-old special needs student multiple times, according to a parent familiar with the matter.

He added: “Prior to her arrival in Westport Ms. Leffert worked for the Fairfield Public Schools from which she retired in 2017. Her experiences in Fairfield included roles as a special education teacher, a district coordinator of special education services, and director of human resources

“Shortly after retiring Ms. Leffert also served as the interim principal of McKinley Elementary School in Fairfield. Her extensive experience in both Fairfield and Westport make her the ideal person for the role of interim principal at Kings Highway.”

Scarice said DiBella has been working tirelessly throughout the summer to get everything ready for the start of the school year.

“She is committed to making sure this work continues and has already begun important transition work with Ms. Leffert,” he said.

In March 2019, DiBella and four staff members, put on administrative leave almost two months earlier, returned to work.

The educators had been subject to allegations “that were thoroughly addressed through a comprehensive review process,” said acting superintendent Anthony Buono at the time.

Buono said due to confidentiality rules imposed by federal and state law, there could not be a direct response to or discussion about the allegations.

WesportNow reported on Feb. 5 the administrative leaves resulted from a complaint filed with the state about the restraining of a 6-year-old special needs student multiple times, according to a parent familiar with the matter.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020


Westport Senior Center is closed.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm Stand
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – MoCA Westport – “Helmut Lang: 41.1595° N, 73.3882° W”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Library – Open for limited services
7:45 p.m. – Imperial Parking Lot – Remarkable Theater Pop-Up Drive-In: “Jaws”

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Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

COVID-19 Alert Issued for Danbury

In a tweet tonight, Gov. Ned Lamont said: “If you’re over 60 or have a chronic disease and live in Danbury, you should stay home.

“We need employers to help make sure everyone with symptoms or who was exposed is staying home.

“We can limit spread of the virus if we all work together.”

The state says Danbury recorded at least 178 new COVID-19 cases between Aug. 2 and Aug. 20; only 40 had been reported the two weeks prior.

“This is a serious outbreak in Danbury and we really need an all hands on deck approach. We need everyone in Danbury to take extreme precaution,” said acting DPH Commissioner Deidre Gifford.

“We appreciate the partnership with municipal and health department leadership in Danbury, as well as health care providers that have testing sites available for members of the community.

“We are urging anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to get tested as soon as possible, stay home until your test results are known and stay at home for 10 days if you test positive.”

—CTMirror.org contributed reporting.

In a tweet tonight, Gov. Ned Lamont said: “If you’re over 60 or have a chronic disease and live in Danbury, you should stay home.

“We need employers to help make sure everyone with symptoms or who was exposed is staying home.

“We can limit spread of the virus if we all work together.”

The state says Danbury recorded at least 178 new COVID-19 cases between Aug. 2 and Aug. 20; only 40 had been reported the two weeks prior.

“This is a serious outbreak in Danbury and we really need an all hands on deck approach. We need everyone in Danbury to take extreme precaution,” said acting DPH Commissioner Deidre Gifford.

“We appreciate the partnership with municipal and health department leadership in Danbury, as well as health care providers that have testing sites available for members of the community.

“We are urging anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to get tested as soon as possible, stay home until your test results are known and stay at home for 10 days if you test positive.”

—CTMirror.org contributed reporting.

Vincent D. Palumbo, 62

Vincent D. Palumbo of Danbury, formerly of East Haven and owner of Vincent Palumbo Salon in Westport, died Aug. 18 at home. He was 62.

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Vincent Palumbo: salon owner Contributed photo

Vincent was born in New Haven on Nov. 7, 1957 son of the late Edmund E. “Chic” and Rosemarie Terrible Palumbo.

Survivors include children Dillon, Lukas and Ryder Palumbo all of Newtown, brother Edmund Palumbo of Las Vegas and his former wife Kirsten Palumbo.

He was a Navy veteran. Services and burial will be private.