Wednesday, December 01, 2021

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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.

I urge you to review the CDC and the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines for the Thanksgiving holiday, including travelling, gathering, and alternatives to gathering and protocols for college students returning to or visiting Connecticut:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html
https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Holiday-Guidance

Testing
For information on testing sites, please visit the WWHD (wwhd.org/covid-19-testing-sites/) for a list of local test sites, or the state-wide listing at: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/COVID-19-Testing

If you have a pending test due either to symptoms of COVID or exposure to COVID, please refrain from going out into the community until you have received test results.

Winter Sports
As mentioned in several of my last messages, much of the increase in COVID cases and the resulting school closures are a result of gatherings, parties and sports team activities. Effective Monday, November 23, the Governor has ordered all club and team sports, including CIAC sports, to postpone all organized winter sports until January 19, 2021.

Schools
As you may be aware, Staples High School and the Bedford and Coleytown Middle Schools are on distanced learning through the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Westport Public School Superintendent Tom Scarice and I remind everyone that the ability for our schools to remain open for in-person learning depends primarily on the actions of our entire population. We continue to urge all to follow the appropriate protocols so that our community can remain open, but safe.

COVID Notification App
For your added protection as you visit supermarkets or anywhere else you have the potential to be exposed to a positive COVID case, download the State’s exposure notifications app to your smartphone to be alerted when you’re near someone who has tested positive. Privacy is protected. The app can be found at http://www.ct.gov/covidalertct.

Please follow the guidance to social distance, wear a face covering and practice good personal hygiene.

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Friday, Nov. 20, 2020


Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed to the public.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – MoCA Westport – Free Fridays (no reservation needed)
1:30 p.m. – Westport Senior Center via Zoom – Fridays with Friends Concert
Noon – 4 p.m. – 925 Post Road East – Earth Animal Market

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

More Staples Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Staples Principal Stafford Thomas Jr. said, “It is an extraordinary honor for these students to be recognized for their academic abilities, and an honor for our school because each of these students demonstrate talents and passions beyond academics every day, making them wonderful representatives of the Westport Public Schools.” Back row, l-r, Alexander Toglia, Simon Rubin, Sebastian Montoulieu, and Rishabh Mandayam. Front row, l-r, Charlotte Zhang, Mira Mahendru, Gary Lu, Lucas Lieberman, and Frederick Linn, Missing from photos: Max Montoya. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lisa Marriott for WestportNow.com

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020


Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed to the public.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilbertie’s (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market
7 p.m. – Electronically – Planning & Zoning Commission: live streamed on http://www.westportct.gov, Optimum ch. 79, Frontier ch. 6020
7 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Freedom of Speech (& Other Myths): Short History of the US Government’s Restrictions of Expression

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

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