Wednesday, December 08, 2021

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Scarice: 4 More COVID-19 Cases in 3 Schools

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

Dear Westport Families and Staff,

In our efforts to remain transparent with reports of positive Covid-19 cases associated with our schools, we will continue to provide these updates as information is confirmed. As of the time I am writing to you this evening we have 4 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from the following schools:

  • Greens Farms Elementary School – 1
  • Coleytown Middle School – 1
  • Staples High School – 2

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

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020


Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed to the public.
6 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  830 0138 8173 Code: 420281 – Library Board of Trustees
7 p.m. – Electronically – Conservation Commission: live streamed on http://www.westportct.gov, Optimum ch. 79, Frontier ch. 6020
7 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  853 2439 2184 Code: 846219 – Historic District Commission Policies & Procedures Subcommittee
7:30 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  857 8895 8181 Code: 474727 – Parks & Recreation Commission
8 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Environmental Book Discussion: “Braiding Sweetgrass”

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: 13 Newly Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

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

Dear Westport Families and Staff,

In our efforts to remain transparent with reports of positive Covid-19 cases associated with our schools, we will continue to provide these updates as information is confirmed. As of the time I am writing to you this evening we have 13 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from Monday, November 16th and Tuesday November 17th from the following schools:

  • Coleytown Elementary School – 2
  • Saugatuck Elementary School – 1
  • Bedford Middle School – 1
  • Staples High School – 9

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

WestportNow to Cease Publication at End of November

After nearly 18 years of providing 24/7 coverage of Westport-related news, WestportNow will cease publication at the end of November.

WestportNow was founded by Gordon Joseloff in March 2003 as one of the nation’s first professionally written and edited community news sites. Joseloff, who was the sole publisher of WestportNow since its inception, died Nov. 9, 2020.  (See WestportNow November 9, 2020)

“WestportNow was more than a job to our father,” said Joseloff’s children, Westporters Anna-Liisa Nixon and Ben Joseloff, in a statement. “It was the natural culmination of two of his life-long passions: journalism and Westport.”

“Like many small business owners, he devoted nearly every waking hour to its success. WestportNow would never have had such a remarkable run without the contributions of many talented individuals, but Gordon Joseloff was the heart and soul of the newsroom’s 24/7 operations,” said Joseloff’s children.

“Continuing to provide the level of coverage WestportNow readers expect and deserve without his leadership would be challenging,” they added.

WestportNow, which has won dozens of awards for excellence in journalism, has been published continuously for 6,467 days. It has frequently attracted more readers on a weekly basis than any other print or online Westport-based publication.

“We are deeply indebted to all WestportNow readers, contributors, and advertisers for making the site a trusted source of fact-based information for so many years,” Joseloff’s children said.
“Westport is an incredible community. Thank you for allowing WestportNow to tell its stories.”

Here is the full text of the Nov. 16, 2020 statement:

On March 3, 2003, our father, Gordon Joseloff, posted six short paragraphs on a new website called WestportNow. “I’m not sure how many blogs there are related to Westport, Conn.” he wrote, “but thought I’d give one a try.”

“Let’s see how it goes.”

Nearly 18 years later, WestportNow has become a “go to” source of news and information for Westporters. Some friends tell us it is the first website they check in the morning. Others tell us WestportNow is the last thing they read before bed. For some, it’s both.

WestportNow was more than a job to our father. It was the natural culmination of two of his life-long passions: journalism and Westport.

Like many small business owners, he devoted nearly every waking hour to its success. WestportNow would never have had such a remarkable run without the contributions of many talented individuals, but Gordon Joseloff was the heart and soul of the newsroom’s 24/7 operations.

Our father passed away last week following a three-year battle with a rare blood cancer. Continuing to provide the level of coverage WestportNow readers expect and deserve without his leadership would be challenging. For this reason, WestportNow will cease publication at the end of the month.

In a 2012 interview for the Westport Public Library’s WestportSTORIES series, our father discussed his hope that WestportNow could help preserve the digital history of Westport.

In keeping with his wishes, all WestportNow content will remain available on the website as a historical record of Westport from 2003 to 2020. Comments, questions, and inquiries can continue to be addressed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We are deeply indebted to all WestportNow readers, contributors, and advertisers for making the site a trusted source of fact-based information for so many years. None of this would have been possible without you.

Westport is an incredible community. Thank you for allowing WestportNow to tell its stories.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020


Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed to the public.
9 a.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Job Search Work Team
11 a.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Pageturner’s Book Discussion
11:30 a.m. – Electronically – Board of Selectmen & Bond Committee: live streamed on http://www.westportct.gov, Optimum ch. 79, Frontier ch. 6020
6 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Tax Planning in 2020
7:30 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Navigating the College Search Webinar
8 p.m. – Zoom Webinar – Westport Astronomical Society: Priyamvada Natarajan, Searching for the elusive population of Intermediate Mass Black Holes

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

Comings & Goings: Outpost Pizza Opened Today

Joe Dedovic, owner of Outpost Pizza, which opened Nov. 16, 2020 at 331-333 Main St., Westport CT, by Dave Matlow
Outpost Pizza, a take-out and eat-in pizza shop at 333 Main St., opened today. It’s directly across from the new Hudson Malone Restaurant and next door to the Merritt Country Store. The owner, Joe Dedovic (pictured), said, “we intended to make it a ‘soft opening’ today but we were pleasantly surprised to find so many people stopping by to buy slices to go.” The father-son business also operates another Outpost Pizza on West Avenue, Stamford, in business for 15 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com