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Wednesday, February 28, 2018


9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Selectmen (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Arts Advisory Otocast Subcommittee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The Curious Case of Ed Vebell”
4 p.m. – Westport Library – DeweyKnit: Grade 4 to Adult
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Website Design for Small Business, Part 2
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Public Works, Public Protection, & Finance Committees
7:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Library Board of Trustees
8 p.m. – 182 Bayberry Lane – Westport Astronomical Society Public Star Party (if skies are clear)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 113 Old Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 113 Old Road, near Bulkley Avenue North, is in process. Built in 1966, the one-story ranch has 1,845-square feet and is situated on a 1.01-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Staples Principal’s Letter Tonight to Parents

Staples High School Principal James D’Amico tonight sent the following email to Staples parents about today’s events at the school that led to an early dismissal and a student detained for making threats against a teacher and talking of a mass shooting:

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Staples Principal James D’Amico (r) at today’s Westport Police Headquarters news conference with Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Dear Staples Families,

“I write to you this evening at the close of a very trying day at Staples High School. 

“We have been working with the Westport Police Department throughout the day, including a complete sweep of the school this afternoon through this evening.

“School will open on time tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28th. We will meet with our staff before the opening of school to make sure that they have accurate information, and to provide them with strategies to support our students.

Superintendent’s Letter Tonight to Westport Parents

Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer tonight sent an email to all Westport school parents about today’s events at Staples High School. Here is the text:

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Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer with Police Chief Foti Koskinas at today’s Westport Police Headquarters news conference. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Dear Families of Westport Students,

“This morning, a student at Staples High School reported to administration that they had overheard some threatening statements by another student targeted at a staff member within the school. We commend this student for the courage to come forward to share this critical information about our safety. 

“Within minutes of this knowledge, a Staples administrator had the student of concern supervised in the main office, called the police, and called my office. From that point on, our Central Office administrative team, the Staples High School administrative team, the Westport Police Department, and our First Selectman worked hand-in-hand to address the presenting issues throughout the day.

Text of Police Statement on Staples Incident

Here is the text of a Westport Police Department news release on today’s incident at Staples High School:

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Police cars were on hand today at the Staples High School early dismissal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“This morning at approximately 9:00am, the Westport Police Department was contacted by Staples High School officials and advised a juvenile male student was overheard making threats to shoot a teacher. The student who overheard this statement reported it to school officials this morning. 

“Officers and detectives responded to Staples High School where the male student was already being interviewed by school administration. Based on the information learned by school administrators, it was confirmed the student did have thoughts of executing a mass shooting at the high school. 

“At this time, we continue to investigate whether these thoughts developed into a plan. Our detectives were able to establish that there were firearms in the student’s home. The firearms belong to the student’s father and were reportedly locked in a safe. 

Scene of Police Search

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Police spent much of the day searching a home on Kirock Place, off of Center Street, as part of their investigation into threats made by a Staples High School student against a teacher and the general school population. Police Chief Foti Koskinas said police obtained warrants to search two locations in Westport but did not specify where they were. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo