Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed. Noon – Staples High School – Press Conference: CT High Schools Voting Process Education Initiative, with Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, First Selectman Jim Marpe, & Superintendent Thomas Scarice 6 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID: 875 8870 2200 Code: 984318 – Planning & Zoning Commission 7 p.m. – Electronically – Board of Education: live streamed on http://www.westportps.org, Optimum ch. 78, Frontier ch. 6021
Superintendent Thomas Scarce sent the following email to parents today:
Earlier today Dr. Debra Dunn, Principal of Long Lots Elementary School, learned of another positive COVID-19 test in the school. The affected individual was already under quarantine at home and will continue to be excluded from the school environment.
Upon learning of the positive COVID-19 case, the administration began immediate contact tracing. Those determined to be “close contacts,” including some staff members, and another fourth grade class of students, separate from the one I shared on October 15, 2020, have been notified. These individuals spent a significant amount of time in the presence of the positive case, and as a result, were informed that they will be excluded from the school environment and recommended to quarantine for 14 days and may return to school on October 30. They were also asked to reach out to their health care provider should they develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. To be clear, siblings and other family members of these children and staff do not need to quarantine.
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 (Addendum 5 and Addendum 9) 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.
Spooky Halloween lawn decorations are an annual attraction on the lawn at 3 Ellery Lane, off Prospect Road. Homeowner Dena Guggenheim said, “this is our family’s third Halloween in Westport—we moved here from New York—and our family loves working together to make our Halloween decorations more elaborate each year. We’re actually not even finished yet.” Guggenheim, the mother of three children ages 10, 8 and 4, said she grew up in Dallas “where Halloween decorations were ‘hugely extreme’ and that had an influence on making Halloween one of our favorite times of the year.” Guggenheim added, “no one is really scared by the decorations, just our dog is.” Guggenheim said the family registered for the Halloween House Decorating contest sponsored by Westport’s Parks & Recreation Department (click here for more information). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Emerging fall colors add charm to the 1867-built home of the Westport Museum for History & Culture, formerly known as the Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A new show, curated by Jahmane, Rene Soto, and Amy Kaplan, opened today at the gallery at 23 Jesup Road. The show, called “2020 People, Politics, Planet,” will run until Nov. 30. Gallery hours are Thursday, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. It features different area artists’ perspectives on the strange state of things in the year 2020. Pictured above is artist Melissa Newman. www.2020pppwestport.com (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
David Jeffrey Nachman died Oct. 8 at home in Westport, He was 65. Born in Augusta, GA, he was a resident of Westport for 55 years.
He was employed by Penske Automotive (Audi) of Fairfield for 25 years as a sales specialist. He graduated Staples High School in 1974 and went on to Drew University in Madison, NJ, where he earned a BS in economics. He was a member of the Drew Soccer team. David was an avid musician and enjoyed playing his guitar and writing original songs which he often recorded in his home studio. He was also fond of bicycling and jogging.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Martha Welsh Nachman of Westport, his mother Patricia Hooper of Westport, his father Herbert Nachman of Townsend, TN, and two sisters, Dorothy Claire Brooks of South Lake Tahoe, CA and Serene Nachman White of Oak Ridge, TN. He has three children, Kiera Nachman Kent of Ridgefield Park, NJ; William (Billy) Nachman of Chicago, IL, and Victoria Nachman of New Orleans, LA. He is also survived by two grandsons, Liam and Ezra.
Friends may leave messages for the family at www.hardingfuneral.com. Burial arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Westport League of Women Voters (LWV) volunteers were present on Church Lane to encourage passers-by to register to vote and provide printed candidate information in support of the ongoing major election that culminates on Election Day, November 3. Celeste LaCroix (center), Westport LWV president said, “according to the Registrar’s office, as of October 14 approximately 8,000 absentee ballots have been requested and about 40% have already voted.” Pictured with LaCroix are Eleanor Lowenstein (l) and Cheryl McKenna. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com