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‘James and the Giant Peach’ Opens at CMS on Friday

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Coleytown Company’s newest production, “James and the Giant Peach,” opens Friday at 7 p.m. and runs through the weekend with additional performances Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.showtix4u.com or at the door. Coleytown Company’s actors are especially excited because Academy Award, Grammy and Tony winner Justin Paul will attend a performance of the musical, for which he wrote the score. He visited a rehearsal last week, which New Haven’s WTNH-TV profiled on Tuesday, and worked with his former Coleytown Middle School teacher, Ben Frimmer, creative director and producer of “James and the Giant Peach.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Palmer: Schools Likely to Open on Time Wednesday

Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said tonight schools are likely to open on time Wednesday.

“Unless forecast changes dramatically overnight, we plan to open schools on time tomorrow,” she said in a tweet.

“If storm progresses as predicted, we may need a weather-related early dismissal, creating a postponement of our scheduled elementary parent-teacher afternoon conferences.

“Up at 4 am again!”

Competing in National History Day Competition

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Tenth grade U.S. history honors students from Staples High School and eighth graders from Bedford Middle School returned to Sacred Heart University to once again demonstrate their academic skills at the 2018 National History Day Regional Competition. The annual competition determines the projects that will advance to the state contest where students will compete for a chance to attend the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland in June. Pictured: Sophia Beninati, Lizzy Kuehndorf, and Emma Nordberg (not pictured with the group is Mia Didio). Contributed photo

Gifted Children Group Meets at Bedford Middle School

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Several hundred adults and children today attended a three-hour variety of workshops at Bedford Middle School known as Minds in Motion. It was jointly hosted by Westport PTA, Westport Public Schools, and the Connecticut Association for the Gifted, a nonprofit organization founded in 1969. Its membership includes parents, grandparents and teachers of gifted children, gifted coordinators, regular education teachers, school and district administrators, psychologists, counselors and others interested in supporting gifted and talented education. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Staples Players’ ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ Opens

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Nick Rossi, Avery Mendillo, and Charlie Zuckerman take their bows tonight after the opening night Staples Players production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” with book by George Furth. Based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the production opened on Broadway in 1981 and ran for only 16 performances. However, the story of three friends, Frank, Charley, and Mary, and the fraying of their bonds and their dreams has had an afterlife as a (slightly revised) version has become popular in regional and amateur productions. It is a reprise for the Players. The 2003 version included a high school senior named Justin Paul, and the Hollywood and Broadway star met with the cast last week during a visit to his hometown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

Large Crowd for Saugatuck El ‘Hoops and Heels’ Gala

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Saugatuck Elementaryy School parents gathered tonight at the Birchwood Country Club for the school’s “Hoops and Heels” fundraiser gala. It was Saugatuck’s first major fundraiser in six years. Money raised will help support the SEAL grant program, which provides enrichment funds and programs for teachers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Palmer to Seek $600K for 4 School Resource Officers

By Jarret Liotta

More than 150 parents came to the Bedford Middle School auditorium tonight to learn what school and town officials are doing to promote school safety, as well as to voice their fears and concerns following the recent threat at Staples High School.

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Officials listen to comments from parent Allison Keisman at tonight’s talk on school security. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer took the opportunity to promote her imminent request for four new, armed school resource police officers.

“I believe we need a team of SRO’s,” she said, estimating it would be a $600,000 budget increase.

A total investment of $1,740,000 has gone toward school security since the Newtown shooting five years ago, according to Elio Longo, director of business operations.

Video: Palmer on Protest: ‘Job Well Done, Staples’


In a video interview with Inklings, the Staples High School newspaper, Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer praised Staples students for their participation in today’s national walkout day of protest against gun violence. “I’m very proud of our kids,” she said. “Job well done, Staples.” Outside media were not allowed to cover the gathering in the field house. Zach Horowitz/InklingsNews.com video

Staples Students Join Protest; Rally Leader Critical of School Administration

By Jarret Liotta

See video of Staples field house meeting HERE

UPDATE Staples High School students today joined a nationwide school walkout following the Parkland shootings by holding a meeting in the field house seeking tighter gun regulations.

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Parents outside Staples High School show their support today for the nationwide protest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

One speaker, rally organizer senior Theo Koskoff, while thanking the administration for ensuring a safe and orderly walkout, said an administration request “that we remain apolitical is unacceptable,” according to a video recording of the meeting by the Staples newspaper, Inklings. Outside media, as well as parents, were barred from the school grounds.

“Instead of voicing our political opinions and exercising our right to free speech, the administration has encouraged us to hide any debate or confrontation behind a thin veil of artificial unity,” Koskoff said.

He added: “We will be the generation to tear down this veil, to exploit the very vacuum which has been abused by lobbyists and special interest groups for far too long and put and end to gun violence in the United States by demanding common sense gun regulations…”