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Roundup: Staples Art Show; BMW Security; More

Staples High School is out for the summer. But the astonishing artwork produced by students — before it was closed by COVID-19, and afterward during distance learning — lives on.

The art department’s website includes a gallery, a “virtual art show,” and news. It’s filled with art of all kinds: watercolor, charcoal, pen-and-ink, photography, jewelry, prints, murals, masks, pottery, graphic design and more. Click here for the link.

It’s well worth visiting. Just make sure you have plenty of time. There’s lots to enjoy, and be proud of.

The entrance to the “Virtual Art Show.”

On Friday, attendees at Staples’ drive-through graduation ceremony got their first glimpse of the high school’s new security vehicle.

It looks like a shiny new electric BMW.

But looks are not always what they seem. In fact, it’s used — a 2015 model. And Westport did not spend a penny on it.

The vehicle was donated by a citizen to the Westport Police Department, which in turn gifted it to the town. The value — according to Board of Selectmen minutes — is between $5,000 and $20,000.

Just remember that donation, the next time someone makes some comment about Westport’s school security officers riding around in BMWs, (Hat tip: Dr. Edward Paul)

And finally … It’s been nearly 3 weeks since George Floyd was killed, and 3 months since the coronavirus upended America. Bob Dylan is (once again) right.

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