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Metro-North Aftermath Tops Westport's Week In News

Out-of-town commuters board shuttle buses at Westport's Saugatuck train station Monday.
Out-of-town commuters board shuttle buses at Westport's Saugatuck train station Monday. Photo Credit: File: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. – After the Metro-North train derailment and collision, many out-of-town commuters flocked to Westport on Monday and Tuesday to catch trains into Manhattan. Here’s a look at this and other top stories from the past week.

? Westport's Saugatuck station was the first stop on Metro-North's New Haven Line, running trains to Grand Central on Monday and Tuesday following the May 17 derailment near the Bridgeport/Fairfield border. As a result, hundreds of westbound commuters east of Westport took shuttle buses into the station to catch a train into the city.Out-of-town shuttle services ended Tuesday evening as limited service resumed on the line.

? Staples High School once again made headlines. The Daily Beast and Newsweek Magazine included Staples on its 2013 list of America’s Best High Schools . Out of 2,000 school nationwide, Staples was ranked at No. 196. Of the 35 Connecticut schools on the list, Staples ranked third.

? Westport resident Alec Bernard, a Cornell University student and 2010 Staples High School graduate, is biking across America to raise money for a nonprofit that provides medical care and education in impoverished countries. Bernard started more than 3,000-mile journey to San Francisco last Friday from Compo Beach.

? There's a new free mobile app that Westport students and parents can use to track their school bus . The "Where's Our School Bus?" app was created by Westport residents and parents Betty and Norman Tsang.

? Westport Democrat and Board of Finance Vice Chairwoman Helen Garten was endorsed by a search committee of the Westport Democratic Town Meeting to run for First Selectman .

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