Jack Washburn turns 90 years old today. Family had planned to come from around the country to celebrate.
Now of course, they can’t. That’s just one of countless small side effects of the coronavirus.
But Jack’s milestone will not go unnoticed. Just before noon, he and his wife got a joyful surprise.
His Arlen Road neighbors — adults and kids — gathered on the front lawn. Spaced appropriately apart, they sang “Happy Birthday.”
The provided lunch and cake (and wine).
Then they strung a line on the porch, where they hung birthday cards they’d all made. That way he could look at them, without touching.
Speaking of touching: This is Westport at its best!
Many Westporters have offered to donate items during the coronavirus crisis.
Town officials say, “The unique circumstances and complications due to potential virus transmission, including the time needed to quarantine donations and equipment, require detailed coordination. Items that do not assist with the response and recovery cannot be accepted.”
Westport is accepting the following response and recovery donations at your curb by appointment, between 9 a.m. and 12 noon only:
- Plastic face shields and goggles
- Packaged medical masks
- Packaged N-95 masks
- Packaged medical head coverings
- Packaged medical gowns
- Tyvek suits
- Hand sanitizer
- Packaged Nitrile or nylon disposable gloves
Items that are not pre-packaged cannot be accepted.
Click here to fill out a brief form. You will be contacted to set up a time for curbside pickup.
And, officials emphasize: Do not drop off donations at town buildings!
Old Mill Beach has joined the list of parking lots closed to visitors. Compo Beach and Burying Hill had previously been closed.
Sherwood Island State Park remains open. So do the 44 trailed preserves operated by Aspetuck Land Trust.
Distance learning has begun. Students are adapting well. Parents — well…
Successful Study Skills for Students — a local organization — is offering a 30-minute interactive seminar: “8 Ways to Keep Your Student Focused, On Track and On Task in the New E-learning Environment.”
Delivered via Zoom, it helps parents learn how to establish and maintain accountability, and help minimize distractions and reduce stress.
Sessions are Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2 (7 p.m.) and Wednesday, April 1 (10 a.m.).
It’s free, but registration is required. Each seminar is limited to 25 people. Click here to enroll. For more information, call 203-307-5455 or email info@S4StudySkills.com.
Inspired by Wednesday’s “06880 Pic of the Day” showing a heart in a mailbox with the message “Smile!”, the Theisinger family decided to do something similar for the people who help them.
Youngsters Grant and Blair put on gloves, and packed up treat bags. They printed out messages of thanks, and left them for their mail carrier, UPS deliverer and refuse collector.
“Just a small token to show our gratitude!” says their mom, Kristy. “We 💜 Westport!”
When Governor Lamont ordered many businesses shut, driving schools were among those hit.
Now, however, the Department of Motor Vehicles has allowed them to offer something previously prohibited: online classes. (Schools must meet certain guidelines for testing and attendance tracking.)
Westport’s Fresh Green Light begins soon. The schedule will closely mirror the existing one of after-school hours and weekends.
Classes are open to all current students, and new enrollments (16 and older). Click here for details.
So how did Jim and Nancy Eckl celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary?
They donned masks and gloves, and served their loyal, beloved customers at Gold’s.
Finally, today’s Song of the Day comes via the great Suzanne Sherman Propp, and her Sing Daily! project that brightens hundreds of Westporters’ days: