COVID-19 Roundup: 5K Run; Easter Bunny STARs; Videos, And More

Bruce Geller sends this great story about Drew Gordon, a 6th grader at Weston Middle School.

Her dad, Brian Gordon — former Staples High basketball star, University of Pennsylvania class president, noted entrepreneur and Weston 2nd selectman — died in 2018.

But that has not stopped Drew from thinking about how to help others. Recently, she had a great idea to aid frontline healthcare workers: a 5K run, which people could complete on their own. The “race” — with a $5 entry fee — took place yesterday.

The course was up to each runner. Times were submitted on the honor system. Over 100 people participated, and Drew raised more than $1,200.

Her dad would be very proud of her. 06880, 06883 — and healthcare workers everywhere — are too!

Drew Gordon’s Instagram, announcing the 5K run.

Also yesterday: STAR Lighting the Way staff, board members and friends hopped into cars, for a special Easter Parade.

Their route took them to every STAR group residence, for people with developmental disabilities. There are several homes in Westport.

Residents and staff at each were greeted by the Easter bunny, signs offering support and thanks to the staff, a box of sweets, a special STAR face mask, and a bottle of Purell.

The 3rd installment of #WestportConnected is online. There are messages of encouragement, photos of folks doing neighborly things, and businesses letting everyone know they’re still open.

Stores, bell ringers, thanks givers — all are represented in the 4-minute montage.

Just click below. And if you’d like to be part of next week’s video, send a photo or video (10 seconds or less) to

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Restaurants and small businesses need our help now, more than ever.

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is doing what it can, in many ways. Among them: frequent reminders that local restaurants and markets are open, for curbside and takeout dining.

Check out executive director Matthew Mandell’s video. It took some work getting all these folks on tape, but it’s one more reminder that we’re all in this together.

Spotted by Mary Sikorski yesterday on Imperial Avenue, this colorful, hopeful and welcome sign:

And finally, what better way to start the week — even in awful weather — than with a little Bob Marley:

5 responses to “COVID-19 Roundup: 5K Run; Easter Bunny STARs; Videos, And More

  1. Peter Saverine

    Hope your weekend was special!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Hi Dan,

    A few days ago you write about Daniel SULLIVAN providing meals for for the front line. I was wondering if I could add a dessert of chocolate chip cookies….my husband recently purchased a 50lb sack of flour and I’ll need to use it!

    Any chance you can help me get in touch with him…or anyone else that might want empty but yummy calories?


    Stay safe, Mara

    >> Mara Barth >> Finisher: 108 marathons, >> 5 Ironman Triathlons >> >> “Mommy” as of 10-8-04 Sent from my iPhone


    • Thanks, Mara – great offer. You can bake for me! Just kidding — I’ll email you Daniel’s contact info privately. Thank you for all you do!

  3. Love all of this!

  4. Sara Kempner

    Love taking Herman’s class – livestreamed or recorded! Definitely a high point of each day! Highly recommend 💪🏻