COVID-19 Roundup: Optimism; Playhouse Performers; Mercy Learning, And More

CBS News’ Steve Hartman hosts an online “class” about optimism. It’s aimed at children, but should be mandatory viewing for everyone.

The most recent session was about a 4-year-old girl who befriended an 84-year-old widower. It’s a wonderful piece. But that’s not why I’m showing it.

The “06800” link is that Steve introduces it all with Mike Aitkenhead. He’s the former Staples High School/current Weston High environmental instructor who — when he was named Teacher of the Year — thanked “Mike the Mailman.”

“It’s not what you do in life. It’s how you do it,” Mike the Teacher said. Click below — and have your Kleenex ready. (Hat tip: Mark Lassoff)


The Westport Country Playhouse is dark. But this Friday (April 17, 7 p.m.), it will light up online with some spectacular performances.

The Playhouse YouTube channel and Facebook live will host “Getting to Know You: A Celebration of Young Artists.” Westport’s Tony Award-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara hosts 10 Fairfield County students — all accomplished musical theater artists.

Dozens of hopefuls submitted videos of songs — many of which they hoped to perform in musicals this spring. Ten were selected randomly. Among them: Camille Foisie of Staples High School, and Momo Burns-Min of Weston High.

Ten understudies were chosen to submit a question for O’Hara to answer. Staples’ Jamie Mann is one of them.

All videos submitted will be compiled into a supercut at the end of the program, and shared on Playhouse social media channels.

(For Friday’s livestream, click on westportplayhouse.org, go to the bottom of the homepage, and click on the Facebook or YouTube icon.)


For 30 years, Westporters have embraced the mission of Mercy Learning Center: to improve the lives of under-served women in Bridgeport through education.

Of course, women who are hungry cannot learn. If they can’t afford the rent or diapers, they have no time or energy to learn. Now, the coronavirus has made those needs even more dire.

In week 4 of the crisis, MLC has exhausted their food and diaper pantries — and run out of food gift cards.

Because Mercy Learning Center is not considered an “essential service,” the building is closed. But director Jane Ferreira and her staff are in touch with their students. They’re doing their best to ensure they have food and basic supplies, plus funds to help with rent and other bills.

Checks can be sent to Mercy Learning Center, 637 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Click here for online donations.


On the one hand, this seems like great news.

On the other hand, it’s like a tease.

Who’s driving anywhere these days? (Hat tip: Chip Stephens)


And finally, this classic duet from 2 who died way too young: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell:

 

 

5 responses to “COVID-19 Roundup: Optimism; Playhouse Performers; Mercy Learning, And More

  1. I’ve been getting ads and notices from department stores and clothing boutiques showing their beautiful new lines and promoting spectacular sales, which I can buy over the Internet. But where would I wear them? To my living room?

  2. Joanne Heller

    What a great piece Steve Hartman did on optimism. His daughter Merrill was an adorable co-host.

  3. Just an FYI that the Cumberland member price mandates you sign up to have gas payment automatically deducted from a debit card. The discount is not nearly as much as many credit cards are giving for using their cards at the pump, any pump (as much as 5%, which is about 10 cents/gal now).

  4. Dick Lowenstein

    What’s missing from the Cumberland sign is the reguar credit card price (which was $2.09). Both prices are shown on the reverse side, but not on the west-facing side. I told the management, but they have chosen to ignore it, which is a violation of State regulation.

  5. That Cumberland sign is a bait and switch, probably illegal, sign and is bullshit.
    That is “card holder”price…the regular, non card holder price should, as on all other gas station signs, be included, and it is intentionally left off.
    I no longer gas up there, and will not.