COVID-19 Roundup: Shopping, Podcast, Yarn Bomb, Trout Brook And More

The other day Janet Nevas stood outside Gold’s, awaiting her order.

Others — spaced appropriately — stood waiting for theirs. She turned to one man, said she was having trouble finding a face mask, and asked where he’d bought his.

Another person stood by her car; her husband sat behind the wheel. Suddenly, he drove away.

The woman told Janet that they’d overheard her conversation. They live around the corner, so he was headed home to bring her a couple of masks.

Janet could not believe someone would do that for a stranger. The woman explained that she had a family member involved in healthcare, so they knew the importance. They were happy to share extra masks.

Soon the man returned, with 4 masks — in a plastic bag — for Janet.

“Unfortunately, I did not get their names,” Janet says. “But I know we in Westport will get through this difficult time together. What a great place to live!”


Urlist Shopping has just opened in Westport.

College students pick up groceries, and deliver the next day (except Sunday).

The website is very user-friendly. You can also text your order to 786-606-0992 or 516-998-6438, or email it to urlistshopping@gmail.com

The site offers shopping options at Stop & Shop and Stew Leonard’s — or “other.” Payment is by Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, check or credit card (3% surcharge for cards).

Urlist charges $20 for orders under $100; $5 delivery fee plus 15% charge on orders between $100 and $200, and a 15% charge (with free delivery) on orders over $200.

Staples High School graduates Zach Feinstein and Uri Cattan say, “We follow extremely strict COVID-19 guidelines when we shop to stay germ-free and healthy. Every driver wears a mask and gloves to ensure that he does not risk safety.”

Urlist shoppers make sure you don’t have to face crowds at local supermarkets.


In these unpredictable times, one thing is certain: Miggs Burroughs comes through.

Among his many side gigs, Westport’s favorite graphic designer hosts a very entertaining podcast with his brother, fellow artist/Staples High School graduate Trace Burroughs.

“Oh, Brother, Not Another Podcast!” is not just the best-named show on the planet. It also informs, educates and enlightens.

Yesterday, the Burroughs boys taped a great show with 3 of Westport’s most important officials: 1st Selectman Jim Marpe, Police Chief Foti Koskinas and Director of Human Services Elaine Daignault. They talk about how they’re responding to the virus, and its impact on our community. Click here to listen.


For a couple of weeks, yarn bombs have been spotted downtown.

Now the idea has spread to Compo Beach. The parking lot may be closed, but walkers, joggers and bikers can enjoy this as they pass by. (Hat tip: Karen Como)


Due to unsafe parking at and usage of Trout Brook Valley on Bradley Road in Weston, the trail system and parking is shut down until further notice. That leaves both Trout Brook and Devil’s Den in Weston closed for public use.


And finally … one of the few items on my bucket list I have not yet accomplished is being invited to Keith Richards’ house to hang. Like many Westporters, my encounters with him have been limited to a few sightings around town.

But on Saturday, I got a glimpse inside his Weston home. Sure, it was via YouTube. Still, it was fun. And the Stones’ message was surely apt, in these COVID-filled days.

No, you can’t always get what you want. But eventually all this will pass. And — because Keith will live forever — there’s still a chance that someday he’ll invite me over.

One response to “COVID-19 Roundup: Shopping, Podcast, Yarn Bomb, Trout Brook And More

  1. Thanks to Urlist.com. We desperately need better options for food delivery and I would love to support local college students so as soon as I need more food or paper towels I will be calling. Already have the site bookmarked!

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