COVID-19 Roundup: Bank Of America, Bottles And Cans, Library, Yoga, Lax Food Drive And More

Bank of America’s 3 Westport locations — downtown, between Starbucks and the Maserati dealership, and on the Southport line — are closed until further notice.

The nearest open BOA location is 578 Westport Avenue, just over the Norwalk border.

The Westport Library’s doors are closed. But its online presence has never been more active.

Staffers are adding new resources all the time. Digital content, programming, resources, exhibits — you name it, it’s all there. Click here to “enter” the library.

It’s “virtually” the same as being there!

For more than 6 years, Westport writer/director Chris Bolan has been working on a Netflix Original movie. It’s about Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, 2 women who fell in love in 1947. They kept their relationship a secret for over 6 decades.

Their remarkable journey — and eventual decision to come out late in life — forms the basis of “A Secret Love.” Bolan is Donahue’s great-nephew.

He says, “Given the world we currently live in and the amount of uncertainty, fear and upheaval we all face, uplifting stories like this have never been more important. We could all use a love story like this right now.”

Click on the trailer below. Then be sure to watch the entire film next week!

At this point in the year, the Staples High School boys lacrosse team should be deep into their season: playing games, hosting car washes, giving fans something to cheer about.

They can’t do any of that. But they are still coming together as a team, to support their community.

They’ve organized a food drive to collect non-perishable items and cleaning supplies for Homes with Hope’s food pantry. It runs from today through next Tuesday (April 28).

Items can be dropped off at 199 Bayberry Lane. No glass, please! Questions? Email

From left: senior Ben Howard, Livy Howard and sophomore Charlie Howard.

Richard Jaffe writes: “I’m not going to bring back my ever-growing mountain of returnable bottles and cans any time soon.

“Is there a group out there that will safely return them and collect the deposit money, hopefully for one of the many not-for-profits trying to help (like our very own Westport Department of Human Services)?

“What does $10, $30 or $100 per household add up to? Something meaningful.”

If you or your organization “can” take those returnables off Richard’s hands — to donate to a worthy cause — click “Comments” below. And if others have bottles and cans they’d like to donate, add your name too.

Like a number of other instructors, Paula Schooler has moved her weekly yoga therapy classes online. She’ll teach Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m., beginning next week.

As a show of appreciation for front line personnel, Paula will donate $5 from the suggested donation of $15 per class to the American Nurses Association’s local chapter.

She’s also working with Miggs Burroughs on a design for t-shirts with one of the best slogans ever: “NamaSTAY@OM.” That’s so good, on so many levels.

To register or for more information, call 203-226-6465, or email

And finally … what better way to end another week of isolation than with a little Survivor?

11 responses to “COVID-19 Roundup: Bank Of America, Bottles And Cans, Library, Yoga, Lax Food Drive And More

  1. Jennifer Galvin

    I have plastic bottles I’d like to donate.
    Thank you and stay safe.

  2. Art Thurnauer

    Hi, I have a large bag of plastic bottles to donate as well, and into the future.

  3. Though not a charity, you can bring them here:
    1255 West Broad Street
    Stratford, CT 06615
    It’s right around the corner from Exit 32 on I-95.
    I brought a big bag of cans, bottles, and plastics, there this week. I handed it off to a person who might have appreciated adding to their returns.

  4. And I, too, have bottles and cans to donate. Contact me to pick them up. I live close to town.

  5. Peggy O'Halloran

    I have lots of redeemable cans/bottles to donate to the worthy cause of choice of the person(s) who can pick up.

  6. We too have a large bag of cans to donate .Will have even more in a month or so. Would love to find a way to have someone pick them up and donate.

  7. Wendy Cusick

    I would give the Bottle Return place in Stratford a call. 203 870 9722. If these bottles can be dropped off at a central location in Westport either one of the charities can drive it over there and collect the money or the Bottle Return might be able to pick it up?
    It’s a thought.
    Norwalk High School Band had regular can and bottle drives to fund their travel and equipment.

  8. Wendy Cusick

    Well, what about the ‘SLOBS’?
    They can do a pickup of returnables with fresh garbage bags so not to contimate their parents cars and everyone is wearing a mask, gloves and a make shift plastic gown, they can pick up the can and bottles and have a caravan of vehicles head to Stratford to redeem them for money and they can use the funds to distribute to the local charities and keep some for their organization for future events.
    Of course, with parents approval and give the Stratford return company a call to let them know they’re coming.

  9. There’s a drop-off in Weston at the barn across from Weston Center where I’ve been dropping off until recently (kids groups pick them up for donations to charities).

  10. I think the Scouts up in Weston and other charities might be hesitant to handle others recyclables. It the same thinking that the grocery stores have closed their machines.

    I was concerned with the bottles filling a garbage can and figured I had to send them off to a place that would handle them properly. I couldn’t see unloading them in the transfer station. Plus, the folks who are at the recycle place can use the money more than I can. If it allows them to buy food, pay the rent or whatever, then it’s all good.

  11. Richard Jaffe

    That was my point. There’s an ongoing business opportunity out there, for a group that can figure out how to accomplish the bottle returns safely. If that venture donates to a (Covid-19 fighting) charity, I’ll contribute my returnables.