COVID-19 Roundup: ReOpen Westport Team; Joey’s Reopens; Library Challenge; Virtual Bingo, And More

Yesterday, 1st Selectman Marpe announced the formation of a ReOpen Westport Advisory Team. Members will “seek input from local business and community leaders” so that the community can move forward “in both an overall and segmented way.”

2nd Selectman Jen Tooker chairs the group. More details about the ReOpen team — including, presumably, members — will be announced Monday.

Marpe says, “Westport will continue taking the lead from the state of Connecticut and health experts, but will simultaneously ensure that the status of COVID-19 and the local needs within Westport take precedence to any re-opening decisions.”

Most Post Road businesses remain closed. (Photo/Katherine Bruan)

A wee — but welcome — bit of Westport returns today.

Joey’s by the Shore relocates from the beach to Elvira Mae’s. The new deli/ice cream stand/market — now called “Joey’s by the Shore featuring Elvira Mae’s Coffer Bar” — rolls out a soft opening today.

There’s curbside ordering only (via You’ll need to keep your social distance too, of course.

But there’s no better place to do it than there, and no better folks to do it for than Joey Romeo and Betsy Kravitz.

Betsy Kravitz, Joey Romeo and …

… a very happy customer. (Photos/Dan Woog)

Readers: on your marks!

The Westport Library has announced a Summer Reading Challenge. There are 25 “challenge lists.” The goal is to read at least one book from as many challenges as you can.

There’s a form to submit after each one — and a leader board, because hey, there are no baseball standings to follow.

The challenges are challenging. They include a book that spans generations; that makes you laugh (and another that makes you cry); about an election; from the teen collection, and about a battle. Click here for all 25.

The “competition” runs through September 7.

Sure, the weather is beautiful this weekend. But if you’re looking for another reason (besides COVID-19) to stay inside, here’s one: Complete the census.

This weekend, as I’m sure you know, is Census Digital Action Weekend. I’m not sure what that means, but click here for the link.

Stan Witkow provides another update on his weekly Thursday Virtual Bingo game. (That’s the one where anyone can join — and the winner chooses a charity to get the buy-in pot.)

This week they surged past $1,200 overall. The recipient was Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. The “house” made a special $25 donation to the Connecticut Food Bank too.

For more information, email

A scene from the Virtual Bingo game.

The Staples High School girls soccer team is collecting food for the Gillespie Center.

Needs include canned chicken, low-sugar cereal, canned vegetables (low sodium), canned fruit (low sugar), peanut butter and jelly, dry mil envelopes, pasta sauce, rice, hearty soup, mac and cheese, crackers, salad dressing, and ketchup, mustard and mayo.

Toiletries and cleaning supplies like shampoo, soap, deodorant, tooth care and feminine products, dish soap, laundry detergent, sponges, cleaners and bleach are great too.

The drop-off location is 12 Indian Hill Road. For more information, email

And finally … it’s Saturday! So of course tonight that means:

4 responses to “COVID-19 Roundup: ReOpen Westport Team; Joey’s Reopens; Library Challenge; Virtual Bingo, And More

  1. E K Siegel

    Social distancing ? Masks? Courtesy?
    Not down here in the beach area !
    I do not understand people ! ! The first death
    in Westport was one of my neighbors !
    The beaches haven’t even opened yet!
    Cars drop people off anyway.
    Living down here is a true
    danger zone ! Young, old, biker, dog walker,
    walker , runner ..
    I have lost several friends to this disease as I am certain all of you have . How can you be so
    cavalier and disregard everyone else and
    not protect them from you. ..AND you from them!?!

    • Wendy Cusick

      E K Siegel. I hear you. I ordered food from Joey’s not know how incredibly crowded it was going to be!
      I made my way down from US RT 1 onto Imperial Ave I saw Grace Salmon Park rather busy, then made my way up to Compo Rd N. I saw a good number enjoying the nice day spread out walker, runners, dog walkers and bicyclist. Until I made the turn to Hillspoint dealing with a couple towing a large boat they couldn’t launch and then driving into a very crowded intersection of people, dogs kids, bikes and cars at Hillspoint and Joey’s. The majority of us just picked our food said ‘Hello Welcome back Joey’ and drove off but some I noticed lingered.
      Here is something I just read this morning. Rather well written piece

    • Wendy Cusick

      Also my condolences to you losing your neighbor from this horrible virus.

  2. Laurie Goldberg

    Alas, the link to the library list is not working, neither is the link on the library’s website (to print the list.) At least, not in Firefox…. does seem to work with Chrome, though.