COVID Roundup: Letters; Books; Food; CVS; More

A pair of Staples High School juniors want to make sure that children in the hospital are not forgotten during the pandemic. They created Mailed With Love — a service that collects cards and drawings from families around Westport, for kids at at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Everyone can make cards and drawings. Follow on Instagram for details, or email

Jane Malakoff is one of many Westporters who support their favorite restaurants during the pandemic. Every Saturday she orders dinner from Bistro du Soleil, on Riverside Avenue near the train station.

“Bistro is a small family owned restaurant, and perhaps off everyone’s radar,” Jane says. “Maria’s delicious dinners are my treat for the week. Only she, her husband and mother are in the restaurant.”

As restaurants across the state slowly  open up, it’s good to remember that’s only part of the equation. With 50% capacity and outdoor dining only, many will still rely on curbside takeout and delivery.

Remember too to order delivery direct from the restaurant’s website, if offered. Third-party services like Grubhub take a large chunk of change from the order.

Maria and her husband, at Bistro du Soleil.

The Westport Library remains closed — though its online offerings are plentiful and busy.

Still, if you prefer the pleasures of an actual dead-tree book, the funky “Little Free Library” on Otter Trail off Imperial Avenue is open.

The selections are a lot more limited than the downtown library. On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about social distancing.

PS: Note the sign: “Take a book. Share a book.” Donations welcome!

As of today, CVS is back open 24 hours (store only). Pharmacy hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m weekends.

And finally … as we see glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel, Fontella Bass’ plea may be answered!

5 responses to “COVID Roundup: Letters; Books; Food; CVS; More

  1. Ilene Mirkine

    As always, thanks for the updates, Dan. ‘Wondering if places will be keeping their designated (or other) Senior Shopping Hours as they are opening up and things are settling into a “new normal”…

  2. Matthew Mandell

    Bravo Dan on 2 points you pointed out.

    1. Outdoor dining will only be 50% of former capacity so still order curbside pickup to further aid restaurants. Also some restaurants may simply wait for full indoor, so takeout from them.
    2. Order directly from any restaurant. Uber and Grubhub take 30% of the money from orders at restaurants. That is a crushing amount. So go the extra mile to call them and order over the phone. They’ll appreciate it.

  3. Dick Lowenstein

    Take a book, read a book, quarantine it for two weeks, and then share it. 🙂

  4. Faith Taylor

    Hoping that the library will be creative about providing access to the books which have been in quarantine as long as we have. Perhaps, following the lead of the Farmer’s Market, the library could provide reserved books to the mask wearing public at a pre-arranged pick up time. If necessary, they can quarantine the books as they are returned. The reserve queues are only going to get longer and there are lots of great titles becoming available. While digital services are great, many of us are longing to hold a library book again. Yes, food services are essential, but so is the library!

  5. Having seen my first Little Free Library on Fire Island, I became a card-carrying member 🙂 FYI there is also one on Washington Ave. While biking one day, I left a book there and picked one up (with gloves). Put the new book in my house for 2 weeks without touching, and enjoyed it when I did. Thanks to the organizers!