COVID Roundup: Tennis, Golf, Fields News; Traffic Returns; Mexica Moves In; More


There’s plenty of good recreation news!

The tennis courts at Town Farm (North Compo Road) and Doubleday (behind Saugatuck Elementary School) open next Friday (June 5). Play is limited to singles, on only those courts with nets. For all tennis court rules and regulations, click here.

Beginning Monday (June 1), single rider and pull golf carts will be available at Longshore, through the 2 p.m. tee time. That ensures enough time for proper sanitation. Carts are limited, and available while supplies last. 

As of Friday (June 5), Longshore tee times begin at 7 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They remain at 8 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Play is extended daily; the last tee time is 7 p.m.

And — to the delight of young athletes throughout town, and runners of all ages — fields at Wakeman, Staples High School (including the outdoor track) and Kings Highway Elementary School open for individual use and exercise on Monday (June 1).

No organized, competitive, pick-up team play, practices or games are allowed.  Groups can include no more than 5 people, and social distancing must be followed. Non-compliance may result in field closures, Parks & Recreation officials say.

NOTE: Jinny Parker (field hockey) Field at Staples, and PJ Romano Field at Saugatuck Elementary will be closed for the summer, due to construction.

Wakeman athletic fields


Every day you seen, sense and feel it: More and more activity, all around town.

Including traffic.

This was the scene yesterday on Wilton Road. A long line at the Post Road light — it’s almost a welcome sight!

(Photo/David Waldman)


It takes a lot of cojones to open a new restaurant in the midst of a pandemic

But that’s what the owners of Mexica are doing. The new spot — with similar cuisine — replaces Señor Salsa in the small Post Road West shopping center by Sylvan Lane.

Who doesn’t need a shot of tequila right now?!

(Photo/Cindy Mindell)

You know all those bottles and can you’ve been collecting since the coronavirus hit, and Stop & Shop closed their return center?

Bring ’em back. The doors are open once again.

Except 7 to 7:30 a.m., and 2 to 2:30 p.m. The room is closed then, for cleaning.


JL Rocks started at Bungalow. Now the luxury jeweler and home emporium are separate stores. But owners Jamie Camche and Wende Cohen still collaborate.

They’ve survived the Great Recession — and now, a retail apocalypse — by offering great quality, exemplary customer service, and a unique aesthetic.

Safe 1-on-1 appointments, FaceTime consultations, curbside pick-ups and shipping have kept their many loyal customers delighted.

Jamie and Wende are working together on a new project: the “City of Lights” collection. They created a series of slim, stackable rings, each highlighted with a stunning diamond. Available in 14K yellow, white and rose gold, the 5 rings are inspired by Parisian landmarks: the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles and Notre Dame.

So what if the coronavirus has canceled your European trip? It’s a lot less expensive to buy a beautiful ring. You’ll have it forever. And you’re helping 2 wonderful women, whose 2 stores — and close partnership — has brought joy to so many Westporters.

(The rings are available online at JL Rocks, and at Bungalow in Sconset Square.)

Jamie Camche and Wende Cohen .(Photo/Jen Goldberg for Private Portraits)


And finally … when Paul Simon wrote “America” in 1966, our nation was in the midst of convulsive change. Half a century later — battered by a pandemic, polarized by beliefs, ripped apart by race and class and so many other divisions — we’re still empty and aching. And we don’t know why.

6 responses to “COVID Roundup: Tennis, Golf, Fields News; Traffic Returns; Mexica Moves In; More

  1. Mark L. Yurkiw

    All good news…but I have a question maybe someone can answer. The other day there was a pick-up truck parked at Cross Hwy & Sturges filled with young men not wearing masks sitting shoulder to shoulder in the back of the truck. An older man was speaking with them. I noticed they were all wearing grey T-shirts that had something to do with Staples H.S. best I could decipher.
    My question is why were they not social distancing or at least wearing masks? Does anyone know about this? As I walked up Sturges another group of young men with similar T-Shirts were trotting (very close) together towards the truck. Understandably without masks to do thier troting run but not social distancing. Just being concerned for some young men who may not understand thier vulnerability

  2. Re: the returning traffic: yes it’s good. And, of course, it’s bad.

    Which makes me think of the soon to be approved plan to close Main and Church for 3 months. So some the traffic from Main will likely be diverted to, I suppose, Myrtle Ave. Of course, Myrtle is about to be totally blown up for intersection changes, geometry changes, new sidewalks and, of course, repaving. And Kings Highway is closed at Main until something like December.

    Who knows what’s going to actually happen (there’s no traffic study) but I have a feeling those of us who live downtown might possibly end up with the short end.

    I sure hope it helps somebody….

  3. Susan Hopkins

    America ….. Excellent, Dan.

  4. Claudia Schattman

    Dan! I love how you end the blog with a classic song..thank you! Needed that one today.

  5. Russell Gontar

    We’re empty and aching but this time, we know a great deal about why that is.

  6. Cristina Negrin

    I’m happy for the enthusiasm but I think it’s too soon and waiting for at least 2 weeks to see the results in unfortunate new cases of virus

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