Town officials report that in Phase 1 of reopening, over 50% of retail establishments are open. In addition, more than 20 restaurants offer outdoor dining. NOTE: Hair salons and barber shops are open by appointment only; walk-ins are not allowed.
Many offices are open too (with a strong emphasis on working from home if possible).
Some businesses and offices have decided it is not yet time to reopen. Call ahead, to determine if a certain establishment or office is operating.
Second Selectwoman Jen Tooker praises non-profit Social Venture Partners, which in a joint venture with the town provided approximately 30 local businesses with non-cost advisory services on topics like financial analysis, marketing and human resources.
In other business news, parking spaces will be cordoned off for at least 30 days on Main Street, from the Post Road to Elm Street, to provide increased pedestrian access.
The Westport Police Department issued this statement, about protests following the death of George Floyd:
“Over the last several days, the town of Westport has been the site of demonstrations in response to recent tragic events in our country. The men and women of this department are sincerely grateful that to date these have been peaceful and constructive gatherings. To the public we serve, we offer a sincere thank you for your continued engagement in your community and your commitment to making our world a better place for us all. In that goal, we have and will always continue to proudly stand with you.
“Sadly, this has not been the case throughout this country, where violent acts and destruction instead has become on all too common sight in many of our neighborhoods. The Westport Police Department will always support, and work diligently to protect, the First Amendment rights of our citizens and visitors alike. As we anticipate additional future demonstrations to happen here in and our neighboring communities, we ask that you please do your part to help us ensure the safety and voice of all those in attendance. There is no greater instrument of peace than a continued dialogue, do not let your message be lost in violence.”
After examining detailed regulations for summer camps and summer school programs, the Westport Public Schools has decided it is untenable to offer in-person programs this year.
“We are very disappointed to be in this position, and understand how disappointed some parents and students might be as well,” says interim superintendent of schools Dr. David Abbey. “However, we are committed to doing our best to offer excellent alternative programming through a distance learning format.”
Continuing Education will provide many programs online, including all high school courses being offered for credit. Click here for details.
Westport Library director Bill Harmer says:
“The senseless murder of George Floyd once again highlights the racial injustices that continue to plague us in cities and towns across the nation.
“The core mission of the public library is to create a nation of informed and active citizens. Like a compass, we point the way toward a better society that is founded in knowledge and demonstrates respect for diverse peoples and views. By fulfilling this responsibility, we provide a fundamental opportunity for each of us to meaningfully contribute to the success of our democracy.
“While much of our political discourse is seemingly fractious, the public library stands firm as a beacon to inspire citizens to seek common ground in order to help meet the challenges of our time. In this way, libraries function as an essential equalizer in our society.
“In these unprecedented times, we are asking that you join us in fortifying our mission by standing together to shape and determine who we are and what we will become. By supporting and promoting inclusion and equity, we will be playing an active role in creating a better future for all Americans.
“Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong.
The Senior Center’s 49 summer classes — including art, exercise and language, along with discussion and support groups — will all be offered via Zoom. For a list of classes, click here; then scroll down.
Westport residents age 60 and older can begin registering this Monday (June 8), starting at 8:30 a.m. You can call 203-341-5099, or mail in a registration form (available here; scroll to the end) with payment to WCSA, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport.
Out-of-town residents 60 and older can begin registering on Monday, June 15.
Questions? Call 203-341-5099.
Wildlife has no idea there’s a pandemic. Injured and orphaned animals still need help.
Peter Reid — who is both Westport’s assistant animal control officer and Wildlife in Crisis director — yesterday rescued 3 orphaned fawns.
Their mother was killed on the Post Road, near Fire Department headquarters. All 3 are now being cared for by Wildlife in Crisis staff. They will be rehabilitated and released at the appropriate age.
According to Westport Animal Shelter Advocates, it costs $800 to $1,000 to care for each fawn. Click here to help.
And finally … Essie Jenkins, with”The 1919 Influenza Blues”: