COVID Roundup: ASF Helps Merchants; Half-Marathon; Sherwood Diner; Co-op Nursery School; More


The Westport Downtown Merchants Association and ASF are partnering to raise $10,000 for local businesses hit by COVID. They’re offering a unique Westport design, for hoodies, long-sleeve shirts, t-shirts and tank tops.

For each sale, $10 will be given to a WDMA-backed fund, and distributed ASAP.

But hurry — they’re only available through June 14!

Click here to order. (PS: They’ll ship anywhere!)


Ready for some exercise? Want to help frontline healthcare workers?

Thanks to Colby Kranz, you can do both.

The 2015 Staples High School graduate has designed a “Half Marathon from Home.” She posts a schedule that everyone follows, with playlists, daily tips and weekly motivational podcasts — but you choose the training routes (and final run, on July 25) that works best for you and your schedule.

Training has already begun, but anyone can jump in. When you do (click here), you’ve got the option to donate to NYC Health + Hospitals COVID-19 Relief efforts. The goal is $1,310 (because of the 13.1-mile final distance).

Colby — who has 6,000 Instagram followers, for her @livingpurely healthy recipe and lifestyle tips — says that dozens of people have already signed up for the half-marathon. They come from many different backgrounds. Some were training for a race that got canceled. Others have never run before.

All are welcome!

Colby Kranz is in national sales with iHeartMedia. During COVID, she’s working — and training — in Westport.


The latest restaurant to reopen — with new, socially distant outdoor tables — is the Sherwood Diner.

The menu is not as extensive as before. But the most popular items are all there. And 2 more umbrellas are coming soon.

(Photo/Andrew Colabella)


It’s not their biggest graduation of their lives. But every June, the Westport-Weston Co-op Nursery School celebrates its pre-K classes moving on to kindergarten next year with a a picnic on the Unitarian Church lawn, and an end-of-year video. Parents, grandparents and siblings join in.

For the first time in the school’s 65-year history, graduation was upended by a pandemic.

The videos were made by the Co-op’s Staples High School interns, and emailed to families. And instead of a picnic, there was a “car parade.”

But each youngster got a goody bag. There were “Co-op Class of 2020” t-shirts. And there were enough smiles all around to (almost) forget that there was a somber reason behind the new-style ceremony.

(Photo/Stacey Konowitz)


On April 8, Governor Lamont ordered all flags in Connecticut to fly at half-staff, mourning all the lives lost to COVID-19.

On May 19, he directed them all to return to full-staff.

The Westport Post Office has not yet gotten the message. The American and POW flags continue at half-staff.

Someone should write them a letter …

And finally … sing it, Sly!

6 responses to “COVID Roundup: ASF Helps Merchants; Half-Marathon; Sherwood Diner; Co-op Nursery School; More

  1. Gov. Lamont ordered the flag to be flown at half-staff again on May 26th, in honor of a state trooper who recently passed away. That order also has since expired, but only a couple of days ago, on May 30th.

    • Thanks, Kerry. I did not know that. But the post office flag was never raised in the interim.

      • CT State Trooper Gene Baron Jr of Ansonia Derby area died from 9/11 cancer on May 25th.
        May 31st (2018) was the anniversary of CT State Trooper Walter Greene Jr of Norwalk he also died of the 9/11 cancer.
        They were both assigned immediately to Manhattan right after the attacks to assist first responders down there.

  2. Christopher Rogalin

    Greetings, Dan…sorry to bother you. I went online to support the ASF fund raiser. When I entered my Credit Card data I am being prompted for a Coupon Code. I reviewed your posting and see no reference to a Coupon Code. Any suggestions? Please advise…thank you.

    • Try calling ASF directly. 203-255-4460.

      • Christopher Rogalin

        Well, sorry once again, it processed the second time after I simply clicked on the open field for the code entry. As I no longer have an eight year old child living in the house, it occasionally takes me longer to figure this things out. Thank you for all o0f your efforts. Cheers

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