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COVID-19 Roundup: Bank Of America, Bottles And Cans, Library, Yoga, Lax Food Drive And More

Bank of America’s 3 Westport locations — downtown, between Starbucks and the Maserati dealership, and on the Southport line — are closed until further notice.

The nearest open BOA location is 578 Westport Avenue, just over the Norwalk border.

The Westport Library’s doors are closed. But its online presence has never been more active.

Staffers are adding new resources all the time. Digital content, programming, resources, exhibits — you name it, it’s all there. Click here to “enter” the library.

It’s “virtually” the same as being there!

For more than 6 years, Westport writer/director Chris Bolan has been working on a Netflix Original movie. It’s about Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, 2 women who fell in love in 1947. They kept their relationship a secret for over 6 decades.

Their remarkable journey — and eventual decision to come out late in life — forms the basis of “A Secret Love.” Bolan is Donahue’s great-nephew.

He says, “Given the world we currently live in and the amount of uncertainty, fear and upheaval we all face, uplifting stories like this have never been more important. We could all use a love story like this right now.”

Click on the trailer below. Then be sure to watch the entire film next week!

At this point in the year, the Staples High School boys lacrosse team should be deep into their season: playing games, hosting car washes, giving fans something to cheer about.

They can’t do any of that. But they are still coming together as a team, to support their community.

They’ve organized a food drive to collect non-perishable items and cleaning supplies for Homes with Hope’s food pantry. It runs from today through next Tuesday (April 28).

Items can be dropped off at 199 Bayberry Lane. No glass, please! Questions? Email bhoward0222@gmail.com.

From left: senior Ben Howard, Livy Howard and sophomore Charlie Howard.

Richard Jaffe writes: “I’m not going to bring back my ever-growing mountain of returnable bottles and cans any time soon.

“Is there a group out there that will safely return them and collect the deposit money, hopefully for one of the many not-for-profits trying to help (like our very own Westport Department of Human Services)?

“What does $10, $30 or $100 per household add up to? Something meaningful.”

If you or your organization “can” take those returnables off Richard’s hands — to donate to a worthy cause — click “Comments” below. And if others have bottles and cans they’d like to donate, add your name too.

Like a number of other instructors, Paula Schooler has moved her weekly yoga therapy classes online. She’ll teach Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m., beginning next week.

As a show of appreciation for front line personnel, Paula will donate $5 from the suggested donation of $15 per class to the American Nurses Association’s local chapter.

She’s also working with Miggs Burroughs on a design for t-shirts with one of the best slogans ever: “NamaSTAY@OM.” That’s so good, on so many levels.

To register or for more information, call 203-226-6465, or email stringofpearls36@aol.com.

And finally … what better way to end another week of isolation than with a little Survivor?

[OPINION] Time To Defuse The “Bomb Squad”

On Wednesday, Fairfield Prep’s boys lacrosse team defeated Staples 11-10 in sudden death overtime, in the state tournament. It was an exciting, hard fought and well-played game.

There was action off the field too. 

More than a dozen readers sent me links to a story that ran in all local Hearst papers — the Westport News, Norwalk Hour and Stamford Advocate — describing actions by the “Bomb Squad,” a longtime Prep fan group.

According to the story, Prep students directed anti-Semitic chants at Staples, held up X-rated signs, and urinated as a group on cars in the parking lot.

Geralyn Brieg is a 20-year resident of Westport. Her son played youth lacrosse here, then 4 years at Staples. Her husband coached in the Westport Youth Lacrosse program for more than 10 years. She sent “06880” this opinion piece about the Bomb Squad.

A lot of us wonder what can be done about the increasing lack of civility,  coarsening of discourse, divisiveness, and racism.

Let’s start in our own backyard.

If you, like me, have sat through one too many sports events over the years forced to listen to the increasingly horrific chants coming out of the mouths of the Fairfield Prep “Bomb Squad,” you were disappointed but not surprised by the Stamford Advocate headline about the “boorish behavior” and anti-Semitic chants at the Staples-Prep lacrosse game.

Earlier this season, Staples lacrosse players wore special shirts at a game honoring the “Sticks for Soldiers” veterans organization.

While I was not there this time, it appeared that no Prep parent, staff or coach put a stop to this.

This would be consistent with what I witnessed watching my son play lacrosse at Staples from 2007 to ’11. Those 4 years include one playoff game in particular, when I witnessed the Bomb Squad single out one of our Jewish players by name, and attack him personally.

Back then, I looked around shocked that no one did anything to end the Bomb Squad’s outrageous behavior. As the product of 12 years of Catholic schools myself, I was confused their behavior was tolerated, outraged as a parent, and yes, embarrassed to be Catholic.

Flash forward to this year when the Bomb Squad’s reported behavior goes well over the line. Prep once again administered a mere boys-will-be boys wrist slap.

Why must we host the “Bomb Squad” here in Westport? If Fairfield Prep lacks the moral conviction to ban this formal or informal group, let’s not sit around helplessly.

I say: Time’s up. Either ban the Bomb Squad from our athletic facilities, or ban Fairfield Prep from athletic contests with Staples until they eliminate it and/or replace it with a cheer squad with proper governance just like other high schools.

I am calling on the athletic director, Board of Education and first selectman to find a solution that welcomes Fairfield Prep, but not its Bomb Squad.

(Click here for a link to the Stamford Advocate story.)