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Roundup: Re-opening Phase 2; Epidemiology; Lifeguards; Hemp; More


Phase 1 of reopening Connecticut is underway. So far, so good. 

Next Wednesday (June 17), Phase 2 begins.

Restaurants, libraries, sports and fitness facilities, hotels, museums, zoos, aquariums, indoor recreation centers personal services and “outdoor events” will now be allowed to open.

Of course, that does not mean all will. “06880” will report on local re-openings as we hear of them (send info to dwoog@optonline.net).

For details on what Phase 2 means around the state, click here.

When the Westport Library reopens, it won’t be with scenes like this.


On Thursday, Tallula Goldberg graduates from Staples High School. This fall she heads to the University of Rochester, to study epidemiology.

It’s not a new interest. This fall — long before anyone heard of the coronavirus — she created an Independent Learning Experience (self-directed course) on the topic.

For her final project, she wrote a children’s book. It breaks down the key aspects of public health and epidemiology in a way kids 10 and older can understand.

Though not specific to COVID-19, it provides an explanation of how diseases are spread, and suggestions to keep safe. Tallula is sharing it now, “in hopes of making sense of the crazy world we live in.”

Click here — then learn!


The weather is warm. Gatherings of 25 are now permitted. If you’ve got a pool, you’re pretty popular.

But as we come out of COVID, safety is still important. What to do? Contact WeLifeguard.com.

Run by 16-year-old Daria Maya — a certified open water lifeguard with Advanced Lifesaving, CPR and AED certifications — it’s a simple way to connect pool owners with guards.

Just click here to request a Red Cross Certified lifeguard, or swimming lessons. You set the rate directly with the guard. WeLifeguard does not profit from the service, and does not charge a fee. The goal is to keep everyone safe.

Everyone into the pool!

Daria Maya


Manna Toast opened the other day in Bedford Square. Now it’s joined by another new business.

Franny’s Farmacy grand opening is set for June 18, 19 and 20. Owner Griff Conti calls his store “a family-friendly destination for all things hemp.”

A Silvermine native with an entrepreneurial itch and a decade of experience as a recruiter in the oil, gas and cannabis industries, he originally planned to open Franny’s 8th franchise in Colorado. But the Church Lane location — across from Spotted Horse restaurant, near Savannah Bee Company — proved too hard to resist.

The “farm” in Franny’s Farmacy refers to its vertical integration: They cultivate, process, manufacture and distribute all their own goods.

They offer a diverse selection of CBD products, from CBD oils and edibles to smokable hemp flower, vape products and topicals. There’s a product line for pets too.

Franny’s is a full-service shop, with a dispensing bar, curbside pickup and delivery. Private appointments are available too. Click here for more information on the Westport store.


And finally … Spanky & Our Gang’s long-forgotten plea, from 1968:

Despite Pandemic, WTF Interns Pursue Projects

The usual hum of activity at Wakeman Town Farm has been curtailed by COVID-19.

Classes, visits, parties — all are on hold. So was Staples High School’s internship program, which usually supplies a number of seniors each spring to work on the farm.

When school closed in mid-March, intern coordinators Michelle Howard and Denise Pearl redesigned the program. Most activities took place off-site.

Yesterday, a small group of WTF committee members recognized the work of their interns for rising to the challenge, and going “above and beyond” on their projects. Each received a WTF cap, and shared the results of their work.

Jessica Plotkin worked with animal chair Anne Burmeister to create something on WTF’s wish list for years: permanent, engaging informational signage about the animals.

Jessica Plotkin

After surveying zoos and other animal facilities, researching all 7 species of animals at the farm and interviewing WTF honeybee keeper Jaime Smith, Jessica created a unique design. Her signs provide interesting, fun information about each animal’s origin, diet, anatomy and role on the farm.

She also took photos for social media posts about the animals and her research.

Jessica’s bee signage.

Tallula Goldberg and Ben Spector, guided by gardens chair Alice Ely, researched Westport’s worst weeds. As part of their work they removed bags of invasives at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum and Earthplace, and surveyed invasives at other open spaces around town.

They created a handbook for Westport’s homeowners, including how to spot and remove the worst offenders on their properties (click here to download). It includes Tallula’s original illustrations.

Ben Spector and Tallula Goldberg.

Their guide will be featured in a WTF talk on Monday, July 6 (7 p.m.) Check here soon for details.