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COVID-19 Roundup: 5K Run; Easter Bunny STARs; Videos, And More

Bruce Geller sends this great story about Drew Gordon, a 6th grader at Weston Middle School.

Her dad, Brian Gordon — former Staples High basketball star, University of Pennsylvania class president, noted entrepreneur and Weston 2nd selectman — died in 2018.

But that has not stopped Drew from thinking about how to help others. Recently, she had a great idea to aid frontline healthcare workers: a 5K run, which people could complete on their own. The “race” — with a $5 entry fee — took place yesterday.

The course was up to each runner. Times were submitted on the honor system. Over 100 people participated, and Drew raised more than $1,200.

Her dad would be very proud of her. 06880, 06883 — and healthcare workers everywhere — are too!

Drew Gordon’s Instagram, announcing the 5K run.


Also yesterday: STAR Lighting the Way staff, board members and friends hopped into cars, for a special Easter Parade.

Their route took them to every STAR group residence, for people with developmental disabilities. There are several homes in Westport.

Residents and staff at each were greeted by the Easter bunny, signs offering support and thanks to the staff, a box of sweets, a special STAR face mask, and a bottle of Purell.


The 3rd installment of #WestportConnected is online. There are messages of encouragement, photos of folks doing neighborly things, and businesses letting everyone know they’re still open.

Stores, bell ringers, thanks givers — all are represented in the 4-minute montage.

Just click below. And if you’d like to be part of next week’s video, send a photo or video (10 seconds or less) to westportconnected@gmail.com


We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Restaurants and small businesses need our help now, more than ever.

The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is doing what it can, in many ways. Among them: frequent reminders that local restaurants and markets are open, for curbside and takeout dining.

Check out executive director Matthew Mandell’s video. It took some work getting all these folks on tape, but it’s one more reminder that we’re all in this together.


Spotted by Mary Sikorski yesterday on Imperial Avenue, this colorful, hopeful and welcome sign:


And finally, what better way to start the week — even in awful weather — than with a little Bob Marley:

#WestportConnected: Week 2 Video

How are you coping with the coronavirus?

That’s the question a group of Westporters asks. Then they share the answers in a great informative, entertaining video.

The 2nd installment of #WestportConnected builds on last week’s debut. There are messages of encouragement, photos of folks doing neighborly things, and businesses letting everyone know they’re still open.

Therapists, restaurants, retail outlets — all are represented in the 3-minute montage.

Just click below. And if you’d like to be part of next week’s video, just send a photo or video (10 seconds or less) to westportconnected@gmail.com

Thanks again to these very connected Westporters: Marcy Sansolo, Darcy Hicks, Lisa Newman, Jaime Bairaktaris and Melissa Kane.

#WestportConnected: What A Way To Start The Week!

What began as a little idea — hey, let’s make a video to connect Westporters! — has turned into something big and bold.

And very, very cool.

In just one week, 5 passionate Westporters

  • Honed their concept
  • Put out the word
  • Got submissions, and
  • Created a video that everyone should watch right now. Or at least, within the next few minutes.

The first video — released this morning — shows a wide array of Westporters. Through photos and videos, they provide messages of hope; offers their services as therapists, piano teachers, lawyers, Pilates instructors and Zoom party planners; give thanks to heroes, and talk about pets. There’s even a much-needed dose of humor.

This is the first of several “WestportConnected” videos. I’m sure it will spread like, um, a virus, and many more folks will join in.

Thank you Marcy Sansolo, Darcy Hicks, Lisa Newman, Jaime Bairaktaris and Melissa Kane.

Now click below. Connect. And smile!

Have a message of good energy, love or support? Want to advertise your business’s creative deal? Send along a submission for next week’s video: westportconnected@gmail.com.

Westport Connected: Send Photos And Videos Now!

Westporters keep coming up with great ideas to stay connected.

The latest is as simple as its name: WestportConnected.

The goal is to go beyond the usual social media platforms. Organizers Marcy Sansolo, Darcy Hicks, Lisa Newman, Jaime Bairaktaris and Melissa Kane — a who’s who of creative, concerned and well-connected neighbors — invite fellow Westporters to share a message by sending either a photo (of yourself and/or your family and/or pets), or a video (no longer than 10 seconds!).

Want to say hi to everyone? Send a photo! (Photo courtesy of Bob Weingarten)

You can also offer services or support, as a professional or someone willing to help. Just take a photo or video, holding up a poster with what you can do, and your contact info.

Need ideas? Organizers suggest:

  • Messages of love and support to fellow Westporters
  • An activity that you or your family is doing to keep sane
  • Services you can offer for people who can’t leave their homes: lawn work, shopping, outdoor repairs, etc.
  • Support contacts to get help for depression, spousal abuse, addiction, etc. If you are a professional or sponsor who can offer support, let people know how to reach you
  • Share lessons via Zoom or other virtual conferencing appointments: music or art lessons, meditation sessions, workout routines, etc.

Are you a therapist who can meet clients online? Let us know!

There aren’t many rules. Just be positive!

Organizers say, “this is an attempt to recover some of the life we’re missing due to quarantine. It’s a reminder for all of us that no one is alone.”

Of course, “06880” is happy to help. Messages will be made into a video — and it will be posted here on Monday (March 30).

Send your photos and videos to WestportConnected@gmail.com. The deadline is 4 p.m. this Friday (March 27).

Connect now. Then get ready to be uplifted on Monday!