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Health District Plans Wildlife Symposium

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Westport Weston Health District Director Sue Jacozzi (c) talks during a press conference today about a wildlife symposium the district will be holding. Patrice Sulik, assistant director, and John Cimerosa, district consultant, look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
By Jennifer Connic

The Westport Weston Health District is planning a series of annual symposiums on how the environment affects health, and will kick it off the series next month with a series on wildlife issues.

The symposium will include panel discussions and community feedback sessions. The first panel discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Coleytown Middle School.

Sue Jacozzi, health district director, said the plan for the session is for people to receive the same information and statistics before moving on to discussions about potential problems and solutions.

Wildlife is a great environmental topic to start the symposium series with because people are talking a lot about it, she said, including with deer and geese.

Shingles Vaccine Available at Health District

A limited supply of a shingles vaccine is available at the Westport Weston Health District.

Zostivax is now available to Westport and Weston residents 60 years old or older. The vaccine costs $200 and can be paid for with cash, check, or Mastercard or Visa.

At this time, Medicare does not cover the cost of the vaccine. 

Shingles, also called Herpes Zoster, is a painful rash, often with blisters.  The rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts two to four weeks.

New Voting Machines Arrive in February

By Jennifer Connic

Westport’s registrars of voters are ready to receive new, electronic voting machines next month, but they’re still seeking a place to store the equipment.

Registrar of Voters Nita Cohen said the 18 new voting machines—which will electronically scan ballots and capture votes on a computer chip—are due to arrive on Feb. 16.

The other items needed for the new machines including the bins and privacy booths have already arrived, she said, and they stored them in the attic at Town Hall.

But the machines themselves cannot be stored in the attic, Cohen said, because it is not climate controlled.

Historical Society Hosts Reception

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The Westport Historical Society hosted a thank you reception tonight for the house owners, sponsors and volunteers who helped with the 20th annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 3.  As part of the festivities the attendees had a private tour of the newly opened exhibit, “Art and the Good Earth.”  Arlene Skutch (l), founder of the Pink House artists group, and Ellen Naftalin, co-curator of the exhibit, were among the evening’s attendees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com