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Health District Issues Advice for Swimmer’s Itch

The Westport Weston Health District today urged local beachgoers to be on the alert for swimmer’s itch, a harmless but annoying skin rash caused by microscopic parasites found in fresh and salt waters.

Swimmer’s itch, also known as cercarial dermatitis, generally occurs in late July or August, the District said in a news release. It is a regular summertime nuisance throughout Connecticut and does not prompt beach closings. 

The blame for the itchy skin condition lies with the larval stage of certain worms, which are bird parasites, the District said.

The parasite’s eggs are released into water by water fowl droppings and eventually unsuspecting humans can become victims by swimming or wading in infected recreational waters.

Police Urge Residents to Lock Parked Vehicles

A series of recent thefts from parked vehicles prompted Westport police today to urge residents to be sure to lock their parked cars, especially left overnight in a driveway.

A review of recent theft from automobile cases showed that most of the vehicles entered were left unlocked by the owner, said Lt. Thomas P. Casimiro II, public information officer.

In the few cases when a forced entry such as a smashed window occurred, items of value were readily observed in plain view inside the vehicle, he said.

Items that have been stolen, according to the survey, included laptops, iPods, cameras, GPS units, stereos, fishing equipment, sunglasses, briefcases, loose change, and registration and insurance paperwork, Casimiro said. 

Thursday, July 24, 2008

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – Westport Farmers Market
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Strings on Your Fingers (Grades 4 & 5)
6 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Dangerous Dog Hearing Board
7 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Kids Family Film Classics: “Curious George”
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Litigation Committee anticipated executive session
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing (live coverage cable channel 79 and
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Longshore Golf Clubhouse Committee
8 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Quintet
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Scramble”

TEAM Westport Sponsors Race and Politics Forum

TEAM Westport, the town’s multiculturalism and diversity committee, will hold a forum Monday, Aug. 4 titled “Are We Ready for an African American President?” Image
Harold Bailey Jr. : “Not a political rally.”  WN file photo

The event is set for 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Church sanctuary, 10 Lyons Plains Road.

“This is an open forum,” said Harold Bailey Jr., TEAM Westport chair. “It is not a panel of experts, nor is it a lecture, a political rally or a demonstration.

“It is a chance for Westporters – and anyone else around – to share their thoughts in an open, honest atmosphere.”

Early Morning Rain; Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Watch Issued Image
An early morning rain reflects off of I-95 in Westport today at Exit 17 and the bridge over the Saugatuck River. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm and flash flood watch for Westport and parts of the tri-state area from noon through Thursday evening. It said rainfall could amount to 3 to 4 inches during the period with some areas getting 6 inches. DOT photo

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Plan Implementation Committee
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Library Looks Back at 100 Years” exhibit
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “A Town’s Treasures” photo exhibit by Tom Krestch
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Scramble”
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Jon Gailmore