Saturday, July 20, 2024


Health and Fitness

Four Westport Restaurants Cited for Healthy Menu Options

The Westport-Weston Health District today announced the launch a “Healthy for Life Project” that highlights four Westport restaurants for offering healthier menu options. Image

The effort, with partner health districts in Norwalk and Fairfield, kicks off with a party on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport Weston Family YMCA, 14 Allen Raymond Lane.

Guests will taste “delicious, healthy options from participating local restaurants and receive a free raffle ticket for the chance to win restaurant gift cards and other prizes,” an announcement said. Also, the YMCA is offering a free day pass for attendees to use the Y on the day of the event.

Initial Westport restaurants cited as offering healthier menu options include bartaco, 20 Wilton Road; Freshii, 1 Main St., Roly Poly, 45 Saugatuck Ave., and Subway, 940 Post Road East. Click HERE for details on menu items selected at each restaurant and on the program.

Comings & Goings: Rich Dean Boxing & Fitness Relocates Image
Rich Dean Boxing & Fitness has relocated from 10 Bay St. to nearby 230 Post Road East, near Colonial Green.  According to owner Rich Dean (l), the gym offers strength and conditioning classes, weight loss classes, circuit training and even boot camps. Dean said he also conducts private trainings upon request, with all classes fit for women, men, and children. The business opened on Bay Street in September 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Changes at One of Westport’s Oldest Medical Practices

By Gordon Joseloff

There are big changes occurring at one of Westport’s oldest medical practices, Internal Medicine Associates of Westport (IMAW). Image
Moving downstairs: (l-r) Drs. David Baum, Jill Denowitz, Nina Karol, and Robert Telster. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Four of the seven IMAW doctors are leaving to form their own concierge medicine practice — David Baum (nine years at IMAW), Jill Denowitz (23 years), Nina Karol (18 years), and Robert Telster (10 years).

Three doctors are remaining at IMAW — Robert Altbaum (the senior doctor at 35 years), Jay Horn (18 years), and Elizabeth Mckinnis (two years). Additional personnel have been hired.

IMAW’s origins go back almost six decades when Paul Beres and Harold Steinberg opened a practice on Main Street. Later it moved to 162 Kings Highway North and two years ago to 333 Post Road West.

Free Skin Cancer Screening Set for May 7

The Westport Weston Health District and Fairfield County Dermatologists will host their annual free skin cancer screening on Sunday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the District said today.

It will take place at the Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane, Westport. Screening is free and no appointment is necessary. 

For additional information, contact Monica Wheeler, RN at (203)227-9571, ext. 242. The District thanked dermatologist Robin Oshman of Westport for volunteering her professional services to conduct these screenings as she has done for many years.

The District said skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and it is increasing in incidence. The American Academy of Dermatology says that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

Panel Focuses on Teen Domestic Violence

By James Lomuscio

The film clips were quick but deeply disturbing. All choreographed control and abuse under the banner of love, an abuse on track toward becoming teen domestic violence. Image
Among participants in the discussion were (-r) Westport Police Lt. Jillian Cabana, Alison Roach, Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) attorney advocate, and Nicole Dodge, DVCC advocate. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Produced by the One Love Foundation, the clips shown tonight in the Westport Library’s McManus Room dramatized the manipulation and coercion present in troubled teen relationships.

Using the line “Because I love you,” the actors justify jealousy over a lab partner, incessant phone calls and texts, and isolating a girlfriend or boyfriend from friends and even family.

In one scene a young man even threatens to smash his girlfriend’s phone because she did not answer.

Comings & Goings: Layla’s Falafel to Post Road East Image
Layla’s Falafel, featuring Middle Eastern cuisine and owned by Trumbull residents Dino and Layla Sakakini, will open at 1537 Post Road East in late May. J.P. Sakakini, the owners’ son, said his parents started the business 17 years ago in Fairfield. He said Westport will be the family’s fifth location, with two in Stamford, and one in Trumbull in addition to the original Fairfield location. “The Westport location is small, only a few tables but our main business is takeout and catering,” he said. “We offer fast, casual food and service and we are definitely not at all like a chain food business—we are truly family owned and operated.” He added, “We’re excited to become part of the Westport community.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

FDA Nominee Gottlieb Says He’d Challenge Trump on Vaccines

By Ana Radelat

Washington – Scott Gottlieb, a Westport doctor, today calmly defused tough questions from Democrats during the confirmation hearing on his nomination to head the Food and Drug Administration, promising to safeguard the agency’s rigorous review of drugs and medical devices. Image
Scott Gottlieb delivers his opening statement at the confirmation hearing today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo from C-SPAN

He also said he would keep his independence from the White House and oppose President Donald Trump if he maintains vaccinations could cause autism. Trump has tweeted there could be a link.

Gottlieb also said he would not be influenced by any sector of the healthcare industry, despite his job at New Enterprise Associates, a large venture capital firm that is heavily invested in medical technology and healthcare companies.

“I want to earn and keep the public’s trust,” Gottlieb told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.

Westporter to Face Senate Scrutiny of His Bid to Head FDA

By Ana Radelat

Washington– Sen. Chris Murphy will introduce Scott Gottlieb, a Westport resident and candidate to head the Food and Drug Administration, to fellow members of the Senate panel that’s key to his confirmation – but that won’t keep the nominee from having a bit of a rough ride among Democrats. Image
Scott Gottlieb: Westporter awaits Senate confirmation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) American Enterprise Institute photo

At Wednesday’s confirmation hearing by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Murphy is expected to talk about Gottlieb’s career as a doctor – he once practiced at Stamford Hospital – and of his prior experience at the FDA.

Fellow Democrats on the HELP Committee say they will scrutinize possible financial conflicts. The 44-year-old Gottlieb serves on advisory boards for several major pharmaceutical companies. President Donald Trump chose Gottlieb to head the FDA last month.

In his recent financial disclosure letter to the Department of Health and Human Services counsel for ethics, Gottlieb disclosed financial relationships with over 25 companies, many of them giants in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, including GlaxoSmithKline.

Congress Considers L.I. Sound Program Trump Wants to Defund

By Ana Radelat

Washington — Even as President Donald Trump wants to strip all money from the program, a key congressional committee today moved on a bill that would authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to spend $65 million a year on cleanup of Long Island Sound.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee considered the “Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act,” a bill cosponsored by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, all Democrats.

The bill would reauthorize a number of projects in the Sound for five years including the Long Island Sound Study, the EPA’s Connecticut-New York partnership established in 1985 to oversee restoration of Long Island Sound.

Erin Crotty, the executive director of Audubon New York, testified in support of the legislation, saying the federal money it provides leverages many times more in funding form local and state governments and private donors.

Lawmakers Set Aside Partisanship to Back Bioscience Industry

By Keith M. Phaneuf

While partisan politics has bogged down many state legislative debates, Democratic and Republican leaders announced today they can agree on how to better support and plan the growth of Connecticut’s bioscience industry.

Top leaders in the Senate and on the Commerce Committee highlighted three bills that develop a strategy to elevate Connecticut to a national leader in biomedical research.

“Connecticut is locked in a global competition to create good-paying jobs and support high-growth industries,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said. “… Connecticut possesses all of the ingredients to capitalize on the exponential growth that is set to occur in precision medicine and biomedical research.”

“We have an incredible workforce in our state and Connecticut should always be looking at new ways to support those workers and to grow new job opportunities,” said Senate Republican President Pro Tem Len Fasano of North Haven.