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Westport Environmental Summit

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Members of several dozen Westport organizations with interest in the environment met at Westport Town Hall tonight for what was billed as an “environmental summit.” Conservation Department Director Alicia Mozian (r) greeted the attendees and said the meeting was aimed at better coordination and eliminating duplicating efforts among the groups in improving the environment. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Flu Shots: No Pain at the Train

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The Westport Weston Health District offered flu shots at the Westport (Saugatuck) train station tonight. The mobile clinic also served as a drill—joined by other area health districts at other Metro-North stations—to test the ability to rapidly inoculate large numbers of train travelers in a health emergency. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Learning Life-Saving Techniques

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Isabel Blair and Nancy Toll, Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service members, conducted an infant and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class today at Westport police headquarters. Pictured is Toll (r. foreground) as she gave instructions to class participants. The next classes are scheduled for Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon for adult CPR training and on Dec. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for child and infant CPR training. The classes are free to Westport residents while nonresidents are welcome at a fee of $20. Call 341-6030 for information or to register. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Train Station Flu Shots Set for Thursday as Part of Drill

The Westport Weston Health District will conduct a flu vaccination clinic on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Westport’s Saugatuck train station that will also serve as a drill by area health authorities to rapidly inoculate large numbers of train travelers.

The clinic will be located on the New Haven-bound side. Those planning to attend may complete their registration form ahead of time by downloading a copy of the flu vaccination consent form from the Westport Weston Health District Web site.

The cost is $35, but there is no cost to Medicare Part B participants who must bring their Medicare cards for billing purposes. Checks made out to WWHD or cash payments will be accepted.

The event is also serving as a drill testing the capacity of the region’s public health system to collaboratively work across town boundaries to rapidly dispense medicine in a coordinated effort to the tens of thousands who commute via train each day. 

Westport’s MetLife Issues Report on Nursing Home Costs

Westport’s MetLife Mature Market Institute said today that average rates for a private room in a nursing home remained essentially unchanged nationally from 2007, while semi-private rates increased 1.1 percent from $189 daily or $68,985 annually in 2007, to $191 daily or $69,715 annually in 2008.

The Institute, located at 57 Greens Farms Road, said that average assisted living rates increased by 2.1 percent, from $2,969 monthly or $35,628 annually in 2007, to $3,031 monthly or $36,372 annually in 2008.

The highest daily rates for nursing homes are in Alaska, $577 for a private room and $566 for a semi-private room, the Institute said. In 2008, the non-metropolitan and non-suburban areas of Louisiana had the lowest daily rates for a private room in a nursing home, averaging $127 per day.

Copies of the 2008 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home & Assisted Living Costs can be found at www.maturemarketinstitute.com under “What’s New.”

Westport Weston Health District Names New Director

The first selectman of Southbury, Mark A. R. Cooper, today was named public health director for the Westport Weston Health District.WestportNow.com Image
Mark A. R. Cooper: First Selectman of Southbury has health background. File photo

The District’s board’s appointment of Cooper, effective next month, is subject to approval by the state Department of Public Health.

Cooper succeeds Sue Jacozzi, who has served in the post since August 2005. (See WestportNow Aug. 29, 2005)

At today’s board of directors meeting, Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff praised Jacozzi for her service to the District and said he looked forward to working with Cooper.

Health District Offers Flu Shots for Homebound

The Westport Weston Health District today announced it is offering flu shots for the homebound.

Homebound is defined as someone who no longer drives and is unable to obtain needed services outside of the home without experiencing undue physical or emotional hardship, an announcement said.

A nurse will visit a homebound resident to administer the flu shot as long as they have Medicare as their primary insurance, the District said.

For spouses and caregivers of the homebound, the cost of the flu shot is $35; no cash will be accepted. To make an appointment, call Loren Pace at (203) 227-9571 ext. 231.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter Cook Up Bi-Lingual Sound at Levitt

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Performing at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the first time tonight, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, a multi-cultural bilingual five-piece band and dancer, entertained a large audience of all ages. Their entertaining lyrics comprised of interchangeable Spanish and English encourage youngsters to become familiar with bilingual sounds and vocabulary. The group, which appears regularly on the Noggin TV network catering to preschoolers, was founded in 2000 by the Latino duo of Bronx-raised Frank Cotto (l) and Brooklynite Danny Lapidus (c). They met at the LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts in Manhattan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

CDC Recognizes Westport Pediatric Professional

A Westport medical assistant is among Connecticut pediatric health professionals who will be recognized as an immunization “champion” at a Hartford ceremony on Wednesday, April 23, it was announced today.

Martine Quick of Westport’s Willows Pediatric Group is one of 15 Connecticut physicians, nurses, office managers, and their respective local health department immunization coordinators to win the recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

They were cited for raising childhood immunization coverage in their communities and ensuring that children they serve are protected against childhood vaccine preventable diseases, according to an announcement from the state Department of Public Health.

At the Legislative Office Building event, Connecticut will also be recognized for achieving the third-highest childhood immunization coverage rate in the nation.

Spinning for a Good Cause

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More than 400 riders from throughout Fairfield County, including many from Westport, took part today in the Ninth Annual SpinOdyssey to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research. The event at Fitness & Tennis Club in Norwalk hoped to exceed last year’s total of more than $500,000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo