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A team from the Westport Weston Family Y posed for a group photo today before joining hundreds of other cyclists at the Ninth Annual SpinOdyssey to raise money for breast cancer research. The event was held at the Fitness & Tennis Club in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Health District Sets Last Flu Clinic Friday

The Westport Weston Health District said today it would conduct its last flu clinic of the season on Friday at the Westport Public Library.

The clinic for everyone 9 years and older will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the McManus Room. No appointment is necessary.

The flu shot costs $32, cash only and no insurance will be accepted. There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants who must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.

If you miss this clinic, contact Loren Pace at (203)227-9571 ext. 231 for another appointment.

Health District Sets Mobile Flu Clinics

The Westport Weston Health District has scheduled mobile flu vaccination clinics over the next two weeks.

The first will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Westbank Shopping Plaza, 221 Post Road West, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and at Greens Farms Plaza, 1460 Post Road East, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Clinics will also be held on Tuesday Dec. 11, at Shaw’s Plaza, 605 Post Road East, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and at Stop and Shop, 1790 Post Road East, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

There are no appointments necessary. The cost is $32 cash only. There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants.  Medicare B participants must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.                             

Plastic Surgeon Offers “Westport Face Lift”

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Joel Singer: new procedure reduces recovery time. Contributed photo
In one of the more bizarre attempts to commercialize Westport’s notoriety and cachet, a Westport plastic surgeon said today he has begun to offer what he calls the “Westport Face Lift.”

The minimally invasive face lift offers women and men the opportunity to make lasting improvements in their facial appearance without a long recovery period, according to Dr. Joel Singer, founder of Imperial Plastic Surgery on Imperial Avenue.

Unlike “weekend face lifts” that usually involve tightening and sculpting the jaw line, the Westport Face Lift instead focuses on tightening the skin on the cheeks, he said.

“Most local residents considering cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of their mid face area are only given the option of a full face lift or temporary improvement with injectable fillers,” Singer said. “With Westport Face Lift, I offer a better choice for many patients.”

Westport Schools Nursing Supervisor Reviews MRSA

The nursing supervisor for the Westport School District Monday night reviewed a recent MRSA staph infection involving a Westport student as well as precautions that can be taken to prevent the potentially deadly antibiotic resistant infection.

Nadine Schwab addressed the Board of Education following last week’s disclosure that a case of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), a bacterium resistant to certain antibiotics, involving a Westport student had been treated successfully. (See WestportNow Oct. 19, 2007)

She said a number of parents had asked why the school district did not disclose which school was involved.

“This was a case that happened a few weeks ago,” she said. “It was identified very early, treated very early and was never from a public health point of view considered communicable in a school setting.

Health District Rejects “Demand” to Limit or Close Turf Fields

The director of the Westport Weston Health District has rejected a “demand” by two Westport residents that play on Westport’s synthetic turf fields be limited or eliminated while tests for health risks are conducted on the fields’ rubber infill.

“In the absence of data about the fields, and given the widespread use of this type of turf worldwide without an issue, it would be presumptuous of us to limit their use based on the very limited data available to us,” wrote Susan Jacozzi in a letter dated Tuesday and made public today.

She was responding to a Sept. 14 letter from Westport residents Patricia Taylor and Stacy Prince in which they said they were lodging a “formal complaint” about four fields on Westport town property.

The women cited a May study issued by New Haven-based Environment and Human Health Inc. and subsequent comments by David Brown, a Westporter who serves as the group’s public health toxicologist, that children should be kept off the fields as a precautionary measure.

Westport Weston Health District Sets Flu Clinics

The Westport Weston Health District said today it has received its shipment of ample flu vaccine supply for the season and scheduled two clinics for October.

The first flu clinic will take place on Saturday Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bedford Middle School, 88 North Ave. The second Flu clinic will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Northfield Church, Northfield Road, Weston.

The clinics are open to anyone 9 or older wishing to be vaccinated. There are no appointments necessary. The cost of the vaccine is to be announced at a later date. Call the WWHD flu hotline (203)227-9571 Ext. 239 for more information.

There is no cost to Medicare Part B participants. Medicare B participants must bring their Medicare cards to the clinic for billing purposes.

Parks & Rec. Dept. Affirms Continued Turf Field Use

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department said today that continued use of synthetic athletic turf fields in Westport is warranted despite concerns expressed by some that they may adversely affect the health of users.

In a statement, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said: “The Westport Parks and Recreation Department continues to support the installation of synthetic athletic turf as a safe alternative to grass playing fields.

“While we are constantly reviewing all available information on this subject we have seen no evidence that playing on these fields is unsafe. There is ample evidence that these fields perform well, use fewer pesticides and improve playing conditions and athlete safety over the current over-used grass fields.”

McCarthy said the department encourages continued testing of these products to assure the safety of users of these playing fields.

Health District Thanks Physicians for Lyme Disease Reporting

The Westport Weston Health District said today it wanted to recognize and thank local physicians who have consistently reported the cases of Lyme disease they have diagnosed in their practices to the district.

“These physicians understand that it is their responsibility, under the Connecticut General Statutes and the Public Health Code, to report Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, in addition to many infectious or communicable diseases,” a news release said.

“And though inconvenient, these physicians have been willing to help WWHD monitor the trends in Lyme disease occurrence in our community.”

It said it wanted to thank Internal Medicine Associates of Westport; Dermatology Associates;Westport Family Health; Dr. Robin Oshman, dermatologist; Bay Street Pediatrics; Willows Pediatrics and Children’s Health Services (Weston).

Joseloff Names King’s Highway Maintenance Committee

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff today announced the appointment of a special committee to review mold and other air quality issues at King’s Highway Elementary School.

The Special King’s Highway Elementary School Maintenance Review Committee will be headed by R. Gavin S. Anderson, chair of the First Selectman’s Maintenance Committee and a former member of the Board of Finance.

It will include Selectman Shelly Kassen, representatives from the Maintenance Committee, the Westport School District, the Westport Weston Health District, the town’s Building and Public Works Departments, King’s Highway parents, and consultant Gil Cormier of New Britain-based Occupational Risk Control Services, Inc.

“As promised at last week’s Town Hall meeting on this issue, I am naming a committee to take steps to help ensure that students and teachers can return to school next month with the confidence that it is environmentally safe,” said Joseloff. He will be an ex-officio member of the committee. (See WestportNow July 26, 2007)