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Sunrise Rotary Hears Emotional Story of Heart Transplant

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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club today heard the emotional story of Kerry Keenan and her heart transplant. Kerry, who grew up in Westport and is the daughter of longtime Westporters Sheila and Todd Keenan, was stricken with a virus that led to the transplant in September 2004. She received the heart of a 15-year-old girl from Old Lyme, Conn. “It’s a very difficult process that someone had to die to save my life,” she said. She urged everyone to sign up to become organ donors. “You could be responsible for saving as many as 50 lives,” she said.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Westport’s Hall-Brooke Opens 16-Bed Women’s Unit

A new 16-bed inpatient unit specifically dedicated to women’s treatment has opened at Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, 47 Long Lots Road, Westport.WestportNow.com Image
Bishop William E. Lori of the Diocese of Bridgeport offered blessings on the newly opened 16-bed Women’s Unit of Westport’s Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services. With Lori are (l-r): Dr. Thomas E. Smith, Hall-Brooke’s medical director, and Jennifer L’Herbette, MSW. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The advanced design 10,000-square-foot Woman’s Unit is staffed by clinical experts versed in the particular needs of women’s mental health and well-being, according to Thomas E. Smith, M.D., Hall-Brooke’s medical director.

The specific gender focus of the new unit “puts Hall-Brooke in the vanguard of mental health treatment centers which recognize the importance of biological and social factors on the mental health of women,” Smith said.  “There are very few comprehensive programs tailored to women available in the entire country.”

The unit’s specially trained staff understands the mental health needs of women and recognizes the influence of hormones and premenstrual symptoms, reactions to infertility or pregnancy loss, and emotional distress related to life changes, he said.

Connecticut Reports First Flu Cases

State health department officials said today that four confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in Connecticut – two in Fairfield County.

State Public Health Commissioner J. Robert Galvin said the confirmation by the state Public Health Laboratory means that that the influenza season has officially begun in Connecticut.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Galvin urged Connecticut residents to talk to their doctor about getting a flu shot.

“If you have been waiting to get a flu shot, please don’t wait any longer — flu is here and there is still vaccine available in the state,” Rell said in a statement.

Y Offers Aquatics Classes

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The Westport-Weston Family Y aquatics staff will be offering free “Aquatic Fusion” clinics this week. They will be held Wednesday and Friday at 8:45-9:45 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday in the 90-degree pool at the YMCA. Pictured are (l-r) Audrey Thompson, Aquatic Fitness Director Patty Kondub, and Shelly Goldman (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Info Sessions Set on Long Island Sound No Discharge Proposal

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking steps to preserve the quality of coastal waters in Long Island Sound by seeking to ban discharge of sewage from boats in local waters.

It has set up information sessions on the proposal Wednesday and Thursday in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford.

The DEP plans to ask the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve designation of the waters from the eastern border of Branford to the western border of Greenwich as a No Discharge Area.

The area would include the Quinnipiac River from North Haven and the Housatonic River from Derby Dam in Derby to the coastal waters of Long Island Sound, according to an announcement.