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Governor Signs Bill to Keep Children With Food Allergies Safe

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed a bill requiring all state schools to adopt policies to keep children with food allergies safe, her office announced today.

“My goal is to make Connecticut schools as safe as they possibly can be,” Rell said in a statement.

“This law will put a system in place that can potentially save children’s lives. Parents of students with allergies will finally get some peace of mind. With this law, Connecticut breaks new ground as a leader in prevention and school safety.”

The measure requires the state to develop and make available to each local and regional board of education guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies by Jan. 1, 2006.

Taking the Plunge

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It was everyone in the water today at Westport’s Compo Beach for the annual Penguin Plunge.The event, sponsored by Special Olympic Connecticuts southwest region, raises funds to support the organizationҒs fitness training and competition programs for disabled children and adults in Connecticut. These were some of the high school participants. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Emily Laux for WestportNow.com

Health District Schedules Flu Clinics for Residents Aged 50+

The Westport Weston Health District has announced it will begin telephone registration for flu vaccinations for residents 50 years of age and older on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Individuals interested in receiving the flu vaccine should call the Westport Weston Health District at (203) 227-9571 for an appointment.

All Medicare Part B participants are asked to have their cards available when registering.

The health district said it is conducting telephone registrations for the clinic in order to facilitate effective administration of the vaccine and to eliminate long waits.

Connecticut Governor Undergoes Breast Cancer Surgery

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Gov. M. Jodi Rell addresses Westport’s Y’s Men last January. WestportNow.com photoGov. M. Jodi Rell has breast cancer and underwent surgery today at Danbury Hospital, her office announced.

It said the breast cancer was diagnosed last week after a routine mammogram.

Rell, 58, had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery performed and was recovering this evening after being in surgery for much of the afternoon, her office said. She is expected to be in the hospital for about three days, according to the announcement.

It said the cancer “was caught in its very early stages in fact, the cancer itself did not appear on the mammogram and was only discovered during a biopsy of a non-cancerous calcium deposit ֖ and tests have shown the disease has not spread.”