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WPD Hosts DEA’s Annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Westport Police Dept. hosts DEA annual prescription drug take back day, Oct. 24, 2020, Phil Restieri, Judy Hardy
Westport police officer Phil Restieri collects a bag of prescription drugs from long-time Westport resident, Judy Hardy, in conjunction with the Westport Police Department for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The service is operated in partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Today’s event was held at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Exposed to COVID, Marpe in Quarantine

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe will remain in quarantine for 14 days following direct contact Sunday with an individual who tested positive for COVID 19, town officials announced today.

The announcement said that Marpe will stay quarantined for the requisite two weeks or until he receives a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR COVID-19 test.

“In accordance with CDC guidelines and medical advice, he is self-isolating and is awaiting COVID-19 test results,” the announcement said. “In an abundance of caution, Mr. Marpe is currently advising all individuals with whom he came into contact of the situation, and he is taking the proper precautions.”

According to Mark Cooper, director of the Westport Weston Health District (WWHD, Marpe, “based on his actions, he does not appear to have exposed anyone.”

Medicare Open Enrollment Help Available

Westport Human Services Director Elaine Daignault reminds Medicare eligible residents that the Medicare Open Enrollment Period begins Oct. 15, 2020 and runs through Dec. 7, 2020. During this period, beneficiaries can change their Medicare and prescription drug coverage plans for 2021 to better meet their needs.

CHOICES Volunteer counselors trained through the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging will be available by appointment to help Westport resident figure out their choices.

To make a virtual appointment with a CHOICES counselor, contact Kristen Witt in Human Services at 203-341-1067 or the Westport Center for Senior Activities at 203-341-5099 weekdays (Mondays through Fridays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Senior Center Fall Classes Begin Oct. 1

Because of COVID-19, the Westport Center for Senior Activities (WCSA) remains closed to in-person classes. However, 41 programs are offered via Zoom.

Classes range from health and fitness activities to history, concerts, support groups, and more. A full list can be found at www.westportct.gov/seniorcenter.

Registration can be done online at https://myactivecenter.com/ or by phone at 203-341-5099, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Scholarships for Westport residents are available by contacting WCSA Director Susan Pfister at 203.341.5098.