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Friday, July 20, 2012
The mosquito-borne illness has been detected in mosquito pools in Canton and Easton so far. Will it make it to Westwood?
Mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) were found closer to Westwood this week. The most recent detection of the mosquito-borne illness was found in a pool of mosquitoes in Canton on Thursday, though Sharon Public Health Nurse Sheila Miller said risk levels have remain unchanged in the area. The disease was first detected in Easton last week, prompting officials to raise the area's threat of mosquito-borne illness from “moderate” to “high.” As such, state officials announced Tuesday that aerial spraying will occur in Easton and 10 other towns after more EEE positive mosquitoes were found on the Easton/Raynham line. Middleboro, Norton, Plympton, Raynham, Taunton, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Halifax and Lakeville will all …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Board of Health has offered safety tips for Westwood residents to follow.
With the recent discovery of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the southern portion of the state, the Westwood Board of Health is advising residents to remain vigilant in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. "We don't assume that Westwood doesn't have disease," said Westwood Health Director Linda Shea. "All of these measures the state is taking is just reducing the risk, it isn't eliminating it." State officials announced Tuesday that aerial spraying will occur in Easton and 10 other towns after more EEE positive mosquitoes were found on the Easton/Raynham line. Middleboro, Norton, Plympton, Raynham, Taunton, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Halifax and Lakeville will all receive the treatment. The disease was first detected in …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Residents are being asked to avoid mosquitos and help prevent insect population growth.
With the summer now here, residents in Westwood are being asked to remain vigilant in protecting themselves against mosquito bites and help reduce populations of the insects around their homes. A note from the Westwood Board of Health, posted on the Westwood town website, reminds residents that the risk of contracting the mosquito-borne viruses Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus is at its highest from late July through September; mosquitos can be infectious up until the first frost of the autumn months. Curerntly, there is no preventable vaccine for West Nile Virus, which causes mild or no illness in humans. However, that doesn't mean residents should let up their guard. As such, the Westwood Board of Health is asking…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Sharps containers can be deposited into collection kiosks at Westwood Town Hall and the Westwood Fire Department's Islington station.
The Westwood Board of Health announced this week that it has moved one of its sharps collection units to Westwood Town Hall. Residents can obtain approved sharps containers free of charge during at the Board of Health Office, Town Hall, or at the Westwood Senior Center. Needles, lancets and syringes are all considered sharps, and all such items must be placed in approved containers for proper disposal, the BOH said. Lids to sharps containers must be securely closed and deposited at the collection Kiosks at Westwood Town Hall on High Street or at the Islington Fire Station on Washington Street. Residents must not place any other types of containers into the kiosks, and large containers cause the kiosks to malfunction
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A handful of committee meetings, a cancelled basketball game and nursery school registration are among today's need-to-know items.
Today's Forecast: Skies will be mostly sunny today with a high near 38, according to the National Weather Service. 1. Committee Meetings Tonight: The Westwood Board of Health, Planning Board, Finance Commission and Dedham-Westwood Water District are all meeting tonight. Click links to read their respective agendas and locations/times for meeting. 2. Today's Sports Schedule: The Westwood High School basketball teams and girls ice hockey team are all having games today. To find out times and locations, click here. NOTE: The girls junior varsity basketball game vs. Norton at 5 p.m. has been cancelled. 3. Nursery School Registration: At 1 p.m. today, registration for the Westwood Nursery School will take place. Find out more here. 4. Sharps …
Monday, January 9, 2012
A daily dose of news and information to start the morning in Westwood.
Today's Forecast: Skies will be mostly sunny today with a high near 38, according to the National Weather Service. 1. Board of Selectmen: Find out what the Westwood Board of Selectmen will discuss in tonight's meeting, which will be held in the Selectmen's Meeting Room at Westwood Town Hall at 7:30 p.m., by clicking here. 2. Today's Sports Schedule: The Westwood High School boys varsity swim team will take on Hopkinton today at 3:30 p.m. at home. 3. Sharps Collection: The Westwood Board of Health's Sharps Collection kiosk, located at the Westwood Senior Center, is currently out of service and under repair. Sharps can instead be brought to the kiosk located at the Islington Fire Station on Washington Street or to the BOH office at 50 Carby…
Friday, December 16, 2011
The request for more volunteers comes after two emergency storms hit Westwood in the last five months.
In response to two harsh storms hit Westwood in August and October this year, prompting the town to organize emergency personnel and open the town's Emergency Shelter, the Westwood Health Department is looking for volunteers to add to its Medical Reserve Corps. and Community Sheltering Team. "We had lots of people on the list that we started eight years ago, and people change what they're doing," Westwood Health Direction Linda Shea said. "We've kind of pared down the list a little bit." Shea added, "I just thought it was timely, since we had two kind of freak things that caused people to really take a look at how dependent we are on things like power and phones." The Medical Reserve Corps. is essentially a group of qualified and …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
An employee at the gas station sold a pack of Newport cigarettes to a minor on Oct. 30.
The Westwood Board of Health plans to discuss a tobacco violation next month with the owner of the Shell Gas station near the Budget Inn on Providence Highway. The issue revolves around an incident stemming from Sunday, Oct. 30, when an employee at the station sold a pack of Newport cigarettes to a minor. "There were compliance checks conducted on Sunday, Oct. 30," said Westwood Health Director Linda Shea at the Board of Health's monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon. "What the inspection report from the tobacco control consultant said, it was a young adult." A public hearing was scheduled for Tuesday during the Board of Health's monthly meeting, but Shimon Cohen, the owner of the business, asked to have the hearing postponed due to illness…
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The virus was detected in a pool of mosquitoes last week.
Time to load up on the bug spray. Following suit with a variety of surrounding towns, a mosquito found in Westwood tested positive for West Nile Virus last week, the Board of Health said Tuesday. "The same precautions apply," Westwood Health Director Linda Shea said. " The Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project found the infected insect on August 11, after testing a pool of mosquitoes from Westwood. The virus was also detected nearby in Dedham, Boston, and Quincy earlier this summer, and Shea said it was likely that it would be found in Westwood. The greatest risk for West Nile Virus - as well as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) - is at a peak from late July through September. Moreover, mosquitoes can carry disease until the first hard …