Looking Back on the News We Covered Last Week

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Here are some of the stories we covered last week from Sept. 14 to 20.

Kriss Ann Landry and her friend Erin McConnell planned a rally at the Common, but no one showed up. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE

LONESOME RALLY

A rally co-organized by resident Erin McConnell, failed to draw anyone to the town Common. McConnell and her co-organizer, Kris Ann Landry, held up signs and waved to motorists passing by with signs that said “Save our Children” and “De-fund Hollywood.” Residents said they worried that the two women were connected to the QAnon movement of conspiracy theorists. The theorists claim wealthy pedophiles are harming children. The women speculated that Facebook removed their post advertising the event.

MINT CONDITION FOR ICE CREAM LOVERS

Kimball Farm’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream is Westford’s favorite flavor. The unscientific survey was undertaken by members of the Westford League of Women Voters as part of a mock election designed to teach residents about how ranked voting works. A push to switch to ranked voting is being led by Voter Choice for Massachusetts, the coalition behind Question 2 on the Nov. 3 ballot.

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION…YES, BUT HOW?

The Select Board turned to the Board of Health for guidance in how to celebrate Halloween this year due to the pandemic virus. Town Manager Jodi Ross, said door to door trick-or-treating will not take place this year in town-owned buildings.The BoH is scheduled to meet again on Oct. 19. WestfordCAT will bring viewers updates on the topic.

Jody Marchand. WESTFORDCAT PHOTO

CANDID INTERVIEW

Jody Marchand, founder of the Live for Liv Foundation, gives a candid interview about losing her daughter in an act of domestic violence. Marchand reminded viewers that October is domestic violence awareness month.

Gail Johnson, Public Health Nurse in Westford. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE

WHEN SOMEONE TESTS POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS…

Westford Public Health Nurse, Gail Johnson updated viewers on how the Westford Health Department is handling COVID-19 case investigations and contact tracing. Johnson presented the steps taken when someone is diagnosed as positive for COVID-19.

Health Department staff members have a Facebook page at facebook.com/westfordhealth where they provide the number of existing COVID cases, new and active cases, and the total number of recoveries.