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Westfield Board of Health Introduces New Members & More at Meeting

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Returning member Sherl Brand, new member Andrea Marcus and new member Elizabeth Talmont at Monday night's Board of Health meeting. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Health introduced two new members at Monday night’s meeting.*

Elizabeth Talmont  is a nurse practitioner who oversees research projects for Planned Parenthood. Andrea Marcus, an epidemiologist, was introduced as alternate No. 1.

JoAnn Neylan, who was named the new town council liaison, was not at the meeting.

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Thomas O’Neill and Lawrence Budnick were elected by the board to continue serving as president and vice president, respectively.

During the meeting, the board learned that a restaurant that had previously had issues was given the health department's highest rating (satisfactory) and others corrected issues as the result of inspections.

Last month, three Westfield restaurants received conditional satisfactory ratings. Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery was cited for blocked hand wash sinks and improper cooling temperatures for dairy products. Theresa’s was cited for repeatedly not having a certified food handler on site, not maintaining shellfish tags and holding food at improper temperatures.

“Depending on how off the temperature is, we may make them discard things,” Helen Mendez, registered environmental health specialist, said. “We may make them move the food or reheat things.”

Turning Point was given a conditional satisfactory for employees not washing hands, visibly soiled equipment on a clean dish rack and a low temperature in their dishwasher.

“We go through everything and give them a written report,” Helen Mendez said. “Even though we find some critical violations, we always have them correct it on site while we’re there.”

Sea Breeze, a fish company that rents a space in Vine Ripe Markets, was fined more than $900 due to previous violations. They are currently satisfactory, Mendez said.

The board also mentioned that Old Havana was rated satisfactory.

In December, there were 16 total animal complaint calls, O’Neill said. A large number of them were related to dog bites.

“It’s not unusual,” O’Neill said. “There’s normally a handful of dog bites, which is not good.”

Lastly, the board passed a number of “house cleaning” items, which included the 2018 meeting schedule and the salaries for health officials. 

The board of health will not meet in February. The next meeting will be Monday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m.

*Editor's note: An earlier version of this story identified Sherl Brand as a new member. She is a returning member.

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