To protect children and prevent brain injury, the Westfield Regional Health Department is sponsoring the “B Hard Headed” helmet safety campaign on Wednesday, June 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut St. in Cranford.  Pre-registration is not required, and up to 100 free helmets will be distributed to children who ride bicycles, skate board or roller blade, first come first serve. For more information, please contact Laura Scanlon, MS, RN, the Public Health Nursing Supervisor, at (908) 789-4070, extension 4074 or lscanlon@westfieldnj.gov.

Four residents recently paid a total of over $1,000 plus court costs, with one of them paying $596, for unlicensed and unvaccinated dogs and cats that were involved in biting incidents.

Residents must license all cats and dogs through the Town Clerk and get them vaccinated against rabies, due to the presence of rabies in the county.  An animal that is not properly licensed and vaccinated against rabies and that is involved in a biting incident is subject to a quarantine of at least 10 days, and the owner is issued a summons.

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Fifteen retail food establishments were inspected last month, of which 13 were satisfactory and two conditionally satisfactory. An additional 49 inspections were related to Spring Fling and the Greek Fest and all were satisfactory. All residents are encouraged to be aware of the mandatory inspection certificate that must be clearly visible near the entrance.

Nine new environmental investigations, concerning trash, stagnant water, rodent activity and other issues, were initiated.  Many of these were undertaken at the request of concerned residents and business owners.

Any resident or business owner who has questions or concerns regarding these or other environmental health issues can contact Ken Pincus, MS, the Principal Registered Environmental Health Specialist, at (908) 789-4070, ext. 4072, or kpincus@westfieldnj.gov.

The health department is sponsoring with Saint Barnabas Medical Center a free high risk Lung Cancer screening program on Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.  For more information and to register, please contact the Barnabas Health Lung Cancer Institute at 1-888-724-7123 or http://www.barnabashealthcalendar.org/sbmc.

In addition, the Westfield Regional Health Department will sponsor free health screenings with Overlook Medical Center in the Municipal Building.  A free Stroke risk assessment screening will be on Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Diabetes screening will be on Thursday, June 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Municipal Building.  For more information and to register, please call the Overlook Community Health Department at 1-800-247-9580.

Finally, the department is sponsoring with Overlook Medical Center a Komen Screening Mammography Program for women without health insurance on Saturday, June 29, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Breast Center at Overlook.  For more information and to register, please call the Breast Center at 1-908-522-3534.

Information about all of the Health Department’s activities is available on its website http://www.westfieldnj.gov/health.  The complete minutes of the June 3 meeting will be posted after review and approval at our Aug. 5 meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building.