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Important Information from the Westfield Board of Health


To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health held a meeting on June 5, 2017.        

The Westfield Regional Health Department reported forty-six inspection activities in May. Forty-three inspections resulted in satisfactory ratings. One retail food establishment was found to be unsatisfactory upon initial inspection and the establishment closed voluntarily to correct the violations. Upon re-inspection the rating was conditional, allowing the establishment to reopen. One additional retail food establishment had a conditional rating and will be reinspected to ensure that the violations have been addressed. Inspections for the month also included pre-approvals for vendors for events such as the Spring Fling and pre-operational approvals including swimming pools.

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The Health Department report contained several complaints related to mosquitos. Mosquitos are more than a nuisance as they can carry diseases that impact humans and pets. Property owners should ensure that they are doing what they can to prevent mosquito breeding. Examples include turning over wading pools and buckets that may remain outdoors, cleaning gutters, and maintaining and chlorinating pools.  Additional recommendations for homeowners can be found at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website: .

The Public Health Nursing report included the results from five school audits conducted to ensure compliance with vaccination requirements. The schools were 100 percent in compliance. The results of these audits are submitted to the NJ State Vaccine Preventable Disease Program. 

The Public Health Nurse announced several health screening events held in cooperation with Overlook Medical Center.  The full list of Overlook and other events can be found at the Westfield Regional Health Department website,  The events in June and July are as follows:


Monday, June 19 – l0 a.m.- 1 p.m. Glucose & Blood Pressure Screenings

Monday, June 26 – l0 a.m.- 1 p.m. Glucose & Blood Pressure Screenings


Monday, July 3 - l0 a.m.- 1 p.m. Bone Density, Glucose & Blood Pressure Screenings

Monday, July 10 - l0 a.m. - 1 p.m. Glucose & Blood Pressure Screenings

Monday, July 17 - l0 a.m. - 1 p.m. Glucose & Blood Pressure

Monday, July 24 -  l0 a.m. - 1 p.m. Glucose & Blood Pressure

Monday, July 31 -  l0 a.m. - 1 p.m. Glucose & Blood Pressure Screenings

Each screening requires pre-registration. There is no fee for the blood pressure and glucose screenings. For cholesterol and bone density screenings a $10 fee is charged. All screenings will be held at the Overlook Downtown Center located at 357 Springfield Avenue Summit, New Jersey unless otherwise indicated. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

The next meeting of the Board of Health is scheduled for August 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

Respectfully Submitted,

Thomas K. O’Neill, President

Westfield Board of Health

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