To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health held a meeting on December 4, 2017.  

A Board Hearing was conducted as one food establishment had a second conditional rating in a row. The Board provided the Department with direction intended to ensure that the establishment will comply with the sanitary code should they not be able to achieve a satisfactory rating upon the next inspection. Details of the hearing will be available when meeting minutes are approved at the next Board meeting.

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The Board reviewed the Westfield Regional Health Department reports for November. In November, the Department conducted 25 inspections; 15 resulted in satisfactory ratings, five (walk-in or complaint investigations) resulted in no rating and five were found conditionally satisfactory. Several instances of mishandling or illegal dumping of garbage were noted in the reports; all businesses and residents must have garbage service.

Five schools were audited for compliance with maintaining proper immunization records.  Four were public schools and one was a parochial school. All schools were 100 percent in compliance.

Overlook Hospital is offering glucose and blood pressure screenings on the following Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 pm: Jan. 8, 22, 29 and February 5, 12 and 26. These screenings will be held at the Overlook Downtown Center located at 357 Springfield Avenue Summit, New Jersey. Each of these screenings requires pre-registration and there is no fee. Call 1-800-247-9580 to register.

Information on the Health Department’s activities and useful information can be found on the website at www.westfieldnj.gov/health.  

The next meeting of the Westfield Board of Health will be on Monday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Westfield Municipal Building; the public is invited to attend.

Respectfully Submitted,

Thomas K. O’Neill, President

Westfield Board of Health