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  

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