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Westfield Board of Health Discusses Dangerous Dog Law, Cracks Down on Microblading

The Westfield Board of Health received a report recently that a pit bull bit a person on the face. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

Editor's note: This article was updated on Sept. 13 to include information provided by Blende Custom Beauty.*

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Health discussed dangerous dogs at Monday night’s meeting.

Last month, two pit bulls in Garwood killed a Bichon terrier and were found not dangerous by the board because the attack was considered provoked. Recently, another pit bull in Westfield attacked a person, biting their face, lip and eye. It was one of many dog attacks reported this summer, health officer Megan Avallone said.

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“The person was on face level and reached out to the dog,” Avallone said. “That classifies it as a provoked attack. The dog laws in New Jersey are very, very clear. When there are definitions that don’t match up with common sense definitions, I and Animal Control can’t mandate what happens.”

Additionally, two Westfield businesses were reviewed by the board of health. Raceway gas station was found selling tobacco products to underage consumers for the third time. The gas station pled guilty in court and paid the minimum fine of $1,000. The offense was also reported to the Board of Taxation.

“Raceway said that the worker was let go and that they do reviews with their workers all the time,” Helen Mendez, principal registered environmental health specialist, said. “They don’t understand what the problem is and they might just pull cigarettes altogether.”

Blende Custom Beauty was also discussed following a report of microblading without a license. *The owners of Blende later told TAPinto Westfield that they have never practiced microblading at the location and that they have been awaiting for the proper approval from the town, but confusion had come about after they prematurely advertised the service. The owners of Blende said that they were told by the State Board of Cosmotology that no further investigation is necessary

According to Mendez, microblading, the act of filling in eyebrows with ink-dipped needles, is considered a permanent cosmetology procedure and requires a separate license. Microblading is not currently allowed at a business that practices skincare, Mendez said.

“A lot of times, we’re asked to enforce what the department of cosmetology regulates,” Avallone said.

Next, the board mentioned that a food truck frequently parked in Garwood, Daisy’s of Cuba, received a temporary license in Westfield and plans to open a permanent location soon.

“I haven’t gotten any plans yet [for a permanent location],” Mendez said.

Furthermore, Manor Park Pool was cited for feeding deer and animals in the facility. The pool also tested positive for a poor quality of water, but tested negatively the next day, Mendez said.

“We didn’t get any complaints about diapers in the water,” Mendez said.

Lastly, the board approved the hiring of Carolyn Giaccio, a per diem nurse, before entering into closed session.

The next Westfield Board of Health meeting will be the annual meeting for the region, which includes Garwood, Fanwood, Mountainside, Roselle Park, New Providence, Chatham Borough and Westfield. A time and location for the meeting has not been announced yet.

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