To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health met on April 2, 2012.

Mayor Andy Skibitsky, the Town Council and the Westfield Green Team, which includes the Board of Health, have teamed up to sponsor “Westfield Earth Day,” a town-wide clean-up event on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a rain date of Sunday, April 22.  Volunteers can join us at one of a dozen parks and sites in town.  To register to participate, residents should contact the Mayor at mayor@westfieldnj.gov and let him know the location they choose.  More information is available on the town website at http://www.westfieldnj.gov/.

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To lower the cost of state-mandated animal control services, the Board of Health is looking to join with Summit and New Providence in a new shared service contract with Animal Control Solutions, LLC of Flemington www.animalcontrolsolutions.org.  Beginning in June, we should save $15,951 per year or 19% of our current cost.

Nineteen retail food establishments were inspected last month, of which 17 were satisfactory and 2 conditionally satisfactory.  The Board is investigating possible improved methods for residents to access information regarding the sanitary condition of restaurants and other retail food establishments in town, within the requirements of the State Sanitary Code.

In follow-up to a resident’s request for an ordinance to prohibit smoking in public parks and recreational facilities, leadership from the Westfield Recreation Department met with the Board of Health to discuss possible joint actions related to smoking in order to protect public health. 

In addition, the Westfield Regional Health Department is sponsoring free health screenings with Overlook Medical Center in the Municipal Building.  Colorectal Education will be on Thursday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m and Diabetes Screening will be on Thursday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  For more information about these programs and to register, please call the Overlook Community Health Department at 1-800-247-9580

Information about all of the Health Department’s activities is available on its website http://www.westfieldnj.gov/health.  The complete minutes of the April 2 meeting will be posted after review and approval at our May 7 meeting, which starts at 5:30 PM in the Municipal Building.  At that meeting, the Board will also hold a mandatory hearing concerning a restaurant that had a consumer complaint and 3 consecutive Conditional Satisfactory ratings.

 
Lawrence D. Budnick, MD
President, Westfield Board of Health