Health & Wellness

Westfield Teen Died from Flu, Health Department Confirms

January 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

WESTFIELD, NJ—The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has confirmed that Westfield High School Freshman Mark Hollaway’s death Wednesday was related to the flu. Hollaway had not gotten the flu vaccine, but had no underlying medical issues and those who knew him had expected him to recover.

This flu season has been described as earlier and more severe than usual.

“In an average flu season, thousands of people die. In a bad flu season, tens of thousands of people die,” Megan Avallone, health officer for the the Westfield Regional Health Department, told TAP.

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“It is important for individuals to understand that the flu is always serious,” Avallone said. “If you think you’re sick with the flu, you should at least contact your doctor. There are antivirals available and these are most effective within the 48 hours of symptoms beginning.”

A statement on the Town of Westfield’s homepage, WestfieldNJ.gov. reads, “While a severe case of the flu can be life-threatening, please be assured that this was an isolated case. The Westfield Board of Health, in conjunction with the school district’s nursing staff and superintendent of schools, is carefully monitoring school attendance for any signs of increased absenteeism due to the flu. At this time, there is no increase in absenteeism that would suggest a high flu activity in the schools. Please be assured that the schools are taking appropriate preventative measures such as washing surfaces with special soap, providing hand sanitizers throughout the school facilities, and teaching the students to wash their hands frequently, sneeze and cough into a tissue or sleeve, and not to share food or drinks.”

Flu vaccinations are not mandatory for students attending Westfield High School, though students exhibiting symptoms are required to stay home.

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Newark Man Shot in Roselle Dies, Police Charge Suspect with Murder

January 22, 2017

ROSELLE, NJ — Twenty  one-year-old Tyquan Johnson of Newark, who was shot in the early morning hours on Saturday in Roselle, died later that afternoon. Authorities are searching for 25 year-old Nathaniel Price from Roselle and have charged him with murder and other related weapons offenses, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

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Thank You, Westfield PD

January 22, 2017

Dear Editor,

 

It is imperative that Chief of Police David Wayman and the entire Westfield Police Department are recognized for the utterly outstanding job they performed at the Westfield Washington's Women's March yesterday, Jan. 21. 

 

As we realized the numbers of marchers were reaching unexpected, epic proportions the day before, they quickly ...

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Free Public Wi-Fi in Union County Parks and Facilities

January 19, 2017

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that free public Wi-Fi access is available now in 6 new parks throughout the county. There are now a total of 11 county parks and facilities that offer free Wi-Fi.

“We are committed to ensuring that our recreation facilities are up to date and welcoming to a broad range of activities.” said Chairman Bruce Bergen.

12 Homes Sold Last Week in Fanwood, Scotch Plains & Westfield, NJ

January 23, 2017

Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty, Westfield.*
For more information on these or other real estate matters, contact Laura Brockway 908-456-3093; LauraBrockway@kw.com.
 
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Westfield Area YMCA Offers Programs for Children and Young Adults with Special Needs

The Westfield Area YMCA is pleased to offer programs for children and young adults with special needs. 

The Dragonfly program for young adults 18-26 with special/adaptive needs offers physical, recreational and social programs free with membership. Classes include:

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Westfield High School Students Selected for Region Band & Orchestra

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Watch this video to learn how Westfield employment attorney Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, who for the last 25 years has aggressively represented employees, can help you.

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South Orange Middle School Students Walkout of School in Protest of Inauguration

January 20, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students walked out of school today at about 12:30 p.m. in protest of the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

According to reports, SOMS students began protesting inside the halls at about 12:15 p.m., with the walkout happening shortly afterwards. The protest, which was student-led and organized, was largely organized ...

Newark Man Shot in Roselle Dies, Police Charge Suspect with Murder

January 22, 2017

ROSELLE, NJ — Twenty  one-year-old Tyquan Johnson of Newark, who was shot in the early morning hours on Saturday in Roselle, died later that afternoon. Authorities are searching for 25 year-old Nathaniel Price from Roselle and have charged him with murder and other related weapons offenses, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

Roselle Police officers were ...

Thank You, Westfield PD

January 22, 2017

Dear Editor,

 

It is imperative that Chief of Police David Wayman and the entire Westfield Police Department are recognized for the utterly outstanding job they performed at the Westfield Washington's Women's March yesterday, Jan. 21. 

 

As we realized the numbers of marchers were reaching unexpected, epic proportions the day before, they quickly ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, January 23, 1:30 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Ageless Grace Class

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Tue, January 24, 7:00 PM

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Westfield Town Council Meeting

Community Calendar Government

Tue, January 24, 7:30 PM

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Westfield Board of Education Meeting

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Free Public Wi-Fi in Union County Parks and Facilities

January 19, 2017

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that free public Wi-Fi access is available now in 6 new parks throughout the county. There are now a total of 11 county parks and facilities that offer free Wi-Fi.

“We are committed to ensuring that our recreation facilities are up to date and welcoming to a broad range of activities.” said Chairman Bruce Bergen.

12 Homes Sold Last Week in Fanwood, Scotch Plains & Westfield, NJ

January 23, 2017

Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty, Westfield.*
For more information on these or other real estate matters, contact Laura Brockway 908-456-3093; LauraBrockway@kw.com.
 
416 Jerusalem Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ $305,000        
405 Westfield Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ $430,000        
431 Union Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ $435,000         ...

Tax Season Starts Today

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect a longer wait for refunds. Some refunds will not be released until after Feb. 15. The IRS still anticipates issuing more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days, but there are some important factors to keep in ...

Westfield Area YMCA Offers Programs for Children and Young Adults with Special Needs

The Westfield Area YMCA is pleased to offer programs for children and young adults with special needs. 

The Dragonfly program for young adults 18-26 with special/adaptive needs offers physical, recreational and social programs free with membership. Classes include:

Strength & Conditioning:  Ambulatory participants learn about muscle ...

A Winning Real Estate Strategy

If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, consider this …

Interest rates are still historically low and home prices are at record highs.  With predictions that interest rates will adjust upwards in 2017, there is presently an abundance of buyers looking to capitalize on these low rates.  Low interest rates mean more buying power.

We are in the hottest selling ...

Doing Too Much for Our Children

January 20, 2017

As parents, we all have that innate desire to protect and provide for our kids. Yet, at some point we must ask ourselves, Are we doing too much for them? 

We are all guilty of mild and extreme acts of over-protectiveness and over- parenting that can be very damaging to our children. Many parents are willing to overextend themselves in catering to their children and excessively ...

Westfield High School Students Selected for Region Band & Orchestra

Seven Westfield High School Band students were accepted to the 2017 New Jersey Music Education Association Region Band or Orchestra.  Three of the seven students placed first overall in their instrument: Dale Beyert - Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, Trumpet; Michael Hauge - Wind Ensemble, Eb & Bb Clarinet, and Brooke Walden - Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, Piccolo & ...

Testing Your Resolve

Now that the ball has dropped in Times Square it is time for another annual tradition – New Year’s resolutions. So, along with improving your diet and exercising more, consider adding these:

“Will” you? – I have lost count of how many clients with whom I have met that have a spouse, children and substantial assets but an outdated or even no will at all.

Closed Fund Open Mind

Closed-end funds (CEFs) can play an important role in a diversified investment portfolio. They offer benefits similar to those of an open-end mutual fund, but also sport unique advantages.  

Unlike a traditional open-end mutual fund, CEFs have a fixed number of shares available to trade. Their price is not tied to the value of the underlying portfolio. The only way the number of shares ...

Video: Mistreated, Harassed, Abused, Discriminated Against or Retaliated Against at Work?

Have you been mistreated, harassed, abused, discriminated against or retaliated against by your employer?

Watch this video to learn how Westfield employment attorney Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, who for the last 25 years has aggressively represented employees, can help you.

If you are the victim of prejudice or spend every day in a hostile work environment, you can give him a call for ...

Holy Trinity School Spotlight - 6th Grade

Sixth grade is a transitional year for students as they enter middle school.  Holy Trinity School embraces this change through its continued commitment to creating an environment in which its students can grow and develop academically, socially, and spiritually. 

In sixth grade, the curriculum becomes more departmentalized with students rotating classes for various subjects and ...

Imagine Receives Grant of $20,000 from the Northfield Bank Foundation

“We are so grateful to The Northfield Bank Foundation for their generous grant of $20,000 for the expansion of our bereavement support programs at our new center in Mountainside!” said Stuart Arnold, Imagine Board Chair.  “We are moving in the nick of time as all of our Green Groups (ages 10-12 approximately) are full.  Moving into this new space will allow us to ...

South Orange Middle School Students Walkout of School in Protest of Inauguration

January 20, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students walked out of school today at about 12:30 p.m. in protest of the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

According to reports, SOMS students began protesting inside the halls at about 12:15 p.m., with the walkout happening shortly afterwards. The protest, which was student-led and organized, was largely organized ...