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Addicted to Your Smartphone? Experts Discuss Digital Detox in Westfield

January 21, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ – The brain chemical contributing to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction is produced as people scroll through social media feeds and answer messages on their smartphones.

Sean Foley, a social worker at Prevention Links, a Union County nonprofit fighting substance abuse, discussed the production of dopamine during a talk about the debilitating effects of smartphone ...

Forum in Westfield: Top Expert Tips for Digital Detox

WESTFIELD, NJ – With their beeping, buzzing, chiming and bright colors, smartphones phones can be much to handle.

Recognizing this, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains-Westfield Here2Help Mental Health Coalition held its first forum, one among a series on mental health topics, at the Westfield Memorial Library Thursday, on the topic of smartphone overuse.

What follows are among the ...

Westfield Council Proposes Smoking Ban at Town Events, on Rooftop Dining Areas

Updated at 10:04 p.m. Jan. 15

WESTFIELD, NJ – Smokers lighting up at a street fair or town festival here could face fines, even those who do so with an e-cigarette.

The Town Council on Tuesday introduced a regulation to ban smoking at public events such as jazz nights, the AddamsFest beer garden and FestiFall. And it looks like smooth sailing for the update to an existing local ...

Risk-Based Restaurant, Food Retailer Inspection Fees Headed to Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Inspection fees for establishments serving food in town will be based on the public health risk of the food served and no longer determined by the size of the establishments if a recently proposed regulation is adopted.

The Westfield Board of Health is set to hold a public hearing and adopt on Feb. 4 the measure changing the fees it charges to inspect food retailers. The ...

Maternal Health in Mind as Westfield Board Reorganizes

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Health reorganized earlier this week, picking a new president, meeting new members and discussing an effort to raise awareness of maternal health.

The board picked as its president Dr. Lawrence Budnick, a professor of health at Rutgers University Medical School in Newark, who previously served as the Westfield board’s president.

Budnick, ...

What's Too Much? Westfield Talk to Tackle Overuse of Cell Phones

Updated: 11:52 a.m. Jan. 7

The forum is called “This is Your Brain on Phones: Smartphone Overuse.”

WESTFIELD, NJ – Cell phones have become increasingly more powerful devices, with more features than some brains can handle.

This is among the topics set for discussion at an upcoming talk at the Westfield Public Library. The forum, organized by the ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes First Baby Born in 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The first baby born throughout the Atlantic Health System in 2019 was Aya Zughbi. She was born at Morristown Medical Center at 12:31 a.m. on Jan. 1, Atlantic Health announced.

Aya weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

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Should Westfield Allow Legal Weed Sales? Town to Seek Input

WESTFIELD, NJ —The town may join a chorus of municipalities banning the sale of recreational marijuana, something that comes in advance of the state Legislature’s expected passage of legislation that would legalize recreational pot.

The state Legislature is anticipated to vote on the measure next month, at the earliest, something that gives Westfield some time to ...

Counseling Service ‘The Runaway Fork’ Opens in Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Michele Smith, a licensed mental health counselor and owner of The Runaway Fork celebrated the grand opening of her new office at 66 Elm St. Thursday with family, Mayor Shelley Brindle, representatives from the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

“Part of my passion is to help people heal their relationship with food ...

Westfield Officials Want NJ to Consider Public Health in Legalizing Recreational Pot

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local health officials are encouraging the public to weigh in on the importance of bringing public health into the forefront as the state moves toward legalizing marijuana.

“The state health commissioner has been extremely loud and clear: The Department of Health is not involved with recreational marijuana,” said Westfield Regional Health Department Director ...


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Atlantic Medical Group Primary Care, Women’s Health, Open in Downtown Westfield

January 20, 2019

Westfield’s downtown, one of the most well-known and vibrant commercial districts in New Jersey, can now add expert medical care for women and families to the list of unique services available among its storefronts.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Atlantic Medical Group, Atlantic Health System’s physician network, officially opened a primary care practice and a women’s health ...