Health & Wellness

February 10, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Local health officials are considering a mandate that pre-schools and day care centers make their immunization rates more widely known. While the Board of Health has yet to put the proposal in writing, its membership on Feb. 3 discussed mandating that the institutions post ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — You will no longer be able to buy vaping products at convenience stores, liquor stores and gas stations in this town under a new law aimed at keeping e-cigarettes away from youths. Establishments licensed to sell food, gasoline or alcohol are prohibited from also selling ...

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The spirit of volunteerism was on full display Saturday night when the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad kicked off its 69th year of service with an annual dinner dance at the Hilton Garden Inn. The squad answered 1,978 calls in 2019, according to their records, and gave 1,473 ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — Matthew T. Toriello’s opioid addiction followed a pattern that has become too common. To ease pain from a back injury, Toriello started taking a prescription painkiller six-and-a-half years ago, his father, John Toriello, said. It led to an opioid addiction that in June 2019 ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local health officials are advising the public to take basic precautions to avoid contracting a new virus that started in Wuhan, China, and has become a “serious public health concern” in the United States. Coronavirus is a respiratory infection that spreads much like cold virus ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A small tobacco store on Elm Street may see a significant decline in competition if a proposed local law is approved next month. The regulation the Board of Health is considering would ban the sale of vapes at gas stations, liquor stores and convenience stores. They are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Health has set is meeting dates for 2020 and appointed its leadership for the year. The Board of Health held its annual reorganization meeting Monday, at which it re-appointed Lawrence D. Budnick, M.D., to the role of president and made Andrea ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The staff at Total Hearing Care celebrated becoming part of HearingLife last weekend with Mayor Shelley Brindle, the Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Though the name and look of the hearing center is changing, its staff and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Although there might be some in the medical profession who seek to profit from having patients return for frequent appointments, there is a dentist in Westfield who takes what he believes to be a more patient-centered approach. Dr. Paul Arfanis at Westfield Family Dentistry tries ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — G Lab Aesthetics, a concierge-type aesthetic medical practice, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week with the Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Though nurse practitioner Randi Carrozza opened the office more than a year ago, it ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After her recent fundraiser at The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield, a Scotch Plains mom of two has now raised more than $200,000 for metastatic breast cancer research, including $77,582 in 2019 for grants via METAvivor and Breast Cancer Alliance. Tami Eagle Bowling, who ...

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NUTLEY, NJ — A new student center at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine honors the late Westfield High School Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson. Officials at the Seton Hall University facility located in Nutley and Clifton unveiled the Dr. Derrick E. Nelson Student Life Services Center on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After repeated health code violations, the owner of a pizza restaurant in the downtown has been ordered to shape up sanitary practices at his establishment or be shut down. The Board of Health on Monday warned an owner of Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza that if his restaurant receives ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With a rising number of vaping-related illnesses and one death confirmed in New Jersey, town officials are anticipated to approve a new set of rules for the sale of electronic smoking devices. The town’s Board of Health on Monday introduced the regulations seeking to prevent the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The district’s head lice management policy is facing criticism following a recent case at Lincoln Early Childhood Center. Westfield resident Alison Simone, whose child attends Lincoln School, spoke out against the district’s handling of the infestation during the school board ...

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Look for 12-year-old Ella Katz selling bracelets for JDRF at Saturday’s WHS football game.   WESTFIELD, NJ — When Ella Katz was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) 11 years ago just after her first birthday, her parents Lynel and David began learning everything they could about the disease.

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Updated at 1:02 p.m. Sept. 25 WESTFIELD, NJ — Authorities are investigating claims that an elderly woman was severely beaten at a nursing home in Westfield. Benny Gomez told TAPinto Westfield that his mother was hit in the head multiple times at the Westfield Center on Lamberts Mill Road, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The volunteer staffed crisis hotline Caring Contact is raising awareness during National Suicide Prevention Month with coffee sleeves that have been distributed to cafés in the town. Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery, Boxwood Coffee Roasters and Farinolio are all distributing the sleeves ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public Schools open this year on Thursday, Sept. 5. Help kids stay safe and healthy as they head back to the classroom with tips from the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad. Alert your school nurse to changes in allergies and ailments. “Keep medications and medical ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s not often the tooth fairy visits twice, at least not for the same tooth. But that’s what happened after 6-year-old Alex Miskolczi plucked a baby incisor from the bottom of the town pool days after Colette Sahm, also 6, lost the wiggly tooth and the children met to exchange, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A diarrhea-causing condition linked to fresh basil grown at a single farm in Mexico struck nearly 30 people in Westfield and the municipalities served by its regional health department, local health officials learned this week. Westfield Regional Health Department officials ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The town's Board of Health is considering a vaping regulation modeled after a similar ordinance Morristown adopted last May. The smoking of e-cigarettes and vaping have become hot button issues in Westfield and the surrounding communities. The Board of Health would like to try ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Need a dose of puppy love? Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio in Downtown Westfield will hold its second “Puppy Yoga” event Saturday, Aug. 10, where the public can practice gentle yoga and play with a litter of adoptable 8-week-old puppies. Money raised from the class, which is $25 per ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A four-legged creature with pointy ears, thinning red-brown fur and a white-tipped tail has been making its way through the municipality prompting numerous reports on social media. On Thursday, a resident of Boulevard posted a video of the animal walking up to her front door to ...

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Be The Match says patient safety is a top priority. WESTFIELD, NJ — The widely publicized death of the Westfield High School principal from complications that followed his donation of bone marrow in April could easily frighten would-be bone marrow donors, something family of the late school ...

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Updated at 3:35 p.m. WESTFIELD, NJ — The fiancé of the Westfield High School principal who died from complications following his bone marrow donation to a stranger has sued the hospital at which he gave the donation and an anesthesiologist who oversaw his care.  The lawsuit filed in Superior ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s getting hot outside so don’t do anything too strenuous. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning in effect from noon Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday. Heat index values, or how hot it feels with humidity taken into account, is anticipated to reach between ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Oona Harrigan was 6 years old when her mother enrolled her in her first Irish dance classes. Harrigan, now 23, continued competitive Irish dance in high school and then college. So when she was given the opportunity to participate in a fundraising bicycle ride in support of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The leaves are long gone but the gas-powered blowers are still making noise. Jon Spitz, a Dorian Road resident, is lobbying the municipality to find a fix for loud gas-powered leaf blowers that he said contractors are using to blow grass clippings into the street. “This is a ...

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