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Health & Wellness

May 15, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s first Mental Health Fair on Sunday gave people hands-on connections with providers, education about mindfulness and other coping techniques and a relaxing walk in the park complete with furry friends and sweet treats.  Attendees strolled through Mindowaskin Park during ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A stroll in the park, sweet treats, therapeutic art sessions, a chance to meet therapy dogs and more are slated for Westfield’s first Mental Health Day Sunday, May 15 in celebration of National Mental Health Awareness Month. The day’s activities are for people of all ages, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With newly identified variants of the disease spreading, health officials are telling people to test early if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19, the mayor said Saturday. In April, Westfield recorded 294 cases of COVID-19, marking an increase of 131% from the 127 cases ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — Jill Pall knows the importance of CPR. Not long ago, it saved her life. In June, Pall joined friends at the dog park at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside for a planned afternoon “Littles Luau” for their dogs. “My friend had gotten a Hawaiian shirt for her dog,” said Pall, who lives ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A South Avenue restaurant is getting ready to convert a portion of its outdoor dining area into one that caters to canines, including with a “doggie menu.” The board of health earlier this week considered 1958 Cuban Cuisine’s request to create what Health Officer Megan Avallone ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A local poll, proposals in the state Legislature and a nearby school district’s move are among the indicators of growing support for later high school starting times. While proponents cite the benefits of tailoring high school starts to teenagers’ natural circadian rhythms, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A new pharmacy on Quimby Street recently celebrated its grand opening. Westfield Pharmacy opened in January and held the grand opening March 19. Mayor Shelley Brindle, along with representatives from Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ — A resident speaking at Thursday’s Union County Board of Commissioners meeting prompted a strong response from the board over the spending of federal COVID-19 relief dollars. The Garwood resident asked about $749,552.94 in CARES Act funds, which records show the county paid out to ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Families & Community Together (FACT) is a care management organization (CMO) that provides care management and wraparound services to children ages 5 up until their 21st birthday. FACT helps families and caregivers create a more stable and healing environment for children, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After a contentious meeting last month, the Westfield Board of Health president laid out rules for public comments during the public sessions. Board President Elizabeth Talmont said Monday that more than 20 people spoke at the February meeting, shortly after Gov. Phil Murphy ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The mayor reported an 86% decline in COVID-19 cases for February: 137 people, down from the 976 reported in January. Mayor Shelley Brindle also reported two COVID-19 deaths, both of whom were people over age 80. It brings the total number of Westfield COVID-19 deaths since the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Starting Monday, students and staff at Westfield’s public schools may go mask free, including on school buses. But there will be exceptions. Superintendent Raymond González in a message to families Wednesday said the district had reviewed the state’s guidance concerning masks in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In most cases the Westfield Public School District will not require students to wear face coverings when the state’s mandate on masks in schools expires next month, the superintendent said Tuesday. Superintendent Raymond González said masks will be optional in most instances in ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six businesses in Westfield were recently cited for selling tobacco to minors, records released last week show. Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone said the annual operation conducted during the schools’ fall break yielded the highest number of violations ...

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Click here to take the poll on Votelight.com. WESTFIELD, NJ — Starting March 7, the state has left it up to local school districts and day cares to decide if masks must be worn in such settings. Gov. Phil Murphy has promised the state Health Department would provide specific guidelines to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — An announcement by the Westfield Public Schools superintendent concerning masks in schools next month was met with protests from parents at a school board meeting Tuesday. Parents objecting to the schools’ decision to await state guidance had pizzas delivered to the audience at ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Less than six hours after the governor announced Monday decisions to require masks in schools would be left to local districts starting March 7, parents turned out at a Westfield Board of Health meeting to voice their opposition to masking in the public schools. After hearing ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — FACT, Family & Community Together, is a CMO (Care Management Organization) that provides care management and wraparound services to children ages five up until their 21st birthday. FACT helps families and caregivers create a more stable and healing environment for children, ...

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GALLOWAY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday anyone who has a job in a high-risk congregate setting such as a health care, long-term care or correctional facility will have to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Murphy said there will be no test-out of the requirement by undergoing weekly ...

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NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 rate of transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96, according to the state Health Department. A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission stands at 1.02 on Monday, a dramatic drop since it was 1.92 on Jan. 1.  Anything over 1.0 means COVID-19 is still spreading, but the lower the number means any infected person is spreading the virus to fewer people. The State Department of ...

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NEW JERSEY — The State Department of Health reported 14,692 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. It's the third time in 2022 there have been fewer than 20,000 new cases in a day. The state reported 121 new deaths from COVID-19. The health department reports 5,671 people are in New Jersey's hospitals ...

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The weekly count of COVID cases in Westfield declined by 36. WESTFIELD, NJ — Some parents in Westfield may want to continue giving their children a little extra guidance walking to school. Nine crossing guard posts will remain unstaffed next week because of COVID-19 caused absences among ...

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NEW JERSEY – The state Health Department reported Friday that the COVID-19 Rate of Transmission has fallen again. That's the number that measures how much the COVID-19 virus is spreading. On Friday, it sits at 1.21. Here's how the number is trending lower over the past four days.     ...

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NEW JERSEY — For the first time in 2022, there are fewer than 20,000 new daily COVID-19 in New Jersey. The State Department of Health confirmed 19,454 new cases on Wednesday. Also, 103 new COVID-19 deaths were reported. The Rate of Transmission, which measures how much the virus is spreading, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Local projections show the town will soon see COVID-19 cases plateau, the health department director said Monday, even as testing continues to be a challenge due to the volume of cases. Addressing the town’s board of health, Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said that the state's mandate for masking in schools and daycare centers would continue for the "foreseeable future." While the mandate had been set to expire Tuesday, Murphy previously indicated his intent to renew it. The state's renewal of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s board of health is scheduled to meet 11 times this year. The meetings are set for 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month except where otherwise noted in the list below, a public notice says. Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. Feb. 7 March 7 April 4 May 2 June ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public School District plans to have all students and staff return to in person instruction by the middle of next week, the superintendent said Friday. In message to families and staff, Superintendent Raymond González said the early childhood learning center and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Another town resident has died from COVID-19 and the number of cases for December rose to 1,107 people, the mayor said Friday. The increase in cases — up from 194 town residents infected in November — however, must be considered in the context of the more highly contagious ...

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