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Letters to the Editor

Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting

April 16, 2015

VIOLENCE, VANDALISM, SUBSTANCE ABUSE & HIB REPORT The State requires school districts to report on Violence, Vandalism, and Substance Abuse and Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HI...

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Today's Events

Police Blotter

In Westfield, Several Claims Of Fraud And Identity Theft Reported

April 22, 2015

April 21, 2015 4:20 p.m. Elizabeth Tedeschi, age 47, of Westfield responded to Westfield police department to satisfy an active traffic warrant issued by Westfield municipal court. The subje...

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Columns

Connecting Commerce and Community

GWACC Spring Fling

It’s that time of year again! Spring has sprung, and it is time for the 21st Annual Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Fling. The event will be held on the streets o...

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ViaNutrition

The 11 Commandments of Nutrition

Focus on eating nutrient dense food, not counting calories. This sounds counterintuitive but most nutrient-dense foods are not high in calories. Get your nutrients from foods, not supp...

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Evalyn Dunn Gallery

Get the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift at Evalyn Dunn Gallery

You must stop into Evalyn Dunn Gallery to see their great new gifts that have arrived just in time for Mother's Day. The gallery has expanded their jewelry department to include four new lin...

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Monday with Millicent

Mark Your Calendars for Girls’ Night Out in Westfield, April 23!

No matter what, Thursday, April 23, 2015 is the date you are due in Downtown Westfield for their grand and glorious Girls’ Night Out. From 5 to 9 p.m., you’re welcome to come and enj...

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Westfield Area Y

New 'Move it and Lose it' Coaching Program Launches at the Westfield Area Y

The Westfield Area Y is pleased to announce “Move It and Lose It,” an 8-week coaching program designed to motivate participants to success through teamwork. Participants will pic...

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In the Schools

Westfield High School Earns 6 Award Nominations for Fall Drama

The cast and crew of Westfield High School’s fall drama, "The Laramie Project," has been notified that the production received six Montclair State University "Theatre Night ...

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Westfield Teen Died from Flu, Health Department Confirms

By JACKIE LIEBERMAN

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.

“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.