Friday, May 10, 2013
The City Council has authorized additional funds for a part-time health and pool inspector.
The City Council voted Monday to authorize the transfer of $22,614 to provide additional support for inspections for food service and pools. "We have 42 pools we inspect," said Board of Health Administrator Robert Landry of the need for the internal transfer that will allow the inspections to be made. The funds will pay for a part-time temporary position through the end of June, he said. The person will make both health and pool inspections. With the beginning of the warm weather it is time to make those pool inspections, which are roughly 1/3 hotel and the rest seasonal. Every pool is inspected one or more times a year, said Landry.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Fish Restaurant's owner called into question a number of the 19 violations a health inspection applied to the restaurant recently.
The food served at Fish Restaurant has never placed anyone in harms way and never will, said owner George Voyiatzis in response to a recent health inspection which cited 19 violations. “I take it very seriously. Very seriously. It’s not a joke,” said Voyiatzis of food safety measures at the restaurant he has owned since 2002. “You don’t do them because or not because of an inspector. We do them to be safe." The restaurant has never had any issues with health inspections prior to this year's February 20 inspection in response to a report of possible food poisoning, he said. Voyiatzis grew up in the restaurant industry and is sanitation-certified in state of New York as an instructor as well as having been a director of operations for a big …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Nearly 20 violations were found at Fish Restaurant & Wine Bar recently.
A health inspection of Fish Restaurant yielded 19 health violations during a food borne illness investigation. “This combination of violations could lead to transmission of pathogens from food handlers to members of the public,” wrote Marlborough Board of Health Inspector Deirdre O’Connor on the inspection paperwork. The inspection of the restaurant was prompted by an illness investigation following an incident on February 17, according to Board of Health records. Fish was inspected on February 20 as a part of the investigation undertaken by the Marlborough Board of Health. The inspection noted murky water in the lobster tanks, incorrectly set up hand washing stations with the wrong temperatures and cutlery boards being deeply scored and …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A limited number of flu vaccines are available at the Board of Health.
The Marlborough Board of Health has a limited number of flu vaccines available on a first come first served basis. The vaccine is available in three forms: An appointment can be made by calling the board at (508) 460-3752 and the board requests that people bring their insurance cards with them.
Monday, January 14, 2013
The city is offering free walk in flu clinics the entire week.
With the flu working its way through the state, the city is offering free walk in flu clinics to the public every day this week. It is not too late to get a flu shot, according to the Marlborough Board of Health which is putting the clinics on. Typically the flu season starts in December in this area and lasts until May. However, this year the board of health started receiving reports of flu in November. The Marlborough Board of Health is offering free walk in flu clinics every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. The vaccine is free to the public. Insurance information will be taken from those who have insurance, but the vaccine is also free to those without insurance. The clinics will …
Friday, December 14, 2012
On area establishment had nine violations in a recent inspection.
Embassy Suites Violations: 9 Notes: The inspection was requested by the hotel chain. The sanitizer levels were incorrect, dirty items were next to clean equipment, personal beverages were in the food area and black mold or deposits were on drink lines and the wall above the ice. The line ice, which comes into direct contact with drink lines, was not segregated from the drink ice at the bar. Many of the problems were corrected that day during the visit. Five Guys Violations: 0 Notes: The inspector noted correct techniques on handwashing and a good mix of sanitizer. There was one small issue with the walk in cooler and water temperature at two of the washing stations. Chipotle Violations: 0 Notes: The handwashing technique and mix of …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Bedbugs continue to be a major drain on the resources of the Marlborough Board of Health as well as a pain for area residents.
Bedbugs in Marlborough and take up 40 percent of the time of the city's health inspector. "40 percent of a health inspectors time is taken up with bedbugs,” said Robert Landry, the Administrator for the Board of Health. Although the issue came to light within the last few years with bedbugs cropping up in hotels, they have been an issue for the last 10 years for boards of health and municipalities, said Landry. It is something that can impact anyone, he said. Those who are allergic to the bits of the insects which feed off of blood can have a rash develop as the bugs comes out to feed at night. "They like the tight little cracks and crevices. People think about them behind the bed but they are all over the place," said Landry. In Hamden …
Friday, November 30, 2012
See whether your favorite fast food restaurant made the grade with the health inspections from Dunkin Donuts, Subway and Wendy's.
Wendy’s Violations: 0 Notes: This inspection took place right before the newly redesigned restaurant opened for business. The inspection took place with no violations. Dunkin Donuts (199 Lakeside Ave.) Violations: 0 Notes: The inspection was completed following a renovation. Among the inspectors notes are that a very nice job was done. The sanitizer levels were good and the temperature of the handwashing sink was perfect. Subway (237 Boston post Road) Violations: 1 Notes: The one violation the restaurant received was corrected during the visit. The tuna was being heated by the paddle used to place sandwiches in and out of the toaster. The tuna was thrown out and a new place for the paddle located.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Did your child's school make the grade when it comes to the kitchen?
With the beginning of the school year, inspections have been conducted at all the area school kitchens. These kitchens that turn out meals for children daily all passed, but there were some violations. "We don't see anything that would put a student or staff at risk for foodborne illness," said Robert Landry, the administrator of the Board of Health. The majority of violations had to do with handwashing stations and the exact mixture of sanitizer that is used on food services, according to the reports. Many of the schools that had issues with hand washing either had a station improperly set up or improper temperature of the water. The sanitizer — that is sprayed on many surfaces to ensure bacteria does not grow — must be mixed at proper …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The city has scheduled a flu clinic at the Richer School.
With fall officially upon us, the flu season is not far behind. The Board of Health will be holding a city-wide Flu Clinic on Saturday, October 20th at the Richer School from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The clinic is open to any Marlborough resident age 2 and older. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent. "High-Dose" Flu Vaccine will be available for Seniors 65 and older. Tetanus Vaccine and Pneumonia Vaccine will be available. The board asks that people please bring their insurance cards and that seniors should bring their Medicare B cards. The board of health can be reached at (508) 460-3751 for more information about the clinic.