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Montclair Township

Health & Human Services

Susan Portuese, Director Health & Human ServicesTownship of Montclair Municipal Building
205 Claremont Avenue
Third Floor
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-509-4970

Susan Portuese, Health Officer, Department Director

For Vital Statistics, Cat and Dog Licenses, Registrar, please call the Health Department main number: 973-509-4973

Health Education: Erica Abbruzzese, Health Educator

Social Services and Senior Citizen Services: Sue Portuese

For Animal Control Issues, contact Melissa Neiss at the following numbers during the hours posted:

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. call the Department of Health and Human Services 973-509-4970
  • For emergencies, weekends, holidays and after office hours call the Police Department: 973-744-1234

Department of Health and Human Services Enforcement of health and housing regulations, public health nursing, animal control, environmental health,senior citizen services, Section 8 housing, Registrar’s office.

Our Mission Statement: To protect and enhance the health and the quality of life of Montclair residents through preventative activities, coordination of interagency efforts, and interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors.

Keith Costello, Senior REHS
Stephen Rufolo, REHS
Robert Jernick, REHS
Margaret Brodowski, Director of Nursing
Barbara Prichard, Public Health Nurse
Mary Tistler, Public Health Nurse
Madelyn Goglia, Public Health Nurse
Erica Abruzzese, Health Educator
Celia Trembulak, Program Coordinator
Anne Shields, Vital Statistics, Registrar
Linda Tate, Administrative Assistant
Arlene Karp, Administrative Assistant

2015 Winter Rabies Clinics PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Montclair Health Department has scheduled winter 2015 rabies clinics for the dates below:

Cedar Grove: Tuesday, February 10
Cedar Grove Municipal Building
525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
6:00-7:30 p.m. (Dogs-6:00-6:45, Cats-6:45-7:30)

Montclair: Wednesday, February 25
Harrison Avenue Fire Station
151 Harrison Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
6:00-7:30 p.m. (Dogs-6:00-6:45, Cats-6:45-7:30)

Dogs and cats should not be fed for six hours prior to the rabies vaccination. Each dog and cat must be on a leash or carrier and accompanied by an adult.

For questions, please contact: Montclair Health Department 973-509-4970.

Montclair Health Department Offers Cold Weather Safety Tips PDF Print E-mail

The Montclair Health Department has complied these safety tips people should follow during the current cold weather.


Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight; warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.

Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.

Wear a hat.

Montclair Health Department Announces 2015 Community Health Programs PDF Print E-mail

Monday, January 5, 2015

Body Mass Index (BMI)
Wednesday, January 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

BMI is a tool used for representing weight status in adults; it is a measure of weight in relation to height. Free. Walk-ins welcome.

Cardiac Risk Assessment

Health Department Stoop Time Returns in 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Monday, January 5, 2015

Stoop Time is a place for “mature” women to discuss the ups and downs of life throughout its different phases with a small group of others who are experiencing similar change. For example, some women in their sixties and others of the same age or older may be experiencing a loss of a significant other; some have lost a pet, a neighborhood, a job, a familiar home, adult children moving away or world and cultural changes.

Leah Johnston-Rowbotham, MS, APRN, BC created the Stoop Time Group and is the meeting facilitator.

Health Department to Receive $18K Grant PDF Print E-mail

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Montclair Health Department will receive a grant of more that $18,000 to upgrade its inspection software and purchase new laptops for inspectors to conduct inspections in the field.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) earlier this week announced the Year 2 (FY 2015) award winners of the AFDO-administered Retail Program Standards Grant Program. Montclair and Vineland were the only New Jersey municipalities to receive awards.

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