News from Town Hall
Dear Woodbridge Neighbors,
 
The State's COVID-19 positivity rate continues to be under 1% however there has been one additional case in Woodbridge. All your mask wearing and social distancing has been helping. We all need to do our part and continue to help keep each other safe.

I am proud to announce that the Town is working to promote our local retail and public-facing service businesses through a new "Business of the Week" feature. With the help of two great interns, Ryan Anastasio and Deepak Gupta, the town will be highlighting our local businesses that are open and what they are doing to help keep staff and shoppers safe.

Now, more than ever, it is important to buy local and support our local small businesses. Please continue to Shop, Dine, Try Woodbridge!

This week's "Business of the Week" is The Red Barn. Visit the Town's Facebook page to see the video. If you'd like your business featured, let us know.

Earlier this week I participated in community conversation called "Activism: How to Stand Up and Enact Meaningful Change" developed by the Woodbridge ad-hoc Community Council, in conjunction with the Beecher Road School Diversity Committee, the Woodbridge Town Library and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women - New Haven Metropolitan Chapter. This excellent event featured award-winning journalist Ed Gordon, author of the new book “Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership.” If you couldn't attend the event, you can watch a recording of it here.

As a reminder the last day to pay taxes without a late penalty is Monday Aug. 3. For your convenience, the Tax Office will be open (at the Town Hall walk-up window) on Saturday Aug. 1 from 9 am to noon and until 7 pm on Monday Aug. 3. Mailed tax bills must be post marked on or before Monday Aug. 3.
   
As always, my door is virtually open to you. If you need to reach me please call 203-389-3401 or email me at  bheller@woodbridgect.org .  Please stay safe, Woodbridge!
 
 
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Absentee Ballots Available

A bsentee ballots are available for the Presidential Preference Primary as well as the Primary for State, Local or Municipal to be held on August 11. To receive an absentee ballot, an application must be submitted to the Town Clerk's Office up until the day before the election.

Applications may be returned via: fax, 203-389-3473, email to townclerk@woodbridgect.org; or mail to the Town Clerk's Office at Woodbridge Town Hall. Please call the Town Clerk's Office with any questions at 203-389-3424. Feel free to leave a voice message, as all calls will be returned.

In-person voting will be on August 11 at the Center Building Gym (4 Meetinghouse Lane) from 6 am to 8 pm.

Once you have a ballot you may drop it off in the ballot box outside the Town Clerk's door, on the side of Town Hall.
New! Outdoor Programming

The Town’s Human Services, Library and Recreation Departments have teamed up to provide socially distanced outdoor programming underneath canopies on the Library lawn during the pandemic.

All outdoor programming will require registration—space is limited. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. Visit the Town’s online calendar— woodbridgect.org/calendar—to see details for upcoming programing or visit the respective department’s web pages. Weather may cancel.

It is anticipated that the canopies will be up from August to November. One canopy will be on the Library lawn near Newton Road. The other will be in “the Grove” between the Library and Old Firehouse. A porta-potty will be on site for program attendees.
Beware of Natural Disaster and Hurricane Related Scams this Summer!


STATE OFFICIALS WARN RESIDENTS TO BE AWARE OF HURRICANE SEASON AND NATURAL DISASTER RELATED SCAMS OVER THIS SUMMER  
 
 
July 15, 2020 (Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) and Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut are advising consumers and families to remain aware of disaster related scams as we enter the height of Connecticut’s traditional Hurricane Season (August-November). 
 
Warmer weather brings increased potential for flooding, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and tropical storm or hurricane activity that can cause damage to personal property, homes and business. Storm damage often requires consumers and business owners to make expensive repairs quickly – making them vulnerable to scam artists.  
 
Before hurricane season starts – we’re urging all Connecticut residents to be aware of these types of scams:  
  • Clean up and Repair Scams: Scammers often offer cleanup or repair services at a low price you’re willing to pay upfront, and get the work done without a contract. By law, home improvement projects must have a contract. It’s important to take a little time, and research potential contractors before making a decision. You should ask for credential information, identification, proof of insurance, and make sure there is a written signed contract detailing the work that will be done. You can verify credentials by visiting http://www.elicense.ct.gov.
  •  Charity Scams: In the aftermath of large natural disasters you may want to donate money to support the recovery process. Scammers take advantage of our good nature – and will create fake charities and advertise them to potential donors . Always research a charity before giving by visiting sites like www.CharityNavigator.org, www.GuideStar.org, or www.give.org, and ask questions about how your donation will be used. Any charity soliciting in the State of Connecticut must be registered with DCP.  
  • Job Scams: Natural disasters sometimes cause unemployment, and job scams can become more common. These scammers can be very convincing and often advertise on legitimate platforms. Remember that you should never have to pay to apply for a job, or to start a job – and if a job posting guarantees employment, you should be suspicious.  
  • Used Car Scams: During hurricanes and severe storms, vehicles can be destroyed or have severe water damage. Scammers may try to cover up this damage and sell these cars out of state. Be wary of buying used cars after natural disasters, and always do a thorough inspection and ask for the cars history.
 
“With one named tropical storm having already impacted Connecticut this season, now is the time to prepare and learn about different types of scams associated with storms and disasters”, said Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella. “Remain vigilant and contact the appropriate officials if you suspect fraud or something raises a red flag.” 
 
“Scam artists take advantage of us when we’re most vulnerable, and need support most,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “That’s why during challenging times, it’s more important than ever to do your research, and follow your instincts. Remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and spending a little bit of extra time doing research can save you time and money in the long run.” 
 
"Unfortunately, natural disasters are a popular trigger for many different scams,” said BBB Connecticut CEO Paulette Scarpetti, “Scammers always seize an opportunity to take advantage of people when they are desperate and in need of help. If you’ve been the victim of a natural disaster and want to avoid scams, take a moment to do your homework before you pay or hire anyone. If you want to help victims of a natural disaster, always give wisely and visit give.org to find a trustworthy charity.” 
 
If you believe you have fallen victim to a scam, or if you notice a scam, you should report it to DCP by visiting www.ct.gov/DCP/complaint or to the Better Business Bureau’s Scamtracker at www.bbb.org/scamtracker  
Temporary Housing Assistance

The Department of Housing and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, launched temporary housing assistance initiatives to help renters and homeowners address the economic impact related to COVID-19. The temporary housing assistance initiatives are: Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program (TRHAP) and Temporary Mortgage Assistance Program (T-MAP).

These programs follow the announcement of a comprehensive state response by Governor Lamont authorizing the use of state and federal resources.The programs will be offering assistance to renters and homeowners in order to prevent eviction actions/foreclosures. This will address both the arrearage caused by income loss and/or greater expenses due to COVID-19 that have negatively impacted a household’s ability to pay their full monthly rent over the next number of months. Program entry intake to determine pre-qualification for TRHAP and TMAP assistance.

Threshold Eligibility Information may be submitted in ONE of TWO ways;


Homeowners can use the Call Center option or go to the website: https://www.chfa.org/homeowners/state-of-connecticut-temporary-mortgage-assistance-program-t-map/

Click the respective link above, complete the questionnaire in full on line, and hit Submit; Or

2.Call 1-860-785-3111 and speak to a Call Center Representative, Monday thru Friday, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Travel Advisory

Pursuant to Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 7III, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.

In addition, anyone entering from one of the identified states must fill out a travel health form upon arrival. Travelers can fill out the form online at ct.gov/travelform.

Free Thermometers While Supplies Last

Our regional health district, Quinnipiack Valley Health District, has provided the Town of Woodbridge with 245 free digital thermometers to distribute to Woodbridge residents on a first-come, first-served basis.


If you need a thermometer, please fill out this form and you will be contacted to schedule a curbside pick up at Town Hall during business hours.
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Welcome, New Residents!


You may have new neighbors -- homes are selling quickly in Woodbridge.

Please share this email with your new neighbors and let them know there is a   Welcome to Woodbridge Packet   on the Town's website that has lots of useful information for new (and not so new!) residents.
Get Tested

Did you know it is free and easy to get tested for COVID-19?

Check out CT’s 211 Testing Locator and enter your town, zip code or street address to find locations closest to you.
Visit the Town website: woodbridgect.org


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