News from Town Hall
This Saturday several residents have organized a protest and march in support of the Black Lives Matters movement and I plan to speak at the event.

Starting at 1 pm there will be speakers at the Gazebo on the Town Green followed by 9 minutes of silence and a walk through the streets.

At our Board meeting this week we discussed th e Amity Woodbridge Historical Society Town of Woodbridge agreement in executive session. We agreed on a few edits and will very soon send the document to the Society for their review and comments. As I have said in the past, I am glad that we are close to an agreement, and I believe that our relationship with the Historical Society will be better and stronger thanks to the new agreement. 
 
As of this past Monday June 8 th , all full-time staff began working on site, however we still have not opened the doors to the public. All town services will continue to be done virtually as before, which has continued to work out well, thanks to all our committed and dedicated employees.

At this time, Town buildings remain closed. Playgrounds, athletic fields and the dog park will open on June 17. Our tennis court and pickleball courts are now available by appointment (call Recreation at 203-389-3446). The Transfer Station is open for mask-wearing members of the public and Animal Control is available by appointment (call 203-389-5991).

For those of you anxious about paying taxes, residents will be encouraged to mail their checks. If that is not possible the Tax Office will be able to provide access for those residents who wish to pay in person. The Tax Office will be available on the front porch of Town Hall at the window to the right of the main doors. That window will be staffed Monday thru Friday beginning July 1st from 9 am to 12 noon and from 1pm until 3pm.

Please try to stay home as much as able, and only venture out when necessary, and to please wear a mask while you are out. By doing so, we are all showing respect for each other, and also protecting our neighbors and of course, saving lives. Town residents in need of a cloth mask may call the Human Services Department at 203-389-3430 or 203-389-3429 to request masks for members of their household. Masks are in stock now.

Since the pandemic began we have been sending out weekly emails. This will be the last weekly email -- we will start sending emails every other week and we start to shift back to focus on other areas of work.

My door is virtually open to you. If you have questions or comments please do not hesitate to reach out. You may call me at 203-389-3401 or email me at bheller@woodbridgect.org

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Local Wellness Practitioners to Keep you Healthy and Happy!

Amethyst Beauty Lounge -- currently offering online wellness classes and consultations for skin and wellness services. The annual June promotional sale is launching early through our online store including raffle baskets and large discounts on service bundles.
Amity Physical Therapy is open for in-office and telehealth visits. We practice social distancing and CDC safety measures with staff and patients, and equipped with necessary PPE to allow effective, safe, and necessary treatment. 1 Bradley Road, 203-389-4593.
Arcadian Counseling - James Killian, LPC provides counseling for anxiety, anger and stress management for teens and adults. Virtual online counseling sessions are available.
BigFaceLoveYoga/LongRiverTaijiquan offering professional virtual instruction in Yoga, Meditation, Qigong, and T’ai-Chi for all ages and abilities through Zoom and YouTube.
Brown Fitness & Wellness is currently offering ongoing Virtual Training and Wellness Coaching to current and new clients.
Employee Health Matters, LLC, Showing employers how much influence they can exert to lower their health care costs through inexpensive outcomes-based workplace wellness programs. Also promote credentialed holistic practitioners in our projects through partnerships.
Ingrid Harrison, Affordable Personal Services, offers shopping/errands, pharmacy runs, cooking, pet care, non-medical elder care. I am also a certified End of Life Doula Consultant/Practitioner offering check-ins, assisting with funeral/end of life options.
Kidding Around Yoga with Sherri is teaching daily Children and Adult Yoga classes online through Zoom; YouTube videos are available too.
Much Kneaded Wellness Therapies has started a Realizing Reiki YouTube channel for personal growth.
Mallory Grimste, LCSW serves teens struggling with depression, anxiety, and mental health issues. Online counseling sessions available.
New Haven Naturopathic Center (1 Bradley Rd, Suit e 503) is available for in-office visits and telehealth visits Monday - Thursday 9-5. Masks are required for in-person visits. 203-941-0366.
Table for One Integrative Massage Therapy Self-care and massage gifts now available: Yoga Balm healing ointment, Yoga Tune-up self-massage balls, and Floracopeia roll-on essentials oils blends. Call (203) 909-2430. Free delivery available in Woodbridge.
The Tradition at Oak Lane is open for golf ! We are walking only (for now) and taking tee times/payment online. Contactless check in.



Also, don't forget:

Woodbridge restaurants are offering to-go meals and some offer outdoor seating.

Many retail operations are offering gift certificates. Most are also open either for in-store shopping and/or curbside pickup.

Now more than ever it is important to Dine Woodbridge, Shop Woodbridge, Try Woodbridge.

If you'd like your Woodbridge-based business added to any of these lists (or if it needs to be updated) send us an email with your listing details.
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June is Dog License Month

Dog owners are reminded that June is Dog License Month in Connecticut. Due to the pandemic, residents are requested to remit payment via mail for dog licenses rather than making payment in person. Reminders have been recently mailed to existing dog license holders.

Fees remain at $8 for spayed or neutered dogs and $19 for dogs that are not spayed or neutered. Please mail the copy of the license, rabies certificate (if necessary) and check made payable to the Town Clerk, and address envelopes to the Town Clerk’s Office at 11 Meetinghouse Lane. Beginning June 1, the dog license, tag and clip will be mailed once payment is received. Licenses are valid for one year, from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
Did You Lose Your Health Insurance Coverage?

You may qualify for coverage through Access Health CT at any time, if you have a Qualifying Life Event through a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).

Special Enrollment Period is a time outside of the Annual Open Enrollment Period (Nov. 1 – Dec. 15) when you can sign up for health insurance coverage through Access Health CT.

If you experience a Qualifying Life Event like losing coverage due to job change/loss, aging off your parents’ plan, moving to Connecticut, getting married, having/ adopting a child, etc., you must:

-Start your application with Access Health CT within 60 days of your Qualifying Life Event.
-Verify your Qualifying Life Event before your coverage can begin
Human Services update

The Woodbridge Center announces new exercise classes! Tune into local access TV channel 79 for Exercise with Laurie on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am beginning June 9th. Please send $20.00 to The Woodbridge Center, 11 Meetinghouse Ln. per every ten classes you watch in order to defray the instructor cost- indicate exercise on the memo line. Those who wish to watch on-line can tune into the YouTube channel at wgatv79. Additionally, The Center is now offering Introduction to Chair Yoga with Julie Luciani which will be aired on Mondays at 11 am beginning June 8 th on channel 79 and on YouTube. Please send $5.00 per Yoga class watched to The Woodbridge Center.


Youth Services invites Woodbridge and Bethany families to participate in a Chalk Art Challenge! Details here. The department is also offering community service projects and an Intergenerational Letter Writing Campaign .

Library Update

Staff returned to the Library on Monday, June 8 to begin the process of figuring out how to safely re-open to the public. Most likely we will start with curbside service; we will notify you when that is ready to begin and how it will work.

At this time, we are only answering phone and emails, as we are still closed to the public. Please call us with your questions on weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm, and send emails to:   askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org  

Woodbridge items are all due on July 1. The book drop has re-opened: items are being quarantined and cleaned before they are checked in. Any fines that accrue will be waived.

On the topics of race and injustice—digital materials to help
with current events

Even while closed, the Library remains a place for all. We strive to provide diverse materials that can educate and inform, as well as entertain. Please see below for lists of titles to read, listen, and watch that may help you to learn more about what is happening and to understand why. Of course, our librarians can help you find alternatives, should you need them. 

hoopla offers: 
Conversations about Race   (ebooks and audiobooks for adults)
Talking to Kids about Race  ( movies, ebooks, audiobooks, comics for kids)

From Kanopy Social and Systemic Injustice   (movies)


Recreation Department Update


The Recreation Department is offering online classes. New classes are added frequently so check back often. Offerings include T’ai Chi, Yoga Ninjas for Kids, Piano, Voice lessons, Hip Hop and more.

Virtual Summer Camp : Woodbridge Rec Virtual Summer Camp begins June 22nd-July 31st from 10 am-12 pm. It will consist of three 40 minute periods. Classes include fitness boot camp, run with me, safety classes, photography, drawing, storyboarding, film, mother nature, virtual zoo, and much more. Registration requires a valid email address that is regularly monitored. For more details please email wrdvirtualsummercamp@outlook.com.

Food Explorers Virtual Cooking Camp begins on July 6th- July 10th from 2 pm- 5 pm. Ingredients for this class are available for curb side pick up on Thursday, July 2nd at the Woodbridge Rec Office. Menu items include homemade foccacia bread, chocolate chickpea truffles, broccoli cheddar melts, pasta from scratch, and much more. For more information please email recreation@woodbridgect.org.

Explore the Trails
This section will highlight lesser known trails to help you avoid crowds at the Town's more popular trails. ( See all the trail maps here .) While you're using the trails, please help maintain them -- check out the new Woodbridge Trails Handbook.

Newton Road Park - stewarded by the nonprofit  Woodbridge Park Association – is a less visited trail near the center of town. The main White blazed trail is flat which makes for an easy walk, but passes through wetlands and over a number of “boardwalks” which may be seen as a challenge by some, and fun by others. Good footwear (preferably water resistant in the wet season) is recommended.
 
Start your hike on Hampton Drive (#7), pass the entrance gate just down the path, and walk south on top of an old access road and along the East Branch of the Wepawaug River. Once you leave the roadbed and walk around a bend to slightly higher ground look for a “pine” grove. Don’t look up, these are miniatures called variously Princess Pine, Ground Pine, of perhaps more properly Tree Clubmoss. Come back again in the fall when other growth has died away and these “pines” will stand out tall on the forest floor.
 
At the end of the white trail you may either turn around and return to your vehicle (slightly over 1 mile total distance), or take a left to walk the newly blazed Orange Loop. This trail is mostly on higher ground and contains some gentle up and down hill segments. It zigzags before returning to the White trail where you will take a right to return to your vehicle.


Tax Deferment Program

Last month, per Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7S, the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Woodbridge adopted a Tax Deferment Program, for eligible taxpayers impacted by COVID 19, with application for taxes due July 1, 2020.

The deferment does not apply to taxes due prior to July 1, 2020. Escrow agents are still expected to remit tax payments per regular timetable that is by August 3, 2020 as the last day to pay. The tax deferment applications are online. The application and all supporting documentation must be received at the Woodbridge Tax Office no later than July 1, 2020.

The effect of this program is the equivalent of an extended grace period. The deadline to pay taxes for eligible taxpayers is deferred to October 1, 2020 without interest. Interest will be charged on any payments made by eligible taxpayers after October 1, 2020.

For questions or to receive a paper application please call the Tax Office at 203-389-3425.

Bike and Pedestrian Safety

While so many more people are out walking and biking, please be sure to follow the rules of the road.

View this  brochure from Bike Walk Connecticut  which includes safety rules for walking, biking and driving.

Pedestrians should walk against traffic, be alert and be visible; cyclists should ride with traffic, stay to the right, be visible and wear helmets; and vehicles should give cyclists three feet of space, follow the rules of the road and be aware of pedestrians and vehicles in the road.

Pedestrians and cyclists should wear reflective clothing.

How Are You Feeling?

Using the How We Feel app is an easy way for everyone – whether you're sick or healthy – to safely and anonymously provide valuable info to leading health professionals so they can track the spread of this virus and quickly determine where a new outbreak may be occurring.


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.

Lock Your Cars!!!

The Woodbridge Police Department is reporting an uptick in stolen cars and thefts from cars and the vast majority include cars that are unlocked and, sometimes, cars with keys or garage door openers in them.

Please protect yourself and your belongings by keeping your car locked.
Transfer Station Open

If you're visiting the Transfer Station please wear a mask.

The Transfer and Recycling Station is a permit-required facility, open to all Woodbridge residents for household waste disposal and recycling, Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at 85 Acorn Hill Road Extension.  All vehicles entering the Transfer Station must have a valid permit. Permits may be obtained by calling the Public Works Department at 203-389-3420.

PPE for Health Care Providers

Our regional health district, Quinnipiack Valley Health District, receives Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) from the State's regional supply on a weekly basis, typically every Tuesday. QVHD is responsible for distributing PPE strictly to the following local healthcare providers:
1.       Urgent Care Centers
2.       Primary Care Physicians
3.       Dialysis Centers
4.       Hospice
5.       Home Health Agencies
Requests are filled on a first come, first serve basis and are provided to the above healthcare providers in our district (Bethany, Hamden, North Haven and Woodbridge) that request PPE through us directly. To make a request, please call QVHD at 203-248-4528 or email  info@qvhd.org.

Help Make Masks!

Gov. Lamont's Executive Order 7BB requires everyone to wear a mask while in public. There are exceptions:

Nothing in this order shall require the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition, anyone under the age of 2 years, or by an older child if the parent, guardian or person responsible for the child is unable to place the mask safely on the child’s face.

Woodbridge Human Services is looking for volunteer mask-makers. We’ve provided over 500 masks to Woodbridge residents and are so grateful to all who have stepped up to this task.

We have many masks to give out now. Please call 203-389-3430 to make a request for masks or arrange a donation of masks, clean cotton fabric or elastic.
Virtual Events

Visit the Town's online calenda r for a listing of upcoming virtual events.

Organizations may submit Woodbridge-based events open to the public by visiting the calendar and clicking on "submit an event" near the top of the page. Please include an email address so we can contact you if there are questions.
Share Your Story


Capture and share your stories, journal entries, photos, calendars, notes, even the jokes that are lifting your spirits—anything that is special to this time. The story of Woodbridge and its residents during the pandemic is History.
                  
Some things you can write about include:
 
How are you spending your days? Are you self-isolating, working from home, on the frontlines as a healthcare worker, or an essential employee? Tell us how your life has changed and what your daily routine is like. Are you cooking, hiking, exercising, binge-watching Netflix, helping your children with schoolwork, reading? Who is with you? What are you eating? How do you feel? What do you think about? What are you grateful for? 
Girl Scout Book Drive

The Amity New Haven Girl Scouts held a book drive for New Haven Reads earlier this month and collected gently used books for New Haven Reads.

The Girl Scouts are still collecting books. If you can donate books, email GSCTAmitySU@gmail.com to arrange drop off. The books will be distributed to New Haven Public School students at the schools' free-meal distribution sites.
 
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