News from Town Hall
Dear Woodbridge Neighbors,
 
We are now sending e-news updates every other week as we start to shift our focus back to other areas of work. I urge you to continue to remain cautious, even as the numbers of infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 decline in our State. Please continue to stay home as much as possible, wear your mask and wash your hands frequently, especially if you are in the over 65 population and/or vulnerable for other health reasons.
 
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.
 
The Recreation Department has opened our playgrounds, playing fields and tennis courts (but canceled this year's summer concert series). The dog park is open too. Please be sure to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from others. Our facilities are not cleaned or sanitized so remember you are using them at your own risk .
 
Our wonderful Woodbridge Town staff members are working full-time on-site and are available to answer your calls or emails. They can also arrange for a curbside drop-off/pick-up of materials if it’s something that cannot be accomplished via email or phone.
 
One exception: Our Tax Office will be operating a walk-up window for tax payments. We encourage everyone to mail in a check or use the online payment system . For all others, 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.
 
Pet adoptions are still available through our Woodbridge Animal Shelter. Applicants will be screened before having an appointment to visit with potential pets outside. 
 
The Building Office is able to make social distanced inspections.  Zoning and building permit applications are available online.
 
The Woodbridge Human Services Department continues to provide food for those in need, transportation for necessary medical appointments, virtual programming and a mask donation program. Materials are either delivered or dropped off at the bench outside the building. Please call 203-389-3429 for any assistance you might need.
 
The Library has begun curbside pickup of materials ( details here! ).
 
Our Public Works Department is able to send Transfer Station permits to residents via the mail. 
 
The Recreation Department is still offering virtual programming, including two virtual summer camp options.  Learn more here.
 
You may register to vote online at  voterregistration.ct.gov.  The Registrars of Voters are preparing for the August 11, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary to be held at the Center Gym. Absentee ballots are available here.
 
The Town Clerk’s office is providing land records, birth, marriage and death certificates, dog licenses and more via the mail or curbside pickup.
 
All board and commission meetings continue to be held virtually.  The Town calendar  lists all the upcoming meetings and meeting agendas. On each agendas is an explanation as to how to participate virtually in a meeting – either via a link or by watching on WGATV channel 79 or  YouTube .
 
We have no immediate plans to open our doors to the public. I am proud that we have continued to provide excellent service to residents from a distance, keeping both residents and staff safe.
 
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. 
 
 
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Support Your Local Restaurants!

Abel Caterers is offering dinners to go for 4 people for $49.99. Call 203-389-2300 or email office@abelcaterers.com. The menu is on Facebook, Instagram and abelcaterers.com

Amity Meat Center is open to the public and doing curbside pickup. Modified hours are Mon. – Fri. 8 -4 for meat and 8-2 for the deli; Sat. hours are 8-3 pm. 24 Lucy St., 203-397-5060.

Blue Check Deli is offering delivery and curbside pickup. 203-387-3810. 382 Amity Rd. Menu at  bluecheckdeli.com

Brookside Farm Market is open regular business hours. They offer curbside pickup. Call 203-209-0659 to place an order. 324 Amity Road.

Chip in a Bottle to able to fulfill chocolate orders of 4, 8, 15 and 30 assorted pieces by calling 203-460-0665. They are also offering 15% of all gift cards. 26 Selden St. www.chipinabottle.com

Katz’s Deli is temporarily closed due to fire damage.

Las Brasas is open for takeout and outdoor seating is available. 203-553-9844. 9 Lucy St. Menu is available at Facebook.com/LasBrasasMexicanGrill/

Massaro Community Farm has fresh produce, meat, dairy and jarred tomato products. Order by Wednesday at 8 pm to pick up on Fridays at the farm, 41 Ford Rd. Visit the online store at massarofarm.org to place an order.

New England Brewing Co taproom is open. Curbside pickup is also available. 175 Amity Rd. 203-387-2222. Newenglandbrewing.com

Paolo Ristorante is open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout. 208 Amity Rd. 475-209-9296.

Rise and Grind Nutrition is taking call ahead orders at 203-553-9911. Customers may also purchase supplies to make teas and shakes at home. 1652 Litchfield Tpk.  Riseandgrindnutrition.com

Savino Vineyard is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 for outdoor seating only, weather permitting. Due to limited seating, beach chairs and blankets are welcome, beside the vineyard at a 6 foot distance. The vineyard is offering curbside pickup and local delivery by direct messaging through social media or by calling 203-809-4419. 128 Ford Rd.

Solun Tapas Bar and Restaurant is offering drive-through pick up, indoor and outdoor dining. 203-298-9741. Soluntapasbar.com

Street n Savory is offering family meals to go. Delivered hot and ready to eat Thursday through Sunday. Menu at streetnsavory.com

Sweet Seidner’s Bake Shop is open online. Baked to order cookies can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. Also available for delivery within Woodbridge with 24 hours notice. Sweetseidners.com 

Thai Stories is open for take-out. 16 Selden St. 203-389-3363. Thaistoriesrestaurant.com

Woodbridge Social is open for takeout 12-7 Monday through Sunday. 203-553-9136. 12 Selden. Woodbridgesocial.com

For a full list of all businesses, visit woodbridgect.org/business.


Also, don't forget:

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

Woodbridge wellness practitioners are working to keep you happy and healthy.

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.

Tax Season

Residents are encouraged to mail their tax checks to Office of the Tax Collector, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge CT 06525.

If that is not possible, 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.

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.
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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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.
Don't Forget to Take the Census!

If you haven't yet, p lease check your mailbox and take a few minutes and complete the Census form online. Each household has been given a unique 12-digit number to access the questionnaire online or by phone. The number is used to register and answer basic questions about the size and type of residence along with the name, age, gender and ethnicity of everyone living in the home.
 
Even if you do not have your 12-digit number, you can still respond online or by phone. Online you would click the “If you do not have a Census ID” link on the login page. The deadline has been extended to October 31.

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

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. 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

The Library is now offering Park & Pickup
The service will be:
  • Safe: All items will have been quarantined for at least three days before being checked out
  • Contactless: Your items are in a closed bag on table outside the front of the Library
  • Convenient:  No appointments needed. (But you must come during our "open" hours.)
Did you have holds on the shelf before we closed in March? Do you still want them? Check out our FAQ page to see how you can get those too!

Woodbridge items are all due on July 1. The book drop is open; 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 began June 22nd and will run through 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 .

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

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.

Do You Need a Mask? Can you 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 has 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.

We are still 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.


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.
Visit the Town website: woodbridgect.org


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