News from Town Hall
According to the latest information I received from Police Chief Frank Cappiello, there have been 21 COVID-19 associated deaths in Woodbridge. We have 105 lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Town. Approximately 75% of those are associated with the extended care nursing facilities and the remaining 25% are at private residences. In addition to the terrifying toll this is taking on our community, it is also having a devastating impact on many of our local businesses and residents. 

Please help support our local businesses. Most restaurants and food/drink-related businesses are open. See details here . Many other businesses are also open in limited capacity. We're maintaining a list here. If you'd like to be added to the list email Betsy Yagla.

As a reminder, the Transfer Station is open but Bulky Waste pickup is suspended for the season. All other Town buildings remain closed to the public and have been since mid-March. The Town playgrounds, our athletic fields and tennis courts are also closed. The Dog Park Cooperative chose to voluntarily close the dog park, to further minimize resident interaction.

Trails and open spaces remain open and the fitness trails at Fitzgerald (AKA the cornfields) is one-way with the exception of the road that leads back to the gardens and meadow. If you need to walk on that road please stay to the right and, as always, respect each other's space. The road is also not open to cars other than gardeners and Town vehicles.

Please join me in thanking all Woodbridge employees, and especially our town residents for being flexible and understanding during these unprecedented times. We are working so hard to keep each other safe, and informed, and to provide a safe workplace for our staff so they can continue to serve our residents. 
I am so very proud of all our townspeople. The caring and hard work everyone has shown to keep us safe is unprecedented. I remain hopeful that we will get through this - We are staying apart now so we can come together later!

Intergenerational Letter Writing

The Woodbridge Center, in conjunction with Woodbridge Youth Services, will host letter writing between local residents ages 5-18 and the senior population 70+ years old. This intergenerational writing campaign will help stave off boredom and isolation during the COVID 19 pandemic quarantine.

(Pictured are Abigail and Emma Ressler. )

Letters may contain drawings, poems, observations and general communications and should be placed in an un-sealed envelope. The Woodbridge Center will address and seal all envelopes and mail them to appropriate community members. Older students may receive community service for participating. Letters may be dropped off to the Human Services department by no-contact appointments. All drop-offs will be at the bench outside The Woodbridge Center and arranged by phone or email. Call 203-389-3429, 203-389-3430 or email  jglicksman@woodbridgect.org  or  npfund@woodbridgect.org  for more information.

Help Make Masks!

The Human Services Department is requesting that people make and donate masks for distribution to local residents or donate material for mask making.

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.

Masks are being distributed to Woodbridge resident who request them, when supplies are available.

Call 203-389-3430 to get on the list, or to arrange a time to donate masks or material for masks. Elastic and safety pins are also needed.


Does Your Business Need Masks?

The State of Connecticut has partnered with CBIA-CONNSTEP to assist in the distribution of donated surgical masks to eligible, essential small businesses with 50 employees or less.
 
Supplies for eligible, essential small businesses will be distributed to the Town where your business is located.


Eligible, essential small businesses   and employees that have limited contact with the public are strongly urged to create their own facemasks following    CDC guidelines.    We must ensure the limited supply of surgical masks is available to eligible, essential businesses that need them the most.


Supplies are limited at this time; therefore, it is possible that not all requestors will receive the masks they request.
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? 

For Medical Professionals

Heating and Air Conditioning Service company ENCON is donating high quality air filters to be used in the Heating/AC system in the homes of medical professionals Connecticut. Members of the medical community can click on this web link, give us their home address, air filter size, and ENCON will drop a new high quality air filter on their door step, at no cost. These filters are designed to help protect their families by reducing the spread of potential contaminants inside their homes.


Sign up for Emergency Alerts

To sign up for emergency alerts, or change the way you receive them, visit CTAlert.gov

You can also text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
Explore the Trails
Over the coming weeks this section will be used to highlight lesser known trails and trailheads to help you avoid crowds at some of the Town's more popular trails.
Alice Newton Street Park  – stewarded by the nonprofit  Woodbridge Park Association  – offers many different trail possibilities. If you are looking for a moderate, mostly dry trail from the Town Hall/First Church Entrance of the Park to Wepawaug Falls, try the Meadow (Yellow) and West Boundary (Orange) trails. Turning left about 200 yards from the entrance, it follows the waterway as it winds its way to the Falls. As you go, notice the old growth oak, poplar, hickory and birch as it is gradually replaced by the newer growth beech and maple in the understory. As a reminder, please keep dogs leashed while in the Park.
Do You Need Help?
Help with Activities
Take a v irtual visit to the Library Woodbridge residents can apply for a library card online or ask for their barcode if they have lost their physical card. Library card holders have access to ebooks, movies, music, and more--all for free. Send an email to askus@woodbridgetownlibrary.org and include your full name, birth date, address, phone, and email. You will receive a barcode to begin using electronic resources immediately, and can pick up your physical card when the building reopens. 

The Recreation Department is offering online classes. New classes are added frequently so check back often. Starting in May, there will be T’ai Chi, Yoga Ninjas for Kids, Piano, Voice lessons, and Hip Hop in addition to the current offerings.


Visit the Town's online calenda r for a listing of upcoming virtual events (including a kids Earth Day yoga at 10 am every day; story time on Monday; vinyassa yoga on Tuesday; sit and stretch on Tuesday; pet first aid on Wednesday). 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.

Take a Hike! There are more than 35 miles of trail in town. Explore them all! In addition to the maps on the Town website you may also hike at the former Country Club of Woodbridge and Massaro Community Farm has a trail.

Help with Business
Visit the State Department of Economic and Community Development website for many business programs designed to help during the pandemic.

The State launched a second survey for the state’s businesses with the goal of providing continued feedback to state policymakers regarding how businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Results of the survey will be used to prioritize economic recovery initiatives.  COVID-19 Phase II Business Impact Survey.

Not sure which program is best for your business?   The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses navigate resources and develop new resources. A dedicated phone line is available at 860-500-2333 to provide assistance to Connecticut's small businesses for this purpose.

Help with Family Stress
Parents and caretakers in need of help with the stress and increased needs resulting from caring for their children during the COVID-19 crisis are invited to call the state’s new “Talk It Out” hotline to receive assistance. The hotline provides support from trained professionals who will listen and speak with those in need about their concerns and, if additional help is needed, refer them to responsive services. Call 1-833-258-5011 or visit  www.talkitoutct.com .

Help with Finances

Governor Lamont announced that many banks are offering 90 day mortgage relief. Check to see if your bank is one of them.

Help with Food
Contact the Town's Food and Fuel Fund for food assistance at 203-389-3430.

You can also contact Our Lady of the Assumption Church at 203-387-7119 to arrange for food assistance . It is not necessary to be a church member to take advantage of this service to the community.

Help with Pets
The Woodbridge District Animal Control has dog and cat food for anyone in need. Call 203-389-5991 with at least a one-day notice to arrange a curbside pick-up.
How You Can Help

Donate Blood
-The Red Cross is experiencing a shortage of blood donations after thousands of blood drives were canceled around the country to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. A number of appointment-only blood drives are being organized throughout Connecticut. To make an appointment in your area, visit   www.redcrossblood.org

Donate Food
The Woodbridge Food and Fuel Fund is accepting donations. Details here.

District Animal Control is accepting pet food donations. Call 203-389-5991 to coordinate drop-off.

You can donate to Meals4Healers, an initiative to show gratitude to HCPs and support local restaurants, we are piloting a food delivery initiative with house staff who are home in isolation as well as those who are displaced due to COVID-19. One donation of $20 will cover one (1) fixed nutritious meal to these residents. This donation will cover the cost of a fixed meal, delivery, and tip.

Donate Money
-The United Way and the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven have created a Greater New Haven COVID 19 fund taking donations. The United Way is also organizing volunteers, donations and other resources.

The Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection (4-CT) was launched as a non-profit that unites donors with state-wide programs that will help make an immediate impact.

The Griffin Hospital COVID 19 Relief fund will help the hospital react to the pandemic.

Yale New Haven Hospital has a COVID-19 Support Fund that will provide critical support to the hospital during the pandemic.

Woodbridge Rotary has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund. Donate here.

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven has established a COVID-19 Response / Maimonides Fund to meet urgent COVID-19 related needs. Donate here.

Donate Personal Protective Equipment
Griffin Hospital is accepting donations of PPE. Details here.

Yale New Haven Hospital is accepting donations of PPE. Details here.

Donate Time and Skill
The Governor is urging residents to volunteer to help respond to the COVID-19 crisis. While the state already began a campaign seeking out volunteers who have health care experience, the state is also seeking volunteers from the general public who are needed for other services at many different types of providers, such as food banks, deliveries to the elderly, shelters, and more. Sign up here .
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