News from Town Hall

This past Monday we were not able to honor the men and women who sacrificed all and gave service to their country. Every year at the Town's Memorial Day Ceremony we hold a somber service led by veteran Dr. Barry Josephs,which is attended by many of the residents, including folks from our nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This Memorial Day I spent a lot of time thinking about all whose lives have been lost to protect us -- both during previous wars and battles, and those who are currently battling the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

I long for the day when we can all come together again as a community and I truly hope that we can honor our veterans together on Veterans Day in the fall.

There was a true showing of community last weekend at the food drive hosted by Assumption Church. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to donate -- several trunk loads were donated to the Woodbridge Food and Fuel Fund for local relief and the rest went to the Connecticut Food Bank.

This past weekend we reopened our tennis courts and pickleball courts (by permit only -- contact the Recreation Department at 203-389-3446 for a permit). This week a committee of Town staff are working through the logistics of bringing more employees who are currently working from home, back to the office. Additionally, we are thinking of ways to make library books available on a “no contact” program, and increasing virtual programming. I will update you as we move forward. I anticipate that even when we have most staff safely back working in their offices, we will continue to keep the doors closed to the public, except for the few things that cannot be done virtually. I also anticipate board and commission meetings being held virtually for quite a while.

Please remember that if you need services from the Town, you may call departments and they can help you virtually.

As a reminder, please continue to stay home as much as you are able, and only venture out when necessary. Once we begin to open up, please remember to use our Woodbridge businesses and restaurants first, and safely. I have been contacted by many folks who walk our trails in town asking me to remind all walkers, and especially runners, to wear masks at all times when coming within six feet of each other. By doing so you are showing respect for each other, and also protecting your 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.

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


Shop Local

Whether or not your favorite local businesses is open you can still support them!

Many are offering gift cards and other creative ways to stay afloat during these difficult times.

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

Local wellness practitioners are trying to help keep you healthy and happy (or at least less stressed!).

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.
June is Dog License Month

Dog owners are reminded that June is Dog License Month in Connecticut. Due to the pandemic, residents are being 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.

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.

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.



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.

Summer Camp Canceled; Virtual Camp Offered

The Woodbridge Recreation Department is announcing its new virtual summer camp for 2020. Our goal is to provide our children with a safe environment and still receive a fun filled program of events every week. Our virtual summer camp will run 10 am to 12 pm, five days a week, for six weeks, starting on June 22 thru July 31, 2020. We know how much summer camp means to so many, but the challenges of running a safe on-site program are overwhelming in light of COVID-19.

Details will be shared when they are available.
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 Town Programs

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. All currently checked out materials are due June 1. The Library is also offering virtual events.

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.

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 .

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.
 

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.

When we use this service you will receive a call or text from 860-920-3337 and caller ID will say its "potential spam."
Explore the Trails
This section will highlight lesser known trails to help you avoid crowds at the Town's more popular trails. While you're using the trails, please help maintain them! ( See all the trail maps here .) Check out the new Woodbridge Trails Handbook to learn how you can help.

Enjoy an alternate entrance walk in  Alice Newton Street Park  - stewarded by the nonprofit  Woodbridge Park Association  -   by using the Old Mill Rd entrance (between #34 an #40 Old Mill). Walk about 100 yards from Old Mill Rd, take a right on the East Boundary trail and walk north to the northwest corner of the park, and turn left on the Meadow Trail. Follow the Meadow Trail to the Southwest corner of the park and enjoy the varied habitation, stone walls, creeks, and of course, the meadow on your way. To return, keep following the Meadow trail east to the Blue and turn left and return to the East Boundary trail to your point of origin. The trail is mostly easy with only a few more significant gradient changes and rocky stretches. Total length is about 2.5 miles. Parking at the Old Mill Rd entrance is limited. Please respect our neighbors’ property when you park.
Do You Need Help?

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

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
Quinnipiack Valley Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit is made up of medical and non-medical volunteers that work to help our community prepare, respond, and recover from public health emergencies. Medical volunteers have been deployed to staff the Isolation Center in New Haven, COVID-19 testing sites and local nursing homes experiencing staffing shortages. If you are interested in joining the MRC, you can fill out an application found at  www.qvhd.org/qvhd-mrc . We will soon be launching our contact tracing and will be seeking medical professionals and/or medical students to assist with that as well.  

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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