News from Town Hall
Happy Mother's Day! As the mother of three adult young men and daughter of an almost 95 year old Woodbridge resident I know how hard it is to stay apart from loved ones, especially during these trying times.

For me, the primary responsibility of being a mother means keeping my family healthy and safe. I long for the day when I can hug and kiss my family members and physically demonstrate how much I care. Until then I'm showing my love by staying away. I hope you are doing the same.

Please don't stay away from our local businesses! Many are offering gift cards and other creative ways to stay afloat during these difficult times. Our restaurants are offering to-go meals and our 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 send us an email with your listing details.

According to the latest information I received from Police Chief Frank Cappiello, there have been 26 COVID-19 associated deaths in Woodbridge. We have 110 lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Town.

Please, please, please wear a mask when you are in public whether you're out exercising, taking your trash to the Transfer Station or going grocery shopping. This is to protect yourself and protect others from you. You may be sick and sharing germs while you are asymptomatic.

As the weather improves next week, remember that t rails 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.

Our world looks very different today than it did just a few months ago, but we are all working together to fight this insidious disease. 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!


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.


Transfer Station Open!

Please wear a mask when using the Transfer Station.

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 states 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.

Share the Road!

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.
Rid Litter Weekend

Rid Litter Day is normally held in late April near Earth Day and this year it would have been held on Sustainable Day which was slated for May 2.

Instead, please help clean up the Town's streets while you're out on a walk during the weekend of May 15-17. You can bring the bag to the Transfer Station or leave a bag of litter on a street corner to be picked up by the Public Works crew the following week. If you prefer to leave it on the road, please let us know where it is !

Intergenerational Letter Writing

The Woodbridge Center, in conjunction with Woodbridge Youth Services, is hosting 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.

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.

When we use this service you will receive a call or text from 860-920-3337 and caller ID will say its "potential spam." The State is aware of this issue and is working to fix it.
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.

Pine Hills Trail  is a Regional Water Authority recreation area . Permits are required to access all nine recreation areas in the RWA's 13-town region. The Pine Hills Trail system has four trails and can be accessed from Rimmon Road (Route 313) just over the Town border in Seymour. Heading into Seymour, the parking lot is on the right. It may also be accessed in Woodbridge at the end of Hemlock Hollow Road. The trail system has stone walls, streams, a peat swamp, rocky outcrops and erratic boulders.
Swimming, biking, horseback riding and dogs are prohibited at this trail.
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. Offerings include T’ai Chi, Yoga Ninjas for Kids, Piano, Voice lessons, Hip Hop and more.


Visit the Town's online calenda r for a listing of upcoming virtual events (including a bubbles and comedy show for kids on Saturday; story time on Monday; vinyassa yoga on Tuesday; sit and stretch on Tuesday; a decluttering workshop on Wednesday, a social security workshop on Thursday and arts and crafts on Friday). 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.

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
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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