News from Town Hall
Please join me in thanking our first responders -- Police, Fire, EMS and Animal Control Officers -- and the many medical staff who live in Woodbridge. They are all putting their health and their families' health at risk in order to help us. You can help them by staying home as much as possible.

This week I closed our Town playgrounds, athletic fields and tennis courts. We had been monitoring them and discussing the situation with our partners at the State and other municipalities. If you need to get outside, the Fitzgerald property and other trails in Town are still open. Please continue to practice social distancing to keep yourself and others safe. At Fitzgerald (the "cornfields") we are encouraging one-way traffic -- everyone should move towards the right -- in order to minimize interactions.

This week we are also sending out letters regarding the Town budget process which will be different this year in order to comply with Executive Order #7I

The Preliminary Budget Hearing convened to review the preliminary budget will be held online on Monday, April 20, 2020, 7:30PM, using the remote technology platform Webex. Residents and taxpayers are encouraged to participate. Details on how to participate in the meeting will be on the Town website (woodbridgect.org) and will be shared through future emails. Also, the public may submit email comments on the preliminary budget to the Town at  kcrosby@woodbridgect.org  prior to the Preliminary Budget Hearing. In person participation at the Preliminary Budget Hearing will not be permitted. Additionally, the adoption of the July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 Budget will be determined by a vote of the Board of Finance in lieu of convening the Annual Town Meeting.

As a reminder, Town buildings remain closed and most staff are working remotely. Our Police Department is at full staff and both School Resource Officers are working within the department to make sure we can respond quickly and safely to residents during this crisis.

Many services that the Town provides are available online or via phone . Our Town website is a helpful resource for most issues, including information about unemployment, free school lunches and more.

The Town currently has 37 cases and there have been three deaths. My heart goes out to all the families suffering in isolation. Please, please, please stay home to help stop the spread of this disease.



Help Make Masks!

The CDC is now recommending that everyone wear a mask while out in public (in addition to practicing social distancing). You can help by making masks and donating them to The Woodbridge Center for distribution to Woodbridge residents. Or, you can help by donating fabric for the making of masks.

Once masks are ready for distribution we will send out an update.


Sign up for Emergency Alerts

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


Thank you!!!

The Chinese American Community made a major donation of food and supplies to the Town's Food and Fuel Fund.

Two Community Projects

Woodbridge residents are encouraged to participate in two community projects to make people feel connected while being forced to be apart.

Beecher Road School Librarian Larissa Crocco and art teacher Ashley Wagner are asking students and residents to participate in a community building art project: create and display a heart in windows, mailboxes, doors and/or yards so that others could notice the hearts as they take walks or drive through town.

Hearts can be constructed from whatever materials people have at home.

“At a time when we are forced to keep our distance, it is a way for us to come together as a town,” says Crocco.

Several residents suggested to First Selectman Beth Heller that the Town encourage everyone to ring a bell each night from 8 to 8:02 pm. This is “an old English tradition to show solidarity and support for each other,” writes resident Kay Robinson. ”It is a way of connecting all of us in this time of isolation.”

“These residents and their suggestions demonstrate the true spirit of our town -- community, creativity and perseverance,” said Heller. “Please participate in both projects to show your neighbors that they are not alone.”
Tips from the FBI
The FBI is warning families and educators that due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence or be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk. Because of this, the FBI is seeking to help parents, teachers, caregivers, and children understand the dangers of online sexual exploitation and recognize signs of child abuse. 
More information and resources are here.
Do You Need Help?
Finances

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



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

Learn about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act which provides refundable tax credits to businesses with less than 500 employees to cover the cost of providing paid leave for COVID 19 related reasons.

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.



Entertain Yourself
Take a v irtual visit to the Library to see all the things you can do with a Library card. All fines accrued while the Library is closed will be waived.

The Recreation Department is offering online classes. New classes are added frequently so check back often.

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.

Take a Hike! There are more than 35 miles of trail in town. Explore them all!
How You Can Help

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.

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

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

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

Volunteer
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 .

How to Shop Local During the Pandemic

The Town is maintaining a list of businesses open during the pandemic. Some have altered hours, others are offering delivery, curbside pick-up or virtual service. Love your local and see the list here!

If you'd like to add your business to the list contact Betsy Yagla.
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