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Election 2015 | Candidate Bios & Profiles

Town of Woodbridge, CT 2015 Election Candidate Profiles

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Dollars & Sense: “Cyber Crimes”

By Roberta L Nestor It almost seems inevitable that at some point you or someone you know will experience the darkness of the internet. As each year goes by, more of us are becoming victims of identity theft. Identity theft now comes in many forms from financial to criminal and then from medical to synthetic. …

Happenings At The Woodbridge Center 6/29/18

New Services! New Meetinghouse Café opens July 1 Ever in the Center of town looking for a quick and delicious bite?  Look no further than the new Meetinghouse Café located at 4 Meetinghouse Lane on the lower level.  The café is open from 8 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday and has everything from …

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven’s ‘A Taste of Honey’ Event Attracts More Than 200 People

The 20th Annual “A Taste of Honey” event, presented by the Jewish Federation, the JCC of Greater New Haven, and the Jewish Foundation hosted more than 200 people on Saturday evening, January 30th. The event, sponsored in part by CT Humanities, featured a night of Jewish learning, complete with lectures on a range of political, …

Celebrate Woodbridge With Fallapalooza

This month we celebrate “All Things Woodbridge” with Fallapalooza, a series of fun fall events during the month of October. The celebration kicks off with the Human Services Department’s second annual Living Treasure Awards Dinner on October 2, and ends with a bang at the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Association’s Truck or Treat and Spooktacular Fireworks, …

Help Support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation

Enjoy some these upcoming shows at Square Foot Theatre & support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation at the same time.  Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is offering special “preview night” fundraisers for Jamie’s Foundation.  Your donation is the cost of admission!!! See Annie on Thursday evening, November 30, 2017. Email Kathleen Kilian at kmkcpa@optonline.net …

Dollars & Sense: New Year, New Rules

By Roberta L Nestor What is in store for investors in 2017?  If you take the markets, interest rates and politics out of the equation, it might seem like the same status quo.  Contribution levels to retirement plans did not increase (same maximum limits as 2016); there are no real changes in our tax bracket …

Dining With Susan: Connecticut Food Bank 2016

The holidays are upon us and in the season of giving, I felt it only fitting to devote this profile as I have done for the past nine years to one of my favorite local organizations, Connecticut Food Bank.  This wonderful organization is a non-profit whose mission is to provide nutritious food to people in …

July Events At The Woodbridge Town Library

Summer Hours At The Woodbridge Town Library This is a reminder that the library will be closed on Saturdays during the months of July and August. During these months the library will remain open an extra hour on Fridays, from 10am-6pm, instead of 10am -5pm. Farmers’ Market Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30 June 29- August 31 Stop …

First Selectman Attends Grand Opening of Hollander Spine, Sport and Diagnostics

First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recently attended the grand opening of Hollander Spine, Sport and Diagnostics, a new Woodbridge business. Engaged couple Brian Hollander and Jessica Pappas recently opened the new practice at 21 Hazel Terrace. Prior to meeting each other, they had their own businesses – CORE Chiropractic and Pappas Diagnostics. The new combined holistic …

Woodbridge Youth Services 5/3/19

Sixth Grade Meet and Greet Party Woodbridge and Bethany 6th grade residents only are invited to meet and party together on Friday, May 10 from 6:30—8:30 pm at Amity Middle School-Bethany in the gym at 190 Luke Hill Road.  The DJ will play top hits and get kids moving with awesome challenges and games.  A …

Bethany Boy Scout Competes Eagle Scout Project with Bethany Land Trust

Dominic Rendero, an Eagle Scout candidate with Troup 59, has completed his Eagle Scout project with help from fellow scouts, friends, family members and Bethany Land Trust volunteers. His project, a 34-foot bridge, spans a stream at the entrance to the J.B. Gardner trail in the Russell Swamp area off Sanford Road in Woodbridge that …

Amity Student Kevin Zhao Recognized for STEM Excellence

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Fairfield University held its 21st annual Excellence in Mathematics and Science Awards.  Co-sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, the event recognized 29 juniors from public, private and parochial high schools in Fairfield and New Haven Counties for exceptional aptitude in science and mathematics. Dean of Fairfield’s School of Engineering Bruce Berdanier, …

Southern Regional Auditions for Middle School Band, Choir & Orchestra

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 fifteen students from Amity Middle School in Bethany qualified for the Southern Regional Middle School Band, Choir and Orchestra.  These students played a rigorous audition including scales, and a solo piece.  Judges were music teachers from throughout the state.  Each student received a score rating for their tone, technique, and …

Core Chiropractic & Rehabilitation LLC Has Found A New Location!

As of July of 2016, Core Chiropractic and Rehabilitation is operating out of its new location at 21 Hazel Terrace in Woodbridge CT, a mere ½ mile from the end the ramp of exit 59 off Route 15. The new office space makes it possible to see more patients and more services will be made …

JCC Celebrates Grand Opening

  The Jewish Community Center threw open its doors Sunday, March 18, to celebrate the re-opening of its facility at 360 Amity Road after a devastating fire in December 2016 had closed the building.  Jewish Federation President Norm Ravski welcomed elected officials, friends, donors and volunteers to the ceremony in a tightly packed Café 360.  …

Letter: Town Needs to Live Within Its Budget

To The Editor, Ellen Scalletar recently published a letter in the bulletin commending herself on what a fiscally responsible leader she is. She is certainly entitled to her opinion, but keeping revenues and expenses even only works if you live within a budget, not when you keep raising taxes. My own taxes, over $13000 annually, …

Renovations Continue at Beecher Road School During Summer Break

The last day of school for Beecher Road School students is Friday June 19; the last day for teachers is June 23. On June 24, the entire Beecher Road building facility, including the pool and grounds, will become a construction zone and off limits to the public. Renovation work on the school will begin in …

Innovative Microgrid Built By United Illuminating Will Help Woodbridge Provide Critical Services When Grid Goes Dark

Clean Energy-Fueled Facility Will Power Police, Fire, Shelter Services During Storms, Blackouts and Other Emergencies  Woodbridge First Selectman Beth Heller joined United Illuminating CEO Tony Marone, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee on May 7th to celebrate the commissioning of the town’s innovative new microgrid, which …

Bark Bytes… What are Support/Service Dogs?

Recently, there has been confusion regarding service and support animals and where they are allowed.  Why are the airlines cracking down?  First, because too many people are pretending their pets are service or support animals even when they are not.  Second, according to American Airlines, the number of pets being transported via airplane has risen …

Bethany Volunteer Fire Department & Auxiliary 9th Annual Car, Truck, Bike Show & Garden Tractor Pulls

The Bethany Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting its 9th Annual Car, Truck, Bike Show & Garden Tractor Pulls. All antique cars, trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and big trucks are welcome! The event features people’s choice judging. This event will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 11am-5pm at the Bethany Airport Field, adjacent …

Notable Tree Project Needs Your Help

Do you have a special tree on your property?  If so, there is a group overseeing the Woodbridge Notable Tree Project that would like to know.  Paul DeCoster, a Yale- educated lawyer who practiced for many years in New York before moving to Woodbridge, is devoting his analytical skills and passion for detail to the …

Shoreline Sharks U16 Wins USA Hockey Girls National Championship

The Shoreline Sharks U16 Black (AA) team won the USA Girls Ice Hockey 2018 Tier II National Championship, defeating the Vermont Shamrocks 1-0 in the finals at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA on April 9, 2018.  The Sharks team went undefeated in national play, beating teams from New York, New Jersey, South …

November 2, 2012

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Liberty Bank, Rotary Clubs Raise Over $1 Million To Help Fill Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Liberty Bank’s 60 branch offices and 48 local Rotary Clubs have once again joined forces in an effort to ensure that everyone in Liberty’s service area will be able to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving feast.  Now in its 17th year, the Liberty Bank/Rotary Thanksgiving Dinner Drive raised a record-breaking $1,074,010—enough to ensure there’s enough food …

Amity Middle School In Bethany Character Of The 3rd Quarter Award

Amity Middle School in Bethany has a “Character of the Quarter” awards program.  Each marking period students are recognized for one of four traits:  Accountability, Motivation, Independence, and Trustworthiness.  Students from each team are selected to receive this honor.  The character trait for the 3rd quarter was “Independence.”  The students who recently received the “Character …

‘Mr. Woodbridge Tennis’ Builds A Fan Base

Family is what counts first and foremost for tennis coach Chris Raffone, and the family includes all the young tennis players he has coached over the years, and by extension, their families.  “They call me Mr. Woodbridge Tennis around here,” he said, with a chuckle.  That’s because he has led, coached and helped guide the …

Ansonia Nature Center August Calendar of Events

  Please call to register for all programs 203 736-1053.  Dates and times are subject to change BUTTERFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES – Sunday, August 6, 1 pm Enjoy your Sunday afternoon at the park on our guided hike.  Explore the Redwing Pond and our meadows for these beautiful six-legged, four-winged insects.  The guide will show you …

Ceremony Held to Commemorate Veteran’s Newly Restored Gravestone

Steven Sappo was clearing his backyard on Johnson Road some 15 years ago with the help of his father, John, when the older Sappo called out to him to stop.  He had found a stone with an inscription that triggered his curiosity. He contacted his neighbor, Martha German, who brought in Eastside Cemetery Supt. Todd …

Ansonia Nature Center March 2020 Calendar

To register for all events please call 203 736 1053 MAPLE SUGARING FOR FAMILIES Saturday, March 7, 11 am A very long time ago, the native people of the northeastern part of our country shared their sweet tree know-how with the newcomers from Europe.  Rangers Dawn and Alison present an introduction to making maple syrup …

Obituary: Kathryn Bishop Gartland

Kathryn Bishop Gartland, age 84, of Woodbridge, the beloved wife of 62 years to Howard J. Gartland, entered into rest peacefully on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Connecticut Hospice.  She was born in New Haven on February 21, 1935, daughter of the late Joseph and Edith Stiles Bishop.  Kathy was proudest of her beautiful family …

Letter: Welcome Back To School

Dear Amity Community, It is my pleasure to welcome everyone back as we begin the 2018-19 school year in the Amity Regional School District.  On July 1, 2018, I started as Interim Superintendent of Schools after the resignation of Dr. Charles Dumais who became Executive Director of Cooperative Educational Services and I will continue until …

The First Church of Christ 63rd Annual Strawberry Festival

The First Church of Christ invites all members of the community to join us at 5 Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge for the 63rd Annual Strawberry Festival, Friday, June 8, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m., rain or shine.  This annual event offers food hot off the grill and our delicious strawberry shortcake and musical entertainment. …

Open Registration For OCC Nursery School

Orange Congregational Church Nursery School is now accepting applications for fall 2021.  Our nursery school has served the community for more than 55 years, and is open to all faiths.  Our school day runs from 9-1, with 3-year olds attending twice a week, and 4-year olds three days.  We also offer a five-day program for …

DOT Details Traffic Improvements to Derby Ave. (Route 34)

Representatives from the State’s Department of Transportation presented preliminary road improvement plans to make the Baldwin Road and Route 34 intersection safer to a handful of residents and town officials at an informational meeting last month.  The plan calls for installing new signal lights at the intersection and expanding the north- and south-bound turning lanes. …

Congregation Or Shalom 3/9/19

Weekly Services Minyan Services Sunday 9:00 AM Monday 7:30 AM Thursday 7:30 AM Healing Circle Wednesday 7:30 AM Shabbat Services Friday 7:00 PM Saturday 9:30 PM Coffee and Learn with Rabbi Wainhaus Every Wednesday, (please call the office for schedule) Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus teaches an hour-long class focusing on the ancient texts of our heritage …

From the First Selectman: 6/28/17

As of June 30th I will no longer be your First Selectman – my good friend and colleague Beth Heller starts her two-year term on July 1.  I am delighted to congratulate Beth, the Board of Selectmen and all the new and returning board and commission members and thank them for their service to Woodbridge.  …

First Church of Christ Holds Community Carol Sing

There will be a Community Carol Sing, Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge.  Bring family and friends to join us at the church sanctuary to sing favorite Christmas carols.  A reception will follow in the Parish House.

Youth Services – 10/30/2020

Outdoor Home Alone Class Woodbridge Youth Services recently held a 2-session outdoor Home Alone class for children ages 9 to 12.  Topics included answering the door or phone, internet caution, fire safety, calling 911, and nutritious snacking. Woodbridge Job Bank Seeks Teens Who Want Work The Job Bank in Woodbridge offers occasional jobs to teen …

Amber Alert Registration

  Woodbridge Rotary holds a free, yearly registration for the Amber Alert System at Massaro Farm’s Fall Fun Day. This year 9 volunteers registered 47 children, each receiving a photo ID card with instructions on what to do if a child has gone missing. With your child’s basic physical information and photo in the State …

Statement Re: Poway Synagogue Attack

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) are heartbroken and outraged at another hateful and anti-Semitic attack on the Chabad Synagogue of Poway, California, where one woman was killed and three were injured. This mass shooting, which took place exactly six months after the mass murder of 11 …

Beecher School Honors Veterans

Beecher Road School, on November 11, celebrated the Nation’s veterans with a special ceremony in the school’s South gym.  Community members who have served, as well as relatives of local students who have served were invited to attend, and were greeted with hearty applause from a grateful audience. Unfortunately, since moving the event indoors, the …

Garden Club of Woodbridge Announces Scholarship Winner

This year’s Garden Club of Woodbridge scholarship recipient is Laurella Martin, a Woodbridge resident and 2020 graduate of Amity High School.  Laurella plans on pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies this fall at Dartmouth. A peer tutor, scholar athlete, Relay for Life Captain, church choir member and a CT STEM Fair Stockholm Junior Water Prize …

Welcome to the Woodbridge Gardens for Wildlife Club and Facebook Group!

What is it?  We (Joi Prud’homme and Enrene van Tonder) are excited to announce the newly created Woodbridge Gardens for Wildlife Club and Facebook Group as an ongoing effort to involve our community members in registering town properties and private residences as Certified Wildlife Habitats with the National Wildlife Federation.  It involves many great projects …

Woodbridge Selectman Endorses DeBarba for State Representative

Woodbridge – Woodbridge Selectman, Dwight Rowland, has endorsed Dan DeBarba for State Representative of the 114th district, which includes all of Woodbridge.  Rowland said, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Themis Klarides for many years.  She has done wonderful things for our town and district, but the work is not done yet.  I am …

Shoveling Snow and Low Back Pain

Low back pain has become a top concern lately due to our increased time spent sitting, resulting in increased stress on the spine and reduced core strength.  This sedentary lifestyle makes our spine more vulnerable when performing other tasks such as lifting.  It becomes especially important around this time of year due to heavy snowfall. …

2019 Connecticut National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

Elise Sheehe, an eighth grade student at Amity Middle School in Bethany, is the champion of the school-wide Geography Bee.  Elise was notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Connecticut State Competition.  The contest was held at Central Connecticut State …

Senior Tutors Needed

Experience Corps needs volunteers, age 50+, to tutor reading with young children in participating New Haven, Hamden and East Haven afterschool programs and schools.  Experience Corps volunteers tutor 2+ times/week for an average of 6 hours.  You bring your love of reading and we provide the training – hugs and smiles, too!  Contact Sheila at …

Massaro Farm Events 4/12/19

Beekeeping Workshop: Spring Inspection April 12, 9-10:30am and 11:30am-1pm at Massaro Community Farm (Registration required) In partnership with the Connecticut Beekeeper’s Association.  Come to the Spring Inspection workshop at either time and learn how to inspect your hive at the beginning of the season!  Please bring your own veil.  Veils are available for purchase at …

Woodbridge Recreation Yoga

The Woodbridge Recreation Department announces a new 7-week session beginning Monday, February 1. The 1 ¼ hour classes on Monday at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. will include Yoga for Bone Health, based on a study showing that 12 yoga postures may improve bone strength. The Wednesday 5:30 p.m. class has a special focus on …

Beecher Road School 2020-21 Lunch Program

All sponsors of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP) and Special Milk Programs (SMP) are required to send out a public release at the beginning of the school year. SMP sponsors should only include the free milk Income Eligibility Guidelines and should adapt the wording accordingly. Use the following as a …

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Be Your Own Valentine – Try Yoga

  Woodbridge Recreation offers ongoing Gentle Yoga classes on Mondays 10:30-11:45 and 5:30-6:45 and Wednesdays 10:30-11:45; located in Room 16, Old Center School (between the Library and Town Hall) on Meetinghouse Lane in Woodbridge. Classes are $10 drop-in or $60 for a 7 week session.  No classes March 1, April 10 or 12.  For more …

Trinity Church Summer Worship Service

Trinity Church, 9/3 Summer Worship Service at 9:30am; 9/10 Fall schedule begins with Kick Off Sunday – Sunday School for all ages at 9:10am and Worship Service at 10:30am; 9/17 Join us for a picnic after Worship Service!  RSVP at www.trinityefc.com/picnic2017.  33 Center Road, Woodbridge.  Visit www.trinityefc.com or call 203-387-4711 x10 to learn more.

Discovery to Cure Beverly Levy Walk To Be Held

The fifth annual Discovery to Cure Beverly Levy Walk will be held on September 17, 2017 at the Payne Whitney Gym.  This year the event will be filled with great speakers, music and dance.  WTNH News 8’s Renee Chmiel will host the walk. It will be a great morning for the entire family. Registration begins …

Register for Winter Art Session at Artsplace

You don’t have to be an artist to take classes at Artsplace!  Start the New Year with a new art endeavor, bringing life-long satisfaction.  Artsplace, 1220 Waterbury Road, offers an exciting array of art classes and workshops beginning the week of January 13 thru March 9. View the Artsplace Winter 2020 Schedule online and register …

Swim for Heart 2016

  On Thursday, April 28, 2016 the Beecher Road School sixth grade students participated in their 2nd annual Swim for Heart, which was organized by PE teachers Mr. Anthony Taddei and Mr. Brian Hocking. The students had a goal/challenge of swimming 2016 laps within 25 minutes. The purpose of the event was to have the …

Youth Services: 1/13/17

Documentary & Panel on Opioid Epidemic at Amity Regional High School “Chasing the Dragon” documentary film and a panel to discuss the Opioid Epidemic will be held at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road on January 11th at 6:00 p.m.  Parents and community members are invited to educate themselves about the cycle of addiction. …

Youth Services: 2/8/19

Do You Know An Outstanding Woodbridge Student? Woodbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with First Selectman Beth Heller, is seeking nominations for the First Selectman’s Youth Award.  The annual award, now in its twentieth year, will be presented to a deserving young Woodbridge resident at the Human Services Volunteer Tea on Thursday, April 11, 2019.  Call …

DOT Holds Public Meeting on Tunnel

  The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting addressing the Heroes Tunnel Project on June 7 in the City of New Haven Records Building, 200 Orange Street, Room G2.  An open forum will begin at 6:30 pm followed by a presentation at 7:00 pm.  This DOT project is separate from the short-term …

Beecher Happenings: THE BRIDGE Is in your Mailbox!

Dear Citizens of Woodbridge, By now, you have received a copy of THE BRIDGE in the mail.   It is an honor and privilege to prepare and distribute this annual educational report to the citizens and taxpayers of Woodbridge.  Beecher Road School is proud and excited to update you on the work and success of our …

“Am I tripping, losing balance, getting older or just clumsy?”

Balance issues can be a tricky thing to self assess, until there is a fall that causes injury, or unfortunately more serious conditions such as fractures of ankle or hips.  Balance issues can affect all ages, and often gets ignored in the elderly or just attributed to getting older.   There are several different systems that …

Todd Jokl – Candidate for Woodbridge Board of Education

Todd is running for re-election to the Woodbridge Board of Education, after having been appointed to fill a vacancy last year. He is Dean of the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.  He has been a Woodbridge resident since 2010.  Dr. Jokl began his professional academic career in 2002 as a …

Woodbridge Rotary Club Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

The Woodbridge Rotary Club is planning its 4th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 31st, 6:30-9:30p.m. at the Birchwoods at the Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane, 1027 Racebrook Road, Woodbridge.  The event will feature homemade wine from more than 20 local winemakers serving their finest and light delicious fare provided by …

High School Students Organize Fundraiser

Give A Spit, a club organized by students at Amity High School, is hosting the Woodbridge Be The Match 5K on April 15th, 2017 at the Woodbridge Town Center!  It is held in honor of Nicole Donzello, a Woodbridge resident who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and, after a recurrence this fall, recently received …

Student News 3/30/18

Achievements Eastern Student-Athlete Devin Belenski And The Baseball Team Looking To Retake The Reins Of The LEC Willimantic, CT—After a 2017 campaign marred with injury, the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team is looking to return to championship form.  After a disappointing 21-16 finish this past season, Head Coach Matt LaBranche is hoping this year’s …

Woodbridge Mill Rate Up By 2.6 Percent

The Woodbridge Board of Finance, on March 18, passed a budget proposal for 2022 of $51,566,481.  If approved, it will bring the mill rate to 42.64, which represents a 2.67% increase over this year’s mill rate of 41.53.  For the taxpayers, that would mean the average tax bill for a property assessed at $288,240 would …

From the First Selectman: Wishing You All A Very Happy And Healthy New Year!

As January dawns, our Town’s annual budget setting process for the 2018-2019 fiscal year is in full swing, and we are also mid-way through our current fiscal year that ends June 30th.  This gives us a good vantage point to look back on where we have been, as we also look forward to where we …

Congregation Or Shalom Events 5/4/18

205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477, 203.799.2341, www.orshalomct.org Weekly Services Minyan Services Sunday 9:00 AM Monday 7:30 AM Thursday 7:30 AM Healing Circle Wednesday 7:30 AM Shabbat Services Friday 7:00 PM Saturday 9:30 PM Adult Education Movie:  “RAISE THE ROOF!”  Sunday, April 15, 4pm On Holocaust Memorial Sunday, April 15th, we’ll honor the Jews …

Zoners Get Pushback from Residents on Proposed Revision

The Woodbridge Town Plan and Zoning Commission has agreed to scrap any reference to a T4 zone in the proposed regulation revision after it got increasingly hostile push-back, mainly from residents of lower Woodbridge.  The T4 description was for “urban – mixed use” and would have encouraged a walkable, urban center-type development, with mixed commercial …

Letter: Heller is a Capable, Effective Dedicated Public Servant

Voters itching to resist Donald Trump locally have a low-cost, high impact option in town elections Monday, May 1.  Beth Heller is a capable, effective, dedicated public servant and has been for decades.  Beth Heller’s entire slate of candidates reflects her genuine commitment to what’s best for Woodbridge. Conversely, consider the recent, aggressive record of …

Amity Physical Therapy Warms Up Woodbridge Runners On A Cool Race Day

  At the beginning and end of the Annual Woodridge Road Race, Amity Physical Therapy’s staff was on hand to warm up and cool down the race participants. Both Fun Run youngsters and the 5K adults were treated to complimentary muscle and joint therapy by Amity Physical Therapy professionals. This is the sixth year of …

What A Team!

Holly Hill & Sean “Hart” Shorn As you drive by Holly Hill Childcare & Learning Center, 308 Peck Lane, you can’t help but notice the beautiful, bright red hearts lining the lawn of the center.  Each heart, generously made by Orange resident Sean Hartshorn, is in honor of all our dedicated healthcare workers.  Our students …

From The Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee 11/20/20

Hundreds and hundreds of ballots arrived early: some were delivered by mail, others were dropped off at Town Hall, and literally thousands more ballots were cast in person at the Center Building, when voters turned out on Election Day.  All told, more than 5,900 ballots – from 87.9 percent of the town’s registered voters – …

Help Available for Winter Heating Bills

Families and individuals seeking financial help to off-set their winter heating bills may apply to TEAM for assistance.  Families and individuals may qualify for help if they fall below these income limits:  $33,880.70 for household of one, $44,305.54 for a two person household, $54,730.37 for a three person household, $65,155.00 for a four person household. …

Joe Dey – Candidate for Board of Selectmen

Joe first moved to Woodbridge in 1968 as a 12-year old.  He attended Beecher Road School, Amity Middle School and graduated from Amity Regional High School in 1974.  He earned a BS in Business Administration from UCONN and his JD, cum laude, from Bridgeport School of Law, which is now Quinnipiac University School of Law. …

Amity Middle School Bethany First Marking Period Honor Roll 2016-17

  Criteria for First Honors A- or better in four subjects which meet 5 times per week for at least one semester. B or better in all other subjects which meet 5 times per week for at least one semester. B- or better in subjects which meet fewer than 5 times per week or less …

Letter: Mary Welander for House – Derby, Orange, Woodbridge

Mary Welander is running for State Representative for the 114th District which serves Derby, Orange and Woodbridge.  Mary brings a commitment to improving the quality of life to all citizens and small businesses of these communities.  As a member of the Orange Board of Education and Sandy Hook Promise, her commitment to quality education and …

News & Notes from Massaro Community Farm 6/26/20

Special offer:  Friday night take-out made with Massaro produce We’re partnering with local caterers to provide take-home meals on three Friday evenings this summer:  July 17, July 31 and August 14.  The meals come from Seasonal Catering, Small Kitchen Big Taste, and The Farm Belly, all of which specialize in cooking with locally grown seasonal …

AMITY REGIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL – BETHANY Marking Period Four Honor Roll Year 2016-2017 ACADEMIC HONORS

   Criteria for First Honors A- or better in four subjects which meet 5 times per week for at least one semester. B or better in all other subjects which meet 5 times per week for at least one semester. B- or better in subjects which meet fewer than 5 times per week or less …

Fifth Graders Pick A President

Amity Engages Young Guests In Science Experiments   If it was up to the fifth graders in the three Amity towns to choose a president from a pool consisting of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, they would choose Hillary Clinton (39.2%), closely followed by Donald Trump (34.5%) and Bernie Sanders (26.4%). However, they …

Amity School’s Synthetic Field is Approved

The Woodbridge Plan and Zoning Commission earlier this month approved the application by the Amity Regional School District to move forward with construction of a synthetic field stadium and track.  The board attached a condition that the company installing the artificial turf, called Field Turf, guarantee that the products they use not contain a group …

Pat Libero – 14th District State Senator Candidate Profile

Over the past ten years, majority party Democrats has continually increased state spending and your taxes. Despite record tax increases, our state is once again in deficit. In order to create a better future for our families, we must take steps to avoid these never-ending budget crises that harm our economy and force rash, unplanned …

Bridges Healthcare Accepting Kasdan Scholarship Applications

Shaun Mee, Chairman of Bridges Healthcare, Inc. announced that applications are now being accepted for The Barry Kasdan Scholarship for the pursuit of a Graduate or Undergraduate Degree in Human Services.  Eligible applicants must reside in one of the towns located in Bridges’ service region, or be employed or related to a Bridges employee. Criteria …

From the Other Side of the Aisle: 1/10/2020

    Year-end gives us the opportunity to look back on our accomplishments, failures and everything in between.  In the context of Woodbridge politics, 2019 was a combination of all three, and we Republicans appreciate the opportunity to share our views on the topic with our neighbors in this forum with the goals of generating …

Woodbridge Resident Cycles Toward $52 Million Goal In The 2018 Pan-Mass Challenge

On August 4 and 5, one rider, Christi Moore, from Woodbridge will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of topping last year’s record-breaking gift and raising $52 million for critical cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  During PMC weekend, over 6,300 cyclists from 43 states …

Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio Real Estate Welcomes Miguel Pagan

New Haven, CT – Greg Robbins and Rhonda Young-Leu, Managers and Partners of the Branford office, take great pride in welcoming Miguel Pagan to the company.  Miguel has been a full time Realtor since 1998.  Fluent in English and Spanish, he enjoys working with local sellers and buyers and is very familiar with the Hispanic …

Healthy Body/Healthy Mind:  Community Yoga and T’ai-Chi Classes!

It could be one of Woodbridge’s Best Kept Secrets!  You may have seen them outside the central building on Meetinghouse Lane or in Room 16 striking poses or moving in a slow, dance-like manner.  There is a thriving community of Yoga and T’ai-Chi practitioners right in our own backyard. Gentle Yoga is a class for …

NFL Concussion Protocol:  More Important Than Ever For Scholastic Athletes

With National Football League concussions more frequent than ever, the league’s rulings for proper protocol could not have come much sooner.  Protocol carefully monitors, over a period of time, a player’s possible return to the field when concussion symptoms have subsided.  Similar programs apply to all high school and college athletes engaged in contact sports. …

Heronettes Announce May Swimmer Of The Month

The Heronettes Synchronized Swim Team is proud to announce that Natasha vonBeeden has been named Swimmer of the Month for May.  This award, presented monthly throughout the competitive season, honors a swimmer who brings a positive attitude to practice, is a supportive role model for others, and shows outstanding character, work ethic, and sportsmanship.  Currently …

Longtime Town Police Chief, Marcucci to Retire

After spending the first six decades of his life in Woodbridge, Police Chief Eugene Marcucci — known to many simply as Gene — is ready to move south. The chief is retiring at the beginning of the New Year. His last day on the job will be January 4. “I’ll be retiring to Florida,” he …

Bulletin Board 9/30/16

Please Note: If you have an event for the Bulletin Board, please send it alsong no matter how far in advance it is. We will include it in the appropriate issue(s) until the event has taken place. Boy Scout Troop 63, meetings Monday nights 7:00pm-8:30pm, Our Lady of the Assumption “Mother” Church, 1700 Litchfield Turnpike …

Local Resident Wins International Pageant Title

After winning the title of Royal International Miss Connecticut Princess in October of 2019, Gabriella Durso, a 3rd grade student at Beecher Road School, earned the right to compete in the international spotlight.  After competing in the week-long Royal International Miss Scholarship Pageant in Orlando, Florida, Gabriella claimed the title and was crowned Royal International …

Orange Congregational Church November/December Schedule

Orange Congregational Church, located at 205 Meeting House Lane, welcomes you to join us for our upcoming holiday services.  On Sunday, November 19th we will have regular worship services at 8 a.m. in the Chapel and 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary followed by fellowship hour with coffee and snacks. An Open House for Ten Thousand …

Rep. Klarides Interviewed at Amity High School for Women’s History Month Event

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides participated in a special Women’s History Month Meet the Leaders event at Amity High School on Tuesday, April 3rd. The event was hosted by David Smith of Altice USA and gave students the opportunity to engage in dialogue about the significance of women in history, leadership and public service. Rep. …

John Vultee – Candidate for Woodbridge Board of Education

Small business owner, builder and general contractor, Woodbridge Board of Education candidate John Vultee will bring the creativity, resilience, and tireless work ethic to the Board. John owns Stratford-based Vultee Construction Corporation, which was founded by his father in 1984. A Woodbridge resident since 2009, John is happy to have two feet planted on ‘terra …

From the First Selectman July 31, 2020

Summer is certainly moving along quickly!  Town Hall, although still closed to the public, continues to provide excellent service to folks from a distance, keeping both residents and staff safe.  Human Services, the Library and Recreation have teamed up to provide socially distanced outdoor programming underneath tents on the Library lawn.  Details can be found …

Mary Welander Endorsed By Working Families Party, American Federation Of Teachers, And More

Mary Welander has received several new endorsements in her campaign to become the next State Representative in the 114th Assembly District (which includes the towns of Derby, Orange, and Woodbridge).  The following groups and organizations have announced their support for Welander: AFL-CIO; American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Connecticut; CSEA SEIU Local 2001; CT Against Gun …

Letter: Orange Country Fair Postponed until 2021

While the State of Connecticut slowly reopens for business, the Orange Country Fair Committee is officially announcing that we will be postponing the Orange Country Fair slated to be held on September 18 – 20, 2020 to September 17 – 19, 2021. The Fair Committee is saddened that we will not be able to put …

From the Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee – April 2021

Woodbridge Democrats assembled an extraordinary slate of highly qualified, experienced candidates this spring, ready to guide the town through a measured reopening from this year’s disruptive pandemic, and ready to lead the town’s resurgence thereafter. Profiles of some candidates appeared in the most recent edition of this paper; those are now available at the WDTC …

Three Woodbridge Residents Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists At Hopkins

Hopkins School, an independent school in New Haven, has 19 students who were named National Merit Semifinalists for 2018.  The 19 Hopkins students were the most students from one Connecticut public or private school. National Merit scholarship semifinalists include the top 1 percent of highest-scoring seniors on the PSAT exam for each state, in proportion …

EDC Announces Woodbridge Bucks

The Woodbridge Economic Development Commission (EDC) is proud to announce “Woodbridge Bucks.”  The program is designed to encourage residents to shop, dine and try Woodbridge and to support local businesses. This February, the EDC will hold weekly drawings to give out hundreds in Woodbridge Bucks to be spent locally.  Woodbridge Bucks may be spent at …

December 14, 2012

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Woodbridge Resident Creates Orchard & Shrub Garden

Woodbridge resident Dr. Chris Loscalzo loves birds. He loves birds so much that, while talking outdoors, he constantly interrupts himself to identify birds by song and by sight. His hobby is bird watching and for the Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count, Dr. Loscalzo and other birders visit the Woodbridge Community Gardens to begin the …

Themis Klarides – 114th District State Representative Candidate Profile

House Republican Leader State Rep. Themis Klarides Running for the 114th House District Representing Derby, Orange and Woodbridge State Rep. Themis Klarides is completing her first term as Leader of the House Republican caucus, the first female to hold the GOP position. She was first elected in 1998 and is now in her 18th year …

Ebola Information From Your Local Health Department

Ebola has been forefront in the media for several weeks and will most likely continue to cause a flurry of news activity through the new year. Media reporting can be quite accurate, but sometimes the manner in which information is presented coupled with the unknowns of a situation, worry and fear can grow among residents. …

Orange, Woodbridge Girl Scouts Honored with Gold Award

Helen Ruckes of Orange and Julia Tomei of Woodbridge have received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, the Girl Scout Gold Award requires Girl Scouts grades nine through 12 to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs …

Red Cross Has Need for Type O Negative Blood

Type O Negative is Often Needed in Trauma Situations The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7 percent of the …

Job Posting: Senior Center Director – Full-Time

Director will administer multiservice programs designed to promote intellectual, social and physical well-being of those 60 years of age and older.  Qualifications include two years of experience in the field of Human Services, with excellence in communication, administration and planning.  Degree in Social Work, Social Services, Gerontology, Counseling, Psychology or related field.  Send resume by …

Wine Talk: The Rise Of Rosé

  Suddenly it is ok to drink pink!  Americans are rediscovering Rosé wines and they seem more and more popular every day.  What are they?  What are they made of?  Which ones are the good ones?  These are all common emails I am receiving every day.  When a wine isn’t quite red, it’s rosé.  Technically …

Woodbridge Youth Services For Middle School Students

9/21/18-Back To School Blowout Woodbridge Youth Services and the Town of Bethany will sponsor the Blowout for resident seventh and eighth graders on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm at Amity Middle School-Bethany at 190 Luke Hill Road.  The event costs $5 for no-skill-needed fun.  Kids will dance with our DJ, challenge friends in crazy …

Chris Lovejoy Receives Coldwell Banker® International Diamond Society Award

Christine Lovejoy of Woodbridge, a sales associate affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Woodbridge, has been recognized with the Coldwell Banker® International Diamond Society award. This distinguished honor is awarded to the top 12 percent of approximately 85,000 Coldwell Banker®-affiliated sales associates worldwide. In addition, Lovejoy received Connecticut Magazine’s 5 Star Agent …

International Festival

Building community and celebrating diversity are key aspects of the mission of the JCC, an organization powered by Jewish values and open to all. JCC’s 3rd Annual International Festival was celebrated on October 21, with groups representing Israel, Syria, Sudan, China, Mexico, Australia, Jamaica, Afghanistan, and Republic of the Congo.  Activities included story time with …

Yale University: Not On Our Golf Course

The Redan Reserve proposal for a destination golf resort on the property of the Yale Golf Course is off the table.  The proposal, introduced to townspeople last summer by New York developer Roland Betts, would have added the Country Club of Woodbridge as a second 18-hole golf course.  “The University had other priorities at this …

Winners of the Renée B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists

Piano students from across the state recently performed at Neighborhood Music School, as winners of the 39th annual Renée B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists Winners’ Concert. The 2016 Fisher Competition marks a 39-year tradition of nurturing young pianists who live or study in Connecticut. Neighborhood Music School proudly accepted management of the Competition in …

Bulletin Board – 4/8/16

Please Note: If you have an event for the Bulletin Board, please send it along no matter how far in advance it is. We will include it in the appropriate issue(s) until the event has taken place. Boy Scout Troop 63, meetings Monday nights from 7:00 pm – 8:30pm, Our Lady of the Assumption “Mother” …

Woodbridge Town Library Participates in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program

Your library card opens the world to you through books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs. Now let your library card open the doors of Connecticut libraries by participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program from April 1 – May 6, 2016. 124 Connecticut libraries are proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s …

Congregation Or Shalom Events September 2020

Weekly Services All Services are currently through Zoom.  Please call our office. Minyan Services Sunday 9:00 AM Monday 8:30 AM Thursday8:30AM Shabbat Services Friday 7:30 PM Saturday 9:30 PM Zumba Gold at Or Shalom – Via Zoom Congregation Or Shalom announces the continuation of ZUMBA GOLD on Tuesday night at 7 PM.  ZUMBA Gold is …

Horsley Receives Citizen’s Election Program Grant

Valerie Horsley has received a Citizen’s Election Program Grant for her State Senate campaign. She qualified for the grant by raising over $15,300 in contributions from donors, including 300 residents of towns in the 17th District.   She will receive a grant of $39,410 for the primary election. She is the first democrat in the 17th …

Rabbi: ‘Don’t Give Despair A Seat at the Table’

Interfaith Service Emphasizes Hope for Humanity The First Church of Christ in Woodbridge last week opened its doors for people of all faiths to come together and pray for the victims and families of the slain in a church mass shooting in Texas.  The Sunday before, a man had entered a small-town church in Sutherland …

Bulletin Board 11/1/19

Please Note:  If you have an event for the Bulletin Board, please send it along no matter how far in advance it is.  We will include it in the appropriate issue(s) until the event has taken place. Boy Scout Troop 63, meetings Monday nights 7:00pm-8:30pm, Our Lady of the Assumption “Mother” Church, 1700 Litchfield Turnpike …

Dollars & Sense: A Mom’s Financial Wisdom

By Roberta L. Nestor A few years ago TheBeFrugal.com conducted a Mother’s Day Survey to learn more about the affect a mom’s financial advice had on their children.  The online survey (by The Omnibus Company in 2015) targeted 1000 Moms over the age of 18.  It should not come as a surprise that 81% of …

Bulletin Board 5/25/18

Please Note:  If you have an event for the Bulletin Board, please send it alsong no matter how far in advance it is.  We will include it in the appropriate issue(s) until the event has taken place. Boy Scout Troop 63, meetings Monday nights 7:00pm-8:30pm, Our Lady of the Assumption “Mother” Church, 1700 Litchfield Turnpike …

USDA School Nutrition Program

The Woodbridge School District announced today its policy for determining eligibility of children may receive free or reduced-price meals served under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP), or free milk served under the Special Milk Program (SMP). Local school officials have adopted the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Income …

Woodbridge Rotary Provides Dictionaries To 3rd Graders

The Woodbridge Rotary Club provided all 3rd graders at Beecher Road School with a new dictionary on Monday, April 22nd.  The Woodbridge Rotary Club partners with the DictionaryProject.org every year to provide 3rd graders with a dictionary.  Since the implementation of the Dictionary Project in 1995, over 18 million children have received dictionaries. Left to …

Amity Towns Vote For Improvements To Fields, Buildings

Woodbridge Voters Reject Artificial Turf Field Bethany, Woodbridge and Orange residents voted in favor of updating the fields at the high school and — in a separate question — the air handlers and miscellaneous building improvements at the two middle schools for a combined total of $6.7 million.  The referendum on December 4 passed, with …

Beecher Happenings: Welcome To Summer Enrichment & Excitement at Beecher Road School

News from Bob Gilbert, Superintendent of the Woodbridge School District If you are looking for a wonderful summer experience for your children, then you need look no further than Beecher Road School in Woodbridge, Connecticut.  The 2018 Summer Enrichment Program invites incoming K-6 residents, non-residents and recent elementary school graduates to join us for any …

Boy Scout Troop 41 Combats Cold With Busy Schedule

The first quarter of 2018 has been a busy time for Troop 41.  In early January, the troop held its annual Christmas Tree Recycling fundraiser.  This year, the scouts collected over 40 trees from homes throughout Woodbridge.  This marks the highest participation so far.  Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase new equipment …

LOST CAT

Her name is PSOTKA (meaning troublemaker in Polish). She is a female cat, less then a year old, calico breed with a black dot on her nose. She is super friendly and loves to snuggle and sit on your lap. She is spayed and has all her shots. She was last seen on Monday 2/27/17 at Johnson …

Amity Middle School Frank D’Amico Physical Education Award Winners

Each year the Physical Education staff at Amity Middle School in Bethany chooses one 8th grade male student and one 8th grade female student to honor Frank D’Amico.  Frank taught Physical Education for 35 years in the Amity school system.  He coached football, basketball, and track.  He was a great coach and teacher who always …

Eagle Scout Veteran Project Within Woodbridge Town Cemeteries

Boy Scout Troop 907 has been replacing Veterans flags in the Woodbridge cemeteries every year for over 25 years.  As a Scout in the troop, I realized there was a critical need to replace the grave site Veteran flag holders which were either missing or broken.  During the planning phase of my project I had …

Congregation Or Shalom Events 2/7/20

Weekly Services Minyan Services Sunday 9:00 AM Monday 7:30 AM Thursday 7:30 AM Healing Circle Wednesday 7:30 AM Shabbat Services Friday 7:30 PM Saturday 9:30 PM Tuesdays, Social Mah Jongg Looking to learn or play Mah Jogg?  We play on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm.  Call the office if you are interested 203.799.2341. Zumba Gold at …

Do You Know an Outstanding Woodbridge Student?

Woodbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, is seeking nominations for the First Selectman’s Youth Award.  The annual award will be presented to a deserving young Woodbridge resident who has made a significant contribution to a Woodbridge community member, organization, or the Town itself.  The presentation will be made at the Human …

Amity Students Excel at CT-STEM Fair

The Connecticut Science, Technology, and Engineering Fair is held annually in February.  Students from all over CT compete.  This year over 260 projects were judged in five categories.  We are proud to announce that Amity Regional High School students from the Science Research Program took 21 out of 27 places awarded, including winning first place …

Historic House Had Long Family History

Some houses stand out due to their grandeur, or due to architectural style, but one ruin along Litchfield Turnpike stood so tall in spite of its boarded-up windows that it became somewhat of a landmark at the corner of Bradley Road.  Last month, when cold February winds were whipping across the Woodbridge flats, the teeth …

Majority of Amity Parents Plan to Send Their Students to School

A preliminary survey of Amity parents in mid-July showed that some 14% are opposed to sending their students back to school this fall; but 64% responded with an “absolutely yes,” said Amity Supt. Dr. Jennifer Byars.  In all they had 1,500 responses (2,400 students).  She said the result gives them some idea what to expect …

Bailey, Moore, Glazer, Schaefer & Proto Donate To Adopt a Family Program

The employees and partners of Bailey, Moore, Glazer, Schaefer & Proto donated $1,000 to the Woodbridge Human Services Adopt a Family Program.  Gift certificates to Walmart were given to families enhancing their holiday baskets.  From left to right presenting the check from the accounting firm is John Mooney, Frank Proto, Frank Delvecchio, Vincent DeRobertis, Rosemarie …

Orange Community Nursery School to Reopen in Orange with New Location in Woodbridge

When Orange Community Nursery School moves back into its newly renovated space at High Plains Community Center for the next school year, a new location will be opening in Woodbridge.  Last summer, faced with finding a new space to run the school while renovations were underway at the community center, OCNS landed at The First …

Woodbridge Youth Services: 7/27/18

Harlem Wizard – A Big Hit Harlem Wizard, “Smooth”, rocked the whole Woodbridge Summer Camp last week with his basketball moves and interactive show.  Kids were excited to participate in games and activities with a high energy felt throughout the crowd.  Woodbridge Recreation Department and Woodbridge Youth Services sponsored this event. Pictured: Harlem Wizard brings …

Residents Can Now Pay Taxes Online

The Town of Woodbridge is pleased to announce that residents can now use a credit card to pay their tax bills online (woodbridgect.org). Residents may still mail in checks or pay by cash or check in-person. The Tax Collector cannot accept credit card payments in person – only online. Residents who choose to pay with …

Color Fun Run To Return

The Amity Middle School Bethany (AMSB) Parent Teacher Student Organization is planning to hold its Second Annual Color Fun Run (or walk) on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 9:30am.  It is an event for the community, middle school families, faculty, and staff to come together for a fun, healthy activity!  Everyone is invited to enjoy …

Zion Lutheran Church Invites You To Join Us

This year, Wednesday, February 14, is Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of Lent.  This special season of the Christian Church takes its name from the Old English word lencten, “to lengthen,” referring to the lengthening days of spring.  Lent consists of the forty days, plus Sundays, prior to Easter, beginning on Ash …

September 1, 2017

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Wear Red Day

First Selectman Ellen Scalettar and Woodbridge Town employees recently gathered to support the American Heart Day. Town employees wore red to raise awareness to help the American Heart Association support critical research and education for heart disease in women. In addition to wearing red, the Town employees made monetary donations to the American Heart Association.

High Holy Days At Temple Emanuel Of Greater New Haven

The High Holy Days are a time of joy and reflection at Temple Emanuel. The schedule of services and related activities for 2018/5779 is as follows: Sunday, September 9 8 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Oneg after the service Monday, September 10 9:45 am Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service* 10 amRosh Hashanah 1st Day Service Kiddush after …

August 31, 2018

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Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries To St Aedan-St. Brendan School

Woodbridge Rotary Club recently donated Webster dictionaries to 3rd and 4th graders at St Aedan-St. Brendan School in New Haven. Pictured with the students are Cheryl Anastasio, 3rd grade teacher, Toni Boynton, 4th grade teacher,  Rotary President Tony Anastasio and Rotarian Dorothy Martino.

Letter: Be a Good Neighbor – Follow the Law

We live on Fraser Drive and do not own a dog.  Recently, I have found dog poop in several areas on our large front lawn which makes me suspect this dog is roaming without a leash or worse, the owner is using our front lawn as his private dog park.  Be a good neighbor and …

From the First Selectman: 7/29/16

By First Selectman Ellen Scalettar It is tax time and many of you have been coming to Town Hall in person to pay your bills. It is a tribute to our friendly and efficient tax collectors that nearly all residents come in with a smile and a friendly greeting. It is also, of course, a …

Mineral Club to Offer Student Scholarship

The New Haven Mineral Club will be offering a $700.00 scholarship to a student attending a high school in the greater New Haven area, (New Haven, East Haven, North Haven, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Hamden, Orange, Woodbridge, Bethany, Milford, Stratford, Derby, Ansonia, Shelton, Seymour, West Haven). This scholarship is designed to assist a student that …

Numbers Of Infections Trending Down, But Town Is Cautious About Reopening

The number of Covid 19 infections in Woodbridge has dropped significantly in June, according to Police Chief Frank Cappiello.  “We have a total of 129 COVID-19 positive cases thus far and 32 associated deaths as of [June 19],” he wrote in an e-mail.  “The majority of the these are from our three extended care facilities …

Amity High School Class of 1966 50th Reunion

Amity High School class of 1966 50th reunion will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 6-11 p.m., at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, 1074 South Colony Road, Wallingford. The evening will include a buffet dinner, open bar, and dancing to a DJ for $75. There will be an informal gathering on Friday, October 14, beginning …

Youth Services 2/7/20

Eighth Grade Only Mardi Gras Party at Amity High School Eighth grade residents from Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge are invited to a Mardi Gras Party at Amity High School on February 21st in the cafeteria from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Snow date is 2/28.  Fee of $5; offers DJ, Best Hat Contest, selfie station, pizza …

The Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society Want to Hear from You!

Now is the time to Write It Down.  Your history is Woodbridge’s history too, so please share it. 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, so they can be shared not just now amongst our neighbors and friends …

From the First Selectman: 10/30/2020

Veteran’s Day Ceremony Due to COVID-19, we are NOT gathering for our annual Veteran’s Day ceremony this year.  This somber ceremony, organized by local veteran Dr. Barry Josephs, is an important reminder of the sacrifice’s veterans have made for our country.  Veteran’s Day is an important day when we pause to honor the men and …

NFL Concussion Protocol:  More Important Than Ever for Scholastic Athletes

  With National Football League concussions more frequent than ever, the league’s rulings for proper protocol could not have come much sooner.  Protocol carefully monitors, over a period of time, a player’s possible return to the field when concussion symptoms have subsided.  Similar programs apply to all high school and college athletes engaged in contact …

Real Living Wareck D’ostilio Real Estate Welcomes Stephanie Rank

Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio Real Estate proudly welcomes REALTOR Stephanie Rank to the team.  A native of New Haven’s East Rock area, Stephanie is a seasoned REALTOR with a thorough knowledge of Greater New Haven and the Shoreline area.  She has a special love of New Haven’s beautifully constructed vintage and antique homes around Yale …

August 28, 2015

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AT&T Awards $15,000 Grant to Support Woodbridge Youth Services’ Jobs Programs

The AT&T Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to Woodbridge Youth Services to support the organizations’ career readiness program. Woodbridge Youth Services provides opportunities for local students between the ages of 12 and 18 to develop vital professional skills they will need to succeed both in the classroom and in their adult lives. The organization …

Woodbridge’s Rabbi Shapiro Makes “Most Inspiring” List

  The Forward, a leading newspaper that covers Jewish news, opinion, life and culture, has named Rabbi Rona Shapiro of Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge, one of “Most Inspiring Rabbis” of 2016. Each year, The Forward runs this feature about inspiring Rabbis who make a difference. Congregants from B’nai Jacob responded to an online questionnaire, …

Dining With Susan: Milford Restaurant Week

Milford’s Restaurant week is returning for the 4th year beginning Monday, October 3rd thru Sunday, October 9th 2016. It is presented by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Milford Business Association and Humanitects. In addition, KEY BANK is the Title Sponsor this year. Milford Restaurant Week showcases the many flavors of its friendly, …

October 31, 2014

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Woodbridge Students Awarded Bic Scholarships

Caroline and Matt Burkhart, children of Steve Burkhart, are the recipients of scholarships from BIC Corporation.  The scholarships are awarded annually to children of BIC employees and are based on the students’ scholastic achievements, community service and essay response. Caroline Burkhart is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship.  She is studying Dramatic Arts at Sarah …

Woodbridge Resident Receives Statewide Award

As part of the 39th observance of Materials Manufacturing Week in Connecticut, Robert John Klancko, P.E. of Woodbridge, was presented with the prestigious Connecticut Materials Manufacturing Professional of the Year Award. This award was bestowed by the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the American Society for Materials International on behalf of the materials engineering technical societies …

A Local Hero at Helping Hands

May 31, 2016 started off as a typical day for Darrin Parker and James Kozik, employees of Helping Hands Community Thrift Store & Furniture Bank in Orange, as they went to a local house to pick up donations. The homeowner asked Darrin to do her a favor and throw a table with a glass top …

Woodbridge Land Trust Acquires 11½ Acres on Osborne Lane

The Woodbridge Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has acquired 11½ acres of wetlands and woodlands in the Town of Woodbridge, bordering the Naugatuck State Forest and adjacent to land currently owned by the Trust.  The Woodbridge Land Trust is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization committed to protecting, preserving and conserving Woodbridge’s open spaces. …

Road Scholar Educational Adventures

Do you love to travel, enjoy learning new things, explore interesting places and meet people who share a love of adventure?  Learn about Road Scholar – America’s first and the world’s largest educational travel organization for adults.  We offer more than 5,500 programs each year in all 50 states and 150 countries worldwide.  This presentation …

Student News 12/14/18

Honor Roll Notre Dame High School Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT has named the following Woodbridge students to its Quarter 1 Honor Roll:  First Honors:  Class of 2019, Hengtian (Richard) Mu, Yixuan (Jason) Xiang; Class of 2020, Jacob Dziczkowski; and Class of 2022,: Max Raffin.  Second Honors:  Class of 2019, Zelong (Zack) …

Dollars & Sense: Summer Reads

By Roberta L. Nestor Reading about money and finance does not have to be boring!  The selection below is a combination of unique reads that you might find informative, fun and some worthy of a page turner at the beach this summer. “You’re Only Old Once!  A Book for Obsolete Children”, by Dr. Seuss The …

Woodbridge Residents Saving In Drug Costs Through The CCM Discount Prescription Drug Card Program

The Town of Woodbridge, through its membership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), the statewide association of towns and cities, has already saved Woodbridge residents almost $25,000 in prescription costs since joining CCM’s Discount Prescription Drug Card Program in November 2013.  That represents a 55 percent savings over what Woodbridge’s residents would have paid …

State Seeks Public Input for Tunnel Project

  The state is still in the process of gathering information and weighing different options to come up with a solution for the ageing West Rock tunnel, that is what engineers and project managers told the audience at a “scoping meeting” September 22 in the Woodbridge Senior Center. The purpose of the project is to …

Orange Congregational Church Easter Week Schedule

United Church of Christ/205 Meeting House Lane Holy Week schedule for 2016: Maundy Thursday March 24, 7:00 p.m. Service of Communion & Tenebrae “A Service of Darkness” as composed by Dale Wood 7 choral meditations on the Last Words of Christ Good Friday March 25, 7:00 p.m. Worship in Sanctuary Easter Sunday March 27, Festival …

From Across the Aisle: So, What Exactly Are We Doing Here?

Activity, or lack thereof, with respect to some town services has highlighted two issues:  what is the ”state of the town” since public buildings were shut down in March, and what are the plans going forward – especially when the weather no longer cooperates? In the category of “or lack thereof,” consider the reduced hours …

Beecher Happenings

Dear Citizens of Woodbridge, Beecher Road School is a Professional Learning Community that strives to maximize the learning and success of each child as we prepare them for the future.  Student learning is, of course, dependent on the continuous learning afforded to our teachers. The following highlights will provide a view into some of the …

Zoom Environmental School a Success in Connecticut

On September 22-23, 2020, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., presented NGC Environmental School 3 – Air and Related Issues, in a virtual format, for the first time.  The course was originally scheduled to be held at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby.  In March, the team structuring the course had to pivot to …

Student News 6/29/18

Dean’s/President’s Lists Eastern Full-Time Students Named To Spring 2018 Dean’s List Willimantic, CT—Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its spring 2018 semester Dean’s List for full-time students.  Those from Woodbridge are:  Jessica Ahern ‘19, major is Psychology and Devin Belenski ‘18, major is Sport & Leisure Management.  In order to be named to the Dean’s …

First Lutheran Church Breakfast With Santa

Thanks to everyone who came out to First Lutheran Church’s first annual Breakfast with Santa that took place on Saturday, December 15th.  The proceeds from the event will be used to help our outreach ministries.  Phil Krakowiak, Pastor of First Lutheran Church said, “It was a great pleasure to be able to do something for …

Chabad of Orange/Woodbridge To Host Community Seder

Join Chabad of Orange/Woodbridge for a community seder on the first night of Passover, Friday April 19, 7:15 pm at 261 Derby Avenue, Orange.  Spend the holiday together with friends and great company, while enjoying a delicious dinner with shmurah matzah.  The cost for the evening is $36 for adults and $12 for children under …

From the First Selectman: Early Autumn in Woodbridge

The Selectmen received updates on several ongoing issues and projects at our September 12th Board of Selectmen meeting. Further information on these and other issues are available at our Town website: woodbridgect.org. As always please let me know if you have ideas or thoughts you would like to share with me. Fiscal Health Analysis The …

From Another Point Of View: 2/9/2018

The First Selectman recently mailed to your household a survey seeking your opinion on possible future uses of the Country Club of Woodbridge property.  While, of course, it is important to understand public opinion, I am concerned that this survey oversimplifies the subject to the point where its results will prove of little use in …

From the First Selectman – March 2021

This month marks the one-year anniversary since COVID-19 changed our world and our Town.  These are difficult and lonely times, but they are also hopeful.  Woodbridge is among the municipalities with the most residents having received a first vaccine shot.  As of this writing, we are in fact the third highest in the State of …

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Student News: 12/11/20

Achievements Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT – Fourteen student athletes competed in the inaugural season of the men’s golf team at Eastern Connecticut State University this fall 2020 semester.  Among the student athletes is junior John Ahern of Woodbridge, who majors in Physical Education. After a 38-year hiatus, men’s golf returned to Eastern this …

Stirling & Leake Complete Coldwell Banker University’s Smart Home Technology Education Course

  April Stirling and Catherine Leake, independent sales associates affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Woodbridge, announced their completion of the Smart Home Technology Education Course offered by Coldwell Banker University. Developed by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC and CEDIA, the global trade association for the home technology market, the course is offered exclusively …

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Youth Program Coordinator – Part Time Develop and implement Youth Programs (occasional evening, in-school and after-school programs).  15 – 19 hours per week for 40 weeks/school year.  $16.95/hour. Responsibilities include program planning, hiring, supervision, volunteer recruitment, publicity, purchasing, and timely reporting.  Computer, organization, communication and excellent inter-personal skills required.  Some physical/lifting abilities and occasional use …

Orange Congregational Church Services

Orange Congregational Church at 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange, CT 06477, 203-795-9749, invites you to come to one of our two weekly Sunday Worship Services at 8 a.m. in the Chapel or 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Every Sunday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. there is a child-care experienced Crib Room Attendant for all birth to Pre-K …

From the First Selectman: End of Summer Update

As the summer comes to an end, I would like to update you on several activities and initiatives.  I continue to welcome your input and ask you to get in touch should you have questions or ideas you would like to share on these or other topics. Sustainability and Clean Energy Of concern to all …

Beecher Community Commemorates One Of Its Own

The Woodbridge Board of Education last month kept a moment of silence in honor of a recent graduate, who had passed away just a few days prior.  Logan Pierce Testa died Friday, September 14, 2018 of a brain tumor.  He was 12 years old. Logan had graduated from the elementary school in June and just …

Prom Season is Upon Us

Dear Editor, With prom and graduation season upon us, it’s a natural time for us as parents to talk with our children about making smart choices, including avoiding peer pressure to drink underage. We can have a big impact on our children’s decisions regarding drinking, and it all starts with a conversation. Dichello Distributors, Inc. …

Historical Society and Town Move Forward

The removal of dead trees and overgrowth that is about to be performed at the Darling House property may be emblematic for the re-established working relationship between the town and the Amity Woodbridge Historical Society (AWHS).  “We are turning a corner with the town,” said AWHS president Alexia Belperron.  After several months of communication breakdowns, …

Massaro Lays Out Plans for New Year of Planting and Programming

Happy New Year from the staff at Massaro Community Farm!  While frigid temperatures give the appearance of no activity at the farm, rest assured there is still plenty going on.  Read a full summary of 2020 accomplishments, including the 8,500 pounds of produce we donated to hunger relief, in our Annual Report available on our …

Temple Beth Sholom Announces 75th Anniversary with a Year-Long Celebration

In Fall 2021, Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) is celebrating its 75th Anniversary.  Temple Beth Sholom will have a year-long celebration of a wide variety of events beginning in January.  Programming includes Friday Night Shabbat services to recognize congregants who joined during each decade, a special recognition of past Temple presidents, and much more.  It will …

Brookside Development Receives Best Green Energy-Efficient Awards

Brookside Development of Woodbridge has been recognized and selected to receive two 2016 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Awards from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut (HBRA) for its development at Singer Village in Derby, Connecticut.  The HBRA of Connecticut HOBI Awards are the most prestigious awards presented in Connecticut for excellence in design, …

The Woodbridge Center Events 11/1/19

Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series The Woodbridge Center’s Breakfast at 10 Lecture Series continues with a new name and new topics this fall.  November’s topic will be Home Energy Conservation and Understanding Your Bill presented by United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas Co. 11/20 at 6 pm at the Woodbridge Library. The …

Woodbridge Center 2/7/20

The Woodbridge Center provides a program of health, recreational, educational, and social activities for residents 55 years of age and older.  The Center offers a luncheon program as well as a transportation program.  Call us to find out more or sign up to receive our newsletter by mail or email.  Please contact us at 203-389-3430 …

From Another Point Of View: 3/10/17

By Selectman Maria Cruz Kayne This year’s budget process will soon come to a close.  Last week, the Board of Selectmen voted 5-1 to recommend a budget with just under a 3% increase to the Board of Finance.  I cast the lone “no” vote. Why did I vote no?  This budget would increase our mill …

Retired Judge Jane B. Emons Joins Cohen & Wolf, P.C.

Cohen and Wolf, P.C., a full-service law firm with four offices in Fairfield and New Haven counties, is pleased to announce that Judge Jane B. Emons (ret.) has become Of Counsel to the firm.  Judge Emons was appointed as a Superior Court Judge by Governor Jodi Rell in 2010.  She retired in June 2018.  During …

Ansonia Nature Center Calendar of Events

August CHRIS ROWLANDS: Puppeteer and Singer – Friday, August 2, 7 pm Chris Rowlands is an award-winning singer and songwriter who offers an interactive kid-friendly presentation for those who love music and nature.  He creatively blends music, comedy, and education in a fast-paced show that teaches and inspires.  Chris brings animals to life through song, …

October 4, 2019

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Letter: Welcome Dr. Gilbert

Dear Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Robert Gilbert, Welcome to Woodbridge! I look forward to seeing what new leadership can do for Beecher Road School at a time when a fresh perspective and innovation is needed for our children’s success. As a resident, parent of 2 young children and a professional in Education myself, I’m wondering …

Mindfulness For Teens

Abundant screen time, busy schedules, many interruptions, lack of outside time; these and more might be contributing to a rise in your teen’s challenges with their physical, mental & emotional health.  Multiple studies and experts reveal that learning Mindfulness techniques greatly improves the quality of life for teens, and supplies them with much needed healthy …

2020 Orange Little League Challenger Division Seeks Athletes for Spring Season

Orange Little League is excited to announce registration for the 2020 Little League Challenger Baseball program.  The Challenger Division of Little League is focused on encouraging students ages 4-18 with intellectual, developmental and physical challenges to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to various abilities. More than the …

Ferraro Unanimously Endorsed for Third Term 

On Wednesday evening, May 16, at the historic Hitchcock Hose Company Fire House, Orange Board of Education member Mary Welander was unanimously endorsed as the democratic candidate for State Representative for the 114th District.  The 114th District encompasses parts of Orange, Derby and the Town of Woodbridge. “I am running because I believe our district …

13th Annual Kristallnacht Community Commemoration

On August 9th, 1940, a ship called the S.S. Quanza left Portugal, filled with Jewish refugees frantically trying to escape Nazi-occupied Europe.  The ship docked at Vera Cruz, Mexico, where their visas indicated that they would be allowed to land.  The Mexican authorities, however, questioned the validity of the visas of 86 of the refugees …

May 4, 2018

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Beecher School Renovation Culminates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  With public representatives, builders, parents, teachers and more than 800 students in attendance, the Beecher Road School community on May 31 celebrated with a ribbon cutting the closure to its two-year renovation project, which overhauled the building’s envelope and its heating, cooling and air handling systems. “This ribbon cutting marks the end of just …

Woodbridge Senior Center: 7/1/16

  Tai Ji Qua Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) is a balance training regimen designed for older adults to improve strength, balance, mobility and daily functioning , and prevent falls in older adults and individuals with balance disorders. The primary focus is on older adults and people with a history of falls, balance disorders, leg …

Sunday Soul Service Brunch

What do you get when you combine a lively praise band with a hearty brunch and friendly people?  You get a totally unique worship experience that is perfect for folks of different ages and backgrounds.  The ‘Soul Service’ is the creation of three different churches who came together in the hopes of reaching folks for …

Virtual Events At Temple Emanuel

Stay connected with our community.  Keep your physical distance while maintaining your social connections.  Check out the on-line options at Temple Emanuel: Friday nights at 7:30 – virtual Kabbalat Shabbat; Saturday mornings at 10:00 – virtual Torah Study; Thursday night, April 9 at 6:30 – join our virtual second night seder! Details about these events …

School Board Appoints New Superintendent

At a special meeting on November 11th, the Woodbridge Board of Education unanimously appointed Dr. Jonathan Budd as the next school superintendent of the Woodbridge School District.  Dr. Budd currently serves as assistant superintendent in Trumbull, a K-12 district.  He will officially start in his new position on December 14. “The depth and breadth of …

Shoveling Snow & Low Back Pain

Low back pain has become a top concern lately due to our increased time spent sitting, resulting in increased stress on the spine and reduced core strength.  This sedentary lifestyle makes our spine more vulnerable when performing other tasks such as lifting.  It becomes especially important around this time of year due to heavy snowfall. …

Candidate Profile: Scalettar Seeks Second Term

Two years ago, when Ellen Scalettar was thrust into the role of candidate for first selectman due to the unexpected passing of then-First Selectman Ed Sheehy just two weeks before the election. She had no idea of the challenges that lay ahead. The Country Club of Woodbridge was losing money in the hundreds of thousands …

Student News: 5/25/18

Achievements Eastern Student Jessica Ahern Honored At Psychology Honors Night And Induction Ceremony Willimantic, CT—A cohort of high-achieving psychology students from Eastern Connecticut State University were honored at the annual Psychology Honors Night and Psi Chi Induction Ceremony on April 23.  Among the students recognized was Jessica Ahern ‘19 of Woodbridge, who majors in Psychology.  …

Bark Bytes… Exercising With Your Dog

Dogs, like humans, need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them healthy, both physically and mentally.  Since dogs crave human companionship, then who better to choose as your exercise partner than your furry canine friend? Frequent activity positively impacts a dog’s health in many ways, benefiting his muscles, bones, digestion, sleep, circulation, and general attitude. …

Beecher Community Welcomes New Superintendent

  When the buses pulled up at Beecher Road School for the first day of school on Monday, August 29, summer came to an end and things returned to normal in Woodbridge. It’s a new normal, though, given the fact that Robert Gilbert greeted students for the first time in his role as the new …

Selectmen Move Forward with Bond Package

Town leaders are in the process of planning for a number of infrastructure improvements which could be financed through bonding at a time of historically low interest rates. The projects so far include the conversion of the old firehouse into a community center, construction of a storage facility in the back of the current firehouse; …

Surreybrook School Donates Food To Woodbridge Food Pantry

Kathy Consoli and Cheryl Kane along with their staff of Surreybrook School collected food items from families of their students to brighten the holidays of local families.  Woodbridge Human Services gratefully accepts donations in order to offer food to families in need during the holidays and throughout the year. Christina Papa and Megan Kane of …

From the First Selectman: Busy Spring

Many meetings and events have taken place this past month and I am pleased to report some substantial progress to you.  If you were unable to attend our recent Preliminary Budget Hearing on April 23rd, please know that the presentation materials as well as the budget details are available at the Town website:  woodbridgeCT.org. Storm …

Student News

  Achievements Zachary Saxe Participated in the 2016 Game Studio Senior Show at Champlain Burlington, VT—Zachary Saxe of Woodbridge, CT participated in the 2016 Game Studio Senior Show at Champlain College. Game Design, Game Art and Animation, Management of Creative Media, and Game Programming majors were all involved in creating nine different games that were …

Nutmeg Toastmasters to Host Open House

  Nutmeg Toastmasters invites the public to its open house to meet members and learn about the importance of communication skills for today’s professional.  “Our organization provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” says Richard Peck, Club President for Nutmeg Toastmasters. Founded in 1949, …

Bark Bytes… Picking The Right Puppy For Your Household

  Thursday, March 23 is National Puppy Day.  As many of us think about getting a puppy, there are many things to consider. A dog’s age, breed and temperament, combined with your lifestyle and personality, all play an important role in determining what kind of dog is the best fit for you and your family. …

From Another Point of View 9/2/16

By Selectman Maria Cruz Kayne Until very recently, my colleagues and I on the Board of Selectmen (BOS) were repeatedly assured by the First Selectman that the Toll Brothers proposal was the only viable option for the Country Club of Woodbridge (CCW) to emerge from the Town’s search process. At the June 22, 2016 Selectmen’s …

Senior Prom 2017

  Founder and CEO of New England Young Heart, Elaine Marcucio, is hosting the event of the year:  The First Annual Senior Prom!  Elaine has always had a passion for aging adults and helping those in need.  She ran the meal program for Derby Housing Authority and currently runs the meal program at the Woodbridge …

Richard Kayne Recognized for Serving Patients, Alumni, & Students

If you spend enough time on the Yale medical campus, you’ll likely spot Richard Kayne, M.D. ’76, HS ’79, FW ’81.  It might seem he’s everywhere at once.  Clad in a bow tie, the locally-based endocrinologist makes a point of attending nearly every student event:  the Anatomy Service of Gratitude, the Healthcare Hackathon (where he …

Holy Infant Church Women’s Guild

The Holy Infant Church Women’s Guild will hold their next general meeting on Tuesday, October 9th at 6:45 pm in the Guild Hall.  We will be painting Mandala stones. The colorfully dotted patterns are easy to create. Many people use images of mandalas as decoration or as visual aids for meditation or contemplation. Suzanne Anderson …

Letter: Response to Lessons Learned from National Conventions

I don’t think I learned much that was new from the Republican or Democrat national conventions.  Both clearly represented their core values, and, in very different ways, surpassed my expectations.  The larger questions are which party best represents our Republic and will defend our Constitution, the supreme law and framework of our government.  Which party …

High Holy Days at Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven

The High Holy Days are a time of joy and reflection at Temple Emanuel.  The schedule of services and related activities for 2017/5778 is as follows: Wednesday, September 20 8 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah – Oneg after the service; Thursday, September 21 9:45 am Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service* 10 am Rosh Hashanah 1st Day Service …

The First Church of Christ Holy Week Schedule

We invite all members of the community to join us at 5 Meeting House Lane, for the following Holy Week Services being held in the Meeting House except as noted. Palm Sunday Worship Service – April 9, at 10 a.m. Maundy Thursday Service of Tenebrae – April 13, at 7 p.m. Good Friday – Meditation …

Amity Middle School-Bethany Campus Character of the 1st Quarter Award

Amity Middle School in Bethany has a “Character of the Quarter” awards program.  Each marking period students are recognized for one of four traits:  Accountability, Motivation, Independence, and Trustworthiness.  Students from each team are selected to receive this honor.  The character trait for the 1st quarter was “Accountability”.  These students were presented with their awards …

Join Us at Trinity Church

Join us for Sunday School (all ages) at 9:10am and Worship Service at 10:30am.  Sunday mornings at Trinity are a time we gather together to worship God, grow in Christ, and connect with one another.  Come for an intergenerational, relational experience that is built around our core values of Worship, Discipleship, and Community. “Remember Christmas” …

Orange Congregational Church Happenings

Orange Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation, located at 205 Meeting House Lane in Orange.  We invite you to come to our regular weekly Sunday Worship Services at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel and 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  Our later worship service includes a church nursery with a child-care experienced Crib Room …

From the First Selectman – October 2020

Last month the Board of Selectmen agreed to extend the lease with the Amity Woodbridge Historical Society to 2030.  I am happy to report that the Society is also completing the necessary code compliant items at the apartment which will then allow a caretaker to move in.  As you know the Town owns all the …

“Am I Tripping, Losing Balance, Getting Older or Just Clumsy?”

  Balance issues can be a tricky thing to self assess, until there is a fall that causes injury, or unfortunately more serious conditions such as fractures of ankle or hips.  Balance issues can affect all ages, and often gets ignored in the elderly or just attributed to getting older.  There are several different systems …

March 8, 2019

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Local Author Visits Amity Middle School

Renowned author, Jake Halpern, spoke to the students and staff at Amity Middle School in Bethany on Thursday, November 2nd.  Jake recently returned from a trip overseas where he was researching refugee camps.  In addition to writing many Young Adult novels, Jake is also a journalist who cares deeply about sharing stories of refugees from …

Obituary: Anne Marie Pitou Holloway

Former resident of Woodbridge, CT and Sacramento, CA., Anne Marie Pitou Holloway 62, died January 27, 2017 at home in Sacramento, California.  Anne was born November 19, 1954 in Santa Monica, California to Kathryn and John S. Pitou.  Anne graduated from University of California, Hastings College of The Law and later went on to work …

Letter: Thoughts on the OCA in Woodbridge

Dear Editor, After reading our town news correspondent, Bettina Thiel’s report about OCA’s challenges to our town’s zoning, it got me quite upset during this holiday season. OCA applied to build a 4-unit “affordable” complex house on a single septic system; it will certainly cause maintenance problems and risk to the local environment in the …

Chanukah at Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven

Come join the fun and celebrate Shabbat Chanukah at Temple Emanuel.  On Friday, December 15, we will welcome Shabbat with a music-filled service led by Rabbi Michael Farbman and the Temple Emanuel Band.  We will fill the sanctuary with the light of our chanukiot and have a delicious dinner with family and friends.  All are …

Amity Physical Therapy:  The Area’s Unique, New Therapy-Fitness-Wellness Center

Fifteen years ago, Michael Dow MSPT/CEO and Clinical Director, founded Amity Physical Therapy and presaged the area’s first synergistic therapy-fitness-wellness center.  Now the “Fitness/Wellness” Division of his practice, he evolved the concept carefully and methodically.  Always committed to detail and perfection, he developed a holistic approach to both healing and physical fitness that now embraces …

Letter: Dust-Up at the Board of Selectmen

The November meeting of the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen (BOS) was a stark contest between “We the People” and the powers that be.  Town Attorney Jerry Weiner and First Selectman Beth Heller did their best to dodge incoming fire, but they were largely unsuccessful.  At issue was the dispute at the Thomas Darling House, where …

The First Church Of Christ October Special Events

The First Church of Woodbridge is holding the 2nd annual Arts and Music Weekend on October 18-20, in the Meeting House and Parish House at 5 Meeting House Lane.  The weekend will kick off on Friday, the 18th with a Gallery Opening Reception of art works from community artists from 6-7:30 p. m.  The artwork …

Road Race Proceeds Donated The Food & Fuel Fund

Kathy Adamovich (on right) Woodbridge Road Race Coordinator presented a check from the proceeds of the Annual Woodbridge Road Race sponsored by the Woodbridge Recreation Commission to Judi Young, (on left) Senior Services Social Worker to benefit the Town of Woodbridge Food & Fuel Fund.  The fund is administered by Woodbridge Human Services and provides …

December Events at the Woodbridge Town Library

Friends of the Library Holiday Open House Saturday, December 12 from 11am-4pm Join the Friends of the Library for a great day of holiday shopping and refreshments in the new Bookstore Alley on the mezzanine level of the library. There will be great holiday deals and gift options to choose from! Healthy Holiday Hors D’oeuvres …

Woodbridge Center: 6/28/17

From the Director – Jeanette Glicksman With the onset of higher temperatures be mindful of the elderly, the very young, and people with chronic health problems who are most at risk during a heat wave.  The Woodbridge Center offers an air conditioned setting to cool off for residents in need.  The Center is open Monday …

Woodbridge Center Happenings 7/27/18

Save the Date!  Living Treasure Awards Dinner October 3, 2018 Woodbridge Human Services will host the Living Treasure Award Ceremony and Dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.—at the Center building.  Nominations will be accepted until August 10th.  Nomination forms may be found at The Woodbridge Center, at Woodbridge Human Services or can be downloaded from …

Woodbridge Democrats To Open Amity Road HQ; Invite Community Members To Campaign Event

The campaign committee working toward the re-election of First Selectman Beth Heller, after a recent, successful kickoff event, has opened its official headquarters ahead of this year’s municipal election, scheduled to be held Monday, May 6.  To celebrate, First Selectman Heller and her team of candidates will welcome community members Saturday morning, April 13, to …

West River Greenway: Where The Trail Begins

The West River Watershed Coalition Presents A Walking Tour the Greenway Trail Where River & Harbor Meet Explore both sides of the river as it empties into the Long Island Sound, in West Haven and New Haven.  Meet at Lorenzo’s Restaurant parking lot, 39 Elm Street, West Haven Sunday, September 8 at 1:00 pm for …

Neil’s Wheels Food Truck Rolls In!

Beginning this month, Neil’s Wheels Mobile Kitchen will be rolling into Greater New Haven.  As an off-shoot of Abel Caterers of Woodbridge, Neil’s Wheels has the ability to customize the menu for any event.  Although specializing in thin-crust pizza, Neil’s Wheels can offer a variety of food items such as Falafel and Mediterranean fare, Fried …

Bulletin Board 2/8/19

Please Note:  If you have an event for the Bulletin Board, please send it along no matter how far in advance it is.  We will include it in the appropriate issue(s) until the event has taken place. Boy Scout Troop 63, meetings Monday nights 7:00pm-8:30pm, Our Lady of the Assumption “Mother” Church, 1700 Litchfield Turnpike …

March 9, 2018

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Woodbridge Resident Recognized at State-Wide Dinner

Woodbridge resident, Kathleen Hunter, was recognized on June 15th by the Partnership for Strong Communities for her efforts in addressing and raising awareness to end homelessness.  Hunter was awarded the Diane Randall Leadership Award by the state-wide policy and advocacy organization at its annual Reaching Home Celebration dinner in Cromwell.  The Reaching Home dinner celebrates …

From the Pros at Amity Gardens: Amity Gardens’ “Annuals Report”

Finally, with the promise of long awaited warm weather, this is the time to get those flowers and veggies out of their pots and plastic six packs and into some fertile, warmer garden soil. Amity Gardens recommends well-tilled soil with a raked in fertilizer content of 5-10-5 (nitrogen, phosphate, potassium) for most annuals and vegetables. …

Three Year Old “Tees Off For Turkeys”

  On Saturday, October 8, the 17th Annual Tee Off for Turkeys tournament was held at the Orchards Golf Course in Milford. This tournament raises funds for Thanksgiving meals for families less fortunate. Pictured are father Steve Tamagni and his 3 year old son Oliver Tamagni, who played all 9 holes and had a great …

Massaro Community Farm Plants Hundreds of Pollinator Plants – Plus, What’s Coming Up At The Farm

On July 10, CT Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and Massaro staff and volunteers installed ~6,000 sq ft of pollinator habitat on the north side of the farm. This area was previously filled with large rock and stump debris, which was recently cleared when the farm made way for its new permeable parking area. A …

An Ounce of Prevention: Insect-related Illness or Repellent:  You Decide!

People have become very wary about chemicals in the products they use.  Understandably, as chemical use should be employed with caution and education.  However, there are times when using chemicals can prevent illness and complications of illness.  Insect repellents are an example.  These products, when used correctly, can prevent insect-borne illness such as West Nile, …

The First Church of Christ: Church School Starts a New Year

The First Church of Christ Woodbridge will continue “attending” the You Tube Sunday services offered by the North Haven Congregational Church on Sundays 9:30 am. led by the Rev. Scott Morrow.  The exception is Sunday September 6th when we will have our own ZOOM service at 10 am, led by our former intern the Rev. …

Letter: Country Club of Woodbridge – A Recurring Nightmare

I have worked hard for the essential preservation of open space in Woodbridge for many years as a lifelong Woodbridge resident.  In the Woodbridge Town News of October 4, we were informed that the Board of Selectmen are bringing the clustered development proposal for more than 1/3 of the former Country Club of Woodbridge parcel …

Youth Services: 3/6/2020

Youth Service Departments Hold Mardi Gras Party for BOW Teens The Youth Service Departments of Woodbridge and Orange, with support from the Town of Bethany, brought 8th graders from all three towns together to receive an introduction to Amity High School at the recent Mardi Gras Party. The DJ played hit tunes for dancing and …

Real World Engineering for Amity Regional Middle School Students

Students at Amity Middle School in Bethany got a taste of what engineers do in the real world to bring products to market.  Amity parent, Nancy Held-Sheehe, a Deputy Chief Engineer at a local aerospace company, along with a team of professionals who work in the manufacturing industry ran a unique and exciting hands-on engineering …

Letter: Why Your Taxes Won’t Fall If Development Goes Forward

Sometime in the near future you may be asked to vote up or down the sale of 60 acres of the old CCW for development.  The reason put forth is money, $5.4 million to pay off the debt and create a new revenue stream of $1.7 million in taxes.  That’s not the whole story, it …

Volunteer Reading Tutors (Age 50+) For Young Children Needed

Experience Corps needs volunteers, age 50+, as reading tutors for young children in participating schools and afterschool programs in Hamden, North Haven, New Haven and East Haven.  Volunteers tutor twice weekly (average 5-6 hours) from October to June.  You bring the love.  We provide the training.  Learn more by attending any of the upcoming volunteer …

Volunteers Needed/Student Community Service Offered

Thanks to the generosity of so many, there are food items which require sorting and shelving for the Woodbridge food pantry.  The Boy Scouts from Troop 63, with assistance from Troop 907 and Venture Crew 913, generously donate their time to collect food from local residents for the Woodbridge Food Panty. Volunteers are needed to …

Woodbridge Youth Services Programs – April 2021

Red Cross Babysitter Training Two-day training for ages 12-18 will take place 1:15 to 5:15 pm on Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14 at the Center Building at 4 Meetinghouse Lane.  Students must attend both days to earn certificate.  Social distancing measures will be in place and masks are required.  Snacks will be provided. …

15th Annual Saint Basil Greek Cultural Fair

St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church in New Haven will hold its 15th annual Greek Cultural Fair, the parish’s major fund-raising effort, from September 20 through September 23 on the parish grounds at 1 Tower Lane. Hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily (Thursday –Sunday). Souvlaki and gyro will be freshly grilled, and the cooks …

Woodbridge Park Association 90th Anniversary Event

The Woodbridge Park Association is proud to announce as a part of its 90th anniversary event this year a special program on Saturday, June 8th at 1:00 PM in the Community Room at the Woodbridge Town Library.  Woodbridge Notable Tree Project Senior Advisor, Mike Montgomery will provide a presentation on the Woodbridge Notable Tree Project, …

Ansonia Nature Center, April 2018

Please call to register for all events at 203 736-1053   FITNESS AWARENESS JOG – Mondays, begins April 2, 5:30 pm Calling all runners who want something out of the ordinary!  Ranger Dan will lead you through our 156-acre nature preserve on our 2 miles of trails while you burn off the weekend’s extra calories. …

Congregation Or Shalom Events: 1/13/17

Weekly Services Minyan Services Sunday 9:00 AM Monday 7:30 AM Thursday 7:30 AM Healing Circle Wednesday 7:30 AM Shabbat Services Friday 7:00 PM Saturday 9:30 PM Coffee and Learn with the Rabbi Every Wednesday (please call the office for schedule) Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus teaches an hour- long class devoted to the ancient texts of our …

Vacation Bible School Is Back At The Church Of The Good Shepherd

Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd starts Monday, July 8th.  The theme is Roar!  Life is Wild, God is Good!  VBS will run this year from Monday through Friday, 9 am to Noon, July 8 – July 12.  Campers ages 3 years to rising 4th graders are welcome …

January 2016 Student of the Month

The Woodbridge Rotary Club recently honored Orange resident Bianca Gibbons-Morales as Amity High School Student of the Month. Ms. Gibbons-Morales was nominated by Amity High School Counselor Alison Stack who stated that “Bianca, a junior at Amity, embodies all what Rotary stands for. She sets goals and works hard to accomplish them.” Ms. Gibbons-Morales was …

Livesay Completes Service Project

Thomas Livesay, a Boy Scout from Troop 41, recently completed his Eagle Scout service project. He and members of the Woodbridge troop designed, built and delivered two “Buddy Benches” to Beecher Road School, his former elementary school. The “Buddy Bench” is intended to help promote friendship, kindness and compassion on the playground. In the years …

A Note From Our Publisher

To Our Loyal Readers, The Orange Town News and the Woodbridge Town News have proudly been the source for community news and information to local residents for the past 15 years. While economic times are challenging and uncertain for community newspapers, we realize the need to provide town residents a local news resource during this trying time; in particular …

Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events 1/15/21

Children’s Services Children’s outdoor services, open to families with kids of all ages, are held “Pop-Up Style” on Saturday mornings, weather permitting.  To receive the email newsletter that provides updates, email Youth and Family Programming Director Annie Norman-Schiff at anormanschiff@beki.org. Indoor Services Fridays 6:00 pm inside the main sanctuary Outdoor Services (weather permitting) Saturdays 9:30 …

Coldwell Banker Donates $1,800

Recently, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Woodbridge presented a $1,800. check to Judi Young, Senior Services Social Worker to be utilized for the Woodbridge Human Services Emergency Food and Fuel Fund.  From left to right is Coldwell Banker Manager Aileen DeFeo presenting the check to Judi Young, while Carol McElrath, Sheila Salzman, Ericka Oliphant, Pat …

Letter: To The Amity Community

Dear Amity Community, The Amity Board of Education and the Amity School District were shocked and saddened by the fears and concerns reported by the students and community members about the anti-Semitic behaviors they have experienced in both school and the community.  The students feel unsafe because of these hurtful and hateful acts against them …

Marrakech Inc. Welcomes Sen. Logan, Rep. Klarides

  Marrakech Inc. President and CEO Heather LaTorra (left) on May 1 welcomed Sen. George S. Logan (center) and House Republican Leader Themis Klarides (right) to the Woodbridge-based agency.  The state lawmakers met with Marrakech staff and discussed the agency’s efforts to provide residential, employment, support, referral, and advocacy services to individuals with disabilities.  For …

From Across the Aisle 3/11/16

Recently, members of town boards and commissions were invited to two joint Special Meetings regarding the latest development proposals at the Country Club of Woodbridge (CCW). This makes seven meetings about the CCW since September; despite my requests, the First Selectman has refused to include public comment on the agendas of these meetings. About 20 …

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Events

If you were to open a Bible and start reading from the beginning, the first story you’d come across would be one of creation.  You would read about the story of how God spoke the world into existence. You would read about God looking out over His creation and saying “it is good.”  You would …

Commit to Quit Program Aims to Snuff Out Tobacco Use

The harmful effects smoking on health and wellbeing are well known; however, despite the alarming statistics, the number of smokers world-wide still continues to increase.  In an effort to help Connecticut residents quit their tobacco use, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is launching a new cessation program called Commit to Quit.  The program’s …

Eagle Scout Court of Honor

First Selectman Beth Heller attended the Court of Honor recognizing Jason Luciani and Felix Liu, who attained the rank of Eagle Scout last month.  “Congratulations and thanks to Jason and Felix for completing these projects that enrich the lives of Woodbridge residents,” said First Selectman Heller.  “Jason and Felix are a credit to their parents …

Student News: 9/1/17

Dean’s List Amity Regional High School Graduate Hannah Bercovici Earns Dean’s Award With Distinction At Colgate University Hamilton, NY—Colgate University Class of 2017 member Hannah Bercovici, of Woodbridge, CT, has earned the spring 2017 Dean’s Award with Distinction.  The Dean’s Award with Distinction at Colgate is awarded to students with a 3.6 or higher term …

Letter: Beecher Bias?

To the Editor, As a Hispanic member of this community and a parent of 2 young children, I am concerned about implicit bias at Beecher Road School (BRS).  When I did my student internship a few years ago at BRS, I was asked to assess a bilingual student because of suspected language delays.  There was …

Woodbridge Human Services Is Accepting Applications For Holiday Baskets, Toys, Fuel Assistance & Volunteers

Woodbridge Human Services is accepting applications through October 31st for holiday food baskets.  In addition, families may apply for the Toys for Kids Program Inc. and the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program both administered by TEAM Inc.  Residents can contact Woodbridge Human Services at 203-389-3429 for eligibility guidelines and an appointment to apply for a holiday …

The Church of the Good Shepherd Offers Program on Christianity and Islam During Lent

Hearing a lot about Christianity and Islam in the press and on TV? Come to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, on three Wednesdays in Lent and learn about these two history-changing religions without the hype. February 17    The Abrahamic Faiths in History, presented by Anna Franz, PhD. February 24    …

Amity Youth Wrestling: 6th Season

Boys and girls, are you interested in learning self- defense and having fun?  If so, come join Amity Youth Wrestling Club.  All children 5 years of age and older are encouraged to join.  All participants wrestle against opponents that are the same weight and ability.  No experience necessary! Practice Days are Monday & Wednesday, 6:30-8:00PM; …

The Woodbridge Center Events 5/31/19

Thursday Lunches? The Center’s Friday lunch program will move to Thursdays beginning, June 6 at 12:15 pm in The Center’s cafeteria.  Friday movies will move to Tuesdays at 1:15 pm starting June 4 in The Center lounge.  On Tuesdays, come for exercise at 10 am and stay for lunch and a movie!  On Thursdays come …

Rotary Club Inducts Bellamy

Woodbridge Rotary Club recently welcomed Karen Bellamy as a new member to the club.  Karen worked for several companies such as Fleet Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Bank of America for more than 15 years fueling her dream to start her own business, KJB Associates, LLC.  Through stellar customer service and professionalism, KJB Associates, …

Salazar Earns SMA Award

Students and faculty from the Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre Arts have once again collected a multitude of awards at this year’s Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) competition.  The regional festival, usually held in Hyannis, Massachusetts, was conducted virtually this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. WCSU …

Op-Ed: Reflections On The Purple Heart Award

The following remarks about the history of the Purple Heart was presented by Army Capt. Barry Josephs during the Woodbridge Veterans Day ceremony. Every now and then we read about someone who acquires a Purple Heart medal and attempts to find the owner or return the medal to the recipient’s family.  Let’s talk a little …

The First Church Of Christ Hand Bell Choir Season Ends

The last performance of the season by our talented Hand Bell Choir, under the direction of Faye Chen, will be at our Sunday service on May 20th.  The First Church of Christ invites all members of the community to join us at 5 Meeting House Lane in Woodbridge to hear the bells ring out one …

March 11, 2016

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Celebrating Exemplary Veterans through Education

  Sen. George S. Logan and Rep. Charles Ferraro on May 16 joined area educators and state officials for a ceremony at Hamden Middle School to announce the “Exemplary Veterans Education Program”.  The program was created through a state law to provide students with a better opportunity to learn about the contributions of veterans.  To …

Boucher Honored With Yale Medal

Woodbridge resident and Yale graduate, Anne Boucher, was among a select group of alumni honored in 2017 with the prestigious Yale Medal.  It is the highest award given by the Association of Yale Alumni, bestowed on individuals who, according to the association website, not only show extraordinary devotion to the ideals of the university, but …

Chess Club Is Looking For More Ninjas

Every Saturday at 4 p.m. brothers Alexie Petrov, 10, and Niki Petrov, 14, sit down to play chess with their friends.  Online, that is – given the pandemic.  They are part of the Woodbridge Chess Ninjas, a free private group they formed last fall on chess.com.  The group has about 31 members, with typically 12-18 …

Physical Fitness, Healing And Safety In The Age Of Covid

While normal living seems to have come to a halt during the pandemic, physical fitness and the needs of the human body to remain healthy and strong move on. In fact, “Movement as Medicine” is a mantra for Amity Physical Therapy, the only local physical therapy practice that has embedded a Fitness unit into all …

May 31, 2019

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Temple Emanuel Celebrating Rabbi Farbman Gala

“Sweet as Honey” Join us in Celebrating Rabbi Farbman’s 10-year Anniversary with Temple Emanuel on Sunday, June 23, 2019, 6:00 pm at Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT.  RSVP by June 16th at www.tegnh.org.  For more information, call Temple Emanuel:  203-397-3000 or visit our website:  http://tegnh.org/.

Woodbridge Employees Participate in American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day

On Valentine’s Day, Town of Woodbridge employees participated in the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke and help the American Heart Association support the critical research and education for heart disease in women.  They donated $215 to the American Heart Association for the cause.

Letter: The Country Club of Woodbridge Property is our USS MASSACHUSETTS

This year I had one of the most memorable weekends with my son.  Through Woodbridge Cub Scout Pack 902, we had the opportunity to explore and stay over on the United States Naval Battleship, The USS Massachusetts, at Battleship Cove, in Fall River Massachusetts.  The USS Massachusetts was a World War II era battleship that …

Student News: 7/29/16

  Dean’s List Fairfield University Congratulates Spring 2016 Deans List Fairfield, CT. – The following Fairfield University students received Deans List Honors for the Spring 2016 semester. In order to be placed on the Dean’s List, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in a semester, have no outstanding or incomplete grades …

Ansonia Nature Center September Events

YOGA AND FITNESS – Begins Thursday, September 1, 6:30 pm Instructor Pamela Mellitz will lead her students through stretching and toning, balance and awareness. She’ll also demonstrate the importance of just breathing correctly for better physical and mental health in these full 90-minute sessions. FEE: $7 per class. Please call Pam at 203-888-4124. NATURE’S CHILD: …

Woodbridge Lions Club Inducts New Leos

  Recently the Woodbridge Lions Club inducted three new Lions and six new Leos.  The Leos are all students of Amity High School and they meet every other week at the Amity Teen Center in Woodbridge.  The new Leos are Yuki Zhou, Hayden Nork, Jocelyn Eagle, Danyu Hu, Sabin Park and Hannah Choi.  Other new …

Letter: Thank You First Selectman Heller

Thank you, First Selectman Heller for Demonstrating Why Woodbridge is a True Community.  Last week I happened to call Woodbridge Town Hall, spoke with First Selectman Beth Heller and shared that we had no power for three days.  I told her I was particularly concerned that I had to go into NYC on Saturday and …

Woodbridge Town Library Events June 2016

  Adult Journey of the Universe Wednesday, June 8 @ 7pm Join Woodbridge resident and Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, Mary Evelyn Tucker as she discusses her book Journey of the Universe. Tucker and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme have crafted a narrative that both illuminates and celebrates the profound role humans …

Drone Video of the Orange, Connecticut Fireworks: July 5, 2015

Orange, Connecticut Fireworks: July 5, 2015 Courtesy of Kevin Arnone

Amity And Woodbridge Historical Society Spring Events

Children’s Day at the Old South SchoolHouse Sunday, May 5th, from 2 to 4 PM Johnson Road, Woodbridge CT Please join us in learning what life was like in a one-room schoolhouse back in 1887 when the schoolhouse was built.  Parents, please stay with your children to enjoy the games, lessons and light refreshments. Fashion …

Dr. Barry Holtz to Speak at CBJ in Woodbridge

On Sunday, April 22 at 10 am, Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge will present Dr. Barry Holtz, in a lecture entitled, “Who was Rabbi Akiva and Why Should He Matter to Jews Today?”  Dr. Holtz will discuss his acclaimed new biography of Rabbi Akiva—Rabbi Akiva: Sage of the Talmud (Yale University Press, 2017).  How did …

Ask The Nurse

On Tuesday, November 20th, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice will host a free health and wellness screening clinic at Woodbridge Senior Center, 4 Meetinghouse Lane.  At the Ask the Nurse clinic, a nurse can check your blood pressure, heart rate, weight and work with you to set goals.  The nurse …

Obituary: Jozef Dekarz

Jozef Dekarz, age 65, of Woodbridge, the beloved husband of 43 years to Helen Kupinski Dekarz, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Friday, June 9, 2017.  He was born in Poland on August 23, 1951, son of the late Waclaw and Natalia Klim Dekarz.  Jozef grew up in Poland before moving to the United States …

Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events

Daily Services Sunday 9:00 am and 5:45 pm Monday 7:00 am and 5:45 pm Tuesday 7:00 am and 5:45 pm Wednesday 7:00 am and 5:45 pm Thursday 8:15 am and 5:45 pm Friday 7:00 am Shabbat Services Friday 6:00 pm Saturday Morning 9:15 am Saturday Children’s Services 10:45 am Saturday Afternoon 1:00 pm Book Talk …

Marrakech Holds 7th Annual Pizza Truck Party!

  On Thursday, June 2 over 150 individuals and staff members enjoyed an outdoor gourmet pizza dinner prepared by Chef Felix Proto and the “Red Wagon Pizza” team, complete with salad and Italian ice. This event has become an annual tradition thanks to a generous donation by longtime Marrakech supporters Louise & Irwin Epstein and …

Liang Rotary Student of the Month

The Woodbridge Rotary Club recently honored Amity High School Student Kimberly Liang as Student of the Month. Pictured from left to right are Rotarian Dr. Guy Stella, Quiping Wang, mother of Kimberly Liang, Student of the Month, Kimberly Liang, Monica Kreuzer, Amity High School Associate Principal, and School Counselor, John Mezzo.

Congregation Or Shalom Happenings – February 2021

Join Us For Weekly Services Morning Minyan Sunday 9:00 AM – Zoomed Monday 8:30 AM – Zoomed Thursday 8:30 AM – Zoomed Shabbat Services Friday 7:30 PM – Zoomed Saturday 9:30 AM – Zoomed Only the first Saturday of the month will offer an in-person service with very limited attendance. It will also be available via …

Green Named Student of the Month

Woodbridge resident Eve Green, a senior at Amity High School was named Woodbridge Rotary Student of the Month for September.  Each month, the Woodbridge Rotary Club partners with Solun Tapas Restaurant to honor an Amity High School student.  “Eve is a self-starter, always getting the job done and doing an amazing job efficiently, always positive …

Woodbridge Republicans Seek Candidates for Office

  The Woodbridge Republican Committee is seeking Republican and Independent members of the community to run for political office in Woodbridge. Woodbridge is one of the few towns in Connecticut that still hold local elections in May of the odd numbered years. Our Republican candidates will be chosen in January. The elected offices in Woodbridge …

Woodbridge Resident Named A Connecticut Magazine “Top Doc” for Tenth Year

  David S. Rosenblum, M.D., medical director of outpatient medical services at Gaylord Hospital, director of Gaylord’s spinal cord injury program and spinal cord injury research, and co-principal investigator of the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (a Model SCI Center), has been named a 2016 “Top Doc” by Connecticut Magazine. The announcement, featured …

Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score

Danielle E. Lee, a senior at Amity Regional High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.  Only around two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score.  In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took …

Woodbridge Center: 5/25/18

Food For Thought! June is Brain Awareness month to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those with cognitive impairments.  The Center’s meal program is focused on foods that are brain healthy – according to Harvard Health Publishing, “What you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood.  Like …

To Mow or Not to Mow – Selectmen Await Botanist’s Report

As the plants and grasses are growing and expanding in what used to be a tightly trimmed golf fairway, disagreement has sprouted among some in town whether and how the town should maintain the former Country Club of Woodbridge after golf operations ceased. The question of best maintenance practices — when to mow and where …

Woodbridge Happiness Club Meeting!

Join us for “Powerful Beyond Measure:  3 Steps to Claim Your Power Within for a Happy & Healthy Life,” by Cynthia Mazzaferro.  Cynthia shares how to discover and embrace our inner power, release and heal emotional residue, and create a vision of the future that is filled with unbounded passion and purpose.  What more can …

Student News 11/17/17

Dean’s List/President’s List   Michael Berkley Makes Goodwin College President’s List For Summer 2017 East Hartford, CT—Woodbridge resident Michael Berkley has achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average at Goodwin College for the Summer 2017 session, earning a spot on the elite President’s List.  The List is the highest academic honor roll at Goodwin College.  …

The Woodbridge Center 6/26/20

Exercise From Home! Woodbridge residents tune into Altice Optimum local access TV Channel 79 for Exercise with Laurie on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am, repeated at 4 pm and Accessible Gentle Yoga with Julie Luciani on Mondays at 11 am, repeated at 4pm.  Non-residents may contact The Center for access to a Google Doc link …

Woodbridge Library February Events

Adult Events An Evening with the Gillettes, presented by Harold & Theodora Niver Wednesday, February 21 at 7 PM Who was William Gillette?  What was his connection to Sherlock Holmes?  The Nivers become the Gillettes, flitting back and forth between being presenters and portrayers; their knowledge of Sherlock Holmes, the Gillettes, and Gillette Castle is …

Woodbridge Republican Town Committee Announces Slate for Town Elections

The Woodbridge Republican Town Committee has announced its slate of candidates running in the upcoming May 3, 2021 Woodbridge municipal elections. The candidates were nominated in a unanimous caucus, done virtually to comply with social distancing. The Woodbridge Republican Town Committee is proud to announce: David A. Lober, David Vogel, and Stephen B. Francis as …

Obituary: Irma B. Ryan

Irma B. Ryan, 87, of Orange, beloved wife of the late James F. Ryan for 61 years, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2019.  She was born in Erie, PA on December 28, 1931 to the late Thomas and Minnie Paddock Boyd. Irma was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She will …

Amity High School Class of 1966 50th Reunion

Amity High School class of 1966 50th reunion will be held on Saturday, October 15, from 6-11 p.m., at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, 1074 South Colony Road, Wallingford. The evening will include a buffet dinner, open bar, and dancing to a DJ for $75. There will be an informal gathering on Friday, October 14, from 7-10 …

Letter: Amity Musical Production Rescheduled

Dear Patron, I am writing to inform you that due to recommendations from the State of Connecticut our production of the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” has been rescheduled until the last week of April and the first week of May.  We will be honoring all tickets previously purchased on the new scheduled dates.  You will …

Falls and Balance

One third of Americans aged 65 and greater fall each year, and it is the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults.  Older women in particular fall more often and due to greater rates of osteoporosis, are also more prone to fractures from falls.  Fractures of the hip in particular become fatal, and recovering …

Bulletin Board 2/7/20

Please Note:  If you have an event for the Bulletin Board, please send it along no matter how far in advance it is.  We will include it in the appropriate issue(s) until the event has taken place. Gentle Yoga Classes, Monday and Wednesday mornings 10:30-11:45 and Monday evening 5:30-6:45, (no Monday holiday classes) Room 16, …

Nancy Yao Maasbach – Candidate for Woodbridge Board of Education

Executive experience and international sensibilities distinguish Woodbridge Board of Education candidate Nancy Yao Maasbach, who has lived in town since 1999. With a background that includes high finance, non-profit management, creative programming, and even children’s theater, Nancy has talents to offer that have already been recognized on the Board. After stepping up last year to …

An Ounce of Prevention: “I Know I Need An Antibiotic!”

No one likes to feel sick. In a day and age when modern medicine can cure so many ills with medications, it would seem reasonable to request an antibiotic when you are sick. However, antibiotics only kill bacteria, not viruses. Furthermore, the germs that are destroyed by antibiotics have a remarkable way of mutating and …

‘Woodbridge Bike Route’ Crowdfunding Campaign Successful!

The Woodbridge Bike Route crowdfunding campaign ended early because it was so successful!  Residents were asked to help raise $7500 which would be matched by Sustainable CT to create an on-road bike route with a few bike racks and safety features.  The campaign was scheduled to end in late April – instead it was completed …

April 8, 2016

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Levey Miller Maretz Receives Two ‘Sale of the Year’ Awards

Steve Miller and Shawn Reilly have received ‘Sale of the Year’ awards from the Commercial Investment Division (CID) of the Greater New Haven-Middlesex Association of Realtors. Miller, principal and broker at Levey Miller Maretz, earned the Investment Sale of the Year Award from the group for brokering the sale of the FedEx distribution center located …

Woodbridge Residents Named to Honor Roll at Sacred Heart Academy

Sacred Heart Academy Principal, Sr. Maureen Flynn, ASCJ has announced the Honor Roll for the SECOND marking period of the 2015—2016 academic school year. The following Woodbridge residents were named to the Honor Roll: HIGH HONORS Julianne Beltz Anna-Claire Luciani Eleanor Luciani HONORS Jacqueline Degennaro Academic Honors are awarded at the end of each quarter …

Coachman Square At Woodbridge Making 100 Little Red Hats For Local Babies

Partnering With American Heart Association To Raise Awareness For Congenital Heart Defects And Support Parents With Ailing Infants Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) are the most common type of birth defect in the country, and every year thousands of babies are born with this life-threatening condition.  To help raise awareness for CHD during February’s American Heart …

Candidate Profile: Wick Champions Conservation Issues, More

Conservation issues are the main motivator for Cathy Wick to enter the political arena. Though registered as an unaffiliated voter, she heads the Republican ticket for first selectman in the Monday, May 4, municipal elections, challenging incumbent Ellen Scalettar for the second time. For Wick, it’s first and foremost a question of preserving a quality …

Wine Talk: Summer Wines

Orange has been a republican town for many years and I am sure many of our residents don’t believe in climate change no matter what the scientists say, but this has been one of the hottest Julys I can recall.  The need to match good wine with warm weather has never been greater!  If climate …

Woodbridge Happiness Club Meeting!

Join Bernie Siegel, M.D. & Lionel Ketchian for a discussion on Happiness for our well-being.  Ketchian is the co-host with Dr. Bernie Siegel on Mind Health Matters radio programs.  Lionel is also the co-host on “The Happiness Show,” broadcast on TV by Cablevision of Connecticut. Take part in getting valuable tools and techniques for making …

Bulletin Board 3/30/18

Please Note:  If you have an event for the Bulletin Board, please send it alsong no matter how far in advance it is.  We will include it in the appropriate issue(s) until the event has taken place. Boy Scout Troop 63, meetings Monday nights 7:00pm-8:30pm, Our Lady of the Assumption “Mother” Church, 1700 Litchfield Turnpike …

First Selectman Names Kate Brown as Person of the Month

  First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recognized Kate Brown as the October Woodbridge Person of the Month. Scalettar initiated the Woodbridge Person of the Month recognition program to spotlight the many Woodbridge residents, volunteers and employees who go above and beyond the expected in their dedication and commitment to Woodbridge and its residents. Kate Brown, a …

Ansonia Nature Center October Events

FAERIE HOUSES AND TEA PARTY – Saturday, October 6, 1-3 pm Join us at Pavilion 2 to build faerie houses out of natural materials, which we will provide, and enjoy a tea party with mini-cupcakes and herbal tea.  Donations of baked goods to share are also cheerfully accepted.  FEE:  $7 per person.  For children 18 …

Coleman Receives Coldwell Banker® International Sterling Society Award

Dalia Coleman of Woodbridge, a sales associate affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Woodbridge, has been recognized with the Coldwell Banker® International Sterling Society award. This distinguished honor is awarded to the top 17 percent of approximately 85,000 Coldwell Banker®-affiliated sales associates worldwide. In addition, for the fifth consecutive year, Coleman was …

Garden Club of Woodbridge Hosts Garden Club of Orange

The Garden Club of Woodbridge hosted the Garden Club of Orange on October 15.  There was a full house as guest speaker Stephanie Fusco of Terri’s Flower Shop in Naugatuck created designs for the four seasons.  Orange and pink “Free Spirit” roses, yellow mums, kangaroo paw, seeded eucalyptus (to give texture) and alstroemeria were used …

September 21, 2012

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New Town Ordinance Creates Leash Law

Starting July 29, the Town of Woodbridge will require all dog owners to keep their canine companions on a leash whenever they are on public land, including the town’s parks and hiking trails.  Exempt are only guide dogs for the blind. The leash requirement also extends to streets, school grounds and recreational areas, and to …

American Legion Auxiliary Post 127 Laurel Girls State

Laurel Girls State is a leadership action program course designed to develop a working knowledge of the structure of government to all girls interested in government. This is a one week program of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 127 devoted to citizen training. It is open to all Orange High School senior girls and secondly …

‘Physics Evangelist’ Professor Pens Physics Textbook to Make Subject ‘Accessible’

R.E. Tremblay chairs the mathematics and science department at GCC, where he has taught for three decades.  A holder of B.S., M.S. and sixth-year degrees from Southern Connecticut State University (where he also taught, from 1978 to 2014), Tremblay is the co-author of the textbook Physics with Health Science Applications, the second edition of which …

Boy Scouts Present Spring Garden Sale

Boy Scout Troop 907 of Woodbridge is proud to announce its 2019 annual Spring Garden Sale.  This traditional event has been a primary fundraising activity for the scouts for over 25 years.  Founded in 1968, Troop 907 has been a staple in the Town of Woodbridge for over 50 years, thanks primarily to the generosity …

Holiday Basket Donations Around the Town!

Photo 1: Gabi Reese Durso, 8, of Woodbridge, also known as Royal International Miss Role Model Princess 2020-2021, collected donations to purchase pajamas for families in need. This effort was called the Good Night Sleep Tight PJ Program. Gabi and her family donated to 18 families through the Woodbridge Human Services Holiday Basket program. Photo …

DeBarba Outlines the Challenges of the Next Legislative Session

Three or potentially four (if the ACA is struck down) colliding challenges will make the next legislative session an extraordinarily difficult one.  They are as follows: the weakness of Connecticut’s pre-COVID structural finances – we have overtaxed, overspent and overborrowed, leaving our state in a very difficult position; the horrible impact that COVID-19 has had …

Heronettes Announce Swimmer Of The Month

  The Hamden Heronettes Synchronized Swim Team is proud to announce that Natasha vonBeeden has been named Swimmer of the Month for January 2017!  Awarded monthly throughout the competitive season, this honor recognizes a swimmer who brings a positive attitude to practice, is a supportive role model for others, and shows outstanding character, work ethic, …

September 18, 2015

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Amity Standardized Test Scores Revealed

Amity students increased their state test scores on three out of the four tests last school year.  Board of Education Member Chris Browe said, “In general, we’ve done well in our DRG (district reference groups) and we continue to do well.  In comparison, we’re about where we were or have gone up a notch here …

Kanfer Installed at B’nai Jacob

Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge is installing a new clergy to their pulpit, Cantor Malachi Kanfer. This special event will take place at the synagogue on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3 PM, and is free and open to the community. The program’s highlight will be “A Cantor’s Concert Extraordinaire”, featuring Cantor Kanfer, along with special …

Amity Physical Therapy Headed For 13th Year In Practice

Amity Physical Therapy, Greater New Haven’s award-winning physical therapy facility, will be celebrating its 13th year shortly.  Founded by Michael Dow MSPT and CEO/Director, the practice has been voted “Best of New Haven”, three years running, by a number of prominent local publications. Dow, a long time area resident, set out to differentiate his practice …

Youth Services – 12/11/15

Why Rake Those Leaves? Teens Need Jobs In Woodbridge The Woodbridge Job Bank has numerous teenagers who are experienced in leaf raking, tutoring, babysitting, pet care, and other odd jobs. Many have completed the American Red Cross Babysitters Training Course. If you are a Woodbridge resident and would like more information, call Woodbridge Youth Services …

Upcoming Events at Temple Emanuel

Come welcome Shabbat with Rabbi Farbman and the Temple Emanuel community at several special Kabbalat Shabbat services in the month of May: Friday, May 6 at 6:30 pm: Family Service lead by 4th grade students from our religious school, with assistance from the TE Children’s Choir and a small ensemble from the TE Band; Friday, …

Dollars & Sense: Taxes and Investments

Imagine if your Doctor sent you to see a specialist and the specialist put you on medication but neglected to inform your primary physician? Then, when you go back to your primary he doesn’t ask about the visit to the specialist and is unaware of your new medications. When one specialist doesn’t talk to another, …

Three Weeks In, Amity Reports Its First Infection

Amity School Supt. Dr. Jennifer Byars informed the school community on Friday, September 18, that a member of the community had tested positive for coronavirus.  In her letter to parents Dr. Byars did not specify whether the affected person was a student or a teacher.  All she said was that the person had been attending …

Bark Bytes… How to Help Our Dogs Age Gracefully

Our dogs give us so much throughout their lives, including love, companionship, loyalty and protection.  As dogs age, they rely on us to provide a little extra patience, attention and care to accommodate their changing needs. By letting your senior dog set its own limits, they will help you understand their new needs for care. …

An Ounce of Prevention: What is Clean Eating?

  Have you noticed more marketing for “clean food”?  Upon first seeing a commercial promising clean food by year’s end, the question came to mind, “Is the food we have been eating dirty?”  Along with the promotion for clean food, there is a movement for “clean eating”.  What exactly do these terms mean? For certain, …

Woodbridge Democrats Unanimously Nominate Beth Heller for First Selectman

Incumbent Selectman Beth Heller was nominated to run for First Selectman, the Town’s chief elected official. Heller has been a member of the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen since 2008 and has served as its Deputy First Selectman since 2009. She also served as First Selectman to complete the remainder of Ed Sheehy’s term after his …

WVFD Truck or Treat 2016

The Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department is holding its 5th Annual Halloween “Truck or Treat” event on Monday, October 31st from 5-8pm. The event is free, rain or shine. The fire trucks will be decorated for the holiday and children can “truck or treat” in a fun and safe setting. Donations of candy are appreciated and …

Custom Clothing Business Comes to Woodbridge

A business that manufactures women’s clothing is setting up shop in town, thanks to a deal brokered by Levey Miller Maretz. Pamela Hirth Designs has leased 1,050 square feet of space at 1652 Litchfield Turnpike, in D’Andrea’s Plaza, from landlord Litchfield Realty Trust. The business makes custom, one-of-a-kind clothing for women and will use the …

Letter: Reader Denounces Eversource’s Actions

The citizens of Woodbridge and Orange-and any other area with Eversource high tension poles’ right of way – must be aware of what Eversource has done in our neighborhood.  In the guise of maintaining the hideous high-tension poles, Eversource has denuded abutting areas of all foliage and vegetation, leaving scorched area acreage and diminished home …

From the First Selectman 1/15/21

Happy New Year – I hope you all are happy and healthy, and I sincerely hope this year is better than last! We are planning for the Town of Woodbridge to become a vaccination site for Phase 1b, and we are waiting on guidance and instruction from the State.  As soon as we have more …

From the First Selectman 4/7/17

On Monday, April 17, 2017, at 7:30 pm, the Board of Finance will conduct a Public Hearing at the Center Gym regarding the preliminary operating budget for FY 2018 (7/1/17-6/30/18).  At the hearing, you will learn about the budget and have an opportunity to ask questions and voice your comments, suggestions and concerns.  Following the …

Preschool Openings Available

Bethany Nursery Group located at 511 Amity Road in Bethany is a preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 years old that has operated in Bethany for over 50 years.  Our nurturing and dedicated staff provide a program rich with literature and learning opportunities while still leaving ample time to play, create and explore! …

Free Caregiver Lecture Series

Yale New Haven Hospital is offering a caregiver lecturer series that will provide education, practical tips and information on help and support for caregivers and their loved one.  Please join us on the following dates:  May 3, Practical Approaches to Challenging Geriatric Behaviors; May 17, Caregiver Support and Help; May 24, Caring for an Elderly …

The Arts Council Hosts Shuffle & Shake Exhibition at Sumner Mcknight Crosby Jr. Gallery

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents Shuffle & Shake, in the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery.  Shuffle & Shake is a two-part exhibition featuring randomly selected artist members of the Arts Council.  Part 1, Shuffle, June 8-July 14, will feature artists Marjorie Wolf, Ruth Sack, Diane Ward, Sharon Morgio, Constance LaPalombara, Matty Dagradi, …

Cohen And Wolf, P.C. Has Been Named A Tier 1 Regional “Best Law Firm”

Cohen and Wolf, P.C. received 10 First Tier rankings for the Stamford Metropolitan area by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in their Ninth Edition of “Best Law Firms”.  The firm’s practice areas receiving Tier One recognition include: Commercial Litigation; Elder Law; Employment Law – Individuals; Family Law; Insurance Law; Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation …

Bulletin Board – 1/15/16

Please Note: If you have an event for the Bulletin Board, please send it along no matter how far in advance it is. We will include it in the appropriate issue(s) until the event has taken place. Boy Scout Troop 63, meetings Monday nights from 7:00 pm – 8:30pm, Our Lady of the Assumption “Mother” …

Orange Congregational Church Christmas Eve Services

Orange Congregational Church at 205 Meeting House Lane in Orange, 203-795-9749, invites you to come to worship with us during the holiday season for our Christmas Eve services on Monday, December 24, 2018 in the Sanctuary. At 5:00 p.m. there will be a Family Service of Lessons & Carols. Join us for music from the …

Browe Elected Chairman of Amity Board of Education

The Amity Board of Education elected a new chairperson at its monthly meeting in January.  Chris Browe, who has served on the board for six years, was elected to the position in a narrow vote that initially had the board deadlocked. Pat Cardozo, who has been on the board for eight and one-half years, will …

NE Young at Heart Events

The first is a fun afternoon at the Woodbridge Center for the Fall Health & Wellness Showcase Friday, September 20th from 10-1:30.  This is a FREE event.  We will have various types of vendors including health, shopping and screenings.  A cooking demonstration, free manicures and raffles! Next up is the Fall Ball Extravaganza.  This event …

Do You Have Recycling Question?

Do you still have recycling questions?  Have you asked the Wizard?  Visit RecycleCT.com and type the item in the RecycleCT search box and the Wizard will tell you how to dispose or recycle the item in question.  It’s quick and easy!  The flyer below includes the common items that should and should not enter the …

Students Receive Superintendent’s Award

  Congratulations! Beecher Road School sixth graders McAllisster Burke and Lauren Waskikowski (l-r/front) received the 2016 South Central Area Superintendents’ Association Award given at a recent formal ceremony. Pictured with them are their teachers Carson Echeverry (L) and Daniel Chase (2nd from right) along with Superintendent Stella and Principal Prisco. The purpose of the award/recognition …

Woodbridge and West Haven Rotary Clubs Deliver Hot Meals

Pictured are members of the Woodbridge and West Haven Rotary Clubs who recently partnered together to deliver hot meals for 45 people staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven.  The Ronald McDonald House is a temporary “home away from home” for families of children who are being treated in nearby hospitals and healthcare …

Garden Club of Woodbridge January Meeting

Please join the Garden Club of Woodbridge at First Church of Christ, 5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT on January 14 at 11:45 am.  Master Gardener, garden club member and award winner, Sharon Bender, will present photos of creative winning designs from past Connecticut flower and garden shows.  Also, four members of the club will display …

Sen. Logan Announces Nominations Being Accepted for CT Veterans Hall of Fame

As Vice-Chair of the legislature’s Veterans Affairs Committee, State Senator George S. Logan is letting the public know that the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its 2017 hall of fame class.  Nominees must be veterans who honorably served in a branch of the military and who have been leaders in a …

Benchmark Senior Living Honors Best of the Best at Annual Gala

It is true that an organization is only as strong and as compassionate as its people, which is why Benchmark Senior Living (www.BenchmarkSeniorLiving.com), a leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, is widely known for having the best, brightest and most caring talent in health care.  At its 16th Annual Awards Gala held …

Dollars & Sense: Marriage And Merging Money

By Roberta L. Nestor Whether you are 25 or 65, getting married is exciting; however, it brings many challenges for couples.  The majority of first marriages today will involve joining together two incomes, two retirement plans, two different health insurance plans and maybe even two totally different approaches to short and long term savings.  Second …

High Holy Days at Temple Emanuel 2020/5781

The pandemic has caused Jewish communities all over the world to experiment with new and creative ways of celebrating Shabbat, holidays and milestone events.  This year, Rabbi Michael Farbman and Temple Emanuel will celebrate the High Holy Days on line, bringing our community together virtually as we have been doing every week since March – …

Community Invited To Thanksgiving Service

The annual Woodbridge Thanksgiving service this year will be hosted by Congregation B’Nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, on Monday, November 25, at 7 p.m. The annual gathering is open to all and is being co-sponsored by Our Lady of the Assumption Church, First Church of Christ, Congregation B’Nai Jacob, Trinity Evangelical and the Church of …

Town of Woodbridge Holds Business Sector Meetings

The Town of Woodbridge is initiating business sector meetings in order to strengthen economic development. At sector meetings First Selectman Ellen Scalettar invites business representatives from the same industry to meet with each other and discuss common issues. The next sector meeting – Health Care – will be held on April 5 at 5 p.m. …

Letter: Former Amity Board Member Opposes Proposed Redistricting Bills

I am in opposition to both proposed Senate Bills 457 and 454 regarding forced consolidation of smaller school districts.  These proposals would tear apart the Amity Regional School District #5 and eliminate Town control over the Bethany, Woodbridge and Orange elementary schools.  Both Bills are detrimental to the exceptional school results currently experienced by our …

Amity Regional Middle School – Bethany Marking Period Three Honor Roll Year 2017-2018

Criteria for First Honors A- or better in four subjects which meet 5 times per week for at least one semester. B or better in all other subjects which meet 5 times per week for at least one semester. B- or better in subjects which meet fewer than 5 times per week or less than …

The Epsicopal Church Of The Good Shepherd Announces The Annual Blessing Of The Animals.

Save the Date!  Sunday, October 7th The Blessing of the Animals.  All are welcome to bring their furry (and feathered and slimy) friends to The Church of the Good Shepherd on Sunday, October 7, 2018 for a blessing of our faithful companions.  Please join us at 4:30 pm for a Blessing and Holy Eucharist with …

NFL Concussion Protocol: More Imporant Than Ever For Scholastic Athletes

With National Football League concussions more frequent than ever, the league’s rulings for proper protocol could not have come much sooner.  Protocol carefully monitors, over a period of time, a player’s possible return to the field when concussion symptoms have subsided.  Similar programs apply to all high school and college athletes engaged in contact sports. …

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Woodbridge Residents Named to Honor Roll at Sacred Heart Academy

Sacred Heart Academy Principal, Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, ASCJ, ’76 has announced the Honor Roll for the SECOND marking period of the 2016—2017 academic school year.  The following Woodbridge residents were named to the Honor Roll: HIGH HONORS Carson Dziczkowski; Anna-Claire Luciani; and Eleanor Luciani. Academic Honors are awarded at the end of each quarter …

PJ Library® Helps Families Raising Jewish Children In Greater New Haven Make Connections, Celebrate Jewish Life

New Haven families raising Jewish children will now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life, thanks to a grant opportunity recently awarded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF).  The grants will be distributed to members of PJ Library, the flagship program of HGF that offers free Jewish books and programs to more than 125,000 …

South Central Superintendents’ Association Award/Recognition Program – 2017

Congratulations to eighth grade students Jacob Silbert and McAllister Dixon, who were selected to receive this year’s Superintendent’s Award sponsored by the South Central Area Superintendent’s Association (SCASA).  This award is based on academic success, leadership to the school community, community service, and service to others. Jacob Silbert is a strong role model and participates …