Recently I attended the 2016 Woodbridge Interfaith Thanksgiving Service held this year at Congregation B’nai Jacob. It was moving to see people of so many beliefs and faiths come together to support and celebrate each other. Our coming together as a community now, after months of divisive rhetoric from a presidential campaign, is more important than ever.
We are blessed to live in this community for so many reasons. Our Town residents are increasingly diverse in ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. I believe this diversity makes us a strong and resilient community, prepared to meet today’s challenges and those that lie ahead.
Woodbridge is a town of extraordinary physical beauty that we enjoy from our homes, our roads and as we meander along the miles of trails throughout our woods. We don’t take this for granted, but work to protect our natural environment: we have a no-pesticide policy on Town-owned land; we promote energy efficiency; we have two electric vehicle charging stations; we are in the midst of creating a microgrid to provide reliable electricity to municipal buildings during a power outage; we have a large solar array on Beecher Road School and are exploring others; we own and protect a remarkable amount of open space; a Town program helped the JCC create the state’s largest solar carport; and more.
Our dedicated Town employees and our generous resident volunteers keep us safe and secure and enhance our quality of life every day. Our children attend extraordinarily fine schools and we share a high respect for education and a love of learning. Our strong budgetary support for schools is unwavering and our Library is among the best to be found.
Our Town’s strength comes from our residents’ knowledge, passion, depth of caring and diversity. Sometimes these qualities cause us to disagree about the best course of action, a sure sign that democracy is alive and well in our little town.
This holiday season each of us has reasons to be thankful individually, as families and as a community. We have much to be grateful for in Woodbridge.