Like all towns, Woodbridge has problems to solve. Our most divisive one is the Country Club of Woodbridge (CCW) plan. While there are indeed serious issues connected with the CCW, I am reminded of our good fortune when I compare the CCW to problems around the state and beyond.
Related to the CCW, the Town has decided to move forward with environmental remediation on a small portion of the golf course. When the Town purchased the property in 2009 we did an environmental assessment and, not surprisingly, found areas of the golf course with pesticide contamination. The pesticides are not migrating and pose no health risks.
Concerned residents learned the facts at a recent meeting with the state Department of Public Health, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Quinnipiack Valley Health District. All of those experts concurred that there are no health risks to the public. The area of high pesticide concentration is near the maintenance shed away from the public areas of the golf course. The area has been fenced off for several years and will be remediated over the course of the next month.
We’re looking at the long-term issues associated with the Country Club of Woodbridge, but in the short-term, the pool is seeing increased memberships due to new low rates and Billy Casper Golf continues operation of the golf course for the summer.
Of course, there are many things going on in Town. These include two major staffing changes: the newly appointed Police Chief and a soon-to-be-announced new Superintendent of Beecher Road School. The Town’s new Police Chief, Frank Cappiello, was sworn in at a ceremony last week and our Superintendent of Schools for the last 10 years – Dr. Guy Stella – is retiring at the end of the school year.
Frank Cappiello was selected from a pool of 43 applicants during a five-month search process. The search was led by the Town’s volunteer Board of Police Commissioners. This is yet another example of Woodbridge volunteers working hard to make our Town a great place to live, work and play.
During the search process, Deputy Chief Ray Stuart served as Interim Chief. As always, he demonstrated his dedication and professionalism in serving our Town.
Chief Cappiello joined the Woodbridge Police Department in 1980, and has moved up through the ranks. He is the right choice for Woodbridge. He knows our community and our community knows him. I am confident that under Chief Cappiello’s leadership our Police Department will reach new heights of excellence.
The Beecher Road School community and our entire town are sad to see Superintendent Dr. Stella leave us this summer. Dr. Stella helped build a strong working relationship between our Board of Education and the Town. Many municipalities do not enjoy the friendly, trusting relationship between schools and Town Hall that we enjoy in Woodbridge.
In addition to building that critical relationship, Dr. Stella has led our award-winning school with grace and skill. He embedded himself in the fabric of our community and made children and families feel welcome and special. And he advocated for the now-complete renovation of Beecher Road School. The school’s ribbon cutting was held last week to celebrate this major accomplishment. Our elementary school is now energy efficient, more comfortable and safer for our staff and students.
The Board of Education will soon announce the new superintendent. Here again, the members of a volunteer board devoted countless hours of time and energy, seeking feedback from parents, faculty, other boards and commissions and the public.
Lastly, I’d like to mention an important upcoming event. On Saturday, June 4, the Town is partnering with Coachman Square to host a Business Expo at Coachman Square (21 Bradley Road) from 10 am – 2 pm. The event will be an effective and fun way to introduce residents to the many businesses we have in Town. Please join us at this event to discover all that our Woodbridge business community has to offer.