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From the First Selectman: May 22, 2015

Earlier this month Woodbridge held its biannual municipal elections. I am honored by the trust of voters who elected me to a second term as First Selectman and I congratulate my colleagues who were elected to serve with me.

Board of Selectmen: Tony Anastasio, Joe Dey, Beth Heller, Susan Jacobs and Maria Cruz Kayne; Board of Education: Margaret Hamilton, Garrett Luciani, Emily Beth Melnick and Lynn Piascyk; Board of Assessment Appeals: Claire Elise Coleman; Zoning Board of Appeals: Cynthia Gibbons and Edee Lockyer; Zoning Board of Appeals Alternates: Arlene Levine and Spencer K. Rubin; Amity Regional Board of Education: Sheila McCreven and Diane Urbano.

On behalf of all Town residents I also take this opportunity to commend and thank our Town Registrars Jeanette Glicksman and Anna Dickerson, Town Clerk Stephanie Ciarleglio, Deputy Registrar Mary Lee Barker and Assistant Registrar Allison Jensen for assuring that our municipal election was professionally and efficiently run, as were the Amity Region 5 School District Budget Referendum (which passed in all three Towns) and a recount of the Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate because of a 7-point difference (the outcome did not change).

I thought you might be interested in some voting data. Close to 3,100 people (approximately 47% of registered voters) participated in our May election.  Of those, 1,168 were Democrats,778 were Republican, and 1,125 were Unaffiliated and 19 were “other.”  In the November 2014 election for statewide officers and Congress, we saw 3,785 voters (approximately 58%), and in the 2012 Presidential year there were 5,482 (85%) Woodbridge voters.

One of the priorities of my first term that I look forward to continuing is finding ways to bring our community together. This spring there will be plenty of opportunities for residents to celebrate our wonderful Town and each other. I’m happy to announce these upcoming events:

Saturday May 30 at 10:30 a.m. will be the Pease Place Playground grand opening! Everyone is welcome to celebrate this community-led project to bring an ADA accessible playground to Woodbridge. Colleen Inclima and Teri Schatz and their volunteer committee have done an incredible job of shepherding this project from start to finish and creating a wonderful new amenity for the benefit of all Woodbridge residents. Thanks also to Adam Parsons, Director of Parks, for his help overseeing the site work and coordinating the project.

This summer the Library is hosting a community-wide series of events around the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. The program, “Woodbridge Reads: One Book, One Town” encourages all residents to read the same book, discuss it and participate in events that touch on the book’s themes of agriculture, gardening, healthy eating and eating locally produced foods. Books are available for check out at the library and the series of events will last through June and July.

Working with the Economic Development Commission, we are organizing various business networking opportunities. I have been visiting new and expanding businesses and finding ways to support businesses that have been in Woodbridge for some time. Our first Woodbridge Business After Hours happy hour will be held at Wheelers Restaurant (180 Amity Road) on Thursday June 2, from 5:30– 7 p.m. The goal of the event is to bring the business community together to learn about and from each other. If you are a business interested in this event, please contact Assistant Administrative Officer Betsy Yagla at byagla@woodbridgect.org.

Woodbridge is participating in the Connecticut Trails Weekend (June 6 and 7). On Saturday June 6 at 10 a.m. you can join the Woodbridge Conservation Commission together with the Orange Conservation Commission to go on a 2 mile guided hike of the Racebrook Tract. The hike will start at 839 Racebrook Road in Orange. On Sunday June 7 at 1:30 p.m. Massaro Community Farm is hosting a 1.5 – 2 mile walk through the woods and wetlands on the farm. The hike will leave from the farm parking lot at 41 Ford Road.

Lastly, I’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day. The Country Club of Woodbridge pool will open for the season Friday May 22 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The pool will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. The pool will be open only on weekends until it opens full time on Monday June 22.

The Town’s Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on Monday May 25 at 10:45 a.m. at the VFW monument in front of the Center Building on Meetinghouse Lane. I hope you can attend as we observe this solemn occasion together. Thank you to Barry Josephs for helping us organize this event.

As always, if you have questions or concerns please reach out to me at 203-389-3400. And to stay on top of Woodbridge news and events, sign up for the Town’s e-newsletter at www.tinyurl.com/WoodbridgeEnews and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/WoodbridgeCT.

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