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Human Services – October 2021

Human Services – October 2021

Two Flu Clinics

According to the Area agency on Aging, last year ½ million people were hospitalized due to seasonal flu and more than 32,000 people died.  Getting a flu shot and practicing frequent handwashing are 2 steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting the flu.  People who are 65 and older are at high risk of having serious health complications from the flu.

There will be two flu clinics available for residents 60+, town employees, and volunteer fire fighters at the Center Gymnasium in October.  Pre-registration is required for each of these clinics.  Call for information on accepted insurance at each clinic as they differ.  Each clinic will provide both regular dose and high dose – for those 65+ who request it and while supplies last.

The first clinic will be held on October 14, 11 am-2 pm in the Center Gymnasium and is sponsored by Orange VNA.  Call 203-891-4752 for registration information.  This clinic has been extended by one hour and has limited available appointments.  The second clinic will be held on October 21, 11 am – 3 pm, in the Center Gymnasium and is sponsored by VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice.  To pre-register go to  www.vnacommunityhealthcare.org/flu or call 203-458-5920.  Call for information on participating insurance.

Energy Assistance Program

Human Services will accept appointments for residents to apply for the 2021-2022 CT Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM, INC.  Income eligibility requirements must be met.  For information, or to schedule an appointment, call Judi Young at 203-389-3429.

Adopt-A-Family Program

Human Services seeks sponsors for the Adopt-A-Family program.  The program provides food baskets for the December holidays to Woodbridge families in need.  Basket distribution will take place early December.  If interested in sponsoring a family, call by October 29.  Contributions of gift cards are welcome.

Emergency Preparedness

In the event of a weather emergency or power outage, elderly residents and those with disabilities are encouraged to register for the Emergency Call list by calling the Human Services Department at 203-389-3429.

Community Conversation and Suicide Training Offered

Suicide Prevention training and a community conversation with Pam Mautte, Director of the Alliance for Prevention & Wellness, a regional behavioral health action organization, and Kara Sepulveda of Quinnipiack Valley Health District.  The training, QPR (Question, Persuade & Refer) – Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention – is offered at no cost to interested community members on Thursday, October 21 at 6 pm via zoom link.  Please register in advance of this program at Human Services (203-389-3429) to receive the link.  Call for more information.

Living Treasure Award

From left are Human Services Director Jeanette Glicksman, award winner Andrew Esposito, Jr., First Selectman Beth Heller, award winners Lor Ferrante Fernandes and Nate Case, and Human Services Commission Chair Susan Davidson

Celebrity Servers included from left, front row: Margaret Hamilton, Dr. Neelima Kaushal, Joe Crisco, Jen DiBlanda, Dr. Guy Stella;

Celebrity Servers in back row from left:  Police Chief Cappiello, Paul Kuriakose, Dr. Jonathan Budd, Lynn Piascyk, Fire Marshal Joe Cappucci, Gary DiBlanda, and Teresa Nakouzi. Many thanks to all the volunteers

The Living Treasure Award was a terrific community building event honoring three wonderful residents:  Andrew Esposito, Jr., Nate Case and Lor Ferrante Fernandes for their remarkable decades-long volunteer commitment to Woodbridge.  The event was made possible by the efforts of much of this community and the gratitude list is long!  Thank you to Living Treasure Committee members:  Susan Davidson, Lynn Piascyk, Cathy Austin, Bob Garofalo, Janet Onofrio, Kristy Moriarty, Ellen McDonald.  Many thanks to The Woodbridge Fire Department and the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Association for hosting the event and for their support of this event.  Thank you to the members of the Woodbridge Building Maintenance Department for their efforts to set up and break down this event!  Thanks to Susan Jacobs for serving as emcee of the event and serving up her warmth and humor.  Thanks to all those who attended and supported this wonderful event.  Thanks for donations and support received from Amity Garden Center, Amity Meat Center, Amity Wine & Spirit, Andrew Esposito, Jr., Apizza Grande, Archie Moore’s, First Selectman Beth Heller, Billy’s Ice Cream, Carmine’s di Vega, Cathy Ressler, Chris Sorenson and Merry Mountain Farm, Chrisandras Country Store, Clay Date, Chowder Pot III, D’Aniello’s Amity Bike, Dozo Asian Bistro, Elim Park, Ernie’s Pizzeria, Explorers Learning Center, Gerry Shaw, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Hamden Rehabilitation & Health Care and Michelle Riley, Tom and Jenifer Wayland and Joyce Printers, Julia’s Bakery, Katz’s Deli, Lasse’s Caterers,  Mark Dutka, Mary Leigh Sabshin, Mohegan Sun, Nelson Hall Theatre, New England Brewing Co., Paolo’s Restaurant, State Representative Mary Welander, Safari Stan’s Pet Center, Scott Zimmerman, State Senator Jorge Cabrera, State Senator James Maroney, Seven Angels Theatre, Simon Donato, Sitting Duck Tavern, Starbucks Coffee Company, Sticky Paws Grooming Salon, Stop & Shop, Tea With Tracey, Thai Stories, The Red Barn, Tom Kenefick, Traditions Golf Club at Oak Lane, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, Wash & Wag, Woodbridge Hardware, Woodbridge Running Company, Woodbridge Social, and Worldwide Fish & Pets. Celebrity Servers: Margaret Hamilton, Police Chief Cappiello, Jen DiBlanda, Gary DiBlanda, Dr. Guy Stella, Joe and Pat Crisco, Teresa Nakouzi, Dr. Neelima Kaushal, Paul Kuriakose, Lynn Piascyk, Fire Marshal Joe Cappucci, and Dr. Jonathan Budd. Human Services Commission members: B. Pat Madden, Janet Ciarleglio, Jennifer Clarke- Lofters, Susan Davidson, Cathy Austin. Advertisers: Zeisler & Zeisler, P.C. Attorneys at Law, April Stirling-Coldwell Banker, The Write Approach, The Serene Spot, Kut Rite Hair Shop, Pat Cardozo-Coldwell Banker, Behavioral Health Consultants, LLC- Arnold Holzman, Emily Resnik Conn – Resnik and Resnik, Andes International Gourmet Deli, Beth and Allen Heller, The Woodbridge Republican Town Committee, The Rotary Club, Adolf Luciani- Group Insurance Associates, Karen Bellamy-Farmers Insurance, Buddy DeGennaro-Coldwell Banker, The Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee, The Woodbridge Park Association, Real Living-Wareck D’Ostilio, Pat and Joe Crisco, Susan and Alan Davidson, The Linden at Woodbridge, Connecticut Window Film and Tinting, Always Best Care Senior Services, Birchwoods at Oak Lane, B and B Transportation, Inc., Gina Clark, Laticrete International and the Rothberg Family, Elim Park Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, Boy Scouts Troop 907, Opal Stork Home Care, The Garden Club of Woodbridge,  Bender Plumbing, The Willows- Genesis HealthCare, Brookside Farm Market, The Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane, The JCC of Greater New Haven, Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Street N’ Savory, The Fernandes Family, Joyce Printers, Coachman Square at Woodbridge, The Case Family, The Esposito Family, Nails By Hong, Amity Physical Therapy and Visiting Angels.  With so much support in so many ways, it is easy to leave someone out- please know we appreciate everyone’s efforts even if they are not listed here.

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