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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 was worried about what would happen to our two dogs (with a dog sitter at our home) if the power did not return.  She was genuinely sympathetic and she or her staff called UI to check and were told we were on the list but with no specifics at to time.

Came Saturday morning and we had to leave by noon and still no power.  My spouse and I were being honored and had no choice but to leave and travel to the city, our heads filled with worry.  Once at our destination, we prepared to go to the special event.  Almost as soon as we arrived, my cell rang.  Who was it?  The call was our wonderful First Selectman Beth Heller who had driven down our street, saw our house and could tell us the lights were on.  Our power had returned!!  My heart jumped with joy, my worries floated away.  How truly relieved I felt.  I thanked the First Selectman and asked her why she had done this incredibly meaningful good deed.

Her response – “We, in Woodbridge, are a true community and this is what we do for one another.  And especially as First Selectman, this is what I do, this is my job.”  I told her that if she were next to me I would give her a big hug.  Her actions reinforced why I and I think so many of us live here.  Woodbridge is a true community where we genuinely care about one another, modeled at the very top, by a caring and capable First Selectman, Beth Heller.  Thank you, Beth, thank you Woodbridge.

Sally Shaywitz, MD

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