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Muffy German – Candidate for Zoning Board of Appeals

I am a lifelong resident of Woodbridge, and still reside in the 200-year-old farmhouse where I was brought up.  I attended Center and Beecher Road Schools and Bethany Junior High before going to The Gateway in New Haven.  After graduating from Wells College, I returned to Woodbridge and took a survey course in calligraphy at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven.  Taught by Yale Press book designer, John O.C. McCrillis, this course inspired me to take up pen and ink as a career.  Clients have ranged from Yale University and Divinity School, Foote School, JCC and The Write Approach to countless brides, graduates, party planners and gift givers.  Since Mr. McCrillis’ retirement it has been my pleasure to teach the calligraphy classes at Creative Arts Workshop.  I have also taught at SCSU, Guilford Arts Center, Mysticalligraphers, Inc. and even presented an after-school program for Beecher Road School students.

Woodbridge has offered many opportunities for fulfilling volunteer work.  I served on the Friends of the Library Board back when the secondhand bookstore was created.  Over the course of many years, I have enjoyed volunteering for the Amity & Woodbridge Historical Society.  Whether researching our town’s Civil War soldiers, writing names with a quill for visiting third graders, or weeding the Darling House kitchen garden, I still find AWHS’ projects varied and fascinating.  On a related note, I used to write a Woodbridge History column for WTN.  The Garden Club of Woodbridge is a more recent area of interest.  It was a rewarding experience to co-chair our butterfly-themed display at the Osborne Homestead Museum in 2019.

My primary experience with the Zoning Board of Appeals is an unusual one because I was “on the other side” of an important zoning issue.  I supported neighbors in their successful fight against the ZBA’s granting of a variance to enlarge a building on an extremely undersized lot.  That experience formed my awareness of the care with which ZBA members must consider each case.  Should you grant me the opportunity to serve on this board, I will do my best to balance the needs of residents, their neighbors and the zoning regulations of our town.

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