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News From The Woodbridge Center September 2020

News From The Woodbridge Center September 2020

Members of the Woodbridge Center craft group gather at the white canopy by the Woodbridge Library

Many thanks to the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department and Woodbridge Police Department for their outreach and response to so many residents in need during Hurricane Isaias and in its immediate aftermath.  Please prepare for future storms by stocking up on water, canned goods and batteries.  Residents can also prepare by calling the Human Services Department to be added to the Emergency Call List.  For those who are elderly, have a health issue, are disabled or know someone who falls into these categories, please sign up for the Human Services’ emergency call list.  During emergencies, the department calls listed residents to ensure they are safe and to offer help as needed.  To be added to the list, please call 203-389-3429.

The Town’s Human Services, Library and Recreation Departments have teamed up to provide socially distanced outdoor programming underneath canopies on the Library lawn during the pandemic.  All outdoor programming will require registration—space is limited.  Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.  The canopies will be in place for outdoor classes through October.  In case of rain, all outdoor activities are cancelled.

New Exercise class:  Targeted Strength Training with resistance bands for 60+ meets Wednesdays from 9-10 am beginning September 9 at the Bocce court grove with Michelle Tenney.  The class will run 8 weeks at a cost of $40.00.  Please call to register as space is limited due to social distancing requirements.  Checks may be made payable to The Woodbridge Center.

Exercise with Laurie meets at 10 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Bocce court grove just off the Center parking lot.  Class has a $2 drop-in fee.  This month Laurie Luce will return to teach the class.

Craft group meets Thursdays from 9:30 -11:30 am at the white canopy (just off the Library’s side parking lot).  There will be metal chairs, tables, and social distance!  Bring a chair cushion or your own lawn chair for additional comfort.

Art class with Graham Dale will begin on September 9 from 10 am -12 pm outside by the white canopy with easels, masks and social distance.  The class will run Wednesdays through October 14 with rain date October 21.  For those who do not have a table easel, you may request to use one belonging to The Center.  Class is $30.00 for 6 weeks.  Checks may be made payable to The Woodbridge Center.  Call for a materials list.

Stuff the Bus event:  Coachman Square of Woodbridge will host a Stuff the Bus event, collecting non-perishable food items, to benefit the Woodbridge food pantry on September 9 from 10 am to noon at Coachman Square, 21 Bradley Road.  For a list of needed items, please call 203-389-3429.  Please, no expired items.

Annual Picnic Lunch – September 22:  Drive-thru style!  Box lunches will be provided from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm; RSVP no later than September 15, space is limited.  This event is co-sponsored by Coachman Square of Woodbridge.  Woodbridge seniors may call for reservations and menu.  Drive-thru pick-up is in front of The Woodbridge Center and requires masks.

Memoir Writing Project:  Make good use of time spent in quarantine.  Write down some of your stories.  Use memoir writing to bring interesting memories to life and include letters, postcards, photos, recipes, etc.  Please call The Center to let us know you are working on your personal history.  We’d love to hear from you!  If you want to participate but need assistance, let us know and we’ll find a volunteer to assist.  Entries must be submitted by September 30.  Memoirs will be bound for each participant and a copy of the collection of stories will be available at the Library.  Many thanks to Bailey, Moore, Glazer, Schaefer and Proto LLP for their generous sponsorship.

Transportation for medical appointments and local shopping is available for those 60+ or disabled Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (with some limited exceptions).  Transportation for grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up is also available.  For safety reasons, masks are required and temperatures will be taken.  Call to arrange transportation.  Please know the vehicle is cleaned between each use.

Meals:  Seniors may reserve from a wide selection of frozen meals ($4/meal) by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Meal price will increase to $5 per meal beginning October 6.  All entrees come with a roll and dessert.  Minimum order of two lunches please.

Flu Clinic:  The Woodbridge Center will host a drive-thru Flu Clinic provided by VNA Community Healthcare on October 20 from 11 am – 2 pm, by appointment only.  Contact https://connecticuthomecare.org/flu/ or call 866-474-5230 for reservations.  Call for information on accepted insurance.  The drive-thru will be in front of the Senior Center/Gym entrance of the Center building.  Masks must be worn.  Traffic will flow one-way during the clinic with the entrance on Meetinghouse Lane and exit onto Center Road.

Email address:  Want to receive weekly updates from The Center?  Call or email us with your email address.

Human Services:  Call 203-389-3429 for information.

Masks:  Woodbridge residents may call to arrange pick-up or delivery of a cloth mask.  Volunteers making masks are invited to contact Woodbridge Human Services to donate.

Energy Assistance:  Beginning September 14 Woodbridge residents may call for an appointment to apply for CT Energy Assistance program administered by TEAM Inc.  Income eligibility requirements must be met.  Call Social Worker Judi Young at 203-389-3429.

Food Pantry:  Woodbridge Human Services is available to assist seniors and families in need with non-perishable food items from the food pantry as well as gift cards to Stop & Shop for perishable items.  Please call to speak with a member of the staff.

Donations:  Monetary donations and gift cards are appreciated.  Donations of canned fruit, Parmalat milk, coffee, tea, cereal (hot & cold), tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, cookies, snack foods, baking mixes, oil, bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels and other non-perishable items are welcome.  Please make sure all items are not expired.  Call 203-389-3429 to arrange a no-contact drop-off appointment.

The Human Services Department Social Worker, Judi Young, is available to those in need of assistance due to isolation and other issues associated with long-term quarantine and social distancing.

“Ask the Nurse” program:  The VNA Community Healthcare and Hospice nurse is available to area residents for a virtual visit by appointment, or in-person at the Guilford and Hamden offices on an as needed, case-by-case basis.  Call 866-474-5230 to schedule an appointment.  Please call if you have questions about COVID-19 or other health concerns.

Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information and registration for all programming.

  1. The Tuesday exercise class works with resistance bands to make the most of their workout with Michelle Tenney
  2. Members of the Woodbridge Center craft group gather at the white canopy by the Woodbridge Library

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