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The Woodbridge Center – May 2021

The Woodbridge Center – May 2021
Jessica Esposito
Jessica Esposito

Jessica Esposito is the Center’s new Clerical Program Assistant. Jessica brings with her a master’s degree, a diverse employment history working with people, and a kind demeanor

Are you over 55 years old?  Contact The Woodbridge Center at 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information and registration for all programming.

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Mother’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon:  Celebrate all mothers at the next drive-thru luncheon on Thursday, May 6 from 12 to 1 pm.  This delicious lunch of quiche Lorraine, fresh fruit and a special dessert is generously provided and sponsored by Elaine Marcuccio of New England Young at Heart, Whitney Rehab, and Artis Senior Living. Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 4.

Monthly drive-thru lunches continue!  Stay tuned for delicious details on the Father’s Day drive-thru lunch coming in June.

In-person programs resume!  COVID Guidelines for in-person programming have been established to help protect all clients and provide for gatherings in the safest way possible.  These guidelines will be distributed to each person before or at the start of the first class.  Preregistration and masks are required for all classes.  All classes (except Pickleball) will be held outside.  During inclement weather, classes will be inside the Center Building with social distancing.  Please call (203-389-3430) to sign-up or for more information.

The following programs will meet under the Newton Road Canopy.  For added comfort, bring your own lawn chair.  During inclement weather, programs will meet in the Center Cafeteria:

Craft Group meets Thursdays, 10 am to 12 pm.  Bring your current knitting or crocheting project and enjoy some long over-due social time.  Instructor available if needed.

Painting for Pleasure with Graham Dale:  All levels are welcome, Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 pm beginning April 28.  Come paint your choice of subject with acrylics or watercolors – call for materials list.  10-week session/$60—no class 5/5.  The fee will be prorated for those joining late.

The following programs will meet in the Grove Canopy.  During inclement weather, programs will meet in the Center Gym:

Exercise with Laurie continues Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 to 11 am.  Enjoy an aerobic, cardio and strength training (bring your own 1-to-2-pound hand weights) workout to upbeat music.  $2 per class fee.

Targeted Strength Training:  Mondays, 9 to 10 am beginning May 10.  Led by Michele Tenney, this exercise class uses exercise bands to focus on strengthening specific muscle groups to help increase balance, stability, and flexibility.  Bands are available for purchase through the instructor.

Pickleball:  Monday thru Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 pm in the Center Gym.  Two sessions each day beginning May 10.  Prior court sign-up is required.  Limited number of participants.  Please call (203-389-3430) for more information.

Zoom classes continue:

Get to the Point of Health Lecture Series:  Join Christine Buck, Legal Investigator from the State of CT Attorney General’s Office, Friday, May 14 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm for the next no cost lecture, “Keeping Your Financial Health and Well-being by Avoiding Scams”.  This presentation can be accessed via Zoom and WGATV channel 79.  Call (203-389-3430) to register and obtain the Zoom link.

AAA Defensive Driving Course is offered virtually May 4, 11, 18, 25, and June 1.  This free, four-hour class, taken from the comfort of your own home, may qualify you for an auto insurance discount upon completion.  Register at: www.AAA.COM/DEFENSIVEDRIVING.

Services offered:

Michael Arcangelo
Michael Arcangelo

Michael Arcangelo joins the Center’s Transportation Program as a driver with experience in commercial driving and a patient and warm personality

Transportation for medical appointments is available for those 60+ or with disabilities Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm with limited exceptions.  Transportation for grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up is also available.  Call to arrange transportation via car or wheelchair accessible van.  For safety reasons, masks are required, and temperatures will be taken.  Please know the vehicle is cleaned between each use.

Meals:  Seniors may reserve flash frozen meals ($5/meal) by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including chicken parmesan, stuffed chicken breast with broccoli and cheese, meatloaf, and cranberry, ginger salmon.  Meals include a vegetable, roll and dessert.  Minimum order of two meals please.

New!  Flash frozen soups are now available for $1 per 12 oz. container.  Varieties may include:  matzah ball, mushroom, carrot ginger, Tuscan bean and more.  Call (203-389-3430) to place your order!  Soup must be ordered with meals or a minimum of 5 soups must be ordered at a time.

Boredom Busters:  Puzzles and brain games (word searches/crossword puzzles) are available.  Call The Woodbridge Center to arrange for pick-up.

Looking for company?  Call Judi Young, senior services social worker, at 203-389-3429 to arrange for a Friendly Visitor.

Does your partner have early-stage dementia?  Yale is conducting a Stress Reduction Study for Partners of Early-Stage Dementia.  Learn stress reduction techniques.  Compensation for participation is offered.  To learn more or find out if you are eligible, contact Kathleen Williams at 203-641-5373 or email kathleen.williams@yale.edu.

Staff recipe pick:  Each month a favorite recipe from one of our Center staff will be featured.  This month, Kristy Moriarty, Senior Center Director, shares a variation of one of her favorite recipes that originated from Once Upon a Chef’s, Jennifer Segal.

Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers and Avocado in a Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette


  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (12 oz.) can or 1 ½ cups frozen corn (cooked and cooled)
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots or red onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (4 tablespoons dried)
  • 2 avocados, chopped


  • Combine all ingredients except for avocados in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight.
  • Right before serving, add avocados.
  • Serve at room temperature.
  • Enjoy.

Pictured: The Thursday Craft group met indoors on April 15 for the first time since March 2020

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