With all of the concerns that have been raised over the last seven years over planning for the future of the Country Club of Woodbridge tract, it is troubling that the town leadership has not been more supportive of efforts to sustain, if not strengthen, the various recreational activities for which the property has been utilized for decades and which are now available to all residents. Notwithstanding the Board of Selectmen’s lukewarm support, if not resistance, each of these benefits has shown promise, if appropriately supported and encouraged, for being carried out at little to no expense to the town. It is ironic that Woodbridge currently devotes substantial funds to subsidizing an array of other recreational activities for the use and enjoyment of its residents, but is allowing one of Woodbridge’s largest single assets to slowly wither on the vine in what is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Representative of this not so benign neglect, and of even more concern, is the criticism that has been directed against Woodbridge citizens who have brought Country Club of Woodbridge issues to the attention of our governing body, and who have called for action to address these matters. We should be thanking Maria Cruz Kayne and Amey Marrella for their dedicated efforts to look into and follow up on the long delayed cleanup of contaminated areas at the Country Club. The not-so-subtle animosity that has been directed towards them from the Selectmen’s table has no place in the proper conduct of Woodbridge’s affairs. Further, open sessions in town meetings are supposed to provide an opportunity for residents to freely express their views, whether or not critical of town officials. This, too has been suppressed. More frank and robust discussion of town matters should be encouraged, not quieting them with a gavel or hiding them behind executive sessions.