Many residents have been reaching out to support one another as the public health crisis unfolded during March, reaching out to elderly neighbors, posting activity suggestions for youngsters online, and more.
Yaron Baitch, a local engineer, figured out how he could use a 3D printer to make plastic face shields for first responders. His idea, which was featured on WTNH, has taken off, with Amity offering up its 3D printers to accelerate the production.
Facebook has become a perfect “meeting spot” to exchange ideas and express encouragement. One Woodbridge youngster was shown playing “Happy birthday” on his trumpet for his neighbor who stood several yards off. Others sing, clap, or bang pots at a certain time similar to what they had seen happening in Europe. But properties are too far apart here for something like that to really take off. Instead, one horse woman in Bethany found a truly hyperlocal way to entertain the neighborhood: she posts upcoming rides and people can request for the pair to come by their house. Some put treats out for the horse. “Unfortunately, I can’t do Woodbridge because it’s too far and I would have to travel on busy roads,” she posted. But several Woodbridge families have driven over to Bethany and parked their cars to see them ride by.
One family in Woodbridge arranged for a car parade to honor the fifth birthday of their daughter. Some 40 cars were driving by, waiving and calling out to the little girl, dressed up like a true princess. It was her attitude that reflects real royalty.
“Reghan was sad that she had to cancel her party,” said her mom. They promised her that she would have a party in the summer. And yet, when the last car had left and they returned to the house she said to her mother, “Momma, I am the happiest girl in the world!”