Woodbridge Emergency Shelter Information
Many thanks for assistance and support of the First Selectman, the Police Dept., Fire Dept., Dept. of Public Works, Building Maintenance Dept., AMR, District Animal Control, staff of the Human Services Dept., Brookdale Woodbridge and town volunteers who all worked together during the recent ice storm and power outages. The Emergency Shelter, operated by the Human Services Dept., served 58 residents and gave phone support to 41 others on the Emergency Call List. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from being placed on the Woodbridge Emergency Call List, please contact the Human Services Dept. at 203-389-3429. For emergency shelter and assistance during power outages and storms, call the Woodbridge Police Dept. non-emergency number at 203-387-2511.
If you or a family member would like to be added to the United Illuminating Company’s (UI) “Storm Woodbridge Life Support/Life Threatening Medically Code Customer List”, please call UI’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-722-5584 and provide account information along with a doctor’s note. For more information regarding this program please contact UI.
Have you heard of: “You’ve Won” scams, “Grandkid” scams, Identity Theft? Come learn more about Medicare scams, insurance scams, prescription drug scams and other exploitations. Christine Buck, Legal Investigator at the Office of the CT Attorney General, will present information about how to prevent these crimes, what to do if you are a victim and who to contact. This program is offered Tuesday, March 5 at 12:30 pm during the lunch program; call The Center for more information or to reserve a meal.
February Lunch Menu
Lunch is served Tuesday and Friday at The Center café, at 12:15 pm. Cost is $3 for dine-in meals, $4 for take-out. RSVP is required by noon one day prior. Meals include bread, juice, coffee/tea and dessert. 2/5 Chinese New Year! Chicken stir fry, won ton soup, 2/8 Beef pot pie, soup, 2/12 Valentine’s Day! Seafood Newberg, Strawberry Short Cake, 2/15 Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, 2/19 Taco Tuesday! Make your own tacos, black bean soup, 2/22 Vegetable quiche and soup, 2/26 Manicotti, meatballs and garlic bread, 3/1 Shepherd’s pie, 3/5 Meatloaf and potatoes, 3/8 Crab cakes, 3/12 St. Patrick’s Day luncheon (RSVP by 3/5).
Events are held at The Woodbridge Center unless otherwise noted. To RSVP or for questions, call 203-389-3430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 5-April 9: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), 9 am – 12 pm, Tuesdays through April 9. VITA is a free tax preparation service available to low-income individuals, people who have a disability or those who speak limited English. Appointments are made through Human Services and The Woodbridge Center and are available Tuesdays, 9 am – noon. Call for information on required documents and to make an appointment.
February12: Valentine’s Day celebration! Entertainment provided by John Paolillo at 12:15 pm, a delicious Seafood Newberg lunch and strawberry shortcake – join us!
February 13, 26: Tech Wednesdays from 2:45-3:45 pm at the Woodbridge Library. Learn new skills on iPads, smart phones and e-readers. Classes are held in collaboration with the Woodbridge Library. Staff will guide participants through navigating operating systems, mastering messaging, discovering downloadable books and other materials, as well as taking photos and maintaining proper storage techniques. Registration for this free class is required.
February 14: The grand opening of the Meetinghouse Café has been cancelled and will not reopen at this time.
February 26: Lunch entertainment with Jim Sheehan begins at 12:15 pm. RSVP required.
March 4: AARP Safe Driver Class 9 am – 1 pm in The Woodbridge Center lounge. Fee is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Reservations are required.
Breakfast at 10 Lecture Series
February 27: Cooking for 1 or 2 and Proper Freezing Techniques with Elaine Marcucio and Penny Pompa of New England Young at Heart. Learn how to navigate recipes without having to eat leftovers all week—unless you so choose! Freezer-friendly foods, proper containers, and food storage will be discussed. RSVP is requested.
March 27: Adding Years to Your Life & Life to Your Years with Louis Cofrancesco, DC, of Cofrancesco Chiropractic & Healing Arts. RSVP is requested.
All lectures are held in The Woodbridge Center lounge.
Change for Life! Diabetes Prevention Program
Beginning February 6, (call for information on joining in progress) Diabetes Prevention will be offered as an ongoing program that will meet regularly on Wednesdays from 10-11 am in The Center lounge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–National Diabetes Prevention Program can help individuals make a change for life! This program will offer lifestyle changes to help prevent Type 2 diabetes. Groups meet for 16 weekly sessions and six-monthly follow-up sessions with a trained lifestyle coach. There is no fee associated with this program but you must register. This program costs up to $500 at other facilities. The program is sponsored by Griffin Hospital, Area Agency on Aging of South Central CT. To register, please call The Woodbridge Center at 203-389-3430.
New! Weekly Craft Group begins March 21 (Thursday) from 10 am – 1 pm in The Center lounge. Calling all knitters and crocheters to join the group. No RSVP necessary.
New three-month session! Yoga for Healthy Aging Class begins February 22 and meets Fridays, 11:45 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani. Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all. P lease register to reserve your spot—12 sessions for $75. The class fee will be pro-rated if join late.
Mahjong: Monday & Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Room 11.
Exercise with Laurie: Workout includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance. Bring weights if you have them. Class is in the Center gym, Tuesday and Thursday, 10–11 am. No need to sign up— just pay a drop-in fee of $2.
Book Club: The book club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Woodbridge Town Library. The next meeting is February 26 and the book will be Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. New members are welcome.
Art Class: Class begins February 6 and meets each Wednesday, 10 am – 12 pm, in The Center café. The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale. Call to register. The ten-week class is $60 and will be pro-rated for those joining late.
Friday Movies: Following lunch in The Woodbridge Center lounge at 1 pm: 2/8 The Hate U Give, 2/15 Dog Days, 2/22 Favorite Film Friday: Nebraska.
Ask the Nurse: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 11 am – 12:30 pm, blood pressure screenings, weight and conversation with a registered VNA Community Healthcare Nurse in The Center lounge.
Duplicate Bridge: Mondays, 9:30 am, in the café.
Bridge: The Center’s Wednesday bridge group invites new members! Join in for a friendly card game. No reservations—just come to The Center lounge.
Pinochle: Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, 1-4 pm, in The Center lounge. Come any day—the group looks for new players and is willing to bring rusty players up to speed!
Pickleball: Meets Monday-Thursday in the Center gym for group play, 12:30-2:30 pm and Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm. Paid annual members may arrange playing times with other players through the Doodle scheduling tool. Annual membership is $20 for Woodbridge residents and $25 for non-residents. Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.
Bocce: Begins again in April, Tuesdays from11 am – 12 pm at the bocce court in the picnic grove behind the Old Firehouse.
Calling all poker, canasta and spades players—call The Center and let us know if you are interested and we’ll put a group or a game together!
Pictured: Brother and sister-in-law Vinny and Dolores Cofrancesco celebrate their 90th birthdays at the Woodbridge Center’s lunch program. Hot, delicious meals are available by reservation Tuesdays and Fridays for $3.00 eat-in and $4.00 take-out.