Local Briefs

2 online resources

available at Woodbridge Town Library

WOODBRIDGE >> Woodbridge Town Library has two new online resources available for Woodbridge patrons: Hoopla Digital and Lynda.com.

Hoopa Digital provides public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, all available for mobile and online access. Lynda.com provides access to more than 4,000 free courses online.

Woodbridge resident card-holders can download the free Hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com for thousands of titles — from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers — available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.

Residents can use Lynda.com online to learn new business, creative, and tech skills with expert-led online video tutorials, any time, anywhere. PCMag says that lynda.com is “hands-down one of the best sources for online learning. When you need skills training fast, lynda.com is the go-to source for high-quality results.”

“We strive to be an integral source for learning and entertainment in our community,” said Eric Werthmann, director at Woodbridge Town Library.

“Our new partnership with hoopla digital and Lynda.com helps us continue that mission, and we’re excited that these new services will give our patrons 24/7 access to a wide variety of library content and educational courses.”

Both services will debut Oct. 1.

The services are available to Woodbridge patrons with a valid library card. For any questions, contact the Adult Services Department at the Woodbridge Town Library at 203-389-3434.

Residents may apply

for energy aid

WOODBRIDGE >> The Woodbridge Human Services Department is scheduling appointments for Woodbridge residents for the 2016-2017 Connecticut Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM Inc.

Income eligibility requirements must be met.

Verification of income and assets must be submitted with the application. This includes copies of the last bank statement(s) or checks(s) for:

• Pay stubs (last four), or income verification from the individual’s employer.

• Social Security benefits notice.

• Supplemental Security income.

• Pension.

• Unemployment.

• Alimony/child support.

• Interest and dividend income.

• Utility bill.

In addition, the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of all family members residing with the applicant are required.

For more information regarding the Energy Assistance Program, or to schedule an appointment, call Woodbridge Human Services Director Mary Ellen LaRocca or Judi Young at 203389-3429.

Mattresses can be recycled any time

BETHANY >> Residents no longer have to call for a Saturday bulky waste appointment in order to dispose of unwanted mattress and box springs.

The Bethany Solid Waste and Recycling Committee has announced that the town has joined the state-mandated (Public acts 13-42/14-170) and mattress-industry funded Connecticut Mattress Recycling Program.

This program benefits the environment as well as the residents and taxpayers of Bethany.

Through participation in the MRP the town is assuring that component parts and materials of acceptable mattress and box spring units are responsibly recycled while saving the $25 per unit charge being incurred when such units were sent out mixed in the bulky waste.

Here are the requirements:

• Mattresses and box springs will be accepted any time that the recycling center is open. There is a special metal container for the program.

• See the attendant before unloading any units.

• Acceptable units must be dry and cannot have any major soiling, damage or any bedbugs.

• Any units found to be unacceptable to the program will then be treated as normal bulky waste and there will be a $25 per unit charge payable in cash at time of dropoff.

• For more information, call 203-393-1555 or stop by the recycling center for answers before bringing bedding units for disposal.

Sorting of recyclables has changed

BETHANY >> Residents are reminded that the sorting requirements for the recycling center have recently changed as follows:

• Metal and aluminum cans, clean foil and pie plates should now be combined with Nos. 1-7 plastics. They should no longer be put in the big metal trash can.

• Cereal boxes and light paperboard should now be combined with mixed papers, and not put with cardboard.

Actual corrugated cardboard is now a single separate item and the paperboard products are now considered mixed paper.

A printed list of the sorting requirements can be obtained at the recycle center shed or at the tax collector’s office at Town Hall.

Recycle center stickers for vehicles may also be obtained at the tax collector’s office.

Bethany program

registering pupils

BETHANY >> Bethany Nursery Group, 511 Amity Road, is registering pupils.

The preschool program is for children ages 3-5 years and has operated in town more than 50 years.

The staff goal is to provide a program rich with literature and learning opportunities while still leaving ample time to play, create and explore.

It aims to help children with academic, social, fine- and gross-motor skills, with an appropriate balance of structured and self-initiated activities that allow students to develop self esteem and independence.

The program aims to meet the specific developmental needs of each students, and follow the guidelines set up by NAEYC and the Board of Education.

Two-, three-, four- and five-day programs with varied hours are available. For families to visit the school, call 203-393-3032 or email bethanynurserygroup@gmail.com.

Amity Teen Center seeks funds for building upgrades

WOODBRIDGE >> The nonprofit Amity Teen Center Inc., 10 Selden St., is seeking sponsors to help fund electrical and HVAC upgrades and energy-efficient siding and windows.

The teen center was established in 1987 to provide a safe environment for area youths after school and on weekends.

The ATC has applied for funding under the Neighborhood Assistance Act for its Energy Conservation Program.

Corporations that pay state income tax can receive a 100 percent state tax credit for donations for these purposes.

In effect, every dollar donated is offset by the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit. The companies are helping the center at no cost to themselves, as well as improving the environment.

The contribution must be made between by Oct. 1.

The building was purchased, renovated and opened in 2006.

Energy costs have steadily risen and have reduced funds available to operations.

For information, go to www.ct.gov/drs/lib/drs/fillable_forms/2016forms/naa-02- fillable.pdf, call Linda Cohen at 203-980-3409.

Plaque program eyed for historic homes

WOODBRIDGE >> The Amity and Woodbridge Historical Society is offering a plaque program for historic homes in Woodbridge.

Historic homes are a reminder of the history of the town and the people who lived here. The program is to honor and call attention to the historic buildings in town through the issuance of plaques bearing the name of the original owner or occupants, and the date of construction.

Residents interested in purchasing and installing a plaque for a home, may visit www.woodbridgehistory.org for more information and an application form.

Or email info@woodbridgehistory.org.

The society anticipates starting the program in the fall, based on the interest received.