Milford, Woodbridge, Bethany briefs
MILFORD >> Mayor Benjamin G. Blake and Fire Chief Douglas A. Edo are calling on residents to sign up for the Milford Alerts Citywide Notification System.
At no cost to local taxpayers, the city uses the system to alert residents about emergencies and other important community news. It provides information quickly for such situations as severe weather, fires, floods, unexpected road closures, or evacuations of buildings and neighborhoods.
It also allows residents to sign up for community news of parade routes, festivals or upcoming meetings.
Residents may select the type of time-sensitive messages they wish to receive and the type of communication device to which messages are delivered, such as a home phone, cell, business phone, e-mail, text message, or hearing impaired receiving device.
To see the public service announcement, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbnyopdWQSc
MILFORD >> The Energy Advisory Board encourages residents to consider home solar programs.
Connecticut Green Bank provides incentives to residents in one-to-four-family, owner-occupied properties in the UI territories.
Incentives are available to customers whether they choose to purchase or lease their system.
Information on the Residential Solar Investment Program, including incentives, can be found at www.energizect.com.
The following characteristics indicate that a good location for a solar system:
• A roof facing south, southeast or southwest (ground mounted systems are an alternative option).
• 35-50 degree roof tilt.
• Clear access to sun for most of the day, unobstructed by trees, roof gables, chimneys or other buildings.
• Adequate roof space and a roof in good condition.
Residents interested in going solar may visit www.gosolarct.com, which is dedicated to providing information needed to make smart decisions about solar for their home.
Residents interested in financing their system can learn about the Smart-E Loan, which offers no money down, low interest financing with flexible terms.
The Green Bank has partnered with local lenders statewide to offer the financing, which can be used to pay for more than 40 home energy improvement measures.
For more information, visit www.energizect.com.
Some installers may offer other financing options including loans, leases and power purchase agreements.
MILFORD >> Michael Grande, managing director at TBNG Consulting, has joined the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
His new board post was effective Sept. 21.
“Mike brings an entrepreneurial spirit and strong business acumen to our group and he will undoubtedly play an active role in improving the quality of our programs that serve our members and the local business community,” said Dewey Forbes, MRCC vice chairman and owner of Sales Marketing Associates.
TBNG Consulting, a Milford IT services company, serves clients throughout the Northeast.
Grande is a co-founder and managing partner of Zentific, a next-generation cyber-security start-up in Milford. He previously was vice president and chief lending officer for a commercial bank in the state.
Grande also is chairman of the board for Notre Dame High School in West Haven, and a lead member of the Business Advisory Council for Chapel Haven.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in management and finance from Providence College.
He lives in Milford with his wife, Lisa, a clinical therapist specializing in children and families, and their daughter, Natalie.
WOODBRIDGE >> Human Services is accepting donations for the Warm Hearts, Warm Homes Campaign Town Fuel/Food Fund through Dec. 31.
It is anticipating a need for $5,000 for the Fuel Bank and $2,000 for the Emergency Food Fund. The funds provide residents with emergency assistance with their primary heating source and emergency food.
“We are expecting an increase in the number of families applying for emergency fuel and food assistance this winter due to the decline in the economy,” said Mary Ellen LaRocca, director of Human Services.
Since Human Services is anticipating an increased need for fuel and food this year, it is inviting schools, church groups and civic organizations to consider sponsoring fundraisers to keep residents warm and safe this winter.
Make checks to the Town of Woodbridge Fuel/Food Fund and mail to Woodbridge Human Services Department, 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge 06525.
WOODBRIDGE >> Woodbridge will receive $400,000 to plan and renovate the interior and exterior of the regional animal shelter that serves Woodbridge, Bethany and Seymour.
Woodbridge administers the temporary shelter and charges a fee to Bethany and Seymour.
“This money will help the town continue to provide the high quality of care for which our shelter is known,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.
Scalettar also thanked the volunteers who have committed to help the town raise the extra money to finish the project.
Woodbridge is among 16 grant recipients in the second round of funding for the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program.
STEAP grants are designed to assist small towns with infrastructure improvement projects. In the past Woodbridge has received STEAP grants to install sidewalks in the business district and repave the Beecher Road School parking lots and sidewalks.
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.
WOODBRIDGE >> The 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.
• 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.
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 we are assuring that component parts and materials of acceptable mattress and box spring units are responsibly recycled while saving the $25 per unit charge we were incurring when we sent such units out mixed in our 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.