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report_from_woodbridgeBy Mayor John McCormac

The “Summer of ‘09” looks to be the best ever in Woodbridge… which is why I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the great events and happenings coming to Woodbridge this summer.

Let’s start with Saturdays in downtown Woodbridge with the kick-off of the “bigger and better” open-air Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 20, in the Town Hall parking lot on Main Street.  This season, the Farmer’s Market will feature more farm stands and vendors… cooking demonstrations by the chef’s at Wegmans… and dozens of special events for kids of all ages.  So, shop the Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and find out what “Woodbridge Fresh” is all about.

Wednesdays come alive with “Music on Main Street.”  Enjoy an assortment of free music on Main Street every Wednesday all summer long… from the Jack Goodman “Swing” Band… to the Tim Gillis Band… to the Woodbridge Community Choir… there’s a show for everyone.  And, return to the days of “classic cars” and “hot rods” when car enthusiasts from across the state start “Cruisin’ on Main Street” on Wednesdays in June, July and August.

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mccormacBy Mayor John E. McCormac

May is Senior Month in Woodbridge Township. Senior Month allows us the opportunity to recognize and challenge senior residents and to provide services and activities that stimulate, educate, and encourage an active and challenging lifestyle.  

Senior Month offers educational, recreational, and entertainment activities designed for senior and adult members of the community and encourages senior residents to engage in health and fitness programs and competition, mind-stimulating activities such as Jeopardy-style games, sudoku, art and music classes, health programs and medical screenings, and senior receptions and community engagements.  

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report_from_woodbridgeBy Mayor John McCormac

The most important task we have in municipal government is to make sure that every Woodbridge Township resident has timely and accurate information before, during, and after emergency situations. As we have seen over the past couple of months, the threat of a disastrous storm, a winter snow alert, or other emergency-related information is something we must plan for as far in advance as possible.

As part of our emergency management safety plan, the Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Information Technology are expanding the township-wide “Reverse 9-1-1” emergency communications telephone alert system – a program where we contact residents with important emergency-related information.

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report_from_woodbridgeBy Mayor John McCormac

On Dec. 21 – the first day of winter – we celebrated the first year anniversary of the newly constructed Woodbridge Township Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center.  The new center, located at 195 Woodbridge Avenue in Sewaren, provides a safe and comfortable haven for the care and housing of dogs, cats and abandoned animals recovered by Woodbridge Animal Control.

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Last year’s opening of the Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center was a milestone in what was a priority project for the township and animal and pet enthusiasts.  Today, the Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center not only meets the needs for the care and sheltering of abandoned and homeless animals, but serves as the region’s premier pet adoption center.  In 2008, a record number 268 dogs, 975 cats and 48 other animals were adopted and given new and loving homes by families from throughout the region and from as far away as New York.

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report_from_woodbridgeBy Mayor John E. McCormac

With the 2008 holiday season coming to a close and the New Year nearly upon us, let’s not forget that there are many less fortunate families throughout Woodbridge Township that need special help each and every day, not just during the holidays.

One of the most important missions I have embraced as mayor is trying to raise public awareness about the need to continually seek donations to keep the township’s food pantry’s stocked throughout the year. We in Woodbridge recognize that hunger knows no season and no boundary. And, our township knows that it is crucial to work every day to collect food so we can help provide the necessities of life to our neighbors who might otherwise go hungry.

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report_from_woodbridgeby Mayor John McCormac

‘Tis the season for holiday merriment, the warmth of family gatherings and the celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and festive traditions. While we enjoy the many events and festivities of the season, let’s not forget that there are many less fortunate families throughout Woodbridge Township that need special help each and every day—not just during the holidays.

More than ever before, we are seeking food donations for the Woodbridge Township food pantries and kitchens that provide for the hungry throughout the holiday’s and into the New Year. We have set a goal to collect at least 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food over the next 45 days – food that will be distributed by our local food pantries as they work to ensure that township residents receive much needed supplies. I would like to once again encourage our always generous township residents to donate a can… or two… or three… of non-perishable foods to help neighbors and families experience a healthier and happier holiday.

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By Mayor John E. McCormac

The most important task we have in municipal government is to make sure that every Woodbridge Township resident with a “Special Need” is “Safe & Secure” during an emergency. As we have seen over the past couple of months, the threat of a disastrous storm (Hurricane Hanna that brushed the Jersey coast and Hurricane Gustav that hit the Gulf coast) or other emergency event is something we must plan for well in advance.

As part of our township-wide emergency management safety plan, we recently announced that every household would receive a “Safe & Secure” registry form in the mail. I am urging any and all township residents who may have difficulty evacuating their residence or place of work during an emergency because of physical or other limitations, or lack of transportation, to sign up for the ‘Special Needs’ registry… that way, we’ll know who to help in advance of an emergency situation when time is of the essence. If you didn’t get a form, and want to register, please contact our Office of Emergency Management at 732-634-5401.

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