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LOCAL NEWS

 

CLICK HERE to see what Recreation Programs are available here in Town.

David Elliott, Woodstock's Emergency Management Director, has a newsletter!

Check Military.com to learn about VA Photo ID cards. 

SAVE THE DATE:  Celebrating Agriculture is Saturday, September 22 from 9am-3pm at the Woodstock Fair Grounds! Free parking and free admission to enjoy the forestry fair, entertainment, scavenger hunt, farm equipment, agricultural displays, logging competition, hay ride with farm tour, and of course, the animals! There are breakfast and lunch options. 

News from the Recreation Department! Please stop by and welcome our new Recreation Director, Crystal Adams!  The Recreation office is now located on the Main Level of the Town Hall, Summer Schedule is call for appointment. 860-928-0208 x332. smile

The CT Dept. of Motor Vehicles has implemented a new process for issuing driver Licenses and ID cards.  Click on the link http//ct.gov/dmv for more information.

Quiet Corner Garden Club Programs for 2018.

We love the Quiet Corner!  Click HERE to celebrate all the great places to visit, eat at, and experience!

Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, Crystal Pond Park (fka Camp Nahaco) now has an 18-hole Frisbee Disc Golf Course! Click HERE to learn what's new at Crystal Pond Park!

Click on the link for the 2018 Pomfret Senior Center Calendar, the 2018 Pomfret Senior Newsletter, and the 2018 Pomfret Senior Center Menu.

Sweet Evalina's now offers an Electric Car Charging Station

 

 

FROM THE SELECTMEN

The Treasurer's Office will be closed on Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26 due to attendance at a conference.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Click Here to see the monthly meeting calendar for the Town Hall. Our regular calendar has been taken down for repairs.

The First Selectman holds regular office hours at the Town Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please call 860-928-0208 x310 to set up an appointment.

The Board of Selectmen have set the following new Town Hall Hours and days of operation beginning July 1, 2018: 

All Town Offices will be open Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30PM and Wednesdays 8:30AM to 6:00PM. 

Fridays, the Office of the First Selectman will be open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Fridays in July & January only, the Office of the Tax Collector will be open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Click Here to see the 2018-19 General Government Budget

We know your time is valuable!  But consider volunteering a few hours each month to make a big difference in your community? Listed below are the Boards and Commissions with vacancies available. Please call either the First Selectman's Office or Town Clerk's Office with any questions.  

  • Northeast District Department of Health Board of Directors Representative (1 alternate)
  • Beautification Committee (1 full)
  • Charter Communications (2 full)
  • Conservation Commission (1 full and 3 alternates)
  • Eastern Regional Mental Health Board (1 full)
  • Inland Wetland (3 alternates)
  • Recreation Commission (2 full)
  • Zoning Board of Appeals (3 alternates)
  • Application for Boards and Commissions

The Arboretum: Click HERE to read more about what a treasure the Palmer Arboretum is for Woodstock, or click HERE to get started on some Letterboxing fun!

Many thanks to Savage Systems of Putnam!
View video-recorded Board of Finance meetings.

View the results of our most recent Audit (FY 2017)!  Click for the Single Audit Reports, and Financial Statements!

Safety First! Check out our newest House Numbering Flyer or the "House Number Ordinance" (page 52).

REMINDERS

Pay Taxes Online

Time to renew your dog license at the Office of the Town Clerk!  You can use the drop box out front of town hall if you stop by after hours.  Beginning July 1st we will be closed on Fridays. Until June 29th there will be no penalty. The late fee beginning September 1st, a $3.00 penalty will be assessed.  New dogs should be licensed when they reach 6 months of age and renewal licenses are always purchased in June.  Please remember your rabies certificate.  The fee is $8.00 if dog is fixed and $19.00 if dog is not fixed.

2018 Transfer Station Permits will be 1/2 price beginning September 1st!  Bring your vehicle registration in with you to purchase one!   2018 Transfer Station Regulations--Woodstock

New! A limited number of 2018 Transfer Station permits are now available for purchase by Pomfret residents. Bring your vehicle registration and proof of residency to the Town Clerk during regular business hours to purchase one.  2018 Transfer Station Regulations--Pomfret

Calculate YOUR Taxes with the FY18-19 Mil Rate of 24.50.  Your assessment can be viewed on Vision Appraisal.

Click here for important information from the DMV concerning your car tax bill.

Click here for the Tax Collector's Legal Notice.

Click here for some important information regarding downed power lines.

FROM THE BUILDING OFFICE:  Online building permitting is now available! Click to get started. 

VARIOUS LINKS

Please click here for scam alert from Northeast  Utilities.

white violetYes, the Town of Woodstock does have an official Town Flower!
Recently, a resident posed this question, and after some research by Judith Gries of the Beautification Committee, we have the answer.  It is the White Violet

 

Veterans Affairs

Please click here for information on the 2018 Armed Services Day Luncheon, May 18, 2018.

Please click here for information on the Gypsy Moth Caterpillar presentation.

Click here for picture and click here for article about the 2018 Liberty Bell Award that was awarded to the Danielson Veteran's Coffee House Board of Directors on Law Day this year.

Please contact the First Selectman's office for information and referrals at 860-928-0208 x336.

Soldiers Sailors and Marines Fund Representative, Tom Pandolfi has office hours in the Putnam Town Hall (126 Church Street, Putnam) every Friday from 9am - 11am and on Thursdays at the Killingly Community Center (185 Broad Street, Danielson, 2nd floor) from 1pm - 3pm.  Messages for Tom can be left at 860-963-6800 x160 or on his email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. CLICK HERE to read an interesting article about Tom, who is an exemplary Woodstock citizen!

Connecticut Military Community Coalition Meeting Schedule: Meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 11am - 12:30pm at the the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Smith Street, Middletown, CT 06457.  Click here for the 2018 Meeting Schedule. 

 

Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse 

The Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse  is located at the Killingly Community Center, 185 Broad Street, Danielson. Enter through the rear entrance, 2nd floor, EVERY TUESDAY morning at 9am.  The group also meets on the first Tuesday every month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 190 Wauregan Road, Danielson (1/4 mile past Big Y) at 7pm. Please contact Tom Pandolfi at 860-209-5923 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to join this wonderful group of volunteers.

Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse is collecting old cell phones and their chargers which are provided to Veterans and others in homeless shelters.  Please drop them off at the coffeehouse or any Veteran member.

We are pleased to share the following upcoming programs for the Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse:

Friends of the Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse..........we will no longer be sending out emails regarding the Coffeehouse.  We have our Facebook page, DANIELSON VETERANS COFFEEHOUSE and our web site, www.dvcoffeehouse.com to communicate all news, speakers and events and happenings. Please visit one or both and sign up for and "Like" our page for the latest updates. Thank you for your support, The Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse

The Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse is looking for guest speakers on any topics every Tuesday morning from 9:00 am till it ends.  Please email Tom Pandolfi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Weather-related closing policy of the Danielson Veteran's Coffeehouse: 

  • If the KCC (Killingly Community Center) is closed, the  Coffeehouse will not be open.  This usually follows announcements that the Killingly Town Hall is closed.
  • The KCC does not automatically close if the Killingly schools are closed.  Please listen to WINY Radio for announcements when there are school closings, municipal office closings, and delayed openings.
  • If there is to be a late opening, there will be an attempt to get WINY Radio to make an announcement regarding the Danielson Veteran's Coffeehouse.  To be certain you get the correct info, please listen to WINY Radio or follow the postings on TV.

 Veterans Services

VA Claims Process:  Below is some advice from other vets that have been successful navigating the VA claims process. 

The first step for a vet wanting to win a VA claim is to find a VSO (Veteran Service Officer).  These folks are experts that do not work for the VA. They are veteran's advocates that work for the VFW, DAV, American Legion, etc.  They can often be found in VA hospitals or county offices.  They will ask for a copy of you DD-214.

The second step is to file a claim for a presumptive disease or a non-contestable issue like tinnitus.  If the claim is not going to be automatically granted (presumptive or non-contestable), you need to have a condition that occurred in service and be able to prove it - such as gunshot wound residuals or PTSD; in short, an official diagnosis and a nexus.

A nexus or service connection is imperative.  This might be a doctor's statement that states that your condition more likely than not was the result of your service.  Perhaps the best advice is to immediately take any correspondence that you get from the VA directly to your VSO.  Trying to respond to the VA yourself can be very discouraging.  The VSO knows how to deal with VA correspondence.

After you contact a Veteran Service Officer (VSO), you can ask your Member of Congress or Senator to place a congressional flash on the claim to expedite the claim if you:

  • Can prove financial hardship (late bills)
  • Impending homelessness (notice to quit or late mortgage notice)
  • Claimant is over 88 years old
  • Former POW
  • Hospice/end of life care letter from doctor

The congressional flash and assistance from Congressman Courtney's office will ensure it is completed as fast as possible.  Please call Congressman Courtney's office at 860-886-0139 and speak with his Vet Rep to expedite a claim at the VA.

VA Pensions: The non-service connected pension is for very vulnerable veterans that live at the poverty line.  Ask a VSO for assistance with this application too.

The State of CT has two outstanding VSOs in the Norwich Office and you can reach them for consultation or make an appointment at 860-887-9162.

State of Connecticut Guide to Benefits - Please see visit this website:  http://portal.ct.gov/DVA/Pages/State-of-CT-Guide-to-Benefits/Benefits

Online Tutoring:  The U. S. Department of Defense provides online tutoring from Tutor.com at no cost to DoD service members.  Eligible students can connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-to-one help with homework, test prep, proofreading and more in  40+ subjects.  Click here to learn more.

Puppies Behind Bars:  Prison inmates train service dogs for wounded veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.  Click here for information.

FREE Acupuncture for Veterans and Military:   Click here for information.

Horse Feathers Veterans Program specializes in helping veterans with post-traumatic stress and/or with physical challenges.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Evelyn Bailey, Asst. Director 860-581-0902 or Jackie Mickiewicz, Coordinator 860-550-1955.

The Department of Homeland Security is hiring veterans. Click here to go to their website.

Train as a Volunteer to Help Hospice Patients:  Click here for information.

Shop Online:  Benefits Honorably Discharged Veterans.  Click here for information.

UCONN School of Business Course:  Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.  Click here for information

If you spent time at Camp Lejeune here are additional healthcare resources available to you & your family if you qualify. https://twitter.com/i/web/status/948234968714633223

Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued another warning - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have issued another warning to veterans about the latest scam against veterans.  Scammers have come up with another manipulative strategy to rip-off veterans. According to VA executives, the scam seems to working on all cylinders, and with great success in getting veterans to hand over money. Veterans have been contacting their local VA’s in droves so far this month complaining about being ripped off by VA employees. In contacting veterans, the scammers are posing as VA representatives and offering VA loans to veterans.  The catch, the veteran must pay up front fees to cover administrative costs of processing the “VA Loan.”  Of course, there is no VA Loan, and veterans find themselves out of fees ranging from $75 to $675.  It appears the scammers will get as much money from the veteran as the veteran will give.

 

Veterans Events

69th Annual Connecticut Armed Forces Day Luncheon - Luncheon will be on Friday, May 18th at the Aqua Turf Club 556 Mulberry Street, Southington, CT.  Social hour begins at 11am. The cost is $30 per person.

New England Adventures - Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details or to sign up for an event.

Caregivers' Day - Reconnect with your Mind, Body, Spirit and Energy with Deborah Stegmaier, Founder of Well-Being for Warriors, and Albert Guillion, LFT on Saturday, April 7 from 9:45am - 4pm at the Veterans Basecamp, 108 England Road, Chaplin, CT.

ANNUAL WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY CEREMONY - THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 1:00 P.M. STATE CAPITOL North Lobby. RSVP to Tammy Marzik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-616-3603.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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