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“I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” – Maya Angelou

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Human Rights Week began on December 9, 2001.

President George W. Bush declared the first Human Rights Week (it has since become a monthlong worldwide holiday).

UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS MONTH -December 2022 - National Today


  1. Reread the Bill of Rights

    Research what these freedoms mean to you. This time of understanding also honors the work of those who brought them into existence.

  2. Do some volunteering

    Organizations such as Amnesty International (a charity that works to support and spread awareness of human rights) are always looking for volunteers. Do your part to help protect others.

  3. Give back to your community

    Help those who are hurting in your own community. After all, to start changing the world, sometimes you just need to start locally.




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Breast Cancer Screening Tests and Recommendations | Susan G. Komen®

Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Susan G. Komen

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2022 - National Breast Cancer Foundation

Please remember to do monthly self examinations.  Early detection saves lives.

Breast examination for her

Breast examination for him

“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.” —Unknown



Our very own Woodbury Courthouse was renamed the Judge Edward J. Kellman Court House on July 15th, 2022.  Please see the below press release.  

pdf Joint Press Release Skoufis Woodbury Officials Honor Beloved Town Justice Educator with Courthouse Dedication (200 KB)

                         Courthouse_Skoufis_Judges_and_Board_2_2.jpg   Courthouse Supervisor Speaking 

                 Woodbury Courthouse 2    Courthouse Senator Skoufisr Speaking

                    Courthouse Judge Hasin peaking    Courthouse Judge Schonberg peaking

                   Woodbury Courthouse 2

                                            Courthouse Plaque Dedication

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month brings attention to the widespread issue of mental illness that affects millions of people across America.

Every year, local communities organize events and activities that bring the conversation about mental health into public view.

The origins of Mental Health Awareness Month date back to 1949 when Mental Health America (then known as the National Association for Mental Health) first organized an observance in May as a way to raise awareness and erase the stigma attached to mental illness.

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed every year since and remains a time where those who suffer from mental illness can be reminded of the support available to them and feel a little less alone in their struggles.

Mental illness is a term used to describe mental health conditions that impact mood, thinking, and behavior. These disorders may interfere with a person’s ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.

Common mental illnesses include:

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness affecting an estimated 48 million people in the U.S per year (19.1%), followed by mood disorders (9.7%).

Symptoms vary depending on the type of mental illness one is struggling with. However, some common symptoms associated with many types of mental illness include:

  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Social withdrawal
  • Emotional numbness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Excessive fear and worry
  • Self-harm
  • etc.

The signs and symptoms of mental illness can often be confused for various other ailments such as stress, fatigue, or even teenage hormones. 

Other conditions may also mask a person’s true struggle with mental health such as an eating disorderaddiction, or even physical pain that does not have a clear source (such as back pain).

Please watch out for the signs, be there for your family and friends.  Provide the necessary support they need and realize this is not a stigma.  

Mental Health Awareness Month - Bing video

Mental Health Awareness Exercises - Bing video

Mental Health Awareness: The Ultimate Guide [2022] - Mental Health Foundation

 Suicide Prevention     

Preventing Suicides in Construction | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (



Woodbury Residents,

I hope  you enjoy our second Woodbury Monthly Newsletter.  

Best regards,

Supervisor Thomas J. Burke

pdf b. February 2022 Woodbury Monthly Newsletter from Mayor Giacomazza and Supervisor Burke (1.80 MB)