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4/23/2021 - 4.23 TOWN UPDATE
Dear Fairfielders,

This week our nation watched our justice system get it right with the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. While this verdict is far from a long-standing solution to the racial issues facing our country, it provides some solace that we’re headed in the right direction.

In the midst of these difficult times, I am encouraged by our community's willingness to come together to engage in important conversations or peacefully protest. The Town of Fairfield continues its commitment to treat all of its residents equally in its policing and Town government operations. 
 
I am grateful for the men and women in the Fairfield Police Department, who dedicate themselves and continue to rise to the challenges presented to serve and protect all our residents with professionalism and integrity. 
 
Unfortunately, on the heels of what is happening at the national level, during last night’s Racial Equity and Justice Task Force (REJTF) Meeting there was an individual who disrupted the Zoom meeting to share disturbing material while using vile, racist language. The police were notified immediately and began an investigation into this horrible act.
 
REJTF Co-Chairwoman Lefkowitz shared the link of the meeting with me last night, and I was disgusted by this cowardly act. We don’t know at this time if this person is a member of our community or acting from outside Fairfield or even Connecticut. Regardless, we should not allow this racist act to set back our work in moving forward toward positive and important change. I was in communication with Chief Kalamaras yesterday and today, regarding the ongoing investigation, and will continue to communicate updates to our community.
 
I want Fairfield to be a place where people of all backgrounds and cultures feel safe, valued, and heard. Change comes from listening, learning, and discussing these issues openly and honestly with each other.

Below are some opportunities where you can express your opinions on these important issues: 
COVID-19 UPDATES

FAIRFIELD VACCINE CLINIC
I could not be more proud of our entire Health Department, including Health Director Sands Cleary, for reaching a huge milestone at our vaccine clinic this week. As of this Thursday, our Health Department has administered more than 20,000 vaccinations into the arms of Connecticut residents since we started on December 23rd!

I am filled with pride for our Health Department staff, nurses, MRC and CERT volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make our vaccine clinic a success.

The Fairfield Health Department's vaccine clinic will soon begin to start offering walk-in appointment times. Please check their Facebook page for the latest times and availability for walk-in appointments. Appointments are also available through VAMS for any other vaccine clinic in the state.
So fun to watch our Health Director and Health Department staff celebrate the actual 20,000th shot at our clinic, administered on Thursday
REOPENING CT
This week Governor Lamont announced plans to eliminate most of the State's COVID-19 restrictions for every sector by May 19, 2021, with the exception of certain mask requirements that will remain in effect. The changes will include:

Effective Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • The curfew for restaurants, entertainment venues, recreation venues, and theaters will be moved back one hour to 12:00 am midnight.
  • Bars that do not serve food can open for service – OUTDOOR ONLY. Food is still required when serving alcohol indoors.
  • The 8-person per table limit will be lifted – OUTDOOR ONLY. The limit remains in effect for indoor dining.

Effective Wednesday, May 19, 2021

  • All remaining business restrictions will end.
  • Indoor masks will continue.
  • The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will issue recommendations for indoor and large outdoor events (e.g., concerts).


For a comprehensive list of sector rules, click here 
TOWN GOVERNMENT

FIRE
On Wednesday, I had the honor of joining Fire Chief Denis McCarthy to present awards and medals to both Fairfield firefighters and members of our community. While each award differed in criteria, they all shared a level of selflessness, valor, and exceptionalism in spite of unimaginable circumstances. I thank each and every firefighter for their continued sacrifice and bravery for our Town.

Unit Citation for Valor
Awarded to members of a unit citied for duties performed with the confidence and professionalism that is consistent with heroic efforts as seen in the fire service.
(Recommended by the Medal Review Board and Awarded by the Fire Commission)
  • Assistant Chief George Gomola
  • Lt. Dennis Eannotti
  • Lt. Leroy Corbo
  • FF Mark Goletz
  • FF George Heath
  • FF Brendan Murray
  • FF Matthew Striebe
  • FF Erik Hubbell
  • FF Jeffrey DeNitto
  • FF Will Malkin
  • FF Kyle Smith
  • FF Dominic Cocchia
  • FF Frank Zwierlein
  • FF Richard Bassett
  • Master Mechanic Richard Demko
David W. Russell Jr. Exceptional Medical Service Award
For exceptional actions beyond the norm at an emergency medical call resulting in the saving of a life.
(Recommended by the Medal Review Board and Awarded by the Fire Commission
  • Lt. Justin Greenhaw
  • FF Justin Crawford
  •  FF Frank Zwierlein
  • Lt. Leroy Corbo
  •  FF David Mitkowski
  •  FF Erik Hubbell
Chief’s Letter of Recognition
Chief McCarthy also awarded two "Chief's Letter of Recognition Awards", which is awarded to an individual(s) for actions which are deemed worthy of recognition. On March 13th of this year, Charles and Terre Shelley jumped into action and saved two of their elderly neighbors lives when they noticed a fire coming from their home late that night. It was an honor to take a moment and recognize them both for their selfless acts and willingness to risk their personal safety save their neighbors.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING & LOCAL ZONING LAWS 

FSA INFORMATIVE ZOOM SESSION ON HOUSING 
If you did not get a chance to attend The Fairfield Senior Advocates (FSA) Informative Zoom Session on April 13th from 4:00 PM -5:00 PM ,where Fairfield State Senator Tony Hwang and Fairfield State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey provided updates and took questions on affordable housing and local zoning bills click here (use passcode 1.M0a6yn)


TOWN HALL ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING & LOCAL ZONING LAWS
I've been contacted by many residents in our Town with questions about the State's affordable housing laws. I will be hosting an informational Town Hall meeting for our community to discuss affordable housing, local zoning laws, the 8-30g statute, and legislation being proposed in our state legislature on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 6 PM, for the public to discuss. There will be a panel discussion on these topics where community members are invited to participate with comments and questions. 

Panel members will include: 
 
State Senator Tony Hwang
State Representative Laura Devlin
State Representative Jennifer Leeper
State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey
Town Plan and Zoning Director Jim Wendt
Town Plan and Zoning Commission Chair Matt Wagner
Community and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart
While many Fairfielders continue to get vaccinated every single day, I want to remind our community that the virus is still among us. In addition to getting vaccinated, please continue to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing, because these are the best forms of protection against COVID-19. 

Please scroll below for more Town updates, COVID-19 Data/Vaccinations/COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, Mental Health Resources, and other helpful information/resources. 

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

We Are In This Together,




Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman
                                       COMMUNITY EVENTS 

FAIRFIELD EARTH DAY CELEBRATION 2021
Fairfield’s annual Earth Day observation kicked off on Monday, April 19 with a week-long celebration of spring and Planet Earth that – in a nod to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic – were mostly centered online, but will conclude with an open-air event tomorrow, showcasing some of today’s most exciting electric-powered vehicles. 

Fairfield’s Drive Electric Earth Day EV showcase will take place in conjunction with Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration at the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, Saturday April 24th from 10am-1pm at 841 Old Post Road.

Please consider bringing a new pair of socks to donate to the YMCA’s clothing drive for a local shelter.

For more details click 
here.
DEA DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands.
That's dangerous and often tragic. With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration announces its 20th Take Back Day is scheduled for April 24th.

For more details click 
here.
9TH ANNUAL WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES 
Join the Center for Family Justice (CFJ) Bridgeport on Saturday, April 24th at 9 AM for a live virtual program hosted by Gary MacNamara of Sacred Heart University as part of their 9th Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes®. This is a community awareness event where men and boys take the first step to end violence against women and girls. Everyone is welcome to participate! High Heels Optional.

They ask that you walk with CFJ individually anytime during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April 1 – April 30). Click here for registration information.

Funds raised from the walk will support Camp HOPE America – Bridgeport, CFJ’s therapeutic summer camp and year-long mentoring program for young people ages 7-17 who have experienced the trauma of domestic and/or sexual violence.

COMMUNITY SAILING OF FAIRFIELD 
Community Sailing of Fairfield, a local group of experienced sailing and kayaking enthusiasts, will be hosting a free, three-part safe sailing seminar series open to the public via Zoom starting in April.

The sailing safety classes will be taught by Community Sailing of Fairfield (CSF) member Ginny Worcester, a professional sailing instructor who for many years has taught sailing at local yacht clubs and schools. 

The classes will take place Tuesday evenings April 20, April 27 and May 4 at 7 pm. For the Zoom link and other relevant information click 
here.
GLOW ON THE GREEN 
May 14 at 6 PM at H. Smith Richardson .. 
HERE
COVID-19 UPDATE:

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents can visit ct.gov/coronavirus. You can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.
VACCINE INFORMATION:  
ALL adults in Connecticut over the age of 16 are eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment.

*Please note, Pfizer is currently the only vaccine that is approved for individuals under the age of 18 years.
 

The Fairfield Health Department is excited to announce that in conjunction with Hartford Healthcare and Black Rock Church there will be a Pfizer mobile clinic on May 4th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm at the church.  If you would like to register for an appointment at this clinic please call the COVID Vaccine Call Center at 203-256-3082 to make your appointment.  The deadline to make appointments is April 28th.
 

If you fall under Phase 1a, an Educator/Staff in pre-K-12, or a Childcare Provider, you should receive information from your employer or school administrators on how to register for vaccine appointments. For those in the Phase 1b category of 16 and older, you should complete the State form below:

State Form - 16 & Older
If you are having difficulty scheduling your appointment through VAMS, here are some links that may be helpful: VAMS Navigation Instructions and How to Create your VAMS Account and Schedule Your First Appointment
    • CT Vaccine Portal for locations throughout the State
    •  Yale New Haven Health - If your Doctor is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health you can create an appointment through MyChart
    • Hartford HealthCare - Hartford HealthCare is taking vaccination appointments for their locations at Sacred Heart University and St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport. For more information, you can find it here
    • Stamford Hospital - You can check your eligibility and schedule an appointment with Stamford Hospital. For more information, please click here
    • Walgreens - There are limited Walgreens Pharmacies who are offering COVID-19 vaccinations throughout CT.  For more information and a list of their locations, please see their website. 
    • CVS - There are limited CVS Pharmacies who are offering COVID-19 vaccinations throughout CT. For more information and a list of their locations, please see their website.
    • Veteran's Affairs VA CT - Eligibility includes anyone who served in the military, spouses of veterans, and caregivers of veterans. Hosting several walk-in clinics. No appointment necessary. 
    Please be aware of two COVID-19 vaccine scams circulating. One scam is a phone call, email, or letter from a vaccine manufacturer (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, or Moderna) asking for:

    1. Social Security Number to help you get a vaccine appointment.
    You should NEVER give out your Social Security number for the vaccine.

         2. Offering cash rewards or gift cards in exchange for completing a survey. The survey asks for personal information, such as your date of birth and insurance information.
    The vaccine manufacturers will never contact you directly to gather information.

         For accurate and regularly updated information about the COVID Vaccine, please visit the Fairfield Health Department Vaccine update page: 
    https://www.fairfieldct.org/news/?FeedID=4155.
    CDC's Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals:


    Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 = 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or = 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

    Fully vaccinated people can:
    - Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or physical distancing.
    - Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing a mask or physical distancing.
    - Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.

    For full guidance, please visit:
     https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
    Fairfield's COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 203-256-3082. 
    If you are a Fairfield resident who is currently eligible with questions or are homebound and need to schedule a mobile COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you can call our COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center where a CERT volunteer will assist you in obtaining an appointment. The phone line is targeted to provide support and guidance for eligible vaccine recipients. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and voicemails will be returned when calls come in outside the operating hours.
     
    The State Appointment Assistance Hotline is 1-877-918-2224 is available for assistance. Click here for the State Fact Sheet about the vaccine.

    We will continue to post the latest information on the Town website, and the social media pages for the Health Department, the Town of Fairfield and my office. For a full listing of those social media pages, click here
    Fairfield County COVID-19 Vaccine Survey: Fairfield County leaders are inviting community members to share their opinions about COVID-19 vaccines. By taking the COVID-19 Vaccine Survey, you’ll help us better understand the needs of our community during the pandemic and beyond. Please take a few minutes to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Survey by clicking here.
    Town Data: The Town of Fairfield has had 5,086 cases to date, and 202 of Fairfield residents have sadly lost their lives. Charts and data on Fairfield cases, including daily & weekly changes, age, gender, nursing home statistics, testing results, different trends, and university statistics, can be found at www.fairfieldct.org/covid19data. The Health Department updates this page regularly.

    The Health Department also updates the COVID-19 School Data page, which details the school-related metrics and is updated each week as the State releases the data. The Fairfield Board of Education also has a dashboard on their homepage at https://www.fairfieldschools.org.
    Drive-Through Testing Location: Thanks to a partnership with Yale New Haven Health, Fairfield's drive-through COVID-19 testing location at 140 Mill Plain Road opened Monday, March 1.The location is open for testing seven days a week from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM to all Connecticut residents and populations, including pre-procedure, asymptomatic, symptomatic, and healthcare workers. We are so excited what this testing site means for our Town in beating this virus!

    You can view a compilation of COVID-19 testing locations, including 140 Mill Plain Road, by clicking the "Testing Locations" button below.
    Testing Locations
    Coronavirus Funeral Assistance:


     
    Feeling in Crisis?
    When you or a family member may be feeling overwhelmed, know that there are free options to help you talk through your crisis--and to send help when necessary. Fairfield Social Services is here to help. Call 203-256-3170 for more information.
     
    Being a parent or caregiver during COVID can be extremely stressful. It is perfectly normal to be experiencing varying emotions and feel overwhelmed. No matter what you're feeling, we're here to listen.  Parents and caregivers can call the toll-free Talk It Out line to discuss their feelings in a judgement-free environment. Call: 1-833-258-5011 or Visit:
     www.talkitoutct.com 
     
    Resources for Mental Health:
    If you or a loved one is struggling:
    CT Information Hotline 211 or go to www.211ct.org for mobile crisis support for individuals and/or children.
    The Hub CT is Southwest Connecticut’s Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization. Check their website for useful resources for mental health, prevention and wellness.  https://www.thehubct.org/
    Mental Health Crisis Text Line - Text “SHARE” to 741741
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK (8255)
    Kids in Crisis also has a 24-hour hotline for assistance 203-661-1911. 
    NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health):If you need to talk to someone, text NAMI to 741741 or call the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
    Alcoholics Anonymous - Click 
    here to find a meeting.
    Bridgeport Hospital’s REACH Program is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for children, adolescents, adults and seniors.  REACH is accessible to anyone, and covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurance programs.  Please 
    click this link to learn more about the extensive range of treatment options available
    Dogs on Leashes: 
    After careful consideration with the Town's Director of Health, I have decided to lift restrictions requiring all dogs remain on leashes at our open spaces effective immediately. The Rules and Regulations for Open Space Properties will be restored to their pre-pandemic limits. Specifically dogs will be allowed off-leash pursuant to Section 14 (e),  which requires all dogs to be kept under voice command or leash control at all times on open space areas and 14(f) All dogs shall be kept on leash if the animals are within 100 ft. of parking lots or picnic areas. Note: Effective April 1 dogs are not allowed on public beaches. Click here for a list of open spaces on page 11.
     
    Note: Pets that cannot be controlled by voice commands must be kept on leash.
     
    The decision to return to pre-pandemic rules and regulations is consistent with the State of CT Sector Rules and CDC guidance. State guidance allows low and moderate risk activities.
     
    CDC Guidance (excerpted)
    • Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.
    • Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people outside the household.
    To read the rules and regulation in their entirety click here.
    CONTINUED TOWN GOVERNMENT

    Assessment Appeals –  Hearings with the BAA began on Tuesday, March 2, and concluded on March 29, 2021. Due to the volume of appeals, the BAA has been granted an extension to May 15 to complete its work. 

    The Board is now focusing on deliberating and making decisions on all the appeals before it. 

    Meeting agendas will be posted at 
    www.fairfieldct.org/baa/agendas. Information on what groups of appeals are likely to be discussed and any delays in start times/meeting cancellations will be posted to the Board’s home page (www.fairfieldct.org/baa ), shortly before the start of each meeting. Please be aware that meeting discussions can change depending on how many appeals are decided at previous meetings and what board members are in attendance on a particular night. Recordings and minutes can be accessed through the Board’s home page within seven days of a meeting.
     

    For more detailed information on the next steps in the Appeals process, click the "Assessment Appeals Information" button below.

    Check back for updates and information posted at fairfieldct.org/taxassessor
    Assessment Appeals Information
    Tax Deferment – The revised property tax, 90-day deadline extension (an additional 60 days beyond the normal grace period) due date was April 1st for any January 1st installment tax bill. Anyone who failed to pay by the April 1 deadline will have to pay three months of interest added along with his or her existing bill and may check the status of their account at www.fairfieldct.org/taxpayment.

    The current 4th installment Real Estate tax and 2nd installment sewer use tax that became due and payable on April 1st is not eligible for deferment per state executive order and has a due date of May 3, 2021
    Fairfield Public Library – Library Express Service offers opportunities for quick browsing and checkout at both our libraries. The Fairfield Public Main Library building is open for Library Express Service Monday-Saturday afternoons 2pm - 4pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5pm – 7pm. Woods Branch building is open for Library Express Service 10am - 12pm Monday-Friday, Wednesday evenings 5pm-7pm and Saturdays 2pm – 4pm. Learn more about Library Express service.

    Please visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org for full details regarding Curbside Pickup at the Main Library and Woods Branch Library. Fairfield Public Library continues to offer 24/7 access to their digital collection of books, music, magazines, movies and databases. Visit the Library Event Calendar to find a wide and varied assortment of Virtual Programs.
    Pequot Library: We're Here, We Care – Pequot Library offers curbside pickup by appointment and limited browsing hours from 3-6pm on Mondays & Wednesdays; 10am-6pm on Fridays; and 2-4pm on Saturdays. During browsing hours visit us to check out a book or view our display John James Audubon's Birds of America: A Return to Pequot Library, on view from February 4 - May 2.

    Outside of browsing hours, enjoy digital programs like story times, author talks, book clubs, and more! Get details on our website and social media:  FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube. Sign up for Pequot Library's Digital Digest eNewsletter or contact our Chief Librarian for personalized book recommendations.
    Bigelow Center and Human Services  Fairfield Social Services is pleased to announce that the Town has received a Neighbors in Need grant from United Way to assist families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a Fairfield resident struggling, keeping up, or catching up with heating or utility bills, please contact Social Services to see if you qualify. In addition to United Way, Social Services has received an award from the Community Development Block Grant.

    The hardest part to getting help is reaching out to make the call to the Social Services office. We are here to help. Please call us at 203-256-3170 Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM for more information about financial assistance programs
    .

    Help Available for Utilities: 
    • Energy Application Assistance- Applications are still available for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, which helps with winter heating costs. Fairfield Social Services works with Alliance for Community Empowerment, the local community action agency, for processing of applications. May 3, 2021 is the last day a household can apply to establish eligibility, and May 31 is the last day to submit fuel bills
    • Operation Fuel- There’s still time to apply for Operation Fuel, which can help with primary heat sources (oil, wood, pellets, gas, electric utility) as well as for its program to assist with Aquarion Water bills. Programs ends May 28, 2021.
    Call Social Services for more information on how to apply for either program – 203.256.3170.
     
    Rental Assistance: 
    • Emergency Rental Assistance for Connecticut's Economy – UniteCT. Acting through the Department of Housing (DOH), the State of Connecticut is operating the UniteCT program. This $235 million program will provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For program details and application information go the DOH website or call 1-844-UniteCT (1-844-864-8328). 
    Mortgage Assistance: The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, with financial support from the State of Connecticut, has launched a homeowner assistance program for low and moderate income households in Connecticut who are struggling to pay their mortgages due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is called the State of Connecticut Temporary Mortgage Assistance Program or T-MAP.
     
    Emergency loan funds will be available to help homeowners pay their housing costs, allowing them to remain in their homes as they work to regain financial stability. Eligible Households with incomes at or below 120% of the area median income will be eligible to apply for up to $25,000 in the form of a second mortgage loan. Call 1-860-785-3111 to speak to a Representative to determine if you qualify for T-MAP assistance. For additional information about the program, please visit https://www.chfa.org.

    Social Services has a new monthly email news update with timely information for residents about programs and services. To see April's update click 
    here.

                                              BUSINESSES

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund:
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF). The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan established the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund at the SBA. The SBA will administer the funds to the hardest-hit small restaurants. Find more information here.




    SBA Extends Deferment Period for all COVID-19 EIDL and Other Disaster Loans until 2022:
    The U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022. More information 
    here.

    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
    On Monday, February 22, the White House announced targeted changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that will provide minority-owned businesses, “mom-and-pop” businesses, and very small nonprofits with access to the support they need.

    Click here to read the announcement and learn more about the steps that are being taken to promote equitable access to this important program. The SBA website also includes tools to help you get matched with a lender or find lenders in your area.
     

    Unless the federal government extends the deadline, the PPP will expire on May 31, 2021.

    The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce office is also open. You can reach them at 203.255.1011 or by emailing beverly@fairfieldctchamber.com.

                                    COMMUNITY RESOURCES

    2021 BEACH STICKERS
    The 2020 Beach/ Transfer Station Sticker expired 12/31/20. Don't wait to buy your 2021 Sticker.  RENEW your sticker online for 2021. You can also renew by fax, mail or in person at Parks & Recreation.

    LOVE LOCAL E-GIFT CARD PROGRAM 
    I hope you'll continue to support our local businesses through the Town of Fairfield and the Chamber of Commerce's buy local initiative with the Fairfield Community e-Gift Card program, which is exclusive to Fairfield businesses only. This is a great gift for Fairfield  residents for both holidays and special occasions. More information can be found here.             

    ELDERLY AND DISABLED HOMEOWNERS PROGRAM UPDATE:
    The Governor recently issued Executive Order 10, which includes a provision to eliminate the refiling requirement for those applicants due to refile this year. 

    If you are due to refile this year, you will not need to reapply and your benefits will continue at the same level. The Tax Assessor's office should have sent you a postcard to confirm this the week of February 8th.

    If you are seeking the benefit for the first time, you will need to apply, please contact the 
    Tax Assessor's office at 203-256-3110 and the office will work with you on the process. 

    The Executive Order did not extend the final date to apply by May 14, 2021. If you cannot apply by this date you will need to request an extension from the Office of Policy and Management by August 13, 2021.The Tax Assessor's office will be able to provide residents the instructions on how to request an extension.

    For more information, visit here
    fairfieldct.org/taxrelief
    STRATFIELD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION BRICK CAMPAIGN
    The Stratfield Village Association (SVA) is a certified 501 c3 non-profit organization, which aims to preserve, protect and improve the character of the Stratfield Village neighborhood in Fairfield. On January 13th they announced the launch of a brick fundraising campaign to supplement funding to the Four Corners renovation project. Individuals and businesses will be able to purchase a brick with a customized engraving to be included in the new brick sidewalks that are part of the project. There are a limited number of bricks available because of space constraints.
     
    The SVA’s personalized sales page is at 
    bricksrus.com/donorsite/stratfieldvillageassociation. Bricks can be purchased in two sizes – 4”x 8” for $100 with up to three lines of text, or 8”x 8” for $200 with up to 6 lines of text. Lastly, a corporate sponsor may purchase an 8”x 8” brick with 3 lines of text and include a company logo.
     
    The SVA has raised $910,925 of its $1 million goal for the project to date.
    BLACK ROCK CHURCH HOT MEAL DRIVE-THRU
    Black Rock Church will resume its Hot Meal Drive-thru beginning Tuesday, January 12. Each Tuesday through March, between 5:00 - 5:30 PM, individuals and families can receive up to six hot meals for their families, along with a bag of groceries for the rest of the week. Reservations are not required, and the dinners and groceries are free. Black Rock Church is located at 3685 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. For more information please call the church at 203-255-3401.
    GET INVOLVED! TOWN BOARD AND COMMISSION VACANCIES
    Interested in giving back to our community? Want to have a voice in shaping Fairfield?  The Town relies on the hard work of citizen volunteers who are appointed to provide guidance and governance on various Boards and Commissions.  The list of vacancies for Boards and Commissions are on the Town Website.  Be sure to check back often as the list is updated as positions become available.  https://fairfieldct.org/vacancies

    You can also visit our Boards and Commissions page to learn more about roles and responsibilities:  https://fairfieldct.org/boards

    To learn about the application process click here: https://fairfieldct.org/appointmentprocess
    EMERGENCY ALERTS | WHEN IT MATTERS MOST 
    Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news from the Town of Fairfield, CT by signing up for the Fairfield Alert system. This system enables us to quickly provide you with critical information in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods and other emergency situations.

    You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how!

    If you were previously registered with us on the CodeRed system, you must sign-up again by following the instructions belowin order to continue receiving Emergency and Community alerts from the Town of Fairfield.

    How to sign up? Click here.

    HELP FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS 
    The Center for Family Justice has hotline numbers to those who are in crisis and 
    need our free and confidential services. 

    The hotline numbers are:
    Domestic Violence: 203-384-9559
    Sexual Violence: 203-333-2233

    NEW INTERNET PROVIDER
    GoNetspeed announced their intention to expand to Fairfield in the first half of 2021. This was welcome news for residents who have struggled with internet interruptions. You can read more informatiohere. 
    FAIRFIELD PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

    What’s your story? What’s your reason?  
    DO YOUR PART...Wear a mask!

    FAIRFIELD BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COMMITTEE: 
    The Town of Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee has been working to encourage walking and biking for transportation, recreation, exercise and quality of life.

    Working with multiple town departments we have established
     bicycle routesinstalled bicycle repair stationsworked to improve pedestrian infrastructure, and authored the Town of Fairfield Complete Streets Policy (approved by the Board of Selectman in 2018).

    With more and more of our citizens using our roads, we would like to provide you with some important safety reminders for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. View the document here.
    TOWN GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
    Sullivan Independence Hall and Old Town Hall are open to the public by appointment only for the safety of employees and residents. Please visit this summary page for an overview and follow links to specific departments for more information. 
    Fairfield's Operations During COVID-19
    Help is available to Fairfield small businesses that are struggling due to the pandemic.  The Fairfield COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program was established to provide limited, one time direct financial assistance to eligible Fairfield small businesses that have no more than five full-time employees and that have been adversely affected by the public health emergency. Applications are still being accepted by the Office of Community & Economic Development. To learn more or to apply, please visit the website: www.fairfieldct.org/covidsbr.
    Eligibility & Application
    The Fairfield COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to provide limited, one-time assistance to Fairfield residents who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Use of the funds must be directly related to the effects of the virus. Donate to the fund or apply for relief by clicking below.
    Donate or Apply to the Fairfield COVID-19 Relief Fund
    COVID CONTACT TRACING
    One of the key tools we have to contain the spread of COVID-19 is Contact Tracing. For this initiative to be successful, the Health Department needs the cooperation of residents who test positive for COVID-19. Both Universities were trained and assisted by our Health Department to manage their own contact tracing for their respective campuses.

    The primary purpose of contact tracing is to identify and notify direct contacts of confirmed cases as quickly as possible and to ensure those exposed are self-quarantining. The information provided in the interviews with confirmed cases helps reduce the potential spread of the virus in our community.


    Any Fairfield resident who tests positive for COVID-19 and has not received a phone call from the Fairfield Health Department or the Connecticut COVID Tracing system within 24 hours of receiving their result is urged to contact the Fairfield Health Department at 203-256-3022. Calls received after hours or on weekends, will be returned by the next business day.
    When to Isolate & Quarantine
    OPERATION HOPE FOOD PANTRY 
    Operation Hope wants to make sure residents of Fairfield are aware that the food pantry remains open and is ready to help by providing food and other basic needs to community residents, as they have for nearly 35 years. 

    Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00-12:00; Thursday from 4:00 -6:00. Visit 
    operationhopect.org.

    Important COVID-19 Links:

    Fairfield Health Department coronavirus website:  fairfieldct.org/covid19

    For the latest numbers of cases, deaths and those recovered click here

    For additional data and graphs of activity click here

    For guidance and updates on Connecticut’s coronavirus preparedness efforts, visit: ct.gov/coronavirus

    Contact Information:

    For general questions you can call 211

    Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Clinical Command Center hotline, staffed by healthcare professionals, is now available to the community. To reach the 24-hour hotline, call 860.972.8100 or (toll-free) 833.621.0600.

    YNHH has a call center number it’s 1-833-ASK YNHH that’s open from 7am - 7pm.
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    611 Old Post Road
    Fairfield, CT 06824

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    725 Old Post Road
    Fairfield, CT 06824

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