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6/4/2021 - 6.4 TOWN UPDATE
Dear Fairfielders,
Most people don’t realize how much work goes into planning a parade or that the Town was preparing to cancel the Memorial Day parade, up until the Governor changed the State sector rules in May. I'm proud of our Emergency Management Director Denis McCarthy and the parade planning committee, led by Town Clerk Betsy Browne Miller, for their good work in quickly switching gears. I want to personally thank Betsy for all her hard work in helping to organize an amazing parade for our community on short notice.

Memorial Day was the perfect first Town wide event after a very difficult year. 
It was a true honor to walk alongside our Veterans to memorialize the brave heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. You can view photos of the day below and linked here on my Facebook page.
During the parade, the Fairfield Rotary Club collected more than $6,000 in their orange buckets for Homes for the Brave. We appreciate all the support from our residents for this important organization. 
June is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, and is intended to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD, and help ensure that those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment. 

If you are a Veteran in crisis or know one, connect with the Veterans' Crisis Line: call 
1-800-273-8255 or text 838255.
COMMUNITY NEWS
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE AND WARDE WIN FCIAC CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES
Congratulations to the Fairfield Ludlowe Falcons for beating St. Joseph 6-3 in the school's first ever FCIAC softball championship title and the Fairfield Warde Mustangs for their 9-0 shutout victory against Greenwich for the FCIAC baseball championship title! You are representing Fairfield strong.
Photo (left) by Gregory Vasil
DEPUTY CHIEF DON SMITH 
Last Friday, we came together to give a proper send off to a 31-year veteran of our Police Department. Deputy Chief Don Smith has served in a long list of roles in the Fairfield Police Department, rising to Deputy Chief with honor and integrity. I hope our community will join me in thanking this good man for his dedicated and honorable service to our Town. Fairfield Salutes Don Smith!
TOWN GOVERNMENT
TOWN FILL PILE & REMEDIATION
I have some good news to report in our remediation efforts. Next week, the Town will begin remediating some of the contaminated sites, beginning with small areas along the parking lots at Southport Beach and Lake Mohegan (this will not disrupt use of the beach or the lake and will only take several days to complete).

When school is out of session we will begin work on three school sites: Mill Hill, Osborn Hill, and McKinley. We are fully expecting to have this completed well before students return back to school. I am meeting regularly with the Town's environmental attorney and our licensed environmental professional, and will be able to provide more detailed updates in the coming weeks. In my next newsletter, I expect to be able to share a detailed update on Gould Manor Park.


I know this entire issue has been a long and frustrating process for our community, but I am feeling encouraged that we are finally making headway. My top priority when I was sworn into office was to follow all necessary consent guidelines from the State and Federal regulatory agencies, and these steps take time.  

PRIDE MONTH
This will be the third year the Town of Fairfield will fly the pride flag in front of Town Hall, which serves as a reminder that our community will stand against discrimination of any kind. I look forward to welcoming more residents to join us this year after we held a virtual ceremony last yearThe flag raising will be held on June 21st at 11:30 a.m.

TOWN HALL BUILDINGS
In accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC and the State, the following guidance is in effect at Town Hall beginning Monday, June 7.
  • People who are fully vaccinated: Can feel comfortable with NO MASK OR SOCIAL DISTANCING both indoors and outdoors.  
  • People who are unvaccinated: Are required to WEAR A MASK INDOORS and should continue to WEAR A MASK OUTDOORS when they are in a crowd, at a large event, or in a public place where keeping their distance from others is difficult. 
For guidance on the Town Library policy, please click here.

As shared in last week's newsletter the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities is preparing to reopen and will notify residents in the coming weeks with more detail.

You can read the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities' June Newsletter 
here.

HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY
The Town is updating its 2014 Housing Plan and 2016 Plan of Conservation and Development - both of which look at the current and anticipated future housing needs in Fairfield. The survey is an opportunity for Fairfield residents to provide input about their housing experiences and feedback about housing options that Fairfield might consider. I hope you will take 5-7 minutes to complete the survey which can be found
 here.  
Since January of 2020, I have sent out 90 newsletters in an effort to keep our community updated during the pandemic and share other important Town news. I believe communication is the most important thing an elected official can do.

Upon the completion of the budget process and with summer approaching, I am going to switch to bi-weekly updates on Fridays, unless there is important time-sensitive information I need to share with you. Look for my next newsletter update on June 18th.

I hope you'll take some time to review additional Town information and upcoming events by scrolling below. Have a nice weekend!


Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman
As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, we are moving COVID-19 resources to one page. Click below to see updates.
FAIRFIELD COVID RESOURCE PAGE
UPCOMING TOWN EVENTS
Friday June 4 – Comedy Night at Penfield Pavilion featuring Lenny Marcus @7:00pm and 9:15pm
Saturday June 5 – Concert at Sherman Green featuring Clams Casino @6:30pm
Sunday June 6 – S’mores Sunday at Lake Mohegan @5:00pm for the first 100 participants
Sunday June 6 – Concert at Sherman Green featuring The Sun Kings @6:30pm
Thursday June 10 – Concert at Sherman Green featuring The Low Darts @6:30pm
PARKS AND RECREATION WEBSITE
ROAD CONSTRUCTION AT THE TRANSFER STATION 
Beginning on June 14 through July 5, road construction will take place on Richard White Way from 7 am - 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Residents should expect delays, and when possible plan trips to the transfer station Mondays and Saturdays.
UI TREE TRIMMING
UI pruning and removing trees as part of the Utility Protection Zone Program has begun. Residents will be notified prior to any work being conducted in their neighborhood. For a list of streets, please click 
here.
DOG LICENSING
Dogs six months of age or older must be licensed by July 1st each year. A current rabies certificate is required.
 
Licenses may be purchased by mail, via lobby dropbox or at th
Town Clerk’s Office, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM beginning June 1stRenewals are now available online.
The fee for a spayed or neutered dog is $8. If the dog has not been “fixed”, the fee is $19. The first time a dog is licensed, a certificate of spaying or neutering must be presented to qualify for the lower fee.   After June 30th a $1 per month penalty is added to the licensing fee. 
 
To apply for the license by mail, send the required certificates to Betsy Browne, Town Clerk, 611 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT 06824, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. 
https://www.fairfieldct.org/doglicense 
4TH ANNUAL DIAPER DRIVE 
RELAY FOR LIFE
Join Relay for Life for a drive-thru relay experience to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers. Register at relayforlife.org/fairfieldct.
PET FOOD PANTRY WITH OPERATION HOPE AND THE HUMANE SOCIETY
On Tuesday, June 8th, the pantry will be open from 12:30-2:30 in  Operation Hope's Parking Lot at 148 Beach Road. Appointments are required. Please call 860-594-4500 x6308 to schedule your pick up
. Click the image below to view the full flyer. 

CARS 4 K9'S

Our Fairfield Police K9 unit is solely funded through private donations. I hope you can take the time to stop by their Cars 4 K9's car show event, to help support our police K9 program.
FAIRFIELD FARMER'S MARKET
The 
Fairfield Farmer's Market will be open on Sherman Green starting June 13th.  The market will be open on Sundays from 10-2 until October 2nd. 

The Greenfield Hill Farmer's Market opened on May 16th and will be open Saturdays from 10-1. For more information 
click here
MAKE MUSIC FAIRFIELD 
Make Music Day Fairfield returns to Fairfield on Monday, June 21 from 3-9PM (EDT). Venues and artists are encouraged to participate in this free event, but must register in advance at makemusicday.org/fairfield

FAIRFIELD POLICE SUNSET 5K
July 21 at 6:30 PM... Details HERE
FAXON LAW FAIRFIELD ROAD RACES
FAIRFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARIES 
Library Express Service offers opportunities for quick browsing and checkout at both of our libraries. 

The Fairfield Public Main Library building is open for Library Express Service Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am - 5pm and Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 7pm.  Woods Branch building is open for Library Express Service 9am - 12pm Monday- Friday and Monday & Wednesday evenings 5pm-7pm.  Both Main and Woods are open Saturdays 1pm – 5pm beginning June 5th. Learn more about Library Express service.

Please visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org for full details regarding Curbside Pickup at the 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 Library Programs. At this time face masks are required at Fairfield Public Library buildings. 

The Governor’s message for mask wearing allows that “businesses, state and local government offices and events may choose to require universal masking.”  Fairfield Public Library buildings will be following the recommendation of the CT Department of Public Health stating that “masks be required inside an establishment where there is likely to be a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people (including children younger than 12 years).”  The library consults continually with the Town of Fairfield’s Health Department to maintain the appropriate environment to keep our patrons and staff healthy and the library operational.  

Updates are shared via our website, newsletter and social media.
OPERATION HOPE FOOD PANTRY 
Are you behind in your rent or mortgage? Operation Hope may be able to help. Please contact Brenda at 203-292-5588 x225 or email her at blobdell@operationhopect.orgAll inquiries are confidential – they are there to help!
 
Reminder: Operation Hope’s Food Pantry is here to serve all Fairfield residents. We are open at 636 Old Post Road Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00. Please let them help you with groceries and other basic necessities!
 

 
Operation Hope has in-person openings for meal servers this summer to help our neighbors in need. All meals are served at our Community Kitchen  at 50 Nichols Street, Fairfield, next to the police station. Servers must be 18+. Lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday. The commitment can be once a week for the entire summer or for a portion. If interested, send us an email at info@operationhopect.org. Please indicate your level of commitment, as well as your preference for lunch or dinner.
 
BIGELOW CENTER & SOCIAL SERVICES
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.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE: If you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, and are struggling to pay your rent and utilities, you may qualify for financial assistance through a new program opened up on March 15th called UniteCT. Additional information, and the application portal, maybe found at www.bit.ly/UniteCT or you may call 1 844-864-8328. Eligible applicants include both eligible renters as well as landlords on behalf of eligible tenants.
 

BNT HOUSING COUNSELING SERVICES - BNT (Building Neighborhoods Together) provides ongoing education and services designed to build financial skills and promote housing security, such as one on one credit counseling and benefits access (i.e. screenings to help determine available resources, as well as referrals to job training and placement programs). Call for more information: (203) 290-4255
 
EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT
The Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households.  The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.  A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria.  Eligible households can enroll through a 
participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application. 
 
Additional information about the Emergency Broadband    Benefit is available at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week.)

Not in a Crisis but Needing to Connect? Talk to a peer counselor at Soundview Warmline, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, seven days a week. Call 800-921-0359.
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.           
GET INVOLVED! TOWN BOARD AND COMMISSION VACANCIES

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

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

To learn about the application process, please 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.

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.
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.
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Old Town Hall (Directions)
611 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Sullivan Independence Hall
725 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

203-256-3000
Find additional contact info here