5/12/2023 - 5.12 TOWN UPDATE
Dear Fairfielders,
As far back as anyone can recall, this is the first time the budget passed all three town boards unanimously, and it has to be the RTM’s shortest budget meeting in history with unanimous approval in just 12 minutes. 

I am very proud of the work my administration did to deliver a budget that is responsible with a less than 1% increase, while inflationary pressures and increasing utility costs have put burdens on all of us.  

The FY24 budget includes a large investment in Fairfield Public Schools, funds our long-term liabilities and the Senior and Disabled Tax Relief program, which gives back to those residents who helped build Fairfield for the next generation, and keeps spending low despite record high inflation and supply chain issues.

This budget continues efforts to reorganize the Town’s workforce to improve processes and modernize services for residents. In addition to the full-time social worker and social services coordinator added to the Police Department and Social Services Departments, the budget allocates funds for a new police officer, aimed at continuing to create a complementary balance between law enforcement and social services in the community. And, this budget effectively manages the many existing projects and pending infrastructure needs, so Fairfield remains attractive for generations to come.

The Board of Finance set the mill rate last Thursday at 27.51 mils. Here is the budget summary report. To watch the meeting, click here

To watch the BOS Budget Vote meeting, click here
To watch the BOF Budget Vote meeting, 
click here
To watch the RTM Budget Vote meeting, 
click here
Fairfield Memorial Day Parade
I look forward to coming together as a community at Fairfield's annual Memorial Day events. In addition to the parade, residents are invited to attend Fairfield’s 35th Annual Memorial Sea Service at South Benson Marina on Ash Creek at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 27, 2023.  The memorial ceremony is for those lost at sea, and those who were buried at sea, in service to our country. On Sunday, I will be speaking at the Knights of Columbus Memorial Day Mass and Military Remembrance Service to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. For a full listing and event updates click here

The Town identified and tested over 40 sites where the contaminated fill from the Fill Pile was used for various town projects. After negotiations with the regulatory agencies, the Town's licensed environmental professional has supervised the remediation of over 30 of those sites. No further action is required at any of these sites. The few remaining sites are being remediated and are expected to be completed in the summer.  This will enable the Town to finally close the chapter on all of these sites well ahead of schedule as set forth in the Consent Order.

As for the fill pile itself, a great deal of testing and negotiations have taken place with the Department of Environmental & Energy Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency. These negotiations continue and the Town is hopeful to have a final acceptance of a remediation plan sometime this summer so remediation can begin shortly thereafter.

Former Fairfield Department of Public Works Superintendent, Scott Bartlett, was found guilty of eight felony charges and is facing significant prison time in the first of two trials surrounding the fill pile scandal. I hope the verdict provides some solace for Fairfield residents who want to see justice served.

I hope anyone who took part in the crimes against the taxpayers face the appropriate consequences. 

CH12 News Report  |  Chief State's Attorney Release  |  CT Post Article

The second larger trial is scheduled to take place this summer against former Town officials. For more information on the fill pile, click here
The second of what will be monthly updates on the project at Penfield Pavilion was provided at the BOS meeting this past week. Please check the website for updates and information as we move forward on remediating and repairing the structure. Construction is set to begin after Labor Day. 
Penfield Pavilion Updates
Today, I joined Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, members of our State Delegation, and members of our school district at a press conference at Fairfield Warde High School (FWHS), my alma mater, to announce that the State has awarded Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Indoor Air Quality grants to FWHS, Fairfield Woods Middle School and North Stratfield and Osborn Elementary schools.
These grants are the first round of the newly established State program, HVAC Indoor Air Quality Grants Programs for Public Schools.  I am very grateful that our Town has received this critical funding to make these important upgrades to our schools.  It is important to invest in our schools’ infrastructure so our students can learn in a safe and healthy environment.
Beginning Monday, May 15, 2023, closures will be in place on Carriage Drive for sanitary sewer installation work.  The project is expected to last 3 to 4 weeks. 

Construction will begin at the intersection of Mill Hill Terrace and Carriage Drive. Fairfield Police personnel will be on site to assist with traffic flow at the intersection.  Construction will then advance up Carriage Drive with traffic open to local residents only.  The intersection of Southport Terrace and Carriage Drive may be temporarily closed during the day.  

At the end of each day, road construction plates will cover the road, allowing traffic to flow in both directions.  Roadwork and detour signs will be in place at the appropriate times during the construction project.
The Town of Fairfield is seeking a qualified Fairfield resident from any political party to serve a six year term – July 2023 to July 2029 –  on 
the Board of Library Trustees.

The Board of Trustees work with the Town Librarian and staff to set policy, oversee Library operations, and help with strategic planning.

If you are interested in serving, please fill out this form and submit it no later than June 15, 2023. 
Have You Taken the Age Friendly Survey Yet? Age Friendly Fairfield is a town-wide initiative to make our community a great place to grow up and grow old. What’s important to you as you age? As a member of the AARP Age Friendly Network, Fairfield commits to assessing the challenges of its aging population and identifying policies, programs and new ideas that will improve the quality of life for all ages in the community in collaboration with residents, communities and partners.

Your voice matters! If you are over the age of 45, we strongly encourage you to take the Age Friendly Fairfield survey. Younger residents may also want to take the survey on behalf of any older family member or friend - or just to weigh in on your hopes for Fairfield in the future.   Tell us what’s important to you as you age, share your experiences, and let us know the extent to which our community is supporting the needs of Fairfield residents. 

Click Here to take the Age Friendly Fairfield Survey before June 15. For information about Age Friendly Fairfield visit Age Friendly Fairfield. 


The deadline to apply is Monday!
With the warm weather and Memorial Day approaching, Town beaches will officially open May 27th. 

Beach stickers are available from the 
Parks & Recreation Department. The guards at the beaches cannot accept receipts in lieu of beach stickers. 
Parking restrictions are effective beginning the 27th and remain in effect until Labor Day. Violators are subject to ticket and/or tow. Please take notice of all posted parking signs.

Beach area residents are reminded that a permit is required on all vehicles parked in the roadway outside of your homes. "Beach Permit Violations" and "No Parking Violations" in the beach area are subject to a $200 fine.

Lifeguards will be on duty at the beaches from 10am to 6pm, weekends only, from May 27 to June 18.  Regular summer hours will begin on Monday, June 19 with lifeguards on duty daily 10am to 6pm at all beach sites. Lifeguards will be on routinely at Lake Mohegan from 10am to 8pm, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

I want to thank our Parks & Recreation Department for their work in keeping our beaches and public facilities clean. For all important information visit
The Town is continuing to accept applications for the Fairfield COVID-19 Recovery Fund with ARPA funding. The Fund was established in 2022 to provide limited, one-time assistance to Fairfield residents who have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have exhausted any other assistance funds or available resources for which they may be eligible.

Financial assistance will be considered for housing and essential household costs such as utilities; childcare; auto loans and expenses; medical bills and health care expenses; other bills upon request and explanation, excluding credit card debt; business and investment losses, or any other expenses/losses unrelated to the pandemic or deemed inappropriate by the application and/or review committee. Applicants must be Fairfield residents and must be current on all tax obligations to the Town of Fairfield at time of application.

For information about the application process and eligibility requirements for the COVID Recovery Fund call Fairfield Social Services at 203-256-3170 or go to COVID-19 Recovery Fund - Town of Fairfield, Connecticut ( Financial assistance will be granted on a first come, first served basis.
The Town has been notified that the State of Connecticut's Department of Transportation plans to begin its Tree Removal Project on I-95 between exits 23 to 25 on May 16th, 2023
The State Legislature is in session. You can see the weekly schedule, sign up to track bills, watch live and learn how to submit testimony for or against any bill through

To view bills proposed by State Senator Tony Hwang, click here.
To view bills proposed by State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, 
click here
To view bills proposed by State Representative Jennifer Leeper, 
click here.
To view bills proposed by State Representative Sarah Keitt, 
click here

For questions on pending state legislation, reach out to your State Senator and State Representative. You can find their contact information here.
International Firefighters’ Day is an opportunity for the community to recognize and honor the sacrifices made by firefighters who always answer the call and respond to emergencies. I hope you will take time to thank our current and past firefighters for their contributions, dedication and service to our community. 
Congratulations to the Fairfield Police Cadets on their impressive performance at the annual Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Educational Association's (NERLEEA) Stations Day competition on May 6th, 2023 hosted at the Connecticut State Police Academy in Meriden. Our cadets won 1st place overall agency out of 33 teams from throughout New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
The cadets have shown exceptional skills and expertise in various scenarios, including building searches, robbery response, high-stress situations, domestic disputes, search and control, motor vehicle stops, and DUI. Their victory is not only a testament to their individual abilities but also to the training and support they receive from the members of the Fairfield Police Department. 
The Fairfield Police Department and The Social Work and Law Enforcement (SWLE) Project recently presented “Bridging Communities in Response to the Opioid Crisis.” A discussion that aimed to intertwine the professions of law enforcement and social work, in hopes of making the community a safer place. The discussion highlighted the SWLE's goal in training law enforcement officers, social workers, and students to work together to address the opioid crisis through education, training and research. 

To learn more, click here

Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in our' lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Mental health is essential for a person's overall health. For more information and resources click here.

My mother always said, "Be kind to everyone because you do not know the burden they may be carrying."

I hope everyone in our community will take the time to share acts of kindness, generosity, compassion, and empathy with our fellow citizens or simply be there for someone who may need a friend.
I was deeply proud to present our Town’s flag to Katya Wauchope, Director of Development for Ukraine Aid International, and her husband Clyde to symbolize our unwavering support of Ukraine. The Town flag will be flown in our new Sister City, Kostiantynivka. 

In a letter I wrote to our Sister City's Mayor that will be hand delivered to him with our flag next week by a Fairfield County contingent visiting Ukraine, I stated that our community is very honored to show our strong commitment and allegiance. I have convened a group of caring community service-oriented residents to serve on a Kostiantynivka-Fairfield Sister City Committee to bring together the many people in our Town who want to help in various ways. 
The Fairfield Museum has been awarded the 2023 Daniel E. Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment Award’s Nonprofit Award. Chosen from among all cultural organizations in Fairfield County, the ACE Award recognizes the Fairfield Museum for making a distinct contribution to arts and culture through visionary leadership, commitment to advancement, community engagement and creative innovation. The Museum will be hosting a Memorial Day Open House on May 29th, and an Educator Open House on May 31st. Click here for more events. 
Last week, Sam Gorruso, a Girl Scout from Troop 30441, and her parents Josh and Amy delivered my Girl Scout cookie order to me at Town Hall. I took this opportunity to share the town's history and government operations. I was very impressed that Sam sold a total of 620 boxes, proving that she is quite the young entrepreneur.
“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.” I am forever grateful for teachers in my life who helped me to get where I am today.  I want to thank all of Fairfield's teachers for their tremendous dedication and hard work in shaping our students into future leaders. I think each of us can point to at least one teacher who went above and beyond and had a real impact on our lives. For me, that teacher was Mrs. Srager. She was one of those teachers who took a personal interest in her students, including me. Thank you, teachers, for your continued support and care for the children of Fairfield.   
“Nurses are the heart of healthcare”. In honor of National Nurses Day and International Nurses Week, let us all take a moment to acknowledge the incredible nurses who are there in our greatest times of need and our school nurses who go above and beyond every day to help our students. I value all of our nurses' efforts in keeping our children and community safe and healthy. 
In June of 2022, Eagle Scout Mark Cassa from Troop 199 and the Conservation Department worked together to install an osprey nesting platform in the Oldfield North tidal marsh. I am excited to share that recently a pair of ospreys has begun nesting on the platform! 
I joined together with clergy and members of our community from all faiths for Fairfield's 38th Holocaust Commemoration. 

On May 3rd, the First Congregational Church hosted the Annual Holocaust Commemoration to remember the Holocaust with a Yom HaShoah observance. This is the 38th year the Town has sponsored the Commemoration which has been hosted by First Church since its inception. This year's keynote speaker was Rabbi Philip Lazowski, who shared his very moving personal story that he and his family were among the Jews banished from their village in Poland by the Nazis and forced to live in a ghetto.

The month of May marks Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), designated to celebrate the impact of 
American Jews, who have helped shape our nation, like so many other immigrants who have come here. Their contributions should be recognized, celebrated, and much better known to Americans.

A recent report identified that anti-Semitic incidents have hit their highest level ever recorded in our State. It's incumbent upon all of us to unite against hatred and be aware of these incidents. As Rabbi Lazowski said, ..."the result of not educating people enough about the Holocaust" is "when people forget what happened, they are vulnerable to [the idea] that it never happened."

Thank you to the Ludlowe High School Chamber Orchestra, Fairfield County Children’s Choir for sharing the beauty of their talent. Special thanks to the Fairfield Holocaust Committee, especially its Chairwoman, Attorney Adele Jacobs who organized such a beautiful and meaningful evening with Holocaust Survivor, Rabbi Lazowski who shared his powerful story of survival. 

I had the pleasure of attending Fairfield's Earth Day Celebration. The event coincided with the Fairfield Y’s observance of Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to inspire kids and families to keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer months and beyond.

The day featured family-friendly activities to celebrate our environment and share information on how to keep it healthy and safe, including plant and seed giveaways, and displays on composting and invasive plants and pests; the Pollinator Pathway initiative; fire safety; energy efficiency, and more. Thank you to our Conservation Commission for attending to share information and host a raffle for Blue Bird House.
Join the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church for the 86th Dogwood Festival featuring crafts, children's activities, live music, food trucks, and much more. 
Click here for more information. 
The National Association of Letter Carriers will be hosting a food drive on Saturday, May 13th. Donate food directly from your mailbox in order to help our struggling neighbors in need. To learn more, click here
Fairfield CARES Community Coalition is thrilled to host Dr. Eli Lebowitz, Director of the Program for Anxiety Disorders, Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine, and author of several books on childhood anxiety, including Breaking Free of Childhood Anxiety and OCD, and Treating Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety. 
Click here for more information. 


Marine Flare Day is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 20th at the Lower Wharf in Southport at the end of Harbor Road.

The free event is set to run from 10 am to noon and is open to the public. Boaters are encouraged to bring any expired flares they may have for safe disposal and to practice using both hand-held and aerial flares. 

For more information contact the Harbor Master, Bryan LeClerc, at 203-919-7989 or
The Greenfield Hill Grange invites you to a luncheon presentation with leaders of Fairfield's Pollinator Pathway Program on Saturday, May 20th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. For more information, click here.
The annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event raises community awareness to end violence against women and girls. High Heels are Optional. Click 
here for more information.
The popular Fairfield Half Marathon and 5k races, sponsored by MJP Wealth Advisors will be hosting the 2023 Fairfield Half Marathon, 5K, and Kids Fun Run. Packet pick-ups will begin on June 2nd. To learn more or sign up, click here.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center will be hosting an open house where guests are invited to enjoy a tour, stroll through the Historic Dooryard Garden, and experience a living history demonstration. For more information,
 click here
The Town of Fairfield Shellfish Commission will be hosting its annual 
Clam Clinic at low tide on Saturday June 24th 9:30 - 12:00 pm at Sasco Beach.
The annual Fairfield Police Department 5k is open for registrations and sponsorships. All proceeds benefit the Fairfield Police 
Scholarship Fund and the Fairfield Police FoundationRegister here:
Saturday, May 27 – 10 AM    
Annual Memorial Sea Service – South Benson Marina. Click 
here for more information.
Sunday, May 28 - Memorial Day Mass - 12 PM
Assumption Church will hold a Memorial Day Service Mass to honor the war dead, followed by a military remembrance service & wreath laying.

Monday, May 29 – 7 AM to 12 PM
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast –  Near Old Town Hall 
(Click here)

10 AM to 3 PM
Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Tag Sale – Old Academy Near Old Town Hall

Annual Memorial Day Parade  10 AM
Begins corner of Post and South Pine Creek Roads and ends on Old Post Road in front of Old Town Hall. For more details on the parade visit
 Fairfield Parks & Recreation - Memorial Day (
Memorial Day Picnic & Concert   12 PM to 3 PM
Fairfield Museum and History Center – Behind Old Town Hall 
 (Click here)

Visit for more information and updates.
This past week was National Small Business Week. Our small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the glue of our communities.

It's always exciting to welcome and support new small businesses in Fairfield and congratulate those that are celebrating anniversaries. Our local business' success is Fairfield's success. 
My husband and I started our own small HVAC business over 35 years ago and have a unique understanding of the challenges and sacrifices small business owners make every day. 
Fairfield salutes our many small businesses owners who have the courage and fortitude to pave their own path.
Last week, the town joined Gabagool Wine Bar to welcome them to Fairfield with a ribbon cutting. For more information, click here
The town welcomes Black Rock Theatre with a ribbon cutting ceremony. To learn more about shows and services, click here
I am excited to welcome Wired Wash Car Wash & Detailing to Fairfield located at 484 Tunxis Hill Road. To learn more about their unlimited car wash club, detailing appointments, and more, 
click here
On Tuesday, I joined Lexington Home & Garden to celebrate their 10th anniversary! Stop by the store at 75 Hillside Road to pick up the perfect gift for any occasion. More information can be found here
I joined Reliant Compounded Solutions for their grand opening. Located at 3695 Post Road in Southport, Reliant Compounded Solutions offers both traditional prescription services along with custom compounded prescriptions. The owners, Drs. Jack and Jenah Yeung are Fairfield residents. For more information, click here
Photos by Mike Lauterborn @fairfieldhamlethub on Instagram.

Happy Mother's Day Fairfield moms! I hope your day is filled with fun and love! 

Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman

The Parks & Recreation Summer Brochure is out and registration begins May 2nd. The summer concert series has also been released here.
Please click here to open the April 2023 Bigelow Center for Senior Activities newsletter.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 19th-21st, when The Friends of Fairfield Public Library hold their semi-annual Book Sale at Main Library.  Nearly 10,000 gently-used books, DVDs and other items will be for sale, most between $1-$5, with some special collectibles priced higher.  All proceeds benefit the Library.  Hours are Friday, May 19, from 9am-4:30pm; Saturday, May 20, from noon-4:30pm, and Sunday, May 21st, from 1:00-4:30pm.

The Friends of the Library will also host a literary luncheon with author Jane Rosen on Wednesday, May 24th, from noon-3:00pm at the Patterson Club in Fairfield.  Tickets are $100 and include a glass of wine, lunch, dessert, and a discussion of Jane’s new book, On Fire Island.  Proceeds benefit the Library’s programs and services. Purchase tickets 

The Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery Committee invites the public to view its current exhibit, “Places to Wander,” featuring the work of Rebeca Fuchs, Kate Henderson and Jason Pritchard, in the Kershner Gallery at Main Library.  The show will run until June 17th and can be viewed during regular Library hours. 

Fairfield Public Library continues to offer a mix of in-person and virtual programming at both locations for children, teens and adults. Click here to view the calendar for more information on events and registration. 

The Library offers 24/7 access to its digital collection of books, music, magazines, movies and databases.  Information services are available in person, by phone (203- 256-3160), by email at, and via text messaging (text askfplct to 833-232-4100).

Please note that both branches of Fairfield Public Library will be closed on the following days for the Memorial Day holiday:  Saturday, May 27th-Monday, May 29th.  Subsequent to May 29th, both Libraries will be closed on Sundays throughout the summer.
Pequot Library offers a range of programs for the rest of May, all of which are free and open to the public. A detailed calendar on events and dates can be found here. Their website also features monthly and weekly recurring programs for all ages.

Explore As You Like It with Shakespeare on the Sound (SOS) on May 15 at 6:00 p.m. SOS Education Director and Macbeth/Christmas Carol actor Nick Urda and board member/Shakespeare teacher John Love will guide you through As You Like It and, in an in-person, interactive presentation, show you why they consider Rosalind Shakespeare’s greatest heroine and As You Like It his most interesting comedy. 

On May 18 at 5:00 p.m., the library will be hosting the final Parliamentary Debate of the school year with Bridgeport Public School League. The teams will be Central Magnet v. Fairchild and Wheeler Park City Prep v. Blackham, and the resolutions both concern freedom of the press.

Children ages 7+ are welcomed on May 17 at 4:30 p.m. for Make Your Own Chutes and Ladders | Game On! After playing the game, participants will make their own versions, with their own ideas of actions and their consequences. Children ages 5+ can pitch in to Plant Coco the Libunny’s Garden on May 20 at 11:00 a.m. Come with a plant (herbs, basil, dill, cilantro, parsley or lettuce) and have fun decorating its marker, then help prepare the soil to renew the eating garden. Cupcakes will be provided to celebrate.

On May 20 at 2:00 p.m., Courtney Summers joins us for a Digital Author Talk. When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers a dead body, she teams up with the victim’s older sister to bring the killer to justice. Their investigation throws Georgia into a world of unimaginable privilege and wealth, without conscience or consequence. This talk is produced in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium.

May 31 at 5:00 p.m. marks the Fairfield Public Schools 49th Annual Art Show Reception with Food Trucks.  Artwork made by Fairfield Public Schools students will be showcased. The exhibition is a tribute to the talented students and teachers of Fairfield’s two high schools, three middle schools, and 11 elementary schools, exemplifying the progression of skills from kindergarten through high school, and demonstrating the building blocks of Fairfield’s extraordinary visual art program. Food trucks will also be provided!

On June 2nd, Southport Garden will be hosting their Stroll fundraiser, which takes ticketholders through more than eight of the community’s most picturesque gardens, including one that has been recognized by the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution.
Operation Hope’s Food Pantry is open all Spring to all Fairfield residents on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and Thursday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Items can be dropped off at 636 Old Post Road between 9:15 AM 
 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. 
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