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12/23/2020 - 12.23 TOWN UPDATE
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Fairfielders!
This week's update has a great deal of information and I also included a reflection of accomplishments by our town departments despite the challenges faced in 2020. I hope you will take a few moments to read through the information and resources provided. 

I want to start by first thanking you, our residents, for sharing your kindness through emails, calls and gestures over this past year. Your support and encouragement has been a real blessing to me. I’m looking forward to a new year filled with hope and promise for Fairfield. 
Quarantine Guidance: The Connecticut Department of Public Health has developed new quarantine guidance based on the CDC’s recommendations. These recommendations provide options to reduce the quarantine time from the 14-day period to a 10-day period with specific additional criteria, and 7-day quarantine period with a negative test collected day 5, or after an additional criteria. For more information see the CT Department of Public Health Guidance and the CDC Quarantine Guidance.

While this new recommendation has been made, the State Department of Education has not yet updated the Addendum 5 guidance. Therefore, students will continue to follow the 14-day quarantine before returning to school, until the Addendum is revised.

Vaccine Information: 
Connecticut has prepared for the authorization and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and is currently in Phase 1a, which is outlined here. According to the CT COVID website, the goal is for all residents of Connecticut to have access to the vaccine, although this will likely not occur until late Spring or early Summer 2021. I am very proud of our Health Department that has worked around the clock to set up a clinic to assist in the vaccination of first responders and health care professionals. Right now the Town is limited to provide vaccinations only to those registered with the state and in the Phase 1a category. We are not able to provide vaccinations to anyone outside those parameters at this time. Once we are allowed to start vaccinating other priority groups, we will let residents know through the Health Department webpage and social media accounts.

Town Data: The Town of Fairfield has had 2,785 cases to date, and 172 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 The Health Department updates this page daily.

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

Both Fairfield and Sacred Heart Universities published dashboards with their daily testing information, which can be found here:
Fairfield University's Dashboard 
Sacred Heart University's Dashboard 
Travel Advisory Guidance
Testing Locations
Weather forecasts are showing high winds and heavy rains Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. While the forecasts are varying, we expect wind gusts between 45-65 mph, and UI is anticipating power outages. Click here to read more information on storm preparedness

The number to contact United Illuminating's automated phone line to report power outages is 1-800-722-5584 or you can do so online hereClick here for more information on how to contact the various utility companies. 
I want to remind residents in case of possible power outages to charge phones and computers, and put new batteries in flashlights. It also might be a good idea to turn your heat up in advance of the storm. We are expecting colder weather on Saturday.
Tax Deferment: Governor Lamont’s recently signed Executive Order No. 9R allows towns to again offer deferment for property tax payments. This past spring the Town of Fairfield approved a tax deferment program (for taxes due April 1st and July 1st) that Governor Lamont authorized in response to the pandemic. The new Executive Order allows towns to offer deferment for taxes due January 1. The extension will be for a total of 90 days, (an additional 60 days beyond the normal grace period). The revised due date is April 1.  Anyone who fails to pay by the new April 1 deadline would have to pay three months of interest added along with his or her existing bill. Escrow accounts are still ineligible for deferment. For more information and eligibility for commercial landlords, visit Read the Fairfield Citizen article here

Town Property Acquisition: In my December 12 update I shared with you the Town's interest in purchasing the property of the former Giant Steps School in order to move the Walter Fitzgerald Alternative High School. This week, all three town bodies approved the $5.1 million for the town to purchase the 12-acre site in Southport at 309 Barberry Road. Read an article in the Patch here. I am excited our alternative high school will have a new and improved home and I believe this is a great investment for the town. I look forward to discussions and community input on how the town can best use this property in the future. 
Fairfield in 2020
While this has been a very challenging year and most of us are looking forward to a brand new year, there were some positive highlights in 2020 that I would like to share with our residents. Our Town Departments have worked very hard over the past nine months through the pandemic to keep our town services up and running. While many towns completely closed down and sent employees home, we did all we could to maintain our town operations. Our town employees stepped up and worked through some difficult and stressful circumstances to meet the needs of our residents. I want to thank them for their good work on behalf of our community and share with you some of their accomplishments.
Social Services
  • Social Services helped a record 175 families with holiday gift cards this year while Fairfielders stepped up with a record number of donations. 
  • The Bigelow Center delivered nearly 10,000 hot lunches to Fairfield homebound seniors, residents with disabilities and those impacted by COVID.
  • In partnership with Operation Hope, CERT and Salvation Army, Social Services delivered nearly 400 bags and boxes of groceries to families unable to get to the pantry.
Business Support & Economic Development
  • In response to the pandemic and the challenges faced by small businesses, the Town’s Office of Community & Economic Development launched a small business assistance program, through which mini-grants of up to $5,000 to help with the cost of personal protective equipment, physical modifications and other operating costs for our small businesses. 
  • Economic Development launched the new Buy Local campaign with the Chamber of Commerce an e-gift card program to support local businesses. Consumers have purchased nearly $30,000 in gift cards since its' launch in October which is a lot of dollars staying within our community.
  • The Town expedited and streamlined its permitting processes to assist Fairfield restaurants who wanted to expand or create outdoor dining opportunities.  Representatives from Planning & Zoning, Health, Fire Marshal, Building Official and Economic Development met quickly to review and approve applications submitted under the program. The Town approved 50 outdoor dining locations under this program, including 27 sites that had not previously had outdoor dining, in an effort to assist our restaurant community. 
  • The Town permitting departments pivoted to a drop box system to keep permits flowing virtually for our residents and businesses to sustain economic activity moving in town. 
  • The Town created a COVID Relief Fund, that has received more than $112,000 in donations to assist those in need in our community. The fund has supported 47 households with mortgage and rental assistance, along with utilities, car payments and other living expenses. I am so proud of how the community rallied around those who needed help the most. 
Health & Safety
  • Established a robust contact tracing operation under the Health Department, which provided invaluable information and resources to the community during a new global pandemic and made thousands of contact tracing calls.
  • The Fairfield Emergency Management Team, and the three subcommittees of Planning, Operations and Public Information, were the critical component in keeping residents safe in 2020. Made up of critical department heads throughout the Town, these teams acquired PPE, carefully reviewed protocols for public & private events, the safety of town employees and effectively communicating with residents regarding CDC guidance, state guidance and town policies.
  • The men and women of the Fairfield Police Department provided uninterrupted public safety services to the residents of Fairfield. They also stepped up to assist the town in many unconventional ways as a result of the pandemic. They also conducted a full audit of our policies and procedures to ensure that we are in compliance with all federal and state mandates and best practices related to the delivery of law enforcement services.
  • The Fairfield Fire Department served in multiple leadership roles in the Emergency Management Team and continue to lead the recovery efforts with partners from across the government and the community. We are very grateful for all their hard work.
  • The Parks & Recreation Department upgraded the Jacky Durrell Pavilion, nearly completed the H. Smith Richards Golf Clubhouse, maintained the parks, beaches, golf courses and open spaces with an unprecedented number of visitors, began new programs in response to the pandemic like the weekly bell ringing and Rec the Curve initiative, provided summer camp to children grateful for the experience albeit different, helped execute two successful outdoor high school graduations, responded to over 1,000 letters to Santa, and pivoted to provide virtual programing including the tree lighting. 
  • The Fairfield Public Libraries adapted to fulfill community needs virtually through creative new ideas and learning new skills. Highlights include the curbside service model, virtual story times, book clubs, scavenger hunts and cooking classes, in addition to continued programming over the phone or online. 
  • The Conservation Department had a record year for Shellfish permits (the perfect socially distant activity), acquired 3.6 acres on Pine Creek marsh, and worked with Scouts to install GPS trail posts at Lake Mohegan which is an ongoing project. 
Town Infrastructure & Operations
  • Passed the first zero percent tax increase in our town's history in the FY 20 budget.
  • The IT Department jumped to action to set up virtual meetings, conference calls to help town boards meet safely. They reprogrammed lap tops and phones for some employees to work from home when Town Hall wasn't yet fully equipped with COVID safety protocols. IT provided online appointment system for certain town departments and worked over the last year with town departments to create and execute an RFP for an online permitting software system that will help streamline services in 2021. 
  • The Tax Collector's office was able to provided live support for residents to pay taxes online and DPW installed an outdoor payment window outside town hall so residents can safely pay in person when the weather allowed. 
  • Department of Public Works (DPW) worked through the pandemic to maintain services throughout the town and went above and beyond to keep our towns and beaches clean and open at the height of the pandemic. 
  • The Finance Department successfully refunded $18.865 million in bonds in April which lowered the Town's interest costs by $1.7 million, and through the annual bond issuance, the Town received AAA bond ratings from all agencies. 
  • The Town Clerk's office staff processed an unprecedented 16,000 absentee ballot applications and ballot packets for the 2020 election with the help of wonderful volunteers. (click to link) 
  • The Finance Department also successfully requested reimbursement for COVID expenses for the Town through FEMA and the State. The Town received $150k from the CARES Act for unemployment costs; $127k from the Corona Relief Fund administered through the State; and $279k from FEMA which helped strengthened our fund balance for Fiscal Year 2020. 
  • The men and women in the Water Pollution Control Facility remained vigilant in making sure all 205 miles of sanitary sewer collection systems and 8 pumping stations, and the 8 million gallons a day of wastewater is treated to the highest quality possible before being released back into Long Island Sound as clean water.
I never thought in my wildest dreams when I won election last year that I would lead the Town of Fairfield during a global pandemic. I have heavily relied upon the guidance and advice of the Emergency Management Team, who I have consistently worked with since March. 
I want to take a moment to recognize two individuals who have really gone above and beyond in their service to our Town: Health Director, Sands Cleary and Emergency Management Director & Fire Chief, Denis McCarthy. Their professionalism, leadership and commitment to our community is truly remarkable. I am grateful for their support and dedication during this very challenging year and want our residents to know how blessed we all are to have such consummate professionals serving our community throughout this public health emergency.
HOLIDAY CHEERI want to thank the Fairfield Police Department for spreading joy last weekend through their annual Toy Drive. What a wonderful sight to see!

The Fairfield Holiday Light Tour allows residents to view the best and brightest holiday displays around town. Be sure to check out the tour here. All of their proceeds will be donated to the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer. Thank you to the Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation and the Parks & Recreation Department for organizing this wonderful activity for families. 

Our town has not been able to gather together to enjoy the holiday season, most especially to attend our school's holiday concerts. I hope you will enjoy this virtual 
Carillon 2020 Warde High School shared with me featuring our young and talented performers.

I hope you have found my weekly newsletters to be helpful and informative. This is the last newsletter of 2020 and I look forward to sharing town updates with you again in 2021. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.

We're in this together,

Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman
Per Town ordinance, Fairfield property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk along their property line within 24 hours after the storm and keeping the sidewalk clear of snow and ice. Heavily used sidewalks near schools and public buildings, and the commercial areas are particularly important.  Property owners may be fined and/or charged the cost of removal if the property owners do not comply. Please remember to shovel around fire hydrants. 

If you have snow removal concerns or would like to request a street be re-plowed, please enter a Citizen Service Request and select 'Snow Removal Issues' or call the Town Garage at 203-256-3177. For more information on Fairfield plowing and snow removal policies, click here

It is also state law in Connecticut to remove snow and ice from your vehicle before driving on roads. When you fail to remove snow and ice from your vehicle you are putting yourself and others at risk. Penalties can be as much as $120 fine. 
On behalf of the families that receive the support from the Holiday Giving Program, the Town of Fairfield and Department of Human and Social Services would like to thank the community for keeping all our residents in mind for the upcoming holiday season.  Can we count on your support again this year? Rather than collecting wrapped gifts and toys, this year we are requesting gift cards for local supermarkets, toy stores - anywhere families may shop for their loved ones for the holidays. If you are interested in donating or receiving holiday help, please contact Fairfield Social Services by calling 203-256-3170 or by email at

Donations are gratefully accepted during business hours 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield CT 06824.
For the past few months, I have included information in my newsletter about the revaluation taking place in Town to make sure residents are aware that the Connecticut General Statutes require each town to do a revaluation every five years. Following the appropriate RFP process, the Board of Selectman voted to hire a revaluation company to conduct the revaluation.

The revaluation analyzes all sales in Fairfield between October 1, 2019 and October 1, 2020 and will correspond to the tax bills that will be due beginning in July of 2021. The Town does not play a role or have any authority regarding how a revaluation is conducted. 

I have received some feedback from residents who are concerned about their specific valuations. I would like to note that the revaluation company, Municipal Valuations, is available for informal hearings with residents by appointment through January 8th. Information on scheduling an informal appeal can be found hereThe valuation information found on our website, is updated with the information you received in the mail.

If you miss the informal hearings, the next step is a formal public hearing before the 
Board of Assessment Appeals in March. To listen to the presentation from Municipal Valuations and the Town Assessor from the December 7th Board of Selectman meeting that provides more information on the methodology of the revaluation, please click hereYou can also check for updates.
If you haven't finished your holiday shopping, a perfect way to get through your list is to purchase e-gift cards for family and friends through our Chamber's “Love Local” program. It’s super easy, and a lovely gift that allows family and friends to use at a long list of Fairfield businesses. I hope you’ll join me in supporting our businesses while giving fun and safe gifts for the holidays. Find out more here. And the Town also has a Virtual Holiday Gift Guide for Fairfield you can view here.
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.

You can also visit our Boards and Commissions page to learn more about roles and responsibilities:

To learn about the application process click here:

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.

When you're 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: 

Resources for Mental Health:
If you or a loved one is struggling:
CT Information Hotline 211 or go to 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.
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 - Please contact your site to see if meetings are continuing in your neighborhood. 

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
Transportation services to medical appointments and shopping have been suspended. We will reassess in the New Year when it is safe to allow passengers on the buses. If you are unable to get to the market, the Mobile Food Pantry is available every other week and lunch delivery is available for those who are homebound. Please call Social Services for more information about the Mobile Food Pantry or Dial-a-Ride services through Greater Bridgeport Transit: 203-256-3170.
Our Snow Shoveling for Seniors program is not accepting registrations at this time for residents who need assistance. When we have volunteers for shoveling, we will let you know how to register. If you are a student and would like to volunteer to shovel snow for seniors and people with disabilities, please contact Social Services by calling 203-256-3170 or sending an email to
The Fairfield Sustainability Task Force was formed to encourage community action in support of putting Fairfield on the path to using clean, renewable energy sources. 

The plan - which can be viewed here at the Sustainable Fairfield site – is a newly updated version of a sustainability “roadmap” for the Town first created by the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF) in 2018.  It lays out a sweeping array of activities, both ongoing and planned, designed to strengthen the environmental sustainability and quality of the Fairfield community, covering such important issues as air and water quality, energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling, transportation and many others.

GoNetspeed has announced their intention to expand to Fairfield in the first half of 2021. This is welcome news for residents who have struggled with internet interruptions. You can read more information here


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

Download the video here so you can upload it to social media to continue to remind our residents that part of our civic responsibility to each other is to wear a mask. 
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program is for families in need of energy assistance, Fairfield Social Services coordinates with Alliance For Community Empowerment to help to obtain necessary energy services for Fairfield residents in need. To make an appointment to see if you’re eligible, or if you have questions, please call Social Services 203-256-3170.
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.
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:
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
Testing capacity has increased in our area. To view locations where to get tested, please visit

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 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
The Fairfield Public Main Library is open for quick browsing and checkout Monday-Saturday afternoons 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Learn more about Library Express service.

Please visit 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.

Need a library card? Follow this link and get started today! Sign up for the library newsletter here
Pequot Library offers curbside pickup and limited browsing hours from 3-6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and from 2-4pm on Saturdays. During browsing hours visit us to check out a book or view our exhibition Crossing the Border: The Challenging Truths of Human Migration.

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.

Important COVID-19 Links:

Fairfield Health Department coronavirus website:

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:

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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Fairfield, CT 06824

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