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5/28/2021 - 5.28 TOWN UPDATE

Dear Fairfielders,

I look forward to joining together with our community on this Memorial Day weekend in honor of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. I know our residents are excited for Monday's annual parade after a very difficult year, and are looking forward to spending time with family and friends. I hope that our residents will make some time over the weekend to attend one of the Town events or to just reflect on our nation's fallen and their families. Our country is forever indebted to these brave heroes who have served our country. 


      COMMUNITY NEWS
      The Memorial Day Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The Fairfield Warde High School Band will perform its end-of-year concert following the parade on the Town Green. All are welcome to attend. To view the route or for more information visit fairfieldct.org/parade.
      During the parade, the Fairfield Rotary will be collecting cash donations and non perishable canned items to support Homes for the Brave. Checks are also accepted, payable to Fairfield Rotary Club. The last two years when the parade was held, almost $6500 was raised thanks to the generosity of parade-goers. Keep an eye out for the Rotarians with the orange buckets!

      MEMORIAL SEA CEREMONY | MAY 29TH
      Veterans and members of the sea services, the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine are invited to attend Fairfield’s Annual Memorial Sea Service at South Benson Marina on Ash Creek at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 29, 2021 hosted by Fairfield’s veterans. The memorial ceremony is held in remembrance of those lost at sea, and those who were buried at sea, in the service of this country.  

      After the memorial ceremony a procession of volunteer boats will place that same memorial wreath proceeding single file out of Ash Creek past Jennings and Fairfield Beaches and doubling back into Long Island Sound.

      The event was originally organized by David Russell, former Fairfield Fire Chief, WWII Patrol Craft veteran and member of Port 5, over 33 years ago. Captain Roger Crossland, USN (Ret.) will serve as Officer of the Day and former Radioman Second Class Dave Houle USN, will serve as Petty Officer of the Day.

      All persons who wish to honor the members of our sea services are invited.  Active duty members are encouraged to attend in service dress with large medals. Recent service members from Afghanistan, Iraqi, and Syria, are particularly welcome to attend in uniform.  ALL veterans are invited whether they belong to a veterans’ organization or not. Veterans are encouraged to wear at least one item of attire, or token, indicating their veteran status. All supporters of veterans are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue…with pride. For further information contact CAPT Roger Crossland, 203-209-3850 or 
      Limpet6@aol.com.
      DONATIONS TO THE BIGELOW CENTER 
      The United way of Coastal Fairfield County recently donated 3,000 masks to the Bigelow Center for Senior Services. Pictured here are long-time Fairfielder and United Way Marketing Lead, Gail Carroll (left), Director of Human and Social Services Julie DeMarco (center) and Bigelow Center Director Brenda Steele (right). The donation was made possible by Yale New Haven Health.

      We are grateful to the Fairfield Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for their tireless efforts throughout the pandemic. They delivered hundreds of lunches to our seniors and answered hundreds of calls each week at the Town's COVID Call Center. We are deeply appreciative for these volunteers who serve our community. 
      TOWN GOVERNMENT
      The Board of Education held a meeting on Tuesday night to approve the final budget for the next school year. I was pleased to learn the Board of Education was able to realize savings and make up for the $2 million reduction that was included in my budget and passed by town boards. The school district was actually able to realize a $200,000 surplus, which they voted to invest in the Math Academy and in Special Education. 

      MASKS IN SCHOOL
      Many residents are writing to me concerned about the mask requirement mentioned in the reopening plan for next year. The School Administration was required to send out a reopening plan in accordance with the State Department of Education's funding guidelines. If you have concerns about the plan, please take a few moments to complete the school survey so your voice can be heard. 

       


      Bigelow Center for Senior Activities Reopening Plan
      I wanted to share the following message with our residents from the Senior Center: 
      "We are excited to be getting close to reopening our doors and seeing you all. We do NOT have a date set yet. We appreciate your continued patience. You will be receiving a reopening packet soon with lots of information, but we wanted to highlight some things:
      - We will reopen with a limited schedule of indoor/outdoor activities and with a limited number of participants per activity
      - You will need to pre-register for all activities—absolutely NO walk in’s
      - There will be only one entrance and exit at the FRONT of the building
      - Health screening will be done as you enter the building each time you visit
      - Masks will be mandatory indoors and social distancing is required
      - No food or drink allowed in the building
      - Once the activity or time slot is over, you must leave the Bigelow Center. Feel free to congregate on the front lawn if there is not an activity planned

      Please take a moment to complete our Reopening and Program Participation Survey
      Click here to take the survey online. Your input is critical to helping us plan which activities to offer and your comfort level for in-person activities."

      I hope you'll take some time to review the additional town information and upcoming events by scrolling below. Have a great holiday 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
      Click on the date for more information

      Saturday May 29, 2021 – Concert at Sherman Green featuring Blue Water beginning at 6:30pm
      Saturday May 29, 2021 – Memorial Sea Ceremony at South Benson Marina beginning at 10:00am

      Monday May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day Parade
      Thursday June 4, 2021 – Concert at Sherman Green featuring The 5 O’Clocks beginning at 6:30pm
      Thursday June 4, 2021 – Comedy Night at Penfield Pavilion featuring Lenny Marcus – Two shows 7pm and 9pm
      UI TREE TRIMMING
      Next week, UI will begin pruning and removing trees as part of the Utility Protection Zone Program. 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 1stOnline renewals only are also available beginning June 1st.
       
      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.
      MUSIC THROUGH THE  MOVEMENTS
      Through the below zoom link, the Fairfield Public Schools High School Choir Departments will be sharing their 8 pre-recorded songs and the students will be presenting their reflections and research on the history of protest music “live”. 

      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. 

      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
      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!


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

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

      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