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10/22/2021 - 10.22 TOWN UPDATE
Dear Fairfielders,

I am beginning the process of building the Town's next budget and will be meeting with Department Heads in the coming weeks. I thought it would be helpful, especially for our newer residents, if I shared some historical perspective on the last two budgets I crafted and were adopted since I took office in November of 2019.

In early March of 2020, I put together my first budget with the following goals in mind: to maintain excellent schools, prioritize economic development, to secure long-term growth and tax relief, modernize Town Government to improve services for residents, and invest in Town infrastructure. To accomplish these goals, I proposed making some strategic investments that had long been neglected.  

The day after the Board of Selectmen passed the budget in March of 2020, our Town’s Health Director shared with me a pandemic was emerging across our State and our Country. Given those extraordinary circumstances, I worked with the Board of Finance to make reductions across the board, including to our long-term liability accounts, to deliver a 0% tax increase (the first in our Town's history). You can view that budget 
here. My administration had to pivot from our original goals in order to safely continue providing Town services, manage over 450 employees, and support our residents and local business community in any way we could during a global pandemic. 

While crafting my second budget last year, I knew we would have to address the funding reductions we made during the pandemic in the Town budget. The Board of Education (BOE) submitted their budget, which was $9.6 million more than their previous budget. While the education side of the budget becomes part of the overall Town budget, it’s important to note that I have no authority over how the school administration spends their funding. Subsequently my administration worked with the school district to help reduce some of their purchasing costs, which resulted in $450,000 in savings and we identified an additional $500,000 in health care savings. After last year's budget was scrutinized by the all Town Boards, it passed with a .71% tax increase (you can view that budget 
here). The school administration ended up with a $200,000 budgeted surplus, which the BOE voted to invest in the school district’s math academy and special education. 

Investing in education and having great public schools has always been important to me and is what motivated me to get involved in public service and serve a six year term on the BOE. I asked the Superintendent last year, and will again this year, to work with me to identify savings in their purchasing protocols and in other administrative areas, as I have done on the Town side with my reorganization plan. 

The Voluntary Early Retirement Program my administration initiated yielded $250,000 in FY21 budgetary savings, and the reorganization is continuing to provide additional savings. More importantly, the reason I proposed the VERIP was to enable the Town to modernize services for residents, create efficiencies, and fill vacancies with skilled professionals equipped to meet the evolving needs of our residents and businesses.

As I begin meeting with the Town's Department Heads to build the budget, I also look forward to working with the Superintendent and BOE leadership to identify efficiencies and savings that will not impact Town services nor the classroom. Below is a chart that I think will be helpful for our residents to get a better understanding of how the Town spends your tax dollars.  
I look forward to your input now and throughout the budget process. Your ideas are important to me. 


Monday morning I joined The Lisa Wexler Show to discuss our recently formed Charter Revision Commission.

You can listen to the discussion 

I encourage all our residents to read the Town Charter and participate in the meetings over the next year to listen, learn, and provide input.

Any recommendations put forth by the commission will be reviewed by the Town's Board of Selectmen and will ultimately be placed on next year's November 2022 ballot for all Fairfield residents to vote on. This is democracy in action and I hope our community will engage in this process.
Charter Revision Commission Website
Fairfield Town Charter
I was happy to join Police Chief Kalamaras and Selectman Tom Flynn in sharing our Town's pride in our strong partnerships when it comes to breaking the silence and continuing to raise awareness on Domestic Violence. We thank the many organizations and services that are a part of this partnership, including:
  • CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • The Center for Family Justice, Inc.
  • Town of Fairfield Human and Social Services Department 
Domestic violence can happen to anyone and it is present in every community, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic status, religion, or nationality.

Domestic violence is often considered a hidden issue that happens behind closed doors, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Raise awareness about the signs of domestic violence. Talk to your friends and family, coworkers, and neighbors. Together, we can end domestic violence.

Domestic Abuse Hotline - 203.384.9559, Sexual Assault Hotline - 203.333.2233
The Fairfield Fire Department reminds all residents that October is Fire Prevention Month. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “almost 60% of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.” Fire Chief Denis McCarthy stressed the importance of smoke detectors being in place and making sure that they work properly. He stated that “It is very important that smoke detectors get checked. Remember, when you change your clocks is a good time to check your batteries”.

During the month of October, Fairfield Firefighters have been visiting approximately 300 households replacing smoke detector batteries for our senior population. This is part of our community-wide fire prevention effort. The Fairfield Fire Department has been providing this service annually for over fifteen years.

Although the program officially started on Friday, October 1st, the Fairfield Fire Department will continue replacing batteries all month long. Any interested senior resident can be added to the Fire Department’s Smoke Detector list by calling (203) 254-4720. The Fire Marshal’s Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
The fire department made its first smoke detector visit this year to Mrs. Nancy Darrow. Mrs. Darrow is the wife of the late Captain Clarence Darrow who became Fairfield’s very first Fire Inspector on March 6th, 1968. 
Last week, I had the pleasure to swear in Fairfield's newest member of the Fairfield Police Department, Officer Nicholas Bay. He comes with eight years of service from the NYPD and will now undergo a period of training in order to receive his Connecticut Police Officer Certification. I hope you'll join me in welcoming Fairfield's newest officer Nicholas Bay. 
On Monday, I  joined members of the Friends of the Library with Selectman Tom Flynn to celebrate the 16th Annual National Friends of Libraries week, which takes place October 17-23. The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library is dedicated to enhancing the partnership between the Fairfield Public Library and the community and raising money to provide the resources for additional programming. The Friends’ gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.
Shown L to R: David Gray, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees; Danielle Sharp, Director of Development for the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library; Brenda Kupchick, First Selectwoman, Town of Fairfield; Jan Fisher, Acting Town Librarian; and Tom Flynn, Selectman, Town of Fairfield. 
I hope you'll join me in supporting our local restaurants during Restaurant Week which runs from October 25 through November 7! The 10th annual Fairfield Restaurant Week starts this Monday, where you can visit one of your favorite restaurants in Town or try a new one! Be sure to check out all of the events that are going on in Town at!

I would especially like to thank Bankwell and Fairfield University for their sponsorship and continued support of Fairfield Restaurant Week.
For the most up-to-date information and a list of participating restaurants, please visit or follow us @ExperienceFairfield on Facebook & Instagram.
I joined Mark Barnhart, our Director of Economic and Community Development, and Robert Palmero, Senior Vice President at Bankwell, to get a little preview of Old Post Tavern's "Restaurant Week" menu.
Last Friday, I joined long-time owners and Fairfield residents Jack and Eileen Ciarletto at a ribbon cutting in celebration of their new store location for Kitchen Corner, in the Fairfield Woods Shopping Plaza owned by Fairfield resident Larry Roberts. Founded in 1977, the Kitchen Corner, is your one-stop destination for all things kitchen-related. In addition to providing customers with the latest tools of the trade, impeccable service and product expertise, Kitchen Corner also offers expert knife sharpening as well as classes, product demonstration and other events. My family are longtime customers of the Kitchen Corner, and I encourage all our residents who love to cook to pay them a visit.
Last week, I had the opportunity to tour the new renovations at the YMCA that include a workout room and renovated pool area. It's always a treat to step out of the office and spend time with our youngest Fairfielders, as well as the YMCA staff at this longtime staple in our Town.
It was so nice to join with our community again for Harvest Fest, which took place Saturday afternoon. As an animal lover, I loved getting to see all the dogs dressed up for the dog parade.

I want to thank the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President Beverly Balaz, for organizing such an incredible event and Adam Jacobson, owner of Pet Pantry Warehouse, for sponsoring the dog parade.
(Pictured Left) Kevin Lesko, member of Fairfield Rotary Club, and his dog Scout.
(Pictured Right)  Adam Jacobson, owner of Pet Pantry, and Beverly Balaz
This week it was fun to spend some time with the student interns for the website 
Know Your Reps to join me in conversation. It's always great to meet with young people who are interested in civic and public service.  
This year the NSS PTA held their second annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand at their back-to-school ice cream social and raised $2,057.91 in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, breaking their pre-pandemic record!

Childhood cancer has affected many families, including those right here in Fairfield like Reese. Reese is an eight-year-old who attends North Stratfield School and is a childhood cancer survivor that led in the fundraising efforts amongst students. 

Sadly childhood cancer is severely underfunded and only gets 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget. Our children deserve more than 4 percent! If you'd like to donate to childhood cancer research, click 
Being part Hungarian, I was honored to attend the annual ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Freedom Fight. The Hungarian Freedom Fights marks the Hungarians bravery and stand against Soviet communist oppression as they fought for their freedom.

I joined Rev. Tibor Kiraly, Peter Nagy, Consul from the Hungarian New York Consulate, Zsuza Lengyel, and members of Magyar Studies of America. Each year, a laying of the wreath ceremony takes place at a designated memorial, located behind Independence Hall that is dedicated to the Freedom Fight, and a program is held inside the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax preparation and filing services, primarily to seniors of moderate income every year at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities.  They are looking for people to join their volunteer team. If you are interested, or just want more information, please contact the AARP district coordinator, Mr. Steve Archer at 203-258-7343 or visit
Please scroll below for important information on Town services, upcoming events and the local November 2 elections.

I want to make special note of the fact that many terms on Town Boards & Commissions will be expiring in November. I encourage residents to take a look at the upcoming vacancies and apply if you are interested. I've also included some important information regarding the at home COVID-19 testing kits and the upcoming COVID-19 Booster/Flu Vaccine Clinics in Town.

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman
Fairfield's Positivity Rate: 1.2%
State of CT Town Rating: Yellow
Fairfield County Hospitalizations: 38
Vaccine First Dose: 
Upswing: CT Coronavirus Death Rate Slows, Positivity Inches Lower
As Fairfield comes out of the latest wave of the pandemic, testing is important now more than ever to help keep the spread of the virus low. The Health Department is urging residents to get tested if they feel unwell regardless of vaccination status. In additional to severe COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, COVID-19 symptoms can be mild in nature especially among the vaccinated and include sore throat, congestion/runny nose, loss of taste and smell, headache, body aches and/or fatigue.

There are many different COVID-19 testing options here in Fairfield. While the newly popular at home test may be most convenient, there can be problems with accuracy of results. The Health Department strongly recommends anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to an individual receive a PCR test, as that is the most reliable testing for COVID-19. 

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from severe illness and hospitalization. The CT Department of Public Health recommends that anyone who is unvaccinated get vaccinated as soon as possible. You can simply text your zip code to GETVAX to find a location near you.
Community Events
Town Events

October Updates
2021 Local Elections
Town Services 
Community Resources
The McKinley School PTA is excited to host its eagerly-anticipated Carnival. A fun-for-all-ages event running from October 22 through 24 in the Jennings Beach parking lot. Parking and admission are free. For more information click here
Little witches and goblins (and their adults) are invited to join us on Sunday, October 24 from 12-4 on the Museum Commons behind the Fairfield Museum. For more information and to register, click 
Fairfield Moms are hosting their second annual Family Trunk or Treat on Saturday October 30th from 2-5PM in the Fairfield Shopping Center, where Bob's is located. There will be food trucks, touch a trucks, a DJ, local vendors, farm animals and more. Kids are encouraged to come in costume for a safe and close area to trick or treat. They are also doing a diaper drive, giving back to the Diaper Bank of CT. 
To honor our Military Veterans and those men and women actively serving our country, Kiwanis Club of Fairfield is hosting their annual Field of Valor by displaying U.S. Flags. The Field of Valor will include more than 200 full size (3'x5') American flags and will be on display to commemorate Veterans Day on November 11th. This display will be created in Jennings Park (adjacent to Hansen's Florist and across from Bob's Shopping Center) from November 7th through the 21st.

To purchase a flag in honor of a veteran or someone currently serving, click  here for more details.

Phantoms of Penfield at Penfield Pavilion – October 28 at 8:00pm -

Hole in One Fore Hunger at Carl J. Dickman Par 3 Golf Course – November 6 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Christmas Tree Lighting on Town Hall Green – December 3 at 7:00pm (choir begins at 6:00pm)

Echoes of Sinatra at Penfield Pavilion – December 4 at 7:00pm -

Holiday Breakfast at Fairfield Ludlowe High School – December 11 at 10:00am
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is developing plans to rehabilitate the pavement on I-95 in the northbound and southbound directions, specifically on route 135 in Fairfield. The purpose of the project is to preserve the pavement condition. The project has an anticipated start date of Spring 2022. It is important the community shares its concerns with the Department to assist in the project's development. If anyone has any questions or comments on this project, contact Matthew R.Vail, Principal Engineer, at 860-594-3274 or by email at Please make reference to State Project No. PP173-0008

For residents who are new to Town, this year’s election will include Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting (RTM), some members of the Board of Financethe Board of Assessment AppealsConstableZoning Board of AppealsBoard of Education and the Town Plan & Zoning Commission.

If you would like to review the ballot that will be available at your polling place, you can view and print a copy using the links below. Paper copies are available in the Registrar of Voters Office at 611 Old Post Road.

If you need to find your polling place or RTM district, you can consult our "Where do I Vote?" page.


Polling Place RTM District  Ballot Link 
Dwight School 1 View 
St Pius X School 2 View 
Fairfield Woods MS 3 View
Stratfield School  4 View
Fairfield Warde HS  5 View
McKinley School  6 View
Holland Hill School  7 View
Fairfield Ludlowe HS  8 View
Sherman School  9 View 
Mill Hill School  10 View is a local non-partisan website, which outlines Fairfield's government and explains each office up for election. It's a great resource to learn about who is running for which office. 

The League of Women Voters, is also an election resource and will be hosting a virtual debate on October 25 at 7:00 pm..

Candidates and political parties have been advised by law enforcement that lawn signs are not allowed to be placed on public or Town property and should only be placed, with permission, on private property. In accordance with zoning ordinances, they cannot be affixed with ties, rope, string to mailboxes, street signs, or stop signs.

If you will not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day – November 2, 2021 - you may vote absentee by mail. Absentee Voting is permitted in the State of Connecticut for any of the following reasons:
  • physical disability
  • illness
  • absence from the Town during all of the hours of voting
  • religious tenets which forbid secular activity on Election Day
  • Pursuant to Senate Bill 1202, of the June Special Session 2021, COVID-19 may be used as a valid reason for requesting a ballot for any election held before November 3, 2021
Absentee voting in Connecticut is a two-step process. A completed and signed Absentee Ballot Application or Spanish Absentee Ballot Application must be filed with the Town Clerk before a ballot is issued. 

Applications may be filed in person, by mail, or by e-mail. If filed by e-mail, the original, signed application must be returned with the ballotor by mail, to the Town Clerk's Office, 611 Old Post Road, Fairfield 06824 by Election Day for the ballot to be counted.  
Absentee Ballot Application
You can 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. 

We are anticipating vacancies on several boards and commissions as terms conclude in November. In anticipation of those vacancies, if you have any interest in serving on the following boards, please complete the interest form below, that we have your information on file for consideration.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee
Economic Development Commission
FairTV Commission
Fairfield Commission on disAbilities
Greater Bridgeport Transit Board of Commissioners
Harbor Management Commission
Historic District Commission 
Human Services Commission 
Land Acquisition Commission

Be sure to check back often, as the list is updated as positions become available.

The Town of Fairfield provides four weeks of leaf collection for all neighborhoods outside of Greenfield Hill. There is no pickup during Thanksgiving week. 

There is no specific pickup day for a particular street or neighborhood. Bags must be curbside by 6:00 a.m. on Mondays to assure pickup during that week. Bags placed outside of the Town right-of-way will NOT be picked up.

Greenfield Hill residents may enter a 
service request (select "Leaf Collection Request (Greenfield Hill)") or call the Town Garage at 203-256-3177.

More Information on Leaf Pickup
Service Request
These are the next group of streets UI will be performing the Utility Protection Zone tree pruning and removal work. The list of streets are below and for more information visit here. 
  • Black Rock Turnpike
  • Congress St
  • Fairfield Woods Rd
  • Hoydens Hill Rd
  • Morehouse Hwy
  • Nepas Rd
  • Nonopoge Rd
  • Winnepoge Rd
The hardest part to getting help is reaching out. 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 or to schedule an appointment.
Safe Return Network: If a family member is prone to “wandering” or getting lost, consider registering for a new program developed to assist emergency personnel in locating them. To register go to; for more information, contact Officer Anthony Krushinsky at or call 203-254-4800
Commission on disAbilities Seeking Volunteers
Applications are currently being accepted for volunteers to join the newly established Fairfield Commission on disAbilities, a group intended to promote the inclusion and integration of differently abled people in community activities, services, and employment opportunities. Visit the Fairfield Commission on disAbilities page 
here to learn more. To apply, please visit the town of Fairfield’s Appointment Process page here
For more additional information and resources, social services offers a comprehensive newsletter with various programs addressing career development, service members, and housing 
The Fairfield Public Main Library building is open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am - 5pm and Tuesday & Thursday 9am – 7pm. Woods Branch Library is open Monday & Wednesday 9am - 7pm and Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9am – 5pm. Both Main and Woods are open Saturdays 1pm – 5pm. Both Main Library and Fairfield Woods Branch are now open on Sundays from 1-5pm.

As per the CDC, masks are recommended at all indoor spaces and social distancing is advised.T he Children’s Department at both libraries is open for browsing and borrowing of materials, but play areas remain closed at this time. 

The Library continues to offer a mix of in-person, outdoor, and virtual programming at both locations for children, teens and adults.  Please view our online calendar of events on our 
website to see the offerings and reserve your spot!  

Study Rooms are now available for use by persons 16 years and up at both libraries.  There are 10 study rooms (5 new!) for use at Main Library and 2 for use at Fairfield Woods Branch.  Study rooms can be used for tutoring sessions, study sessions, and small group business meetings (limit of 4 persons per room); users must have a valid Connecticut library card registered with Fairfield Public Library.  For more information or to make a study room reservation, call (203) 256-3160 (Main) or (203) 255-7308 (Branch).
The Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery at the Main Library has reopened! The current exhibit is “Behind the Scenes: Art by the Curators,” which will run through November 27th during regular Library hours.
Fairfield Public Library continues to offer 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).
Pequot Library: We're Here, We Care – Pequot Library is open for browsing and select programming. We are open for browsing! Visit Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM, and Sunday 12AM-4PM (weekend hours after Labor Day). Drop in during browsing hours to check out items from our circulating selection, see our latest exhibit in the Perkin Gallery, or view treasures from our Special Collections.

Masks and physical distancing are requested from anyone in the Library.

Monday – Friday:
10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.

September (after Labor Day) – June: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
July – August: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

September (after Labor Day) – June: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
July – September (before Labor Day): 

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.

Pollinator Pathway is a project that has been adopted by over 250 towns and cities to establish pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources for insects and wildlife by focusing on planting natives, avoiding pesticides and rethinking lawns. The Fairfield Board of Selectmen passed the Fairfield Pollinator Pathway Resolution at our June 21st meeting.

You may have seen the Pollinator Pathway signs popping up across town. I am proud to be on the Pollinator Pathway and hope you will join me. We want to spread the word about our Pollineighbor program which highlights pollinator gardens in Fairfielder’s yards. Are you interested in helping someone get started on their pollinator pathway garden? Are you interested in starting a pollinator garden and aren’t sure how to get started? Please get in touch and we’ll play matchmaker - or (203) 701-8342.

We’re launching the Plant a Native Tree in Your Yard with our 
Right Tree Right Place brochure to spread the word about the Pollinator Pathway and bring the community together. Our local nurseries in town are excited to promote the pollinator pathway by selling natives. Did you know that the fall is the best time to plant because it gives your plants the most time to acclimate to their new home?

For more information please visit the Town of Fairfield’s Fairfield Forestry 
Behind in your rent or mortgage?
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!
Struggling to make ends meet?
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!
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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.

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