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12/3/2021 - 12.3 TOWN UPDATE
Dear Fairfielders,
I want to wish our neighbors celebrating a very Happy Hanukkah. An eight-day “festival of lights,” Hanukkah is celebrated by lighting a menorah each night, reciting prayers and eating fried foods in oil, including latkes and donuts. 

The holiday season celebrates the idea of miracles. Jews all over the world celebrate the miracle of light, the little bit of oil that was meant to last for only one day, burned bright for eight days. Whether it's lighting a menorah, a Christmas tree, or the candles on a kinara in celebration of Kwanzaa, we celebrate the miracles before us everyday. 
I look forward to the Annual Tree Lighting tonight on the Town Green. I hope to see you there!??
Fairfield and the State are seeing increases in cases of COVID-19 this month. This is the fifth wave for the Town of Fairfield. The Governor shared at a recent press conference that he does not foresee the State instituting a mask mandate with each wave being less severe than previous ones, and with vaccinations so widely available. The Commissioner of the Department of Public Health shared that Connecticut residents are now fully aware of how to best protect themselves when in public by limiting interactions with crowds, choosing to wear a mask, and maintaining social distance. The Commissioner also reinforced that vaccinations are available for all those ages five and above and remains the best protective measure, along with boosters, for those over the age of 18 who were vaccinated more than 6 months ago or 2 months after a single dose vaccine.

We have come a long way since March of 2020. I continue to encourage our residents who have not yet gotten vaccinated to get vaccinated, wear a mask when in large crowds, and to wash your hands frequently.
Fairfield's Positivity Rate: 3.9%
State of CT Town Rating: Red
Fairfield County Hospitalizations: 87
Vaccine First Dose: 77.3%
Last week, the Town hosted its Inauguration Ceremony for its newly elected officials. Together, through our shared commitment, we can do great things for the Town of Fairfield, and I look forward to working with each and every one of our elected officials to move our Town forward in a positive direction.

The new RTM had its first organizational meeting on November 22 and the Board of Finance will have theirs on December 7th. 
The Town continues to seek qualified volunteer residents to serve on the following boards and commissions.  If you want to get involved, give back, and have a voice in shaping our community, please complete the interest form below so that we have your information on file for consideration
Be sure to check back often, as the vacancies list is updated as positions become available.


The Town of Fairfield is pleased to announce that the 3rd and final public workshop for the Post Road Circle Study will be held virtually on Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30 pm.  The purpose of the study is to identify safety improvements for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians in the vicinity of the Post Road/King’s Highway Circle. Currently, the Post Road Circle is extremely difficult for drivers to navigate. Limited crossings and sidewalks, minimum handicap accessibility, and inadequate transit amenities leave pedestrians underserved on a four-lane roadway with over 20,000 vehicles per day.

The workshop will include a brief summary of the project, community priorities, and progress to date. Visualizations and simulations of the locally preferred concepts will be presented. The presentation will be followed by a discussion of the community’s thoughts on the concepts.

here for details on how to join this meeting.

The Town of Fairfield will hold a Public Informational Meeting regarding planned pedestrian improvements in the Grasmere neighborhood beginning at 6:30PM on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 via Zoom. View the full release here.

The project, which is being funded through a LOTCIP State grant, is intended to enhance pedestrian facilities along Grasmere Avenue as well as sections of the Post Road (Route 130) from the Bridgeport line to just west of Shoreham Village Drive.  Following a presentation by the design team, there will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comment. Preliminary design plans may be viewed here or by visiting

here for details on how to join the meeting.
The comprehensive Town-wide Parks and Recreation Master Plan will set forth a vision that reflects the needs and priorities of our community and establish a roadmap for how that vision can be implemented over the next ten years. This plan would include ideas on recreational activities like dog parks, ice skating rinks, turf fields, and other recreational ideas that residents have shared. The first workshop was held on November 29.

The next step is a community survey, I've included it below. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete and responses are anonymous. 
We want to hear from you!
Parks and Recreation Master Plan Community Survey
Parks and Recreations Master Plan Website
Fairfield has seen an uptick of criminal activity including a car theft with a minor inside the vehicle, an armed robbery at a Southport school, and an overall increase in juvenile crime. The issue of crime is concerning for all our residents. I think we can all agree public safety is paramount to the basic function of government, whether locally, statewide or nationally. Residents have written to me about this increase in crime and are asking what we can do.

There have been several forums in Town recently focused on crime and solutions available. Click to watch these important conversations from various stakeholders.
Here is a list of crime legislation proposed by House and Senate Republicans worth taking a look at. Residents can reach out to our State delegation to encourage legislative action to help address some of the reoccurring issues we are seeing in our Town, and across the state.

On Monday, December 13th, State Rep. Laura Devlin is hosting another forum in Trumbull.
 Click here for details
I want to congratulate our Parks & Recreation Director, Anthony Calabrese, for winning the Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association (CRPA) Outstanding Professional Award! This award is given to a CRPA member who has made outstanding contributions to the parks and recreation profession, over a period of 10 years or more. Anthony goes above and beyond to serve our community everyday, and I am happy that his work is being noticed throughout the State. I hope you'll join me in thanking Anthony for all he does, we are lucky to have him!
(Pictured Left to Right) Justin Cathcart, Scott Buckholz, Ginna Paules, Gaylen Brown, Anthony Calabrese, Kelly Brown, Chelsea Seres, Linda Hilliker, and Doug Novak
Our Police Department raised $4,680.00 during November to benefit the Connecticut Cancer Foundation during its No Shave CT Campaign. Fairfield was in the Top 3 Fundraising Police Departments! Congratulations to Officer Dan Loris who received the 2nd Place Prize for being in the Top 3 Individual Fundraisers!  It is also not too late to contribute during Double Down December!  Go to and donate today!
On November 2, 2021, the Town lost a beloved resident, George Markley. George was the epitome of a true gentleman who made a positive difference in so many ways. He was highly respected on both sides of the political aisle. There aren’t enough words to describe George – he was a kind, helpful, and generous man who loved giving back to his community and helping others. Never one to sit on the sidelines, George always stepped up, serving on numerous boards, most of which focused on education and his Jewish faith. George put 100% of his time into each and every role he served, and because of that commitment our Town and so many people are better off. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Markley family.
I want to thank the Fairfield Garden Club for stopping by Town Hall, the Police Department, and Fire Department with lovely holiday plants they made. I also want to especially thank Evie from the Fairfield Garden Club Kids for the jar filled with lifesavers and the sweet note.
(Pictured Left to Right Candace Wagner, Brenda Kupchick, Claire Van de Berghe of the Fairfield Garden Club)
Each year, SHU’s student government hosts its annual turkey drive before Thanksgiving. Every $20 donation allowed the students to purchase a turkey and other essential items for families in need during the holiday season. This year, the donations totaled over $25,000 and 1,000 turkeys were purchase setting a new record for the fundraiser! These students are setting the bar high when it comes to giving this holiday season.
Every year, Harry's Wine and Liquor Market hosts a rare whiskey fundraiser for Operation Hope. The fundraiser allows customers to purchase hard-to-find whiskeys, while collecting needed funds for one of Fairfield’s most important providers of assistance to the less fortunate. This year they raised twice as much as last year's $21,485.00 with $50,000.00 in total! Congratulations to both Harry's and Operation Hope for such a successful fundraiser for our community!
(Pictured Left to Right: William Miller, Carla Miklos, Patrick Monteleone)
SBA Disaster Loan Deadline Approaching in Connecticut for Businesses and Residents Affected by Remnants of Hurricane Ida
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters to apply for a physical disaster loan before the Dec. 29 deadline.

Anyone in the declared counties in Connecticut with damages caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 1-2, 2021 should apply for a physical disaster loan by the deadline.  

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at and should apply under SBA declaration #17258, not for the COVID-19 incident.

Sunday was such a joyous day, when Old Saint Nicholas rode into Town on hook-and-ladder to grace the children of Fairfield. I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce for organizing such a fun event to kick-off the holiday season, and the the Fire, Police, and DPW departments for making it possible and bringing holiday magic to our downtown.
For 51 years, our Town has prided itself on the relationship we have with the Mr. Claus, and this year is no different. Have your kids write a letter to Santa and drop it in any one of Santa's Mailboxes throughout Town, and it will be delivered to the North Pole, Polar Express style! Santa's Mailbox will be available through December 18th. Please make sure a RETURN ADDRESS is included so Santa can respond! ???? Click here for a map. 
Join the Town of Fairfield and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce at the 9th Annual Shop and Stroll on December 9 from 6-9PM. Participating shops will stay open late and offer an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and seasonal refreshments. Traveling carolers and musicians from local schools will fill the air with holiday cheer, and the Town will be sponsoring an ice sculpting demonstration on Sherman Green.

Additional activities/treats include: 
  • FairfieldMoms Happy Hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Old Post Tavern, located at 1418 Post Road. There will be special discounts on food & drinks and free “Buy Local Fairfield” tote bags, while supplies last.  
  • Fairfield Moms will also be sponsoring a festive after-party beginning at 8:00 p.m. at The Sinclair, in which there will be extended happy hour deals while shoppers enjoy music and fun.  The Sinclair is located within the Brick Walk at 1229 Post Road.
  • Swing by for and relax on lounge chairs by the fire furnished by Outdoor Design & Living with free hot cocoa and s’mores courtesy of BE Chocolat at the Sherman Green.
  • Saugatuck Sweets and Café Piccolo will be open during the event serving waffles, coffee, cappuccino and espresso.
  • Seasonal beverage at J.B. Percival Co., located at 62 Unquowa Road. They will be serving up the Caribou, which is a warm, mulled red wine with origins in Quebec
For a list of featured retailers and more information click here.
Keep the holiday spirit going by attending the Southport Village Holiday Weekend, which will take place Thursday, December 9 through Sunday, December 12. Many events are happening throughout the celebration, including: Santa is coming to Spic & Span on his firetruck on Thursday, caroling on Friday at the Pequot Library, shopping on Saturday and Carol Lights at Trinity Church on Sunday. For more information, click here.


Cong. Mishkan Israel cordially invites the entire community to their 32nd annual Menorah Lighting taking place on the Sherman Town Green on Sun. Dec. 5th, at 6:00 PM.

A little light can dispel a lot of darkness, let your inner light shine as we gather to light the menorah on the last night of Chanukah, promoting the spreading of light, good deeds, and kindness!

There will be fresh donuts, hot refreshments, and music! Dreidels and Menorahs will also be available.

The Holiday Express Model Train Show presented by the 
Fairfield Museum opens tonight, December 3rd from 5pm to 8pm with special reduced admission of $3 per person or $10 for a family of four. Members and children ages 5 and under are FREE.

Young and old alike delight in the large and small scale model trains winding around spectacular winter villages and beautiful holiday scenery. The Holiday Express Model Train Show runs from December 3rd through January 2nd. The Fairfield Museum will be open early for Museum members at 9am on December 4th, 11th and 18th.
The Fairfield Police Annual Holiday Toy Drive is underway. If you would like to donate new unwrapped toys, you can drop them off at the Fairfield Town Clerk’s Office Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM until December 17th

Toys will be delivered on Saturday, December 18th, to area locations which include the YMCA, Cathedral Parish Church and the Rescue Mission. New, unwrapped toys are welcome, as well as monetary donations, to be dropped off at Town Clerk’s office or the Fairfield Police Department's lobby. Toys should be appropriate for children ages 1-16.
COVID-19 has brought many challenges from job loss to childcare expense and many worries in between. Rather than collecting wrapped gifts and toys, we are again requesting gift cards for supermarkets, gas stations, your favorite local stores and businesses, Amazon, Target, Walmart - anywhere families shop for their loved ones for the holidays. 

If you are interested in donating or receiving holiday help, please contact Eileen Fickes, Social Worker for the Department of Human and Social Services, at 203-256-3170 or by email at for additional information. Please consider making a donation to help your neighbors. Donations are gratefully accepted during business hours 9 AM to 3:30 PM at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield CT 06824.

Support our local business and 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 gifts for the holidays. Find out more 

As traffic fatalities continue to rise, the Connecticut Department of Transportation Office of Highway Safety is announcing a $10 discount code for Uber, to encourage people who consume alcohol or other impairing substances to use ride-hailing instead of putting themselves and others on the road at risk by getting behind the wheel.
The discount code, SAVETHENIGHTCT, will be available beginning November 23, 2021 through January 14, 2022 between the hours of 5 PM and 4 AM.
I hope you and your family have a lovely weekend. 

Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman
Town Events
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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
Town Clerk Betsy Browne announces the launch of the Town of Fairfield’s Fraud Alert to notify property owners of new transactions regarding their property. This is a new free tool to help property owners protect one of their most valuable assets.

With Fraud Alert you can sign up to receive alerts whenever a document such as a mortgage is recorded under your name. Documents can be viewed online at: Please remember that there may be other property owners in town that have the same name.

Betsy Browne shared that this new tool provided by IQS is an easy way for homeowners to have peace of mind, especially with the increase in scams recently. You can sign up now at :
As commuters and train riders return to Fairfield Center and Southport stations, they will see a new parking management system was implemented by the Parking Authority last year.  Permit holders no longer use hangtags; instead, their license plate is their “digital” permit.  Day parkers pay at the kiosk or on the mobile app by entering their license plate and selecting how many days they will be parking. (Payment must be made within 1 hour of entry to the lot.)  A license plate must face the aisle so that the License Plate Reader/Parking Enforcement vehicle may scan the plates as it passes through the lot. This parking management system allows permit holders to manage their account online. We are excited to see this modernization effort benefiting residents and making it easier to park in Fairfield commuter lots. 

Please visit the Parking Authority webpages for detail on permit and day parking at There is currently no waitlist. If you are interested in a permit, please email or call the Parking Authority ( or 203-256-3053)

FEMA opened two Disaster Recovery Centers in Bridgeport and Greenwich. These centers are available to help Fairfield County residents affected by Hurricane Ida. Fairfield County residents with uninsured losses from Hurricane Ida may be eligible to get certain expenses covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 
Click here to learn more. 

Disaster Recovery Center Information:   
Bridgeport location: Bridgeport Public Library, 925 Broad St., Bridgeport, CT, 06604 
Bridgeport location hours:  
  • Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Wednesday and Thursday: Noon to 6 p.m.  
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
  • Sunday: Closed 

On October 30, 2021, President Biden approved Gov. Lamont’s request to declare a major disaster for Connecticut and several counties including Fairfield County due to damage caused by Hurricane Ida. The declaration authorizes various federal disaster assistance for certain expenses which are not covered by insurance policies. By law, the assistance provided through a federal disaster declaration cannot cover losses already covered by insurance. Residents in disaster-impacted areas who have not contacted their insurance company should do so as soon as possible. Ida-affected residents can apply for assistance through:
  • Individual Assistance Programs:
  • SBA Loans      The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster.
  • Or by phone at: (800) 621-3362 | TTY: (800) 462-7585
Generally, applicants have 60 days following a disaster declaration to register for disaster assistance.
The Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG) has released a Region Trail Viewer, that includes several trails here in Fairfield. To view them, click here.
State and local laws provide real property tax relief programs for Fairfield residents who are age 65 and over or totally disabled and whose annual incomes and assets are within specified limits. These programs are designed to help seniors and the totally disabled remain in the homes and town they improved over the years. Town tax relief programs are defined in Section 95-15 of the Town Code and are administered by the Assessor's Office.   

To find out how to qualify and apply, click here

The Application Period is Tuesday, February 1, 2022 to Friday, May 13, 2022.
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
As we enter the holiday season, the police department is expecting to see more reported package thefts in Town. They encourage everyone to:
  • Use technology to track your deliveries
  • Be home when a package arrives, or if possible, have a family member or friend secure the package
  • Arrange for the delivery service not to drop off the package without a signature, if that option is offered
  • Use 'Ring,' 'Nest,' and other similar systems with audio/video capabilities as a deterrent
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

The Town of Fairfield provides 4 weeks of leaf collection for all neighborhoods outside of Greenfield Hill. 

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
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.

For more additional information and resources, social services offers a comprehensive newsletter with various programs addressing career development, service members, and housing here.
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 and Sundays from 1pm – 5pm.  Both libraries will be closed Friday and Saturday, Dec. 24 and 25, for the Christmas holidays, as well as Friday, Dec. 31st and  Saturday, Jan. 1st, 2022, for the New Year.
Fairfield Public Library respectfully asks that all patrons over two years of age wear a mask while inside the buildings, as per the CDC’s current recommendation that residents of Fairfield County wear masks in all public, indoor spaces.

The Library continues to offer a mix of in-person 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!

The Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery at Main Library will open its new exhibit, “Poetic Expressions,” on Saturday, December 4th.  There will be a reception for the artists on Thursday, December 9th, from 5:30-7:30pm, which the public is welcome to attend.  “Poetic Expressions” runs through Jan. 29, 2022.
Fairfield Public 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).
Pequot Library: We're Here, We Care  We are open for browsing! Visit Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday Noon - 4 p.m. 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.
Now on view: Magic, Mayhem, & Maturity: The Growth of Youth Fantasy Literature

Drawing on materials from the Children’s Historical Collection and the modern circulating collection, this exhibition examines the emergence and evolution of youth fantasy literature. Oftentimes, stories from this genre use magic as a metaphor for the turbulent transition from childhood to adulthood. Spanning fairy tales to 19th century works like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz to more modern stories like Harry PotterChildren of Blood and Bone and The Gilded Ones, this exhibition further explores how these stories have evolved to tackle this transition in a more frank manner and, significantly, to embrace all voices.
Coming up in December:
12/8 - Meet the Author: Alexander Lobrano (In-Person)
12/10 - Holiday Caroling Party on the Great Lawn
12/18 - GCTYO Chamber Music Concert
For more programming, visit
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.
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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