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12/2/2022 - 12.2 TOWN UPDATE
Dear Fairfielders,
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving. As we approach the holiday season, it is important to spend time with family and friends, join in the community spirit and most importantly, give back to those in need. I have included holiday events and opportunities for our community to help make our neighbor's holiday special. I also included under the Government News section information on Penfield Pavilion and the Water Pollution Control Facility.
What's in this week's newsletter?
Recently, I have shared updates on the criminal court proceedings with regard to the fill pile public corruption scandal facing our Town. You can read the latest update here.

Two out of the three largest issues remaining are the contaminated soil under the Penfield Pavilion and the parking lot and the Notice of Violation from the Federal Emergency & Management Administration (FEMA) regarding the improperly built foundation. As you may remember, I held a presentation for the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and RTM on 
August 31st, to provide an update on these two issues. I also included an update in my newsletter on September 2nd, which you can read here.

The Town has prepared a plan to address the Notice of Violation on Penfield Pavilion but we are waiting for all regulatory agencies to sign off on the plans. As I have said many times, I will not make the same mistakes as the prior administration. The Town will not move forward with any remediation efforts without approval in writing from the appropriate authorities whether it be the CT Department of Environmental & Energy Protection, the Environmental Protection Agency or FEMA.
Due to a structural failure of one of the primary digesters at the Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF), there has been a change in how the sewage at the facility is being processed. First, the broken digester had to be cleaned which was a large undertaking so the contractor could then assess the cause and extent of the failure. Based on the scope of the damage, it is expected to take a few more months for the repair to be completed. The change in process at the facility is causing residents in the area to experience a strong odor. While WPCF hired a company in October to assist in controlling the odor issues, those attempts were ineffective and appeared to have exacerbated the smell. The WPCF has now identified a new odor control product which arrived today and WPCF is optimistic it will improve the odor in the area. The Town has been diligently coordinating with qualified experts and vendors to identify, bid, schedule, and implement the necessary equipment repairs.

Some of our residents have raised concerns about air quality. The Town arranged for air testing by an independent private contractor which took place today. As soon as the town has the report we will release the results to the public.  

In the interim, the WPCF has several air testing meters which they regularly use for entering confined spaces to indicate if there are any hazards within the building. Those units had been placed around the facility and did not record any elevated results. CT DEEP has been on site to the location and the Health Department has discussed the situation and residents’ concerns with the staff of the CT Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Environmental and Occupational Health Assessment Program. DPH staff has advised that this change would not likely lead to a change in health risk for either infectious diseases or other health impacts from exposure to sewer odors. For infectious disease risk, an individual would have to have direct contact with the sewage and WPCF has indicated that the process change is not introducing any additional sewage or particulate matter into the environment. DPH stated that the odors experienced are likely from the sewage-related gases and that these do not contain infectious materials. DPH further explained that the strong odors are likely from Hydrogen Sulfide or other components found in sewage and that these components do produce strong odors at very low concentrations. DPH advised that the levels at which these odors are noticeable (and objectionable) are hundreds of times below that which would produce health impacts.  
To confirm what we have been advised, the Town sought quotes from independent private air testing firms. Even assuming the levels found are below those that produce health impacts, we acknowledge that the WPCF process change is causing an increase in odors and the staff of the WPCF will continue to work to implement strategies to reduce them.
Department of Public Works Administrative Assistant Colleen Roche goes above and beyond each year for the residents of our Town in her role as Mrs. Claus. For 25 years, Colleen has been a dedicated Mrs. Claus, even attending Santa Camp in New Hampshire for the last few years to hone her craft.

Last year, a documentary crew attended Santa Camp to follow three extraordinary Santas, resulting in the Santa Camp movie that Colleen can be seen in, 
now streaming on HBO-Max.

Mrs. Claus is arriving with Santa on the firetruck for the Tree Lighting this Saturday, where you can see Colleen in action. I hope to see you all at this family-fun event.
Transportation Commissioner Joseph J. Giulietti has announced that the Department of Transportation is developing plans to install pavement markings on secondary roadways at all intersections with limited access off-ramps in the State to discourage wrong-way movements. Wrong-way crashes are a growing concern in the United States. Currently, Connecticut follows National guidelines for wrong-way signing pavement markings; however, the existing pavement markings vary from roadway to roadway. As a result, the Department will install and standardize the pavement markings on the secondary roadways at the intersections with limited access off-ramps in the State, which creates a more uniform and consistent highway system that meets drivers’ expectations. It is the Department’s policy to keep persons informed and involved when such projects are undertaken. It is important that the community share its concerns with us to assist in the project’s development. At this time, it is anticipated that an informational meeting or formal public hearing will not be necessary.

The project is scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2023. Anyone interested in requesting information on this project may contact Ms. Natasha A. Fatu, Project Manager, at
The Board of Selectmen recently voted to upgrade our Police and Fire Departments' 30-year-old radio system. The departments will be receiving $7 million to install a system that is compatible with the state's Public Safety Radio System, allowing them to efficiently communicate with neighboring Towns. Half of the funding comes from a federal grant and the remaining $3.5 million will come from the Town - a considerable investment in our Town's safety.

To watch the Board of Selectman meeting, please 
click here.

Click here to read the recent article in the Fairfield Patch.

The occasion that truly kicks off the holiday season in Fairfield is the annual lighting of our tree. Gather with your family and countdown at our Annual Tree Lighting on the Town Hall Green. I am excited for the new additions to this year's event which will be followed by our new Winter Whimsy event taking place on the Fairfield Museum Commons, featuring food trucks, a beer (& hot beverage) garden, DJ, Holiday Express Train Show, carriage rides, holiday crafts, pictures with Santa and a petting zoo!

Due to the forecasted weather this weekend, Winter Whimsy will now take place on December 10th starting at 4:15 PM.

The Holiday Express Train Show will officially open tomorrow from 10 AM 
– 4 PM! Be one of the first to see the model train displays winding around spectacular winter villages and beautiful holiday scenery. Visit the Museum's website for more information here.

Admission: $3 per person/$10 per family.
On December 3rd from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM, families can make a paper wreath to take home and decorate for the season. Each workshop session will last 90 minutes.
Space is limited. Registration is required. $8 per adult, $5 per child (includes Museum admission). Please click here for more information.

Please click here for registration.
The Town and the Chamber, in partnership with ConnectFairfield, invite you to join us for the 10th annual Holiday Shop & Stroll on Thursday, December 8th from 6 PM – 9 PM. I truly look forward to this event every year to get some holiday shopping done. It is a festive and fun night where we can come together once again to support our local businesses.
Start your evening off at our pre-event happy hour at South Bay, located at 55 Miller Street, from 5 PM – 6 PM. Be sure to stop by and pick up your complimentary Fairfield Buy Local bag filled with goodies from local merchants (while supplies last). The stroll will feature carolers from Fairfield University and our Town high schools filling the air with holiday cheer. After you’ve completed your shopping, meet us at Isla & Co., located at 11 Unquowa Road, for the post-event after-party beginning at 8:30 PM.

For more information and a list of participating merchants, check out or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ExperienceFairfield.
The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs invites the public to attend the 102nd Army Band Holiday Concert. Connecticut residents can enjoy holiday music while supporting our troops on Saturday, December 10th from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM at the CT Gold Star Families Memorial Auditorium, located at the Department of Veterans Affairs Campus (287 West Street Rocky Hill, CT).

For more information and to confirm attendance, please contact Tammy Marzik at or (860) 616-3603.
Please click here for registration.
Celebrate the magic of the season by creating a sweet and colorful Candy House built with recycled materials and lots of sweet treats. Let your imagination bring to life a holiday scene decorated with gumdrops, peppermints, marshmallows, licorice and more!

Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.
Hey kids, let Santa Claus know how good you've been this year! Write a letter to Santa and drop it in any one of Santa's Mailboxes throughout Town and our Parks & Recreation Department will deliver it to the North Pole, Polar Express style! Check out the Map below for Mailbox locations.

Santa's Mailboxes are available now until December 20thPlease make sure a 
return address is included so the Jolly Old Gent can answer your letter! 
The Holiday Season is here and the Fairfield Police Benevolent Association (PBA) is once again hosting its Annual Toy Drive and Stuff-A-Cruiser events.  All donations will be delivered by Fairfield Police to the Southern CT YMCA.  Join us in this season of giving.
The Toy Drive will kick off the day after Thanksgiving, November 25th, and continue through Friday, December 16th. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the Fairfield Police lobby. 
Fairfield Social Services has kicked off its 2022 Family Holiday Giving Program to help Fairfield families in need during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas Holiday seasons. Last year 150 families received gift cards, generously donated by their neighbors, including individuals, businesses, faith-based and community organizations.
Every year we see more families struggling to pay their utilities and heat their homes. During this special, yet stressful time of year, we are again requesting gift cards for supermarkets, gas stations, local stores and businesses, Amazon, Target, and Walmart  –  anywhere families may shop for their loved ones for the holidays. The ability to select and purchase gifts provides our clients with another level of independence in an otherwise difficult time.

Donations are accepted during business hours, 9 AM 
 4:30 PM, at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield CT 06824. For more information about making a donation or requesting assistance, please contact Fairfield Social Services at 203-256-3170 or email

On behalf of the families that receive the holiday gifts, the Town of Fairfield Department of Human and Social Services would like to thank the community for keeping all our residents in mind for the upcoming holiday season.
The Fairfield Fire Fighters Association IAFF 1426 and the Fairfield Firefighters Charitable Foundation are hosting their 3rd annual Light up Fairfield.

It is a great way to show off your holiday and community spirit. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries in Town. Please visit for the official rules and entry form!
The Kiwanis Club of Fairfield's Poinsettia Sale is winding down. Their final delivery date is next Saturday, December 10th. If you would like to enjoy their beautiful, florist-quality poinsettias for the holiday season, please place your order soon. The cost of each plant (available in red, white and pink) is just $25.

The easiest way to order is with their online order form. If you prefer, you may use the paper form available here. Any questions? Please email the Kiwanis Club at
The weather report and chill in the air have reminded us to start planning for winter. Fairfield Social Services is gathering names of student volunteers for our Shoveling for Seniors programs. If you know of middle- and high-school students who might be interested in helping a senior or neighbor with disabilities, would you please send them our way? It’s a great service opportunity. 
Click here for information about volunteering, and parent permission slip for students to register.

As soon as we have a list of volunteers ready to help, we’ll provide information on how to register for shoveling. Please do not call Social Services to register for a list of shovelers at this time.
I want to thank the Fairfield Garden Club for stopping by Town Hall, the Police Department, Fire Department and other departments around Town with the lovely holiday arrangements they made. The flowers made the office especially merry and bright.

I also want to thank Harry and Matt White and their mother from the Fairfield Garden Kids Club who stopped by with a jar filled with lifesavers and a sweet message, "Spreading cheer, sharing joy! Thank you for being our Lifesavers!".
Nancy Conroy, Peggy Moore, Garden Club President Laura Meyer & Patty Carpenter
The White Family & Police Chief Robert Kalamaras
The highlight of my week was my visit with the Daisy and Brownie Troop 30115 from North Stratfield School at Town Hall.

I was happy to help the scouts earn their badges related to Democracy for Daisies and Celebrating Community.
HeatSmart is a statewide initiative designed to help homeowners cut their energy costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions that is now coming to Fairfield. To take part, the first step is getting a home energy evaluation under the Energize CT program. Utility-certified technicians will evaluate your home’s energy performance and make energy-saving fixes such as sealing air leaks and installing energy-efficient LED lights and low-flow showerheads. Residents also receive written recommendations for deeper energy-saving measures such as high-efficiency windows and appliances. The evaluation is $50 for most residents; no-cost evaluations are free for income-eligible residents. 

Information sessions for residents on HeatSmart and heat pump technology will be held on Saturday, December 3
rd, 10 AM, at the Pequot Library, and Monday, January 9th,  6:30 PM, at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library. A home energy evaluation can be arranged by signing up at one of the information sessions. Information on the program is also available on the HeatSmart Fairfield website.
Greenway Property Services, Inc. (GPS) is proud to announce a new initiative, which is being launched exclusively in partnership with the Town of Fairfield, designed to show our thanks to the local military for their service and dedication.

As part of this pilot military support program, GPS will provide basic monthly landscaping service to the family of troops actively deployed outside the country at no cost or obligation to the active service member, their family or the Town of Fairfield.

This is currently a pilot program, and as such, it is only being offered to active military service members that reside in the Town of Fairfield. Members of all branches of the military are invited to apply.
  • Active service member must be a current resident of the Town of Fairfield
  • The active service member must be actively deployed outside the country (must provide valid government-issued deployment papers for verification)
  • The active service member must be the legal owner of the property to be serviced
  • The service will only be provided to the active service member’s primary place of residence in the Town of Fairfield
  • This service will be limited only to the primary residence of the active service member
  • The service consists only of mowing, blowing, weeding of beds, and light trimming of shrubs/hedges.
How to Apply
The active service member only needs to submit a letter/email which contains the full name and address of the active service member and related home address to be serviced, as well as any specifics about the service requested and a copy of the active service members deployment orders (to confirm out of country deployment).

Please submit the above information directly to GPS at

The service is good for one season only (Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2023). The active service member may re-apply for a subsequent season if they continue to be actively deployed outside the country. GPS has the right to sub-contract or refer this business to other providers, if the demand becomes too large, at no cost to the active service member, their family, or the Town. GPS also has the right to terminate this program at any time, with thirty days’ notice.
Young Americans too often come back from foreign wars with life-changing wounds. As we carry on with our lives, they struggle for the rest of theirs. To help ease that struggle, the Fairfield Ludlowe High School boys and girls lacrosse programs hosted teams across Connecticut for the 16th Annual Sticks for Soldiers Thanksgiving Lacrosse Classic last weekend.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to Tournament Chair Bob Vitale and the entire Sticks for Soldiers team for their consistent dedication to their mission to support the future needs of severely wounded soldiers, and promote youth awareness of military service through this state-wide event. I am also very proud that our Town's Assistant Fire Chief George Gomola was selected to be this year's keynote speaker.

In 15 years, the tournament, which is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, has raised over $1,000,000.

It was a pleasure to meet this year's honoree, U.S. Marine SSG (Ret.) Brandon Laird, and his wife, Jodi. Brandon has shared his story in hopes that it may reach that hurting warrior and save a life. You can read Brandon's inspiring story 

To learn more about this amazing group and the good work they do, please 
click here
President of Sticks for Soldiers Bob Vitale
Last night, I joined Sacred Heart University President Dr. John Petillo, State Representative Laura Devlin and members of our community for Sacred Heart's annual tree lighting. It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.
Photos by Tracy Deer-Mirek
The Fairfield Museum & History Center is hosting a number of family activities this holiday season. Please see below for their schedule:
The Stratfield Village Association (SVA) is a certified 501c3 non-profit organization, which aims to preserve, protect and improve the character of the Stratfield Village neighborhood in Fairfield. In 2021, they announced the launch of a brick fundraising campaign to supplement funding for the Four Corners renovation project. Individuals and businesses will be able to purchase a brick with a customized engraving to be included in the new brick sidewalks that are part of the project. 

The engraved bricks will be available for purchase only until December 31, 2022. 
The SVA’s personalized sales page is at
Bricks can be purchased in two sizes – 4”x 8” for $100 with up to three lines of text, or 8”x 8” for $200 with up to 6 lines of text. Lastly, a corporate sponsor may purchase an 8”x 8” brick with 3 lines of text and include a company logo.
It's always exciting to welcome and suppornew businesses in Fairfield. Our local business' success is Fairfield's success.
The Town was excited to welcome Madero's Grill to Fairfield with a ribbon cutting. The new restaurant, run by two Venezuelan families, offers a fusion of delicious Latin foods.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman

With an increase in coyote sightings, we ask that you take a moment to learn more about Living with Coyotes. The risk of a coyote attacking a person is extremely low. This risk can increase if coyotes are intentionally fed and then learn to associate people with food. I encourage you to follow the link below to increase the safety of pets and livestock, enhance human safety, and learn how to coexist with coyotes. Click here to read more.
Visit for more information.
The 2023 Beach/Transfer Station Stickers have arrived and are currently available for purchase/renewal. Please take a moment to RENEW your sticker online for 2023. You can also renew by fax, mail or in person at the Parks & Recreation Office.
Please note, the solid waste transfer station will accept 2022 stickers through the end of December.
Operation Hope’s Food Pantry is open all Winter to all Fairfield residents on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and Thursday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Items can be dropped off at 636 Old Post Road between 9:15 AM 
 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. During the month of December, Operation Hope is in need of the following items:
  • Ensure/Boost
  • Canned Chicken & other meats (spam, etc)
  • Dried Potatoes
  • Canned Fruit
  • Juice
  • Adult Diapers
  • Shaving Supplies
  • Deodorant
  • Soap & Body Wash
  • Paper Towels & Toilet Paper
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly & Honey
  • Pasta Sauce & other tomato products (diced, paste, etc)
  • Coffee & Hot Chocolate
  • Pancake Mix & Syrup
  • Oatmeal & Cereal
Thank you for considering a donation to help them feed our hungry neighbors!
CDC uses “Community Level” indicators, which focus on the presence of severe illness as indicated by hospitalization-related data to determine prevention steps. Please visit the CDC website for the current level of Fairfield County.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible for oral COVID-19 medications. For a list of Test to Treat locations in Fairfield, please visit the 
Test to Treat website. If you have any questions, please speak with your primary care physician.
For COVID testing in the area, please visit our 
website. To access free COVID testing at one of the state-sponsored testing sites, please click here.
For vaccination locations, there are 
numerous sites available in Fairfield and nearby, as well as daily walk-in clinics in many Towns. The bivalent booster has been approved by the FDA under EUA. The Health Department has been conducting bivalent booster clinics and are working on setting additional clinic dates. Please continue to check our social media accounts and our page for updated information here.
UI Rate Case
United Illuminating (UI) has 
filed a motion to amend its rate schedule. This rate increase would raise an individual's total bill by 4.9% per year regardless of their rate class.

PURA has scheduled four public comment hearings in this proceeding that I recommend residents attend:
Both branches of Fairfield Public Library are open from Noon – 5:00 PM on Saturdays and from 1:00 – 5:00 PM on Sundays. Other hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Fridays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Special holiday hours for both locations: The libraries will be closed from Saturday, December 24th through Monday, December 26th for the Christmas holiday, and from Saturday, December 31st through Monday, January 2th, for New Year’s.

Stop by Main Library and enjoy some holiday music on Saturday, December 3rd from 3:00 – 4:30 PM, when singers and musicians from Jordeli Entertainment will be performing in the Kershner Art Gallery.

Also at Main Library, please stop by this month to view a special holiday display in the lobby featuring beloved children’s book characters such as Madeline, Eloise, Charlie Brown, Buzz Lightyear, Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, and of course, Santa Claus! Highlights of the exhibit are original artworks by Dr. Seuss and Norman Bridwell, of “Clifford” fame. The Library is grateful to Kathleen and Gil Rodriguez of Darien for sharing their private collection with us this season.

Until December 10th, the public can still view the current show from the Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery, “Moving Lines.” This show features the work of Charles Douthat and Mary Manning, and can be viewed during regular Library hours at Main Library. Coming on December 17th: “New Beginnings…After the Pause,” a community art show featuring the work of area artists. Join us on Thursday, December 22th, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM for a reception in the Kershner Gallery.

Please view our online calendar of events on our website ( to see the offerings and reserve your spot!

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).
We are open for browsing! Visit Monday –  Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, and closed on Sundays from July on. 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. 

The Lure of the Garden: The Enduring Desire to Work and Shape the Land
Whether for pleasure or practicality, humanity’s relationship with the soil has been sustained since we quite literally planted roots as a species over 6,000 years ago. The Lure of the Garden invites visitors to explore the enduring desire to shape and cultivate the land, from the propagation of the “three sisters” – corn, beans, and squash – by Native Americans, to garden clubs, war-era Victory Gardens, and community and pollinator gardens. With materials dating back to the 1500s, the Monroes and the Wakemans, founders of the library, sought to curate a collection that would be democratic — of use to all classes of society from the financier to the farmer. Pequot Library’s Special Collections reflect the changing tastes, styles, and purposes of gardens, as well as their enduring lure. (On view in the Pequot Library’s Perkin Gallery from June 23, 2022 – February 5, 2023).
For more programming, visit 
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