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4/14/2023 - 4.14 TOWN UPDATE
Dear Fairfielders,

I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather this week. 

Housing and development is always a topic of conversation for Fairfielders as we continue to see more 8-30g applications in Town. The 8-30g statute is a state law which the Town has no authority to override and I have been a long time advocate for initiatives to amend the statute and actually increase affordable housing.

However, there are other avenues the Town can use to plan 
future growth by being strategic about what, where and how our Town is developed in the future. Residents can help influence the shape of the Town and its regulations at the upcoming public workshop concerning our Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), which is updated every ten years. 

Town bodies voted to use federal ARPA funding to assist us in updating and completing our POCD along with a zoning regulation review. An updated POCD is critical to the Town’s business investment and attraction efforts, since land use policies and regulations are the single biggest factor of what can be built and where. Only 4.5% of Fairfield’s land area is currently zoned for commercial uses, which limits our ability to grow our tax base to alleviate the tax burden on our residents. 
In addition to economic development, the plan will discuss a common sense strategy for housing development opportunities in appropriate locations.

If you are interested in this initiative, I hope you will attend this very important workshop and participate in the process.
Thursday, April 20th | 6:30-8:30
Osborn Hill School | 760 Stillson Road
Register Here
This Week's Highlights:
  • Workshop on Fairfield's new Age-Friendly Initiative
  • The Town has open positions for employment
  • The State DOT will be conducting tree clearing on I-95 North beginning May 1
Upcoming events include:
  • Holocaust Commemorations
  • A safe boating course
  • McKinley Carnival at Jennings Beach
  • Shop & Stroll
  • Fundraisers for wonderful nonprofits
  • Fairfield's Annual Earth Day Celebration
  • Police Sunset 5k
Please scroll down for more information on these topics and much more. 
A few weeks ago Congressman Himes notified me of an opportunity to apply for Congressionally Directed funding for infrastructure projects. The Town's Grant Coordinator, Teri Brown, spearheaded efforts with Engineering, Economic Development, Zoning and Finance to turn around an application for $3 million in support of the 
Post Road Circle redesign project. 

Congressman Himes office reached out to us today to share he selected this project, among 14 others in the 4th Congressional District, to move it through the process, although it is not yet approved for funding. I want to personally thank Congressman Himes for his advocacy on behalf of this important project, which will connect key roadways and neighborhoods in both Fairfield and Bridgeport. This includes Fairfield’s Downtown, a dense walkable and vibrant retail sector in the heart of Fairfield, the mixed use Black Rock neighborhood – a historic neighborhood within the City of Bridgeport, and Fairfield University.
Last Wednesday, I was joined by Stratfield Village Association (SVA) co-founders Jamie McCusker and Dylan O'Connor, members of the Town’s State Delegation, representatives from Sacred Heart University and other members of the Association for an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Four Corners Improvement Project.

This groundbreaking marks the start of the Four Corners Project, an approximate $1.9 million dollar renovation and upgrade to the intersection at the center of the Stratfield Village neighborhood of Fairfield. The improvements will make the intersection safer, more pedestrian and bike-friendly and will beautify and enhance the area. 

The SVA is a certified 501c3 non-profit organization, which aims to preserve, protect and improve the character of the Stratfield Village neighborhood in Fairfield. Over the last five years, SVA has worked with the Town of Fairfield on the design and partnered with the Town and the State Delegation to help secure funding from State, Federal and Town sources, as well as private donations from the neighborhood, including Sacred Heart University. 

This project is an exciting addition to our town. The Association did a tremendous job in helping to move these efforts forward.
The Fairfield Center Pedestrian Improvements Project consists of the renovation and replacement of an almost 40 year old streetscape to reconstruct and widen the existing concrete sidewalks along Post Road and asphalt sidewalks along Old Post Road, replace damaged brick pavers and install new ADA Handicap ramps in compliance with Public Right of Way Accessibility Guidelines where needed along the Post Road.
This project will have a positive impact on pedestrians, businesses and the general community by replacing old, outdated, and damaged brick pavers/sidewalks and adding a new bus lighting area for passengers. Some sidewalks and paver joints and sections are uneven due to tree roots, vehicular traffic or utility repair work.  New construction will reduce pedestrian hazards and give our downtown an aesthetic improvement encouraging recreational and consumer activity.  The Old Post Road section has been completed from the Main Library towards the YMCA and the construction is anticipated to be completed within 2-4 months. Funding for this project was made possible through multiple sources including a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant from the State, Community Development Block Grant, the downtown fund, and others. 
I often join various departments for internal meetings to problem solve and address questions or concerns that come in from residents such as traffic and road safety, among many others. This week, the Police Department, Engineering & Department of Public Works met to go over several traffic safety issues in various neighborhoods to work on traffic calming measures, new or improved sidewalks, pedestrian safety considerations and discuss other ongoing projects in Town. We are lucky to have professional and skilled employees in their fields who are dedicated to working with me toward resolving issues on behalf of our community
Age Friendly Fairfield is a town-wide initiative that aims to make our community a great place to grow up and grow old. As a member of the AARP Age Friendly Network, Fairfield commits to assessing the challenges of its aging population and identifying policies, programs and new ideas that will improve the quality of life for all ages in the community – in collaboration with residents, communities and partners. Age Friendly is a three-to-five-year process that looks at up to eight ‘domains’ which include community support and health services, housing, outdoor spaces and buildings, respect and social inclusion, communication and information, social participation, civic participation, employment and transportation (the domains can be combined).The Human Services Department and Fairfield Senior Advocates have been working together to kick off the effort, but we can’t do it alone.

Please join the information session about the Age Friendly initiative, Monday, April 17 at 7:00 PM at the Bigelow Center.
United Illuminating Company’s Emergency Response Leadership team held their Annual Storm Coordination-Emergency Operation Command meeting on April 4 with representatives of the Town’s Police, Fire and Public Works Departments.
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Fourth quarter Real Estate taxes and 2nd installment Sewer Use taxes became due on April 1, 2023, and the last day to pay timely is Monday, May 1, 2023. On May 2, 2023, statutory interest accrues at an initial rate of 3%. Per state statute interest accrues at 1.5% per month from the original due date of April 1, 2023. 

Any original tax bill can be paid at any M&T Bank branch location between April 1, 2023, and May 1, 2023. You do not need to be a customer.

For more details on payment options, penalties and contact information, view the Legal Notice or contact the Tax Collector's Office
The Town has been notified that the State of Connecticut's Department of Transportation (DOT) will be performing tree removal along I – 95 North in Fairfield between exits 23 and 25, beginning May 1.

As was shared in the last town update, I met with members of the DOT and visited sites on the highway embankments along I-95 south where DOT cut trees, in an effort to show the state DOT officials the impact of tree cutting. While there are federal regulations that mandate the state clear trees near major highways to prevent trees from falling on cars, the state should always coordinate with chief elected officials and the tree wardens of those towns, prior to any tree cutting. I continue to have discussions about protocols for future tree removal and the State's promise to notify abutting property owners before work begins, which they did do prior to the May 1st date for the north bound neighbors and businesses. 

I support the efforts of our State Delegation, most notably Senator Tony Hwang and State Representative Jennifer Leeper's proposed HB 6745If passed, this bill would require the Department of Transportation to develop and implement a program for the construction of noise barriers along an existing highway, require the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to submit a plan to implement a state-wide decibel level testing program by October 1, 2023, and permit a municipality to enforce a state regulation prohibiting the idling of a motor vehicle for more than three consecutive minutes. You can click here to read testimony I submitted in support of HB 6745.
The State Legislature is in session and during this month there will be many public hearings for proposed bills. You can see the weekly schedule, sign up to track bills, watch live and learn how to submit testimony for or against any bill through

To view bills proposed by State Senator Tony Hwang, click here.
To view bills proposed by State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, 
click here
To view bills proposed by State Representative Jennifer Leeper, 
click here.
To view bills proposed by State Representative Sarah Keitt, 
click here

For questions on pending state legislation, reach out to your State Senator and State Representative. You can find their contact information here.
This week we celebrate and show our appreciation for our 911 dispatchers who are the unseen heroes of public safety, and are always there to answer the call.
I want to recognize our 
Fairfield Animal Control, ACO Paul Miller and Lieutenant Hector Irizarry for setting up an Animal Control Training Course at the Fairfield Fire Training Center. Our Fairfield Police Department thought the course was important due to the increasing number of Wildlife calls that are responded to by Animal Control Officers. Over 50 Animal Control Officers from across the state attended.
Subjects that were covered included Wildlife identification, sick wildlife, injured and orphaned wildlife and the handling and care of Raptors (birds of prey). The course instructors were Fairfield’s own Dabney Bowen who is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, wildlife conservationist, the Town's wildlife advisor and also licensed Raptor rehabilitators, Betsy and Christine Peyreigne, who own and run 
Christine’s Critter’s Raptor Rescue in Weston.
The Town of Fairfield is grateful for their dedication and efforts on behalf of wildlife!
This week is Animal Control Appreciation Week and I want to extend a sincere thank you to Paul Miller and all our animal control staff for all they do in protecting domestic animals and wildlife, and our community.
Pictured Above Lt. Hector Irizarry, ACO Paul Miller & Emily Bump
Not pictured: Stormy Ryan & Rosangela Curran
As the weather warms up, whether it's going for a walk, a run, or a bike ride, it's important to remember to stay safe while sharing the roads and sidewalks with others.

For Bicyclists
Bicyclists should use designated bike lanes or the roadway rather than sidewalks for safety. It's also important for bicyclists to follow traffic laws and use hand signals when turning or stopping. This helps motorists and other bicyclists anticipate their movements and reduces the risk of accidents.
For Pedestrians
Please use crosswalks when crossing the street. This allows motorists to anticipate pedestrian movement and reduces the risk of accidents. Pedestrians should also be mindful of their surroundings and avoid distractions like texting while crossing the street. Be sure to make eye contact with drivers before crossing and look both ways before crossing the street.
For Motorists
It's important to be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians sharing the roadways. When passing a bicyclist, be sure to give them plenty of space and slow down if necessary. Be aware that bicyclists may need to swerve or change lanes to avoid hazards like potholes or debris on the road. When approaching a crosswalk, be sure to slow down and stop for pedestrians who are crossing the street. Finally, always avoid distractions while driving, such as texting or using your phone. By staying alert and attentive behind the wheel, you can help ensure everyone's safety on the road.
Bird Scooters are also back for the season as an eco-friendly alternative mode of transportation. The Board of Selectmen voted to extend the pilot program for another year. You can watch that portion of the meeting here.  

The quickest way to report any issues regarding Bird Scooters is through the Bird app, using the "Community Mode" function. You do not have to be a rider to use this feature. You can download the Bird app here Mode is accessible by clicking the "??" in the bottom left corner of the Bird mobile app. Click this button, and you’ll find three separate options: report a “Badly Parked Bird’’, “Damaged Bird”, and “Contact Bird”. This is by far the most efficient way to report issues to the Bird Team. 

Additionally, you can report complaints to the Bird customer service email address & 24/7 hotline. With either method, the support team will get a pop-up instant message with the geo-position and remedy it quickly.
Residents and visitors ages 18 and over will be able to take advantage of Bird e-scooters daily from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. for $1.20/ride plus an additional $.49/minute charge. Additionally, each rider must provide proof of age and license as well as participate in pre-ride safety training. 

E-Scooters have always been allowed, just like a bike, skateboard, razor scooter, rollerblades, and now electric bikes, electric skateboards, etc. E-scooters are very popular and many you see in Town are privately owned and do not require the same rules and requirements put in place by Bird.
Please keep the recycling stream clean! Click here to view a list of contaminants to avoid in Fairfield’s Recycling Stream.
April 10-16 is Food Waste Prevention Week
Last year, the Town of Fairfield began its own food waste drop-off program in collaboration with 
SFTF. Food waste must be placed in a BPI certified compostable bag. You can purchase a food waste kit 40% off through the Town for a limited time. Click here to purchase a compost kit. Click here to learn more about the food waste program at the Transfer Station.
I want to recognize April as Autism Awareness Month. Autism now affects every 1 in 59 children in the United States. Early intervention is proven to be one of the most effective strategies to help a child with autism. This month is an opportunity to share stories and provide ways to increase understanding and acceptance of the autism community. There are several reputable organizations which you can learn more from including the National Autism AssociationAutism Speaks, and the American Autism Association.
April marks Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. Cancers that are known as head and neck cancers usually begin in the squamous cells that line the mucosal surfaces of the head and neck (those inside the mouth, throat, and voice box). Head and neck cancers can also begin in the salivary glands, sinuses, or muscles or nerves in the head and neck, but these types of cancer are much less common. You can view the signs and symptoms here.
Head and neck cancers account for approximately 3% of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are nearly twice as common among men as they are among women. Head and neck cancers are also diagnosed more often among people over age 50 than they are among younger people.

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance has been providing support to head and neck cancer patients since 1984, conducts ongoing research in head and neck oncology and educates children and adults in the disease process, treatment and prevention of oral, head and neck cancers. You can donate to their mission 
Fairfield Fire Chief Denis Mcarthy, Deputy Chief Kyran Dunn and members of the Department were proud to be present with Mrs. Karen Ackley, for Captain Harry Ackley Sr.'s posthumous induction into the Connecticut State Firefighters Association Hall of Fame at their annual dinner and ceremony on April 6, 2023. Capt. Ackley held a 36 year career with the Fairfield Fire Department and was a 50 plus year member of the Southport Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as Fire Marshal for the Town before he retired in 2000. I always admired Harry Ackley’s dedication to the residents of Fairfield and how he was a consummate statesmen when representing the Department. I was grateful my long time friend was given this well deserved honor.
The Conservation Department spearheaded a Bluebird Box Replacement project at Hoyden's Hill. Pairs of eastern bluebirds have found the new boxes quite suitable for nesting in the northern fields. Special thanks to Commissioner Peter Hood for the wonderful photo of this duo.
Thanks to the Fairfield Parks & Recreation Department, Gaylen Brown and her team, for organizing the 2nd annual Beach Bunny 5k that brought together our community for a fun filled day at Jennings Beach. 
Click here for a fun compilation video of the day.
It was the perfect way to kick off last week by being invited to speak with Jennings School fourth and fifth graders about Fairfield’s town government and the rewards of public service. The student's questions were impressive and insightful. Keep up the good work Fairfield Public Schools!
The Fairfield Public Library’s Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration Program will take place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday April 19 at the Main Library. The 2023's speaker will be Susan Unrad with a three-part presentation. The first part is a pictorial history of the Holocaust, the second is a history of her parents (their story), and the last part is what it was like growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is conducting a Safe Boating Course for residents t
o learn safe boating skills and earn a Connecticut Personal Watercraft Operator’s Certificate. The certificate qualifies the individual to receive the Connecticut Personal Watercraft Operator’s Certificate which is good for power boats, sailboats and jet skis.  The course fee is $50. To register, please call 203-913-0049.
Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 AM 
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 77 Base | South Benson Marina 
595 Turney Road | Fairfield, CT
The McKinley Elementary School PTA is excited to host its annual Carnival April 21-23 at Jennings Beach. This fun-for-all-ages event will offer families traditional and affordable entertainment and carnival treats that all can enjoy close to home. Parking and admission are free. Abundant food options include favorite carnival treats, ice cream, pizza, gyros and more. Cash, credit card and Apple Pay accepted. 
Please click here for details and the latest info, including weather updates.
The Friends of Fairfield Public Library will sponsor a day of mini-golf at Main Library on Sunday, April 23, from 10:00am-3:00pm. This all-ages event will cost $5 per person or $20 per family, and all proceeds will benefit Fairfield Public Library. Register that day in the Rotary Room at Main Library and buy a raffle ticket to win some fun prizes while you’re there!
Join us for a fun day and evening of local shopping in downtown Fairfield at the Shop & Stroll Into Spring Event on Thursday, April 27th.  As a part of this year’s event, we will be collecting food pantry items and raising funds for Operation Hope. 

Find the latest fashion apparel, home décor, jewelry, toys, sporting goods, dinner gift cards, best-selling books and more! 
Click here for more information.
You are invited to an in-person panel discussion, Bridging Our Differences: How to Have Curious Conversations, with Mónica Guzmán and Wilk Wilkinson of Braver Angels, moderated by Lucy Nalpathanchil, of Connecticut Public. The panel will be held in The Westport Library's Trefz Forum, from 7 - 8:15pm. 
Click here to register. 
The April 28th 
Pink Pop Up Party has become one of Norma Pfriem Breast Center’s signature fundraising events over the years because of its reputation for being a lot of fun while supporting the underserved patients at the Breast Center.

Your sponsorship/ticket purchase will help the Center continue its mission to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms to the many underserved women of our community who might otherwise be unable to access these vital services.
Register for the Saturday, April 29, 2023, annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, which raises community awareness to end violence against women and girls. High Heels are Optional. Click 
here for more information.
Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 29, 10 am to 1 pm, together with the Town’s observance of Drive Electric Earth Day -- a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles – and the Y’s Healthy Kids Day® -- a national initiative aimed at encouraging healthy kids and families and a healthy start to the summer season. The day also will feature a safety-focused "Bike Rodeo” sponsored by the Fairfield Boy Scouts, Fairfield Police and Yale New Haven Health/Children’s Hospital. All of the day’s events, all free, and all rain or shine, will be at the Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road. Please click here for more details. 
In a powerful sign of interfaith unity, the Town of Fairfield will gather to commemorate the Holocaust with a Yom HaShoah observance on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 7:30 pm at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, corner of Old Post Road. 
Click here for more information. 
On May 6th from 10:00AM until 12:00 PM, a low cost rabies vaccination clinic will be held at the Fairfield Animal Shelter, 211 Richard White Way. The cost is $20 cash only per pet. Dogs and cats over 3 months of age from any town are welcome. The clinic is once again sponsored by the CVMA (Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association) and the attending Veterinarian will be Dr. John Kristy of the Engelberg Kristy Animal Hospital. Pet owners that bring in written proof of a previous rabies vaccination will receive a 3 year vaccination certificate. Pet owners with no previous proof of a rabies vaccination will receive a 1 year certificate. Any pet owner that displays a state assistance card will receive 1 rabies vaccination free for their pet. All dogs should be on leashes and all cats in secure carriers.
The annual Fairfield Police Department 5k is open for registrations and sponsorships. All proceeds benefit the Fairfield Police 
Scholarship Fund and the Fairfield Police FoundationRegister here:

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman

Please click here to open the April 2023 Bigelow Center for Senior Activities newsletter.
AARP Tax Help: AARP Foundation is again offering free, in-person tax prep services. Appointments for hour-long sessions with trained, certified volunteers will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 9:00 AM and noon, through 
April 12th.        

Although this service is geared toward seniors with limited incomes, AARP volunteers will assist anyone of any age. Volunteers do not have access to your prior year's information. Call (203) 256-3166 to make an appointment. Appointments fill up fast.

Check out the Social Services Winter Newsletter for various programs addressing financial assistance programs; information for Veterans; career development; and mental health help.

What to Expect When You’re New to Medicare in 2023
Presented by Claire Volain, CHOICES on Wednesday, April 19th, 11:00 AM 
 1:00 PM.

register and join us for this virtual information session on Medicare basis.
The Health Department has received an additional 5000 COVID-19 test kits for distribution to the public. Test kits be picked up at the Health Department’s Office at Sullivan Independence Hall or the Recreation Department’s Mill Plain Road Office. These kits have an extended expiration date of July 21, 2023. Before discarding any test kits you have, check the FDA Website to see if their expiration date has been extended.
Flagman Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives, is launching its national K-12 Education Outreach program in Fairfield from April 17th  28th. The program aims to educate students about their role in road safety and the importance of slowing down and moving over for first responders and highway workers.
The Iodice family, a highly regarded member of Fairfield's towing community for nearly 70 years, founded Flagman Inc. in response to the tragic death of Corey Iodice, who was struck and killed while assisting a disabled motorist.
The objective of Flagman’s K-12 education outreach program is to instill in students a sense of responsibility when driving or riding in a vehicle and to raise awareness about the importance of safety for first responders and highway workers. To engage students, Flagman's education team is seeking gift cards ($5) or monetary donations to support the initiative. Your support of the Flagman Slow Down Move Over K-12 program will help educate our youth and save lives.
This spring, 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. The list of streets can be found here. For more information, visit UI's website here

Work planners from UI, Nelson Tree Service, Lewis Tree Service and Asplundh Tree Experts will be canvassing neighborhoods and contacting residents in early spring.
Operation Hope’s Food Pantry is open all Spring 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. 
Thank you for considering a donation to help them feed our hungry neighbors!
On Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm at the Main Library, Ainissa Ramirez will present her book The Alchemy of Us, which was a winner of the Connecticut Book Award and named a Best Science Book by Smithsonian Magazine, Amazon, Science Friday, Science News, and Big Think. Ramirez uses language that is accessible to the non-scientist and can be enjoyed by all ages. 

Opening on April 22 in the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery’s is the next show, “Places to Wander,” featuring the work of Rebeca Fuchs, Kate Henderson and Jason Pritchard.  The public is welcome to attend a reception for the artists on Thursday evening, April 27, from 5:30-7:30pm in the Gallery. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit can be viewed during all Library hours through June 17.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 19-21 for the Friends of FPL’s semi-annual book sale at Main Library!  More information to follow!

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).
Pequot Library hosts many wonderful events for residents of all ages. A link to their calendar of events can be found here. Some notable upcoming events include an April 19 resume-writing workshop for teens in grades 10-12, an Earth Day Celebration on April 20, a best selling New York Times author will be coming on April 27, and so much more. 
Their website also features monthly and weekly recurring programs for all ages, from Genealogy Roundtable to Chess for Beginners (grades 2 to 5).
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