“Over the past two weeks, the Fairfield Fire Department offered “Save a Life” trainings to Town employees, which I had the pleasure of attending this week. Bystander CPR was critical in saving my son’s life last month, so I was eager to learn this life saving skill so I can be prepared to do the same. The Fire Department is also offering them to the public on September 24th. Scroll below or click here for more information. I encourage anyone not trained to take advantage of learning this critical skill.
On Wednesday, I met with representatives from UI, members of my emergency management team and the state delegation for a post storm response meeting. Following the meeting, I had the honor of joining Chief Denis McCarthy to present Assistant Chief Schuyler Sherwood with the Chief’s Medal – awarded to an individual who in the opinion of the Chief improved fire department operations or contributed to the community in a positive way. AC Sherwood has gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic as the Planning Section Chief of the Emergency Management Team’s Planning Committee. We thank Schuyler for his dedication to our community. I’m so proud and grateful for our first responders who always stand ready to respond to any crisis our residents face. For a full list of all the awards presented at the 2020 Awards Ceremony, which took place on September 10th, click here.
On Wednesday I also issued a proclamation declaring September 17-23, 2020 as “Constitution Week” in the Town of Fairfield. Representing the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution were Judi Rotar, Chapter Historian and 2nd Vice Regent, (in middle) and (far right) Claire Ervin, House Committee Chair and Chaplain who joined the First Selectwoman at the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter NSDAR’s headquarters at the Old Academy which is situated on the historic town green in Fairfield.
The goals of Constitution Week celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution; inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. Constitution Week also provides the opportunity to learn more about this critical document and that our country’s democracy was built upon.
Across Connecticut we are seeing an increase in the number of positive COVID cases. The Town of Fairfield has 763 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and a total of 144 of our residents have sadly lost their lives. Of the 763 residents who have tested positive in Fairfield, 372 have reported that they have fully recovered and 221 are assumed recovered.
Charts and data on Fairfield cases including age, gender, nursing home statistics, testing results, and different trends can be found at fairfieldct.org/covid19data. The Health Department has been providing data since March and this data page is updated daily.
The Governor recently issued executive orders allowing towns to fine residents for failing to wear a face covering in public if you cannot keep a safe distance, and for holding and attending large events against sector rules. I hope the hard working men and women in Fairfield’s police department or health department will not have to be put in a position to enforce Governor Lamont’s fines. While I continue to receive repeated reports from residents concerned that some members of our community are not following the protocols of face covering and social distancing, I will remain hopeful that as a community we can all come together to keep each other safe.
After many months of planning that has helped keep our community safe and the strict protocols our school district has implemented to do the same, I’m asking parents to remind your children about the importance of wearing a face covering when out with their friends. We all must work together to perform our civic responsibility.
The Health Department created the COVID-19 School Data page, which details the school related metrics and is updated each week as the State releases the data. The Fairfield Board of Education is working on publishing their own dashboard which we will share when it’s ready.
The Universities are both seeing an increase in cases and are taking measures to ensure students that are ill are properly isolating and having their needs met and those they have been in contact with are in quarantine. While the universities are providing separate isolation and quarantine facilities, many students are electing to return home. Please know that our Police Department, Health Department and my office are in regular communication with both Universities about the steps they are taking, the measures they have in place and their contact tracing protocols.
The Universities each have websites with updated information on their testing, which can be found here:
Fairfield University’s Dashboard
Sacred Heart University’s Dashboard
One of the key tools we have to contain the spread of COVID-19 is Contact Tracing. For this initiative to be successful, the Health Department needs the cooperation of residents who test positive for COVID-19. Both Universities were trained and assisted by our Health Department to manage their own contact tracing for their respective campuses.
The primary purpose of contact tracing is to identify and notify direct contacts of confirmed cases as quickly as possible and to ensure those exposed are self-quarantining. The information provided in the interviews with confirmed cases helps reduce the potential spread of the virus in our community.
Any Fairfield resident who tests positive for COVID-19 and has not received a phone call from the Fairfield Health Department or the Connecticut COVID Tracing system within 24 hours of receiving their result is urged to contact the Fairfield Health Department at 203-256-3022.
I am pleased to announce that after an exhaustive search, I have offered the position of Chief Fiscal Officer for the Town of Fairfield to Jared Schmitt, who will join the town on October 1, 2020.
Beginning in 2007, Jared served as a caucus director of research, analysis, and development of state budgets within the Connecticut General Assembly. Jared’s experience in crafting fiscally responsible budgets and his broad knowledge of state and municipal budgeting will serve us well. Jared is also a veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Jared resides in Orange with his wife and two children. He has family members who live in and work for Fairfield, in law enforcement and in the Fairfield public schools. Jared is very excited to lead our Finance Department, as we head into our next budget cycle, and I am eager to have him begin his position with us.
On June 11, we held a Community Conversation via Zoom with local elected officials to discuss Racial Injustice & Equality, largely in response to the death of George Floyd by Minnesota police, and the protests and riots which followed. During this forum I announced I would be establishing a task force in the Town of Fairfield and appointing Selectwoman Nancy Lefkowitz as one of its’ co-chairs.
I am proud to announce that after a great deal of work, at the Board of Selectman meeting on Monday afternoon, the board approved the mission and establishment of the Racial Equity and Justice Task Force. We have received numerous applications from residents that want to serve and I look forward to voting for the membership of the task force members in the coming weeks.
I encourage residents to browse below for more information and resources.
To our Jewish neighbors I wish you a l’shana tova, a very happy and healthy New Year. May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!”
Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman
HEART SAVER CPR FOR THE LAY PERSON
Heart saver courses are designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion for job requirements or for anyone that just wants to be prepared in the event of an emergency. This class combines classroom and practical skill training for adult, child and infant CPR and choking. The class will take place on September 24, 2020, 7:00 pm — 10:00 pm. The fee is $50 per student and includes a textbook and an AHA certification card valid for two years. Click here to register.
DPH WARNS RESIDENTS IN SHORELINE AREAS OF ILLNESS CAUSED BY BACTERIA IN SALT OR BRACKISH WATER
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents in shoreline areas about the potential dangers of exposure to salt or brackish water along Long Island Sound, due to an unusually high number of infections caused by bacteria in the water. Since July, five cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections have been reported to DPH (one infection in July, four in August). The patients are from Fairfield (1), Middlesex (1), and New Haven (3) counties and are between 49 – 85 years of age (median 73); 4 are male, 1 female. Read more here.
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Visit 2020census.gov.
FAIRFIELD ROAD RACE GOES VIRTUAL
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faxon Law Fairfield Road Races have turned into a virtual event, happening September 17 – September 20. Participants can register online for the virtual half marathon, virtual 5K or virtual kids fun run. Click here for more information. Click here to register.
In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, the Town of Fairfield is conducting a real property revaluation as required for the Grand List of October 1, 2020. This revaluation will correspond to the tax bills that will be due beginning in July 2021.
There are five major phases to a municipal revaluation: Data Collection, Market Analysis, Valuation, Field Review, and Informal and Formal Appeal Hearings. During these phases many tasks will be implemented in order to successfully complete the revaluation.
The main purpose of a revaluation is to correct inequalities in the tax burden that have developed since the last revaluation in 2015. Revaluation is a revenue neutral process. This means that a municipality’s tax levy is not changed by the revaluation, thus the total amount of taxes the Town will need to collect will be about the same, regardless of whether or not a revaluation takes place. What does change in a revaluation is the amount of taxes individual taxpayers pay. In July 2021, the first tax payments under this revaluation will be due.
For more information, click here.
VETERANS STAND DOWN EVENT
Veterans Stand Down is an annual signature outreach event to support Veterans. Stand Down 2020, presented by the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, is a two-day event this month Thursday, September 24th will begin with a kickoff ceremony at 9:00 AM at the Rocky Hill Campus of the Department of Veteran Affairs broadcast via social media.
Following the ceremony will be a day of virtual informational sessions including information on a variety of federal and state agencies and community service providers on topics including housing and homeless serves, State labor/employment and vocational resources, Veteran caregiver support, legal assistance, education resources and more.
On Friday, September 25 there will be four locations throughout Connecticut, Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwich and Rocky Hill. These locations will be staffed by representatives of the regional Vet Centers, CT Bar Association and the DVA to provide benefits information, pro-bono legal services and free COVID-19 testing and flu shots by medical professionals. COVID mitigation protocols will be strictly enforced and only a certain number of individuals will be allowed to enter at certain scheduled times.
Please click here for the two-day schedule and registration information.
IT IS TIME TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT!
The Fairfield Health Department will be holding an Influenza Vaccine Clinic for Seniors by appointment only at the Bigelow Center on Thursday September 17th from 10am to 12pm. Both high dose and standard dose vaccine will be available. Please call 203-256-3150 for an appointment.
The Health Department is asking that you fill out the consent prior to arrival. If you are unable to print the consent at home, please stop by before your appointment to fill out the consent. Consents will be available on the table outside at the front of the Bigelow Center. Read the Vaccine Information Sheet and fill out the consent including the member identification number on your insurance card. Answer all of the questions and sign and date the consent.
A mask must be worn when you come for your appointment. Please wear a short-sleeved shirt to make the access to your arm easier. If you are not feeling well the day of your appointment please do not come. Call to reschedule.
This is a cashless clinic. Insurances listed on the consent will cover the cost of the vaccine. If you do not have insurance, payment is by credit card only. Standard vaccine cost is $30.00 and high dose is $65.00.
Please park in the lot behind the Bigelow Center and stay in your car until a few minutes before your appointment time. A member of the Health Department staff will bring you into the building to the clinic. This clinic is by appointment only and for those ages 50 and older.
FAIRFIELD’S ANNUAL GREEN EXPO:
Fairfield’s Annual Green Wheels Expo Will Roll Online Featuring Special Guest Jay Leno:
The Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF)’s acclaimed Green Wheels Expo will roll again this September, in a feature-packed online format providing viewers a host of opportunities, safely accessible right from home, to sample the many appealing models of electric vehicles (EVs) transforming how we travel.
The hub of this year’s online Expo will be a dedicated website accessible via the Green Wheels Expo tab at SustainableFairfield.org, featuring EV webinars from Monday, Sept. 28 to Friday, Oct. 2, daily at 1 pm, plus a showcase of new EV models, informational articles and videos, and testimonials from EV owners.
Comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno (now seen talking cars on CNBC’s Jay Leno’s Garage) will make a special guest appearance on the site, in an extended Zoom conversation about EVs with Fairfield-based automotive writer and SFTF member Jim Motavalli. Read more here.
PLATFORM TO EMPLOYMENT:
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FAIRFIELD BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COMMITTEE:
The Town of Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee has been working to encourage walking and biking for transportation, recreation, exercise and quality of life.
Working with multiple town departments we have established bicycle routes, installed bicycle repair stations, worked to improve pedestrian infrastructure, and authored the Town of Fairfield Complete Streets Policy (approved by the Board of Selectman in 2018).
With more and more of our citizens using our roads, we would like to provide you with some important safety reminders for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. View the document here.
Polls will be open from 6 AM to 8 PM on Election Day sanitized with social distancing measures in place. If you do not wish to go to your polling place you may vote by absentee ballot.
The Secretary of the State (SOTS) is sending applications for absentee ballots to all registered voters. Completed applications should be mailed to Town Clerk, 611 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT, 06824 or they may be dropped off in the Lobby Dropbox located in Old Town Hall marked Town Clerk.
If you have already filed an Application for an Absentee Ballot, you do not need to complete the application sent to you by SOTS. This especially applies to college students who have already submitted their completed applications with their school address to which the ballot will be mailed. Absentee ballots will become available 31 days prior to the election.
TOWN GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
Sullivan Independence Hall and Old Town Hall are open to the public by appointment only for the safety of employees and residents. Please visit this summary page for an overview and follow links to specific departments for more information.
Fairfield’s Operations During COVID-19
Help is available to Fairfield small businesses that are struggling due to the pandemic. The Fairfield COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program was established to provide limited, one time direct financial assistance to eligible Fairfield small businesses that have no more than five full-time employees and that have been adversely affected by the public health emergency. Applications are still being accepted by the Office of Community & Economic Development. To learn more or to apply, please visit the website: www.fairfieldct.org/covidsbr
Eligibility & Application
The Fairfield COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to provide limited, one-time assistance to Fairfield residents who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Use of the funds must be directly related to the effects of the virus. Donate to the fund or apply for relief by clicking below.
Donate or Apply to the Fairfield COVID-19 Relief Fund
The downtown farmers market is held Sundays on Sherman Green, from 10AM-2PM throughout the summer months and into the fall season. In keeping with CDC and State of CT guidelines, face masks and social distancing protocols are required. For more information and a list of vendors, please visit www.fairfieldfarmersmarket.org. For those unable to make Sundays, the Greenfield Hill Farmers Market, located at 65 Hillside Road, is another great local option which is open on Saturdays from 10AM to 2PM, through the fall.
If you become unemployed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you should file for unemployment benefits. Click here for more information. For frequently asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) for workers and employers click here.
ASSISTANCE FOR RENTERS, HOMEOWNERS & RESIDENTIAL LANDLORDS
Governor Lamont announced a comprehensive plan to put more than $33 million in state and federal resources to work providing emergency assistance to renters, homeowners, and residential landlords impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Rental assistance information can be found here. Further information is below:
Social Services continues to assist by telephone town residents who are experiencing difficulty providing the basic needs for themselves and their families, especially during these unprecedented times. Please call with any questions or concerns: 203-256-3170 or visit at fairfieldct.org/humanservices.
Transportation services are running on a limited basis for medical appointments and grocery shopping. Reservations for rides are first-come, first-served for shopping and medical appointments and must be made no less than one week in advance. Please call the senior center for more information: 203-256-3166.
The buses may only transport four riders per trip. For those who do not live in Senior and Disabled Housing, Fairfield Senior Transportation will provide rides Tuesdays or Thursdays each week. Masks must be worn to board the buses. Rides are now available to medical appointments for Fairfield’s seniors and people with disabilities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 9:30 – 3:00 PM.
If you or anyone you know are homebound and unable to shop, the Mobile Food Pantry is available every other week and lunches are available for those who are homebound. Please call Social Services for more information: 203-256-3170.
Testing capacity has increased in our area. To view locations where to get tested, please visit fairfieldct.org/covid19testing.
OPERATION HOPE FOOD PANTRY
Operation Hope wants to make sure residents of Fairfield are aware that the food pantry remains open and is ready to help by providing food and other basic needs to community residents, as they have for nearly 35 years. The pantry is currently operating as a drive-up service at 636 Old Post Road offering prepacked bags of groceries appropriate for various-sized households.
Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:00-12:00; Thursday from 4:00 -6:00. Visit operationhopect.org.
FAIRFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Fairfield Public Main Library is open for quick browsing and checkout on weekday afternoons 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Learn more about Library Express.
Please visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org for full details regarding curb side pick up. Fairfield Public Library continues to offer 24/7 access to their digital collection of books, music, magazines and movies plus a wide and varied assortment of virtual programs. Learn more here: fplct.librarymarket.com/.
Need a library card? Follow this link fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/my-fpl/library-cards/ and get started today!
Sign up for the library newsletter here.
PEQUOT LIBRARY: WE’RE HERE, WE CARE
Pequot Library’s doors may be temporarily closed, but our librarians and staff are still here for you! Enjoy digital programs like story times, author talks, book clubs, and more! Get details on our website and social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Sign up for Pequot Library’s Digital Digest eNewsletter or contact our Chief Librarian for personalized book recommendations.
On Monday, June 22, Pequot will be curbside pickup. Please contact us for more information.
Important COVID-19 Links:
Fairfield Health Department coronavirus website: fairfieldct.org/covid19
For the latest numbers of cases, deaths and those recovered click here
For additional data and graphs of activity click here
For guidance and updates on Connecticut’s coronavirus preparedness efforts, visit: ct.gov/coronavirus
For general questions you can call 211
Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Clinical Command Center hotline, staffed by healthcare professionals, is now available to the community. To reach the 24-hour hotline, call 860.972.8100 or (toll-free) 833.621.0600.
YNHH has a call center number it’s 1-833-ASK YNHH that’s open from 7am – 7pm.
This press release was produced by the Town of Fairfield. The views expressed here are the author’s own.