The Brookfield Community Gazette
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Local Election Results
Readers should please note that these are initial, uncertified results from local registrars as of press time. We will publish the final results when the Secretary of State certifies them, along with local Registrar race results. We chose to run all local race results side by side so communities with the same candidates can see the vote differences by community.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 07 / 2020

New Eversource Rate Increase Approved
On Thursday, November 5th Eversource requested, and on Friday, November 6th the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority approved a 14% rate hike in electric prices effective January 1st, 2021.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 07 / 2020

Brookfield Now In Covid Red Zone
On Thursday, November 5th, Governor Lamont provided a Covid update that included Brookfield as now being at the highest Covid alert level, called the Red Zone.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 05 / 2020

Covid Update - Case Increase Accelerates
The mid-Fairfield County communities of Bethel, Brookfield, Easton, Monroe, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield continue to see increases in reported Covid cases. Every one of the 7 communities except Brookfield saw an increase in new reported cases in October versus September, signaling an uptick in new case growth.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Bear Sighting
Brookfield resident Joan Spector recently shared this photo of a bear in her yard.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Signs Of The Times
Throughout the region, the political anger on social media has spilled into the community, most noticeably with removal of political signs in unprecedented numbers
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Zoning Regionalization Proposed
Proposed Statewide Zoning Changes Would Mean Loss of Local Control
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Mutual Aid Call
Brookfield Engine 1 and Car 1 responded on October 15th to a commercial fire in Bethel. Tower Ladder 100 went to Danbury for station coverage.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Online Local Debate
The recent Brookfield Chamber of Commerce sponsored debate between the candidates for State Representative District 135, Stephen Harding and Kerri Columbo can be viewed on YouTube. To view it, visit
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Election 2020
We asked candidates for State Senate and State Representative to comment on the Governor's extension of the Emergency Declaration through February 9, 2021

Read more... - Published on 09 / 05 / 2020

Election 2020
Candidates Discuss TS Isaias Response, Outage Prevention and Utility Rates

We asked candidates for state office to provide their thoughts on the issues of storm preparation, response and utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

Energy Hearing Testimony
A select number of public officials were invited to address an informal hearing about recent utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

Education In Confusion

Many School Re-Opening Plans Do Not Match Guidelines

Rolling 7 Day Assessments Make Planning Almost Impossible

If you are a parent weighing your options for the Connecticut school re-opening, you would not be alone in being confused by conflicting statements from state and local officials about the safety and requirements for the fall semester.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 08 / 2020

Local Covid Update
With the phased re-opening of businesses and services in CT well underway, we took a snapshot of how communities in northern Fairfield County are faring in fighting Covid. We accessed the Connecticut state data for each community and then, in order to compare how each community is doing, we normalized the data by 1,000 residents. This allows comparison of community rates in as fair and even a way as possible.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

An Open Letter to the Community We Serve
I'm writing this in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis last week. In the words of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, President " Chief Steven R. Casstevens: “The callousness and disregard shown to Mr. Floyd sickening and leaves everyone, including police officers across this nation, shocked, appalled, and infuriated. Mr. Floyd's death is a painful reminder to all who strive for justice of the work that remains before us."And, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, President "Chief Keith Mello writes: 'Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, this is the foundation of our profession. Any violation of these core tenets is inexcusable." We at the Brookfield Police Department are in complete agreement with these statements.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Road closed due to automotive accident
On Monday, June 8th, Oak Grove Road was closed for an extended period of time due to a motor vehicle accident involving a telephone pole.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Governor Releases New Executive Orders

Criminalizes gathering violations, Re-opens Phase 2 businesses, Extends ban on Off-track betting, Extends remote notarization authorization

The text of executive order 7ZZ issued on June 16, 2020 includes:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, NED LAMONT, Governor of the State of Connecticut, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Connecticut, do hereby ORDER AND DIRECT:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Seeds of Survival – Composting
Ah, composting! You can compost practically anything organic. However, for garden purposes we usually compost kitchen waste (but not meat), leaves, grass clippings, and most commonly horse, cow and chicken manure. (I’m sure llama and alpaca manure would be just fine also.)
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Adopt-A-Rescue – Meet Ren
Ren is a 2 year old mixed terrier. He's good with dogs, kids and new people. He is house trained and has lots of energy to brighten up any home.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Real Estate News – Featured Listing
31 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Phase 2 Business Re-Opening Set
Governor Lamont has set June 17th as the date that businesses classified as phase 2 entities may re-open after undergoing a self-certification process and arranging to follow a set of operational guidelines.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Absentee Voting Now Allowed
Governor Lamont recently issued executive order 7QQ that permits absentee voting in Connecticut for the August Primary and the November general election, provided that a CDC approved vaccine is not then available. Here is the text of the executive order.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Changes to Gatherings Order
Governor Lamont recently released an updated executive order, number 7TT that states:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Changes to Alcohol Order
Governor Lamont recently released an updated executive order, number 7WW that states:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Seeds of Survival — Mulching Your Garden
Hello again! Mulching means less maintenance. Basically mulch, a soil covering, retards weed growth, retains moisture in the soil, and encourages Nature’s aerator, earth worms. It saves you time and effort weeding and watering, as well as making it easier to mow around trees.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Some Businesses Expected To Reopen on May 20th


On Monday, May 18th, two days before the May 20th re-opening date set by the Governor 2 weeks prior, Governor Lamont changed the opening date to June 1st for barbers and hair salons. The governor tweeted his decision at 1:19 p.m. "We've been hearing a lot of feedback, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made."

Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Governor May Allow Some Businesses To Open
On Thursday, May 1st, Governor Lamont said he was hoping to allow a certain businesses to reopen on May 20th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Connecticut Only New England State To Ban Municipal Budget Town Meetings And Replace Them With Board Decrees
The Community Gazette surveyed all six New England States to determine how each state is addressing the public safety issues from the historic Town Meeting process of setting and approving municipal budgets.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Hundreds Petition For Right To Vote
On Friday, May 1st Governor Lamont issued a new executive order, 7HH, that forbids any municipality in Connecticut from allowing a Town Meeting or Referendum on the municipality's town budget for 2021, although other meetings and referendums will still be allowed. This is said to address previous executive orders that appeared to conflict with each other on the topic of budget meetings and referendum votes.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Emergency Orders Recap To Date
Governor Ned Lamont has issued 34 executive orders since issuing his emergency declaration about the Covid crisis on March 10th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Local Civil Rights Violations To Be Investigated
Last week U.S. Attorney General Barr issued a directive to state U.S. Attorneys to aggressively investigate and prosecute violations of individual civil rights, including obstruction of voting rights.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

At The Library
April was National Poetry Month, and Miss Debbie and Miss Meg shared selections by Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. You can find poetry for all ages on Hoopla and Libby.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Library Sponsored Bear Hunt A Hit
The Brookfield Library recently sponsored a teddy bear hunt. Participants position a bear in a window, on a porch or other places and then families drive about town spotting them.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 05 / 2020

Brookfield's Restaurants That Are Open
We will be updating this list weekly to do our best to keep up-to-date in a quickly changing situation.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 04 / 2020

Governor Lamont Issued New Executive Order 7J On Sunday, March 22nd
The governors order includes a change in the previous order regarding non-essential businesses, allowing them to fulfill orders by email or phone.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

The Connecticut Department of Economic Development released the list of essential businesses that may remain open during the Stay Home stay Safe period.
The following business categories are defined as essential:
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Significant New Restrictions And Waivers Enacted
Governor suspends town meetings, referendums and adds 20 additional changes to state and municipal regulation changes in 10th executive order since March 10th
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Gov. Lamont Issues Executive Order
Stay Safe, Stay At Home

Governor Ned Lamont held a news conference on Friday, March 20th at which he reviewed his latest executive order, which he called Stay Safe, Stay At Home. In the order, he requires all non-essential businesses to close their offices on or before Monday, March 23rd at 8 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 20 / 2020

Multiple Car Crash Shuts Federal Road
On Monday, February 5th, the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company and EMS were dispatched to the intersection of Federal Road and Candlewood Lake Road for a multi vehicle accident. Arriving a little after 11:15 a.m., they discovered a 4 car crash with 2 occupants of one of the vehicles pinned inside.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 07 / 2020

Freezin' For A Reason

Brookfield Police Event To Raise Funds For Special Olympics

The Brookfield Police Department and Special Olympics Connecticut will be teaming up for the first ever Plunge Candlewood event on March 15th.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 07 / 2020

The Board of Finance Seeking Candidates
The Brookfield Board of Finance has a vacancy they need to fill. Qualified candidates must be a current resident of Brookfield and either a registered Democrat or Unaffiliated, per Connecticut regulations. Interested applicants should submit their resume and a statement of interest to: Brookfield Board of Finance at The application deadline is February 7, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 07 / 2020

Meeting Minutes
Board of Selectmen
Read more... - Published on 02 / 07 / 2020

Community Notes

New Library Art Exhibit

Read more... - Published on 02 / 07 / 2020

Business Spotlight: Pinnacle Trips
When did you start Pinnacle Trips?
Read more... - Published on 02 / 07 / 2020


Read more... - Published on 09 / 05 / 2020







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