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Congratulations!
Congratulations to library shelver and Brookfield High School junior Samhita Shirsat on being named as one of three winners in the 5th Congressional District in Senator Chris Murphy's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Essay Contest. There were more than 2,800 entries from across Connecticut.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 06 / 2021

Property Revaluations
The 2021 property revaluation process is underway. Revaluation Process: Streets and Condominiums the revaluation team will be visiting next week are listed below. The revaluation team will knock on your door to let you know they are doing the revaluation but they will not ask to come into your house. Condo complexes: Laurel Hill Ct, Oak Meadows, Riverview Ct, Silvermine Manor, Mill River Vws and possibly Newbury Cross Streets: ALLEN RD, BAYBERRY DR, BEACH WOOD GROVE RD, BELDEN HILL, CANDLEVIEW, CANDLEWOOD ACRES, CANDLEWOOD LAKE RD, CARLINS WAY, CARMEN HILL RD, CLOVER COURT, CRANBERRY LN, DEER RUN RD, ELBOW HILL RD, ELS HOLLOW RD, FLAX HILL RD, GEREG GLENN RD, GRANITE DR, HILLSIDE CIR, HILLSIDE CT, HOLLIS DR, HOLLOW OAK LN, HUCKLEBERRY HILL RD, IVY CT, JACKSON DR, KELLIE LN, LAUREL HILL RD, MAIN DR, MEADOWBROOK RD, MIST HILL DR,NORTH MOUNTAIN RD, OLD HEMLOCK RD, OLD PRANGE RD , PATRICIA DR, POND BROOK CT, RICHMOND RD, ROCKY RD, SHIRLEY CT, SOUTH MOUNTAIN RD, SOUTHEAST TRAIL, SPRING LN, TOMMYS LN, VISTA DR, WHIPPOORWILL LN, WOODCREEK RD
Read more... - Published on 02 / 06 / 2021

Find The Hydrant
Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company ask that if you have a fire hydrant on or near your property that you help by clearing a 3 foot path around it so they can easily identify and operate it if needed.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 06 / 2021

The Brookfield Lions Club is sponsoring a Blood Drive at Brookfield High School in the Gym, at 45 Long Meadow Hill in Brookfield on Wednesday, February 24th from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment and use Sponsor Code: BrookfieldCT.

Read more... - Published on 02 / 06 / 2021

Brookfield's Red Colony Diner Returns
The Red Colony Diner in Brookfield opened last week. We stopped in and had a wonderful time. The food was delicious, the service was helpful and friendly and the environment felt safe and inviting. We split a cup of chicken noodle soup and a turkey club sandwich that came with a generous side of french fries and featured fresh hand carved turkey, juicy tomato and perfectly crisped bacon. The french fries were crisp, tasty but not greasy. We then enjoyed a slice of cheese cake and a slice of chocolate cream pie, which were both delicious. We spoke with owner George Marnelakis, whose father had the original Red Colony Diner where George worked in his youth before the family sold the business. George, who also owns the Blue Colony Diner in Newtown, admits to being a breakfast guy, saying one of his favorite items on the menu is the french toast, made with freshly baked hala bread. "I'm proud to open as we remember it," George said a few days before the opening. "We're back to an old school diner." The Red Colony Diner is located at 121 Federal Road in Brookfield, open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and offers take-out, curbside and dine-in options.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 30 / 2021

Food Drive
The Brookfield Lions Club is holding a food drive on February 6th to benefit the Brookfield Food Pantry. They will be at Brookfield Market, 227 Whisconier Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 30 / 2021

$47.3 Million School Budget Proposed
The Brookfield Board of Education has approved a proposed 4.07% increase for the 2022 annual school budget of $47.3 million. Board members noted that approximately 3/4 of the 4.07% increase was due to contracted and inflationary increases such as health insurance premiums and wages. The proposed school budget is expected to be presented to the voters at an annual referendum. Last year, the approval process was moved by Governor Lamont's executive order to the state's local Boards of Finance. Since a normal voting process took place in November, it is widely expected that the budget approval process will return to its normal method this year.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 23 / 2021

Vaccine Update
Residents are encouraged to register for Brookfield’s Covid-19 Vaccination interest list if you meet the criteria of over the age of 65 or immune compromised. The town of Brookfield also has a FAQ page for many of your vaccine-related questions. Visit www.brookfieldct.gov/COVID19VaccineFAQ or call: 203-775-7314 to learn more.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 23 / 2021

Accident Injures Three
On January 16th, the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company responded to a single vehicle accident in front of #15 Signal Hill Road. Two occupants were treated for minor injuries at Danbury Hospital and one refused transport. Units 18-1, 18-3, Engines 4 and 22, as well as The Rescue operated under the command of Car 1 were on-scene.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 23 / 2021

Local Scouts Stock Food Pantry
The scouts of Troop 135 logged 4 hours of community service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They put together a food drive through the United Way to benefit a food pantry at PT Barnum community in Bridgeport. The scouts helped shop, sort and load and then unload and stock the shelves.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 23 / 2021

Passing It Forward
On January 17th, Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company was fortunate to pass along their retired unit 18-2 to the Island Heights Volunteer First Aid Squad on Island Heights, NJ. It will go on to serve their community as it has served Brookfield since 2010. Their new 18-2 is slated to go into service this week.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 23 / 2021

Governor Increases Covid Fines From $500 to $10,000 For Businesses
On Tuesday, November 24th, Governor Lamont issued a new executive order increasing fines on CT businesses that do not comply with his orders regarding doing business during the Covid declared health emergency and civil preparedness emergency. The fines are increased, as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, from $500 to $10,000. Local authorities, including the Health Department and Police Department are authorized to issue these fines, as are state health authorities. These fines can only be appealed through the Health Department.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 28 / 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Read more... - Published on 11 / 28 / 2020

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 https://youtu.be/019Du2jTUCI/.
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


★ LATE UPDATE ★

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 BOF@brookfieldct.gov. 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

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