Michael C. Tetreau, First Selectman

Office of the First Selectman
John J. Sullivan Independence Hall, 2nd Fl
725 Old Post Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824
203-256-3030 • Fax: 203-256-3008
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Constituent Concerns

Kathleen Griffin • 203-256-3031
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Deputy Chief of Staff
Jennifer Carpenter • 203-256-3030
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Old Town Hall

611 Old Post Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824
Town Hall Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Town Switchboard Operator: 203-256-3000
Fax for Other Than the First Selectman: 203-256-3080
Town Web site: www.fairfieldct.org

Human and SOCIAL Services

Advised by Human Services Commission, the Department of Human and Social Services arranges for the provision of programs and services to adults of all ages, including senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Director • Teresa Giegengack
100 Mona Terrace • Fairfield, CT 06824

Bigelow Center for Senior Activities

The Bigelow Center is the main resource location for activities and services for older adults and their families and caregivers.
100 Mona Terrace • Fairfield, CT 06824
203-256-3166 • Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Manager • Julie DeMarco

• Activities: defensive driving courses; fitness and exercise programs; dancing; arts and crafts; bingo and card games; senior groups (music/singing, TV/video, investment, walking, others); movies; Learning in Retirement programs; computer classes and Continuing Education classes.
• Services (by appointment): information, referral, assessment and counseling regarding: Medicare/Medigap; HMOs; certain legal matters; long-term care; fuel assistance; tax assistance; volunteer opportunities; family problems; Title 19 and other entitlements; housing assistance; home care and visits; nursing homes/assisted living; support groups; more. For information about an appointment with a social worker regarding careplanning or entitlements,
call 203-256-3166.
• Health screenings (by schedule): blood pressure
and others.
• Craft Shop: Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
• Hot Lunch: reservations required two days in advance; $2.00 donation suggested. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 12:00 p.m.
• Monthly newsletter: describes Center activities and lunch menus. Available at the Center, Town Hall, libraries and other locations in the community.

Supportive Services FOR Families and Caregivers

The Town provides support groups for families and caregivers of older adults. For information,call the Department of Human and Social Services at 203-256-3166.

Transportation Services

Buses are available for transportation for seniors. Please call the Senior Center dispatcher at 203-256-3168, Mon. through Fri. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for service.

Bus service is limited to:

• Doctor’s appointments
• Grocery shopping on scheduled days according to location and limited to 1½ hours
• Coming to the Senior Center
• Special approved outings

There are no exceptions to this schedule of trips. Fee for riding the bus varies with destination and type of trip. A ten-punch bus ticket may be purchased at the dispatcher’s office for $5.00.

• Bus service to the Senior Center or shopping is one punch for round trip.
• Bus service to the doctor in:
• Fairfield is two punches each way
(or $2.00 round trip);
• Bridgeport is four punches each way
(or $4.00 round trip)

For reservation information or further details, please call the Senior Center dispatcher.

Eunice Postol Recreation Center

75 Mill Plain Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824
203-256-3191 • Fax: 203-256-3145
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.;
Sat./Sun., 9 a.m.-4p.m. • www.fairfieldct.org/recreation

In addition to facilities for classes, games and events, the Recreation Center maintains a fully equipped and staffed fitness center for aerobics, strength training and other exercises. A yearly membership in the Recreation Center is $110 for persons 62 and older. Three-month memberships are available for $55. Call the Center for more information. Persons who meet Social Services Department eligibility requirements may obtain yearly memberships for $55. Call 203-256-3170 for details.

Jewish Senior Services Grasmere by the Sea Adult Day Services

Older adults who want to live at home, yet may need some assistance or supervision during the day can spend their weekdays at this certified adult day health care facility—a program of Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield. At Grasmere these seniors can participate in a range of activities and services. The program is located in the same building as the Jewish Senior Services Outpatient Program.
Director • Danielle Jackson
1 Post Rd., 1st Fl. • Fairfield, CT 06824
203-365-6470 • Fax: 203-374-4851
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Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Activities: mental stimulation games; exercise; arts and crafts; baking; flower arranging; pet therapy; intergenerational activities; live entertainment; music; dancing; slide shows; trips to beaches, galleries, museums; social events and parties; meals; newsletter; more.
• Services: Interdisciplinary team of professionals–director, full time registered nurse, certified nurse’s aides, social worker, recreation director and assistants, administrative support--and trained, supervised volunteers provides assessments, counseling, monitoring to clients and families with regard to accessing entitlements, carrying out long-term care planning, and coping with cognitive, emotional or physical limitations. Door-to-door transportation by paratransit drivers available for most clients of Grasmere. Affordable rates charged for enrollment. Contact Grasmere social worker or R.N. regarding enrollment procedures. Financial assistance arranged for those who qualify. Pertinent information from client’s physician required for enrollment.

Tax Relief Programs

The Town, in conjunction with the State of Connecticut, offers several tax relief programs for the elderly and disabled persons. The programs are administered by the Assessor’s Office.
611 Old Post Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824 • 203-256-3110 Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Housing Programs

The Town, through its Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED), maintains a list of providers of housing for the elderly and disabled in Fairfield. As these facilities are operated by different entities, those interested should contact each one individually to determine current availability, eligibility requirements and application procedures. To see this list, go to http://www.fairfieldct.org/ced-elderly.htm and click on the appropriate link.

For information on Rental Assistance or the Housing Choice Vouchers Program under the federal Section 8 program, contact Carol Martin, 203-366-0578.

The Handyman Program is administered by OCED with federal funding to assist low-income homeowners with minor maintenance and repairs. For information, contact 203-256-3120.

Fairfield Public Library System

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Fairfield Public Library (Main Library)
1080 Old Post Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824

Fairfield Woods Branch Library
1147 Fairfield Wood Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06825

Pequot Library
720 Pequot Ave. • Southport, CT 06890

Probate Court

Judge Daniel Caruso
725 Old Post Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824 • 203-256-3041

Call 911 for all emergencies.

For noncritical situations, call the following numbers (in various departments):

Unusual activities/possible public safety problems 203-254-4800
Health issues 203-256-3020
Road, tree problems, etc. 203-256-3177
Storm or disaster infoline 203-254-4899
Homeland Security concerns or suspicions 1-866-457-8477

Fairfield Police Department

100 Reef Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824
Non-emergencies: 203-254-4800
Gary MacNamara, Chief
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Web site: www.fpdct.com

The “Are You OK?” electronic reassurance program allows elderly, handicapped or homebound persons to register with the Police Department to receive a phone call at their residences at a predetermined time each day. If there is no answer after two attempts, the Emergency Communications Center (open 24 hours a day) is notified, and a police officer is dispatched to the residence to check on the well-being and safety of the subscriber. There is no charge for the service, and applications to register are available at the Police Department or the front office of the Fairfield Senior Center. The Police Department also maintains a program under which anyone wishing to register a person who has Alzheimer’s may do so by coming to Department headquarters, completing a registration form and providing two photos of the individual. Registration also can be done through the national Alzheimer’s Association.

Fairfield Fire Department

140 Reef Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824
Non-emergencies: 203-254-4700 • Fax: 203-254-4724
Denis McCarthy, Chief
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Web site: www.FDFairfield.com

Every fall the Fire Department will go to the homes of residents 65 or older to change the batteries of all their smoke detectors. The Department maintains a database of all senior citizens whose batteries were changed the previous year and sends a letter to these seniors informing them when it is again time for the Department to be changing batteries. To be included in the database, contact the Department. The Department also operates blood-pressure screenings and other programs for seniors.

Other Important Phone Numbers

Animal Control • 203-254-4857
Health Dept. • 203-256-3020
Dept. of Public Works • 203-256-3010
Recreation Dept. • 203-256-3144
Registrars of Voters • 203-256-3115
Tax Collector • 203-256-3100
Town Clerk • 203-256-3090
Planning and Zoning • 203-256-3050

Fairfield’s Population by Age

(Source: Latest Decennial U.S. Census)
60-64 3,005
65-74 4,012
75-84 3,030
85+ 1,878
Total 60+ 11,925
Total population of the Town of Fairfield: 59,404
Percentage 60 years of age or over: 20.2%
Land area: 30.6 sq. mi.

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