To the Editor:

We at Operation Hope of Fairfield wish to express our thanks to the community for its support of our 28th Annual Tag Sale, which took place August 19-20 at First Congregational Church in Fairfield. Because of you, we are able to continue taking care of our neighbors who are without shelter and food, and help them get back on their feet to lead productive lives, ensuring that everyone in our community has the opportunity to experience positive and lasting change.

From over 285 donors who donated merchandise to over 1,600 people who attended our largest annual community-wide event to the 230 volunteers of all ages, you made this year’s Tag Sale a success. We are honored to work alongside each of you, as together we help our neighbors in need.

A heartfelt thanks to our Tag Sale Committee, tirelessly chaired by Rob Greenbaum, Dawn Hiltz and Volunteer Program Manager Donna Schmidt. We are also grateful to our loyal and talented department chairs: Lisa Bond, Joyce Bultman, Ken Camarro, Tom Camarro, Celeste Davis, Paula Finnegan, Joyce and Tom Flynn, Shirley Furniss, Linda Goldstein, Mary Goodman, Eleanor Gonzalez, Judi Heath, Cara Hunter, Mary Kulcsar, Mike Logan, Beth Love, Hogan Love, Sheryl Shaughnessey, Jeri Sulik and Pat Thomann. And to our special helpers: Judy Arel, Colleen Barker, Gabi Camarro, Olivia and Sofia Cholewczynski, Ursula Deluca, Andrew Hiltz, Joleen Marren, Christian Martin, Gail McQuarrie, Rob O’Donovan, Sharon Risley and Debbie Thunberg. And to all of our wonderful and dedicated Operation Hope volunteers and staff! Many hands make light work and we could not have done it without you!

Thank you to our neighbor, First Church Congregational, for loaning us the space to hold this important community event.

To the following businesses, community partners and individuals, we are blessed for your help and continued support. We apologize for any unintentional omissions.

”The Store” at First Church Congregational, Bigelow Tea, Billy’s Bakery, Boy Scout Troops 82 & 90, Bruce Davison/Webster Bank, Chip’s Family Restaurant, Doughnut Inn, Edison’s Famous Ice, Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band, Fairfield Rotary Club, Fairfield Theatre Company, National Charity League, Fairfield and Redding chapters, Orangetheory Fitness, People’s United Bank, Pivot Ministries, Scholars & Athletes Serving Others (SASO) Boys Fairfield and Girls Fairfield chapters, Sound Runner, Sport Hill Farm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Super Duper Weenie, The Pantry, Time for a Change Ministry, Town of Fairfield Police Department, Town of Fairfield Solid Waste and Recycling Department, Village Bagels, Fairfield Warde High School Football Team.

We are truly honored for being part of the Fairfield community for 31 years. In that time, we have seen many changes. Sadly, one which is the ever-growing need for help with supportive housing and hunger alleviation. We look forward to the day when long-term, chronic homelessness is a thing of the past and we have the infrastructure to quickly meet the needs of people who find themselves facing homelessness. With your help, we are determined that homelessness as we know it will become history.

Carla Miklos

Executive Director

Operation Hope of Fairfield

To the Editor:

I am running for Governor of the State of Connecticut, 2018, as a Republican and believe that our party has a positive message that can be presented in the African- and Hispanic-American communities and that is what I intend to do. While our nation is buffeted by divisive elements of political correctness, identity politics and the illiberal winds of intolerance blowing on our college campuses, we have so much more that unites us than separates us. The core of my campaign is our common humanity. We are all sisters and brothers, children of God.

It is my message of education for our children and jobs for our children and ourselves that resonates across all social strata. The business of Connecticut should be business and not government. Many of our fellow citizens have voted with their feet and have headed off to Republican-led states where jobs are more plentiful and the cost of living more reasonable.

We need Republican leadership of Connecticut to get our fiscal house in order and to create the conditions to nurture business in our state. In addition, we have almost 7,000 K-12 students on wait lists for charter schools. That means 7,000 charter school seats should be made available to those students as soon as possible. Education is freedom. There are also elements of the Administrative State that need to be dismantled or lessened to accentuate the liberty of the individual in his or her private and economic spheres. Again, this resonates across all social strata.

Gratitude, common humanity and liberty are the core of my message at www.SaveConnecticut.com along with the additional eight universal principles that Republicans, Democrats and independents all share! It is for the Republicans to embrace their role as the Big Tent party and unify behinds jobs and education. I respectfully ask for your vote and look forward to meeting you on the campaign trail over the coming months!

Peter Thalheim,

Riverside

To the Editor:

Where are the District 6 RTM members? As reported in the Fairfield Citizen Fairfield’s District 6 RTM members are Ruth Smey, Hannah Gale, Matthew Ambrose, and Ray Newberger. To everyone living in District 6 (those voting at Fairfield Ward H.S.), please keep in mind the commitment they have sworn to undertake, and if this commitment cannot be honored, they should resign. Another individual could then be appointed to insure the interests of our district. Ruth Smey has missed 6 meetings, Hannah Gale and Matthew Ambrose have missed 5 meetings each, and Ray Newberger has missed 4 meetings. Our district needs responsible representation. Please remember these names in November and elect 4 individuals who will be there for District 6, supporting us.

Geraldine Gasparino

Fairfield

To the Editor:

Why don’t people use sidewalks? I live down by the beach and I consistently see people walking in the road when there are sidewalks available. Mothers pushing baby carriages, people walking side by side so they can talk, and dog walkers. Do they not realize sidewalks are for safety? Forcing drivers out of their lane to accommodate these folks is selfish and unsafe. To all the offenders - please use the sidewalks!

Steve Gniadek

Fairfield

To the Editor:

I have two children who have been going to Fairfield Public Schools for 12 years, so I know how important it is to have smart, thoughtful Board of Education members who take their job seriously. We are lucky to have Jennifer Leeper as a candidate for the BoE this year.

She has a great professional background in education, having worked as a school administrator for a school in New York City that was also one of the top performing schools in all of New York State as well as a policy analyst for the CT State Department of Education. It is valuable to have a BoE member with both school-level and state-level experience because Jennifer understands the rigorous academic demands on students and teachers, and she has a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the state. Additionally, she has taken a tremendous amount of time to learn about our system by attending BoE meetings and reaching out to constituents and listening to their concerns.

Lastly, Jennifer has young children who are not yet school-aged, so she will be invested in the quality of Fairfield Schools for a very long time. I am thrilled to support someone who has her own professional experience to bring to the table as well as taken the time to learn about the important issues in Fairfield. Please join me in supporting Jennifer Leeper for Board of Education on Tuesday, November 7!

Jay Wolk

Fairfield

To the Editor:

The Editor,

“Twenty years ago, Westport and Fairfield had comparable mill rates. In the last two decades, Fairfield’s has stayed in the 25 mill range. Westport has dropped its mill rate to 16 in the same time period,” so wrote the Fairfield first selectman this past July. He then went onto rationalize why this phenomena has happened in a way neither Adam Smith nor Maynard Keynes or even Karl Marx could understand.

The simple fact is the economic model Fairfield town government has been following for the last two decades is a failure. Real estate in Fairfield is not the bargain it once was. Westport is now a better deal; just check the real estate listings in today’s paper.

Fairfield town government has tried to spend its way to prosperity. Westport has been both judicious and transparent in its government spending.as Fairfield once was but no longer is. Taxes have grown too high in Fairfield and property values have suffered as a result.

Most reasonable folks in town see the problem as it is with no further explanation from me. However, with the recent addition of Kevin Kiley as the First Selectman’s sidekick on the Democrat dominated Board of Selectman (BoS) few expect anything to change.

While the BoS in Fairfield seemingly delegates decisions all over the place in a governance model only Rube Goldberg could value, the BoS is the central player in where Fairfield goes and what Fairfield does. Kiley and the First Selectman are firm believers that their twenty year old failed policies have been working. They plan to stay the course.

Fairfield needs a new direction. Let’s hope the Republicans can get their act together in the coming years and move past this guffaw of the special election their local man on the BoS seems to have put all of their stock in.

Jim Brown

Fairfield