Fairfield survival guide: 11-06-12
Updated 6:58 am, Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Here's an inventory of things you should know about Fairfield's status in the wake of Hurricane Sandy:
Fairfield's public schools closed Tuesday for Election Day, but expected to open Wednesday for the first time in a week and half since Hurricane Sandy struck.
Today, all 10 of the town's usual polling sites are open for voting from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
FEMA grants also are available to Fairfield residents to help with the costs of repairs and other expenses. These are outright grants that do not have to be repaid and are tax-free. Call FEMA at 800-621- 3362 to start a claim over the phone, or register at the agency's web site: www.fema.gov
Real estate tax payment deadline extended to Nov. 15: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy extends quarterly real estate tax payment deadline to Nov. 15 because of Hurricane Sandy.
Command center at Veterans Park on Reef road now issuing beach-area access passes to residents of that neighborhood, as well as staffing with FEMA and Salvation Army personnel.
Fairfield Beach Road west now open to residents and their contractors with proof of residency.
Municipal offices in Sullivan-Independence Hall and old Town Hall open on regular schedule.
Greencycle and town's transfer station on One Rod Highway open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until further notice.
Fairfield Public Library and Fairfield Woods branch open; WiFi on 24/7 so those nearby can access even when buildings are closed. Pequot Library in Southport has reopened, and Internet services have also been restored.
Town bulk waste pickup of water-damaged possessionsput curbside taking place in shoreline neighborhoods.
Showers for people without water are available at Fairfield University's Rec Plex and Planet Fitness at 111 Black Rock Turnpike when its power is restored (bring towels)
Public charging stations: Fire Station 1, Reef Road; Fire Station 2, Jennings Road; Police Department headquarters, Reef Road; emergency storm shelter, and Fairfield public libraries
United Illuminating Co.: 1-800-676-7052 or 1-800-722-558
Metro-North Railroad service restored to nearly normal schedule.
Drivers reminded that intersections where traffic lights are not functioning should be treated as a stop sign.
Halloween trick-or-treating postponed in Fairfield until Wednesday.
For information, call 203-254-4899 or http://www.fairfieldct.org