Letters to the Editor: Thousands attend fest, Preparing for flooding

To the Editor:

On Sunday, Oct. 1, more than 4,000 people attended the inaugural Fairfield Food Truck Festival, an event organized by the Friends of Fairfield Public Library. We, the Friends board members, wish to thank many people for making the Festival an amazing success.

First and foremost, thank you to the thousands of people who happily donated the $5 admission. At a time of budget constraints, their generosity will directly benefit the Fairfield Public Library’s programs and initiatives.

We are grateful for the Fairfield Department of Parks & Recreation. Anthony Calabrese and his staff provided crucial guidance as we planned the event, held at beautiful Jennings Beach. The Parks and Recreation Commission, led by Chairman Scott Walker, embraced the value of this event and we are thankful for its support.

Thank you to the Fairfield Health Department for expediting the food truck permitting process. The Fairfield Police Department provided excellent advice and crowd control.

Thank you to Fairfield Director of Community & Economic Development Mark Barnhart and First Selectman Mike Tetreau for their support. Fairfield Public Library Director Nancy Coriaty and her staff helped every step of way with so many behind-the-scenes tasks. Thank you!

Our young volunteers did a wonderful job as hospitality ambassadors. Thank you to Star 99.9 radio for helping get the word out and for the musical entertainment. We are grateful for the Jennings Beach-area residents for tolerating extra traffic on a sunny day.

To all the food truck owners, you were the shining stars of this festival. You worked so hard to keep everyone well fed and smiling.

To my fellow Friends board members, I am honored to work alongside you on an important cause. The Fairfield Public Library is the heart of our community and your efforts are appreciated.

We’ll be back next year with more trucks, more food, special attractions and an unwavering commitment to keep the Fairfield Public Library strong.

Margo Kaminsky

President, Friends of Fairfield Public Library

To the Editor:

Fairfield’s Flood and Erosion Control Board (FECB) constantly considers how prepared our town is for future coastal storms as Mr. Reber’s letter of Sept. 8 suggests we should. In January 2015, after Storm Sandy, we compiled a comprehensive Master Plan to mitigate flooding which is available for all to see at our web page, www.fairfieldct.org/fecb. There are additional documents there regarding studies, projects and plans of interest to Fairfield. A Project List which is periodically updated to show the status of active projects is likewise posted.

We encourage residents to become informed on the topic of Coastal Storms and, as a community, support measures to mitigate the damage they cause; and to contact our Board with any comments, questions or concerns at fecb@fairfieldct.org.

Richard Dmochowski

Chair, FECB

To the Editor:

While we are always thrilled to see any article in The Westport News promoting area theater, we were dismayed to realize that David Rosenberg’s article of Sept. 29 omitted one of Westport’s most longstanding and successful arts organizations, JIB Productions, producers of Play With Your Food. Established in 2003, Play With Your Food is about to begin its 16th season of sold-out lunchtime theater not only in Westport but also Fairfield and Greenwich. Each January through April, audiences come monthly to downtown Westport’s Toquet Hall at 12 noon to enjoy a gourmet lunch catered by popular local restaurants.

Lunch is followed by three one-act scripted plays by award-winning playwrights and read by professional actors from both New York and Connecticut. Last year’s casts included both Tony and Emmy Award winners such as Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Patricia Kalember and Mia Dillon along with more than 20 other stellar actors. The 1 1/2 hour theater production concludes with a talkback with both the actors and Artistic Director, Carole Schweid.

Each year, more than 1000 Westporters enjoy a stimulating daytime cultural experience during the winter months - without leaving their backyard! I believe that our loyal patrons would agree that Play With Your Food is one of the many reasons that make living in Westport so rewarding! Tickets for the 2018 season (beginning January 9th) can be purchased at JIBProductions.org or by calling our Box Office at (203) 293-8729.

Diana Muller


Editor’s note: Diana Muller is a producer with B Productions, Inc.