To the Editor:

For the first time, on March 9, the Friends of the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, Inc. will participate in our region’s largest charitable event of the year - Fairfield County’s Giving Day.

Funds raised on Giving Day will enhance the capacity of the Bigelow Senior Center to offer social and cultural activities to large groups (173 seated at tables, 371 maximum) by installing audio visual equipment in the dining hall. Films, guest speakers, educational presentations and entertainment will provide a vital link, engaging seniors with their community.

As the President of the Friends of the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities Inc. in Fairfield, I encourage everyone to visit FCGives.org on March 9 and donate. Gifts as little as $10 are appreciated. Each donation adds up, plus can help nonprofits win over $25,000 in cash prizes. Please set a reminder to visit FCGives.

org on March 9 and give.

Marjorie Morresi

Fairfield

Fairfield Metro lacking

To the Editor:

As a regular commuter from Fairfield Metro to Grand Central, I have been frustrated by a lack of even the most basic amenities at the newest train station on the New Haven line. Many of us remember the fancy artist renderings, the expectations of economic growth, and all the grandiose promises made by politicians to sell the costly plan to the public.

Five years after the first train pulled into the station, the reality, however, is very different: no bathrooms, no heated waiting area, and not even a place to get a coffee and buttered roll in the morning. The parking contractor’s employees don’t even have a booth to protect them from the elements or a place to sit down after the morning rush. Even the simple suggestion of inviting a food truck met with bureaucratic resistance until Sen Tony Hwang got involved.

With the town, state officials, and the parking lot contractor each suggesting that someone else was standing in the way of progress, Sen Hwang cut through the bureaucratic mess to help commuters. He was able to convince the State Department of Transportation to accept the idea of food truck service at Fairfield Metro Train station. Although this is a small victory for commuters, it’s a positive step in the right direction. This wouldn’t have happened without Sen Hwang cutting through the red tape and fighting for his constituents. His responsiveness and willingness to go to bat for the commuting public is truly commendable and he should be recognized for his efforts.

James P. Feeney

Fairfield

Alarmed at tree-cutting

To the Editor:

For well over a month there has been significant daily tree removal up and down the major roads in the Greenfield Hill area of Fairfield. I assume this work is being done at the behest of United Illuminating to clear power lines. I have become increasingly alarmed at the extent of the trees being cut down and particularly at their size. Hard wood trees, like maples and ash are being dropped in an almost in discriminant fashion. Some of these trees measure over three feet in diameter and are probably over a hundred years old. In place of beautiful, fully developed trunks and canopies that give the area so much of its character, we are being left with unsightly stumps along the road. There doesn’t seem to be any oversight by Conservation or the Town as to the elimination of so many great trees. Further, there is scant evidence that these trees pose any threat to the power lines.

Residents of Greenfield Hill should unite to object to this deforestation. I urge a drive through this area to see the extent of the damage. When a grand tree is gone, it is gone forever.

Kelsey Biggers

Fairfield