5 Questionsfor...Paige Herman
FAIRFIELD — Paige Herman is a familiar face in the Fairfield Beach Road area. The longtime shoreline resident is a longtime advocate for the neighborhood, serving for about the last 10 years as president of the Fairfield Beach Residents Association.
It’s a natural fit for Herman, whose parents first bought a beach house in the late 1940’s and she spent every summer there, along with her five siblings. In 1979, Herman became a year-round resident, and with her husband, raised three children at the beach.
Her home’s decor includes dozens upon dozens of hand-painted seashells that Herman has produced, and are perched on the fencing in front of her house.
She recently talked with the Fairfield Citizen about life at the beach and the neighborhood association:
FC: When was the Fairfield Beach Residents Association formed, and why?
Herman: The Fairfield Beach Road Association was formed in 1955 and the name changed to Fairfield Beach “Residents” Association in or about 1980. Initially, the membership represented residents on Fairfield Beach Road. When the name was changed the area was expanded to include Reef Road to Oldfield, over to Beach Road and all the homes in between including Rowland, Penfield, Lalley Boulevard, etc.
The mission statement of the Fairfield Beach Residents Association presently reads: The FBRA was founded in 1955 to represent the interests of residents to maintain and improve our Fairfield Beach neighborhood, promote cooperation among owners, renters and visitors and represent the common interests of the membership.
FC: Do you have to live on Fairfield Beach Road to become a member and how many members do you have?
Herman: You do have to live in the area mentioned above, and membership is around 125 households.
FC: What are the “hot” issues for beach area residents right now that the Fairfield Beach Residents Association is looking to address?
Herman: Presently, we are pursuing the purchase of a solar speed sign with the Fairfield Police Department for Fairfield Beach Road as safety has, and continues to be, one of the association’s primary pursuits.
There is the never ending pursuit to improve cooperation and relations with area university renters during the school year.
The FBRA continues to seek out new technology to help with beach erosion, and is presently pursuing the program called “Living Shoreline” which has begun on the DuPont property in Stratford.
FC: What advice would you give to newcomers about daily life at the beach?
Herman: For shoreline members, and others, to be acutely aware of storms and notifications from the Town regarding evacuation procedures. Sign up for Code Red. Build a sand dune and plant with beach grass and native salt water tolerant plants. Join the FBRA.
FC: Does the Fairfield Beach Residents Association have any upcoming projects for the summer?
Herman: For the sixth consecutive year, 60-plus Fairfield Beach Residents Association volunteers will host the Fairfield Fire Fighters 5K on June 25th at Jennings Beach.
There is an FBRA initiative, with the Town of Fairfield, to offer FBRA members 50 percent towards the cost of a tree to be planted in front of their homes in the public right away.