Fairfield Hills

  • Settling On A Location For A Permanent 12/14 Memorial

    To the Editor:

    I wanted to share the work the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission (SHPMC) is doing to establish a memorial for the victims of 12/14/12. At the last Conservation Commission meeting, mem-bers of the SHPMC shared that out of 30 open space properties that the Land Use Agency provided for their review, they have determined that at this time, the High Meadow at Fairfield Hills is the best place for the memorial.  (For those unfamiliar, the High Meadow is the large meadow adjacent to the paved walkway that leads up to the water towers.)

  • Water Fountains To Become Part Of Fairfield Hills Landcape In The Spring


    Two new water fountains and a dog fountain will be installed in early spring along the new trail at Fairfield Hills. Walkers and joggers passing by the Victory Garden will be able to quench their thirst there and at another location near Glander field. The estimated cost of $28,000 will come from a Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA) account.

  • Beekeeping In Newtown

    Tucked away in the Victory Garden at Fairfield Hills, Jeff Shwartz picked out a worker bee last month from one of the three hives he owns and maintains on the property.

    Mr Shwartz started beekeeping in 2006. At first he was mainly attracted by honey, but his fascination with the creatures eventually grew.

    Mr Shwartz, a director of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association, now provides wasp and hornet removal services and supplies custom hives for budding, and buzzing, enthusiasts.

  • Fairfield Hills Authority Declines Lease With Psychiatric Facility

    Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday argued procedure for more than 30 minutes before voting to decline to engage in negotiating a lease agreement with US HealthVest, a psychiatric health care facility.

    In past months US HealthVest President and CEO Richard A. Kresch, MD, had submited a letter of intent to occupy space on the Fairfield Hills campus and tear down Norwalk Hall, where the company hoped to build an approximately 100-bed hospital. Dr Kresch had attended Monday’s meeting on September 28.

  • Stories Elicit Laughter, Tears From Friends Gathered At Wasserman Celebration

    Knowing that the late state representative and longtime Newtowner was an animal lover and ardent supporter of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, the unit could not miss the celebration of Mrs Wasserman’s life that was held September 26 on the grounds of Fairfield Hills.

  • Town Meeting Approves Funds To Demolish Canaan House

    A years-long wish has come true for officials hoping to raze old buildings at Fairfield Hills. Residents at a town meeting Monday, August 17, approved $5 million in funding, an estimated $4.3 to $4.5 million of which will be used to remediate and raze Canaan House. Predemo work should start in the fall.

    Fairfield Hills Authority Chairman Thomas Connors said there is no specific plan for the area where the Canaan House now stands, “although parking and making space for the community center seems like it is where it’s headed.”

  • Clean Up After Your Dog

    To the Editor:

    I would like to thank the Town of Newtown for the beautiful walking/jogging paths made available at Fairfield Hills campus. It offers something for everyone. My husband and I immensely enjoy these paths and make good use of them daily. Which brings me to the reason for my letter.

  • Matchmaking At Fairfield Hills

    The Fairfield Hills Authority’s latest flirtation with economic development at the spacious campus home of Newtown’s seat of government hit a snag, as have so many of the other potential liaisons with commercial suitors that have come calling. US HealthVest, a developer of behavioral health facilities, had expressed interest in creating a 100-bed psychiatric hospital at Fairfield Hills.

  • New Trail Leads Through Meadows, Gardens, At FFH

    In mid-April LRM Construction crews began digging out a ten-foot-wide path at Fairfield Hills where a new paved walkway would go. Within weeks, residents eager to stroll the lengthened trail system, which is now complete and adds nearly a mile to existing trails, were already using the unfinished surface.

  • Community Center Planning Resumes

    The recently established Community Center Commission elected co-chairs and revised its vision statement Tuesday, May 26, at the group’s second meeting. In late April the Board of Selectmen chose members for the commission, who would fact-find, survey the community, and, after research and planning, render a recommendation on how to use a $15 million gift from the GE Foundation.