Safe-boating course set July 13

Registration is underway for a safe-boating course scheduled for Saturday, July 13, at the Fairfield Fire Training building. The course is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the 205 One Rod Highway facility and is offered by the Penfield Sail and Power Squadron.
Successful completion of the class qualifies an individual for a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and Personal Water Craft Certificate. Cost is $30; registration closes on Tuesday, July 9.
An advance session is scheduled Tuesday, July 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary office at South Benson Marina, 236 Turney Road. READ MORE:

The Cows at Penfield Reef


Fairfield's 4th: Stars & Stripes, speeches, sky spectacular

Fairfield unfurls a star-spangled salute to the Independence Day holiday next week that includes walking tours commemorating the town's burning by the British during the American Revolution, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence at a ceremony on historic Town Hall Green and, of course, fireworks.
The town's traditional Independence Day observance begins with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday on Town Hall Green. Sponsored by the United Veterans of Fairfield, the ceremony includes a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence and singing patriotic songs. It is followed by a reception hosted by the Eunice Dennis Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the Old Academy building. For more information, visit

Beach festivities, fireworks

If you plan to head to the beach, you may want to get there early. The Atwood Express Oldies Band will perform at Jennings Beach from 5 to 7 p.m. The fireworks are set to go off around 9:15, and parking at both Jennings and Penfield beaches is free after 6 with no beach parking permit required. The rain date is Friday. In case of inclement weather, call 203-256-3144 to check on the status of the fireworks display. READ MORE:

Community group wants Penfield Lighthouse

A Bridgeport-based group hopes to become the new owner of the Penfield Reef Lighthouse, the historic beacon off Fairfield's shore Connecticut Community Boating, a nonprofit group, is in "full fundraising mode" according to Chris German, to achieve the ownership goal. Those interested need to put down $10,000 to be eligible to bid. In 2008, the National Parks Service took applications from nonprofit groups interested in taking over the lighthouse, which dates back to 1874, and the town submitted one of two applications received. However, the lighthouse was awarded to an organization named Beacon Preservation, which later became embroiled in a dispute over the bottom lands and never took ownership.The lighthouse was then put out to bid in 2011, but a town committee formed to raise funds for its purchase raised only about $22,000. READ MORE:

Efforts to close off Vets Park road hit dead-end

The Police Commission has put the brakes on a request to close the portion of Edward Street that bisects Veterans Park. Chad Czalpa, an Edward Street resident, recently brought the request first to the Parks and Recreation Commission and then to the Police Commission. He presented petitions signed by more than 100 residents and park users supporting the idea of closing of the street in the area from the bocce courts to the tennis courts. But the Police Commission, for now, has adopted the recommendations of the traffic survey: Install signs alerting motorists to pedestrians; install fencing or barriers to define the playground, bocce courts and baseball field, and conduct a traffic study over the course of the summer.The commission will also seek written recommendations from the Department of Public Works regarding traffic and other park issues, and also wants a history of the park. READ MORE:

Penfield, raise it or raze it? Future of storm-ravaged pavilion pondered

The town is considering two options to repair storm-damaged Penfield Pavilion, which has been closed since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the recently rebuilt structure.
But Selectman Kevin Kiley wonders if a better plan night be to tear down the waterfront pavilion and start from scratch. The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday heard a report from structural engineers regarding what needs to be fixed at the pavilion. Sandy's surging tidal waters undermined pilings in the building's foundation, making it unsafe, and buckled floors and railings.
The two repair options include elevating the structure in its current location, or elevating it and moving it farther back from the water into part of what is now the parking lot. No price tag has been attached to either scenario yet. READ MORE:

Penfield Beach questioned as site for Sandy Hook victim's memorial playground

A group of firefighters from New Jersey wants to honor one of the victims of the Newtown school shooting with a playground in Fairfield. But the proposed Penfield Beach location is being questioned by some neighbors. The New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, working with local firefighters, has asked to build a playground in honor of Jessica Rekos, 6, at Penfield Beach. Jessica's mother, Krista Rekos, graduated from Fairfield University in 1999.
The firefighters' project, "Sandy Ground, Where Angels Play," plans to build 26 playgrounds along the coast of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, a joint effort to rebuild communities hit by Hurricane Sandy and honor the 26 children and educators killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. The area being considered for the Fairfield playground is now the site of swings at Penfield Beach, between Penfield Pavilion and the Jacky Durrell Pavilion. READ MORE:

1905 Fairfield Beach Road

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Postcard from 1905.

Fishing: Summer flounder fishing kicks up a gear

Wasn't it just yesterday everybody was complaining about the winter-like weather in late May? Thursday's and Friday's 90-plus heat squashed those complaints in favor of: "Whoa, Jane, crank up the AC, will ya, babe?" The good news is the hot spell should finally push Long Island Sound water temperatures over the 60-degree mark, which kind of represents the start of real summer fishing. Two good rules of thumb for successful summer fishing are:
1. Get up early. Fish are like milkmen (you remember them, right?). They like to get their work done before the sun is too far above the horizon.
2. Stay up late. Like all night. Striped bass are rock `n' roll party animals, they crave their action after sunset, especially when the moon is high and the bait is running. READ MORE:

Summer is here!

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Neighbors - Fairfield Beach Area Clean Up After Hurricane Sandy

Published on Nov 12, 2012 by Brian A. Russell
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the people of our town pitched in to help each other out. The real gift was receiving all that amazing help yesterday. I know so many people have sustained devastating losses, but in my own little world this has been incredibly overwhelming to go through. I am tired to the bone, but feeling so much love and support yesterday makes it possible to take the next step. One day not to far down the line, this will all be behind us, but I hope people can remember how all of Fairfield came together to help each other when it was needed most. Peace.

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Penfield Lighthouse Aerial

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Aerial photograph over Penfield Lighthouse.

View of Penfield Beach in 1922

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At Penfield Beach, 1922, Grover's Hill in the distance.

Fairfield Beach on Thursday

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Fairfield Beach in 1910

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Very rare postcard, closeup of cottages on Fairfield Beach in 1910, photo probably 1909.

Penfield Beach 1923

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Penfield Beach postcard 1923.

Penfield Pavilion 1920's

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At Penfield Pavilion, card postmarked August 29, 1924.

Rare 1920's Fairfield Beach view

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View of Fairfield Beach looking towards Grover's Hill, 1920's.

1920's Fairfield Beach

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Fairfield Beach scene 1920's.

Fairfield Beach Road circa 1906

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Postally used postcard, postmarked 1907.

1905 Fairfield Beach Road

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Postally used postcard, scene 1905 Fairfield Beach Road.

Moon over Fairfield Beach

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March 2009 full moon over Fairfield Beach.

Fairfield Beach in 1895

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1895 Frank Child-Fairfield Connecticut Life Illustrated book. Note St. Mary's Black Rock in the distance.

Looking at the end of Fairfield Beach Road

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Looking at the end of Fairfield Beach Road from the jetty at Pine Creek Beach.

1920's Fairfield Beach

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On the beach at Fairfield Beach in circa 1920.

1937 Fairfield Beach

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On Fairfield Beach in 1937.

Circa 1915 At Penfield Beach

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At Penfield Beach circa 1915.

Fairfield Beach Showing Cottages 1920's

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Fairfield Beach showing cottages in 1920.


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"HIGHLAND COTTAGE" on Fairfield Beach, postcard printed in 1906.

The Beach At Fairfield

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A page from a book on Fairfield CT, circa 1910.

Post Road and Reef Road in 1915

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Early 1915 postcard showing the corner of Post Road and Reef Road. The old firehouse is now the Firehouse Deli.


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The cottage "ISLAND VIEW" on Fairfield Beach.
Postcard circa 1915.

Bathing In The Surf

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Early postcard at Fairfield Beach, in the early 1920's.
Sea canoes and other small boats were available for rent and were popular even then.

1909 Little Bridgeport

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Little Bridgeport in 1909, Fairfield Beach, Fairfield CT.

The Cottages

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In the July 5, 2006 Fairfield Citizen-News, Barry Wallace wrote this excellent piece on beach cottage names in the Fairfield Beach and Pine Creek areas.

Penfield Lighthouse 1910

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Scene at Penfield Lighthouse in 1910, photo taken from boat, postcard printed in 1910.

1920's Fairfield Beach Looking West

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Postcard, printed 1921, on Fairfield Beach looking west.

Penfield Beach 1910's

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On Fairfield Beach, St. Mary's, Black Rock in the distance.
Postcard printed circa 1910-1911.