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Welcome to New Fairfield, a beautiful New England town, located on the shores of Candlewood Lake. New Fairfield is known for its excellent schools, reasonable taxes and overall quality of life. Recreational activities range from water sports to programs for children and senior citizens alike. New Fairfield is known for its wonderful community spirit and there are groups for every interest. The generosity and involvement of these organizations enhance the quality of fife in our town.

New Fairfield is in an exciting time in its history with a detailed development and beautification plan to enhance the downtown area and provide services to New Fairfield residents. The school system has received distinction for its programs K-12 and the schools are all located along Gillotti Road, with the high school/ middle school campus located overlooking the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.

The local government operates in a town meeting format where all taxpayers are entitled to participate. Day-to-day duties are performed by a First Selectman who is assisted by two other Selectmen forming the Board of Selectmen. The seat of government is the historic Town Hall which operates Tuesday through Friday 8:30-5:00, and on Saturday from 8:30 to noon. Visitors are always welcomed and we encourage you to visit us while you acquaint yourself with our area.





Town Facts
Area: 25.3 sq. mi.
Population: 13,500
Government: Selectman, Town Meeting
Board of Finance
Elections: Odd Years
Police: Resident State Trooper
& Town Police Officers
Fire: Volunteer
Town Home Page: www.state.ct.us

Education
Consolidated School (K-2) (203) 312-5945
Gillotti Road

Meeting House Hill School (3-5) (203) 312-5909
Gillotti Road
Middle School (6-8) (203) 312-5885
Gillotti Road
High School (203) 312-5800
Gillotti Road
    

Places of Worship
New Fairfield United Methodist Church (203) 746-3725
New Fairfield Congregational Church (203) 746-2865
St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church (203) 746-2200
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (203) 746-9022
St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal (203) 746-0433

Transportation
Airports:
J. F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Westchester County, and Stewart in New York, and Bradley International (outside Hartford, CT)
Airport Limousine - To Major Airports - See Yellow Pages
Local Bus - Sweethart Bus (203) 748-2511
For elderly and disabled, call by 1:00 p.m. day before.
Taxi - See Yellow Pages
Train:
Metro-North, Brewster to NYC 1-800-638-7646
Metro-North, Danbury to Amtrak 1-800-872-7245

Commuting Times

Danbury - 10 Minutes
Hartford - 1 Hour
New Haven - 1 1/2 Hours
New York City - 1 1/2 Hours
Stamford - 1 Hour
White Plains - 45 min


Parks & Recreation
Hidden Valley Nature Center Trails, Skating Pond, Picnic, Programs
Gillotti Road

NF Town Park beach, swimming, picnic
Route 39N on Candlewood Lake
Squantz Pond State Park Swimming, Picnics, Fishing, Trails. Boat Launch
Route 39N , On Candlewood Lake
Pootatuck State Forest Undeveloped Wilderness, Trails
New Fairfield
Vaughn's Neck Picnic Site, reached by boat only
Candlewood Lake Island
Indoor Swimming Pool High School
Available during winter
Tennis High School
Six Asphalt Courts
Bocci Community Park
Ball Fields Throughout Town
Community Playground Community Park
 

Medical
Danbury Hospital (375 Beds) (203) 797-7000
Local: 14 Physicians, 4 Dentists, 2 Chiropractors, I Veterinarian, 3 Orthodontists, I Podiatrist

Clubs & Organizations
AARP of New Fairfield
Advocates for Education
Calico Cats Quilting Group
Candlewood Lions
Danbury/New Fairfield Newcomers Club
Danbury/New Fairfield Women's Club
Democratic Town Committee
Disabled American Veterans
Downtown Beautification Committee
Friends of Ball Pond
Friends of the Library
Friends of the Seniors Sunshine Center
Hidden Valley Advisory Committee
New Fairfield Community Service Club
New Fairfield Community Thrift Shop
New Fairfield Community Trust Fund
New Fairfield Creative Writer's Workshop
New Fairfield Historical Society
New Fairfield Jaycees
New Fairfield Land Trust
New Fairfield Lions Club
New Fairfield Rebels Booster Club
New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare
New Fairfield Sparklers Drum Corp.
New Fairfield Taxpayers Association
New Fairfield Veterans
Parent Teacher's Organizations
Preserve Pine HUI Alliance
Republican Town Committee
Scouting
Senior's Club
Senior Sunshine Center

Volunteer Fire Department
Fire & EMS Emergency 911
Chief Peter Benzinger 203-312-5732
Company A
Ball Pond Road
203-312-5730
Squantz Engine Co.
Route 39 (N)
203-312-5741
Ball Pond Fire Co.
Fairfield Drive
203-312-5737

Utilities
Charter Communications Cable TV
C.L& P/Northeast Util. (Electric)
So. New England Telephone
NY Drop Off Center, Bigelow Road
There is no municipal trash service (available through private services). The Drop Off Center is open Tuesday And Saturday from 8 AM to 3:45 PM For residents with permit, for garbage, Recycling, waste oil, bulky waste, leaves, Etc. Water - Private or community well

Newspapers
Citizen News (Weekly)
Candlewood Comers
(Delivered free to all residents)
News-Times (Daily & Sunday)
Danbury
(Home delivery available)

Sports
Little League
Babe Ruth and Senior Baseball
Girl's Softball
Pop Warner Football
Aqua Bears Swim
Blue Raider Swim Team
Men's Softball
Women's Softball
Adult Soccer
Women's Soccer
Youth Basketball
Youth Soccer
Men's Basketball
Adult Co-Ed Volleyball
Senior Citizens Bocci
Wrestling Club
Basketball Camp
Tennis
Falcon's Cheerleaders
Field Hockey
Adult Swim to Fitness
Summer Day Camp

State & Federal Elected Officials
Mary Ann Carson (R)
State Representative 108th District
1-800-842-8270
David Cappiello (R)
State Senator 24th District
1-800-842-1421
Jim Maloney (D)
U.S. Representative 56th District
1-203-573-1418
Christopher Dodd (D)
U.S. Senator
1-800-334-5341
Joseph Lieberman (D)
U.S. Senator
1-800-225-5605





Town of New Fairfield
Building Department: (203) 312-5646
Dog Warden (Regional): (203) 354-2138
Drop Off Center: (203) 312-5677
Fire Chief I: (203) 312-5732
Fire Marshal: (203) 312-573
Health Department: (203) 312-5640
Land Use: (203) 312-5645
N.F./Sherman Animal Welfare Shelter: (203) 746-2925
Park & Recreation 1: (203) 312-5633
Police - Routine Calls: (203) 312-5701
Post Office: (203) 746-7911
Probate: (203) 312-5627
Public Library: (203) 312-5679
Public Works Department: (203) 312-5628
 

Schools

  Consolidated School: (203) 312-5945
  Meeting House Ilifl School: (203) 312-5909
  Middle School: (203) 312-5885
  High School: (203) 312-5800
   
Selectman: (203) 312-5600
Senior Center: (203) 312-5665
Tax Assessor: (203) 312-5625
Town Clerk: (203) 312-5616
Town Garage: (203) 312-5632
Zoning: (203) 312-5646

911 Emergency
Fire . Police . Medical

History

The first people in western Connecticut were Native Americans of the Mohican tribe. They moved from the Berkshire Mountains along the river they named Pootatuck or "River of Falls". The first white settlers gave the general name of Pootatuck to all the Indians who lived near the river. It has been said that all the tribes along the river lived in strict alliance and friendship. Pootatuck Council Cave, west of Squantz Pond on the summit of Pond Mountain, is supposed to have been the place where the Indians met to hold their judgment meetings. The "council rocks", located in Pootatuck State Forest, were known to all the western Connecticut Indians. It was also the meeting place for other Indian tribes along the Housatonic River.

The first settlers migrated from Fairfield, Connecticut. In October 1707, the Connecticut General Assembly granted them an area on the western border of the state for a township. In 1729 the tract of land was purchased from Squantz, Chief of the Schaghitcoke Indians, for sixty-five pounds sterling. The parcel consisted of 49.9 square miles of wooded, hilly ground.

The town of New Fairfield was named and incorporated in 1740. The area, which was fourteen miles long, was referred to as the "upper seven" and "lower seven". In 1742 the General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut granted permission to divide the to" into what is now Sherman and New Fairfield. The town of Sherman was named after Roger Sherman, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who lived in an area of town known as "New Dilloway".

A long and bitter boundary dispute resulted in the cutting off of "the Oblong" between New York and Connecticut and the narrowing of the western part of the area by several miles.

The area played an active role in the Revolutionary War, approving the formation of the Continental Congress. During the war, New Fairfield organized an active militia and supplied critically needed provisions for the Continental Amy. In 1908 a monument was erected in the Beaver Bog Cemetery dedicated to the memory of New Fairfield's Revolutionary War Soldiers.

The area began as an agricultural community. Along with dairy farming, corn, hay and tobacco were the main crops. Many new industries arose in the 1800's including cariage and wagon shops, sawmills, gristmills, blacksmith shops and tanneries. Sherman provided an encampment during the Civil War. Afterwards, the area became essentially a residential and fanning community.

A major change to the town occurred in the early 1900's when the Connecticut Light and Power Company converted a fifteen mile long and three mile wide valley into a hydroelectric reservoir. Completed in 1928 the reservoir, now known as Candlewood Lake, became the largest lake in Connecticut. Many homes, as well as several cemeteries, bridges and schools, became part of the "lake basin". The name Candlewood came from the name given to the thin strips of wood from heart of pine trees used by early settlers to light their homes.

Except for summer increases due to the allure of the lake, the area population remained static until after WWII. It was then that the town started to experience major growth.

New Fairfield and Sherman have now become quiet bedroom communitities serving Fairfield and Westchester Counties and New York City.

The Story of Candlewood Lake

Originally, Lake Candlewood was just a small stream called Rocky River, a tributary of the Housatonic. The only purpose served by the river was to turn a mill wheel, now inundated. In 1926 the Connecticut Light and Power Company developed a unique plan. the only one of its kind up to the time, calling for a huge reservoir, which would be filled not only by natural drainage but also by bringing water up from the Housatonic into the take. A large pipe, some 13 feet in diameter, called a penstock, is visible adjacent to Route 7 north of New Milford center. It connects the lake to the Rocky River Power Plant and the pumps send water from the river up to the lake and from the lake down to the river - a very practical scheme for generating power. Karl Y, Kitchen, writing in the New York Sun in 193 1, stated, "Unwittingly, one of the most beautiful virgin lakes in American - and one of the five or six most beautiful in the world - was thus created." Although only fourteen miles long, it has over 60 miles of shoreline, affording beautiful homesites for thousands of summer and permanent residents.

In the process of creating Candlewood Lake, the small, family-owned community of Jerusalem was immersed, more than 100 building were demolished or removed and two cemeteries were excavated and transferred to other ground. As the work progressed over two years, nearby residents feared the lake would become a large mudhole and property sold for as little as $50 an acre. After the lake was completed in 1928, lakefront prices soared to $1,000 an acre. In 1980 the lake's hydroelectric power plant was designated a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

Over the period of year, although meadows have given way to homes and developments, the original beauty of the lake is still preserved - in fact. enhanced. by beautifully designed, well-kept, tastefully landscaped dwellings.