Today we celebrate Juneteenth, observing the end of slavery in the U.S., marking the day (June 19, 1865) when news of emancipation reached people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Galveston, Texas. 2020 has proven to be the year that critical dialogue about long-standing racial disparities must take place.
Wednesday was the beginning of Phase 2 re-opening in Connecticut. In Easton, fields are open with restrictions and under the State’s guidance we are beginning to play baseball with our Little League. Summer is officially here on Saturday and although not the way many of us had planned, it will still be a time of relaxation from our school and work routines. We should all enjoy the gradual relaxation of the strict rules we have been so good at following, and enjoy some return to normalcy. Please be smart. Many states have unfortunately provided examples of how reopening can go wrong, with disastrous consequences.
I want to thank the Town of Fairfield and First Selectman Brenda Kupchick for partially opening Jennings Beach to non-residents with 100 day passes available (credit card only, $40.00 - Weekdays, $50.00 - Weekends & Holidays). There is information on the Fairfield Parks and Recreation website. In Easton, take advantage of our beautiful open spaces.
In Town Hall, we will partially open to the public for tax payments July 1st. We will post more information regarding the process next week. Our other town services continue to function well with telephone and online resources. This is the last week to apply for a property tax deferment so please go to the town website. The Library will remain with curbside pick-up for now.
Last night, the Board of Selectmen discussed better enforcement of the town’s Nuisance Ordinance. We get a fair number of complaints regarding the condition of some residential properties in town. It is unfair to neighbors to have to look at unsightly garbage or other nuisance items piled on their neighbor’s property. The ordinance against this already exists but we will be looking at ways to better enforce this. The best answer is to respect each other by keeping our properties in the same condition we would like those near us to keep theirs.
We continue to hope that the current numbers of COVID-19 continue to hold steady with 31 cases in Easton and no new cases in weeks. Please make sure not to let down your guard and continue practicing all we have learned over the last few months!
Have a wonderful weekend!