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Fairfield to Hold 'Random Acts of Kindness Week' Feb. 11 - 17

'By performing simple acts of kindness as often as we can, we serve as models for Fairfield's children and we make our society better,' First Selectman Michael Tetreau said.

[Editor's note: The following information was provided in a press release.]

First Selectman Michael Tetreau announced Friday that he is proclaiming the week of Feb. 11 - Feb. 17 as “Random Acts of Kindness Week” in Fairfield.

Tetreau was inspired by Fairfield resident Veronica Mollica, who teachers her young children that "kindness matters." Tetreau issued a proclamation Friday declaring next week "Random Acts of Kindess Week," and hopes this will encourage residents to perform good deeds year-round. 

“After our community endured Storm Sandy and we mourned the tragedy in neighboring Newtown, it became evident how precious life is and how we must all do a better job in being kinder to others in whatever way makes even a small difference in someone else’s life," Tetreau said.

"By performing simple acts of kindness as often as we can, we serve as models for Fairfield’s children and we make our society better.”

A banner reminding residents to do good deeds will be hung at Sherman Green Feb. 11 - 17 and local businesses will be supplied with "Kindness Matters" stickers to give out to customers. The Fairfield Public Library will help promote thw week in its “One Book One Town” blog.

Random Acts of Kindness Ideas include: 

  • Monday, Feb. 11: Give a compliment to someone.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12: Buy something for the person in the line behind you.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13: Bring a treat to a neighbor or co-worker.
  • Thursday, Feb. 14: Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
  • Friday, Feb. 15: Let someone go in front of you in line.
  • Saturday, Feb. 16: Volunteer for a Fairfield organization or non-profit.
  • Sunday, Feb. 17: Thank a Veteran you know for his/her service.
Jim Eastwood February 09, 2013 at 11:25 AM
What a Great Idea !!!! This is what the people of Newtown really wanted--They asked for 26 "Acts" Hug a Teacher !!!!, Wave to a Cop !!! Help a Firefighter !!!! Pull Over for an Ambulance(EMT) !!!!!! Shovel a Hydrant !!!! , Give a DPW Driver a coffee !!! Just say Thank You !! And Remember this is NOT just for One week !!!! But perhaps !!!! Make a Friend each day , and make he world just a better place today !!!!
KM February 09, 2013 at 02:26 PM
I agree it's a nice idea. I'd just like to see people in Fairfield smile occasionally. I tried to smile at people in passing at Stop and Shop, Shop Rite and other local stores after moving here 3 years ago. Usually 1 out of 10 smiled back and often I was glared or sneered at. I had never experienced anything like it. I've lived in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and New York before living here and never had people look so angry when I casually smiled at them in passing. Friends in Weston and Wesport said they never had that happen to them. I started doing my shopping in Wesport and haven't had any issues. People smile back. They are friendly. Are people in Fairfield really that angry? It's a shame that another local town is getting my money because people in my own town are so grouchy. Along with "Acts of Kindness" people need to just smile. Research shows it will actually make you feel happier.
Jim Eastwood February 09, 2013 at 03:21 PM
KM I second that , I am an Old Time Fairfield Guy and remember when this Town was friendly "Fairfield" !!!! Notice the lack of response to this article !! Thanks !!! You have at least one friend here !!!! I am Off to shovel my neighbors driveway and the Two fire Hydrants in my neighborhood---Ya at least 3 foot plus of snow here Thanks !!! How about it Fairfield "26 acts of Kindness" !!!!
Rosemarie Corr February 09, 2013 at 03:35 PM
A smile in passing is nice, but try "Good Morning!" or "Good Afternoon!" once in a while, especially to one of our "mature" citizens --- and watch their faces light up! It's something I try to do every day and the reactions are generally priceless!!
KM February 09, 2013 at 04:07 PM
I've done that and unfortunately, our "mature citizens" are the ones more likely to sneer or look the other way. I actually made a conscious effort to smile and say "good morning" to people right around the holidays just over a year ago. I was honestly shocked at how few people responded. I keep smiling and greeting people, but I've adjusted my expectations about receiving a friendly response here in Fairfield.
JND February 09, 2013 at 05:14 PM
As a Fairfielder for over 15 years, I have smiled, been smiled at often, and will continue to smile. We live in a beautiful town with wonderful people. What is there NOT to smile about? Sorry you got a bad impression of Fairfield. Give it another try. Those unwilling to smile are most likely the ones who need yours most of all! :)
bill osborne February 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM
no wonder the old timers don't smile. I go back five generations in Fairfield. 15 years? you are all a bunch of transient carpet baggers,bringing in all your school age kids,driving up taxes. then you leave.please stay away.
KM February 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Wow! I may only have lived in Fairfleid for 3 years, but I have relatives who settled here in Fairfield and in Milford and have lived in the area since the mid to late 1600s. Had I known that Fairfielders had such a negative impression of people who live and work here without having lived here for generations, maybe I would have bought a home and paid taxes to another more welcoming local community. I hope your attitude isn't typical of most Fairfield residents. Both school and job changes have allowed my family to live in various areas of the country. My husband's current position is here in Connecticut. While I hope that his current job is long lasting, in this current economy there are few guarantees. Are you saying that local companies should only hire life-long Fairfield residents - others need not apply?
Sandra February 12, 2013 at 01:57 AM
It is hysterical that there is fighting on the post which asks for acts of kindness. LOL

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