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What Do You Love Most About Brookfield?

Tell us what you love most about the town you call home.

Whether it’s the local schools, the bakery, or the proximity from home to a great hiking trail, everyone has something they love about their community.

Please post comments and pictures here to show us all your favorite things about Brookfield!

barb February 18, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I chose to move to Brookfield 16 years ago because of it's small town flavor. I love the fact that I can go into Shop Rite and see familiar faces both customers and workers alike. The Library staff is phenomenal! Students on the school buses are within 3 or 4 years of each other only and kindergartners are in a situation to be bullied by sixth graders. The list goes on and on.... The only thing I do not like is we do not have a dedicated "downtown" Brookfield as New Milford does.
Steven DeVaux February 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Brookfield has cozy Four Corners, the heart, soul and center of Brookfield's re-development efforts Barb - the gateway to the Berkshires that start with New Milford. Then there's the second downtown for Brookfield located at the corner of Federal Road and Candlewood Lake Road!
Ryen February 18, 2013 at 07:00 PM
There is so much to love about Brookfield it is endless--from little tiny details to the big things: the Historic District; the gorgeous horse family sculpture; yes, the cornfield and all the barns; the SMALLNESS (yes, population needs to stay UNDER 15,000--we are ruining it slowly...); the views; the lake; the sports opportunities; the proximity to the best city in Connecticut (Danbury); the proximity to NYC; New Milford (yes!); the Still River; the nature areas and trails; the schools (although they could be more cost-effective); being at the gateway to Litchfield County; proximity to Upper State New York; the YMCA; "quaint LITTLE town"; Brookfield Craft Center and some arts presence; most of the people (the ones that like SMALL towns--not trying to "grow" us into something else--that something else that does not exist in reality, by the way....); the wildlife/nature present; I do not really like Federal Road...but it is there, it is close...and now has Costcos and BJs and their cheaper gas alternatives (yes, I idealize the "Mom and Pop" past but we can't seem to get back to it beyond the occasional spot...hoping the Four Corners will bring that flavor back...but I think they will ruin it with condos and the wrong business/real estate influences....that brings me to the "nostalgia" that Brookfield still holds for small town New England, until they ruin it....
Common Sense Executive February 19, 2013 at 12:11 AM
What I love about this town is that at the last BOS mtg. our leaders just added an additional 495k to the water line project on top of the 2.1mil, and not only did all 3 First Selectmen approve it , but they laughed while doing it (another bond that we pay for).How about they hold true to their word : at this same BOS mtg. they said they wanted to see more information from BOE about SRO's and then before the deadline to review the SRO facts and benefits , Davidson went behind the BOE members and ran to the press and stated he is not including SROs in his proposal. I LOVE that he is hiding the true facts about SROs, hiding the fact that many nearby towns are now adding more SROs, and lying about cost of SROs.
Drew Shuptar Rayvis February 19, 2013 at 01:40 AM
I think for me what I love most about Brookfield is its forests, rivers and mountains. Since i was a boy i played in the woods and forest , in local creeks and swam in local rivers, i think its amazing that i live in a place with such biological diversity , extremely healthy ecosystems and clean water. i know of several springs and rivers where u can drink straight from the water and its absolutely wonderful. The vast forest lands of North Mountain and Carmen hill are amazing , so thick with oak of all ages some over 130 years old!!!!!! , along with healthy game populations of deer, turkey , fox's , owl's and a whole assortment of woodland creatures that make me proud to be a brookfielder and a New Englander
Jerry Friedrich February 19, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Mr. or Ms. Common Sense Executive, "YOU" will not pay for the water line bond. It will be paid for by the businesses (landloads) along Federal Road which will be using it. ( Candlewood Lake Road to Danbury line along Federal Rd.)
Jerry Friedrich February 19, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Brookfield is a great place to raise your family, enjoy the extensive lake amenities, sporting activities for the kids, major theme parks nearby and decent skiing not too far away. Add, some of the best shopping, friendly and charitable neighbors and you have a great location. Then there are the great schools in the area with a University nearby to compliment the local schools. Although the commuting to Stamford, White Plains and Hartford is not the easiest, the fact that there are at least 5 major airports within about 90 minutes of Brookfield, let alone the proximity of NYC and its greatness......what other town can make those claims ?
Steven DeVaux February 19, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Danbury, New Fairfield, Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, Carmel....to name but a few.
Steven DeVaux February 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM
And you can't forget the quiet community patriots like Bill Tinsley who've worked tirelessly for a better Brookfield asking for nothing in return and looking for no publicity.
JM February 19, 2013 at 02:41 PM
The best thing about Brookfield is Steven DeVaux
Donald Borsch Jr. February 19, 2013 at 02:46 PM
The commerce. Brookfield continues to offer me, as a Bethelite, a readily-available area to come and do business. So appreciated!
Sarah Ballard February 19, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Could you please let me know where all of these sights you talk about are located.
Sarah Ballard February 19, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I too am disappointed that we don't have a downtown. Living here the past 14 years I have heard, ad nauseum, that it is going to happen this year. This year has yet to come.
Barbara Uziel February 19, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Why do some people have to complain about everything? Can't we for once just have some nice positive comments without having them clouded by the nay-sayers? Do you people have nothing else to do? Here's my quintessential story about why I love Brookfield: Years ago, one of my daughters was having a party in the open garage on a nice summer evening when I saw a police car pull in the driveway. Oh, what now, I thought. A minute later, the police car pulled away and my daughter came in the house, all smiles. "That was Officer Will" she said. "She wanted to know why, if I was having a party, I didn't invite her!"
BuckWheat February 19, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Hey dont forget all the new Asian "spa's" that are cropping up. Mushi Mushi!
Wondering February 19, 2013 at 04:11 PM
:D
Tax Payer February 19, 2013 at 04:36 PM
in your mind
Drew Shuptar Rayvis February 19, 2013 at 07:02 PM
located all over town Sarah , mostly North Mountain , Carmen Hill , and Merwin Brook
Drew Shuptar Rayvis February 19, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Steven , much to my surprise and joy the Berkshires actually start in Brookfield , North Mountain and Carmen Hill are in the southern foot hills , all i would wish is that Brookfield would remain small but alas i doubt this will happen
Drew Shuptar Rayvis February 19, 2013 at 07:06 PM
i agree with Tax payer , i personally never have had him as a doctor , but have found his views at times contrary , but to every man his own.
Wondering February 19, 2013 at 07:29 PM
The library sells a book with all of the Brookfield trails. It's great to have and supports a wonderful organization.
Steven DeVaux February 20, 2013 at 02:00 AM
It's cultural enrichment! Think about it Buckwheat where else can you get a pint at Griff's and meander over next door for a professional massage?
Steven DeVaux February 20, 2013 at 02:05 AM
And home to it's own A Brookfield Party!
Susan Balla February 21, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Since coming to Brookfield sixty years ago, I have seen this town go from three thousand people to sixteen thousand people. When I went to kindergarden at Center School or at that time it was the consolidated school we went in a taxi because where I lived we had just been annexed from New Fairfield to Brookfield and that is Candlewood Shores. Brookfield was a great town where everyone knew everyone else. If you needed to know something that was going on just go to the Brookfield Market and talk with George Bordako or his brother. Everyone met there at the store. The train station was still in service with passenger trains and freight trains.. We had the four corner gas stations which one was The Flying Horse, Texeco, the other two I can't remember. Mountain road was always closed in the winter as was the big hill going into Candlewood Shores. The dentist office at the Consolidated school caught fire so everyone was singing that the school was burning down. It was set by someone's cigarette. All of us kids were in the school when it caught fire. At Brookfield High School someone was always pulling the fire alarm until the police put a substance that when you showed your hands it would shine silver. On Earth day we kids walked to school to show how much gas was poluting the earth. Now sixty years later the town is no longer where everyone knows everyone else. But it is home.
Steven DeVaux February 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Bridgewater Chocolates!
Steven DeVaux February 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Gotta love the big box stores like Costco and Bill Davidson's BJ's for discount shopping and the quaintness of Brookfield Family Market at Four Corners.
Jim McDonald February 21, 2013 at 04:26 PM
I love that there's a great mix of things right here. I'd rather spend more time on the weekends in my hometown than driving my kids somewhere else to play and have activities. The schools, library, and convenience of quality shopping as well as the great people who love and care for this progressive yet traditional community all make it a great place to live. If the "town center" idea ever happens, I can see Brookfield easily becoming an even more attractive place to live for those looking for a better quality of life.
Debbie Brooks February 21, 2013 at 06:13 PM
My husband and I moved to Brookfield 15 years ago before we had children. We loved it then, and love it even more now. In addition to all the great restaurants, shopping and outdoor space we get to enjoy, I must say we truly appreciate our Library and our Parks & Rec department. Our children have spent countless hours at fun and creative classes, camps, storytimes, parties, egg hunts (the list goes on and on) -- all at very little or no cost. If it were not for the dedicated and super-friendly staff in both the Library and Parks & Recdepartment, I can't imagine being able to provide our children with the wonderful opportunities and memories we've created in our town. Thank you Brookfield -- I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!
JAMIE HOWARD February 27, 2013 at 03:53 AM
wow i can relate to you -i have been here just about all my life .an has it changed .every thing that was sacred is now built on. if you have the money you can do what every you want. .over the years i have seen political graft an corruption- they scare people about the water- got to hook up because of radon [BS ]its been around since the beginning of time. most public water has chloride- Fluoride an an who knows what other poison is added .if the health dept in this town is so concerned about my health check out power lines -cell phone towers- an that chemicals you put on your lawn an garden etc - they are man made killers .people move hear over the years an do there changes an move on .and i am stuck in there wake = this town is stop over. has not even a green i miss old brookfied -welcome to condo -ville -might i add even the worms are moving out
Steven DeVaux February 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Jamie, Howie and Ron are leaving Brookfield?

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