The riverwalk at Newbury Village is maintained rustically. But the grass is mowed and the area is treated for ticks. Logs from a felled tree were placed by someone properly distanced. It is like the logs knew how to place themselves.
The eastern boundary of Newbury Village is the Still River.
As part of the celebration, Brookfield Fire Department were on our roads to contribute with noise! We joined our Fire Fighters and our neighbors and create some noise Saturday, April 25, for five+ minutes starting at 7 p.m. Residents gathered outside, grabbed bells, pots and pans, bells, whistles and voices to celebrate Brookfield!
The purpose was to give thanks to our:
Healthcare workers in hospitals and medical offices;
Firefighters keeping us safe, and bringing smiles to those celebrating birthdays as they drive by our homes with sirens blaring and lights flashing;
Police Department making sure we are safe and sound;
EMT’s on constant call to take our loved ones to get care;
Teachers virtually educating our children, and creating a parade to wave to their students;
Students working hard studying virtually;
Food handlers at grocery stores and restaurants
Neighbors sewing facemasks or assembling 3D parts for medical equipment;
Food Bank volunteers making sure everyone has food and home supplies;
Neighbors donating to the Brookfield Recovers Together special fund helping those affected by the virus;
Local businesses sharing their PPE masks and gowns to those on the front line;
Neighbors who are staying home to help keep us all safe and healthy.
Less than a mile from Newbury Village a block party is held at a blocked off road with local vendors. This happens every June and is very popular. This year the weather cooperated with sights, sounds and smells of exhibitors.
Signs of a New England fall are in the air in October. The weather turns cool and comfortable during the day as the leaves begin their annual display of color. At the grounds of the Municipal Center, hosting the Town Hall and Senior Center, about 2-miles from Newbury Village a Farmer’s Market is hosted on Friday afternoons. It has become very popular with children off all ages.
There are two popular places in the “Four Corners” area, less than a half-mile from Newbury Village. This is a short trip or easy walk for the able-bodied. These are Peachwave Frozen Yogurt and Rich Farm Ice Cream opened in 2018, pictured below.
A very popular feature in Brookfield, about a mile from Newbury Village is the Greenway. It is a three season 3-mile round trip walk created with the latest in environmentally sensitive techniques. There is talk of expanding it North into New Milford. While some prefer to walk our own streets, many Newbury Villagers take advantage of the Greenway.
A great article on Brookfield, CT was recently published in the New York Times.
For years, Brookfield had beautiful scenery but no walkable downtown. A new revitalization plan aims to change that.
In late June, ground was broken at an intersection called Four Corners, currently the site of four gas stations. What’s to come is a three-phase revitalization, beginning with a $6 million installation of pedestrian lighting, a bike path and sidewalks with benches and planters. A four-building complex of mixed-use retail and residential rentals called Brookfield Village is already underway, aimed at millennials and empty-nesters. The vision for the area is a quaint town center with shops, restaurants and gathering places.