Easton, Connecticut

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Easton, Connecticut
Town of Easton
Town hall
Town hall
Official seal of Easton, Connecticut
Location in Fairfield County and the state of Connecticut.
Location in Fairfield County and the state of Connecticut.
Coordinates: 41°15′10″N 73°17′50″W / 41.25278°N 73.29722°W / 41.25278; -73.29722Coordinates: 41°15′10″N 73°17′50″W / 41.25278°N 73.29722°W / 41.25278; -73.29722
Country United States
U.S. state Connecticut
CountyFairfield
RegionMetropolitan CT
Incorporated1845
VillagesEaston
Aspetuck
Plattsville
Government
 • TypeSelectman-town meeting
 • First selectmanDavid Bindelglass (D)[1]
 • SelectmanKristi Sogofsky (R)
 • SelectmanRobert Lessler (D)
Area
 • Total28.6 sq mi (74.1 km2)
 • Land27.4 sq mi (71.0 km2)
 • Water1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
Elevation
301 ft (92 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total7,605
 • Density277/sq mi (107.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
06612
Area code(s)203/475
FIPS code09-23890
GNIS feature ID206880[2]
Websitewww.eastonct.gov

Easton is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The population was 7,605 at the time of the 2020 census.[3] Easton contains the historic district of Aspetuck and the Plattsville census-designated place. Part of the Greater Bridgeport area, which is in turn a part of the New York metropolitan statistical area, it is bordered by the towns of Fairfield, Connecticut to the south, Redding to the north, Weston to the west, and Monroe and Trumbull to the east.

History[edit]

Easton was first settled in 1757 by men and women from Fairfield. In 1762 a congregation called the North Fairfield Society was established, and it gradually evolved into Easton. In 1787 Weston, then including lands now defined as Easton, was incorporated out of Fairfield. The area was slow to develop because of the rough hills along the Aspetuck River, and so it was not until 1845 that what is now Easton separated from Weston. Today, half of the town's property is owned by the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, the major supplier of water in the area.

The deaf and blind activist Helen Keller lived the last several years of her life in Easton. Her house is still intact today and has been owned by several families since her death. The local middle school is named for her.

The 2009 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was a 76-foot (23 m) Norway Spruce donated from a private residence in Easton.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74 km2), of which, 27.4 square miles (71 km2) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it (4.2%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18501,432
18601,350−5.7%
18701,288−4.6%
18801,145−11.1%
18901,001−12.6%
1900960−4.1%
19101,0529.6%
19201,017−3.3%
19301,013−0.4%
19401,26224.6%
19502,16571.6%
19603,40757.4%
19704,88543.4%
19805,96222.0%
19906,3035.7%
20007,27215.4%
20107,4903.0%
20207,6051.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 7,490 people, 2,465 households, and 2,077 families residing in the town. The population density was 265.2 inhabitants per square mile (102.4/km2). There were 2,511 housing units at an average density of 91.6 per square mile (35.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.74% White, 0.22% African American, 0.04% Native American, 2.02% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.76% of the population.[5]

Of the 2,465 households, 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.8% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.23 individuals.[6]

In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 37% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.3 males. The sex ratio is 94.3 males per 100 females.[6]

The median income for a household in the town was $132,000, and the median income for a family was $155,227. Males had a median income of $101,636 versus $83,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $59,546. About 2.2% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.[6]

Arts and culture[edit]

2021 Easton Fireman's Carnival

Places listed on the National Register of Historic Places include Aspetuck Historic District, Ida Tarbell House, and Bradley-Hubbell House. The annual Easton Fireman's Carnival is an event run by the Easton Fire Department that occurs every summer. It features games and food in addition to rides provided by the Stewart Amusement Company. The carnival's proceeds help pay the yearly operating costs, improvements to house and equipment, and high priority gear. In 2020, the carnival was canceled for the first time in 63 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7][8]

Government[edit]

Historically, Easton has been a reliably Republican stronghold. However, in 2016, town residents voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton with a plurality.[9] In 2020, Joe Biden improved upon the Democratic margin in the town.[10]

Easton town vote
by party in presidential elections[11]
Year Democratic Republican Third Parties
2020 55.29% 2,777 43.36% 2,178 1.35% 68
2016 48.67% 2,203 47.08% 2,131 4.24% 192
2012 43.16% 1,841 55.79% 2,380 1.05% 45
2008 49.47% 2,238 49.93% 2,259 0.60% 27
2004 44.34% 2,002 54.53% 2,462 1.13% 51
2000 42.76% 1,783 52.18% 2,176 5.06% 211
1996 38.86% 1,475 50.16% 1,904 10.99% 417
1992 30.85% 1,232 47.80% 1,909 21.36% 853
1988 29.94% 1,106 68.65% 2,536 1.41% 52
1984 24.83% 895 74.79% 2,696 0.39% 14
1980 23.91% 821 64.11% 2,201 11.97% 411
1976 29.38% 921 69.92% 2,192 0.70% 22
1972 23.77% 681 74.24% 2,127 1.99% 57
1968 27.05% 655 68.07% 1,648 4.87% 118
1964 38.09% 801 61.91% 1,302 0.00% 0
1960 24.39% 466 75.61% 1,445 0.00% 0
1956 14.79% 251 85.21% 1,446 0.00% 0
1952 17.87% 262 76.74% 1,125 5.39% 79
Voter registration and party enrollment as of November 5, 2018[12]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
Republican 1,793 68 1,861 31.67%
Democratic 1,487 60 1,547 26.33%
Unaffiliated 2,320 68 2,388 40.64%
Minor parties 75 5 80 1.36%
Total 5,675 201 5,876 100%

2019 municipality election[edit]

Easton was seen as a shifting-liberal town in the wake of the 2019 municipality election. In the First Selectman election, Democrat David Bindelglass won, defeating Republican Wendy Bowditch.[13][14] It was an upset, as Easton is known to be a solid-Republican stronghold.

Education[edit]

Easton has three schools: Samuel Staples Elementary school, for children in grades from kindergarten to 5th grade, Helen Keller Middle School, for children in grades 6 through 8, and the private school Easton Country Day for children K–12 (formerly Phoenix Academy). High school students attend Joel Barlow High School in Redding.

Media[edit]

Easton is served by multiple TV stations, notably WTNH, WFSB, WVIT, among many others.[15] Easton is also served by New York City Metropolitan Area stations because the town is in that area.[15] Easton also is in the radius of many radio stations. Most notably WSHU, WFOX, WEBE, and WEZN.

Newspapers[edit]

Easton has many local newspapers of its own, but most of them are not well documented, with almost no info on them online. Despite this, these newspapers are printed and physical.

Easton Courier (1978–2018)[edit]

The Easton Courier began production in 1978.[16] It was a print newspaper, different than its successor in 2020. It stopped publication in 2018 due to a lack of advertisements.[16]

Easton Courier (2020–present)[edit]

The successor to the Easton Courier began work in 2018 after its closure. It began when Jim Castonguay, Director of the School of Communications, Media and the Arts at Sacred Heart University, reached out to former Easton Courier chief editor Nancy Doniger via LinkedIn, proposing the idea of a news publication created by students and faculty partnered up with the citizens of Easton. Local leaders embraced the idea after being presented with it.[17] The newspaper began publication on February 29, 2020, as an online source with involvement from the town government. Since the newspaper is a nonprofit, it runs on donations from the public. An article asking for your donation remains continuously on the newspaper's website[16][18] due to that fact. A new article about donations appeared on December 18, 2021,[19] but it isn't continuously being featured.

Infrastructure[edit]

Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service

Emergency medical services[edit]

Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service was established in 1946 and currently has two ambulances, a staff of three Chief officers, two career technicians and 29 volunteers.[20]

Fire department[edit]

Easton is protected by eight paid firefighters of the Easton Fire Department (EFD) and the volunteer firefighters of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company # 1. Founded in 1921, EFD operates out of one fire station, and runs an apparatus fleet of three engines, one attack engine, one haz-mat unit, one brush unit, and one command vehicle. The Easton Fire Department responds to over 500 emergency calls annually. In 2015, the fire department responded to 539 incidents.[21]

Police department[edit]

The Easton Police Department includes a K9 unit, D.A.R.E, and an animal control unit.[22] The Easton Police Explorer Post 2001 is an affiliated with the department.[23] Easton Police are also first responders for all EMS calls in town. They are all certified EMR's or EMT's and can provide oxygen, perform basic first aid, and defibrillation.[24]

Bridge[edit]

The Route 59 bridge in Easton, which carries more than 10,000 cars and trucks every day over the Mill River, has a substructure rated in critical condition by state safety inspectors. In 2007, the bridge was one of 12 in the southwestern part of the state with "critical" safety inspection ratings.[25]

Bridge Construction[edit]

In 2019, construction was conducted on a South Park Avenue bridge over Mill River[26] which ended in the summer of 2020.[27] In May 2021, construction on another bridge on South Park Avenue began[28][29] which ended in December of the same year.[30]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Selectmen | Easton CT".
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Easton
  3. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Easton town, Fairfield County, Connecticut". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Nelson, Bruce (July 25, 2020). "The Easton Volunteer Fire Company Carnival – A Multi-Generation Love Affair". Easton Courier. Archived from the original on January 20, 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  8. ^ A History of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Inc (PDF). 1996.
  9. ^ "Connecticut Election Results 2016". The New York Times. August 2017.
  10. ^ "Connecticut Election Results". The New York Times. November 3, 2020.
  11. ^ "General Election Statements of Vote, 1922 – Current". CT.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of November 5, 2018" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2006. Retrieved October 2, 2006.
  13. ^ "Town of Easton Municipal Election November 5, 2019: UPDATE with Recanvass Results... OFFICIAL WINNERS" (PDF). November 5, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Bindelglass wins in Easton". November 5, 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Availability Report - NoCable".
  16. ^ a b c "Please Support the Courier". December 26, 2020.
  17. ^ "Easton's Local Newspaper to Make a Comeback with Citizen Support - Easton Courier". Easton Courier. February 19, 2020.
  18. ^ "Easton Courier". Easton Courier. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  19. ^ "Please Support the Courier". December 30, 2021.
  20. ^ "About Us". Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011.
  21. ^ Waugh, Steven. "Town of Easton Annual Report 2015" (PDF). Town of Easton, CT. p. 21. Retrieved November 2, 2018. Currently there are more than 20 active firefighters serving in the Fire Company. [...] There are currently eight career firefighters who are on staff with the Easton Fire Department. The firehouse is staffed by a rotating crew of two firefighters working a 24 hour shift. This provides staffing in the Fire House 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Many times during the workweek, due to Easton being a bedroom community, the "on-duty" firefighters are at times, the only ones responding to calls. In addition to their other duties, the career firefighters perform the crucial task of maintaining the Town’s firefighting equipment.
  22. ^ "Easton Police Explorers Calendar of Upcoming Events". Archived from the original on May 10, 2010. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  23. ^ "Home". Easton Police Explorer Post 2001. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  24. ^ "Response to Calls". Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011.
  25. ^ Kaplan, Thomas, Martineau, Kim, and Kauffman, Matthew, "12 state bridges are judged to be in critical condition" article in The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, article reprinted from The Hartford Courant, August 5, 2007, pp. 1, A6
  26. ^ "Heavily-traveled road to be closed in Easton for months". June 11, 2019.
  27. ^ "South Park Bridge Opens". June 24, 2020.
  28. ^ "Press Release: Bridge Closure on South Park Avenue at Riverside Beginning May 7, 2021". Easton. May 4, 2021.
  29. ^ Easton Department of Public Works (May 4, 2021). "Press Release: BRIDGE CLOSED - South Park Ave Bridge Near Riverside" (PDF). Retrieved August 3, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  30. ^ "South Park Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Completed". December 4, 2021.
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C06E3DA153DF93BA25753C1A9649C8B63&sec=&pagewanted=print Kaufman, Joanne. "Weekender: Easton, Conn." article in The New York Times, October 12, 2002, accessed September 25, 2006
  32. ^ Ikenson, Ben (2004). Patents: Ingenious Inventions : how They Work and how They Came to be. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-57912-367-3.

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