Bethel's HamletHub Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:52 -0400 The Bethel Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at j. lawrence downtown on October 26

The Bethel Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting with First Selectman, Matt Knickerbocker at j. lawrence downtown (186 Greenwood Ave) on Thursday, October 26 from 5-7:00 pm.

The celebratory event will feature complimentary appetizers as well as drink and cocktail specials. 

For more information, check out the Bethel Facebook Page here. 

 j. lawrence downtown. The food is incredible!

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Calling all you ghosts, goblins, witches, and zombies! Trick or Treat Street is next Sat Oct 28th. Check out the agenda of fun. A big thank you to our sponsors as well!…/trick-or-treat-stree…

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]]> (Charlene Schosser) Events Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:34:15 -0400
Trick or Treat Street Comes to Bethel on October 28!

Bethel Chamber Announces Trick or Treat Street 2017

Trick or Treat Street, the family event that Bethel kids look forward to every year will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 1-4pm at the Municipal Center and Greenwood Avenue in Bethel! Register on the Bethel Chamber website HERE.

The day kicks off with a Magic Show at the Municipal Center followed by Halloween activities on the lawn and Trick or Treating along Greenwood Avenue at businesses and business tables. This year we're also planning on having food, activities, performances and the popular costume contest on the lawn following the Trick or Treating!  Also adding to the festivities is a DJ playing vinyls and offering a BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) option to join in the fun.

​Trick or Treat Street is one of our most well attended events.  If you are looking to reach the family market then consider a vendor table or sponsorship to get your name out to thousands of local families. Please contact Heather or Dawn at the Bethel Chamber (203) 743-6500 for more information.

]]> (Bethel Chamber) Events Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:35:00 -0400
Hine Bros. Inc. to Host 70th Anniversary Open House Celebration October 26 in Southbury

Hine Bros. Inc located in Southbury and Hine Bros International in Bridgeport, Connecticut will celebrate their iconic 70th anniversary with a community Open House event at their 67 Main Street South location in Southbury on Thursday, October 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Hine Bros. Inc is a renowned and respected seller and servicer of trucks manufactured by International and Hino. The company has continued to grow for the notable past 70 years due to its exemplary customer service and attention to details. One of the original settlers in the Town of Southbury, the Hine family has played an active role in the Southbury community throughout the years. The generations who followed were taught the value of doing well by others and maintaining integrity.

“Our father, Richard and his brothers, James “Jimmy” and Howard Hine began the company following their return home after WWII,” stated current second-generation managing owners and brothers, Ken and Jay Hine, and Jay’s wife, Laura Hine. “Our dad and Uncle Howard served in the Merchant Marines while our Uncle Jimmy served in the Army Air Corps.

“When they returned to Southbury with no jobs, they bought a parcel of farmland from their Uncle George on Main Street and built a gas station with repair facilities. While the building has changed over the years, our company is located on the same land they purchased in 1947. The station started with Chevron gas and evolved into a Mobil station which is now the only full-service gas station remaining in Southbury.”

The three original entrepreneurial brothers sold and serviced Studebakers plus a variety of models International Harvester offered along with Cub Cadet Tractors. When Howard moved to Florida, his brothers, Richard and Jimmy continued running the business supported by multiple family members over the decades. Ken and Jay grew up at the “garage” helping out as soon as they were old enough to push a broom. The second generation bought the business from their father and Uncle Jimmy in the 1970s.

“We wanted to expand the thriving business,” stated the current Hine family members. “The business was growing, but there wasn’t enough space in Southbury to expand. In 1997 we bought 3.0 acres at 1001 Wordin Avenue in Bridgeport. In 1998 we opened our current 20,000 square foot facility at that location which is a full-service International truck dealership with service and parts for all makes.

“At our Bridgeport facility, we are able to display and warehouse more of our inventory of trucks and parts in what is a significantly larger space than what we have had at the original Southbury location for the past 70 years.”

The International trucks and Hino diesel trucks that Hine Bros. sells and services range from 15,500 to 80,000 lb. GVW and utilize enhanced EGR with selective catalytic reduction to meet today’s stringent EPA emission standards and result in more economic, cooler running engines.

In 2002, the three current Hine Bros. Inc. and International owners opened a second company, Park City Truck Equipment LLC at their Bridgeport location that sells and services the highest quality of truck bodies, plows, sanders, and hydraulics. A variety of brands are sold including Duraclass bodies, Western snow plows, and Henderson snow and ice products. This company installs and replaces truck frames, creates custom truck forms and frames, and assembles cross-members and complete truck frames.

In 2014, the co-owners opened a third company, J & K Idealease offering a safe, cost-effective and efficient alternative to commercial truck ownership through its comprehensive truck leasing, truck rental, fleet services and dedicated maintenance services.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the two-generation family-owned Hine Bros. Inc., on Thursday, October 26, the company’s owners will host an Open House at their Southbury location.From 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.attendees will be invited to enjoy a continental breakfast. At 12:00 noon, the co-owners will host a brief dedication followed by lunch from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The lunch will include individual specialty pizzas freshly made by the Green Pizza Truck which uses a specially outfitted restored 1940’s International Harvester truck that serves as a mobile pizzeria. Hors-d’oeuvres, home-made salads, and gelato will also be served. Open House attendees will each receive gift bags and be eligible to win raffle prizes.

With parking limited at the Hine Bros. facility at 67 Main Street South in Southbury, a free shuttle bus service will drive all Open House attendees to the event from a parking lot located at 150 Main Street South in Southbury, the parking lot of the recently-closed LaBonne’s Markets IGA that is adjacent to H.H. Stone & Sons.

The event will be held rain or shine under a tent. To RSVP to attend Hine Bros.’ 70th Anniversary Open House on October 26, contact co-owner Laura Hine at 203-264-8251 or email to

To learn more about Hine Bros. Inc. and International, Park City Truck Equipment LLC, and J&K Idealease, visit  or call Hine Bros. in Southbury at 203-264-8251 or in Bridgeport at 203-336-5387, and Park City Truck Equipment LLC at 888-203-2571, and J&K Idealease at 203-264-8207.

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:20:56 -0400
Broadway Takes Ridgefield By Storm: American Dance Spectacular on October 22

An all-star cast, including Broadway performers Jennifer DiNoia (Elphaba in “Wicked”) and Vishal Vaidya (Broadway’s "Groundhog Day”), star in a brand new show at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, October 22 at 7pm! 

"American Dance Spectacular!” features twelve leading Broadway dancers and singers, and takes the audience on a high energy journey through the evolution of dance in America. From the Charleston and Lindy Hop to the Jitterbug and the Twist to Disco and Voguing, "American Dance Spectacular!" is an exploration of the 20th century’s flashiest dances, infused with the hit songs from each decade.

Mastermind and esteemed Broadway actor Daniel C. Levine (whose Broadway credits include “Mamma Mia!, “Les Miserables”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and “The Rocky Horror Show") has created this brand new production along with energetic choreography by Al Blackstone (TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”), music direction and arrangements by Bryan Perri (Broadway’s “Wicked”), and book by Susan Batten (Lifetime TV’s “Showing Roots”). 

Don’t miss the chance to see Broadway come to life in "American Dance Spectacular!"

For tickets ($60), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

]]> (HH) Events Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:24:59 -0400
Ability Beyond Hosts Autumn Breakfast on November 15 in Danbury

Ability Beyond is hosting an Autumn Breakfast to raise money for woman and men of all ages who are living with mental illness. 

You are invited to support Abiity Beyond and mental health services on November 15 at 7:30am at The Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Ave Ext in Danbury.

Purchase tickets HERE.

For more information, check out

]]> (HH) Charities Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:34:28 -0400
Danbury Cellist Presents Live Music at Mothership On Main

On Thursday, October 26th from 7-8:30p, come down to Mothership on Main for live music presented by Danbury resident and cellist Sasha Ono and Adrianne Munden-Dixon. The string duo will be bringing exciting music from classical to pop while you sit and enjoy Mothership Bakery's signature delicious food and drinks. 

Sasha Ono is a freelance cellist in NY and CT, known for her powerfully driven sound paired with emotional intensity and sensitivity. She has performed at traditional venues such as Avery Fischer (David Geffen) Hall, Madison Sq Garden, and Rockwood Music Hall as well as bringing music to untraditional locations. In 2017, she has appeared regularly with the Little Kruta Orchestra and is beginning a new collaboration with organist Anthony Rispo. Through her work as a chamber musician, Sasha will be starting an informal chamber music series in the local area, bringing rising young artists together for interactive, lively performances. As an educator, Sasha directs three orchestras in the Brewster Central School District. 

Adrianne Munden-Dixon is a NYC-based violinist praised for her “animated and driven” performances (Connect Savannah). She is a current member of the Savannah Philharmonic, Desdemona Quartet, Schiele, New York Virtuosi, and Aeon Music Ensemble. She has appeared as a chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Spectrum, Mannes, Cornelia Street Café, and Aspen Chapel as a student at the Aspen Music Festival where she spent three summers. Adrianne is a dedicated supporter of new music and working with living composers. Adrianne is a faculty member at Larchmont Music Academy and has led masterclasses at Savannah Arts Academy. 

Mothership on Main is located at 331 Main St, Danbury.

]]> (Sasha Ono) Events Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:19:47 -0400
Chicken & Eggplant Parm Dinner at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church with Steve O'Tree & Friends

What's better than a chicken parm / eggplant parm dinner?  One with traditional Irish music and American folk!

Steve O'Tree & Friends, 4 years on the main stage at the Danbury Irish Festival and a frequent guest at the Danbury Irish club and other locations will be playing rousing Irish music and American folk.

Favorites such as "Black Velvet Band," "No Nay Never," and "Whiskey in A Jar" will get your feet tapping and your face smiling while you talk with friends and enjoy an awesome dinner!

Chicken Parmesan Supper -  Eggplant Parm too!

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct 21

Menu: Chicken or Eggplant Parm (your choice), pasta, salad, bread, cold beverage, coffee/tea and our fabulous homemade desserts!

$12 adults
$10 seniors
$6 kids under 13
kids under 5 eat free
$30 family max (parents/guardians plus children)

Dinners can also be ordered to go!

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church is located at 95 Greenwood Avenue across from Caraluzziʼs Bethel Food Market in Bethel, CT.

Call: 203-743-1494 or visit them online:

]]> (Judi Perkins) Events Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:15:01 -0400
Danbury Fire Department is HIRING

City of Danbury seeks entry level firefighters to join the Danbury Fire Department

The City of Danbury Fire Department has announced that it is currently seeking individuals for the position of Entry Level Firefighter.

“We are excited to announce the opportunity for dedicated and service-driven applicants to join the Danbury Fire Department. All of our firefighters contribute significantly to the quality of life here in the City. I encourage all those with a commitment to community and an interest in being part of that mission to apply, and I look forward to working with these individuals as they begin their rewarding careers with our department,” Chief TJ Wiedl.

The mission of the Danbury Fire Department is to “Protect the life, property, and environment of all citizens in the most efficient and safe manner possible.” This mission is accomplished through emergency management, training, and education. Upon being hired, these individuals will participate in all aspects of the fire service including public education, emergency medical response, fire suppression, rescue, and many other emergencies.

The position of Firefighter for the City of Danbury is one of extraordinary difficulty and responsibility. Danbury Firefighters are responsible for fire suppression functions in protecting life, property and the environment. In order to be considered for the position, applicants will be asked to take written, oral, psychological, and physical examinations.

A list of applicant requirements can be found on The application closes on November 6, 2017.

Applications are now open on

An informational session will be held on October 30, 2017 at 7:00pm in the City Council Chambers.Registration is required. Those interested should contact Human Resources by Monday, October 23rd., 203-797-4598

]]> (Taylor O'Brien ) Neighbors Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:08:41 -0400
Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield hosts 36th Annual Turkey Trot & 16th Annual Kids Fun Run

Register NOW for the 36th Annual Turkey Trot & 16th Annual Kids Fun Run hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield.

The Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving day, Thursday November 23, promptly at 8:30am. The Fun Run starts at 8:00 am. The Turkey Trot starts and finishes right at the Boys & Girls Club! 

 Learn more about this Thanksgiving Day race HERE.

Registration Information:

Online Registration: Click here to be linked to our registration site (it will open in a new window)

In-Person Registration: at the Boys & Girls Club, Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Paper Registration: You can download our registration form and mail it to: Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield, 41 Governor Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877


  • 12 and Under
  • 13-15 m/f 
  • 16-18 m/f 

Open Divisions 

  • Over 40 m/f 
  • Over 50 m/f 
  • Over 60 m/f 

Race Length 
Turkey Trot: 5K road race 
Kids Fun Run: 1/2 mile road race 

Entry Fees

Early Bird Registration until Oct. 31: $30 
Pre-Race Registration Nov. 1 to Nov. 19: $35 
Week of Thanksgiving Registration Nov. 20 to Nov. 23: $40 
Kids' Fun Run: $15 

Bib Pick Up

Bibs and Tee-Shirts may be picked up at Boys & Girls Club on: 
Monday Nov. 20 from 12noon to 6pm 
Tuesday Nov. 21 from 12noon to 6pm 
Wednesday Nov. 22 from 10am to 6pm 
Race day beginning at 7am 

Join The Boys & Girls Club for our Annual Pasta Dinner, sponsored by Planet Pizza on Wednesday November 22 from 4pm to 6pm at the Club!  Come down to pick up your bib, see the Club, and visit with friends!


The Turkey Trot starts and finishes right at the Boys & Girls Club!  Race participants should park in the old High School parking lot, the old Balducci's parking lot, the East Ridge Middle School parking or the public parking lots on Governor Street.  The Boys & Girls Club parking lot is closed to runners.  Cars parked in the Boys & Girls Club lot will not be able to leave until all runners and walkers have completed the race.

The Turkey Trot starts promptly at 8:30am.  Shirts and bibs may be picked up in the gym beginning at 7:00am.  
Kids - join us for the Kids Fun Run at 8:00am, and follow Tom the Turkey to the finish line!

Boys & Girls Club Turkey Trot Contact:  Mike Flynn,, 203-438-8821 ext. 15.

]]> (HH) Events Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:29:00 -0400
Town of Bethel Referendum for the Johnson and Rockwell School Renovation Projects on Tuesday, October 17

Town of Bethel Referendum for the Johnson and Rockwell School Renovation projects will take place on Tuesday, October 17. Vote at your designated polling center from 6: 00AM - 8: 00PM.

Click HERE for additonal information on the Renovation projects.

Click HERE to view the Perkins Eastman Public Hearing Presentation 

]]> (Sarah) Neighbors Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:13:16 -0400
Reby Advisors hosts The Trump Economy and You on October 25 in Danbury

Investors in Fairfield and Westchester Counties who are looking for the latest information on how President Trump's policies may impact the economy and the stock market can register to attend "The Trump Economy and You," scheduled for October 25, 2017.

Reby Advisors is hosting this year's event, which will cover key issues such as:

Tax Reform – If the Trump Administration's plan for tax reform becomes law, how will it impact financial markets and investors' portfolios? Has the expectation of future tax cuts already been factored into stock prices or will it be a boon to equities?

Infrastructure Investment – The President has proposed spending an additional $1 trillion on America's roads, bridges and tunnels. Which businesses will benefit the most from this additional government spending, and which investment asset classes will be impacted?

Reduced Regulation – Many regulations have already been reduced or eliminated by executive order. Which sectors of the economy does this affect the most? Do analysts expect deregulation to increase earnings?

Full details on the event can be found on the event website at

When asked about the reasons behind creating this event, Ridgefield resident and author Bob Reby, CEO of Reby Advisors, said:

"It's easy to turn on the TV and get partisan political commentary or doom-and-gloom perspective. But that leaves serious investors wanting for in-depth and objective analysis presented in an easy-to-understand way. We asked John Ross to be our special guest speaker because he specializes in defining and formulating views on strategic asset classes, anticipating macro investment themes, and formulating objective-driven investing strategies. He's going to cut through the media noise and deliver real economic insights."

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Reby’s new personal financial planning book, “Wealth Redefined: Charting the Way to Personal and Financial Freedom.”

Interested parties can sign up at:

]]> (Gregg) Events Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:04:55 -0400
Bethel Chamber Ladies Night Outf: Call to Vendors!

Bethel Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our second annual Ladies Night Out on Nov 8th fom 6-9pm at Michael's at the Grove (42 Vail Road in Bethel)

We are thrilled to collaborate on this event with the Bethel Education Foundation.  The foundation raises funds with various events throughout the year (Barnum Ball being one) to support our schools.  If you have been paying attention to the budget issues lately then you know the schools here in Bethel need our help. 

Collaborating will enable us to have a larger event, combining attendees, vendors, etc.  The proceeds for this event will go to the Bethel Education Foundation to help them continue their excellent work. 

Attendees will come out and enjoy an evening of relaxation and fun and the opportunity to shop local vendors for interesting holiday gifts.   (That's YOU!)  

We'll send you a link to the invitation when it's set up so that you can share it with your friends.  Due to this collaboration we expect a much larger crowd.  Last year the BEF had 80 attendees.  This year we expect even more.  This is a great chance to demonstrate and sell your products and services.  Everyone in attendance will be looking to support our schools.  So give them that chance by offering innovative gift ideas at a pricing structure they just can't pass up!

We are actively seeking vendors in the following areas:

  • Jewelry
  • Local eclectic gifts
  • Wine baskets
  • Hubby friendly gifts (read golf, beer, etc)
  • Books
  • Gift baskets
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Beauty supplies
  • Spa services
  • Exercise classes
  • Crafts
  • Other ideas to serve, pamper, and excite Bethel ladies

We are looking to focus on vendors who are current chamber members.  We want to support our local businesses.  Non members will be able to get a table if they don't compete with participating members.

$50 for chamber members
$75 for non members

There is limited capacity for vendors.  First come, first serve so register now.  Click on the Register Now button to reserve your spot.

Any questions? Call Heather at 203-743-6500 or email

Food will be served.  And there will be a cash bar.  Your table fee includes 1 entrance per vendor.  If you want more than 1 person working your table there will be a $25 fee.

Set up from 5:30-6pm.  If you think you will need more time please let us know ahead of time.

]]> (Bethel Chamber of Commerce) Neighbors Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:43:44 -0400
Night of Fun and Shopping to Support Bethel Schools

Bethel Chamber Joins with Bethel Education Foundation on a Night of Fun and Shopping to Support our Schools.

The event will take place on November 8th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Vendor spots are filling up. If you have a product or service that would make a great gift and you want to help support the Bethel Schools, then join us. For more info, click here.

]]> (Bethel Chamber of Commerce) Events Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:42:37 -0400
The Bethel Historical Society hosts inaugural Masquerade Ball fundraiser on Saturday, October 21

The Bethel Historical Society 
will be hosting its inaugural Masquerade Ball fundraiser on Saturday, October 21 at Michael's at The Grove (42 Vail Road, Bethel)  from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM. The event will be followed by an afterparty at the Meeting House Pub!

Tickets include a glass of Champagne at the door, hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, salad, entrees, and dessert.  Ticket prices are $65.00 for non Bethel Historical Society Members, $60.00 for Members. Masquerade Ball attire is strongly encouraged.

Cash Bar available. Dinner, drinks, dancing, a live and silent auction, and a few surprises along the way! It's going to be a SMASH!

Ticket purchases under 10, please purchase tickets individually to select an entree item. If purchasing a table of 10, you'll be contacted via email to obtain entree selections.

Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

]]> (Bethel Historical Society) Charities Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:57:08 -0400
New LIFEWTR Thirst Quench: Meet Artists Adrienne, Trudy, and Lynnie

HamletHub presents a series of engaging and empowering videos from LIFEWTR, a bottled water that uses every bottle to showcase new and emerging artists. 

Today, meet Adrienne, Trudy, and Lynnie, and quench your thirst for inspiration.

Click HERE to view the video.

LIFEWTR’s Series 2 focuses on increasing the visibility of female artists – and celebrating all that makes them unique.

Learn more about LIFEWTR here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Life Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:27:59 -0400