Bethel's HamletHub Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:18:29 -0400 Sawyer Fredericks to Open Newtown Arts Festival on September 15

The Newtown Arts Festival returns for its sixth year with Sawyer Fredericks, the winner of the eighth season of NBC’s The Voice, headlining the opening event Friday, September 15.

Tickets for the concert, which will be held on the grounds of Fairfield Hills, are $35 for VIP tickets and $20 for lawn tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door. Access for tickets. Grounds open at 6 pm for the 6:30 concert.

 Food, beer, wine and soft beverages will be available for purchase at the concert. Lawn chairs, coolers allowed however no alcoholic beverages allowed in. No pets allowed. (Service pets excepted.)

The Newtown Arts Festival weekend continues Saturday, September 16 from 10-6 pm and Sunday, September 17 from 10-5 pm on the grounds of Fairfield Hills. Admission is free under 5, $3 6-12 and $5 for 13 and older.

In addition to more than 60 artisans and innumerable food trucks, the festival presents performances and workshops in all forms of creative expression, including visual arts, dance, music, written word, and theater in the setting of a town-wide celebration. 

Sawyer Fredericks lived in Newtown until he was 8, when his family moved to an 88 acre farm near Fultonville, New York where he was home schooled in the unschooling style.

Establishing  himself as a true Americana singer with an old soul bridging the Folk Rock Chasm with style and substance, he wrote or co-wrote each piece on his major label debut, ”A Good Storm.”

The Newtown Arts Festival is sponsored by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. Proceeds  support grants and scholarships for local artists and arts organizations, future festivals, and other work of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.

Celebrating National Arts and Humanities month the arts festival will continue through October with individual arts events throughout Newtown.

]]> (Laura Lerman) Neighbors Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:41:53 -0400
Would you like your student to attend the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA! Ridgefield) for FREE?

YEA! Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce is running a contest to find two students who can best answer: Why are you interested in entrepreneurship and what makes you “Greater Ridgefield’s Next Top Young Entrepreneur”?

To enter the contest, students must send an email response to All entries must be 150 words or less. The student must include his or her name, along with the email address and phone number for the parent or guardian. The contest is for students entering grades 6-12 during the 2017-2018 calendar year. This contest is free to enter and an invaluable experience to gain.

The contest winner will receive tuition-free admission to the groundbreaking program, and the 2nd place winner will receive a $250 scholarship.  Everyone who enters the contest will also get their application fee waived.  The deadline for entries is midnight Friday, September 15, 2017. The winners of the contest will be notified by September 25, 2017.  This is a great opportunity for a local student to learn more about the program and experience the spirit of free enterprise and entrepreneurship within our network of local business leaders.

]]> (Jennifer Mulhern) Neighbors Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:40:45 -0400
The Fall 2017 RVNA Nutrition Class Catalog: Because Learning Should Never End

This autumn, RVNA — embracing the back-to-school season — is hosting three multi-session nutrition education classes on the subjects of Diabetes, Cholesterol and Nutrition & Lifestyle for Weight Management. Each class includes education and discussion as well as hands-on strategies and techniques (including recipes and demonstrations), designed to support the creation and meeting of individual goals.

The professor for each of these classes is RVNA’s Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator, Meg Whitbeck, MS, RDN. “Fall is an excellent time to start afresh and learn new approaches and behaviors,” says Whitbeck. “These classes capitalize on the renewed motivation and vigor we feel in the autumn and prepare participants for the holiday season with new habits and enthusiasm.”

The RVNA fall nutrition course lineup includes:

Healthy Cooking for Diabetes: Participants will learn how to control diabetes with healthy meal planning, shopping, cooking and eating strategies to help balance intake and integrate new habits into daily routines. The course will also introduce low-cost and easy recipes aimed to address diabetes head on.
Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26, 12:00pm – 1:30 pm. $23 per class or $59 for all 3.

Six-Week Cholesterol Challenge: This interactive workshop kicks off with individual weigh-ins and cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure measurements. Then, the real education begins as participants learn targeted cooking techniques and healthy eating strategies to aid in lowering cholesterol. Food demonstrations and tastings are included at each class. The program finale is a final biometrics measurement to check progress and results.
Tuesdays, October 10 – November 14, 11:30am – 1:00pm. $195 for all 6 classes, including all biometric screenings, recipes and tastings.

Women’s Nutrition & Lifestyle for Weight Management – An eight-week group series for women. Learn how your body changes throughout your life and how to manage these changes to achieve and maintain optimal health. All participants will set personal goals, learn and discuss strategies, share support and encouragement, and be held accountable for the goals set and the changes desired. Women of all ages are welcome.
Tuesday evenings, October 3 – November 28 (no class on Halloween), 7:00pm – 8:30pm. $159 includes recipes, resources and tastings.

Advance registration and payment is required for all of the nutrition education classes. Whitbeck is also available for individual nutrition consultations at RVNA on 27 Governor Street. To learn more or enroll for the fall 2017 semester, please contact RVNA at 203-438-5555 or write to

About RVNA

Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.

]]> (Nancy Rowe) Neighbors Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:25:10 -0400
Newtown Cafe Goes to the Dogs on August 26

 Newtown Café Going to the Dogs

As summer begins winding down, people and their pooches are gearing up to celebrate National Dog Day, on Saturday August 26 and Café Xpresso is marking the occasion by hosting Yappy Hour that afternoon from 2 to 4 pm on their patio.

Dog lovers are invited to pack up and dress up their pooches and bring them to the event.  There will be doggie treats and pet contests including Best Kisses and Best Dressed.  Winners of contests will even receive prizes.

Café Xpresso is partnering with Your Healthy Pet, located on Church Hill Road, next to Newtown Hardware and The Exceptional Pet Dog Training, located on Simms Lane, to who will also be participating in the event. 

National Dog Day was established in 2004 as a day to bring attention to the number of dogs that need to be adopted and rescued and celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure.

"Millions of dogs are killed each year because they're simply unwanted,” says Bob Schlump, owner of Café Xpresso.  He and his wife are avid dog lovers and they wanted to do something to recognize a day that focuses on the celebration of dogs.  “All a dog wants is to love you and be loved by you,” he says.  “Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and responsive creatures that deserve love and respect.” The Schlumps’ rescued Poodle, Boli, will be attending the event. 

Northern Fairfield County’s foremost Coffee House, Café Xpresso is a place for you to get a seriously good cup of coffee and grab a bite for breakfast, lunch or just a snack.  The café is open seven days a week and is located at 150 South Main Street, NewtownYou can look them up on the internet at or their phone number is (203) 304-9955.



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Connecticut Premiere of Man In Red Bandana at Palace Danbury on September 8

On Friday September 8, The Palace Danbury will host a very special screening and the Connecticut Premiere of MAN IN RED BANDANA.

Man In Red Bandana is a documentary film about an true American hero ... Welles Remy Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader from Nyack, NY who spent some of the darkest hours in American history saving the lives of strangers.

Welles may have looked the part of an investment banker, but there was one unorthodox piece to his personal dress code. Tucked in the back pocket of every pair of pants was a red bandana his father had given him when he was a boy.

President Obama told Welles' story at the dedication of the 9/11 Museum, "They didn't know his name. They didn't know where he came from. But they knew their lives had been saved by the man in the red bandana." 

Amidst the smoke and chaos, the people huddled in the darkness on the 78th floor of south tower heard a voice leading them to the stairs and to safety. Their guide was a young man holding a red bandana over his face. He made three round trips up and down the stairs, carrying and leading survivors to safety.

Tragically, he died that day. His heroics became known eight months later as a result of his red bandana. The film re-traces Welles' courageous actions, and examines the people-- family, friends and strangers-- who have been inspired by Welles' actions and the unique ways in which they have honored him.

Please come and honor Welles' memory and meet his parents who will be attending the Palace Danbury screening.

Buy your tickets in advance. This film sold out at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Connecticut Premiere
All Tickets $15
Questions? Call the Box Office: 203 794-9944


Man In Red Bandana Trailer

]]> (Palace Danbury) Events Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:46:38 -0400
A Taste of Bethel planned for August 23

Stop by Bennett Memorial Park on August 23rd for A Taste of Bethel!

Iconic local restaurants will be feeding hungry participants for free from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, including Cream & Sugar Cafe, La Zingara, Note Kitchen, O'Neils, and Putnam House. The 2017 Best of Bethel Business Awards will also be presented at this event. Prizes will be awarded to locals as well: wear your Bethel spirit garb for the chance to win a Most Spirited prize, and come by to check out what other raffles and games are going on.

This will be a great name of socializing and fun while trying out some of the towns best foods!

To register for the event, click here


]]> (Jackie) Events Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:23:38 -0400
BBB's Tips to Keep Back to School Expenses (& Tax-Free Week) Under Control

Some retailers offer back to school deals throughout the summer, however, Connecticut Better Business Bureau says great prices will be even sweeter during the upcoming annual Connecticut's week-long "tax holiday."

The sales tax exclusion period is only weeks away, and will run from Sunday, August 20th through Saturday, August 26th.

The temporary tax exemptions apply to footwear and a wide assortment of clothing costing less than $100 per item. Best of all, it covers more than school clothing.

The tax exemptions apply to sleepwear (nightgowns, pajamas), tennis clothing, formal wear gowns, and the typical school apparel such as well as overcoats, summer and winter clothing for the whole family.

"We tend to think of tax-free week in terms of back to school purchases," according to Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz. "The list of eligible apparel is both impressive and somewhat out of the ordinary. In essence, there is something for everybody."

As summer turns to fall, the National Retail Federation says the average family with elementary and high school-aged children will spend an average of almost $690. That can include electronic devices such as computers and other school-related gadgets.

The tax holiday does not cover other supplies, but there are ways to buy what your children need for school without breaking the bank.

Before you start shopping, Connecticut BBB offers these tips to help keep costs under control:

Check your home's inventory - You may already have some supplies left over from last year. Create a "must buy" list of typical back to school purchases and try to stick to it. Try to avoid impulse buys.

Create a budget - Once you know what you have to buy, look for specials on notebooks, pens and folders at discount stores.

Sign up for alerts - Your favorite retailers can send you sales alerts or post coupons on their websites or social media pages. As good as they look, it is always worth it to compare prices with their competitors.

Look for stores that offer student discounts - Retailers are anxious to clear the shelves to make room for their new fall fashion inventory, and that means more choices for consumers at lower prices.

Shop at home - You can save money with free shipping for online purchases. Before submitting your order, check terms, conditions, limitations and exchange policies.

You will find details about Connecticut's tax-free week from the Department of Revenue Services, as well as a list of eligible clothing and footwear that will be tax exempt.

]]> (Better Business Bureau) Public safety Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:16:22 -0400
Bethel's Sweet n' Salado Latin American Restaurant Closes

Bethel's  Sweet n' Salado Latin American Restaurant, located at 281 Greenwood Ave, announced on their Facebook Page that the restaurant has closed. The restaurant was opened in March of 1015 by Jim and Delfa Gay who wanted to bring their passion for authentic and fresh Latin American food to the community. 

Restaurant owner, Jim Gay wrote, "My wife and I would like to thank you for your loyal patronage for the past two years. Closing our restaurant was a difficult decision for us. We truly enjoyed serving the Bethel community our fresh, made to order, burritos, tacos and Latin style dinner entrees."


Jim and Delfa thanked many of their loyal customers by name in their heartfelt note. 


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BMW of Ridgefield Offers Free Pickup and Delivery Service

Summer coming to an end, and your time is even more valuable. Your children are out of school, or maybe you’re just trying to enjoy the beautiful weather. Your BMW needs service and unfortunately you simply don’t have the time to get to the dealership.

Enter BMW of Ridgefield’s Free Pickup and Delivery.

BMW of Ridgefield is the only dealership in the region to offer service pickup and delivery completely free of charge. At no cost to you, we can pick up your vehicle at your home, office, or even hockey practice, leave a new BMW loaner vehicle for your use, and return your vehicle to your preferred location upon completion of all requested services. 

The process is simple. When your BMW needs service, our Appointment Coordinators will schedule the pick-up and delivery at a time that is convenient for you. After the services to your vehicle are completed, we will reach out to let you know we are on the way, returning with your freshly washed BMW.

BMW of Ridgefield. Doing the drive, so you don’t have to.  

Watch BMW pick up and delivery service video here.

BMW of Ridgefield is located at 746 Danbury Road


]]> (BMW of Ridgefield) Places Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:33:00 -0400
Boston Red Sox Award CT Non-Profit for the Second Year in a Row

Save-A-Suit, a CT based 501(c)3 veterans nonprofit, was awarded $3,000 from the Boston Red Sox Foundation for their outstanding efforts in helping the veteran community. This was part of the foundation’s annual IMPACT Awards contest. This is the second consecutive year that Save-A-Suit has been awarded by the foundation. Last year, the nonprofit received the first place prize of $10,000.

Save-A-Suit has provided thousands of veterans across the country with professional business attire to assist them with their career goals. The nonprofit also hosts quarterly events in the Tri-State area to help local veterans. If anyone would like to donate a suit or make a contribution, they may visit

For more information about Save-A-Suit, visit Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.



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1 Confirmed Fatality After A Plane Crash in New Milford

There has been a plane crash at Candlelight Farms Airport in New Milford killing 1 and injuring 2.

According to New Milford Mayor, David Gronbach, New Milford Police and emergency crews are responding to a small plane crash in Candlelight Farms Airport in New Milford, CT.

LifeStar emergency medical helicopters have responded as well as First Responders from surrounding areas including Sherman Fire, Sherman Ambulance, Bridgewater Ambulance and Medic 4 paramedics.

FAA and NTSB have been notified and will be conducting a full investigation.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Public safety Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:05:12 -0400
The Women's Center is Seeking Candidates for Campus Counselor/Advocate Position

The Women's Center is currently in the process of hiring a part-time Campus Counselor/Advocate to provide individual counseling and advocacy and crisis intervention for students, faculty and personnel who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and/or date rape at Western Connecticut State University and Naugatuck Valley Community College. This role also involves cultivating relationships with all campus offices and collaborating with our Community Education Department staff members.

If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please see the complete job descriptions posted on the "Career & Leasing Opportunities" page of our website here, then send your resume, with a cover letter, to our Director of Administration & Human Resources at or (203) 731-5207 (fax). And please feel free to share this opportunity with your networks!

Please call our special events manager at (203) 731-5200 ext. 232 or email for information on hosting 3rd party fundraising events for your Women's Center

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Discuss Newbery Winning The Girl Who Drank the Moon at Byrd's Books on Aug. 17

Byrd's Books will host a book discussion of this year's Newbery Award Winner, "The Girl Who Drank the Moon" by Kelly Barnhill. This family-friendly book group, suitable for all ages, will meet on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 1 - 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to register for the event by clicking here.

About the book: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule-but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her-even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.

Byrd's Books' regular book club for adults only will meet at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the same book.

Byrd's Books is located at 126 Greenwood Ave in Bethel. For more information, visit Byrd's Books online here.

]]> (Books, Ink editors) Events Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:36:00 -0400
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Recovers After Surgery

We received word from Lindsay Jacobs, part of Mayor Mark Boughton's Connecticut Comeback Committee, that the Mayor is out of surgery and recovering well. 

"His medical team is very pleased with the results of the surgery and are confident in his full recovery," she says.

Mayor Mark is appreciative of the well-wishes from friends and community members.

"The Mayor would like to extend his thanks for all of the encouragement, prayers, and well wishes that he has received over the last 48 hours," says Jacobs. 

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:13:07 -0400
Sparklicious' Sparkle Club & Princess Academy are coming to Georgetown!

Sparklicious (, located at 28 Main Street in Georgetown, CT, is offering its one-of-a-kind summer programs during the weeks of August 14th and August 21st

Princess Academy (ages 3+) will be offered during the week of August 14th.  Princess Academy will run for 5 days from 10:00AM – 1:00PM daily includes a theme, story, dancing, singing and games. Themes include, a Tea Party, Princess Art, Dance, Dress Up, and will culminate with a Royal Ball! A surprise princess visits the last day of the Royal Ball, in the past we have been greeted by Sleeping Beauty, Elsa, Anna and the Little Mermaid.  The cost is $275 plus tax. 

Sparklicious is offering its popular 5-day Sparkle Club (ages 6 +) during the week of August 21st.  Sparkle Club will run from 10:00AM – 1:00PM daily, each day includes a fun theme, Fashion Designs, a Mermaid Spa Day, Dance Routines, Canvas Painting and Science Creations.  Our Sparkle Club empowers young girls through activities, while promoting Love, Kindness and Sparkles.  “Kindness makes you Sparkle.” The cost is $275 plus tax. 

Sparklicious offers parties, clubs and open studio hours for crafts and glamour services. Be sure to visit our website for more information on club, open hours and our sparkly parties.

Visit Sparklicious’ website, or call (203-587-1329) to sign your child up!

“Have a Sparkly Day”

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