Bethel's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:07:58 -0400 HamletHub.com Find Waldo in Bethel in July! http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46185-find-waldo-in-bethel-in-july46185-find-waldo-in-bethel-in-july http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46185-find-waldo-in-bethel-in-july46185-find-waldo-in-bethel-in-july

Where's Waldo? In Bethel of course!

 
The famous children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. 


In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and independent bookstores all across the country, including Byrd's Books here in Bethel, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.

There is no charge to participate, no age restriction, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July, ending with a party on Saturday July 29th for those who qualify with 20-25 businesses visited on their passport. The "Passport" is available HERE and copies will be available in all 25 locations.

Good luck Waldo hunters!
For more information about hunting for Waldo in Bethel call Byrd's Books at 203-730-2973.

The businesses participating are:
 
BYRD'S BOOKS
A New Beginning
Alice's Flower Shop
Athlete's Source
Bethel Cycle Works
Bethel Music Center
Capri Pizza
Carlson Therapy of Bethel
Cream & Sugar Café
Daily Fare
English Apothecary
Escape Salon & Spa
First Selectman M Knickerbocker
Famous Pizza
Fix Your Phone Now
Gift Cottage
Molten Java
Quality Gem
Rita's Italian Ice
Silver Touch
Stony Hill Hardware
The Toy Room
Tom's Paint and Wallpapaer
UK Gourmet
Varano Bakery

 

The famous children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. 


In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and independent bookstores all across the country, including Byrd's Books here in Bethel, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.

There is no charge to participate, no age restriction, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July, ending with a party on Saturday July 29th for those who qualify with 20-25 businesses visited on their passport. The "Passport" is available HERE and copies will be available in all 25 locations.

Good luck Waldo hunters!
For more information about hunting for Waldo in Bethel call Byrd's Books at 203-730-2973.

The businesses participating are:
 
BYRD'S BOOKS
A New Beginning
Alice's Flower Shop
Athlete's Source
Bethel Cycle Works
Bethel Music Center
Capri Pizza
Carlson Therapy of Bethel
Cream & Sugar Café
Daily Fare
English Apothecary
Escape Salon & Spa
First Selectman M Knickerbocker
Famous Pizza
Fix Your Phone Now
Gift Cottage
Molten Java
Quality Gem
Rita's Italian Ice
Silver Touch
Stony Hill Hardware
The Toy Room
Tom's Paint and Wallpapaer
UK Gourmet
Varano Bakery

School Summer Reading lists

Byrd's Books has created a page with the area school's links to their summer reading materials. We carry most of the titles in the store, and are always open online to order for home delivery!

 Summer reading page
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kerry@ducey.org (Byrd's Books) Neighbors Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:06:00 -0400
Byrd's Books Announces BIG Book Sale http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46186-byrd-s-books-announces-big-book-sale46186-byrd-s-books-announces-big-book-sale http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46186-byrd-s-books-announces-big-book-sale46186-byrd-s-books-announces-big-book-sale

Byrd's Books in Bethel is having a huge books sale: ONE WEEK only from Tuesday June 27th - Sunday July 2nd. No coupons needed!

Byrd's Books explains, "In anticipation of moving the store around we are going to have a BIG SALE to make it easier to relocate some bookcases!"

The store will have four tables marked 30%, 40%, 50% and 60% off.  

Stop by to shop at Byrd's Books
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10-9pm, Sunday: 12-4, closed Monday
Questions? Call (203) 730-2973
 
Byrds Books | 126 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel
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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:33:29 -0400
Services in Ridgefield for Stephen W. Shafer, 56, of Bethel http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46187-services-in-ridgefield-for-stephen-w-shafer-56-of-bethel46187-services-in-ridgefield-for-stephen-w-shafer-56-of-bethel http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46187-services-in-ridgefield-for-stephen-w-shafer-56-of-bethel46187-services-in-ridgefield-for-stephen-w-shafer-56-of-bethel

Stephen W. Shafer

Stephen W. Shafer, 56, of Bethel, CT died on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Mr. Shafer was born in Mt. Kisco, NY, June 15, 1961, son of Merrill and Elena (Camilli) Shafer.  He  was raised in Yorktown, NY, attended Yorktown schools and graduated from Yorktown High School with the Class of 1979.

He then attended Pace University where he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

His career included work with Gerber Life Insurance Co. as Accountant Assistant; The Insurance Corp. of New York as Primary Accountant; and then Trenwick America Corp. where he held the position of Assistant Vice President.

A resident of Bethel for the past sixteen years, he enjoyed mountain biking, fishing, golf, four-wheeling, and car restoration. He also enjoyed spending time with his family on Cape Cod.

Mr. Shafer is survived by his loving son, Brandon J. Shafer of Bethel; three brothers, Martin M. Shafer of Madison, Wisconsin, Gordon A. Shafer of San Jose, California and Douglas M. Shafer of Littleton, Colorado; his stepmother Marianne Lockwood Shafer of Falmouth, Massachusetts; two stepbrothers, Jeffrey J. Pappas of Steuben, Maine, and Judson L. Pappas  of Franklin, Massachusetts, by his aunt, Anita Mewherter of Orleans, Massachusset; and  several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Mr. Shafer was predeceased by his loving companion Kristina Kuehn of Ridgefield, the mother of his son Brandon. 

Fondly known as 'Steve' by his family and friends, he will always be remembered for his love of the NY Mets, his kind heart and sense of humor, and his devotion to his son, Brandon.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Krasinski officiating.

Burial will follow in South Salem Cemetery, So. Salem, N.Y.

Family and friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home on Friday after 12 noon.

The family would like to most especially thank the members of the Danbury Police Department, Danbury Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Technicians for their care and concerns for all of us.  We are very grateful and most appreciative.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Danbury Police Department or Danbury Fire Department would be most appreciated.

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:43:04 -0400
Bethel Farmers' Market Opens Tomorrow! http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46179-bethel-farmers-market-opens-saturday-june-24th46179-bethel-farmers-market-opens-saturday-june-24th http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46179-bethel-farmers-market-opens-saturday-june-24th46179-bethel-farmers-market-opens-saturday-june-24th

The Bethel Farmers' Market will be opening for the season this Saturday, June 24th, at 67 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT 06488. The Market will be open from 9 am to 1 pm. 

The following includes some of what you will find if you stop by tomorrow!

Maple Bank Farm will have an assortment of summer vegetables including Arugula, Salad Mix, Basil, Bok choi, Chinese cabbage, scallions, swiss chard, radishes and more!

Wave Hill Bread will be serving the best bread you've ever had in an assortment of flavors.

Olive Oil Factory will have an assortment of flavored oils and vinegars.

Stone Silo Farm brings back Katie with a great assortment of goat cheese from their farm.

Vaszauskas Farm will have an assortment of early summer produce.

Daily Fare will have their famous pasty along with some delights for your sweet tooth.

Daffodil Hill Growers, run by Dan and Sara, will have tomato products, bok choi, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, radishes, Japanese turnips, salad mix, pea shoots, kohlrabi, popcorn and more.

Wood You Believe It will bring back Darryl and his wood carvings.

Purr Fect Pooch will bring Chris with his all natural chicken dog treats for your favorite pooch.

Paradise Foods brings Lisa Marie with all sorts of goodies from sweets to savories.

Eaglewood Farms brings Dave back with his excellent pork and eggs.

Visit www.bethelfarmersmarket.org or the facebook page @stonyhillbethelfarmersmarket for more information. 

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jacqueline.logsted@woosternet.org (Jackie) Places Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:02:16 -0400
State Police Investigate Sexual Assault on 12 Year Old http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/publicsafety/46180-state-police-investigate-sexual-assault-on-12-year-old46180-state-police-investigate-sexual-assault-on-12-year-old http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/publicsafety/46180-state-police-investigate-sexual-assault-on-12-year-old46180-state-police-investigate-sexual-assault-on-12-year-old

According to documents filed in Danbury Superior Court, Luis Emilio Cruz of Bridgeport was arrested on charges of sexual assault in the 4th degree. Connecticut State Police say he committed the alleged assault on Wednesday January 25, 2017 in Newtown, CT on a 12 year old female victim.  The victim had been exiting a transportation bus owned by Connecticut Transportation Services, LLC (CTS) when she told her foster mother that the driver, later identified as Cruz had touched her inappropriately.

Due to confusion in communication between CTS and the Department of of Children and Families (DCF), the act was originally thought to have been committed on January 26, 2017 by a different driver.

The victim is currently living with a foster parent and has been diagnosed as intellectually disabled, described as operating on an intellectual level much younger than her chronological age.

The victim has scheduled visits with her biological parents every Tuesday and Thursday.  Following the visits, she is transported back to her foster home in Bridgeport by CTS.  On March 8, 2017, the victim’s regular driver was questioned.  He had been the one to drive her on Thursday, January 26 - the date originally thought to be the date of occurrence of the assault.  However, CTS vehicles are equipped with GPS systems that confirmed the regular drivers’ story.  He claimed to have picked her up on time (4:30), and driven to Bridgeport with no stops.  The GPS shows him leaving the pickup location at 4:31 and driving straight through to Bridgeport.  The regular driver also told police that the victim was typically “joyful” and sang along with the radio.  However, on the day in question, the victim was much more reserved and did not sing.  When he neared his typical exit, she suddenly started screaming, “Don’t get off!  Stay on the highway!  Don’t get off!”  The driver was able to calm the victim without stopping the vehicle and the rest of the trip was uneventful.  GPS data corroborated the account.

On March 9, 2017, police received documentation from DCF that CTS had performed a one-time transport of the victim from her biological parents’ residence in New Fairfield to her foster home in Bridgeport on Wednesday, January 25.  Normally, CTS transports do not occur on Wednesdays.  The driver on that date was Luis E. Cruz.  

A licensed clinical social worker with training in administering forensic child interviews in cases of suspected sexual assault interviewed the victim on March 9.  The victim was able to indicate that she had been touched on her intimate parts but was not able to tell the interviewer who was responsible.

GPS data for Cruz’s vehicle on the date of the assault were examined.  Cruz picked the victim up at 4:33pm at her biological parent’s residence.  He drove the expected route towards Bridgeport but made an unscheduled stop off route at 5:15pm when he pulled into the National Shooting Sports Foundation parking lot.  Cruz’s vehicle remained stationary in the lot for one minute and forty-one seconds.  He then pulled back onto the road and continued to Bridgeport with no further unexplained stops.

Cruz was questioned by police on March 13.  Cruz initially claimed to have made no unscheduled stops.  When confronted with GPS evidence to the contrary, he admitted to having stopped in the National Shooting Sports Foundation parking lot for a short period to make sure that the victim was still wearing her seatbelt.  Cruz was unable to explain why he had reason to believe that the victim had removed her seatbelt.  When asked if he had verbally asked the victim, “Did you take your seatbelt off?”  he answered that he tried not to talk to the victim.  When asked how he determined that the seatbelt was still fastened, Cruz maintained that he had pulled into the parking lot at dusk and without activating any interior lights was able to turn and see that the seatbelt was fastened.  However, this fails to account for about 90 seconds of time.  Cruz could provide no other explanation for the unaccounted 90 seconds other than “he lost track of time.”  

When Cruz dropped off the victim in Bridgeport, he admitted to police that he had seen the girl turn back to him and point while declaring to her foster parent that “that man touched my vagina.”  Cruz says he was shocked but gave no verbal response to the claim.  He claims that the foster parent told him, “Don’t worry about it” and made a spiral hand gesture to indicate that the victim was “not all there.”  After that, Cruz claims to have forgotten about the incident.

On March 16, police interviewed the foster parent at her home in Bridgeport.  She described the victim as happy and generally honest.  She reported that she had been working on “Boundary Issues” with the victim, who is not afraid to voice a concern to her foster mother when she perceives a problem.  She is also teaching the victim to use proper terms to describe her own body.  The foster parent claims that her foster daughter pointed directly at Crus and stated, “That man touched my vagina,” before rushing inside.  Cruz reportedly responded, “She’s lying.”  The foster parent indicated to Cruz to wait while she went to check with the victim, but when she returned, Cruz had left.  She claims to have never told Cruz “not to worry” and says she would never indicate that a child was “not all there.”  The foster parent returned inside to the victim, who told her without prompting that “That man touch my vagina with his finger.”  The foster parent immediately began making calls to the DCF to report the incident.

On March 16, Cruz was again questioned by police.  He claimed to have remembered an alibi - he was texting a friend during the one minute forty second period  he was stopped in the parking lot.  However, there were no active texts in the thread that Cruz showed to police that matched the time of the crime.  Cruz ultimately provided a verbal statement that he had pulled into the parking lot with the sole intent of touching the victim’s vagina.  He believed that she was asleep and would be unaware of the contact.  After stopping the vehicle, he took off his own seatbelt before spinning around to the victim.  He stated that his intent was to touch the Victim’s vagina on top of her clothing but he only touched her inner, upper thigh on top of her clothing

On March 23, police examined the vehicle in which the crime had occurred.  They determined that from the driver’s seat, it would not have been possible to see whether the passenger had been wearing a seatbelt.  The floor plan of the vehicle also allows for the driver to move about to the second row unobstructed.  Though Cruz maintains he was seated while he touched the victim, it is possible that he left his seat.  However, given Cruz’s physical stature and the distance between the driver’s seat and the second row of seats, it is possible for Cruz to have touched the victim without leaving his seat.

Given all evidence, police believe suspect Luis Emilio Cruz, DOB 08/28/1977, 39 years old at the time of the incidence, committed the crime of sexual assault in the fourth degree on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  The victim was 11 years old at the time and suffers from some degree of mental impairment.  He touched her inner thigh, which qualifies as an intimate part of her body.

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Shannon) Public safety Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:57:32 -0400
The Wallflowers bring their latest tour to The Ridgefield Playhouse with a night of classic hits on June 29 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46181-the-wallflowers-bring-their-latest-tour-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-a-night-of-classic-hits-on-june-2946181-the-wallflowers-bring-their-latest-tour-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-a-night-of-classic-hits-on-june-29 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46181-the-wallflowers-bring-their-latest-tour-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-a-night-of-classic-hits-on-june-2946181-the-wallflowers-bring-their-latest-tour-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-a-night-of-classic-hits-on-june-29

The Wallflowers bring their latest tour to The Ridgefield Playhouse with a night of classic hits on June 29


The Ridgefield Playhouse and Pepsi Rock Series Powered by xfinity bring Grammy Award-winning rockers The Wallflowers back to the stage for a night of hits on Thursday, June 29 at 8 p.m.   The band is best known for their Billboard Chart-topping hits “One Headlight,” (which is also listed at #58 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs) “6th Avenue Heartache” and “Three Marlenas” among many others. 

The Wallflowers formed in 1989, and in 1992 released their classic self-titled debut album, which included songs like “For the Life of Me,” and “Another One in the Dark.” From there they skyrocketed with 1996’s "Bringing Down the Horse,"" which went quadruple platinum, won two Grammys, and was praised by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Tom Petty. It produced famous hits like “6th Avenue Heartache,” “One Headlight,” “Three Marlenas,” and “The Difference.” 

The Wallflowers went on to release three more records between 2000 and 2005, absolute rock and roll perfection, and more radio smashes like "Murder 101"", a duet with Elvis Costello, "Sleepwalker,” and "Here He Comes.” When it comes to alternative rock music, it's no surprise that the Wallflowers absolutely dominated the scene during their prime. 

Ticket holders can enjoy two special offers - visit Little Pub (59 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield) for lunch the day of the show and enjoy a FREE glass of house wine or draft beer with your entree when you show your ticket and you can also check out Bailey’s Backyard (23 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield) for dinner and receive 10% off when you show your ticket!

The Wallflowers, the rock band fronted by Jakob Dylan, first blossomed in Los Angeles in 1989. In the first half of this decade, they were part of many exclusive performances including a Live at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame concert for MTV, and a special televised concert for VH1, Live at Alcatraz. The Wallflowers were the first band to ever play a concert on the infamous island.

For tickets ($75), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lisa Barrett) Events Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:33:37 -0400
DAWS holds Kitten Open House tomorrow in Bethel http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46175-daws-holds-kitten-open-house-tomorrow-in-bethel46175-daws-holds-kitten-open-house-tomorrow-in-bethel http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46175-daws-holds-kitten-open-house-tomorrow-in-bethel46175-daws-holds-kitten-open-house-tomorrow-in-bethel

Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) will hold a Kitten Open House tomorrow, Friday, June 22 from 5:30-7:30PM at DAWS!

"Meet the cuties and maybe find the newest member of your family," says DAWS.

DAWS is located at 147 Grassy Plain Street in Bethel.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (DAWS) Events Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:46:12 -0400
Danbury Orthopedics Total Joint Specialist Talks Robotics for Hip & Knee Replacements on June 29 in Southbury http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46173-danbury-orthopedics-total-joint-specialist-talks-robotics-for-hip-knee-replacements-on-june-29-in-southbury46173-danbury-orthopedics-total-joint-specialist-talks-robotics-for-hip-knee-replacements-on-june-29-in-southbury http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46173-danbury-orthopedics-total-joint-specialist-talks-robotics-for-hip-knee-replacements-on-june-29-in-southbury46173-danbury-orthopedics-total-joint-specialist-talks-robotics-for-hip-knee-replacements-on-june-29-in-southbury

Danbury Orthopedics Total Joint Specialist, Dr. Robert Deveney, will speak next week about how robotics is making hip and knee replacements a more reliable option that could offer more mobility and a pain-free lifestyle.

The talk will be held at River Glen Health Care Center (162 S. Britain Road in Southbury) on Thursday, June 29th at 5:30 p.m. The event is free, but requires a rsvp. The event will also feature drinks, appetizers and live piano music. To rsvp, email Kmarino@care-one.com or call 203-264-9600.

Dr. Deveney is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedist who specializes in disorders of the hip and knee, total hip replacement, total knee replacement, robotic-assisted total hip replacement, robotic-assisted partial knee replacement, revision surgery, and minimally invasive total hip and total knee replacement surgery.

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kerry@ducey.org (Danbury Ortho) Events Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:22:13 -0400
RVNA Health Source: Managing Multiple Medications http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/46174-rvna-health-source-managing-multiple-medications46174-rvna-health-source-managing-multiple-medications http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/life/46174-rvna-health-source-managing-multiple-medications46174-rvna-health-source-managing-multiple-medications

Millions of Americans take daily medication. In the 65+ category, 90 percent do, and almost half of these take five or more drugs. Especially for this age group, dealing with multiple medications every day can be challenging and result in complications. Older adults experience the most significant problems from the improper use of medication and put themselves at risk for dangerous drug interactions and cognitive impairments. Problems with medication management are the primary reason people can no longer live independently.

There are strategies that make managing multiple medications easier and safer:

1) Keep an up to date list of all medications taken and dosages, including over-the-counter supplements. Go over it with your physician regularly and especially when a new medication is added. Keep a copy of the list at home and give a copy to a loved one or friend.

2) Use a pill dispenser or other reminder system with enough compartments to keep track of medications taken throughout the day. Take medications at the same time each day and as prescribed.

3) Refill prescriptions early before they run out. Check expiration dates on existing drugs and discard any that are out of date.

4) Use one pharmacy for all prescriptions. It makes getting refills easier and it can also help to prevent drug interactions when the pharmacist is aware of all prescriptions. Be sure to ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you have about side effects, whether medications are taken on a full or empty stomach and any possible drug, food and alcohol interactions.

5) At your annual physical, take all your medications and supplements with you so that your physician can do a comprehensive review. With age, changes in drug type or dose may be warranted. Taking these steps can provide more assurance that medications will be taken properly and provide the greatest benefit.

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.

Visit RVNA at www.ridgefieldvna.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:44:38 -0400
Bethel resident involved in three-car collision on I-684 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/publicsafety/46172-bethel-resident-involved-in-three-car-collision-on-i-68446172-bethel-resident-involved-in-three-car-collision-on-i-684 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/publicsafety/46172-bethel-resident-involved-in-three-car-collision-on-i-68446172-bethel-resident-involved-in-three-car-collision-on-i-684

On June 19, 2017 at approximately 12:35 p.m., New York State Police from the Somers barracks responded to Interstate 684 in the Town of Southeast for a report of a three-car collision. 
 
An investigation indicates that James Desposito, age 64, of Bethel, Connecticut, was traveling south on I 684.  Melissa Romagnoli, age 44, of Fishkill, New York, and Patrick N. Dell, age 52, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, were traveling north on I 684.  Desposito’s vehicle reportedly exited the roadway due to unsafe speed for the weather conditions.  His vehicle entered the median and struck Dell’s northbound vehicle.  Romagnoli, unable to take evasive action, subsequently struck Desposito’s vehicle.
 
Desposito and Romagnoli were transported to Danbury Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (NYS Police) Public safety Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:08:22 -0400
Learn about using the iPad with dementia patients at Danbury Hospital http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46161-using-the-ipad-with-a-person-living-with-dementia-149779512546161-using-the-ipad-with-a-person-living-with-dementia-1497795125 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/46161-using-the-ipad-with-a-person-living-with-dementia-149779512546161-using-the-ipad-with-a-person-living-with-dementia-1497795125

The Danbury Area Computer Society will hold its July general meeting on July 11th, at 7:30pm.

At the July meeting, Ed Fitzgerald, digital marketing and technology consultant to small businesses, and a former DACS member, will speak on the subject of using the iPad with a person living with Dementia. Ed will describe the approach he developed to using the iPad after his wife, Diane, was  diagnosed with Frontotemporal degeneration, a dementia that produces “gradual, progressive decline in behavior and/or language.”  His goals were simple: Find a way to engage her in activities so they could enjoy their time together, stimulate her mind, elicit a response from her, get her to smile, laugh, bring her out of her shell and create moments of joy.


DACS General Meetings are free and open to the public. Members and prior attendees are encouraged to extend invitations to anyone interested in this topic.
General meetings are held at Danbury Hospital, in the Creasy Auditorium. There is plenty of free parking in the guest parking garage adjacent to the auditorium. (Go to www.dacs.org to find directions and parking information).

 
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rteasda@gmail.com (Richard Teasdale) Events Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:32:48 -0400
Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Drive in Brookfield http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/charities/46170-big-brothers-big-sisters-donation-drive-149805237046170-big-brothers-big-sisters-donation-drive-1498052370 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/charities/46170-big-brothers-big-sisters-donation-drive-149805237046170-big-brothers-big-sisters-donation-drive-1498052370

June is donation drive month at savers! Savers pay’s our nonprofit partner Big Brothers Big sisters of southwest CT for all donations!! The summer months prove to be a busy time for the big brothers and big sisters, let’s help get these kids out on the town! So let’s clean out our closets and household goods items and donate today! You will receive a tax receipt and a coupon good for up to 30% a store purchase!! Valid for one year People from all over our region help to supp...ort us by donating their used clothing and household goods. The agency assists its clients in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become more confident, competent and caring individuals by providing them with committed, screened, trained and supervised volunteer mentors. This relationship takes many forms. A Big Brother may be his Little Brother's mentor. A Big Sister may be her Little Sister's role model. In all relationships, the "Big" is the "Little's" friend

Saver’s also has a get to give program where any nonprofit organization can benefit from items in the store for free! Weather its clothing, books, shoes, games, toys etc.  I fill the need in our community! Please feel free to call me for details.  203-775-5910 Liz Milazzo Community Donation Manager Savers of Brookfield

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liz.milazzo@yahoo.com (Savers Brookfield) Charities Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:30:54 -0400
Meyer Jabara Hotels Celebrates 40 Years in the Boutique Hotel Business http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46171-meyer-jabara-hotels-celebrates-40-years-in-the-boutique-hotel-business46171-meyer-jabara-hotels-celebrates-40-years-in-the-boutique-hotel-business http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/46171-meyer-jabara-hotels-celebrates-40-years-in-the-boutique-hotel-business46171-meyer-jabara-hotels-celebrates-40-years-in-the-boutique-hotel-business

This spring, Ridgefield resident and Chairman of the Board of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), Richard Jabara and partner William Meyer, celebrate 40 years of Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJ Hotels).

Jabara, President and Chief Executive Officer, has led MJ Hotels to receive excellence awards from five individual franchisors. He operates the company from their headquarters in Danbury, CT, where they have been located for thirty years. In addition to Connecticut, MJ Hotels has headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The success of 40 years began in 1977 when Jabara, a second generation hotelier, partnered with Meyer, the previous President and Chief Executive Officer for Servico, Inc., to open the Holiday Inn of Danbury. In this original hotel, the owners also started Teddy’s Restaurant and Lounge, which they named after Jabara’s father. Since then, the restaurant has traveled to 10 other MJ Hotels.

Today, the company operates 30 boutique hotels in 10 eastern states under licenses from Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Cambria, Choice Hotels, and Hyatt.

A seasoned hotelier with four decades of hospitality experience, Jabara is past Chairman of Intercontinental Hotels Owners Association, the world’s largest hotel company.

MJ Hotels distinguishes itself from competitors through their proud commitment to “The Journey.” Following this philosophy, each hotel maintains a special community where associates are inspired and encouraged to bring forth their unique skills in order to build the best relationships with partners and customers. Additionally, the company works closely with businesses in the surrounding neighborhood to make sure visitors experience the specific area’s culture.

Jabara shares insight into the secret to success, "I believe our company has enjoyed sustained success because of a strong foundational belief in developing partnerships with people.  We partner with our associates to deliver great places to work. We partner with our guests to create differentiating, memorable, positive experiences. We partner with our owners and franchisors to continually learn and consequently grow the assets. We are not really in the hotel business. We are in the people business. Better the people; better the relationships; better the business."

Committed to giving each guest a unique and memorable taste of the area, MJ Hotel hospitality is certainly one worth celebrating.

Congratulations to Meyer and Jabara for a successful 40 years!

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Grace Heller) Places Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:53:31 -0400
Bethel Resident Dr. Patrick Higgins Appointed Immaculate High School Principal http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46168-dr-patrick-higgins-appointed-immaculate-high-school-principal-149797847346168-dr-patrick-higgins-appointed-immaculate-high-school-principal-1497978473 http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46168-dr-patrick-higgins-appointed-immaculate-high-school-principal-149797847346168-dr-patrick-higgins-appointed-immaculate-high-school-principal-1497978473

Dr. Patrick D. Higgins, a Bethel resident, will assume the post of school Principal of Immaculate High School on July 1.

Dr. Higgins will take the seat of former Principal Joe Carmen, who resigned from the position during the summer of 2016 to take a position as the Director of Leadership Development at Quinnipiac University.  School President Mary R. Maloney assumed the role as Interim Principal this past year.

One of Dr. Higgins’ academic goals is to continue building stronger partnerships with area Catholic elementary schools - especially in relation to the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.  “This also applies to Catholic and public universities in our region, and along with our excellent and dedicated faculty and staff we will continue to make Immaculate High School a leader in curricular innovation, instructional delivery and educational excellence for our students and their families while providing an outstanding Catholic educational experience that will last a lifetime," he said.

“I am excited and honored to have been selected as the new Principal of Immaculate High School, and look forward to getting to know the students, parents, faculty and staff that comprise the wonderful IHS family,” Dr. Higgins said. “Immaculate High School has a proud legacy of academic excellence, spiritual and moral development and recognition of the necessity of service to others in our communities. These strong tenets have served Immaculate High School students and their families well for the past 55 years, and will continue to do so now and in the future,” he added.  

Dr. Higgins, Ed.D. is a Professionally Certified Connecticut Public Educator with endorsements in Social Studies and Grades Pre-K - 12 School Administration. From 1991 to 2011, Dr. Higgins taught college preparatory, advanced and AP Social Studies courses at Ridgefield High School, and from 2011-2013 served as the Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities at Joel Barlow High School in Redding.  Dr. Higgins holds a B.S. in Justice and Law Administration, an M.A. in History and International Relations, as well as an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership and Education Psychology from Western Connecticut State University in addition to a professional teacher certification from Sacred Heart University including State administrative licensure. As Principal of St. Jude School in Monroe, Dr. Higgins was responsible for administrative operations that included serving as a teaching principal and instructional leader for his colleagues.

“We are extremely grateful to have a qualified, experienced and devoted individual joining us at Immaculate. Dr. Higgins is a visionary leader with an exceptional passion to provide every student an opportunity to become responsible moral leaders of the next generation,” said Mary R. Maloney, President of Immaculate High School.  “On behalf of the entire school community, I offer my thanks to all those who served on the principal search committee this past year.  I know that their efforts have afforded Immaculate students a successful future.”

Dr. Higgins and his wife Tammy, a Cardiac Nurse Practitioner at Danbury Hospital, have resided in Bethel for 26 years and are parishioners of St. Mary Church. They have two grown children, Patrick and Katlyn. For the past 27 years Dr. Higgins has been a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Pavia Council # 48.

“Dr. Higgins has demonstrated success as a teacher and leader at the high school and elementary school levels in both the public and private sector. Most importantly, he is a man of tremendous faith. I believe that he will work collaboratively with the rest of the leadership team to further the mission, vision and future of Immaculate High School,” said Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School also allows students to focus on their spiritual development, personal moral commitments and service to others.  Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system.

 

 

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jazzi@immaculatehs.org (Immaculate High School) Neighbors Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:13:12 -0400
TODAY Show News: Connecticut Resident Wins $100,000 College Tuition Scholarship http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46169-sammie-watts-wins-100-000-college-tuition-scholarship46169-sammie-watts-wins-100-000-college-tuition-scholarship http://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/46169-sammie-watts-wins-100-000-college-tuition-scholarship46169-sammie-watts-wins-100-000-college-tuition-scholarship

Congratulations to Ridgefield resident, Sammie Watts, who was awarded the $100,000 ‘The House’ tuition scholarship on NBC’s Today Show this morning.

Sammie was chosen from a pool of 200,000 applicants as a finalist for this college tuition scholarship. Live this morning, she was greeted by The House actor, Will Ferrell and announced as the winner.

Sammie’s scholarship is from the upcoming film, The House, which is about the extremes parents must go to in order to pay for their child’s college education. Applicants were asked to respond in 500 characters to a question regarding why they think they deserve the award.

Sammie had been on the lookout for possible scholarships and decided to apply. In her application response, Sammie explained that her father had been undergoing esophageal cancer treatment through her early college years and that he is now in recovery. Approaching her third year at Ithaca College, Sammie hoped the scholarship money would help with the expenses.

Sammie told HamletHub, “I can't even express how grateful I am or how surreal this is. I didn’t think it was real when I first got the call to come in on Friday and I still don't even believe it now. All my friends and family have been so supportive this whole time and it's incredible, I'm truly blessed!”

Sammie, an RHS 2015 graduate, is excited to continue her studies in speech therapy and education at Ithaca College and go on to graduate school for a masters. Her end goal is to work with little kids in a preschool or elementary school. Way to go Sammie!

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gracemheller@gmail.com (Grace Heller) Neighbors Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:57:04 -0400