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Celebration of Life for Bethel Resident Timothy Ryan Schneider, 31, on Saturday

<p>Timothy Ryan Schneider “Tim, Timbo” of Bethel, CT, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2024, in Paterson, NJ at age 31. Tim was born on January 29, 1993, in Danbury, CT, the son of Christopher Schneider of Waterbury, CT and Donna Buer Schneider of Bethel, CT. He graduated from Bethel, HS in 2011. Tim is also survived by his older brother Michael (Alyssa) of Pottstown, PA, his sister Kelly of Bethel, CT, his grandmother Anita Buer of Bethel, CT, his nephews James, Ian, and Ronan, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.</p><p>Tim was a fervent and devoted New York Mets fan and passionately rooted for whichever team a friend played for, whether it be Union College, Villanova, Harvard, Penn State, Roberts Wesleyan, or any other team. He often changed his fan gear multiple times a day in order for his attire to reflect his loyalty. Tim attended Ability Beyond for the past 10 years. Tim also was a member of Special Olympics New Milford where he was an avid bowler, basketball player, and an amazing second baseman for softball. Tim also had the honor of being a member of the Special Olympics Team USA Unified Basketball Team in 2015 which competed in the World Games in Los Angeles. His team brought home a gold medal. </p><p>For many years, Tim was visible on the sidelines with Bethel sports teams. He assisted the football team in retrieving the field goal ball and was an inspiration to the teams he was a part of. Tim’s biggest passion was being the manager and foul ball retriever for the Bethel baseball team, and spending time in the dugout and on the field with the guys. Tim was and forever will be, the heart and soul of Bethel sports, as his enthusiasm and devotion always inspired his teammates to do their best and to continually achieve, for anything less than winning in Tim’s eyes was not an option! </p><p>Tim was a once-in-a-lifetime soul who positively impacted the lives of so many, and anyone who came in contact with Tim instantly and intuitively knew this. To those in Tim’s circle who embraced him in every facet of his life, thank you for letting him be ‘one of the guys’. Tim cherished the laughter and memories that you shared, and the compassion, patience, and genuine care that you showed him greatly enriched his life. Memories of your kindness and friendship to Tim will endure, and we have tremendous gratitude and admiration for what you each have done. Tim, our son, brother, uncle, grandson, cousin, and friend, rest in peace. The world will never know a more fierce competitor or friend, nor an individual who could persevere the way you did. You have, and will continue to, inspire so many in countless ways.</p><p>A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at the Bethel High School Gym in Bethel, CT at 1pm. The family asks that you wear your sports attire. There are no other services. In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Tim’s memory can be made to the Scotty Fund (https://www.scottyfund.org/), Ability Beyond (https://abilitybeyond.org/ways-to-give/) or Special Olympics Connecticut - New Milford program (Special Olympics CT)</p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">&nbsp;</span></p>

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Hispanic-Serving Institution celebration open to public at WCSU

<p class="ql-align-center"><br></p><p>DANBURY, Connecticut — <a href="https://www.wcsu.edu/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Western Connecticut State University</a>&nbsp;will celebrate its recent <a href="https://news.wcsu.edu/wcsu-designated-a-hispanic-serving-institution/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">designation</a> as a Hispanic-Serving Institution with an afternoon of events on Thursday, April 25, that pay tribute to the heritage of the community the university serves. The festivities will take place at the Berkshire Hall lobby and patio on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, and will be free and open to the public. The first 150 attendees will receive an HSI T-shirt and everyone who attends will be entered in a raffle for some WCSU Swag. RSVP at <a href="https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/wcsu-hsi-designation" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/wcsu-hsi-designation</a>. </p><p><strong>Planned events include:</strong></p><p>3:30 p.m. – Welcome by WCSU Pre-Collegiate &amp; Access Programs Associate Director Jessica Coronel, and Gabriela Perez, a graduating senior majoring in Anthropology/Sociology and Psychology with a minor in Multicultural Studies. Perez’s senior thesis for the Anthropology/Sociology major is an ethnographic study focusing on what makes a quality HSI. She is interviewing students and faculty, and will be summarizing her findings and personal experiences of the difference that intentional HSI planning and development can make in the lives of Hispanic students.</p><p>3:45 p.m. – Celebration of Puerto Rican faculty, staff, students and community members with a performance by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/BrassCityBomba" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Brass City Bomba</a></p><p>4:15 p.m. – Celebration of Brazilian faculty, staff, students and community members with a performance by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/connecticutcapoeira/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Benção Capoeira</a></p><p>4:30 p.m. – Lobo Awards Ceremony, presented by WCSU Interim President Dr. Manohar Singh and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology Dr. Carina Bandhauer. Recipients are: Lobo Leadership Award –&nbsp;Danbury Mayor Roberto Alves; Lobo Student Award – Najely A. Clavijo; Lobo Faculty/Staff Award – WCSU Director of Financial Aid &amp; Student Employment Melissa Stephens; Lobo Alumni Awards – Carolina Bortolleto and Camila Bortolleto</p><p>5:10 p.m. – Celebration of Mexican faculty, staff, students and community members with a performance by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/trio.lospajaros/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Trio Los Pájaros</a>&nbsp;– Mariachi Music</p><p>5:45 p.m. – Celebration of Ecuadorian faculty, staff, students and community members with a performance by dancers from the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/CentroCivicoEcuatoriano/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ecuadorian Civic Center of Greater Danbury</a></p><p>6 p.m. – Closing</p><p><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36);">In addition to the entertainment, WCSU’s Sodexo dining services will provide an assortment of food to celebrate the occasion in style. Among the offerings will be an aguas frescas station, and tortilla and plantain chips with assorted dips including jalapeno cheese sauce, pico de gallo, salsa, guacamole and hot sauce. A buffet will feature grilled chicken asada, jasmine rice and a garden salad, and there will be a churro station for dessert — all at no cost to celebration participants.</span></p><p>For more information, contact WCSU Communications and Marketing at <a href="mailto:pr@wcsu.edu" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">pr@wcsu.edu</a>.&nbsp;</p>

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Cybersecurity Workshop for Small Business Owners at Bethel Public Library

<p><strong>Cybersecurity Workshop for Small Business Owners: Protecting Your Business in Today's Digital Landscape on </strong>May 30 at 5:30 pm, Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave.</p><p>In an era where cybersecurity threats are on the rise, small businesses are increasingly becoming targets for cyberattacks. To address this critical issue and provide actionable insights to small business owners, a live workshop titled "Cybersecurity for the Small Business Owner" will be held on May 30, 2024, at 5:30pm EDT at the Bethel Public Library.</p><p>Hosted by industry expert and SCORE mentor, Michael Samoska, this workshop aims to equip small business owners with the knowledge and tools necessary to safeguard their digital assets and customers from cyber threats.</p><p><strong>Key Topics Covered:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Awareness and Risks:</strong>&nbsp;Understand the importance of cybersecurity and the potential risks facing small businesses.</li><li><strong>Impact of Today's Complex Threats:</strong>&nbsp;Learn about the evolving nature of cyber threats and their implications for small businesses.</li><li><strong>How to Protect Your Business:</strong>&nbsp;Gain insights into best practices and strategies to protect your business, clients, data, and information.</li><li><strong>Helpful Resources:</strong>&nbsp;Discover valuable resources and tools that can assist small businesses in enhancing their cybersecurity posture.</li></ul><p>For those unable to attend in person, the workshop will be livestreamed via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link for the livestream, please email&nbsp;<a href="http://westernconnecticutscore@scorevolunteer.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">westernconnecticutscore@scorevolunteer.org</a>. Pre-registration is required for both in-person and online attendance. Register now at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.score.org/westernconnecticut/event/cybersecurity-small-business-owner" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: blue;"><u>SCORE Western Connecticut Event Page</u></a>.</p><p>Small businesses play a vital role in our economy, and protecting them from cyber threats is essential for their growth and sustainability. This workshop offers an excellent opportunity for small business owners to arm themselves with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate the complex cybersecurity landscape.</p><p>Don't miss this chance to strengthen your cybersecurity defenses and protect your business. Join us on May 30th to learn from industry expert Michael Samoska and take the first step towards securing your business against cyber threats.</p><p>Free refreshments to be offered to participants.</p><p><br></p>

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Bethel Library's Simple Steps For Starting Your Business Series

<p>The SCORE - Western CT chapter - is sponsoring a free workshop series on starting your own business. The programs will be held<strong>&nbsp;Thursday evenings from April 11 through May 9.</strong>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Beginning at 5:00 pm, there will be a brief networking period with refreshments where participants can mingle with SCORE volunteers and local business people. At&nbsp;6:00 pm, the program will begin.&nbsp;</span><strong>This Series is In Person only.</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><img src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif" height="1" width="5"><strong style="color: rgb(166, 0, 1);">Part 2: Business Concept</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong>Thursday, April 18</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong>5:00-7:30 PM</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong>Register </strong><a href="https://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/xp_newpopevent.cfm?EventID=7478627&amp;sw=1680&amp;zeeOrg=BETHEL" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>This session will teach you how to evaluate your business concept.&nbsp;You'll do this by reviewing a feasibility plan draft of a sample business. You'll also learn how to research industry profile data, customer data, financial projections, and other information to help you create your own business feasibility plan. We will show you how&nbsp;to evaluate your business ideas to decide whether or not you should move forward with your business concept or go back to the drawing board.&nbsp;</p><p>Participants will be introduced to:</p><ul><li>The Concepts of Market Need</li><li>Creating a Feasibility Plan</li><li>Data Collection</li><li>Research of Your Industry and Target Market</li><li>Studying Your Competition</li><li>Reviewing Types of Data</li></ul><p><em>Tonight's presenter,&nbsp;Matt Alcuri, is a mentor for SCORE Western Connecticut. For the past decade plus, Matt has worked in product management developing new products, creating and implementing new product-line strategies, identifying and optimizing new distribution channels and creating highly effective product teams. He has deep experience in product planning, marketing, product management and as a SCORE mentor, supporting small businesses. Using his background and willingness to help small business owners succeed is his priority.</em></p>

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Bethel Community Earth Day Celebration on April 20!

<p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Bethel Community Earth Day celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20th beginning at 10am with 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗼𝘇𝗮 on the lawn at the Municipal Center lawn!</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">There are two parts to this year's event:</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗼𝘇𝗮</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Check in on the lawn at the Municipal Center at 10am to get your cleanup route, trash bags, and other supplies.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Use this link to see available cleanup routes: </span><a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fspreadsheets%2Fd%2F18_TkhnyHojI_rL4dNn2IacQLbDnCRgT9%2Fedit%3Fusp%3Dsharing%26ouid%3D107843378270416450897%26rtpof%3Dtrue%26sd%3Dtrue%26fbclid%3DIwAR1cjMYW7IZR4N_1RBXc6AVGuvz_Ddes01Bzus3s6BcpK7YKXong289pGu0_aem_ASUgKWLREhqyp4rR-nkklFK3Utb4Y-zs8Obufs-vsKSlt-xVys-DM2bCCeRfhAl_C-1zLiiUbT3lJzI--CSSqhEy&amp;h=AT26Vzh5RWsoCVqjk49-XVs1rfi4bBAjLt4FYpX2-PLFOufKRRDPCN2sg5YxjeDDlRKSa4rM4JIxFVmFDsD87iBcp89bQTGDU6vc98Pgmk6687IklYrfcQq_dJJWHlg&amp;__tn__=q&amp;c[0]=AT0_NNy8xWoPXy5ucZk12hqu30cgVR9DY_tr9qNwzMHLeiNDXMSqhe_I21e2YdCyi7kESiukXez0AKWarxcTYVaxiOrXoy0U09FJlC3Bl8D9do7VQzGnwVPz2BujEy7smP4bIgrvDCwqv3oOodvRRvlXOh_Q" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://docs.google.com/.../18_TkhnyHojI.../edit...</a></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Email </span><a href="mailto:kmtroy2019@gmail.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">kmtroy2019@gmail.com</a><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);"> to pre-register or come the morning of to sign up for a route.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">There will be a rain date of April 21, 2024.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">𝗘𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗙𝗮𝗶𝗿</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">This will be on the lawn at the Municipal Center from 11am to 2pm.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">There will be local vendors, non-profit organizations, community groups, artists, and others who are dedicated to environmental awareness and preserving our planet. Throughout the day there will be live music performed by local musicians and groups, a kid’s activity station, and other fun games. Bethel Community Earth Day will be a day for fun, learning, growth, and community-building for people of all ages.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">In case of inclement weather, this event will move inside the Municipal Center.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">If your organization would like to be involved in any way, fill out the following form: </span><a href="https://forms.gle/ggKFujiBv7mnJpz87?fbclid=IwAR1KwO65lM2ufDgYYpBIBSX5six6KHOu0fRgl1AkASNVGLWml5lbBDNxJ20_aem_ASVt2r87mo7WK2X_F9uYdbZSfog28xfskO6XW4plenxvyh624SR1uXYlTN70bdh_5BGWj4ABFXc1COMnju2GF7-B" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://forms.gle/ggKFujiBv7mnJpz87</a></p><p><span style="color: rgb(5, 5, 5);">Sponsored by the Bethel Parks &amp; Recreation Department, the Bethel Land Trust, and the Sustainable Bethel Commission.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">For more information email </span><a href="mailto:sustainblebethel@bethel-ct.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204);">sustainblebethel@bethel-ct.gov</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">.</span></p>

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Bethel's Broken Symmetry is on tap at the 2024 Connecticut Beer Fest!

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Bethel’s own </span><a href="https://www.brokensymmetrybrew.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwt-OwBhBnEiwAgwzrUnVon9lpo99sN1mIBmYQtWJZtGQRTrpgiWybEu0IDEnxattJ7skn4xoCUDwQAvD_BwE" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Broken Symmetry </a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">is o</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">n tap at the 2024 Connecticut Beer Fest! Sponsored by CT Brewers’ Guild, the Beer Fest will take place Saturday, April 20 at Connecticut Convention Center, (100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford) with the largest selection of Connecticut’s Craft Beer in the state!</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Learn more and purchase your tickets:&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="https://www.connecticut.beer/ctbeerfest2024/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.connecticut.beer/ctbeerfest2024/</a></p><p><br></p>

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Dan Carter's Bethel Community Update: BHS Post Prom, Earth Day, Shoutouts & More

<h3>Town Budget Review</h3><p>While much of our attention has been on the upcoming 2024-2025 annual budget referendum vote on April 23rd, most Town department heads have met with the comptroller and First Selectman over the last few weeks for the final quarterly budget review of the 2023-2024 budget. We are on track to finish the year on budget!</p><h3>Spring Clean-up Efforts</h3><p>We had a complaint this week about an overflowing garbage can on Greenwood Ave. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find who put it there, so our highway department took care of it. Springtime appears to be the time of year that more litter is tossed out on our roads and parking lots. Thank you to the residents who called the mess to our attention and thank you to all who help keep Bethel clean!</p><h3>Scam Awareness Event</h3><p>State Rep Marty Foncello and The Cascades in Stony Hill hosted Connecticut Attorney General William Tong this week to discuss many of the scams that victimize seniors in Bethel. He covered many of the more notable ways criminals separate our seniors from their life savings. The big take-home message is there are resources available from the Elder Justice Hotline at 1-860-808-5555. His presentation was fantastic, and we have asked for him to return for another at our Senior Center in the fall.</p><h3>Upcoming Events and Announcements</h3><ul><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Office Hours:</span> Wednesday, April 17th from 7 am to 8:30 am at Town Hall in the First Selectman office.</li><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Public Hearing:</span> Zoning Board of Appeals, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 6:00 pm. Check out upcoming public hearings at <a href="https://bethel-ct.gov/2024-public-hearing" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Bethel-ct.gov</a>.</li></ul><h3>Community Updates</h3><ul><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Bethel Senior Center:</span> With additional grant funding provided by the state, their kitchen and an ADA compliant bathroom were remodeled. The town also replaced their commercial refrigerator in the commercial kitchen. Stop in and take a look.</li><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Bethel High School "Post Prom":</span> An annual alcohol and drug-free event held to keep our kids and community safe on prom night. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated to help with activities, decorations, food, and prizes. Visit Notch 8 on April 29th and mention Post Prom during lunch or dinner, and a donation will be made to the cause. If you would like to contribute, send a check to “BHS PTSO” with “post prom” in the memo to Bethel High School at 300 Whittlesey Drive. Venmo is also an option: <a href="https://venmo.com/u/BHS-PTSO" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Venmo BHS-PTSO</a>. Contact BHSpostprom06801@gmail.com with questions.</li></ul><h3>Upcoming Events</h3><ul><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Annual Bethel Community Earth Day Event:</span> Trashapaloza town-wide cleanup kicks off at 10 am and runs to 12 pm. Berardinelli Services is providing a dumpster behind Town Hall. After dropping off trash, celebrate at the Earth Day Fair on the Town Hall lawn from 11 am to 2 pm.</li><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Annual CT Beer Fest 2024:</span> Our own Broken Symmetry will be participating in this event sponsored by the CT Brewers’ Guild on Saturday, April 20th, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Visit <a href="https://www.connecticut.beer/ctbeerfest2024/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Connecticut Beer Fest 2024</a> for tickets.</li></ul><h3>Registration and Opportunities</h3><ul><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Bethel Parks &amp; Recreation Day Camp:</span> Registration begins on Monday, April 22nd, at 9:00 am. Camp runs from June 24th to August 2nd. Visit <a href="https://bethelct.myrec.com/info/default.aspx" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Bethel Parks &amp; Rec</a> for more info on camp and other opportunities.</li><li><span style="color: var(--tw-prose-bold);">Putt FORE Paws:</span> Returns on June 10th to the beautiful Redding Country Club. Join for a day of golf and goodwill at the Joyce Allen Memorial Tournament. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and golfer registration is open. Register or sponsor at <a href="https://e.givesmart.com/events/BM1/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: var(--link);">Putt FORE Paws</a>.</li></ul><h3>Community Recognition</h3><ul><li>A big shoutout to Hannah Stowell and her Voting Registration Assembly at Bethel High School. Her well-organized Capstone Project registered well over 70 students to vote! Thank you for your civic engagement, Hannah!</li><li>Congrats to Joey O’Hara and Mackenzie Variale, our athletes of the week!</li><li>Girls lacrosse, girls tennis, and Bethel Softball all had wins this week! Outstanding Wildcats!</li><li>A shoutout to the girls track team who registered 13 SWC qualifying times and 12 state qualifying times this week!</li></ul><p><br></p>

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