Bethel's HamletHub Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:49:55 -0400 Public Hearing on Town of Bethel Proposed 2018-2019 Budget Tomorrow

Public Hearing on Town of Bethel proposed 2018-2019 budget tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20, from 7-9pm at Bethel High School (300 Whittlesey Drive).

Click here for additional information from the Town of Bethel.

]]> (00 Whittlesey Drive) Events Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:47:17 -0400
WCSU hosts Women's History Month discussion on March 28

Western Connecticut State University will host Jennifer Finney Boylan, the Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University, for a Women's History Month talk, "Gender and Resistance," at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be free and the public is invited.

WCSU Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Leslie Lindenauer, who organized the Women's History Month event, said, "Boylan's program reflects the university's attention to and celebration of diversity. As one of the foremost advocates for LGBTQ civil rights, Jennifer Finney Boylan brings to WestConn decades of experience in the public sphere, as well as significant contributions to the academy. Her dedication to fostering public conversations about gender and diversity - as a columnist for the New York Times, among other outlets - is sure to inspire and energize the university community."

Created in 2014, the Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence position honors one of Barnard's most esteemed alumnae. As part of the position, Boylan teaches two writing courses each year while also engaging with Barnard students and faculty in ways that support the growth of young writers.

In addition to her role at Columbia, Boylan is the author of 15 books and writes the column "Men and Women" for the New York Times. Her 2003 memoir, "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders," was the first best-selling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist and short story writer, she also is a nationally known advocate for civil rights. She has appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," "Live with Larry King," "The Today Show," the "Barbara Walters Special," NPR's "Marketplace" and "Talk of the Nation." She also has been the subject of documentaries on CBS News' "48 Hours" and The History Channel. Boylan served on the board of directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide, from 2011 to 2018, and as co-chair of GLAAD's board of directors from 2013 to 2017.

For more information, contact Lindenauer at or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

]]> (Sherri Hill) Neighbors Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:54:32 -0400
Bethel's Byrd's Books Continues Spring Poetry Series

Bethel's Byrd'sBooks Continues Spring Poetry Series with Volume II on April 14

Poetry in spring is as natural as spotting the first robin's red breast. And listening to a poet's words in spring at Bethel's Byrd's Books is equally so. The popular independent bookstore, located at 126 Greenwood Avenue across from historic P.T. Barnum Square, will host "volume II" of its spring poetry series on Saturday, April 14th at 3:00pm, featuring some impressive talent and their equally notable words.   

The afternoon of poetry will feature Donna Marie Merritt, recipient of a Teachers’ Choice Award from Learning Magazine; Gail Carson Levine, a Newbery Honor recipient; Jen Sage-Robison, creator of Kitchen Table Writers;  Marilyn Nelson, former poet laureate of Connecticut and also winner of both Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honors; and Doug Anderson, winner of a Pushcart Prize, honoring the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot" published in the small presses. The event is free and open to to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. To reserve a seat, go to This special spring poetry series will conclude on Friday, May 18th at 7:00pm.

 Byrd’s Books is a general bookstore that carries only new titles, with a special focus on Connecticut authors, poets, publishers and illustrators. As a proud member of the American Bookseller’s Association and its division Indiebound, Byrd’s Books participates in the larger community of bookselling nationwide, especially encouraging and promoting a vibrant network of independent bookstore.  Byrd's Books features additional sections that include bestsellers, children's books, poetry, mystery, science and nature, and classics, as well as greeting cards, gifts, puzzles, and a large selection of discounted titles. Byrd's Books is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. Plenty of parking is available behind the English Apothecary, where there is a rear entrance. For additional information, visit or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).

]]> (Ted Killmer) Places Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:14:14 -0400
Bethel's Doherty Petri School of Irish Dancing brings St. Patrick's Day joy to SPHERE

Doherty Petri School of Irish Dancing kicked-off SPHERE’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with an exhilarating performance last night before a packed house at the Ridgefield Recreation Center. Even better yet, these young dancers, all dressed in traditional Irish costume, had all of the SPHERE members step-dancing with them to the wonderful Celtic music.

“The dancers were really good and everybody loved their performance,” said SPHERE member Jennifer Bender.  “They also taught us how to step dance which made the whole evening a lot of fun!" 

Thank you to the Doherty Petri School of Irish Dance and SPHERE’s music director Kim Pereira for a wonderful Irish celebration filled with traditional dance, music and storytelling!

SPHERE’s mission is to enrich and enhance the lives of adults with disabilities through education, recreation, and the arts while fostering and nurturing relationships between our members and our communities. Learn more about SPHERE here.

]]> (Neil Gollogly) Neighbors Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:21:02 -0400
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with food and entertainment at Danbury Irish Center!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center!

Corned Beef and Shepard's Pie dinners with cabbage, Irish soda bread and dessert; sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, and more!

Entertainment includes Irish dancers in the afternoon and traditional Irish music with Chicks'n'Sync from 4:30 - 7:30, and Steve O'Tree & Friends from 8 - 11.

Nobody parties like the Irish!  (And don't forget the parade on March 25th - starting at St. Peters in Danbury at 3 pm!)

6 Lake Avenue
Danbury, CT

]]> (judi perkins) Places Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:43:28 -0400
Thomas Gaetano Yacono, 89, of the Cascades at Bethel, has died

Thomas G. Yacono

Thomas Gaetano Yacono, 89, of the Cascades at Bethel, died on Tuesday evening, March 13, 2018 at Danbury Hospital.

He was the husband of sixty-eight years to Letizia (LoGreco) Yacono and father of Gary T. Yacono, MD (Michele) of New Fairfield, Angela R. White (Alan) of Stony Brook, NY and Lisa C. Hughes (Robert Storace) of Southbury, CT and grandfather of Erika and Andrew White, Matthew and Catherine Hughes and Danielle, Jessica and Michael Yacono.

Mr. Yacono was born in Dobbs Ferry, NY, January 13, 1929 to Gaetano and Angelina (Cincotta) Yacono. He attended Dobbs Ferry schools and graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School. Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Yacono enlisted and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy. 

Upon his return from the United States Navy, Thomas and Letizia were united in marriage.

Mr. Yacono was a retired Westchester County builder and real estate broker.

As a former active member of the Dobbs Ferry community, he served as a Deputy Mayor and Trustee and a past president of the Dobbs Ferry Lions Club. He was a former communicant of Our Lady of Pompeii Church.

A Connecticut resident for the past twenty-one years coming from Dobbs Ferry, NY, Mr. and Mrs. Yacono first resided at Heritage Village, Southbury and in later years at the Cascades of Bethel. As a Southbury resident, Mr. Yacono was a communicant at Sacred Heart Church.

He enjoyed travel, art; most especially oil and acrylic painting of landscapes, golf, reading and was considered an avid learner.

He will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will take place in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury, CT on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. 

Entombment will follow in Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, NY at 12:30 p.m.

The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, Danbury on Saturday from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 am.

Contributions in Mr. Yacono’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492.


]]> (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:29:24 -0400
Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan Supper

Chicken Parmesan Supper - Eggplant Parm too! this Saturday, March 17 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bethel.

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

Questions? Call 203-743-1494  or go online:

]]> (judi perkins) Events Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:01:02 -0400
Rhythms of Grace special needs Sunday service in Bethel

Rhythms of Grace – special needs Sunday service

Rhythms of Grace service for children and families with special needs occurs the third Sunday of every month, except in August.  The next service is March 18 at 12:00 noon.  Please visit the church’s Rhythms of Grace page for more information and FAQ to ensure the best experience for your family:

For more information contact: Norma Schmidt, Pastor at 203.743.1494 or email

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

]]> (judi perkins) Life Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:58:34 -0400
Bethel High School Students Walkout, Call for Stricter Gun Laws & Honor Victims of Parkand, Florida Shooting

Today at 10:00 am, Bethel High School students joined housands of students and organizations across the country and "walked out" calling for stricter gun laws and honoring the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that took place one month ago today. Today's walkout was spearheaded by organizers of the Women's March.  

Bethel resident, Kristen Jensen, who lives on Milwaukee Ave, took the photos here. "The kids came marching down my street - brave courageous souls," said Jensen. 

Another walkout, founded and organized by Ridgefield High School student Lane Murdock, will take place on April 20. #ENOUGH is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and last for 17 minutes to protest legislative inaction on gun policy. Learn more about Murdock's National School Walkout here.

]]> (Sarah) Neighbors Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:56:32 -0400
Dorathea E. Gulya, 99, of Bethel, has died

Dorathea E. Gulya

Dorathea E. Gulya, 99, of Bethel, died on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Lutheran Home of Southbury. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 19, 2018, 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary, 26 Dodgingtown Rd., Bethel, CT.  Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Bethel.  There will be no calling hours. 

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

]]> (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:28:28 -0400
Malloy Announces Partial Activation of State's Emergency Operations Center Ahead of Snowstorm

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. today announced that he will partially activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) beginning at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 to monitor storm conditions across the state and prepare for winter weather that is forecast to have an impact on morning and potentially afternoon travel. Forecasts are showing a range of accumulation across the state, with the heaviest amounts occurring in central and eastern Connecticut.

“As we continue to monitor the most up-to-date forecasts on tomorrow’s impending snowstorm, our state agencies are working around the clock to ensure we are prepared to respond to this latest round of winter weather,” Governor Malloy said. “The snow is expected to impact the morning commute in central and eastern Connecticut, so if motorists must travel, they are encouraged to take it slow and remember their winter weather driving skills.”

The state’s EOC will be staffed with personnel from the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Department of Transportation, the Connecticut National Guard, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Administrative Services, and liaisons from Eversource and United Illuminating.

The current snowfall forecast is estimating 4-8 inches in western Connecticut, 8-12 inches in central Connecticut, and 10-16 inches in eastern Connecticut. Light snow is expected to develop between 2:00 – 4:00 a.m., becoming moderate to heavy in the central and eastern portions of the state as the day goes on.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has 634 plow trucks and 200 private contractors ready to clear the roads.

If motorists need to travel tomorrow, they are reminded of their winter weather driving skills:

  •          Clear the snow and ice from your vehicle
  •          Always wear your seat belt
  •          Give yourself extra time to get to your destination
  •          Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges
  •          Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
  •          Don't pass snowplow trucks
  •          Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car
]]> (Governor Malloy) Life Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:51:54 -0400
Save the Date! Love Runs Through Sandy Hook on July 21

The theme of the Sandy Hook 5K is "Love Runs Through."  The 5K run/walk will take place at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, July 21. Registration opens on April 29. Once open, you can click here to register.

Race organizers explain Love runs through everything being done to prepare for this event, and through every step we take to reach our goals. "Our goal is to bring you a world-class, one-of-a-kind family event filled with love.  Whether you are running with us in Newtown, volunteering, fundraising, or running with us Virtually runs through," they say.

Be sure to check the official race website for all the latest news and information. 

Questions? Email

To volunteer:

To be a sponsor:

For registration questions, please email

]]> (Sarah) Events Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:14:40 -0400
Bethel Family Fest scheduled for May 5th

The Bethel Family Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th from 12pm-4pm at the Danbury Sports Dome. 

Join them for a fun-filled day as they raise money to benefit Hero Project & Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

There will be food trucks, music, a health fair, games, touch a truck, local vendor shopping, kids corner with inflatables, sports, and more!

The cost of the festival is $5 per person or $20 per family (up to 6 people).

]]> (Bethel Public Schools) Events Sat, 10 Mar 2018 09:55:00 -0500
Open Mic Story Series Launching in Bethel on March 16

Hat Town Story Hour has announced its first series of open mic events for those with a true tale to tell.

Starting at 8 p.m. on the third Friday each month at Molten Java, up to 10 story-tellers will share a 5-minute true story based on that month's theme. Dates and themes are:

March 16th- LUCK
April 20th- DIRT
May 18th- MAGIC

Story-tellers are asked to sign up in advance.  Sign-up info and links to story-telling tips and techniques are available here

Molten Java is located at 213 Greenwood Avenue.  The coffee house and arts venue is co-organizing the spring Hat Town Story Hour series with St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. 

]]> (judi perkins) Events Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:53:10 -0500
Spring Ahead Weekend is HERE!

It's time to spring ahead! Tomorrow night, Saturday, March 10, most responsible Americans set their clocks ahead and kiss goodbye (or goodnight) the hour we won't see again until November.

Daylight Saving Time 2018 (note: it is Saving is singular) begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 4.

What does this mean?  At 2 a.m. on Sunday, you will lose an hour or spring forward an hour and the correct time will be 3 a.m.  This hour is not lost forever.  On November 3, the clocks will be readjusted backward and you will gain an hour.

For many of us, the adjustment of clocks will be minimal since smartphones, tablets, computers and more adjust automatically.  However, the adjustment of our body clocks might take a bit longer, so prepare yourself for a "tired Monday!"

The idea of daylight saving was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, aka, the 'early to be, early to rise' guy, back in 1784.

National Geographic documents some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time in an article titled Daylight Saving Time: When Does It Begin? And Why?. Read it here.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

]]> (Tara Daly) Life Fri, 09 Mar 2018 04:45:52 -0500