Bethel's HamletHub Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:27:23 -0500 Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan Supper in Bethel

Chicken Parmesan Supper - Eggplant Parm too! on Saturday, November 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm 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. Call 203-743-1494  or visit the Church online:

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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 Oct 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

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


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Welcome the Holiday Season at Bethel WinterFest on November 23

Bethel WinterFest 

Horse-drawn carriage rides, tree lighting, photos with Santa, soup, s'mores, a new Holiday Village with Kiddie Train Rides at the Daily Fare to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Come downtown on Friday, November 23rd from 1 to 6 p.m.

The tree lighting is at 5, followed by Santa's arrival with the Fire Department escort. There are still a few opportunities to sponsor some of the fun. We have $100 sponsorships still available for the carriage ride to help keep the cost down, and we have $200 kiddie train ride sponsorships that also get a named "building" in the Holiday Village.

Please contact Brad at the Chamber at or call 203-743-6500 and ask for Brad or Dawn.

Image courtesy Bethel Bulletin

]]> (Bethel Chamber of Commerce) Events Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:07:28 -0500
Bethel Pubic Schools School Start Time Parent Information and Feedback Session on Monday

On Monday, November 12 at 6:00 pm, Bethel Public Schools will be hosting a Parent Information and Feedback Session on the final School Start Time option. The session will take place in the BHS auditorium.

This will give parents a final opportunity to give input before presenting to the Board of Education. "We will present an overview of the work of the committee and reasons for the final recommendation (including why other options were eliminated). If you would like to provide input, I would recommend you attend the session," says Superintendent, Christine Carver.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email

]]> (Bethel Public Schools) Events Fri, 09 Nov 2018 10:27:04 -0500
Bethel Police Open House Tomorrow, Dedication, Tours, Raffle

Bethel Police Department Open House at their new headquarters located at 12 Judd Ave. tomorrow, Saturday, November 10 from 12 – 4 PM.

A dedication will occur at 12PM followed by tours of the building. Be sure to bring the family. Police will raffle off a Lego Police Department donated by the Bethel Police Benevolent Association.



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Bethel Middle School presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. November 16 & 17

Bethel Middle School Musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr." will take place November 16, 2018 7:00PM and November 17, 2017 1:00PM & 7:00PM in the Bethel Middle School Auditorium.

Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Music by Special Arrangement with Sony/ATV Publishing

Adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams
Based on the MGM Motion Picture
Licensed Script Adapted by Ray Rorderick

Learn more and purchase tickets ($8 donation) here.

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Bethel's Circle of Friends Pre-School Screening

Circle of Friends Pre-School - Early Childhood Program, Berry School Pre-School Screening

Screening dates for the 2018-2019 school year are Wednesdays from 10:00-10:45: November 28, 2018, January 16, 2019, February 27, 2019, March 27, 2019, April 24, 2019, May 29, 2019

Are you concerned that your child might be experiencing difficulties or delays with talking, play skills, problem-solving skills or making their needs known? If so you and your child (3-5 years old) are encouraged to participate in a Circle of Friends screening. While meeting the staff to discuss your concerns or ask questions regarding your child’s development, your child will take part in informal play activities that include songs and motor activities.

The preschool team includes the Supervisor of Special Education, Preschool Special Education Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and School Social Worker.

Screening dates for the 2018-2019 school year are Wednesdays from 10:00-10:45: November 28, 2018, January 16, 2019, February 27, 2019, March 27, 2019, April 24, 2019, May 29, 2019 If school is closed because of inclement weather, the pre-school screen will be canceled.

If there is a 3-hour delay the screen will be held at 11:00am. If there is a 2-hour delay the screen will continue as planned. Pre-registration is much appreciated but drop-ins are welcomed. For more information, please contact Kate Coffey at 203-794- 8679.

Visit Circle of Friends online here.

]]> (Bethel Public Schools) Life Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:16:24 -0500
Bethel's Byrd's Books encourages spending time with (nearby) nature

David K. Leff is an essayist, Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. In his latest book, Terranexus: Connection and Meaning in Ordinary Places, David suggests that we connect with ordinary places close to home, that we discover inspiration and beauty nearby. Through "the art of deep travel," he understands that intrigue and wonder beckon just beyond our doorsteps. To learn more, join Bethel's Byrd's Books on Friday, November 30th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, for an evening that will remind us how important spending time with nature is for all of us on Earth. As David returns to Byrd’s Books to read from and discuss his new book, the latest in the Little Bound Book series from Midpoint Trade Books, he'll walk you just beyond your doorstep and make you realize that the wonders of nature lie right there. "So grab your kids, turn off your cellphones, and enjoy them," says former U. S. EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, in response. To save a spot for this unique adventure, or to order a copy of Terranexus, go to

Howard Mansfield, author of Dwelling in Possibility is direct in his acknowledgment of David's unique viewpoint and urgency.  "Leif has given us a permission slip and a directive: go forth and see," he notes, adding "Travel local, travel deep. See the beauty in ‘hard-used places.’ Canoe polluted and pillaged rivers. Everything ordinary is beautiful. Go forth and make your own terranexus, your own ‘profound connection’ to your home ground. Celebrate your place in earth–there is no other like it."

David K. Leff is the author of five nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry and a novel in verse. In 2016-2017 the National Park Service appointed him poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). David’s journals, correspondence, and other papers are archived at the University of Massachusetts Libraries in Amherst. He is the town historian and town meeting moderator of Canton, Connecticut where he also served 26 years as a volunteer firefighter. For more about David, visit

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. For more information, go to or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).


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Art Department faculty to offer Portfolio Day at WCSU Dec. 1


The Western Connecticut State University  Department of Art will offer an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an education in art and design to have their works reviewed by members of the WCSU art faculty during a “Portfolio Day” event on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 145 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Participation is encouraged for high school and college transfer students interested in pursuing art studies at WCSU, as well as their parents, teachers and guidance counselors. Admission is free and advance registration is required; reservations may be submitted online at

Participants are invited to bring in selections from their works or a digital portfolio, and will meet individually with professional artists who teach at WCSU. Faculty members will critique portfolios to provide feedback and guidance on works presented and also will be prepared to discuss professional career opportunities in art and design, as well as concentrations for study in the Art Department’s Bachelor of Arts program.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:12:25 -0500
RVNA Health Source: Eating to Sleep, Are You as Tired as We Are?

The concept that you can’t catch up on lost sleep is a dismaying one, particularly if you’re already a few months – or years! – behind. Fortunately, time and attention can help reverse the course and side effects of sleep deprivation. Which is a good thing because sleep deprivation can lead to chronic weight issues, fatigue, brain fog, chronic pain, trouble fighting off illnesses, depression, anxiety, and more.

Meg Whitbeck, MS RDN, RVNA’s nutrition educator and registered dietitian, has two young sons, ages 4 and 7, and – like many of us – has had her share of sleepless nights. Our question to Meg: Can we eat our way to better sleep?

“Yes!” says Whitbeck. “While diet alone won’t get you on a regular cycle of seven to nine hours of sleep per night, which are needed to get your circadian rhythms back on track, there are definitely dietary dos and don’ts that will help you along the way.”

* Eat Nutritiously: Meals rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein support good sleep.

* Leave Time to Digest: Digestion takes a back seat when we sleep, so give yourself at least two hours after your last main meal before retiring.

* Relax with a Warm Drink: Beverages like herbal teas help us relax and tame tension, encouraging a peaceful rest.

* Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol: Both disturb sleep cycles, so try to skip alcohol and late-day caffeine.

* Sweet Dreams, not Desserts: Sweets before bed can jolt us awake with a sugar rush, rudely disrupting our sleep.

* Consider Supplements: Several supplements are available for improved quality sleep. The top two are L-theanine, an amino acid, and the hormone melatonin. L-theanine, when taken in doses of about 200mg, provides a calming effect to most users. Melatonin is a hormone our bodies make which helps regulate our circadian rhythms and helps our bodies differentiate between day and night. It is the most popular “sleep” supplement available. Melatonin can also be found in many foods, with grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms topping the list. Please note that melatonin interacts with several medications, including blood pressure medications, so check with your doctor before you start taking it!

For more details or to ask questions, visit

]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Wed, 07 Nov 2018 01:03:00 -0500
Two Local Non-Profits Make a Hospice Patient's Dying Wish Come True

Nancy Anderson, a 58-year-old former therapist and current patient of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care in Danbury, was eagerly awaiting the premiere of the movie “A Star is Born.”  As one of her all-time favorite movies, she couldn’t wait to experience it all over again.  The challenge, however, is that Nancy was recently diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, which makes ordinary things, like a trip to the movies, much more difficult to do.

When her Regional Hospice care team learned of Nancy’s desire, they sought to help make her wish come true. They contacted the Prospector Theatre, a unique non-profit movie house in nearby Ridgefield CT to see if they could work together to create a special screening of “A Star is Born” for Nancy. The theatre management immediately signed up to make this dream come true, promising to add “a little bit of Prospector sparkle” to brighten her day.

On October 17th, the Prospector team hosted a private screening of the movie for Nancy and her friends.  Under the projected stars on the ceiling, they set her up with a special lounge chair, refreshments, and blankets.  In the comfort of this setting, Nancy and her friends were given a few hours of pure joy, as they settled in to watch this special movie.  According to her friend, Jami, Nancy was grateful to take some control of her life back: to invite her friends and to go out to see a movie of her choosing. It was a blessing for them all during a difficult time, described by her friends as a beautiful, but bittersweet day.

Nancy is known for her boundless empathy and willingness to help others.  Through her work as a therapist, she has helped many people, especially after the events of 9/11.


]]> (Regional Hospice and Palliative Care) Neighbors Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:50:33 -0500
November Astronomy at New Pond Farm: Stellar Stories

The Discovery Center at Ridgefield and New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding, are offering a public astronomy program on Saturday, November 17th, at 6:00 PM. At 5:30PM, there will be an optional mini-lesson for participants, especially children, to better understand what they will be viewing. This will take place in the classroom and is included in the price of the program.

Andromeda is to meet an awful fate by the monster Cetus, but is saved by Perseus who flies in on Pegasus.  Mars, and if we are lucky, faint Neptune may be viewed. The ancient story of Andromeda plays out across the heavens tonight, along with the Gods Mars and Neptune. The Moon will be seen in the First Quarter Phase.

Participants should bring a flashlight for the walk to the observatory and dress for the weather.

The program is $4 for Discovery Center members, with a maximum of $16 per family. For nonmembers, the charge is $6, with a maximum of $24 per family. Registration is required and can be done at or by calling 203-438-1063. If the skies appear cloudy, check the website after 4:00 PM for program status.

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Women and the Retirement Crisis: 5 Keys to Live Comfortably in Retirement

Reby Advisors puts a spotlight on women retirement in this article titled, Women and the Retirement Crisis: 5 Keys to Live Comfortably in Retirement.

Here’s a number that will knock your socks off: $400 trillion.1

By 2050, the retirement savings shortfall in eight of the world’s largest economies is expected to reach $400 trillion, according to estimates from the World Economic Forum (WEF). The shortfall is the difference between the amounts of money retirees may receive from government and/or employer pensions and individual savings. The amount they need to replace 70 percent of their pre-retirement income is also factored in.1

Retirees in the United States are expected to have the biggest shortfall, coming up at about $137 trillion short.1

There are many reasons why countries and individuals are poorly prepared to meet the challenges of retirement, including:

  • Longer life expectancies
  • Disappearing corporate pensions
  • Persistent, low-growth economic environment
  • Low savings rates
  • High financial illiteracy

Additionally, in the United States, government support systems like Social Security and Medicare are at risk of running short of funding. This is due, in part, to gains in longevity and reluctance on the part of elected officials to take unpopular actions that might include raising the current retirement age, cutting benefits, or modifying the FICA tax that funds the programs.2

The retirement crisis affects women disproportionately

While a retirement shortfall isn’t news, few people recognize it does not affect everyone equally. Women are 80 percent more likely than men to be impoverished early in retirement, reported the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS). The likelihood of financial distress increases with age:3

“For women age 65 and older, the data indicates that their typical income is 25 percent lower than men. As men and women age, men’s income advantage widens to 44 percent by age 80 and older. Consequently, women were 80 percent more likely than men to be impoverished at age 65 and older, while women age 75 to 79 were three times more likely to fall below the poverty level as compared to their male counterparts.”

One of the reasons older women’s incomes are lower than men’s during retirement is because women’s incomes were lower during their working years. According to WEF, women’s lower salaries, along with work interruptions, negatively affect their retirement savings:1

“Lower salaries have a direct impact as individual contributions [to workplace retirement plans] are often by default a percentage of salaries, but lower salaries and lower contributions are compounded by women receiving lower employer-matching contributions than their male colleagues. On average, women also have longer life expectancies and will have to spread their savings across more years in retirement.”

In addition, women tend to have higher rates of part-time employment and shorter job tenure. As a result, it may be more difficult to meet a retirement plan’s eligibility requirements, reported NIRS.3

How can women meet the retirement challenge?

While every woman has unique life circumstances, and distinct personal and financial goals, all women can improve their retirement readiness. For many, the first step is reordering financial priorities.

Willis Towers Watson survey found less than one-half (44 percent) of women ranked ‘saving for retirement’ as a top priority. In fact, setting aside funds for retirement was fifth on the list of financial priorities for most women.4

It’s not unusual for young men or young women to feel little urgency about saving for retirement. Typically, retirement doesn’t become a financial priority until people reach their 40s or 50s. Unfortunately, for many women, saving needs to begin at a relatively early age if they want to live comfortably throughout retirement.4

As a result, it’s important for women – and anyone else whose goal is to live comfortably in retirement – to do the following:

  1. Start saving for retirement early. Make it a habit to regularly contribute to a retirement account. Saving small amounts at a young age can result in a bigger nest egg than saving bigger amounts at an older age.
  2. Save in your workplace retirement plan, if possible. If you’re not eligible, open an IRA and contribute to it every pay period.
  3. Take advantage of the IRS Saver’s Credit. Depending on your adjusted gross income and tax filing status, you may be able to claim the credit for 50 percent, 20 percent, or 10 percent of the first $2,000 you contribute during the year to a retirement account.5
  4. Learn more about saving and investing. The 2017 Retirement Income Literacy Report found retirement literacy rates were affected by gender, education, and wealth. However, few men (35 percent) and fewer women (17 percent) were able to pass a retirement income test.6
  5. Calculate how much you may need to live comfortably in retirement and how much you should save to reach that goal. Do this every year. The amount you need to save is a moving target because your income and circumstances may change over time.

Although retirement may seem far into the future, it’s important to begin saving as early as possible. The alternative – reaching retirement age without enough savings to live comfortably – is one no one wants to experience.

The Transition from Career to Retirement: Are You Ready?

If you would like to learn more about retirement planning and saving, we've put together a free seminar that will draw on 33 years of experience and share retirement income strategies designed to help you sustain your lifestyle without running out of money.

CLICK HERE NOW to see available dates and times and sign up.

Sources (Pages 7, 8, 12, and 22)


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Tennies & Ties Gala at the 16th Annual Festival of Trees on November 17

Tennies & Ties Gala at the 16th Annual Festival of Trees on November 17

You are invited to take the field with party-goers for the Tennies & Ties Gala at the 16th Annual Festival of Trees on Saturday, November 17th at the Danbury Sports Dome.

The Honorable Rudy Marconi will serve as Master of Ceremonies, as the event pays Tribute to neighbors Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation. The RSO Jazz Quartet will provide entertainment, as Chef Michael Bick of Some Things Fishy presents his artistry in tempting food fare.

The event benefits Ann’s Place, the community-based cancer support organization, serving over one thousand clients each year with professional services made possible in part by Festival of Trees. The gala kicks off the holiday season with its festive holiday tree walk, that dazzles and delights with personal stories of courage, hope and love. Tree designers range from professional artists and designers to scout troops to the Ridgefield Chorale with their Why We Sing theme.

Newtown artist Linda Pickwick’s Angels Among Us features 15 hand cut and hand painted wooden angels. Retired Boehringer Ingelheim artist Wendee Nussle’s hand painted tree That’s no Partridge! is a clever play on a pear tree. There will even be a Broadway Hamilton tree “in the room where it happens,” as St. Mary’s School in Ridgefield explores Christmas Blessings.

Auction items include a Girls Night Out entertainment package for 4 to the sold out 98 Christmas Tour at Ridgefield Playhouse, along with Dinner and Wine Pairings for 4 at Bailey’s Backyard.

ACT of CT gets into the act, offering pairs of tickets to two upcoming plays, coupled with meeting the cast and directors of Stephen Schwartz’ Working and the Jane Austin fan pleaser Austin’s Pride.

Racing fans will want to bring a friend to bid on a Mario Andretti Indy Car Driving School for two.

A luxury sky box at a Rangers game in the Garden is another auction highlight. Fantastic raffles will tempt every visitor as well.

Ann’s Place invites you to be the ones who help our neighbors living with cancer while enjoying an unforgettably fun evening in the Dome – in your cocktail attire and best sneakers (tennies) - as you explore treasures on Astroturf. Don’t delay! Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Jack Bouffard at Ann’s Place, 203-790-6568.

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Bethel Voters Can Register on Election Day

Bethel voters can register on Election Day at CJ Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School St. 

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reminded eligible but unregistered voters that they can register and vote on Election Day, at the Election Day Registration location in their town.

A full list of The Election Day Registration locations can be found at

Click here to find out if you are registered to vote.

“It is not too late to register to vote if you haven’t yet registered,” said Merrill. “Connecticut has Election Day Registration, so you are able to register and vote on Election Day at the EDR location in your town. My office and the dedicated local election officials throughout the state won’t rest until every eligible voter registers and every registered voter votes.”

Please note that Election Day Registration voters must be registered to vote by 8:00pm in order to vote (not in line to register by 8:00pm), so voters should go to the Election Day Registration location in their towns as early as possible. Any voter who has not registered by 8:00pm will not be able to vote.

More information on Election Day Registration can be found at

In order to register on Election Day, a potential voter must provide their birth certificate, driver's license, passport, or Social Security card, or in the case of college and university students a current photo identification issued by their higher education institution. If the potential voter’s identification does not also include proof of their residential address, he or she must also submit another form of identification showing their residential address in the municipality. The additional identification may include, but is not limited to, a motor vehicle learner's permit, a utility bill due no later than 30 days after the election, for a college or university student a current college or university registration or fee statement, a lease, a library card with residential address, a paycheck, a property tax bill, naturalization documents, or other satisfactory proof of residence.
Eligibility requirements can be found here.

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