Bethel's HamletHub Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:34:44 -0500 Connecticut Among Top 10 States for Outbound Moves

Connecticut Residents Are on the Move

Connecticut residents are on the move, according to a recent study conducted by United Van Lines. Results show that for the fourth consecutive year, Connecticut is among the top ten states for outbound moves. 

Out of the four areas tracked, one area bucked the trend and had more people moving in than out.  The New London-Norwich area had a total of 245 shipments, 54.3% of those were folks moving into the area.

The area with the highest percentage of people moving out was the New Haven-Waterbury-Meriden area that had 282 shipments from a total of 385 in or out of that area.


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United Van Lines reports, “New Jersey (66.8 percent), Connecticut (62 percent) and New York (61.5 percent) were included among the top 10 outbound states for the fourth consecutive year. 

The top outbound states for 2018 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan

Since 1977, United Van Lines has annually tracked migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. “The 2018 study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. and ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state,” United Van Lines says.

Learn more about United Van Lines 2018 study here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:15:27 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel: Cornerstone Organizing


Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Cornerstone Organizing!

Three questions with Kerri Colombo, owner of Cornerstone Organizing.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business in 2005 to help people organize and simplify their homes, and streamline their processes.  

Best selling product or service?

The most popular work I do is working alongside a client to go through closets, drawers, boxes and storage to determine which items are most meaningful and useful.  I then help guide a client in their decision making when choosing to let go of both physical and mental clutter. 


Visit Cornerstone Organizing online: or call 203-794-0284.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!




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Story Hour Open Mic at Molten Java in Bethel

Story Hour Open Mic at Molten Java in Bethel

On the third Friday each month up to 10 story-tellers will share a 5-minute true story based on the month's theme. This month it’s  Jan. 18, 8 -9 pm and the theme is “There’s a first time for everything.”

No story to share? Plan to cheer on our storytellers as part of the audience.

Molten Java Story Hour follows the same storytelling guidelines as The Moth, available here. 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 has organized the open mic series with St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.  

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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 Jan 20 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 here

For questions, contact Norma Schmidt, Pastor at 203.743.1494 or by email

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

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Burn Calories, Be One with Nature! Snowshoe Trails Near Bethel

Finally…snow is headed to much of Connecticut this weekend! You don’t need to be a kid to get outside and bask in the white fluff! Why not give snowshoeing a try? Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of nature in New England while engaging in a low impact cardio workout.

"Snowshoeing is the best bang-for-your-buck, fat-burning workout in winter," according to Dr. Ray Browning of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado's Health Science Center and Vail Mountain Man champion. "It's an exceptional way to achieve cardiovascular fitness, expend energy and reduce your chance of heart disease; plus it's low cost, easily mastered and fun."

According to two independent studies conducted by Ball State University and the University of Vermont, snowshoers can burn between 420-1000 calories per hour. Here are some snowshoeing trails near Bethel courtesy of

Trail Difficulty Rating Park
Baxter Preserve EASY 4 Baxter Preserve
Bear Mountain via Red, White, and Yellow Trails Loop MODERATE 4 Bear Mountain Reservation
Bear Mountain Reservation Short Loop MODERATE 3.5 Bear Mountain Reservation
White Trail to Blue Trail Loop MODERATE 4.5 Collis P. Huntington State Park
Ives Trail Greenway MODERATE 3.5 Danbury, Connecticut
Great Ledge and Bedford Trail Loop MODERATE 4.5 Devils Den Nature Preserve
Saugatuck Trail MODERATE 4 Devils Glen Park
Fairfield Hills Loop EASY 4 Newtown, Connecticut
Housatonic Railway Trail: Monroe to Newtown EASY 3 Newtown, Connecticut
Hemlock Hills, Pine Mountain Trail HARD 4.5 Ridgefield, Connecticut
Tarrywile Park Trail MODERATE 4 Tarrywile Park
Middle Mountain to Thomas Mountain Loop MODERATE 4.5 Tarrywile Park

Please visit for more information about the trails at


]]> (Katie Connors) Places Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:49:42 -0500
Seven Connecticut Dogs Selected for 2019 Puppy Bowl

Bloomfield’s Brady from Dog Star Rescue to be part of the starting Lineup

Brady, a 17 week old Chihuahua/Russell Terrier from Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut will be part of Animal Planet’s 15th annual "Puppy Bowl", two hours of nonstop cuteness, on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3, 3 EST/12 PST).

Animal Planet says, “Don't miss the ultimate "Tailgating experience with the Puppy Bowl Pregame Show, featuring aww-analysis and cuddly commentary from sports correspondents including the infamous Rodt Weiler. Puppy Bowl XIV will kick off at GEICO Stadium.”

According to Animal Planet, the 7 year-running America's favorite "Rufferee," Dan Schachner, will return to call the puppy penalties, furry fumbles and terrier touchdowns. 

Six other dogs from Connecticut will be “Back Up Pups”.

Four puppies are from Danbury Animal Welfare Society:

  • Cole, an 18 week old Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Panda, a 19 week old American Bulldog/Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Scout a 15 week old Pomeranian/Chihuahua
  • Walnut, a 19 week old Boston Terrier/Miniature Poodle/Chihuahua/Dachshund.

Two puppies are from Pack Leaders Rescue of CT:

  • Smokey Blue a 13 week old Lab/Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier/Golden Retriever
  • Tuff a 16 week old Toy Fox Terrier/American Staffordshire Terrier.

All dogs are available for adoption! View the Puppy Bowl starting lineup here.

*Fun Fact, Brady is a 2019 Howl of Fame inductee


]]> (Animal Planet) Life Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:27:24 -0500
Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks, led by Webster Bank and supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, will enable essential federal workers who are required to report to work without pay to receive unemployment assistance.

In addition, he is working with legislative leadership to emergency certify a bill that would ensure Connecticut is able to take advantage of any decision by the federal government to permit essential workers to collect earned unemployment insurance benefits. Lastly, Governor Lamont urged non-essential employees, who are not required to report to work, to access state unemployment benefits by contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor or their local American Job Center.

Read More: Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown.

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Google Tech Training Tour Brings Seminars to 500+ Connecticut Job Seekers, Small Businesses and Nonprofits


February Trip Will Make Stops in Hartford, New Haven, and New London, open to all residents of Bethel

Google announced today that it will host three day long digital skills training sessions in Connecticut during the week of February 11, making stops in Hartford, New Haven and New London. The effort put on by Grow with Google (the company’s economic opportunity initiative) is part of a national tour of libraries in all 50 U.S. states to equip people with requisite skills to thrive in the digital economy. Each stop will consist of free hands-on courses in an array of tech topics, aimed at job seekers, small business owners, students, educators and entrepreneurs to improve their digital skills.

“Connecticut is one of our country’s most historic centers of innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state, we are making a commitment to help develop a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of the Constitution State’s growing economy,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.

Each event will include Google staff leading interactive workshops about issues ranging from search engine optimization and online marketing to coding and email basics. Attendees can also sign up for one-on-one training with Google staff, and tour demo booths to learn more about Google’s free products for learners and small businesses. Google is officially partnering with Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Hartford Public Library, New Haven Free Public Library, and Public Library of New London as well as the American Library Association for the trip, and will explore partnership opportunities with area organizations to help with job training and developing digital skills.

To learn more about the free event and to register, visit Space will be limited; so please register in advance.

In its 2017 Economic Impact Report, Google found that 14,000 Connecticut businesses generated $4.13 billion in economic activity by using Google’s search and advertising tools.


February 11th: Hartford

  • 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Hartford Public Library -- Albany Library
  • 1250 Albany Avenue,  Hartford, CT 06112

February 13th: New Haven

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • New Haven Free Public Library
  • 133 Elm Street,  New Haven, CT 06510

February 15th: New London

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • Public Library of New London
  • 63 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

For more information, click here.

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ACT of Connecticut Awarded by Broadway World

ACT of Connecticut awarded as part of BroadwayWorld’s 2018 Theater Awards chosen by chosen by you - the local theater goers!

BroadwayWorld explains, “Regional productions, touring shows, and more were all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. This year the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are bigger and better than ever, including over 100 cities across America, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia!”

Congratulations to ACT of Connecticut for winning 2018 Theatre of the Year! In addition ACT of Connecticut's production of "Evita" won in the Equity category for Best Musical & Best Ensemble Performance in a Musical. ACT won personal awards for: Best Actor in a Musical or Revue - Angel Lozada, Best Choreography - Charlie Sutton, Best Costume Design - Brenda Phelps, Best Direction of a Musical or Revue - Daniel Levine, Best Lighting Design - Jack Mehler, Best Musical Direction - Evan Roider, Best Scenic Design - Jack Mehler, and Best Sound Design - Stephen Jensen.

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Snow predicted for Bethel by week’s end, stronger storm Saturday night into Sunday

A quick moving but weak low pressure system will bring a light accumulating snowfall to Bethel Thursday night, January 17 into Friday morning, January 18, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

A more significant storm system will impact the region over the weekend, bringing the potential for snow and heavy rain Saturday night, January 19  into Sunday evening, January 20. Strong winds will bring an arctic blast Sunday afternoon into Monday.

The National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 4 inches for interior portions of northeastern New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and Southwest Connecticut and one inch for NYC/NJ metro and surroundings before a changeover to rain. Less than one inch is predicted for Southeastern LI and CT before a changeover to rain.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to poor visibility and snow covered roads, particularly across the Interior, for the Friday morning commute.

In the wake of this system, a blast of arctic air is expected to rush into the region Sunday afternoon into Sunday Night, with the coldest air of the winter season expected into early next week.

Learn more on NWS website: NWS New York Website:

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St. Mary School Bethel to Host Open House

St. Mary School is holding an Open House on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.  Tour the school, meet dedicated faculty, and speak with student and parent ambassadors. St. Mary School serves 180 students from Pre-K to 8th grade.  Students score well above average on standardized tests and learn in a safe, nurturing environment. For more information, please contact Enrollment Director, Linda Garvey, at or call (203) 744-2922.

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Gas Prices in Connecticut Inch Down

Connecticut gas prices continued to decline this week, according to AAA Northeast. Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular gas in Connecticut averages $2.55, 3 cents lower than this time last week. Compared to last year, prices are 12 cents lower.

On the national level, a gallon averages $2.25, 1 cent higher than last week – the first increase since October. Compared to last year, prices are 28 cents lower.

“The price of crude oil has been slowly increasing this year, but unlike some parts of the country, the impact has yet to be felt locally by motorists at the pump,” said Adelle Zocher, Outreach Specialist for AAA Northeast.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s six regions are:

  • Greater Bridgeport $2.66
  • Lower Fairfield County: $2.62
  • New Haven/Meriden: $2.57
  • Greater Hartford $2.45    
  • New London/Norwich $2.58
  • Windham/Middlesex $2.52

Statewide Average:$2.55

Today, Missouri and Arkansas both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.89 and $1.90, respectively. California and Hawaii continue to lead the pack with the highest prices at $3.28 and 3.26, respectively. Connecticut holds the 9th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at

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CT Author Pens CT Guidebook to Adventure - available for purchase near Bethel

East Hampton, CT Author and Historian Marty Podskoch scripted a brilliant solution for fragmented families and town-tied locals. With his latest Book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

Podskoch navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State.

The locations within 10 miles of Bethel where the book can be purchased are:

Place Address
Ridgefield Historical Society Ridgefield Historical Society, Ridgefield, CT

To purchase the CT 169 Club 8.5 x 11 hardcover book with over 300 photos & maps and 376 pages directly from the author, please send a check for $26.53 (that includes $24. 95 for the book plus $1.58 for CT Tax with free USPS shipping!) to:

Marty Podskoch, 43 O’Neill Lane, East Hampton, CT 06424

The CT 169 Club Book is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide.

Learn more about the author and the book here

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Bethel’s Byrd’s Books says Enough Already on Jan 22nd

Would you welcome "A Step-By-Step Guide to Crushing the Myth That If You Do Just One More Thing, You Will Finally Be Enough” to help you face your ins & outs, ups & downs, and general plan of attack as you enter 2019? On Tuesday January 22nd at 7:00pm, life coach Elizabeth Trinkaus, author of  Enough Already! Yes, You Are, will be on hand at Bethel’s Byrd's Books to provide step-by-step tools to help you live in the powerful present. Byrd's Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue, adjacent to The Toy Room and the nearby landmarked Opera House, across the street from the Bethel Public Library.

In her new book, Elizabeth offers real-life solutions for you to get who you really are... separate from what you have and do.  Best of all, Enough Already! will have you living with more joy and satisfaction now, and will bring more creativity and inspiration to all your important dreams. If you’re looking for ‘Enough Already,’ grab a comfy seat by going to For more information, go to or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).

A resident of Chapel Hill, NC, Elizabeth Trinkaus is the owner of Pinnacle View, a life-enrichment company. She is a speaker, author, and coach who has been inspiring audiences around the globe for over 25 years. She is a certified trainer for the Canfield Success Principles, the Louise Hay Heal Your Life program, and her writing has been included in collections authored by Deepak Chopra and Stephen Covey. You can find out more about her at

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. Byrd's Books' new location has on-street parking. Municipal parking is available at the Bethel Public Library across the street and the "Old Train Station" which is where Broken Symmetry now resides. There are private lots nearby. 

]]> (Ted Killmer) Events Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:09:27 -0500
Red Cross Issue Urgent Need for Blood, Bethel Donation Times Listed Below

Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood donors

A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

The Red Cross collected some 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.

Bethel residents can donate blood at these times:

Date Place Address
2/2/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bethel United Methodist Church 141 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel
1/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Gethsemane Baptist Church International 8 Delay Street, Danbury
1/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ann's Place 80 Saw Mill Road, Danbury
1/21/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Danbury Fire Department 19 New Street, Danbury
2/5/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Center Lake Ave, Danbury
2/6/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Danbury Hospital RSM 24 Hospital Avenue, Danbury
2/6/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Western CT State University 181 White Street, Danbury
2/7/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Western CT State University 181 White Street, Danbury
2/2/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. I.B.E.W. Local 488 721 Main Street, Monroe
1/24/2019: 12:45 p.m. - 6 p.m. St. Patrick's Church 169 Black Rock Tpke, Redding

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients.

Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

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