Bethel's HamletHub Wed, 29 Jan 2020 07:04:53 -0500 Joely Feder of Bethel was Named to the Fall 2019 Dean's List at Muhlenberg College

Joely Feder of Bethel was named to the Dean's List at Muhlenberg College for the Fall 2019 semester.

Students with a term GPA of 3.50 or higher were recognized for this academic achievement.

Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, approximately 90 miles west of New York City.

]]> (Muhlenberg College) Neighbors Tue, 28 Jan 2020 18:18:46 -0500
Pups from Danbury and Norwalk Animal Shelters Among Puppy Bowl Starting Lineup

The 16th annual Puppy Bowl is set to air pre-Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2 at 3 pm. This tail-wagging favorite, brought to you by Animal Planet, will (once again) feature some local pups!

According to Westfair, Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) is sending cocker spaniel/Siberian husky mix "Starla" as a starting member of Team Ruff. And, facing off against Starla, is Sadie, an American Staffordshire terrier/ American bulldog mix from neighboring pet adoption facility, Norwalk Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). 

As you can see from this photo (courtesy DAWS Facebook Page), Starla isn't the only member of the DAWS pack attending the Puppy Bowl. While not starters, Floofer, Lindy, Snow and Spunky will also attend this coveted event.

View the complete starting lineup on Animal Planet's website here.

Westfair says that in total, Connecticut animal shelters will be sending a total of 19 pups to the 16th annual Puppy Bowl. 

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]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:16:01 -0500
Mary Kallberg of Bethel Named to The University of Scranton Fall 2019 Dean's List

Mary C. Kallberg of Bethel was among more than 1,600 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2019 fall semester. The Dean's List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the Dean's List.

Kallberg is a sophomore exercise science major in the University's Panuska College of Professional Studies.


]]> ( University of Scranton) Neighbors Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:47:51 -0500
AAA is calling all Connecticut high school videographers!

HS Students: Focus on April 13! It’s AAA’s Traffic Safety Video Contest Deadline!

Calling all high school videographers! AAA Northeast’s annual 2020 Traffic Safety Video Contest is now underway with a theme that focuses on the dangers of marijuana-impaired teen driving.

To compete for monetary prizes, high school students in Litchfield, Fairfield, and New Haven Counties must create a 30-second public service announcement focusing on the marijuana impairment theme.

Contest rules and judging criteria are listed on, the link through which entries may be submitted by the April 13 deadline.

“In this year’s contest, we’re want to reinforce the message that consuming marijuana, then getting behind the wheel of a car, impact’s one’s driving ability,” said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman.  “We also believe video media designed and created by students, is an engaging, effective way to spread awareness on this topic.”

With the recent legalization and decriminalization of cannabis in many states, society’s attitude toward the drug has softened, said Mayko. “And unfortunately, all drivers – not only teens -- need to understand that marijuana-impaired driving more than doubles your crash risk.”

Between April 20-30, the public may view and “like” student entries submitted from AAA Northeast’s territory, which covers Connecticut’s Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties; Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and parts of New York, and New Jersey. The website is

Then on May 1, the top five videos, determined by the number of “likes,” will be posted to AAA Northeast’s Instagram account @AAANortheast. The video receiving the most “likes” by May 4 will be named the Grand Prize $5000 Winner.

This competition is part of AAA Northeast’s ongoing education efforts on marijuana and driving. The Providence-based auto club also offers a free, video-based presentation, Shifting GearsThe Blunt Truth About Marijuana & Driving” to high school health classes.

Endorsed by Brown University’s School of Public Health, the program highlights the effects of marijuana use on the teenage brain and focuses on the dangers of drugged driving.

To learn more about this free educational program, area high school principals and health educators should visit for more information.

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 64 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 5.2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services. In Connecticut, we serve a half-million members living in is Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield counties


]]> (AAA Connecticut) Neighbors Tue, 28 Jan 2020 07:12:00 -0500
ACT of CT's New Interpretation of Stephen Schwartz’s GODSPELL Directed by Daniel C. Levine Opens February 6

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is excited to announce the second show of its 2019-2020 season – a modernized, reimagined interpretation of Stephen Schwartz’s GODSPELL. Directed by ACT of CT’s Founder and Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, GODSPELL marks the second production of ACT of CT’s “Presenting Stephen Schwartz Series!” This re-conceived version of Schwartz’s revolutionary show follows ACT of CT’s critically acclaimed interpretation of Schwartz’s WORKING, which has had an exciting life after it premiered at ACT of CT.
Performances of GODSPELL run February 6th – March 8th. The show times are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit
Levine, whose Broadway and Broadway National Tours credits include MAMMA MIA!, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Tony Nomination For Best Revival), CHICAGO, LES MISERABLES, and TOMMY, first gained inspiration for his concept of GODSPELL in April, 2019 after seeing news images of Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral burning. “I thought to myself, what if I set the ACT of CT production in an abandoned church? What if this church was in midtown Manhattan and was slated to be demolished tomorrow to make room for condominiums? What if nobody had stepped foot in this condemned holy place for a decade, save for a group of homeless who had been squatting there for six months?” remarked Levine, who immediately shared his vision with Schwartz for a newly imagined GODSPELL. Schwartz gave Levine his permission to alter the show, including removing one of its songs entirely, something that is rarely done.
This production will be music directed by Danny White (THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and choreographed by Sara Brians (CITY OF ANGELS, GODSPELL, MATILDA). Other creative team members include scenic design by Reid Thompson (WIVES, FUN HOME, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE); costume design by Brenda Phelps (ACT’s WORKING); and lighting design by Jack Mehler (MAMMA MIA!, EVITA, and WORKING).
GODSPELL will feature Broadway talent Florrie Bagel (THE ROSE TATTOO) and Katie Ladner (WICKED, SUNSET BOULEVARD) as well as Andrew Poston (KINKY BOOTS), Jamie Cepero (NBC's musical drama SMASH), Trent Saunders (EVITA), Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (Netflix's EXPLAINED), and more. With songs like “Day By Day”, “By My Side”, and “All Good Gifts”, ACT of CT’s production of GODSPELL promises to be a unique and inspiring theatrical experience.
In addition to GODSPELL, Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics to the mega-hit Broadway musical WICKED. He also wrote, among other works, PIPPIN, THE BAKER’S WIFE, and lyrics to the films POCAHONTAS, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, and ENCHANTED. He has won Academy, Grammy, special Tony, and Golden Globe Awards.
Performances of GODSPELL run February 6th – March 8th. The show times are: Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Purchase tickets HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theatre-related news and announcements, visit

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with eleven 2018 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards during its inaugural season, which was followed by fourteen 2019 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards nominations. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit for further information.


]]> (Amanda Duff) Events Tue, 28 Jan 2020 05:40:00 -0500
Dan Carter announces his candidacy for Connecticut’s 2nd Assembly District

Former Republican State Representative Dan Carter announces his candidacy for Connecticut’s 2nd Assembly District

BETHEL, CT — Former Republican State Representative Dan Carter announced he will seek a new term to Connecticut's 2nd Assembly District, which includes portions of Bethel, Danbury, Redding, and Newtown. Carter was first elected to the 2nd district in 2010 and won re-election twice for a total of three two-year terms.

"Serving as a representative of my community in Hartford was a great honor and it’s is clear we need common sense in Hartford more than ever. While other parts of the country have enjoyed a robust economy, Connecticut continues to lag behind due to high taxes and poor fiscal policy,” said Carter. “We need experienced, thoughtful representation and with the support of my community I will be the advocate the people in the 2nd district rightfully deserve."

Carter worked with his fellow legislators in the House and Senate to support bi-partisan legislation aimed at giving small businesses the assistance they need to grow and create jobs. He has also been very active in the fight against overspending, tax increases and initiatives that inhibit job growth.

Carter has fought for a variety of other initiatives. He lead the effort in supporting the “Learn Here, Live Here” proposal which allows recent graduates of public institutions of higher education and vocational-technical high schools to set aside a portion of their state income tax liability to be used in a future down payment on their first home. Carter, an Air Force veteran, also worked to support veterans and police officers in the state, including sponsoring legislation to help veteran-owned small businesses.

During his time in the legislature, Carter used his experience in healthcare to work with providers and patients across the state to improve healthcare and patient safety. Carter has been instrumental in crafting legislation to reduce opioid abuse, address new biologic products and support the palliative use of medical cannabis.

Carter served on the General Law, Education, Finance Revenue & Bonding, Public Health, Energy & Technology, and Banking committees. He was also a member of Aviation and Bioscience caucuses.

]]> (Carter 2020) Politics Tue, 28 Jan 2020 02:17:36 -0500
Bethel Resident Keith Cochrane Reenlists for Continued Service in New York Army National Guard

Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve the community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Specialist Keith Cochrane from Bethel, Conn. reenlisted to continue service with the Headquarters and Headquarters Combat Aviation Brigade, 42nd Infantry Division.

"It's great to see Soldiers staying in the Army and continuing to serve their State and Nation in the New York Army National Guard," Shields said. "The most important Army asset we have is the individual Soldier. The dedication, skills, and leadership traits they bring to our community and their employers are invaluable."

"By choosing to stay in the Army National Guard they directly contribute to our nation's security and to the governor's ability to respond to disasters, all while building a bright future for their family through the Guard's retirement, education, and health insurance programs," Shields said.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit or

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York's Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.




]]> (Merit News) Neighbors Mon, 27 Jan 2020 06:12:06 -0500
Bolen-Porter, Hat Tricks rout Rumble Bees 9-2

Shayne Morrissey opened the scoring just 2:56 into the opening frame, receiving a faceoff win from linemate Carter Shinkaruk and wiring a shot past Michal Marcinek. Minutes later, Shinkaruk would tally one of his own. Casper Dyrssen would bang home a rebound on the powerplay, extending the Hat Tricks' lead to 3-0. Just 25 seconds after the powerplay goal, Phil Bronner would spin a backhander home for Danbury's fourth goal.

A second goal from Shayne Morrissey chased Marcinek from the net, replaced by Morgan Hudson.

The second period was equally unkind to Hudson, as Kendall Bolen-Porter erupted for a hat trick- his first as a professional. Carter Shinkaruk would also tack on a goal in the frame.

Danbury would cruise to the finish line, skating away with a 9-2 victory.

Perhaps most impressive about the Hat Tricks' performance this weekend is their ability to keep scoring without some of their key contributors in the lineup. Gordy Bonnel and Steve Mele were both missing from the forward lines, while Aaron Atwell was held out from the blueline as he recovers from an undisclosed injury.

"We were just looking to improve on the Danbury game," said assistant coach John Krupinsky, assuming head coaching duties as Billy McCreary skated on defense. "[Bolen-Porter] had a great weekend, he was hitting everything that was standing up. That third goal he scored, that was an NHL move."

The Hat Tricks now turn their attention towards a marquee matchup with the Western Division-leading Carolina Thunderbirds next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Danbury Arena. Friday is Auto Worker Appreciation Night and Youth Sports Night, while Saturday is Jamaican Vacation giveaway night.

Tickets are available by clicking here or by calling 203-794-1704.

]]> ( Casey Bryant ) Neighbors Sun, 26 Jan 2020 03:03:27 -0500
Bethel residents named to Dean's List at University of Delaware

Congratulations to the Bethel residents who have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Fall 2019 semester:

Sarah Mello 

Rachel Wade 

Kathryn Galvin 

Shannon Burke 

Samantha Burke 

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

]]> (University of Delaware) Neighbors Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:13:41 -0500
Candlewood Camera Club Meeting at Bethel Library on Jan. 29

January Program Night -Photographing Food with Charles “Duck" Unitas January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come join us for our program night on Wednesday, January 28 at the Bethel Library. We will have a presentation and workshop by Charles “DUCKUnitas (  He will be giving a presentation on Food Photography–focusing on the challenging task of making food look as good as it tastes!

The Meeting is from 6 to 7:45 PM at the Bethel Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801.  There will be a donation to the speaker of $5.00 per person.

 All are welcome! Any questions please contact me at

]]> (Diane Toth) Events Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:25:17 -0500
Bethel Public Schools Invites Public to Budget Meetings

The Board of Education wants to make sure you are informed and have a chance to be involved in the budget process. You are welcome to attend all or any of our budget meetings.

*Current meeting dates regarding the 2020-2021 budget: BOE Budget Workshops

• January 28th (Focus Schools/Athletics)

• January 30th (Focus Curriculum, SPED)

• February 4th (Focus IT, Facilities)

• February 6th (Budget Workshop/Approval)

• February 11th (Workshop/Approval – Alt. Date if needed)

• February 19th Board of Selectmen/Board of Finance Presentation (Tentative)

* All Board of Education meetings/workshops are held in the Board of Education Offices, Meeting Room E, Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School Street, at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise posted).

Please Note: Prior to the budget being set for the referendum, 2020-2021 Education Budget Information can be found here in the Superintendent’s Bethel Public Schools Newsletter each week and on our website.

2020-2021 Education Budget Information


]]> (Bethel Public Schools) Politics Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:10:16 -0500
Bethel Public Schools Hosts Interactive Community Forum on Jan. 27

What Does the Survey Say?? – Monday, January 27, 2020, 7 PM, BHS Cafe

In many of my letters, emails, and newsletters I have communicated that we are extremely concerned about some cultural shifts in our society that are impacting our children’s mental health.  It is our hope that if we come together and work as a community, we can positively affect change.   We want our children to be kind, happy, and empathetic individuals who care about themselves and others in the community.  Additionally, we want our children to effectively handle stress and engage in civil discourse when they have disagreements with others in order to manage difficult social interactions/conflict (particularly online). 

To that end, we would like to invite you to an interactive community forum. 

The Bethel Public Schools, the Bethel Board of Education, and the Bethel Cares Coalition are co-sponsoring the forum on Monday, January 27th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Bethel High School Cafeteria to present some district data on the social-emotional well-being of our students, the Developmental Assets Survey, and trends we are seeing in our schools.

Most importantly, we will spend the majority of our time together discussing actions we can take as a larger community to ensure the social and emotional well-being of all of our children.   

Please see the flyer for more details.  While this forum may appear to be for parents of secondary school students, we highly recommend elementary school parents attend.  We ask you to complete this RSVP FORM as a mechanism to RSVP for planning purposes.  

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

]]> (Christine Carver, Superintendent of Schools) Neighbors Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:57:50 -0500
Hat Tricks vs Rumble Bees at Danbury Arena TONIGHT

Head to Danbury Arena TONIGHT to watch professional hockey! The Danbury Hat Tricks take on the Rumble Bees! The puck drops at 8pm!

Purchase your tickets HERE.

Take advantage of our pre-game drink deal at the Rabbit Hole! All domestic draft beers are just $3, plus get a burger, fries and large soda for just $10!

Don't forget to grab a bag of carrots to toss after the first goal! Closest to center ice wins a cash prize. Get a chuck-a-puck or 50/50 raffle ticket, too!
Please note: season ticket holders who have not yet received their seats should contact the ticket office immediately.
Danbury Arena is located at 1 Independence Way. Learn more
]]> (Hat Tricks) Todays events Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:25:55 -0500
RVNAhealth StayWELL Services Introduces Expanded Home Health Aide Supervisory Team

There’s no place like home. Indeed, according to AARP, three-quarters of Americans 50 and older hope to stay at home as they age. With swelling demand for personal care and household assistance, RVNAhealth StayWELL non-medical services enters the new decade with the expansion of their Home Health Aide (HHA) supervisory team to include two seasoned clinicians, Danielle Taibi, MOTR/L, DCP and Jessica Spears, LPN.

Taibi and Spears will work collaboratively to conduct client needs assessments, develop and manage customized care plans and oversee a team of approximately 100 live-in and hourly caregivers.

Danielle Taibi, MOTR/L, DCP

Danielle Taibi joined RVNAhealth in 2014 as an occupational therapist and was promoted to her current role in September 2019. Following a career start in the entertainment industry, Danielle shifted gears to health care in 2009, seeking meaningful work that helped people recover their lives and their health. Prior to RVNAhealth, Danielle worked at Blythedale Children’s Hospital and the orthopedic unit at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in Westchester.  She gained additional experience, including more direct interaction with nursing, in later roles with local sub-acute facilities such as United Hebrew, Greenwich Woods, and Bethel Health Center.

A resident of Ridgefield, CT, Danielle obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (theater) degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Science (occupational therapy) from Mercy College. She is certified and licensed as an Occupational Therapist and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. 

Jessica Spears, LPN

Jessica Spears joined the RVNAhealth StayWELL services team in November 2019 and brings a depth of nursing and training expertise to her role. Prior to RVNAhealth, Jessica worked at Ridgefield Primary Care for three years as a nurse. She also has experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) instructor and as an acute rehabilitation nurse.

Jessica resides in Danbury, CT and enjoys spending time with her family, studying world history, traveling, and the beach. She is a graduate of Porter & Chester Institute and is currently working toward her Registered Nurse degree at Goodwin College. 

About RVNAhealth

RVNAhealth (formerly Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, or RVNA), is a private, non-profit, mission-driven organization that continues to thrive since our inception over a century ago. Our name, services, and reach evolve to meet the care and wellness needs of all those we serve. Our focus on excellent care, quality and safety, and our guiding philosophy remains intact – the individuals we care for come first.

]]> (Lisa Fleming, RVNAhealth) Neighbors Thu, 23 Jan 2020 05:24:00 -0500
Beheaded Mailbox: Plow or Snow? Town of Bethel on Replacement Policy

Town of Bethel Mailbox Replacement Policy

It shall be the policy of the Bethel Department of Public Works that if any mailbox or post, is damaged as the result of snow removal operations, the responsibility for making repairs shall be borne by the property owner. The Department of Public Works will not be responsible for mailbox damage from snow being discharged from snow removal equipment.

When a mailbox or post is damaged by direct contact from our snow removal equipment, the following will occur.

  • Inspection of mailbox and post to determine the cause of damage.
  • Inspector will determine who is at fault (improper installation of mailbox, or plow operator error).
  • Following an investigation, the mailbox or post will be repaired or replaced if the plow operator is at fault.
  • Decorator mailboxes and posts that receive direct contact from snow removal equipment will be replaced with a standard mailbox and post.

*The majority of mailbox and post damage is the result of improper installation or maintenance. A properly installed and maintained mailbox will withstand the snow removal operations that occur during the winter months.

*It is very uncommon that a mailbox is directly contacted with snow removal equipment. The average number of mailboxes that receive direct contact from snow removal equipment during a snowstorm is less than one percent. Non-contact mailbox knockdowns may average more than one hundred or more per snowstorm.

*The Public Works Department will assist elderly or impaired property owners with repairing damage to their mailbox or post.

Mailbox and Post Installation

Front of the mailbox must be 12 inches minimum 18 inches maximum from the curb line or edge of the roadway.
The bottom of the mailbox must be 40 to 44 inches above roadway elevation.
Post should be constructed of pressure-treated wood, 4 inch by 4 inch minimum post size.                                                                      
#8 minimum size screws that are weather-resistant should be used during the assembly of mailbox and post.

Proper installation and maintenance of your mailbox and post will help to prevent damage during snow removal operations.

Learn more on the Town of Bethel website here.

]]> (Town of Bethel) Life Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:17:10 -0500