Bethel's HamletHub Mon, 18 Oct 2021 16:38:04 -0400 Town of Bethel Guidance on Safe Halloween Activities

For just about every kid I know (both “young” and “old”), the month of October means Halloween fun is just around the corner. Certainly, the COVID-19 Delta variant threatens to put a damper on some activities this year. But it’s still possible for families to have a great time this Halloween.

Click HERE to view selected recommendations from the Connecticut Department of Public Health website for safe Halloween activities for your consideration. Parents will need to make their own decision about how comfortable they are in allowing their children to participate. Happy Halloween! (Please click here to see the full list of recommendations from Connecticut DPH).

]]> (First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker ) Public safety Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:34:05 -0400
U.S. and state flags in Connecticut lowered to half-staff in honor of General Colin Powell

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of respect for General Colin Powell – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on the evening of Friday, October 22, 2021.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:13:39 -0400
Bethel’s Byrd’s Books Continues Weekly Online Author Series, Announces November Guests

As the new home of the weekly online author series, Write America, Bethel’s Byrd’s Books is pleased to welcome 14 writers to the program in November.

Spearheaded by writer Roger Rosenblatt, Write America features award-winning, nationally renowned authors, as well as new and emerging writers, in readings and conversations about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation.

The prestigious program is streamed on Byrd's Books' Crowdcast channel on Mondays, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, with special episodes included, such as an appearance by Academy Award-winning lyricist Alan Bergman on Wednesday, December 1st, as they arise. The virtual events are all free to attend. 

The November schedule of conversations begins on Monday, November 1st with episode 34, featuring Carl Phillips, Kai Coggin, and Lloyd Schwartz. The November roster continues with: 

episode 35 (Nov. 8)     Major Jackson, Lee Herrick, and Frank Bidart

episode 36 (Nov. 15)   Paul Muldoon, Paisley Rekdal, and Shane McCrae

episode 37 (Nov. 22)   Russell Banks and Ishmael Angaluuk Hope

episode 38 (Nov. 29)   Amy Hempel, Jim Shepard, and W. Todd Keneko

Registration for each event can be made by visiting, on which the popular independent bookstore has posted the complete calendar of conversations to date, through April 25, 2022. There, you will also find author bios and, whenever possible, signed copies of the writers’ books to purchase in advance. The calendar is likely to adjust a bit, with many events added daily, so if you haven’t already, you are urged to sign up for Byrd’s Books’ online newsletter to stay tuned.

“Write America is an impressive gathering of literary might and passion,” says Alice Hutchinson, owner of Byrd’s Books. “Since its birth in early 2021, Roger Rosenblatt has curated conversations that have included more than 60 writers of diverse genres and backgrounds, co-mingled their thoughts, and come up with a product that’s truly challenging, invigorating, and timely. I’m so happy that Byrd’s Books has the opportunity to host this forward-thinking series. Before we take a holiday break, we’ll host another 30 plus authors. Join us.”

Byrd’s Books, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in December,  is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT, across from the Bethel Public Library. Author discussions and Book Group gatherings are regularly added to Byrd’s Books’ calendar of events at  Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm, for browsing, touch-free purchasing and pick-up. Byrd’s Books requires masks and provides a hand sanitizer for everyone’s safety. For directions to the store or more information, call Byrd’s Books at 203-730-2973. To review the shop’s expanded catalog of new titles, go to


]]> (Ted Killmer) Events Mon, 18 Oct 2021 05:21:14 -0400
Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Greewood Ave, Bethel police seek information

The Bethel Police Department is investigating a crash that occurred at approximately 9:36 PM on October 16, 2021.

The preliminary investigation indicates that two pedestrians were crossing Greenwood Ave (Route 302) from north to south in the immediate vicinity of the Metro-North railroad tracks and an eastbound vehicle struck the second pedestrian in the roadway.

The pedestrian was transported to Danbury Hospital for treatment.

Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to contact Officer Sorrentino at the Bethel Police Department at (203)744-7900 ext. 602 or

]]> (Bethel Police) Public safety Mon, 18 Oct 2021 05:05:52 -0400
Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge at The Ridgefield Playhouse on November 17

A great double-bill of classic rock is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage – Robby Krieger (The Doors) with special guest Vanilla Fudge on Wednesday, November 17 at 8pm!

Krieger, who was the band’s guitarist and songwriter, leads a celebration of the music of The Doors with his Robby Krieger Band and special guest vocalist Waylon Krieger, his son. Hits include "Light My Fire," "Love Me Two Times," "Riders on the Storm," "Love Her Madly" and many more!  Vanilla Fudge features original members Mark Stein, Carmine Appice and Vince Martell with Pete Bremy. 

Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create “psychedelic symphonic rock” an eclectic genre which would, among its many offshoots, eventually morph into heavy metal. They are best known for their arrangements of “Ticket to Ride,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and more!

This show is part of the Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car. Media partner for this event is i95 The Home of Rock ‘n Roll.  For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($77.50) go online at or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.


]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Sat, 16 Oct 2021 08:54:57 -0400
Axe-Citing things are coming to Danbury Arena!

Axe Tricks Lounge – Danbury Arena will have a new addition in entertainment coming just in time for the Danbury Hat Tricks season opener on October 29, 2021. The Axe Tricks Lounge will feature a full bar, familiar bar games like billiards and foosball, and of course Axe Throwing lanes.

The lounge will open pre and post-game for each home FPHL Hat Tricks Pro Game and will launch live music later this year. Fans can look forward to seeing their favorite Hat Tricks players on the lanes too!

Axe Tricks Lounge highlights include:

  • Billiards
  • Pro-Foosball
  • Full Bar with your favorite spirits
  • Fan Favorite Menu
  • Axe Throwing
  • Live Music
  • Big TV Wall playing the game
  • Lounge and Bar Seating
  • Cathedral Ceilings and Danbury Skyline views
  • Industrial comfort chic decor

The stylish new space is outfitted with a large video wall that will broadcast the game and a new sound system and stage for live music entertainment. The Axe Tricks Lounge is located on the second floor of the Danbury Arena across from the Luxury Suites. All fans are welcome to attend. The space is perfectly outfitted to accommodate approximately 75 to 100 comfortably and can be used for a variety of private and corporate events.

Regular hours of operation start one hour before puck drop for all FPHL home games, staying open late after. Other times to be announced.

“We are thrilled to finally open our Axe Tricks Lounge, a project delayed because of the pandemic. We couldn’t be more pleased with how incredible the space looks and expect the Axe Tricks Lounge to elevate the entire fan experience.” Says Bill Diamond, CEO of Diamond Hospitality Group.

Visit Danbury Hat Tricks online here and purchase tickets!

About Diamond Hospitality Group

Diamond Hospitality Group is an entertainment and recreational subsidiary of Diamond Properties, a nationally recognized and award winning commercial real estate and investment company. With over 20 DHG companies operating in five states, our diverse portfolio of unique spaces and exceptional service is unparalleled.

]]> (Laressa Gjonaj) Places Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:03:18 -0400
How Do You Choose a Breast Imaging Center?

A big question for patients is how do I pick a breast facility and a specialty-trained radiologist to interpret my exam? What should I look for? According to Connecticut Breast Imaging Breast Specialist, Dr. Jaime Szarmach, technology is important. “You can only see what your equipment will let you see.”

Dr. Szarmach recommends looking for a center that has Tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D Mammography. Dr. Szarmach continues, “In addition to the technology, it’s important to have someone who is extremely qualified to read and interpret the images. Ask if the physician is fellowship-trained in breast imaging, as these specialists have the most experience in the field and will be the best at catching potential issues on a mammogram. They will also be able to dismiss things as normal that might have been questioned by a less experienced physician.”

In addition to offering state-of-the-art technology and physician expertise, making sure that the facility not only does imaging but also performs biopsies or has surgeons on staff who do in case the need arises, is key. Ideally, patients should seek the best facility that can provide a continuum of care, from your first scan to your last treatment.

Connecticut Breast Imaging (formerly Connecticut Women’s Imaging), has recently launched a new podcast: Breast Assured: Conversations About Breast Health. The podcast discusses how to choose a breast center and addresses key topics around breast health. Breast Assured’s goal is to be the reassuring and intelligent resource that’s often missing for people as they go through a diagnostic and treatment process.

For more information or to learn more about Connecticut Breast Imaging, visit or call 203.426.3002.

]]> (Jen Coakley) Life Fri, 15 Oct 2021 08:56:14 -0400
Sensory Friendly Halloween Trick or Treat Event in Danbury on October 30

FREE sensory-friendly Trick or Treating on Saturday, October 30th from 1-3 pm, rain or shine at The Summit in Danbury, 100 Reserve Rd, Danbury.

For the 4th year, Autism Behavioral Health will be hosting a sensory-friendly Trick or Treat event, specially designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other special needs kids that would benefit from this inclusive celebration.

The event is outdoors, following all CDC guidelines, and offers a contact-less toy/goodies delivery system

Questions? Email

]]> (Autism Behavioral Health) Events Fri, 15 Oct 2021 05:51:02 -0400
Struggling Families Can Sign Up for Free Produce Program Through Prosperi-Key

United Way of Western Connecticut's New Digital Platform Gives Low-Income Workers
Access to Benefits, Discounts
United Way’s program benefits residents in Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Roxbury, Warren, and Washington.
People who need help paying for groceries can now sign up for a program that gives them free produce and other food discounts at participating grocery stores. Healthy Savings provides $10 of free, fresh produce to residents of the 15 towns served by United Way of Western Connecticut. To sign up for the program, qualifying individuals go through a digital platform called Prosperi-Key, which is designed specifically to address the needs of hardworking people or people who live on fixed incomes and are having trouble making ends meet.
Prosperi-Key is the new online portal that supports households with incomes above the typical government benefit thresholds. It is the only platform to income-qualify users in this income bracket—through a friendly, confidential, and fast process. It is designed for the 40% of households in Western Connecticut who have trouble paying their bills, despite working hard or living on a fixed income.
Allowing people to sign up for Healthy Savings through Prosperi-Key means they can determine if they are qualified for the program at any time of the day or night—without waiting for assistance during business hours.
In addition to Healthy Savings, users can learn about 20+ nonprofit programs that may benefit them and 10+ businesses that offer discounts on the Prosperi-Key platform in Western Connecticut.
United Way’s program benefits residents in Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Roxbury, Warren, and Washington.
The Healthy Savings program has benefited 670 households in United Way of Western Connecticut’s footprint and has provided $124,000 in fresh produce to those families. United Way hopes to expand the program to 1,200 households within the next year.
The Healthy Savings program and its expansion are made possible in part by grants from Affinity Federal Credit Union, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, BI Cares Foundation, The Connecticut Community Foundation, First County Bank Foundation, The PCLB Foundation, and The Goodnow Fund.
Healthy Savings is for the 40% of households in Western Connecticut that have difficulty paying for basic necessities. Of these households, 50% have indicated that they struggle to pay for weekly groceries―but they aren’t eligible for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program. Many are essential workers who helped us get through the pandemic—such as grocery store clerks, child care workers, and elder care workers.
“When you’re older and you’re on a fixed income, well I’ve found Healthy Savings has really helped me a great deal,” said a New Milford Senior Center client who has been using the program for more than a year. “With this program I am able to get plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, and the coupons are wonderful.”
“We recognize that struggling workers don’t have the time to run around to different agencies to get the benefits they may qualify for,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “That’s why we built Prosperi-Key. This is new way for our hardworking neighbors to get the help they need 24/7.” 
For more information about Healthy Savings contact or visit For more information about Prosperi-Key, go to
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:50:00 -0400
Key considerations when choosing a Spine Specialist

The OrthoConnecitcut Spine Team strives to help patients get back to doing what they love. Patients often seek treatment when they have debilitating pain or they realize they aren’t able to do the things they love. It’s important not to wait to get help when you have pain in your back or neck. However, it is equally as important to be sure you find the right spine specialist to treat your specific situation.

There are a few key questions to consider when researching who is the right specialist for you to see.

Be sure the spine specialist you choose is board-certified and fellowship-trained in spine care. This means that the physician performed an additional year of training specializing in caring for the full range of spine conditions. Even if you don’t think your problem is major, it’s important to have a knowledgeable physician with exceptional expertise evaluate your issue. Make an appointment with a highly-trained spine surgeon and you’ll be on your way to recovery.

It’s important you connect with your physician. Be sure you feel as comfortable as possible with the physician you choose and be sure they take the time to answer your questions. Bedside manner is an important piece of your journey towards health. You’ll want to trust and depend on the physician you will be working with.

Lastly, you want to make sure the spine surgeon you choose is trained in the most recent advancements and techniques available. Nowadays, a surgeon can use minimally invasive techniques to treat many conditions which help aid the recovery process and patient outcomes. You’ll want a physician who has been trained in the latest techniques and who has performed these surgeries many times before.

OrthoConnecticut spine surgeons, Dr. Abiola Atanda and Dr. Justin Paul, care for simple to complex issues of the cervical and lumbar spine, for patients of all ages. Both physicians are fellowship-trained surgeons schooled in the latest minimally invasive spine techniques.

If you have pain in your neck or back, call the practice to set up an appointment at 203-797-1500. 

Visit OrthoConnecticut online here.

]]> (Jen Coakley) Neighbors Tue, 12 Oct 2021 06:40:00 -0400
Creative Programs for Kids at Bethel Public Library

Kids Get Creative at Bethel Public Library!

Comic Book Design

Grades 3-6
Wednesday, October 13
4:30-5:30 pm
Grab some pencils and learn about the basics of cartooning in this creative event!

Books & Bricks

Grades 1-5
Sunday, October 17
1:30-2:30 pm
Books & Bricks build ideas! Join us for a story and Lego building time.

Science Storytime

Ages 4-6
Tuesday, October 19
1:30-2:00 pm
Join us for a story and an activity to extend learning and explore STEM concepts.

Register HERE.

Full descriptions of all Library events are available at

Registration is required for all library events.
 Social distancing guidelines will be observed and masks will be required for all in person events.
]]> (Bethel Public Library) Events Mon, 11 Oct 2021 14:06:57 -0400
Hat Tricks Opening Weekend Promos, Costume Contest, Pre-game Ceremony

When the Hat Tricks open their season on October 29th and 30th against the Port Huron Prowlers, Hat Tricks fans will have a lot to be excited about.

The Danbury Hat Tricks Opening Weekend will be highlighted by a 2019-20 East Division banner and Halloween costume contest.
On Friday, October 29th, the 2019-20 East Division Champion Hat Tricks will be honored with a pregame ceremony and banner unveiling.
The Hat Tricks inaugural season was one to remember. Danbury won the Federal Prospects Hockey League East Division title, going on a run that included an 11-game win streak and countless memories in Danbury Arena.
On Saturday, October 30th, the Danbury Hat Tricks will be hosting a Halloween costume contest for fans of all ages.
There will be two competitions, one for kids and one for adults. All kids 15 and under can pre-register for the kids' contest and receive a complimentary ticket here.
After the first period, fans will be invited out onto the ice. The contestant with the best costume as voted on by the fans will win a new Xbox.
All fans 21 and over are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the game as well. At the end of the second period, the contestant with the best costume as voted on by the fans will receive a $100 gift card to our brand-new Axe Tricks lounge, which will be opening on October 29th.
Register for the adult Halloween costume contest here
For more information about Hat Tricks tickets or the Opening Weekend promotions contact Josh Starr at
Purchase your Hat Tricks tickets HERE.
]]> (Hat Tricks) Events Mon, 11 Oct 2021 07:51:00 -0400
When You Enter ACT's Smokey Joe's Cafe, You'll Beg To Stay Past Closing Time!

The words of the legendary Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are dead on. 

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway

They say there's always magic in the air

After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, ACT of Connecticut brings Broadway BACK with a BANG. And, indeed, the lights are shining bright and the magic is contagious inside the equity theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

1950s rock n’ roll music at its core combined with soulful choreography by Stephanie Pope Lofgren will make you literally dance in your seat, wave your hands (add hoot and clap when appropriate). When you step inside Smokey Joe's Cafe you’ll beg to stay past closing time.

The talented cast of eight has heart, rhythm and soul. They do so much more than sing -  with no dialogue, only music, they tell a story of an era in American history that has left an indelible mark thanks to Leiber and Stollers masterpieces including “Jailhouse Rock", "Stand By Me", “Yakety Yak”, “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” and “Spanish Harlem” (to name just a few).

The epitome of girl power is Keyonna Knight, Courtney Long, Kelly MacMillan belting out “I am a Woman”. These ladies have swag - they are sultry and empowering. Inside Smokey Joe’s Cafe, they join Broadway veterans Juson Williams (who recently appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent), Albert Guerzon (Dance Captain), Avionce Hoyles, Jordan Fife Hunt,  and Arnold Harper II. Together, they create sparks that reach beyond the walls of the contemporary theater.

ACT of Connecticut has made a triumphant return to live theater. 

Added Performances: Sunday, October 17 at 7pm and Thursday, October 21 at 2pm

Purchase tickets here.

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018 by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers.

*Image courtesy ACT of Connecticut


]]> (KA) Life Sun, 10 Oct 2021 08:46:53 -0400
Bethel Superintendent of Schools Message Regarding Harmful Misinformation Appearing on Social Media

Christine Carver, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools wrote the following letter to parents, guardians and community members regarding misinformation appearing on social media. The letter appeared in today's newsletter.

Over the past few months, there have been increased reports, across the region, state, and country of increased hostility to school staff and the spread of misinformation on social media which is not only hurtful but not productive in maintaining open communication and the ability to collectively solve problems. Unfortunately, we are increasingly seeing similar patterns in our own community and we hope that we can get back to a place of respect, polite disagreement, and open communication. The concern is not about disagreement with specific incidents, policies, or programs, but simply the manner in which they are expressed.

The Bethel Public Schools continue to be open to stakeholder feedback and mechanisms to improve our work as a school system. To give specific examples of the seemingly growing issues regarding more open hostility, this morning I woke up to an email asking me if “...we have lost our minds?” The individual was referring to a social media post involving an alleged incident regarding a student who was sent home from school due to a dress code policy violation. This incident did not occur at our Bethel High School and it is my understanding that the individual posting the complaint lives on the west coast. There was no inquiry as to the truth of the post or even if it was our school district. We have had administrators sworn and spit at while directing traffic.

Our nurses have endured verbal hostility for implementing directives from the Department of Health. Even simple concerns get expressed in a manner that does not promote healthy dialogue. We know that the pandemic has created a level of stress which makes emotional regulation difficult. Here are some strategies we believe will get us back to a respectful community while still being able to express concerns:

• Do not automatically assume information on social media is accurate. If you see something that you are concerned about or question, simply email or call the school/district. We are happy to discuss your concerns.

Sharing or adding to information on social media that is not accurate only exacerbates the problem.

• Assume good intentions. Lately, we have increasingly received concerns expressed in a manner of accusation or hostility without an full picture. Before making judgments, it is important to understand context or perspective. Engaging in an interactive dialogue based on respect will promote problem-solving.

• The pandemic and all of the directives from the Department of Health, State Department of Education, and Office of the Governor have generated a spectrum of opinions on the topic of mitigation strategies. That guidance is also constantly shifting. We communicate those mitigation strategies, any changes that occur, and our understanding of the reasons for those strategies. We have families who think we are not doing enough to implement mitigation strategies and others who are opposed to the same strategies. Please continue to respectfully ask questions or express concerns, but understand that at times we do not have the ability to adjust our practices due to directives. We are proud that we have kept our schools open and tried to resume a more typical school experience. We believe that this has been possible by taking a balanced, but safe approach to those mitigation strategies.

• In addition to staff, be nice to each other as parents and members of the community. Model your conversations, emails, and social media engagement the way you would want your children to interact. 

]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 08 Oct 2021 09:15:14 -0400
Brotherhood in Action drive-through Thanksgiving basket food drive on October 30

Bethel's Brotherhood in Action is holding a Food Drive that will support the approximately 150 Thanksgiving baskets to Bethel families.

Brotherhood in Action drive-through food drive will be held at the BIA parking lot on School Street, October 30th, 8 a.m. to noon. Thanksgiving deliveries are made on November 20 at 9am. 

Visit Brotherhood in Action on Facebook here for updates.

]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 08 Oct 2021 09:08:19 -0400