Bethel's HamletHub Wed, 18 Sep 2019 05:41:30 -0400 Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel: Kat Drake Photography

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 Kat Drake Photography!
Three questions with Katerina Cuneo, owner of Kat Drake Photography.
Why did you start your business?
I started Kat Drake Photography because I wanted to help people capture all the little moments. I think that too often, we reach a point where we wish that we had more pictures of a certain time in our life (I know I've had this thought way too many times). From this feeling, I worked to turn photo sessions into more of an experience to help capture genuine and raw moments. That way when people look back at their photos, it's not just posed photos, but real memories that bring back real emotions.
Best selling product/service?
Our best selling service is tied between our Love Sessions and our Life Sessions. Our Love Sessions are all about capturing the love and intimate moments between couples. Many times we adventure to the outdoors for these and find amazing spots off the beaten path. Our Life Sessions are all for families and the milestones that families go through. These sessions are especially popular during the fall/early winter (Hey, Holiday cards!).
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
As someone that has grown up in Bethel, utilizing local businesses to help support my business has been huge. I am extremely grateful to be able to use local establishments such as True Value of Bethel and Bethel Caraluzzi's in order to prepare/make each of my sessions unique. Part of our creative process is to edit sessions at Molten Java where the vibe inspires us through the editing (also, their coffee saves us in the mornings from late-night session planning). I am excited to turn to more local businesses as my own business continues to grow. 
Visit Kat Drake Photography online here.
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible! 


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:04:52 -0400
SafeWalk Supports The Women's Center on October 6

Safe at Home, School and Everywhere in Between

The Women's Center will hold its annual 4K Safewalk on Sunday, October 6th at the Danbury Fair mall. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. To create/join a team or register as an individual and set your fundraising goal, click here!

Can't attend but would still like to donate? Click here!

SafeWalk is the Women's Centers premier event to unite the community in its mission to end domestic violence and raise much-needed funds to support our programs. As always, the money raised from this event stays in our community and is used to support the Women's Center programs and services.

Contact the Women’s Center if you would like to volunteer at the 2019 SafeWalk.

]]> (HH) Charities Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:43:00 -0400
CT Veterans Stand Down on September 20

On Friday, September 20th, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2019 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans' Home from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Connecticut's veterans deserve the services that they have earned. 

Many community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services. 

Additional details are below:

  • Gates open at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive no later than 12:00 p.m. 
  • No pre-registration required! Attendees are encouraged to bring documentation verifying military service
  • Recovery-based services 
  • Medical screenings, dental services, eye care 
  • Veteran benefit information (State and Federal) 
  • Legal and motor vehicle assistance 
  • Employment and educational assistance 
  • Housing resources and information 
  • Free bus transportation provided at designated areas 
  • Go to or call 860-616-3803 for general information and the transportation schedule
]]> (John H. Frey Ridgefield's State Representative) Neighbors Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:12:00 -0400
Sunday in Bethel: Byrd's Books Beginning a Middle Grade Books Club

Byrd's Books will be hosting a Middle Grade Books club open to children and adults. Called "The All-Together Book Group," it will discuss great books aimed at the 8-12 age group. The coordinator is Kara DiBartolo. Meetings will be on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. beginning Sept. 15 with Ms Bixby's Last Day

The remaining 2019 schedule is:

Sunday Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.: Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Sunday Nov. 10 at 4 p.m.: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (okay, this one isn't for kids, but Byrd's REALLY wanted to discuss this book!)

Sunday Dec. 8 at 4pm: The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

Byrd's Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue, in Bethel, Conn.

]]> (Byrd's Books) Events Sat, 14 Sep 2019 07:20:15 -0400
Deadline for Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation Grant Applications for Non-Profits is September 27

The Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation has announced that applications are available for non-profit agencies to apply for grants with applications due by September 27, 2019.

Applications for the grants are available at the bank’s website at The Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation (SBD Foundation) is administered by a committee of Savings Bank of Danbury Corporators, directors and bank officers.

The Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 million to local non-profit organizations making a positive difference in our communities. The grants help support agencies in the areas of Affordable Housing, Arts and Culture, Community Service and Economic Development, Education and Health and Human Service.

“We encourage the wonderful non-profit organizations in our communities to apply for this financial assistance,” stated Beth Ann Fetzer, Vice President and Community Development officer of Savings Bank of Danbury. “In reviewing our applicants we are amazed by all that they do to improve the quality of life in our communities. We are pleased to be able to acknowledge their work and support these important organizations.”

The Foundation Grants Committee meets once a year to review requests. Awards are made to eligible 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations in all of the communities the bank serves. Any organization interested in being considered should review the application's checklist and include all of the elements listed on the application.

For more information about Savings Bank of Danbury, visit or on Facebook at

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Sat, 14 Sep 2019 06:27:00 -0400
Bethel Townwide Sale-A-Bration

We're Ending Summer With A Week-Long Sale & Celebration!

From Saturday, September 14 through Sunday, September 22, dozens of local Bethel businesses will be celebrating the last week of Summer and the start of Fall throughout town.

Enjoy ribbon cuttings for new businesses, new Chamber Members and Business Anniversaries.

Check out Sales, Clearances, Specials, Tours, Demonstrations, Spa Events, Samples, and Live Music.

Visit for an up-to-date list of events by date.

Here's the list as of this afternoon:

Saturday, September 14th

Ribbon Cutting, facility tours, grand opening party at Enlighten, Bethel's new infrared sauna spa and wellness center

Sunday, September 15th

Ribbon cutting and anniversary party. Stop by Patricia's Presents as we celebrate their 1 year anniversary with specials, refreshments and their new fall selection

Clearance Sale - Gemini Dream Jewelry Design - at Patricia's Presents

Monday, September 16th

Sales throughout town

Tuesday, September 17th

Ribbon cutting, quilting demonstrations, grand opening celebration at Studio Q

Town-wide $20 Tuesday savings and specials, including:

Bliss Allred - CPA 

$100 off - Must call on $20 Tuesday 

(203) 744-1041 

153 S Main St, Newtown, CT 06470

Bee U Learning Center 

$20 off for new (203) 798-0015 

15 Park Lawn Dr, Bethel, CT 06801

Bethel Community Gazette 

Chamber Member service businesses can get an ad in the new Business Directory for just $1 a week. Plus Chamber Members get 20% off display ads.  


Bethel Fitness Gym and Studio 

20% off first 2 months membership for first 20 clients

(888) 682-2863 

120 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

Bethel IT Services 

$20 off Diagnostic and Malware Check 

(203) 297-6290 

268 Greenwood Ave #104, Bethel, CT 06801

Bethel Power Equipment 

$20 off any Echo or Stihl Unit 

(203) 790-5889 

6 Francis J Clarke Cir, Bethel, CT 06801

Boylan Chiropractic 

$20 off New Patient Visit 

(203) 743-2225 

2 Library Pl, Bethel, CT 06801

Britts Nail Bar 

20% Off 

(203) 803-7703 

43 Grassy Plain Street Store #2, Bethel, CT 06801

Byrd's Books 

Purchase a $30 Gift Card for just $20 

(203) 730-2973 

178 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

C. Van Wattum Therapeutic Massage 

$20 off a new client massage for any time from 20 minutes - 90 minutes 

(203) 994-4914 

268 Greenwood Ave. #200 Bethel, CT 06801

Cream and Sugar Cafe 

For every $20 of gift cards purchased, get a free ice cream 

With the purchase of an espresso drink - get a free gourmet hot cocoa 

(203) 456-3031 

7 P T Barnum Square, Bethel, CT 06801

Daily Fare 

One $25 gift certificate for $20

(203) 743-7300 

13 Durant Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

Escape Salon and Boutique

Stop by and check out our $20 Surprise Table 

(203) 798-9882 

232 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

Gemini Dream Jewelry Design 

20% off purchase of $50 or more 

(203) 739-5734 

10 Daniska Dr, Bethel, CT 06801

Griswold Home Care 

20% off first week of service -ask for details 

(203) 794-7422 

43 Grassy Plain St #1, Bethel, CT 06801

J. Lawrence Downtown 

$25 Gift card for $20 - limit 4 per household 

(203) 616-5949 

186 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

John Fulton Jewelry 

20% off purchases, excluding custom or special orders 

(203) 790-8823 

130 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT 06801

Mad Hatter Moon Bounce 

20% Off Any Order 

(475) 218-0209

Molten Java 

2 for $20 - Buritto Dinner 

2 burritos, salsa, chips, 2 medium lattes or Italian soda 

plus 2 chocolate chip cookies 

(203) 739-0313 

213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

Monster Mini-Golf 

Mention the Bethel Chamber of Commerce 

and get two rounds of mini golf 

or two games of laser tag plus two $10 game cards 

all for $20 on Tuesdays 

( not valid on school holidays ) 

(203) 744-4653 

13 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT 06801

Nextwaving Solutions 

Contact us on $20 Tuesday and get 20% off 

a $300 60-second animated video 

with a geographically & demographically targeted 

Social Media promotion to 

20,000 Social Media users 

(203) 295-0070

Noteworthy Chocolates 

Create your own custom chocolate note for $20 

(203) 456-6894 

213 Greenwood Avenue Dolan Plaza 

Above Molten Java Coffee, Bethel, CT 06801

Patricia's Presents 

20% off jewelery on $20 Tuesday. 

(860) 946-9705 

164 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel CT 06801

Portofino Restaurant and Wine Bar 

20% off check when you mention $20 Tuesdays 

(203) 797-8131 

213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

Prime Pub 

$25 gift card for $20 

(203) 826-7808 

68 Stony Hill Road, Bethel,CT 06801

Pure Wax 

20% off all body waxing services on the first Tuesday of the month. 

(475) 218-7873 

6 Elizabeth Street, Bethel,CT 06801 

Putnam House 

$25 gift card for $20 - limit 4 per household 

(203) 791-1852 

12 Depot Pl, Bethel, CT 06801

Rainy Day Paperback Exchange 

Spend $20 and get a $10 gift certificate for children's books 

(203) 743-6938 

81 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

Royal Choice Global Transportation 

$20 off any oneway trip to any airport 

(203) 744-9901 

4914 Putnam Park Rd, Bethel, CT 06801

S & S Electric 

$20 off any job 

(203) 748-4776 

16 South St, Bethel, CT 06801

Salz Pizza 

3 course Dine-In-Dinner for 2 just $20 

(203) 744-7259 

211 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT 06801

Silver Touch 

20% Off any purchase 

(203) 778-1778 

211 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

TCB Salon 

$25 gift card for $20 

(203) 205-0966 

135 South St, Danbury, CT 06810

The Gift Cottage 

$25 gift card for $20 

(203) 730-1000 

154 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

The Giggling Pig 

$20 creative fun projects for all ages 

(203) 919-1153 

4 Library Pl, Bethel, CT 06801 

The Toy Room 

$30 gift card for $20 

(203) 791-0531 

180 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

Touch of Sedona 

20% off selected items 

(475) 329-2087 

125 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

UK Gourmet 

Purchase a $25 UKG Gift Certificate for only $20. 

One per person and no expiration date. 

(203) 628-7462 

78 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT 06801

Varano Bakery 

Spend $20 and receive a free cup of coffee 

(203) 744-6640 

198 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

Yankee PennySaver 

$20 Quarter page ad 

(203) 755-9122 

246 Federal Rd. #D-15, Brookfield, CT 06804

Wednesday, September 18th

Summer Clearance Sale, The Toy Room 

Sales throughout town

Thursday, September 19th

Summer Clearance Sale, The Toy Room 

Sales throughout town

Friday, September 20th

Happy Hour Globar at A New Beginning Salon and Spa

Financial Sidewalk Workshop - Mutual of Omaha outside the Bethel Chamber of Commerce

Summer Clearance Sale, The Toy Room 

Sales throughout town

Saturday, September 21st

Live Music outside the Bethel Chamber of Commerce, by Wade's Music

Clearance Sale - Gemini Dream Jewelry Designs - outside Patricia's Presents

Indoor Sidewalk Sale - Fulton Jewelers

Financial Sidewalk Workshop - Mutual of Omaha outside the Bethel Chamber of Commerce

Massage Demonstrations - TFW, Outside the Bethel Chamber of Commerce

Sidewalk Sale - Athlete's Source - Outside the Bethel Chamber of Commerce

Food samples - Lebanese Cuisine - Outside the Bethel Chamber of Commerce

Ribbon Cutting - Grand opening party, Rejuvinate Dental Arts

Sunday, September 22nd

High Tea, Daily Fare

Don't miss the Chamber of Commerce and our Member's Fall events:

Hollandia 28th Fall Festival

Hollandia Nurseries

October 5th - 10 am to 4 pm

October 6th - 9 am to 3 pm


October 5th

6 pm

Trick or Treat Street

October 26th


November 29th


]]> (Bethel Chamber of Commerce) Neighbors Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:51:39 -0400
Bethel Community Flu Cinic on October 2 at Berry School

Bethel Visiting Nurse Association will hold a Community-Wide Flu Clinic will take place on Wednesday, October 2 from 4:00-7:00pm Berry School Gymnasium (200 Whittlesey Drive). 

Preservative-free, Quadrivalent flu vaccines for ages 6 months and older, and Preservative-Free High-Dose for ages 65 years and older, will be available as supplies allow. Please check our website for scheduling updates.

Please bring your CURRENT Medical Insurance Card – Insurance carriers/products that will be billed directly: Aetna, Anthem, ConnectiCare, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare Part B, and Medicare Advantage Plans with Aetna, Anthem BC/BS, ConnectiCare

 No charge for Vaccines for ALL CHILDREN 4 AND UNDER

 No charge for children 18 years or younger who are Medicaid or Husky A/B enrolled, have no health insurance/self-pay, under-insured, American Indian or Alaskan Native

 If you do not have a participating insurance plan, payments will be accepted by cash, check, health savings account, debit card or credit card. For more detailed information about Seasonal Influenza vaccines, visit

 For a complete listing of other local flu clinics, please visit: or call us at 203-792-0864. L

]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:23:48 -0400
Meet 2019 Drink Pink Courageous Face Samantha Eagle and Support Ann's Place on October 3!

On October 3, 2019, the 11th Annual Drink Pink for a cause will take place at The Lounsbury House in Ridgefield. This event supports Ann’s Place while putting a spotlight on local breast cancer survivors.

The photo you see here is one of Kristen Jensen’s “Courageous Faces”. This and many other photos of cancer survivors, and those in the midst of treatment will blanket the walls of the Lounsbury House telling a story of life, struggle, friendship, and hope.

Here, we couple the many Courageous Faces with their unique stories. We thank each and every one of these ladies for sharing their journey with us.

Visit Crowdrise HERE to support the 2019 Drink Pink Courageous Faces.

Meet Drink Pink model and Courageous Face, Samantha Eagle 

When and how did you first learn you had breast cancer?

I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) in March 2016.  After being told by my GP “not to worry” about the pea-sized lump I found in my right breast, I did just that.  However, that lump became more and more painful and grew to the size of a large grape in just three months. I became increasingly worried!  I sought out a second opinion and was scheduled immediately for a mammogram and the evidence was clear as day, I had cancer. The mammogram I had the previous year revealed nothing--this was a fast-growing and aggressive cancer.  The usual procedures ensued and ultimately my biopsy informed them that I had a fairly rare form of Breast Cancer--TNBC; a cancer that is difficult to treat and to survive.

Who did you turn to for support and how was that person or organization supportive?

I was awestruck at the support network that stepped up to help me get through my treatment.  So many friends and family were there for me--plus acquaintances and even strangers! My cousin works in the healthcare industry and helped guide me to find the right doctor and treatment for this type of cancer. I will be forever grateful to him.  My husband was my rock-- it’s not an easy thing to watch your loved one go through this and he kept me grounded through it all. My doctors and nurses at the Greenwich Blenheim Cancer Center were fantastic. Also, close friends set up a meal train for the worst days of my chemo and I was truly astounded that so many people joined this group to help not just me, but my family as well.  And of course there was Ann’s Place--my Oncologist suggested I go look around. How lucky I was to have access to such a beautiful facility just up the road with so much to offer! I could go for everything from free counseling and group support to private Reiki sessions and meditation classes.

Tell me about something someone said or did that helped you through your most difficult days

I’m not sure there is anyone person or thing that I could pick out of the generous and thoughtful support I received. The best advice I got came just after I was diagnosed when I confided with one of my kid’s coaches and he told me that he is a fellow survivor as well. He advised me not to hide my diagnosis, as he had done, and to accept help.  He said, “Don’t try to get through it alone--people want to help you”. He was so right--it would have been so difficult to get through this alone--both mentally and physically.

I received so many kind notes and calls that made me smile and kept me positive through the hardest days. One friend gave me a cute little hand knit bunny infused with lavender to help me relax.  Another gave me a silver bracelet stamped with an inspirational quote. I received healing crystals, flowers, a cooler filled with special treats. As I mentioned before, I was stunned by the amount of caring and support that came from so many people around me.

Lastly, I would often think about what I had learned from yoga; “everything is temporary”.  Knowing this, and realizing if I could stay positive through the hardest moments, I knew I could get through my treatment and beat this disease.  I often used yoga meditation and breathing techniques during those many sleepless nights and uncomfortable days.

Tell me about your photoshoot with Kristen and beauty day at Adam Broderick

In 2018, a friend of mine told me about Kristen Jensen’s Photo exhibit and suggested that I be a model for the “Drink Pink” event.  Honestly, the thought made me uncomfortable, as I was still recovering from five months of chemo and several surgeries. I just didn’t feel myself; my hair was still growing back and I was trying to get back into the shape I had been before cancer.  I think I was still trying to digest everything that I had just been through.

Fortunately, my friend Alex Fischetti invited me to attend the Drink Pink event that year and I got to see just how amazing it is.  So many brave women sharing and supporting each other and celebrating life! The following year, he gave my name to Kristen and I was thrilled to have been asked again.  This time I was ready - ready to show others that we can beat this disease and come out the other side stronger and better than before! It was my turn to support people with the care and assistance they need to get through all stages of cancer!  I am so humbled and grateful to be included in this group of amazing survivors.

It was a treat to get all done up for the photoshoot!   I felt so spoiled having my hair and a make-over done at Adam Broderick. They worked their magic and I was refreshed and eager (albeit a bit nervous) for my first photoshoot.  Kristen Jensen and her mom made me feel so comfortable and took me through the process with ease and professionalism. By the end of the day, I felt like a Supermodel must feel.  When I received the proofs the following week I was both impressed and amazed--her photos are beautiful.

What message do you have for others who have been diagnosed with breast cancer?

The human body is amazing--it can withstand, fight and heal from incredible amounts of trauma.  We live in a time where science and medicine are so advanced that you can win this fight. Stay positive, try to laugh every day and be brave.   Know that this is a time to be strong and don’t give up-- it is just a moment of discomfort to get through in the grand scheme of life. You can do this!

Drink Pink for a cause will take place at The Lounsbury House, located at 316 Main Street in Ridgefield on October 3 from 6 to 8pm. Learn more about Ann’s Place here.

Support the 2019 Drink Pink models and Ann’s Place by making a donation HERE.



]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:33:42 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel: Peter and Laura Testa, NationWide Homes Real Estate

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 NationWide Homes Real Estate!

Three questions with Peter and Laura Testa of NationWide Homes Real Estate.

Why did you start your business?

My first taste of real estate was when I was a little kid and went home shopping with my parents.  I was able to be a little observer from the buying end and watched how my parents relentlessly sacrificed their time to find the perfect home for our family of five. The realtor who was patient while educating and negotiating on my parents' behalf.  I've always been fascinated with homes from their design, architecture and what they provide. So what better business to be than where you get to be the chain that ties families and homes together? I feel it's one of the most rewarding careers and I am blessed to have been able to help so many families. Our team always goes above and beyond to ensure clients are not just happy, but are also willing to share their positive experience with the next person.

How many people do you employ? Any youth or seniors from the community?

We have a team of over 30 agents that come from different backgrounds along with young and retired agents. I am happy to have youth interns come and learn the different marketing techniques we offer.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We support and have utilized the Amos House, Catholic Charities, local softball teams, schools, police/fire departments amongst many others and in return they support our business by being part of our network of referrals.

Learn more about Peter and Laura Testa's real estate business here.

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

]]> (HH) Places Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:41:52 -0400
Bethel High School Student Ryan Lemone Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Bethel High School Student Ryan Lemone Named Semifinalist in the 65th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program

Today, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among the awardees was Bethel High School student Ryan Lemone.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

]]> (Tara) Neighbors Wed, 11 Sep 2019 02:22:12 -0400
Bethel Police Benevolent Association 2019 Golf Outing

Bethel Police Benevolent Association 2019 Golf Outing on Monday, October 7 from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm at Redding Country Club. 

The Bethel PBA would like to invite you to attend our 15th annual golf outing (4 person team $200 per golfer). Included are Green Fees, Carts, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Hole in One Contest, Closet to the pin, Longest drive, Putting contest, and much more!

If you are unable to attend, please consider being a Sponsor.
*Bronze $100
*Silver $250- Hole Sponsor
*Gold $500- Hole and Cart Sponsor
*Platinum $1000- Hole, Cart and Dinner Sponsor
*Diamond $2500- Hole, Cart and Dinner and Welcome Gift

This year a portion of the proceeds will benefit the O’Farrell Family
Maddie O’Farrell, daughter of Detective Frank O’Farrell, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in Nov.2018. Maddie has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy and had surgery in February to remove the tumor and part of her femur. Maddie has proven to be a “Rock Star”! She returned to school in May and was able to attend camp this summer.

For reservations, questions and other information contact: Cpt. Steve Pugner ( Cpl. Adam Cleary ( at the Bethel Police Department 203-744-7900.

Learn more on the event Facebook page here.

]]> (Bethel Police Benevolent Association ) Events Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:26:57 -0400
Broadway Classics, Pop Hits When Kristin Chenoweth Headlines at Ridgefield Playhouse Gala

The Ridgefield Playhouse welcomes Kristin Chenoweth to Fall Gala on Saturday, September 28

Don’t miss this night of Broadway classics, standards and pop hits! 

Purchase tickets here.

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony Award for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.”

In 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked,” which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List. Chenoweth will star alongside Scott Wolf in the holiday film “The Christmas Song,” which is slated to debut on Hallmark Channel in November 2019 and the film “Holidate” which will premiere on Netflix in 2020. Chenoweth will star as “Madeline” in the upcoming musical comedy “Death Becomes Her,” an adaptation of the 1992 film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Chenoweth has released multiple albums, most recently The Art of Elegance, and has performed to sold-out audiences across the world.

5:30pm Gala: Dinner, open bar & silent auction (Gala ticket holders only)

8:00pm Performance: Live auction and show

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Northern Trust Broadway & Cabaret Series

]]> (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:45:01 -0400
WCSU to host first Human Library event on October 1

The Western Connecticut State University Libraries will host the first Human Library event at WCSU on Tuesday, Oct. 1, offering members of the university and area communities an opportunity to hold one-on-one conversations with “human books” — volunteers from diverse backgrounds who will share their unique stories and challenges.

The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on the first floor of the Haas Library on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Admission will be free and the public is invited to participate.

Participant “readers” may “borrow” one or more human books, each for a check-out period of up to 20 minutes to conduct a conversation. The human books will deliver a short summary of their personal story and answer questions from their readers.

The human books for the WCSU event represent members of the university and regional communities, selected with the goal of affording many opportunities to learn about diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and life experiences. The national Human Library organization website described the program as “a safe space for dialogue where topics are discussed openly between our human books and their readers,” and “where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.”

WCSU Director of Library Services Veronica Kenausis explained that the Human Library, founded in Denmark in 2000, has spread to more than 80 countries over the past two decades. “Events around the world have featured ‘human books’ who are drawn from various religious, cultural, ethnic and political backgrounds,” Kenausis said. “They have struggled with various kinds of adversity such as homelessness, crime, abuse and food insecurity, and have suffered from physical challenges such as eating disorders, addiction, learning disabilities and mental illness.”

“The Human Library event at WCSU is an opportunity to have positive conversations to challenge stereotypes and prejudices, to learn about a career, or just to get to know another individual from a different background,” she observed.

Information about the WCSU Human Library event is available at, or by contacting Kenausis at or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486. Information about the international Human Library program is available at

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel: Dana Marie Portraits

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 Dana Marie Portraits LLC!

Three questions with Dana Benz, owner of Dana Marie Portraits LLC.

Why did you start your business?

 I am a 30-year-old business owner and artist from Bethel, Connecticut. I draw hyper-realistic portraits with graphite and colored pencils. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to draw. Time just melts away when my pencil hits the paper. As a child, I was always looking at pictures in coloring books and drawing them freehand. In high-school, at fifteen years old, I had discovered my true love - portrait drawing. My goal is to provide a product as well as a service for the community and beyond. I use my client's treasured and priceless photographs and turn them into artwork for generations to enjoy. These make a perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Holidays, Birthdays, Graduation, etc.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…”

I wish I could provide the service to many, many people in our community and surrounding areas. I would love to give families and friends priceless, hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind artwork that would be incredibly meaningful to them. I draw portraits of your human loved ones and fur-babies as well.  I also would love to commemorate those who have passed away to keep their memory more alive. 

What is your best selling product/service?

My best sellers are pastel or colored pencil portraits. A lot of parents love for me to draw their beautiful children in bright, vibrant colors. I love capturing their unique expressions, personalities, innocence, wonder and beauty. 

Visit Dana Marie Portraits online here.

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



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Bethel Public School Open House Dates

Bethel Public Schools Open House Dates 2019-2020

  • Bethel High School September 19 – 6:00 PM
  • Bethel Middle School September 10 – 6:00 PM
  • Johnson School September 26 – 6:00 PM
  • Rockwell School September 11 – 6:00 PM
  • Berry School September 18 – 6:00 PM

First day pictures are available on Bethel Public Schools Flickr website. Dan DeBlois, District Photographer, will post photos on Flickr throughout the school year. Follow Dan on Twitter @DanDeBlois to be notified when the photos are posted then go to Flickr and take a look.

Visit Bethel Public Schools online here.

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