Bethel's HamletHub Sat, 04 Feb 2023 07:33:08 -0500 Meet Bethel Public Library New Mini Golf Sponsors!

Beer, Wine and Mini Golf "fore" the Library returns Friday, March 31

The Bethel Public Library Board of Directors invites everyone to join them at the Library after hours for a night of beer, wine, and mini golf! Sample refreshments from local establishments while playing a fun game of mini golf with your friends. This event is for adults ages 21 & up.

More information will be coming soon. Today, we would like to introduce you to some of our sponsors who make this event possible every year.

New Sponsors

Since our last update, we have gained new sponsors! We're grateful for their support for the Library and our community.

Food and Beverage Sponsors

La Zingara

Asian Kitchen

Daily Fare

Central Package

Charter Oak Brewing Co.

New Hole Sponsors

Ace Hardware

Belardinelli Tire Company

Happily Furever After Rescue

Ingersoll Auto

UK Gourmet

Thank You to Our Hole Sponsors

Thank you to the following hole sponsors for continuing to support the Bethel Public Library.

Advantage Commercial Realty

Bethel Education Foundation

Blue Jay Orchards

Byrd's Books and The Toy Room

Colonial Subaru Danbury

Danbury Arena

Jerome A. Mayer, Attorney at Law

Learning Streams

Newtown Savings Bank

Paul Morton Jewelers

R.E. Lawlor Graphics & Printing, LLC.

Ultimate Kreation

*Learn more HERE.

The Bethel Public Library Board of Directors invites everyone to join them at the Library after hours for a night of beer, wine, and mini golf! Sample refreshments from local establishments while playing a fun game of mini golf with your friends. This event is for adults ages 21 & up.
More information will be coming soon. Today, we would like to introduce you to some of our sponsors who make this event possible every year.
New Sponsors
Since our last update, we have gained new sponsors! We're grateful for their support for the Library and our community.
Food and Beverage Sponsors
New Hole Sponsors
Thank You to Our Hole Sponsors
Thank you to the following hole sponsors for continuing to support the Bethel Public Library.
]]> (Bethel Public Library) Charities Fri, 03 Feb 2023 14:25:30 -0500
DEEP Launches Free Swimming Lesson Program in Partnership with Connecticut YMCAs


Qualifying children to benefit from federal funds at 14 YMCA locations, program part of DEEP initiative to make outdoor recreation more accessible and inclusive to residents in 2023

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (“DEEP”) Commissioner Katie Dykes joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-05), local and state elected officials, and YMCA leaders today to announce $1.5 million to fund free swimming lessons to qualifying children. The partnership with the YMCA will enable 14 participating YMCA pools in the state to offer lessons over the next three years.

The program, funded through federal American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) funds authorized by the Lamont Administration and State Legislature, is expected to serve 3,000 children each year. Children 17 or under, living in Qualified Census Tracts and/or receiving SNAP benefits, or recommended to the program, are eligible to register for the free swimming lessons at participating YMCAs. These lessons are one of numerous DEEP initiatives aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor recreation activities in State Parks and Forests.

“Each year too many children’s lives are claimed from drowning,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “The Connecticut YMCA Free Swim Lessons Program will not only save lives, but also provide children with a fun recreational activity that will create a lifelong skill.”

“DEEP is committed to making outdoor recreation more inclusive and accessible, and we are thrilled to announce this amazing partnership with the YMCA, offering free swimming lessons to children in Connecticut,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “Swimming is such an essential element to many great outdoor experiences. To offer this opportunity to kids statewide will introduce many of them to life-saving skills and is one step we can take to help prevent tragedy on the water. Drowning poses a particular threat to children in underserved communities, so we’re excited for kids to take advantage of this important program ahead of the traditional outdoor recreation season.”

“This grant from DEEP will allow over 2,500 children who may not have access to swim lessons to be able to participate and learn the importance of swimming and being safe around water,” said Jim O’Rourke, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Waterbury YMCA 

“Last session, when I was serving as co-chair of the Children’s Committee, we looked at causes of death for children in our state; I was saddened to learn drowning is a significant cause of death for young people, and it impacts children in inner cities, including Black and Hispanic children, more than the general population,” said State Sen. Saud Anwar, D-South Windsor. “It also impacts individuals in low-opportunity parts of our state more than the general population. At that time, we worked collaboratively to identify the best possible ways to prevent this, and educational opportunities for young children in our state were among them. It’s heartwarming to see that our state is following through on that.”

"As co-chair of the Committee on Children, and member of the Children's Water Safety Task Force, I am very grateful to the Commissioner and the Governor and Lt. Governor for recognizing the importance of water safety, and especially the need for lessons in low-income communities and communities of color,” said State Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Cheshire. “Swim lessons save children's lives, and cost and access should never be barriers to safety. I can think of no greater partners for this initiative than the YMCAs, and I thank them as well, for working with me since 2018 to help reduce barriers to access and save lives."

Connecticut is fortunate to have access to local pools, Long Island Sound, and many local lakes and ponds. However, access to swimming lessons is limited. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), more children ages 1-4 die from drowning in the United States than any other cause of death, and two children die every day from drowning. For children 5-14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury or death.

Drowning death rates for Black people are 1.5 times higher than the rates for White people. Disparities are highest among Black children ages 5-9 (rates 2.6 times higher) and ages 10-14 (rates 3.6 times higher). In underserved communities, 79% of children who live in households with incomes less than $50,000 have no/low swimming ability. 

This Free Swim Lessons program is part of DEEP’s DEI in Parks Initiative for 2023, which focuses on improving access and inclusion in Connecticut’s State Parks and Forests. Additional DEI-related projects DEEP is pursuing as part of this initiative include:

  • Creating partnerships to provide internships in Connecticut State Parks, recognizing that in a study of Black employees in the National Park Service, 14 out of 15 interviewees mentioned an internship as their first introduction to State and National parks in general.
  • Improving our seasonal staff recruitment processes by:
  • Launching recruiting efforts months earlier than we have in the past;
  • Raising the seasonal salary pay range to $15-19/hour; and
  • Reaching out to DEI programs on college campuses to help promote seasonal job opportunities for 2023
  • Making DEI a priority in DEEP’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the 5-year strategic plan for the state’s outdoor recreation resources and programs, by issuing surveys and collecting data to identify additional opportunities where DEEP can further invest in DEI-related improvements.
  • Providing additional youth group camping sites to provide children with opportunities for a positive outdoor experience.

List of YMCA locations participating in the Free Swim Lessons program 

]]> (CT DEEP) Charities Fri, 03 Feb 2023 12:14:25 -0500
WCSU’s spring 2023 Coffeehouse and Best Darn Jazz Club events announced; all are open to the public

DANBURY, Connecticut — Western Connecticut State University announced its spring semester 2023 Midtown Coffeehouse and Best Darn Jazz Club schedule, and the public is invited to attend to relax and enjoy evenings of music, performances and more, as well as share their talents.

The Coffeehouses are held most Thursday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Wolves Den, located in the lower level of the university’s Midtown campus Student Center, 181 White St. in Danbury. The Coffeehouses include open mics (sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m.) and on some nights there are special performers. The events are free, and complimentary snacks and beverages are offered; donations are accepted. For more information, go to

Upcoming Coffeehouse dates and performances are:

Feb. 9: WCSU Student Jazz Ensemble

Feb. 16: All-Night Open Mic

Feb. 23: Bella Canto, a WCSU student treble range (soprano or alto) a cappella ensemble with a repertoire including music of all genres

March 2: Comedian Nico Carney

March 9: TBD

March 23: Ethan Fiske and the Big Love Band

March 30: TBD

April 13, 20 & 27: Open Mic, feature acts TBD

May 4: Open Mic, feature act TBD

Additionally, WCSU hosts its Best Darn Jazz Club in the Wolves Den, another event free to students, faculty/staff, alumni and the public. Along with live jazz music in an intimate, club-like setting, light snacks and a cash bar with wine and beer for those 21 and over are available. The Best Darn Jazz Club events are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24 and March 31. The Malin Carta Quartet, featuring WCSU alumni, and the Elijah Atkins Quartet, comprised of current WCSU students, will perform on Feb. 24. Both quartets feature saxophones, guitars, bass and drums.

For more information, contact Ginny Diaz at or WCSU Public Relations at

]]> (Janine Azzi) Events Fri, 03 Feb 2023 09:39:04 -0500
Bethel Police Update on Reservoir Street Shooting: Investigation is Active and Ongoing

Update: February 2, 2023

Bethel police report that on January 31, 2023, at approximately 11:49 pm, the department received a call regarding yelling coming from the area of Reservoir Street. The caller reported hearing a sound of a possible gunshot, followed by yelling and then two additional gunshot sounds.

Officers say they responded to the residence on Reservoir Street where the disturbance was believed to have occurred. According to the police report, the residence is a two-family home with an upstairs apartment and a downstairs apartment. Responders made contact with the lower-level occupants of the residence, who police say were asleep at the time and were unaware that anything had occurred.

Upon making contact with the upstairs apartment occupants, police say a female was located in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head and a gunshot wound to the chest.

"A male victim, who was later identified as the suspect, was found alive, in the same room, with a gunshot wound to the head. The responding officer immediately began providing medical aid to both the male and female," police report. They add, "The male suspect was transported to Danbury Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The female was pronounced deceased at the scene by a responding paramedic."

Bethel police say the investigation thus far has revealed that the male and female were married and recently estranged due to domestic abuse. The female victim sought assistance thru Danbury Superior Court by submitting an Affidavit Relief from Abuse on January 17, 2023. The first report of domestic abuse was made to the Bethel Police Department on January 20, 2023, where the female reported that her husband was threatening her.  At that time, the husband was staying with family in New York State.

Bethel Police say that they took the female victim's statement at that time and made contact with New York State police requesting that they make contact with the husband and arrest him for violation of a Protective Order. New York State police arrested the husband on January 20, 2023.

The police report states that within the last week, the husband came back to Connecticut and was staying with family in Danbury. On January 31, 2023, the suspect came back to the residence, entered the home and shot the female victim once in the head and once in the chest before shooting himself in the head. No other occupants of the residence were involved or injured during the event.

The Bethel Police Department Detective Bureau is actively investigating the incident.

A final press release will be issued once the investigation is complete.

]]> (HH) Public safety Fri, 03 Feb 2023 07:17:47 -0500
Bethel Police update on Reservoir Street shooting

Bethel police report that on January 31, 2023 at approximately 11:49pm, the department received a call regarding yelling coming from the area of Reservoir Street.

Upon arrival, police say that officers located a male and female inside a residence on Reservoir Street who was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

According to the police report, officers began treating the parties. They say, however, that the female was ultimately pronounced dead at the residence. The male was taken to Danbury Hospital where he was also pronounced dead, police say.

The deceased have since been identified as Lester and Tracy Jones reports NBC Connecticut; the Chief Medical Examiner said Traci was killed by a gunshot wound to the head and Lester died by suicide. "Traci's death was ruled a homicide," the report says.

"The Bethel Police Department Detective Bureau is actively investigating the incident and there is no threat to the community," according to the police report.

]]> (HH) Public safety Thu, 02 Feb 2023 16:18:41 -0500
Bethel Receives School Mental Health Workers Grants

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that 20 school districts across Connecticut are being awarded $5 million in funding under a competitive state grant program that will be used for hiring and maintaining school mental health workers during the 2023, 2024, and 2025 school years.

Administered by the Connecticut State Department of Education, the School Mental Health Workers Grant is funded by money the state received from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was approved by Congress in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first of three rounds of grants aimed at increasing the number of mental health workers in schools that are being administered by the state using ARPA funding. A second round – the School Mental Health Specialists Grant – will soon provide grants totaling $15 million. A third grant program will provide $8 million to summer camps and school-based summer programming for mental health support.

Awards for each district under this first round range between $101,973 and $324,000. Priority was given to districts with a high ratio of students to school mental health workers and a high rate of student use of school mental health services.

The recipients of the School Mental Health Workers Grant are as follows:

Connecticut School Mental Health Workers Grant Awardees

School District

Award Amount for Fiscal Year 2023

Award Amount for Fiscal Year 2024

Award Amount for Fiscal Year 2025 (70%)

Total Grant Award

Portland School District





Regional School District 10





Wethersfield School District





Woodbridge School District





Booker T. Washington Academy District





Preston School District





Hebron School District





Mansfield School District





Middletown School District





Bethany School District





Oxford School District





The Bridge Academy District





East Hampton School District





Eastford School District





Stonington School District





East Haddam School District





Regional School District 17





Common Ground High School District





East Haven School District





Bethel School District





]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Thu, 02 Feb 2023 09:26:59 -0500
Bethel residents named to the dean's list at Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its Dean's List for the fall 2022 semester, in which nearly 1,300 students were recognized for maintaining high GPAs.

Congratulations to the Bethel resident who were named to the dean's list:

Phoebe Baldwin, majoring in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies.

Molly Boucher, majoring in Social Work.

Morgan Heibeck, majoring in Art.

Nicole Popham, majoring in Health Sciences.

John Whitmeyer, majoring in Business Administration.

To qualify for Dean's List, full-time students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in letter-graded courses with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher in the semester. Part-time students are eligible if they've accumulated 15 or more credits of letter-graded course work with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher.

For more information, visit

]]> (Eastern Connecticut State University) Neighbors Thu, 02 Feb 2023 09:16:25 -0500
Who should we believe? Punxsutawney Phil or Connecticut's own Beardsley Bart?

And on the other hand... after Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter this morning after seeing his shadow, Connecticut's own weather-predicting Prairie Dog has a different weather outlook for the Nutmeg state.


Who needs Punxsutawney Phil when you have ‘Beardsley Bart?’ Beardsley Bart, Connecticut’s own Prognosticating Prairie Dog shared his weather forecast with a small gathering of his friends early this morning. This year, he did not see his shadow, revealing that Connecticut will enjoy an early spring.

“Beardsley Bart is a very early riser and when he came out this morning, he confirmed that he did not see his shadow,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “But every year, Beardsley Bart says that spring is coming eventually, and he has always been 100 percent correct.”

Dancho invites everyone to visit the Zoo throughout the cold weather, as that’s when many of the animals are most active. Animals who enjoy cold temperatures include the Amur leopards, Amur tiger, North American river otters, and Mexican grey and red wolves. 


]]> (Lisa Clair) Neighbors Thu, 02 Feb 2023 06:59:57 -0500
RVNAhealth offers osteoporosis prevention and treatment programs: “Balance & Beyond” and “Strength & Beyond”

Let’s Talk About Bone Mineral Density

Osteoporosis is a common condition characterized by decreased bone mineral density which can lead to an increased likelihood of fractures, resulting in hospitalizations and decreased quality of life. According to a 2010 CDC study, more than 10 million adults over the age of 50 had osteoporosis, with women having a higher likelihood (~30% of the population, vs. men at ~16%). Given that osteoporosis increases with age, the lifetime risk of resulting fracture is 50% for women and 20% for men.

Researchers recently took a closer look at the effectiveness of the current clinical practice guidelines and created a new and improved model for treatment. The new research shows that weight-bearing exercises (such as walking, yoga, and tai chi), in combination with resistance training of varying loads, were most effective at increasing bone mineral density in susceptible fracture locations such as the hips and base of the spine. However, these guidelines are not universal and fitness plans and treatments should be customized to each individual by a trained professional.

RVNAhealth is pleased to offer several ongoing and specialty programs aligned to osteoporosis prevention and treatment. Current ongoing offerings include two fitness classes – “Balance & Beyond” and “Strength & Beyond” -- both open to the public with small class sizes designed to provide customized guidance to each individual’s needs.

“Balance & Beyond”, held every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-1:00pm at RVNAhealth in Ridgefield, focuses on building muscle, restoring balance, and improving your walk or jog, all while giving your brain a great workout! “Strength & Beyond” is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-2:00pm, also at RVNAhealth. This class is a level up from the Balance & Beyond class and will have you moving through a series of upper and lower body strengthening, functional mobility, balance and cognitive stations.

If you have questions regarding any of the above programs or would like to schedule an appointment with our therapists to create a program specialized to fit your needs, please contact us at 203.438.7862 or We hope to see you soon!

]]> (Tricia Nelson) Events Thu, 02 Feb 2023 06:59:17 -0500
CT Wine Trail Announces 2023 Winter Wine Trail Passport

Connecticut - Wine and exploration go together any time of year. With that in mind, twelve farm wineries across Connecticut have once again organized the highly anticipated Winter Wine Trail for visitors and residents alike looking for a way to warm up to the season.
From January 8 through April 2, participants can pick up a free passport from any of the 12 participating wineries, and start on a quest to visit each vineyard. Those who are able to check off all 12 participating wineries before the April 2 deadline become eligible to win prizes valued at more than $6,000. Passports must be submitted to one of the participating vineyards by the deadline date. Keep in mind that photocopied booklets or pages will be disqualified. Winners will be chosen by a random drawing held on April 19 and will be notified by email or phone.
There are more than forty-five prizes offered for people who can successfully visit every winery. The Grand Prize is a two-night stay at West 57th Street by Hilton Club in NYC, valued at over $1,000. The first and second prizes are Spa experiences valued at over $475 each, and the third prize, valued at $300 is a one-night stay at the Mystic Marriott. Additional prizes range from restaurant gift cards, including a chef-prepared farm-to-table dinner for eight and a 24 -piece box of chocolates from Milk House Chocolates, to shopping certificates and a bottle of wine, valued up to $30 from each participating vineyard.
“The Winter Wine Trail offers a fun and exciting way for residents and visitors to try award-winning wines made right here in Connecticut while overlooking scenic vineyards,” said Margaret Ruggerio, of The Connecticut Wine Trail and co-owner of Paradise Hills Vineyard and Winery. “It’s the perfect way to beat the winter blues while sipping and swirling your way through winter into spring! Best of all, the Winter Wine Trail gives friends and family a way to expand their palate and learn about the history of winemaking in the state.”
The twelve participating vineyards include the following wineries that will take you on a quest on and off the beaten path making it an excellent day or weekend adventure.
Aquila’s Nest Vineyards, 56 Pole Bridge Road, Sandy Hook. This is an experience-focused, climate-neutral certified vineyard, and event venue beautifully situated on 40 estate acres. Inspired by mythological tales of powerful women and a love of astronomy, this vineyard offers nine heavenly wines seasonally. They offer a fine selection of reds, rose, whites, and zesty Sangria by the pitcher.
Bishop’s Orchards, 1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford. Located in a barn dating to 1928, visitors will experience a superb assortment of award-winning fruit wines and hard ciders made from produce grown here. Bishop’s Orchard also offers a unique wine selection that includes a mix of semi-dry and semi-sweet varieties that are similar to white and blush wines.
Gouveia Vineyards, 1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, Wallingford. Joe Gouveia, originally from Portugal, had a dream to bring the winemaking traditions of his home country to Connecticut…and he has! Built of stone and old timbers, this rustic wine-tasting room has a spectacular hilltop location where the views seem to go on forever. A highlight here is to experience a taste of Portugal while sipping on reds and white wines made from 17 varietals that are picked by hand.
Hawk Ridge Winery, 26 Plungis Road, Watertown. Located on 58 bucolic acres of farmland this winery grows eight varietals of grapevines that are used in eleven of their twenty-plus wines that include an evocative selection of dry or sweet, red, white, or rose wines. In addition to wine, they offer a large menu of food and appetizers that pair perfectly with their wine, completing this relaxing experience.
Hopkins Vineyard, 25 Hopkins Road, New Preston. This vineyard offers vistas of the blue waters of Lake Waramaug, from its hilltop site. A family farm since 1787, the first Hopkins vines were planted in 1979, and the nineteenth-century barn was converted to a state-of-the-art winery. Wine tastings are offered and favorites can be ordered by the glass or by the bottle, along with cheeses and pates, at The Hayloft, a wine bar with a stunning lake view. This vineyard has won many awards and accolades over the years and is a Nationally designated Bi-Centennial Farm.
Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Road, North Stonington. The highlight of this vineyard is to sample their portfolio of wines, which includes four Estate varietals from their favorite growers in California without having to make the trip out west. Estate Connecticut wine is also handcrafted here. This unique experience allows guests to sample the East and West coasts’ distinctive climates. To accompany the wine in their cozy tasting room cheese and charcuterie that is locally sourced are also available.
Paradise Hills Vineyards, 15 Windswept Hill Road, Wallingford. Unwind in a sunny Tuscan-styled tasting room with its hand-crafted copper bar, decorative chandelier, mahogany tables, and wood-burning fireplace. This cozy tasting room provides the perfect setting to enjoy wine while overlooking the vineyard. Paradise wines have been awarded 85+ points from several renowned wine competitions making sipping a true pleasure while dining on a charcuterie platter.
Priam Vineyards, 11 Shailor Hill Road, Colchester. This vineyard has won numerous International wine competition medals for its wines that are produced in the style of Northern France and Germany. It has been voted the best vineyard in Connecticut for five years. Fifteen handcrafted wines are produced throughout the year in this magical setting with its breathtaking views of the Connecticut countryside. As environmentalists, they practice sustainable agriculture and are vegan-certified.
Sharpe Hill Vineyard, 108 Wade Road, Pomfret. This vineyard has won over 450 medals in International tastings and offers reds, whites, and rose in a setting of great natural beauty. It is such a treat to sip on a refreshing chardonnay or a robust cabernet while gazing out over 100-plus acres with vistas that stretch to Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Stonington Vineyards, 523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington. This is one of the first farm wineries established in Connecticut and a founding member of the Connecticut Wine Trail. They are best known for their barrel-fermented Chardonnay and their proprietary blends, Seaport White and Triad Rose. Their European-style table wines have won many awards.
Sunset Meadow Vineyards, 599 Old Middle Street, Goshen. This family-owned and operated nationally and internationally award-winning vineyard is located on over 40 acres of sloping fields overlooking the picturesque sunsets and scenery of the Western Connecticut Highlands. In addition to winning many national and international medals for their wines, Sunset Meadow has been named one of the best 101 Wineries in America by the Daily Meal. In addition to tasting by the glass or bottle, they offer specialty chocolate and wine pairing as well as a variety of cheeses from local artisans.
Taylor Brooke Winery, 818 Route 171, Woodstock. This family-owned vineyard has 17 acres of wine production and has recently opened a brewery on 27 acres that is adjacent to the winery offering guests a double experience. Sparkling, dry whites, semi-sweet whites, red, still rose, and dessert wines abound here. For a change of pace, try the Spirit of Woodstock brandy that is aged like bourbon.

About the Connecticut Wine Trail
The Connecticut Wine Trail is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing wine regions in the United States. Made up of 22 participating wineries and vineyards throughout the state of Connecticut, the CT Wine Trail offers a tremendous variety of wine styles and stunning scenery—enjoyable in every season.
]]> (Janet Serra ) Places Wed, 01 Feb 2023 10:07:03 -0500
United Way of Western Connecticut and City of Danbury Provide Funding to 18 Social Service Agencies

Danbury, CT (February 1, 2022) ̶ United Way of Western Connecticut and Mayor Dean Esposito of the City of Danbury announced a grant cycle in July of 2022 for social service agencies to receive funding through the Danbury Social Service Grant program. This year, $204,000 will be distributed among 18 local nonprofits. Agencies whose work is focused on the following categories were eligible and invited to apply: 1) Education and child care; 2) Health and mental health; and 3) Financial stability and housing.  

 Since 2009, UWWC has administered the funding review process on behalf of the City of Danbury. Danbury residents are recruited and trained as volunteers to serve on a grant review committee. In this capacity, the committee reviews grant applications, listens to agency presentations, and makes funding recommendations to the City. Volunteer reviewers must be Danbury residents and attest to having no conflicts of interest with the agencies being reviewed.  
“I want to thank United Way of Western Connecticut for partnering with the City of Danbury once again to provide funding to the social service agencies in our city,” said Mayor Dean Esposito. “This partnership allows key programs to continue helping our residents and supports these organizations as they continue to administer services within our community.”  

 “The Danbury Social Service Grant Program is an opportunity to collaborate with the City of Danbury in administering key funds to support our community’s nonprofits.” said Isabel Almeida, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “The funds provided by the City each year are critical to improving health, enhancing education and child care, and increasing the financial stability of families throughout Danbury. The agencies receiving this funding are providing necessary support in each of those areas.” 

 The following agencies were selected and will receive funding:  
  • Danbury Grassroots Academy 

  • Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County 

  • REACH Western CT 

  • The Salvation Army 

  • Ability Beyond Disability 

  • American National Red Cross 

  • Amos House 

  • Association of Religious Communities 

  • Catholic Charities of Fairfield County 

  • Community Action Agency of Western CT 

  • Danbury Area Refugee Assistance (DARA) 

  • Family & Children’s Aid 

  • Renewal House 

  • Ann's Place 

  • Hillside Food Outreach 

  • Interfaith AIDS Ministry 

  • RVNA Health 

  • WeCAHR 

Funds are distributed through a one-year allocation process, with the grant covering the fiscal year of July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. More information about next year’s grant cycle and other grant opportunities can be found at
For media, contact: Karissa Muniz, United Way of Western Connecticut, at 203-297-6307  or John Kleinhans, The City of Danbury, at 203-797-4511.
]]> (United Way of Western CT) Charities Wed, 01 Feb 2023 06:46:53 -0500
Bethel Residents Named to Dean's List at The University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the Fall 2022 Dean's List. Congratulations to the following Bethel residents who have achieved this honor:

Scott Davis 

Aliha Haider 

Caroline Nordmann 

Ben Pelletier 

Audrey Quish 

Amanda Tuccillo 

Jamie Tuohy 

To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.

To learn more, visit:

]]> (URI) Neighbors Tue, 31 Jan 2023 13:18:30 -0500
Lamont Activates Connecticut’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol Effective Thursday Afternoon

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that due to a weather forecast indicating that Connecticut will experience extremely cold air and strong winds later this week, he is directing the state’s severe cold weather protocol to go into effect beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2023, and remain in effect until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

Although Connecticut will experience relatively mild conditions for the first few days of this week, temperatures are expected to plummet starting on Thursday night, dipping into the mid-teens. The severe cold conditions will remain on Friday and Saturday, especially during the evening hours when temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits and possibly below zero degrees. Combined with sustained winds of around 20 miles per hour and gusts at times of around 30 miles per hour, the conditions outdoors will be severe during this period.

“Don’t be fooled by this mild weather that we are experiencing right now, because it looks like a blast of arctic air and winds will impact Connecticut later this week and this weekend,” Governor Lamont said. “With the kind of severe cold weather that is headed our way, frostbite can develop on exposed skin in under 30 minutes. Spending long periods of time outdoors in these conditions is not only harmful, it can be fatal. Shelters and warming centers are available across Connecticut. Anyone in need of a safe place to stay warm is urged to call 2-1-1 to get connected to a nearby location, and transportation can be provided if needed.”

The purpose of the Connecticut’s severe cold weather protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe cold conditions, which could be life threatening if exposed to the elements for extended periods of time. While enacted, a system is set up for state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to make sure that anyone in need can receive shelter from the outdoors, including transportation to shelters.

Anyone in need is urged to call 2-1-1 to get connected to these services. Safety measures have been enacted at shelters and warming centers throughout Connecticut to adhere to the needs of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The following actions are implemented while the protocol is enacted:

  • The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security activates its WebEOC communications network, which is an internet-based system that enables local, regional, and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.
  • The Connecticut Department of Social Services, Connecticut Department of Housing, and Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services coordinate with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, along with community-based providers, to provide transportation for people seeking shelter.
]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Public safety Mon, 30 Jan 2023 10:34:28 -0500
Town of Bethel Employment Opportunity: Benefits Coordinator/HR Assistant

The Town of Bethel is hiring a Benefits Coordinator/HR Assistant. This is a part time position in the HR department.

About the position:

To perform clerical/benefits administration of a complex, confidential and responsible nature for the Human Resources Director.  Associates degree in business administration and 3 years’ experience in administrative and/or benefits administration OR, an equivalent combination of work experience and training which provides a demonstrated potential for performing the duties of this position.

Hours of Work:  19.5 per week.

Salary:  $25.00 per hour – no benefits.

Applications can be obtained on the Town’s Website or in the First Selectman’s/Human Resources Department.  Applications for this position will remain open until position is filled.

]]> (Town of Bethel) Neighbors Mon, 30 Jan 2023 09:12:52 -0500
Bethel, Connecticut Resident Anthony DeMarco Named to Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Fall 2022 Dean's List

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Bethel resident Anthony DeMarco, a member of the class of 2025 majoring in Aerospace Engineering (BS), was named to the university's Dean's List for academic excellence for the fall 2022 semester.

A total of 2,069 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI's fall 2022 Dean's List. The criteria for the WPI Dean's List differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean's List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.


]]> (Worcester Polytechnic Institute ) Neighbors Fri, 27 Jan 2023 13:12:08 -0500