Bethel's HamletHub Thu, 21 Jan 2021 22:36:08 -0500 Two More Cases of COVID-19 Variant Identified in Connecticut, Vaccine Update,

Data updates on vaccine administration in Connecticut

The following data represents the total number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Connecticut, as reported to the state as of today:

  • First doses administered: 226,930
  • Second doses administered: 31,337
  • Total doses administered: 258,267

Connecticut is currently in phase 1b of its COVID-19 vaccination program. Right now under this phase, residents over the age of 75 can receive the vaccine. Soon, the phase will expand to include residents between the ages of 65 and 74, and residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions. Residents and staff of congregate settings and frontline essential workers will soon also become eligible during this phase.

Information on Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccination program is available at

Weekly update of the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Alert Map: 164 municipalities in red zone alert level

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today released its weekly COVID-19 Alert Map, which indicates that 164 of 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are currently in the red zone alert level, the highest of the state’s four alert levels.

The only municipalities in the state that are not in the red zone this week are Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Norfolk, and Warren, all of which are in the gray alert level.

The red zone indicates municipalities that have an average daily COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population. The orange zone indicates those that have case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population. The yellow zone indicates municipalities that have case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population, and those indicated in gray have case rates lower than five per 100,000 population.

The weekly alert map is also accompanied by a chart that provides guidance on recommended actions based on the alert levels for individual residents; institutions such as schools, houses of worship, and community organizations; and municipal leaders and local health directors.

The COVID-19 Alert Map is updated every Thursday around 4:00 p.m. and can be found in the Data Tracker page of the state’s coronavirus website at

Two more cases of COVID-19 variant identified in Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the State Public Health Laboratory have confirmed that two more cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 have been detected in Connecticut. This is the same variant initially discovered in the United Kingdom.

Both of the newly identified cases are family members of one of the initial two individuals who were identified earlier this month through genomic testing to have the UK variant of the virus.

The Department of Public Health is continuing to work with the State Laboratory and partner surveillance laboratories to monitor for the presence of the variant in Connecticut.

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Bethel Resident Emerald Eggert named to Dean's List at Alvernia University

Emerald Eggert of Bethel has been named to Alvernia University's Dean's List for the fall 2020 semester. In the fall, Eggert studied Occupational Therapy at Alvernia.

Eggert was one of over 725 Alvernia students to earn the honor.

"Despite another challenging semester brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerald and the rest of our students once against showed their ability to adapt and persevere," said Alvernia University President John R. Loyack. "We look forward to welcoming back our students for another successful semester on our campuses."

To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 credits.

"Our students and faculty did a tremendous job quickly pivoting to new hybrid delivery models, modified classroom spaces and state-of-the art technology," said Alvernia University Senior Vice President and Provost Glynis Fitzgerald. "These students and their loved ones should be proud of their accomplishments as they overcame so many unique challenges throughout the semester."

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Bethel Resident Neeraj Paul, 40, has Died

Neeraj (lovingly known as Sonu) Paul, 40, of Bethel, Connecticut passed away on January 20, 2021, following a brief illness.

Sonu was "Special" in every sense. He positively impacted every person who met him. He was given to the world as a teacher, a guiding light and a beautiful soul that should never be forgotten. He taught us all compassion, kindness, patience, empathy, humility and understanding. 

Sonu is survived by his parents, Shashi and Satbir Paul, his two sisters, Monika (Shailesh) Nagarsheth and Priti (Puneet) Kapoor, as well as a countless number of family and friends who will miss him very dearly.

Due to the concerns facing all of us at this time, funeral arrangements will be held privately (#CovidIsUnfair). If your heart desires, donations should be made to


Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut
60 Peter Court, New Britain CT 06051

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WCSU nursing students and faculty join local Covid 19 vaccination efforts

University partnership supports Nuvance Health and Danbury public health programs

Nursing students and faculty from Western Connecticut State University have joined the vaccination campaign this winter to arrest the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic by offering their support to the launch of vaccine administration programs organized by the Nuvance Health system and the Danbury Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The WCSU Department of Nursing responded swiftly to appeals from Nuvance and Danbury Public Health administrators for volunteer support as the organizations ramped up their programs to administer Covid 19 vaccinations to health care workers and other first responders, as well as to provide public education and follow-up services. Nursing Department Chair Dr. Jeanette Lupinacci said WCSU students have volunteered since December at four Nuvance locations including Danbury, Norwalk, New Milford and Sharon hospitals. Department faculty and students in the university’s RN-BN and M.S. in Nursing programs also responded enthusiastically to a call from Danbury Public Health authorities for support in the city’s vaccination effort.

Lupinacci observed that WCSU nursing students’ responsibilities have included administering vaccinations with professional supervision, provided at Nuvance clinics by WCSU adjunct faculty members employed at the system hospitals. Student volunteers also have performed essential support roles such as checking in individuals for their vaccination appointments, monitoring for allergic reactions immediately after vaccination, and providing information about follow-up protocols.

Lupinacci remarked the Nursing Department has welcomed the opportunity to provide much-needed clinical experience for its students while collaborating with community partners to ensure the successful launch of the Covid 19 vaccination effort in western Connecticut.

“With the decrease in clinical placement opportunities during the pandemic over the past year, we have been most happy to have our students participate in these programs and gain such valuable experience in the field,” she said. “Their work at the Nuvance and Danbury clinics has helped our students to fine-tune their skills in interpersonal communication, teaching, assessment and evaluation, and they are gaining an invaluable lesson in the mechanics of administering a vaccination with supervision.”

For Janelle Kennedy, a B.S. in Nursing student from Brewster, New York, her volunteer service averaging more than 20 hours a week in vaccination clinics at Danbury, New Milford and Sharon hospitals has drawn powerful inspiration from the experiences of her mother as an intensive care unit nursing director and her father as a respiratory therapist on the front line since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic. Working part-time as a patient care technician during the pandemic, Kennedy also had witnessed the heartbreak of the pandemic first-hand.

“I was able to witness the dystopian reality in the hospital and to see the pandemic’s effect on my parents, who worked tirelessly for months on end,” she said. “My mom would sometimes work 15 hours a day to help support her nursing staff. For several days during the week, I was with patients holding their hand as their family FaceTimed to say their good-byes.”

At the Nuvance clinics, Kennedy has had the opportunity to administer hundreds of doses of the vaccine as well as to assist in organizing intakes, collecting registration forms, educating patients and monitoring them for potential side effects. “We are perfecting skills that are essential to the nursing practice like education, patient-to-nurse communication and the technical experience of administering an intramuscular injection,” she noted. “It is beneficial to our education to have these hands-on experiences as we will be entering the field in just a few months, and the world needs competent, well-prepared nurses more than ever.”

“As a student, I am passionate about bringing the Covid 19 pandemic to a close and getting the community vaccinated,” she remarked. During the past year, “I have witnessed some deeply traumatic things, and I would like to make sure that no one ever needs to go through this again in their life.” She plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps by seeking a position in hospital critical care after graduation.

Kariny Ramos, a lifelong Danbury resident who expects to receive her B.S. in Nursing this spring, has worked in a senior living facility in Danbury since the start of the pandemic and experienced its impact on patients and families first-hand. “I saw how quickly this virus can take a life away and how much fear, loneliness and grief it can cause,” she said. “There was a time when I was scared to fall asleep because I thought I wouldn’t wake up the next day. I believe every life is precious, and I don’t want more lives to get taken away by this virus.” 

Ramos has volunteered since the start of winter break at vaccination clinics in Danbury and New Milford hospitals and plans to continue when not in class or at work during the spring term. “Participating in the first release of the vaccines will be a moment that I will never forget,” she said. “I will be graduating in the midst of the pandemic, and the knowledge that I have gained from this opportunity will benefit my career as a nurse by preparing me to educate my future patients about the Covid 19 vaccine.” Her goal is to pursue her R.N. career in service to her native Danbury community.

“I was eager to be part of this vaccination program because I feel like I am helping the public to end the pandemic,” Ramos remarked. “It’s beautiful to watch so many people come together sharing a common belief in the need to end a pandemic that has caused so much heartache, fear, death and loneliness. I hope one day very soon that this will all be over, and that on the other side, we will become more compassionate with one another.”

Kate Morris, a B.S. in Nursing candidate from New Fairfield, also has administered vaccinations under supervision along with diverse registration and post-vaccination monitoring tasks at Nuvance clinics throughout the winter break.

“This vaccination program has helped to further develop my clinical skills and given me more confidence in my abilities as I have been given the opportunity to take on more of a leadership role within these clinical settings,” Morris said. “My personal reasons for participating in this program have been to give back to my community, and to do anything that I can to prevent the spread of Covid 19 by helping to protect our front-line workers and the patients they care for. This pandemic has negatively impacted the lives of so many people in my own life as well as around the world. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to be able to administer these vaccines.”

Morris observed that WCSU nursing student volunteers have been deeply moved by the outpouring of gratitude received from the clinicians they work with and the patients receiving vaccination.

“I feel very proud to have administered some of the first Covid 19 vaccines in the state of Connecticut,” she said. “We will be on the front lines ourselves soon, so I am glad that I have been able to give back to those currently there and help them until I can join them.”

“For those of us who have participated in this historic event, I feel this is something we will remember doing for the rest of our lives,” she added. “I am so thankful to the WCSU Nursing program for giving us the opportunity to help bring an end to this pandemic. It is an incredible program and it has truly shaped me into the person who I am today.”

Lupinacci views the partnership in the Nuvance and Danbury Public Health programs as a continuation of the WCSU Nursing Department’s longstanding commitment to active engagement in the regional health care system and to the highest standards of professional training for students seeking a career in nursing.

“These programs foster networking and collaboration as we work together to enhance public health and strengthen our regional health care system,” she said. “Our partners have helped us for many years to place our students and embark on their nursing careers. We want to give back to our community as recognition of all the help we receive year-round.”     

For more information, contact Lupinacci at or Paul Steinmetz of the Office of University Relations at

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Brad Bornn of Bethel Named to Springfield College Dean's List

Springfield College has named Brad Bornn from Bethel to the dean's list for academic excellence for the 2020 fall semester.

Bornn has a primary major in Health Science.

The criteria for selection to the Dean's List are as follows: The student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded coursework for the term, exclusive of "P" grades. The student must not have any incompletes or missing grades in the designated term. The student must have a minimum semester grade average of 3.500 for the term.

Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy - educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

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Bethel resident Olivia Kent earns a spot on the Dean's List at Coastal Carolina University

Olivia Kent earns a spot on the Dean's List at Coastal Carolina University

More than 2,300 undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University were named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester, including Olivia Kent a Elementary Education Pre-Major major from Bethel, CT (06801).

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 94 major fields of study. Among CCU's graduate-level programs are 27 master's degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the doctorates in education and in marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs.

More than 10,000 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 120 student clubs and organizations.

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Upcoming Programs for Kids, Tweens, and Teens at Bethel Public Library

Mark your calendars! Upcoming Programs for Kids, Tweens, and Teens at Bethel Public Library

Storytimes, Music Trivia Night, Chess, Teen STEM, Crafts and Science!

Registration with a valid e-mail address is required for all Zoom programs. Zoom invitations are sent to registered participants approximately 15 minutes before the program is due to start.

Full descriptions of each program are available at

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Bethel residents make fall 2020 Dean's List at Eastern Connecticut State University

Local Eastern students make fall 2020 Dean's List

 Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its Dean's List for the fall 2020 semester, in which more than 1,300 students were recognized for maintaining high GPAs.

Among the students are:

Phoebe Baldwin, who majors in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies.

Molly Boucher, who majors in Social Work.

Jack Demers, who majors in Sport & Leisure Management.

Kendra Flanagan, who majors in Early Childhood Education and Psychology.

Richard Freebairn, who majors in Political Science.

Jennifer Kasinskas, who majors in Early Childhood Education and Liberal Studies.

Katya LaPierre, who majors in Psychology.

Heather Sholtes, who majors in Psychology.

Remy Van Vliet, who majors in History and Social Science.

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.

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Connecticut Man Charged with Assaulting an Officer During U.S. Capitol Breach

*Editor's note: below is the press release from the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office in DC. While they don't report his hometown, multiple credible sources including US News and World Report say he is a Ridgefield resident. 

A Connecticut man was charged yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with assaulting an officer during the breach of the U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021.  He will be presented in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today, before appearing in Washington D.C. 

Patrick Edward McCaughey III was charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees; civil disorder; entering restricted building or grounds; and violent entry or disorderly conduct.

 “The vicious attack on Officer Hodges was abhorrent and quintessentially un-American,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin. “It is my pledge that anyone involved in violent attacks on law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  McCaughey’s alleged actions were an assault on Officer Hodges, the Capitol, and the rule of law itself.”

 “Even after days of seeing so many shocking and horrific scenes from the siege on the U.S. Capitol, the savage beating of D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Hodges stands out for the assailants’ blatant disregard for human life,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. “Patrick McCaughey’s alleged actions were violent, barbaric, and cowardly. The FBI will continue relentlessly pursuing those who took part in this vicious assault and ensure that all those responsible are brought to justice.”

As alleged in the charging documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, a video posted to YouTube captured a large group of rioters attempting to break through the line of uniformed law enforcement officers who were in place to prevent rioters from entering the lower west terrace door of the United States Capitol.

In the front line of rioters, an individual, who has subsequently been identified as McCaughey can be seen using a clear police riot shield to physically push against the left side of an officer’s body. The officer was pinned between the clear police riot shield being held by McCaughey and the lower west terrace door. The officer appeared to be loudly crying out in pain. As the officer was being pinned to the door by McCaughey, a separate rioter was violently ripping off the officer’s gas mask, exposing the officer’s bloodied mouth. As McCaughey was using the riot shield to push against the officer, numerous other rioters behind and around McCaughey appeared to add to the weight against the officer.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa Jackson and Jocelyn Bond of the District of Columbia United States Attorney’s Office, and Trial Attorney Rebecca Magnone of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, with assistance by the FBI’s New Haven and New York Field Offices, the U.S. Capitol Police Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department.

The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email or submit information anonymously via

The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at

The charges contained in the complaint are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Two Book Deal from Penguin Random House for 2018 Wooster Grad, Jackie Logsted Looks to the Big Screen Next

Danbury resident, Wooster School 2018 grad, Jackie Logsted has co-authored ten books, has written and directed a short film, and has an agent - oh, and she's only twenty years old!

A former HamletHub intern, Logsted is currently studying film, screenwriting, and American Studies at Dickinson College, all while training to write and direct movies. 

Here, we talk with Logsted about the most recent book she co-authored with her mom, Joint Custody, sold in a two-book deal to Penguin Random House. Logsted is currently working on the sequel.

Joint Custody is the story about a mischievous dog who takes matters into his own paws when his beloved owners split up in this offbeat romantic comedy.

Where did your inspiration for Joint Custody come from? 

I’m studying screenwriting in college and my mom is a successful author with 40 sold books under her belt. In July 2019, we were trying to come up with an idea that could combine our talents and be suitable for both a book and a movie. We landed on the fact that people LOVE dog movies – and who wouldn’t love a dog book? So, we decided to write the script, write the book, try to sell the book, and then use that sale to try to sell the script. So far we’ve accomplished 3 out of 4!

And, you co-authored this children's book with your mom. Tell me about that process. 

When I was six years old, my parents and I were stranded in Colorado over Winter Break. To keep me occupied, my mom asked me, “If you could write a book about anything, what would it be?” Over our next few days snowed in, we developed the plot of what would become a nine-book series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The series follows 8 sisters (octuplets) whose parents go missing on New Year's Eve, and they must trick the world into thinking they’re living with parents since they’re 7 years old. Oh, and they each discover they have magical powers. My dad and I would sit on the steps to the basement where my mom’s office is and feed her ideas while she typed out the stories.

This isn't your first book (and you're a college student!) How did you find the time?

We wrote Joint Custody in the summer of 2019, finishing the script and the book while I was on vacation. That fall we sold the book in a two-book deal to Penguin Random House. They sent a few rounds of revisions, the first of which may have come in while I was at school but we likely waited until one of my breaks to address the comments together. For the most part, our revision process has occurred since the COVID outbreak and being home from school since March has made it easy to address revisions together. Right now we’re on the second round of revisions for the sequel, which will be published in December.

Do you have a dog? 

Nope – we have a cat!

You scored big with a big name in publishing - Penguin Random House. How did that happen?

My mom and I share an agent – Pamela Harty of the Knight Agency – and she sent the book out to a handful of suitable publishing houses. Many were interested and we ended up running an auction on the book between four publishing houses. In the end, we had the luxury of a choice between a few wonderful options and decided to go with Penguin Random House.

More books to come? Co-authoring with your mom or on your own?

The sequel will be out in December. As for more projects… who knows! We always have something up our sleeve. For me, I’m writing and directing a short film that will be crowdfunding this February and released later this year. You can find more on that on Instagram or on Twitter @someonesomefilm

Purchase Joint Custody online HERE.


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How Bethel Residents Can Register for COVID Vaccine

How to Register for COVID Vaccine

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week we published information on how to pre-register to receive the COVID vaccine. If you felt confused, you were not alone. The lack of a coordinated national distribution plan has resulted in multiple systems that are somewhat disconnected from one another.

But the good news is the vaccine is HERE and people in the highest priority group (medical personnel, first responders, etc.) are already receiving shots.


  1. There are two ways to register. The first is with the national Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Once you are registered, this system will connect you with any clinic in the state that has the vaccine in stock and will offer you an appointment. The advantage to using VAMS is you may be able to get your vaccine relatively quickly; if there’s a “downside,” it’s that the clinic may or may not be near here. You can access the VAMS registration site by clicking here:   and click on the red “COVID 19 Vaccination Info” link at the top of the page (revised information)

    PLEAST NOTE: VAMS is currently accepting new registrations for only those residents 75 and older.

  2. The second way is to register directly with the Town of Bethel to receive the vaccine at a clinic being set up here in town. Work is under way now, staff is being hired and trained, and we expect to be able to begin vaccinations within the next two weeks, You can access the Bethel clinic registration form by clicking here:

PLEASE NOTE: Bethel is accepting pre-registrations for all residents 65 and older. However, residents 75+ will be prioritized in accordance with CDC guidance.


If you do not use a computer or need help with registration, we invite you to call the Bethel Vaccine Info Line:


Monday – Thursday 8am to 4pm

Friday - 8am to noon

Seniors may also call the Bethel Senior Center for help filling out the forms. They can be reached at 203-794-8593 during normal town hall business hours.

We appreciate your patience!

We are aware of the extremely heavy volume of phone calls and that some of you have tried without success to get through. We are in the process of setting up additional phone lines to handle the high call volume.

Please remember, for the time being the supply of vaccine is very limited, and this will affect how quickly you will receive a call back for an appointment. As vaccine supply is increased, eligibility will also be expanded as fast as supply allows.

New information will be sent out just as soon as we receive it.

Thank you, and please stay safe!

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Pretty Little Things Reopens in Temporary Space

Pretty Little Things, a woman’s clothing consignment shop, reopened on January 12 in its temporary quarters at 269 Greenwood Avenue, next to Taproot and the old Bethel Cinema.

It is one of four businesses that were forced to relocate after a fire on October 15 at Grosso’s Corner on Greenwood. Owner Shannon Anderson is very thankful and relieved to have finally reopened after the fire had caused yet another closure (the store was closed for a while due to Covid-19, again because of tropical storm Isaias, and yet again thanks to a flooded basement).                   

The shop carries a wide range of sweaters, tops, jeans, skirts, pants, dresses, outerwear and athletic gear. Shortly, Anderson will be showing off her inventory of purses, hats, footwear and other accessories, as well as select home goods. Hours are from 11 to 6, Tuesday through Saturday. “We continue to practice all required Covid-19 precautions,” said Anderson. “For that reason, we are taking in consignments on an appointment-only basis for the time being.”                                                      

Pretty Little Things has one more move coming up: back to its original location at Grosso’s Corner, once reconstruction is complete. “Right now, it sounds as though we could be back in as early as this spring,” she said. Also looking to move back are Tri-Star Graphics, which has consolidated operations at its 264 Greenwood facility, and Willows Massage & Wellness Center, now in temporary quarters at 251 Greenwood. Bethel Upholstery is moving to what may be a new permanent location at 29 Federal Rd.

Caption: Shannon Anderson, owner of Pretty Little Things

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BroadwayWorld Names HamletHub Editor, Maggie Carey, "Performer of the Decade'

Longtime HamletHub Editor Margaret (Maggie) Carey has been announced as the recipient of's Performer of the decade for the Rockland/Westchester Region.

The 2020 BroadwayWorld Awards - which were back bigger than ever, celebrate the best in local theatre of the past decade!

Carey has been involved in community theater in the Brewster/Carmel New York area since moving to Putnam County in 1996. Prior to that, she was involved in hundreds of productions in the lower Westchester County Community since 1980.

Carey had been nominated for Performer of the Decade for her performance as John Adams in "1776", a gender blind presentation of the Tony Award-winning musical presented in 2017 by the Bedford Community Theater at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY.

The production of 1776 earned "Best of" awards for Best Production of a Musical (Bedford Community Theater) and Vocalist of the Decade for Carey's castmate, Robert Beck, as well as for Director of a Musical of the Decade (Mitch Horn) along with Best Ensémble. 

The public submitted the nominees and voted for their favorites. You can check out the full results by clicking here!

Maggie Carey has been editor of Brewster and Somers HamletHubs since 2014 and Yorktown, Carmel and Somers HamletHubs since 2016. In 2018, Putnam County awarded Carey the “Excellence in Communication Award” for her dedication to the community. 

Community theatre productions, student productions, and college productions were all included! (Please check respective category rules.) Eligibility was for productions which opened between 2011 and September 30th, 2020. Voting ran through December 31.

The 2020 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are presented by TodayTix.

Want to be notified when nominations open for 2021? Sign up here!

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The Ridgefield Playhouse invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Broadway stars Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett, LIVE and Stay at Home Tix Available!

The Ridgefield Playhouse returns with its first live show of 2021 – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Broadway stars Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett

Love is in the air at The Ridgefield Playhouse and even a pandemic won't stop us from celebrating Valentine's Day! Whether you want to get out and paint the town red (socially distanced of course) this Valentine’s Day with dinner and a show or spend a romantic evening at home, we have a fun way for everyone to celebrate this year while helping to support the arts! The Ridgefield Playhouse will host its first live show of 2021 with Broadway’s most talented power couple! 

Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Cher Show) and Kelli Barrett (Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago, Wicked, Baby It’s You, FX’s Fosse/Verdon) will take the stage for two limited capacity performances on Sunday, February 14 at 4pm and 8pm.

Only 100 people will be in the audience of the 500-seat theater to hear songs from Broadway's Jersey Boys, Wicked and more, along with hits from your favorite popstars like Billy Joel, and Paul McCartney, when they perform "Funny How it Happens: A Valentine's Day Celebration." Livestream tickets are also available for those who would like to watch from home. The shows are part of the Teed & Brown Broadway & Cabaret Series with support from Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, BMW of Ridgefield, Silver Ribbon Jewelry of Westport, Campari & Cinzano Prosecco and Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe. The shows kick off with a free glass of champagne and chocolates for all in theater patrons.

“Stay at Home” ticket buyers can upgrade their virtual tickets to include champagne and chocolate, which will be available for pick up at The Playhouse on the day of the show. Raffle tickets will be available with a chance to win fabulous prizes including a gift certificate for a day of beauty at Adam Broderick Salon & Spa; a date night package with a BMW and personal driver that includes dinner for two at Sarah’s Wine Bar and tickets to a show of your choice at The Ridgefield Playhouse, courtesy of BMW of Ridgefield; beautiful earrings and a gift certificate from Silver Ribbon Jewelry of Westport. Dinner and a show packages available and include a prix fixe dinner at  TerraSole Ristorante (3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield).

Hitched in 2014, Kelli Barrett & Jarrod Spector take you on an intimate journey following the uncanny parallels and fortuitous make-it-or-break-it moments throughout their careers and friendship that eventually brought them together. Spector is best known for his Tony Nominated performance in ‘Beautiful: the Carole King Musical’ in the role of Barry Mann. He played Frankie Valli for a record 1,500 performances in Broadway’s ‘Jersey Boys’ and debuted on the Great White Way at age 9 as Gavroche in ‘Les Miserables.’ He was last seen as the iconic Sonny Bono in Broadway’s ‘The Cher Show.’

Barrett originated the role of Lara Guishar in Broadway’s ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and has also played leading roles in Broadway’s ‘Wicked’, ‘Baby It’s You!’ and ‘The Royal Family’. She was lauded for her portrayal of Liza Minnelli in the award-winning FX show ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ adding this credit to over 2 dozen others in television and film. “Funny How It Happens” features pop favorites (Close To You, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Be My Baby, etc.) and iconic songs from their Broadway musicals (You’ve Got a Friend, Cabaret, I Got You Babe, etc.) while offering an inside (and often hilarious) scoop on what life is really like as a married Broadway power couple. This show will be a safe and fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021!

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($45 - $75) go online at or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is currently doing socially distanced, limited capacity seating. Concession/bar can be ordered via our mobile site so that you can pick it up on the way in, or get notified when it is ready for you to pick up once in the theater.  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. Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: Instagram:


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Bethel Public Schools Celebrates Kindness Week to Benefit Ann's Place and Bethel Healthcare

Kindness Week February 22-26

Kindness Week 2021 is scheduled for February 22-26. This year we are sponsoring two local health-related organizations/charities: Ann's Place and Bethel Health Care. We are selling t-shirts for Ann’s Place. The shirts encompass our theme of “You can’t MASK Kindness” and they are $15 each (plus delivery fee).

This year, we are using the company Custom Ink so that the shirts will be delivered directly to your home address. All shirt orders must be placed by January 31st to ensure on-time delivery! HOW TO ORDER: click on this link!

We are also holding a donation drive for Bethel Health Care starting now until February 19th. We are asking for items such as sudoku, puzzles, room decor, painting sets, men and women’s shampoo, body wash, and lotion which can bring joy to the long-term residents who have been separated from their loved ones due to the pandemic. The list is not limited to this, so take a trip to the Dollar Store or look on Amazon for creative and fun items!!!

This LINK will provide you with a list of other suggested donation items. We have placed boxes in each school's Main Office to collect donation items. We will collect donations from in-person and distance learning students, parents, as well as, staff members. PROMOTIONAL VIDEO on KINDNESS WEEK: link We appreciate your support for this very special week!

Kindness Week Final Promo Video!!!!!

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