Bethel's HamletHub Tue, 22 May 2018 17:28:34 -0400 Town of Bethel Announces Honorary Poet Laureate Position, Accepts Applicants

The Town of Bethel, in collaboration with Bethel Arts, has announced the creation of the position of Honorary Poet Laureate.

Honorary Poet Laureate will be an unpaid position and will be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Duesies include composing poems for special events and occasional leadership roles in expanding the community's knowledge of literature and poetry. 

This is a two-year appointment open to all Bethel residents. The BOS will receive recommendations based on work submitted to a panel of volunteers with the Bethel Arts Association. 

the candidate must submit 3 original works of poetry as well as a special submission to be read at the opening ceremony of the new Bethel police station. Upon reaching finalists, the panel will conduct an in-person interview where candidates will read their work.

Please email with your name, address, phone number and your original works of poetry. All styles are welcome, but please choose something that can be read at live.

Submission deadline is Sunday, June 3. 

For additional information, including submission rules, visit the Town of Bethel website here. 


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GoFundMe Fundraiser to Help Danbury EMT Family of New Fairfield

A GoFundMe Fundraiser has been created by Scott Warner to help out the Flower Family. 

Please click here to donate

Greg Flower and his family lost everything they own today when their house was consumed by fire . Everybody made it safely and unharmed out of the house but the entire house is a loss. Greg has been an EMT at Danbury Ambulance for the last 9 years helping other people selflessly and now it is our turn to help Greg and his family. No amount is too little and if financially you are unable to help please share this to help out !

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Byrd's Books hosts author local author Amy Nawrocki on June 3

"I do not remember the tubes, the tests, or the icy cold of space. I do not remember losing six months of my life," writes Hamden author, Amy Nawrocki, in her new book, A Comet’s Tail: A Memoir of No Memory. Her extraordinary memoir of illness, healing, and writing over the blank pages of our lives is the story of these missing months. Byrd's Books has invited Amy to share her unique perspective of that loss at a book discussion on Sunday, June 3rd at 3:00pm.  Byrd's Books is located at 126 Greenwood Avenue, across from P.T. Barnum Square, in Bethel. Space is limited. To save a spot and/or order the book, go to

At age nineteen, Amy Nawrocki returned from her first year of college, scribbled a few notes in her journal, and took a terrifying summer trip. She remembers one night of disorientation, then nothing until Christmas, when awareness slowly restarts: the seizures and fever spikes, the deep nothing of coma, and the unexpected, dramatic recovery. Her memory is recreated around EEG transcripts and doctors’ notes, family vigils and blurry Polaroids. In A Comet’s Tail: A Memoir of No Memory, Amy investigates the connections between memory, trauma, and identity, and illuminates what it means to truly return to consciousness.

Amy Nawrocki is a Connecticut native, raised in Newtown. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She has received numerous honors for her poetry, including awards from the Litchfield Review Poetry Contest, the Codhill Chapbook Competition, The Loft Anthology, Phi Kappa Phi, New Millennium Writings, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. She is the author of five poetry collections: Potato EatersNomad’s EndLune de MielFour Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance. With her husband, Eric D. Lehman, she wrote A History of Connecticut WineA History of Connecticut Food, and Literary Connecticut. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport.

Byrd's Books is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. Plenty of parking is available behind the English Apothecary, where there is a rear entrance. For more information, visit visit or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).

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Sunday in Bethel: A Mystery with Breakfast

On Sunday, May 20, Byrd’s Books will hold a breakfast book discussion with Mariah Fredericks and her book “A Death of No Importance: A Mystery.” The event runs from 11 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m. and is free with the purchase of a book.

About the book, courtesy of Byrd's Books: Through her exquisite prose, sharp observation and deft plotting, Mariah Fredericks invites us into the heart of a changing New York in her remarkable debut adult novel.

New York City, 1910. Invisible until she’s needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a ladies’ maid to the city’s upper echelons. When she takes up a position with the Benchley family, dismissed by the city’s elite as “new money,” Jane realizes that while she may not have financial privilege, she has a power they do not—she understands the rules of high society. The Benchleys cause further outrage when their daughter Charlotte becomes engaged to notorious playboy Norrie, the son of the eminent Newsome family.

But when Norrie is found murdered at a party, Jane discovers she is uniquely positioned—she’s a woman no one sees, but who witnesses everything; who possesses no social power, but that of fierce intellect—and therefore has the tools to solve his murder. There are many with grudges to bear: from the family Norrie was supposed to marry into, to the survivors of a tragic accident in a mine owned by the Newsomes, to the rising anarchists who are sick of those born into wealth getting away with anything they want. Jane also knows that in both high society and the city’s underbelly, morals can become cheap in the wrong hands: scandal and violence simmer just beneath the surface—and can break out at any time.

Mariah Fredericks was born and raised in New York City, where she still lives with her family. She is the author of several YA novels. "A Death of No Importance" is her first adult novel.

Byrd's Books is located at 126 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel. To register for the event, click here.

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Ben's Bells Project Celebration of Kindness on Thursday, May 24 in Bethel

 Live auction, photo booth, silent auction, beer and wine tasting, food, and live entertainment.

Tickets are $75.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Michael's At The Grove is located 42 Vail Rd, Bethel.

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Relay for Life at Bethel High School on June 9

Relay for Life Greater Danbury will take place at Bethel High School on June 9 from 10am to 9pm.  Register and learn more HERE.

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.

Join us to bring our community together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

Questions? Email

Bethel High School is located at 300 Wittlesey Drive, Bethel

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RVNA Health Source: What is Arthritis and Who Gets It?

Arthritis is very common and refers to joint pain or disease. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Risk factors include age, gender (more women than men experience it), genetics, weight, joint injuries or overuse, and infection. Common arthritis joint symptoms are swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion.

Symptoms can be mild to severe and can come and go. In some cases, the disease can progress and become debilitating over time. Often thought of as a disease that affects the elderly, sixty percent of the American adults with arthritis are of working age, 18-64 years old. There are many different types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis, a wearing away of the cartilage that cushions joint bones and can result in chronic pain and the potential need for joint replacement. Other forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and lupus.

Some forms of arthritis can affect other organs and cause widespread symptoms. Arthritis often occurs with other chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, and together they can make disease management challenging. Appropriate treatment to reduce symptoms of arthritis depends on proper diagnosis as determined by a physical exam and other tests. At a minimum, a self-management education program, physical activity like walking or swimming, and maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce symptoms and preserve joint function, mobility, and quality of life. In more serious cases, additional treatments can include medication, physical and occupational therapy, and surgery. Rehab by RVNA at 27 Governor Street provides physical, occupational and speech therapy onsite. For more information call 203 438-7862.

Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.

Visit RVNA at

]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Fri, 18 May 2018 04:06:00 -0400
Byrd's Books Spotlights Local Artists

Byrd's Books Spotlights Local Artists with works of Linda Hansen-Redamonti opening June 1.

Linda Hansen-Redamonti explains that "growing up in the beauty of Northern California has distinctly had a far-reaching affect on my art. I am drawn to compositions and themes which allow for the juxtaposition of opposing colors, re-organized to create vibrancy. What began as a desire for accuracy in all of my drawings and paintings soon was overpowered by the strong enchantment with expression of character, feeling and beauty that could be portrayed through the manipulations of colors. I am thrilled to see that my original excitement for complementary colors is still active and in process. Now, as I pick up my art supplies and sit down to my easel, I am finding that my work is new and more complex." (see

Byrd's Books is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. Plenty of parking is available behind the English Apothecary, where there is a rear entrance. For more information, visit or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973)

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Raise a Glass for Newtown Action Alliance at Bernard's on May 20

The Newtown Foundation Wine Tasting Dinner Sunday, May 20th at 6:00 pm at Bernard's

Please join us at Bernard's Restaurant for a wonderful evening to support  the Newtown Foundation (the charitable arm of Newtown Action Alliance) so that we can raise funds to bring families and survivors of gun violence to Washington D.C. once again for the 6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence and expand the Swords to Plowshares program to turn weapons of violence into tools of life. 
Please reserve your seat for the wine tasting gourmet dinner by making your reservations today. It will be a lovely evening! 

Reservations - 203-438-8282.

Click here to view the menu.

This event is sponsored by Bernard's & 109 Cheese & Wine     

Bernard's is located at 20 West Lane, Ridgefield

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Bethel Chamber Hosts Orienteering Day at Rockwell School on May 23

The Bethel Chamber of Commerce is inviting the community to a World Orienteering Day event at Rockwell Elementary School in Bethel on May 23 from 5-7 pm. 

This free event is open to general public, all ages!

How does it work? Participants use a map and compass to navigate a maze and to find checkpoints. Orienteering is a navigation sport which may be set in a forest or even local parks, school/college campuses, and city streets.

Participants find checkpoints using only a map and compass. The fastest to visit all the checkpoints in the correct order wins. Events are suitable for all ages and courses range from short and easy to long and strenuous.

Learn more about Orienteering here.

Image courtesy Western Connecticut Orienteering Club

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Help the Town of Bethel put an end to hunger on Saturday at Big Y

Fill A Bethel Public Works Truck and Help Stop Hunger!

Help the Town of Bethel put an end to hunger during National Public Works Week! Drop off non-perishable goods on Saturday, May 19 at Bethel Big Y on Route 6 fro from 10am to 2pm. All food collected will benefit Bethel Community Food Pantry.


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Town of Bethel Storm Recovery: 25 Roads Blocked, Municipal Center & Stony Hill Fire Headquarters Open for Showers/Charging

As of 11:00 am, Wednesday, May 16th, approximately 1,888 Bethel homes and businesses remain without power.

There are currently 25 major roadways blocked by downed trees and limbs. Most of these also involve power lines. Town highway crews are removing smaller debris, and contractors with bucket trucks and heavy lift equipment have been retained to move larger tree trunks and limbs.

Eversource crews are in the field conducting damage evaluations. We have not received an estimate for restoration. However, based on the extent of damage in the area, we expect restoration to take several days, at the least. 

The Bethel municipal center and Stony Hill Fire Department Headquarters are both open for use of showers and charging electronic devices now and will remain available until 8:00pm tonight. Free wi-fi is also available at the municipal center.

Residents are reminded not to approach downed wires of any kind. Do not attempt to remove trees or limbs if they are touching wires. 

Monitor Town of Bethel website here for restoration updates.

]]> (Town of Bethel) Neighbors Wed, 16 May 2018 07:17:34 -0400
Storm takes life of 41 year old from New Fairfield

The Connecticut State Police are reporting a fatality in New Fairfield due to yesterday's storm. 

State Police say that at approximately 5:10 pm on Tuesday, May 15 New Fairfield Police and fire personnel responded to Brush Hill Road, near Gillotti Road for a reported tree that struck a passing vehicle. Access to the area was restricted due to numerous fallen trees and downed power lines.

According to police, upon arrival, a 41-year-old female operator from New Fairfield was found to have sustained fatal injuries due to the impact of the tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Danbury Hospital where the medical examiner made recover of the body.

There was a three-year-old passenger in the vehicle who did not appear injured and was transported to Danbury Hospital for evaluation.

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Rhythms of Grace special needs Sunday service at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bethel

Rhythms of Grace service for children and families with special needs occurs the third Sunday of every month, except in August.  The next service is May 20 at 12:00 noon.  Please visit the church’s Rhythms of Grace page for more information and FAQ to ensure the best experience for your family here.

For more information contact: Norma Schmidt, Pastor at 203.743.1494 or

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church is located at 95 Greenwood Avenue a(cross from Caraluzziʼs Bethel Food Market) Bethel, CT

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Chicken & Eggplant Parmesan Supper at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bethel

Chicken Parmesan Supper - Eggplant Parm too! from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bethel.

Menu: Chicken or Eggplant Parm (your choice), pasta, salad, bread, cold beverage, coffee/tea and our fabulous homemade desserts!

$12 adults
$10 seniors
$6 kids under 13
kids under 5 eat free
$30 family max (parents/guardians plus children)

Dinners can also be ordered to go!

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
95 Greenwood Avenue across from Caraluzziʼs Bethel Food Market

Bethel, CT

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