Bethel's HamletHub Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:58:26 -0400 Bethel SummerFest Rescheduled Due To Heat Advisory

Bethel SummerFest 2019 Is Being Rescheduled

After months of planning, we are reluctantly forced to reschedule this year's SummerFest due to the unsafe heat advisory that has been issued for Saturday, with heat and high humidity creating unsafe conditions for outdoor activities.

We will release the revised date and times soon, so please keep a look out for that announcement.

Several downtown businesses will still be having special indoor events this Saturday.

PhotoWorks, who turned 10 this year, will be hosting an artist reception on Saturday from 2 to 5 pm at 226 Greenwood Avenue.

Byrds Books will be having a special indoor summer sidewalk sale and visits by several authors throughout the day on Saturday. They are located at 178 Greenwood Avenue.

The scheduled authors include:

1:00am: Lauren Baratz-Logsted will sign "I Love You Michael Collins"

12:00pm: Donna Marie Merritt will sign her poetry and children's books, including: "Her House and Other Poems" and Teensy Meensy Mice"

1:00pm: National Book Award nominee Vesper Stamper will sign "What the Night Sings"

1:00pm: Jack Sheedy will sign "Gandy Dancing"

2:00pm: Bethel's Poet Laureate Cortney Davis will sign her poetry and "Learning to Heal"

2:00pm: Rob McWilliams will sign "The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain"

The Toy Room will be having an indoor sidewalk sale on Saturday with HUGE savings up to 75% off, as well as a visit from 11 to 2 by the Sandcastle Guy from Create a Castle. They are located at 180 Greenwood Avenue.

We will update this list as we get more details about other ongoing (and indoor) events that day.

We will also be coordinating a number of evening shopping events throughout town in August and September. Please keep an eye out for that, too.

BeerFest is still on for Friday, July 26th from 6 to 9 pm with Unlimited beer tastings and food samples from local restaurants, plus live music and games. Early forecasts call for a much cooler, dryer day. Discounted tickets are available online at

]]> (Bethel Chamber of Commerce) Events Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:42:19 -0400
RVNA Announces Well Child Clinics in August

RVNA Announces Well Child Clinics

Every August, RVNA offers physicals and immunization-only visits for young people from birth to age 18. Well Child Clinics are open to all but are especially intended for families who do not have health insurance, or whose insurance does not cover annual physicals and immunizations.

RVNA Well Child physicals are performed by local pediatricians or APRNs (advanced practice registered nurses) accompanied by members of the RVNA staff.

Well Child Clinic Dates

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6-8pm with Patrick Killeen, PA of Ridgefield Pediatrics/Boston Children’s Health Physicians

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6-8pm with Jay D’Orso, MD of Western Connecticut Medical Group

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6-8pm with Anil Britto, MD of Ridgefield Pediatrics/Boston Children’s Health Physicians

Clinics are held at RVNA: 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield, CT, 06877

To Schedule an Appointment, contact  203.438.5555 ext. 1119 or email

Well Child Physicals at RVNA – What’s Included

Each physical includes:

  •  vision and hearing tests
  •  height and weight measurements
  •  anemia screening
  •  urinalysis
  •  blood pressure
  •  doctor examination
  •  any vaccines or immunizations that are required

Well Child Clinic Fees

  • $50 for Well Child physical plus all required immunizations
  • $21 for immunization-only visits (prescription required)
  • Financial Assistance is available, lowering these costs. Please mention when you schedule your appointment.

Other RVNA Pediatric Services include:

Call us at 203-438-5555 x1119 for more information.

]]> (RVNA) Neighbors Wed, 17 Jul 2019 06:07:00 -0400
EVENT POSTPONED: Bethel SummerFest on Saturday, Fun for the Whole Family!

This event is being rescheduled!

Bethel SummerFest 2019 on Saturday, July 20 from 11am to 4pm

Come to Downtown Bethel for the annual SummerFest celebration. There will be kids activities, food, live music and other fun throughout the day. There will be kids activities, food, live music and other fun throughout the day. 

Visit Bethel Chamber online here for additional information.

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Forever Grateful Music Festival on Saturday, July 20 at Ives Concert Park

Forever Grateful Music Festival on Saturday, July 20 at Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Avenue Ext., Danbury.

5 years of celebrating the Grateful Dead and beyond at Ives Concert Park!

Join us for the 5th year of the annual Forever Grateful Music Festival – celebrating the music and culture of the Grateful Dead! A day of nonstop music that will be sure to get you dancin’ and jammin’. Food trucks and artisans round out this summertime festival that is not to be missed.

Continuous jams from 3 stages celebrating Grateful Dead, Phish, Allmans, JGB plus local talents playing funk, bluegrass, jams, reggae and rock. 

Purchase tickets and learn more here.  

Main Stage :
2:40 RGB (Grateful Dead)
4:15 Finders Keepers ( Jerry Garcia Band)
6:05 Stella Blues Band ( Grateful Dead)
7:45 Brothers of The Road (Allman Brothers)
9:20 Shakedown ( Grateful Dead)
Field Stage:
2:00 Red Planet
3:30 Fuzzy Jr featuring members of Deep Banana Blackout
5:10 Uncle Ebenezer ( Phish )
7:05 The Trolls( Tom Petty)
8:50 Jen Durkin & Union Rail ( Janis Joplin)
Beer Tent Stage
3:00 Gutless Wonders
4:30 RGB Acoustic ( Grateful Dead)
7:00 Dead Dawgs ( Grateful Dead)

V.I.P. - $60

​Event is General Admission - bring chairs and blankets

Event is rain or shine.  No refunds. No Re-Entry
No coolers or outside beverages or food
All bags are subject to security checks

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Bethel Beer Fest is On Tap July 26!

Bethel Chamber Announces Beer Fest July 26 from 6 pm to 9 pm

Purchase tickets ($35) here.

Live Music • Beer Tastings from premier local breweries • Food Tastings from premier local eateries 

Tickets are limited - just 600 -- and this event has sold out for the past several years. Save $5 per ticket by buying in advance online at: 

Beer Fest takes place on Bethel Municipal Lawn, 1 School Street, Bethel


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Bethel's Byrd's Books Hosts Battle of the Books July 19th

James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent bookstore in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. Now, the Connecticut author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die is known to pop in at bookstores, libraries, and literary festivals to host his uniquely engaging 1,000 Books Battle of the Books. 
On Friday, July 19th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, James will join book lovers at Bethel's Byrd's Books to oversee another "battle"  in which five passionate readers will each make a case, in front of a live audience, for a book they think should be on everyone's "To Be Read" list. At the end of the "battle," the audience will vote for the book they most want to read or reread, and a winner and runner-up will be declared. Copies of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die and all five books on the program will be offered for sale.
The is event is free and open to all. Wine/beverages and cheese will be served. Registration is strongly suggested, due to space. To save a spot, go to  Byrd's Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue, adjacent to The Toy Room and the nearby landmarked Opera House, across the street from the Bethel Public Library.

Byrd's Books is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. On-street parking lines Greenwood Avenue, and municipal parking is available at the Bethel Public Library across the street and at the "Old Train Station" which is where Broken Symmetry now resides. There are private lots nearby as well. For more information, visit or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).



]]> (Ted Killmer) Events Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:00:00 -0400
There's Still Time to Find Waldo in Bethel!

Once again, in celebration of the longevity and popularity of the Where's Waldo picture books, the series' American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. Throughout July, Waldo will be hiding in Byrd’s Books and 24 other Bethel businesses, and it's your job to find him.

To participate, pick up a Where’s Waldo? passport at any participating business or download a copy at, and start hunting. Get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot. Once you’ve found Waldo at 10 different businesses, head back to Byrd’s Books to pick up your prizes — a Waldo sticker and a coupon for $1 off any Waldo book in the store. Waldo hunters who get their passports stamped or signed at 20 or more businesses are invited to attend a gala Where’s Waldo? party, which will be held on Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Byrd’s Books. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will also entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a copy of Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!, a tribute to Waldo’s many decades of wandering. (Note: this year the top two prizes MUST be present to win.)

To make things a little more challenging, Waldo’s nemesis, Odlaw, will also be hiding in Byrd’s Books. The other participating merchants are A New Beginning, Alice's Flower Shop, The Athlete's Source, Bethel Cycle Works, Bethel Music Center, Carlson Physical Therapy, Daily Fare, English Apothecary, Escape Salon & Spa, Famous Pizza, First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker, Town of Bethel, CT, Fix Your Phone Now,The Gift Cottage, Molten Java, Paul Morton Jewelers, Peachwave, Petvalu, Quality Gem, Silver Touch, Stony Hill Hardware, Tom's Paint & Wallpaper, The Toy Room, UK Gourmet, and Varano Bakery.

Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes took the world by storm in the late 1980s, and since then, they have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves, highlighted foremost in Byrd's Books' extensive children's collection. There are now over 72 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo. 

There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. 

Byrd's Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue. For more information, visit or call (203) 730 2973. 

]]> (Ted Killmer) Life Mon, 15 Jul 2019 06:35:00 -0400
Courageous Face: Meet Elena Pelepako and Drink Pink to Support Ann's Place on October 3

Meet Elena Pelepako and Drink Pink to Support Ann's Place on October 3

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

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

Here, we couple the many Courageous Faces with their unique stories. We thank each and every one of these ladies for sharing their journey with us. Please visit Elena Pelepako's Crowdrise Page and support this beautiful and courageous human as well as Ann's Place.

Elena Pelepako

  • Hometown: Danbury
  • Mom to five-year-old boy

Thanks for being one of our 2019 “Courageous Faces”! In prep for your photoshoot with Kristen Jensen, you got your beauty ON at adam broderick salon & spa! Tell me about these experiences.

 I work in the beauty industry so it was fun to go elsewhere. Adam Broderick is a beautiful salon and very well managed. I enjoyed my time being taken care of. 

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

I was on the couch with my young son and balanced the iPad on my chest to go online and felt something. I thought that maybe there was a rock in my bra and since I have a son you never know. The next morning I called my doctor and was immediately scheduled an appointment. Two days later I had a biopsy. And five days later I received a call that cancer cells were found.  

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

I turned to my friends and family. I also started writing a blog that helped get my feelings out and inform others of what I was going through. I work with people all day and Spoke about what was happening constantly. I am very lucky to be surrounded by amazing support in my personal and professional life. Everyone was always very concerned about how I was doing and offered to help in any way whether it was cleaning my house, watching my son or helping me care for myself.  

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

The love and devotion my husband showed through this process was incredible. Having a young son that relies on me and who is so deeply connected with me was another huge motivator to keep me going each day. I refused to believe I had a terrible disease, it was an inconvenience in my life. Love kept me going. 

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

My advice would be, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Stay positive. As hard as that may be, I think that helped my recovery. Attitude is a big part of it.  And, seek out other people dealing with the same issues. Talking about everything really was a great release for me.

 Drink Pink for a cause will take place at The Lounsbury House, located at 316 Main Street in Ridgefield on October 3 from 6 to 8:30 pm. Learn more about Ann’s Place here.

Visit Elena's Crowdrise Page HERE.


]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:57:03 -0400
Accessible Art program continues in Danbury and Bethel

A group of artists who each took different paths to express their views of the world will comprise the upcoming Accessible Art show sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.

Venues in Danbury and Bethel will host the individual exhibits from July 1 through Aug. 23.

The artwork will be available for viewing at Danbury City Hall, CityCenter Danbury, Hodge Insurance, Hancock Hall and Bethel Library. Accessible Art exhibits will be shown throughout the region all year, with five different sets of artists. Artists in this series are:

Gary Stanford, Kanika Khurana, and Barbara Courtian, all of Danbury, Terrence Tougas of New Milford, and Larry Morse of New York City.

Gary Stanford

Danbury City Hall

155 Deer Hill Ave.

(203) 797-4511

“The very essence of photography is the ability to create an historical record of an event at a precise moment in time. Events may involve people, places and things and be literal or figurative. My purpose as a photographer is to depict the world around me and to offer my interpretation of that event.”

Kanika Khurana

CityCenter Danbury

268 Main St.

(203) 792-1711

“I was born and raised in Delhi, India, and came to Connecticut in 2013 to study Illustration at Western Connecticut State University. I also studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. I love illustrating for grown-ups as well as little people as it provides a vehicle to use my imaginative gifts to contribute to human education and wellbeing. I work from my cozy studio apartment in Danbury. When I miss the buzzing city life of Delhi, I hop on a train to NYC and can be found wandering around the city in a daze.”

Barbara Courtian

Filosa Convalescent/Hancock Hall

13 Hakim St., Danbury

(203) 794-9466

“The nature of watercolor, my chosen medium, demands a certain spontaneity. There is a lot that is unpredictable, whether it is the way the colors flow together or how they dry on the paper. They seem to have a mind of their own and possess a certain freshness. That is what makes watercolor unlike any other medium and such a challenge. I am fortunate to have homes in both Connecticut and New York City. Exploring neighborhoods in both locations is what I love to do; It may be the quick pulse of the city or the tranquility of the country. Both offer such wonderful contrasts and are a never-ending source of inspiration.”

Terrence Tougas

Bethel Public Library

189 Greenwood Ave.

(203) 794-8756

“From an early age, I’ve always been interested in exploring the physical world around me. I have an inquisitive nature that drives me to explore and challenge the status quo. I credit this quality with leading me to a career in science and now a second ‘career’ in the arts. I have long held the view that creativity, inquisitiveness and analysis are equally important to the scientist and the artist. I am by nature very analytical. It is what drew me to chemistry and mathematics, and it continues to influence me as I explore through artistic expressions the elements of the world around me.”

Larry Morse

Hodge Insurance

283 Main St., Danbury

(203) 792-2323

“My art challenges complacency. It identifies with those who are alone or alien, at the same time reflecting my own resistance to labeling or stereotypes. A self is unique. As an artist, I process the world around me through physical, emotional, and psychological self-determination.”

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is the heart of the region’s creativity to help communities connect and thrive. We are a 501C-3 and regional service organization serving 10-towns in the Greater Danbury area. Our aspiration is to improve access and growth of arts and culture to improve quality of life and the economy. The Connecticut Office of the Arts provides major support.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:23:12 -0400
Local Middle School Students Earn Awards Through WCSU Partnership with NOAA

WCSU partnership with NOAA yields research, results, awards

Dr. Theodora Pinou, professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences and faculty curator of the H. G. Dowling Herpetological Collection at Western Connecticut State University, runs Finding Our Way: An Experiential Watershed Learning Program for Middle School Children and Their Families, an environmental science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills education program.

With a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Pinou brings students from regional middle schools to WCSU to provide a wide-ranging educational experience focusing on water resources and ecosystem biodiversity as part of the NOAA Office of Education’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

WCSU, Danbury Family Learning Center and Danbury Public Schools collaborate on the program, which offers 30 seventh-grade middle school students and their families a yearlong integrated environmental community stewardship experience focused on New England watersheds.

The Finding Our Way program recently held an awards ceremony, the WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship Awards, to recognize the outstanding work done by the program’s participants. The program hopes to make this an annual event.

Award winners

1st place – Joshua Maruffi, Westside Middle School Academy. His stewardship focused on learning about and helping several kinds of wildlife – birds, bats and pollinators. Maruffi built and installed several habitats at his house, recorded frog calls and tracked bird development. He involved younger students by leading a Cub Scout troop on a trail cleanup.

2nd place – Esther Ribeiro, Bethel Middle School. Ribeiro engaged the public with a well-designed website that educates on several environmental themes, particularly on waste reduction. She also built a compost bin to reduce food waste, fed ducks, planned a method of protecting sea turtle eggs and created an engaging baby activity book using recycled materials.  

3rd place (tie) – Sabrina Serpa Smith and Marisol Tapia Rodriguez, Westside Middle School Academy. Their project is continuing, but they have already planned and executed important steps to improve pollinator diversity at their school. Smith and Rodriguez planted native plants and built benches for their school’s outdoor classroom in coordination with school officials. They also established a school “Green Team” in which they lead younger students in restoring and developing the wildlife habitat. 

3rd place (tie) – Juliet Dahlstrom, Westside Middle School Academy. Dahlstrom learned about composting and built a bin in her yard. She also cleaned an extensive local trail adjacent to a stream, collecting 26 pounds of garbage.

3rd place (tie) – Sereen Amezzane, from New Haven. Amezzane is home-schooled. She researched the problem of pollution from straws and gave a presentation on sustainable straw options. She engaged other students by having them sign a pledge not to use plastic straws.

Honorable mention – Joshua Hatter, Westside Middle School Academy. Hatter cleaned up a park and worked to improve his school’s recycling system. He worked over a long period creating flyers and speaking to classmates to encourage compliance in using school recycling bins.

Honorable mention – Matthew Waldron, Rogers Park Middle School. His project, to encourage lunchroom recycling, is in planning stages and will be implemented during the 2019-20 school year. With his school’s environmental club, Waldron will create a recycling bin for single-use plastic utensils and work with custodians on proper disposal. Additionally, he will create an incentive program using raffle tickets to reward students for bringing in their own utensils.

Participation Awards

Participation Award – Megan Iolova, New Fairfield Middle School. Iolova’s awareness of the widespread use of plastic straws has inspired her to meet with her school principal to reduce usage.

Participation Award – Jake Ledan, Bethel Middle School. Ledan approached his town’s First Selectman to install a town moss garden to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, improving the air quality of Bethel. He has monitored moss growth factors at his home and is expanding the moss environment there.

Participation Award – Diego Soto, Broadview Middle School. Soto’s project explored the pollution mitigating properties of moss and possible ways to use it to reduce car exhaust contaminants.

Participation Award – Tyler Tang, Middlebrook School, Wilton. Tang conducted a garbage clean up along the Norwalk River Valley Trail. He also put up posters at school water fountains to encourage refilling and reusing water bottles.

Teacher Awards

2019 WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship Classroom Award – Carrie Rowe, Teacher and Environmental Club Leader, Rogers Park Middle School. Rowe was recognized for encouraging environmental stewardship in the school community through leading the environmental club and fostering Matthew Waldron’s lunchroom recycling initiative, a program that will continue throughout the 2019-20 school year.

2019 WCSU NOAA B-WET Stewardship Classroom Award – Jonathan Neuhausel, Magnet School Coach, Westside Middle School Academy. He was recognized for fostering hands-on science learning for students through a renewal project of the Outdoor Habitat area. Neuhausel encourages all students to make stewardship a part of their daily lives.

Finding Our Way partners with WCSU’s Weather Center, the Candlewood Lake Authority and the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society to study the life cycle and behavior of organisms that rely on the watershed for resources. It also works with the NOAA Fisheries Lab in Milford and FirstLight Power Resources to learn about sustainable clean energy such as biofuel and hydroelectric power, and to examine the cost and benefit of such resources in terms of impact on local fish populations and associated habitats.

With the help of Praxair, the yearlong family program was able to include a 12-day summer enrichment experience, two family science summer events and four family “Science Saturdays” during the academic year. The program is housed at WCSU and uses facilities at the university’s two campuses in Danbury, including the computer science and library facilities and Weather Center on the university’s Midtown campus, and the Nature Preserve on the Westside campus. Family science meetings during the academic year provide support for parents to complete online content training and certification, habitat use analysis experiments, participation in a Tri-State Weather conference, and Skywarn Weather Monitoring training.

The 12-day summer enrichment program hosts a variety of science and math experiments and field trips, providing students with a head start in STEM fields, as well as building a foundation of environmental stewardship and literacy. The program integrates writing, skills building, recreation, reading, data analysis and teamwork. By the end of the summer, teams of families led by their students develop bilingual public service announcements in the language of their choice.

Selected middle school science teachers receive 28 hours of professional development during the fall and spring to develop, implement and refine their fresh water-related classroom. They also are hired to work the summer experiences, which adds another 60 hours to their STEM training.

Additionally, science teachers are trained to integrate NOAA Ocean Literacy program with Next Generation Science Standards in their classrooms.

Reaching out to disadvantaged, minority and female students, the participating schools include Broadview Middle School, Rogers Park Middle School and Westside Middle School Academy. Ten additional students were selected by lottery from Bethel, New Fairfield, New Haven, Ridgefield and Wilton.

For more information, contact Carol Ball, Finding Our Way Science Education Outreach Coordinator, at (203) 837-8753, or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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Bethel Police Department Open House and Information Session Tomorrow

Bethel Police Department is recruiting and holding an Open House and Information Session tomorrow, Thursday, July 11 from 5 to 7pm at the Department (12 Judd Ave).

Tour the building, meet the staff, and find out more about The Bethel Police Department!

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel: The Insurance Center

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as l

You're IT The Insurance Center! 

Three questions with President and CEO of The Insurance Center, Paul K. Improta, CPIA, AAI, LUTCF

Why did you start your business?

I started my business with a clear goal in mind: to offer local families and businesses the broadest possible choices in insurance coverage offerings, a well-trained and experienced staff who will be the same voice on the phone when you call, who is familiar with your unique circumstances, and who will advise you of your options as things change throughout your life along the way.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business: I wish I could...

I wish I could impress upon the public how insurance is not a commodity or product and should not be perceived as such, it’s a professional service and a relationship business. This becomes apparent after a large loss occurs, which is where our knowledge and expertise becomes apparent. We become your advocates, and we have local knowledge that cannot be imparted from a faceless out-of-state claim representative from an 800 number. We know the steps in the process, we interact with the various parties involved in the process, and we advise along the way. We know who the good local clean-up contractors and repair shops are, and we know which ones to avoid.  

Best selling products or services?

We work with over 30 directly-appointed insurance companies who offer a myriad of coverages to insure a very broad range of situations. Our best-selling product is our trade contractors insurance, restaurant insurance, non-profit insurance including events, medium risk payroll-based worker’s comp program, and of course home insurance, auto and umbrella liability insurance.

The Insurance Center is located at 6 Stony Hill Road, Suite 210 in Bethel. Visit The Insurance Center online here.

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



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Come Visit Wooster School During Our Summer Information Series

Wooster School: we are making thinking visible and minding what matters

Wooster has established itself as a model school for the modern era. Our purpose is to prepare young people for fulfillment, happiness, and success in life through the rigorous and healthy development of intellect, conscience, body, and spirit.

The Wooster School community fosters a culture rich in thinking, learning, relationships, and Self-Help. Our students develop the skills, dispositions, and knowledge necessary to confidently and resiliently engage the world as people of conscience, compassion, and action.

We are a community of thinkers and learners who understand that only through our own pursuit of knowledge about human behavior, learning, brain science, and best practice can we continually improve the experiences and learning of our students.

At Wooster School, our learning environment is built on the bedrock of relationships because we know that people learn best, and thrive, when they feel physically, intellectually, and emotionally safe. Students learn about community at Wooster by having to be an active part of one.

Because we believe that Wooster is the best school environment for all children, and a model of intelligent, research-based teaching and learning, we are committed to providing the opportunity of a Wooster education to as diverse a student population as possible.  We continue to foster relationships within and outside of our school community that will help us to leverage unique opportunities for learning and growth.

We believe that deeper learning takes place when students feel connected to each other and their teachers. We value the learning process and are very intentional about developing programs that build knowledge, skills, and dispositions, and help students make connections to each other and to what they're learning.

Get to know why learning, relationships, community, compassion, and action matter so much at Wooster.

Join us at one of our hour-long information sessions this summer (July 23, July 24, or July 25) to learn more! To register, please visit:

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Bethel's Byrd's Books celebrates stories with Hamden husband-and-wife team on July 12

Stories are everywhere, and one of the best places to find them is your local independent bookstore. On Friday, July 12 from 7-8:30 p.m., Bethel's Byrd's Books will explore both poetry and prose with two of Connecticut's best wordsmiths, Hamden husband-and-wife team Amy Nawrocki and Eric Lehman, as they each discuss their latest books, Mouthbrooders and Great Pan is Dead.

The evening is free and open to all. To save a spot or pre-order a book, click here.

Amy Nawrocki 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, she's written A History of Connecticut WineA History of Connecticut Food and Literary Connecticut.  In Mouthbrooders, Amy Nawrocki asks, "What language do you have / for the barren days when nothing catches your eye?" Cortney Davis, author of Taking Care of Time, writes, "This poet, whose brain and emotions once survived a near-fatal illness, knows how illness and fear can seep into the everyday. And it is exactly this awareness that breathes life into every word of Mouthbrooders."

Eric D. Lehman is an award-winning author of many books, including Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History,  Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles StrattonP.T. Barnum and the Dawn of American Celebrity, and Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London. In his spare time, he  teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Bridgeport.  In Great Pan is Dead, Eric Lehman finds meaning in coincidence,  from small-world accidents of finding lost toys and meeting old friends in strange places, to apparent twists of fate that lead to historical events - all  through the lens of his own mysterious stories.

Byrd's Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel.
]]> (Ted Killmer) Places Wed, 10 Jul 2019 07:36:00 -0400
Red Cross helps Bethel family after fire on Country Way

The American Red Cross is helping one family – two adults – one child after a fire yesterday on Country Way, Bethel. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the family’s immediate needs. Responders included: Cathy Tsacoyeanes, James Tsacoyeanes and Mark Smith.

The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a fire. In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more was provided. 

Those affected will connect with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. The Red Cross is able to provide assistance through the generosity of our donors and the commitment of our volunteers.

For more information about the Red Cross visit and for information on our home fire preparedness campaign visit: or call 1-877-287-3327 and press option 1.


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