Bethel's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel Mon, 26 Sep 2022 18:46:02 -0400 HamletHub.com Bethel’s Byrd’s Books Hosts Author of New Gothic Suspense Novel https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49787-bethel-s-byrd-s-books-hosts-author-of-new-gothic-suspense-novel49787-bethel-s-byrd-s-books-hosts-author-of-new-gothic-suspense-novel https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49787-bethel-s-byrd-s-books-hosts-author-of-new-gothic-suspense-novel49787-bethel-s-byrd-s-books-hosts-author-of-new-gothic-suspense-novel

A good Gothic story of suspense always makes the perfect complement to questionable fall skies,  an urge to escape, and the requisite cup of afternoon tea. 

On Wednesday, October 12th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Bethel’s Byrd’s Books launches just such a remedy: Briana Una McGuckin's bookOn Good Authority: A Novel of Suspense. In McGuckin’s new novel, the line between servitude and bondage is drawn, and the dynamics of dominance and submission spark a sensually charged must-read for enthusiasts of the Gothis genre. Registration is required due to space and can be made by visiting ByrdsBooks.com 

As the story begins, lady's maid Marian Osley and footman Valentine Hobbs assume their positions at the cliff-top estate of Valor Rise with an already shared a history. Raised together as paupers in a London workhouse, they escaped through games of imaginary crimes and sublime punishment. Now they've been unexpectedly reunited--in subservience to the brooding Wythe Bornholdt and his frail wife, Diana, a master and mistress with their own dark secrets. In private, Marian and Valentine return to their playful and addictive games--now tinged with BDSM. But when lecherous Wythe sees something he desires in Marian, he turns the pair's diversions violently against them.  

Briana Una McGuckin lives in a charmingly strange old house in Connecticut. She has an  MFA in Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University and an MLS from Long  Island University. Among other places, her work appears in the Bram Stoker Award-  nominated horror anthology Not All Monsters, the modern Gothic horror anthology In Somnio,  and The Lost Librarian's Grave anthology. Briana has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, a perhaps concerningly large collection of perfume oils, and a fascination with all things Victorian. For more information visit www.brianaunamcguckin.com.

Byrd’s Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue, across from the Bethel Public Library. Author discussions and Book Group gatherings are regularly added to Byrd’s Books’ calendar of events at ByrdsBooks.com Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. For directions to the store or more information, call Byrd’s Books at 203-730-2973. To review the shop’s expanded catalog of new titles, go to ByrdsBooks.com

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kerry@ducey.org (Ted Killmer) Events Mon, 26 Sep 2022 05:16:06 -0400
St. Mary Church Bethel Octoberfest Fair on October 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49786-st-mary-church-bethel-octoberfest-fair-on-october-149786-st-mary-church-bethel-octoberfest-fair-on-october-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49786-st-mary-church-bethel-octoberfest-fair-on-october-149786-st-mary-church-bethel-octoberfest-fair-on-october-1

Octoberfest Fair on October 1 from 10am to 3pm at the Church, 26 Dodgingtown Rd

Octoberfest Fair includes vendors, games, food, crafts, a bouncy house and much more!

Come out for this wonderful community event.

If you'd like to be a vendor, please email stmaryoffice@comcast.net for more information

Visit Saint Mary Church on Facebook here.

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kerry@ducey.org (St. Mary Church Bethel) Events Fri, 23 Sep 2022 10:39:34 -0400
RVNAhealth Flu Clinic at Bethel Berry School on October 12 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49785-rvnahealth-flu-clinic-at-bethel-berry-school-on-october-1249785-rvnahealth-flu-clinic-at-bethel-berry-school-on-october-12 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49785-rvnahealth-flu-clinic-at-bethel-berry-school-on-october-1249785-rvnahealth-flu-clinic-at-bethel-berry-school-on-october-12

You are invited to get your flu shot from one of the nurses at RVNAhealth. The Flu Clinic will take place at Bethel Berry School, 200 Whittlesey Drive, on Wednesday, October 12 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

To register visit RVNAhealth here (and read below):

  1. Follow the link to select a date and time for your flu shot appointment.

  2. Once you have selected a date and time, enter your contact information, and press green [continue] button

  3. Review appointment details and consent. Check the box confirming that you read and agree to the consent, then press the green [Confirm Request] button.

  4. IMPORTANT: Your appointment is pending until you complete an intake form. On the next screen, you will see a blue [Open Intake Form]. Please click this button.

  5. You will be prompted to enter a password that you receive in your e-mail inbox. Check your ‘junk’ folder if you don’t see it. Enter the password and click the green [Open your form] button.

  6. Complete all sections of the form. If you are able to upload an image of your insurance card, it will save time at the clinic.

  7. Provide an e-signature and click the orange [Submit Form] button.

  8. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your appointment.

 Learn more about RVNAhealth here.
 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Fri, 23 Sep 2022 10:31:06 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel: 888 Display USA https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/49747-why-small-businesses-matter-888-display-usa49747-why-small-businesses-matter-888-display-usa https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/places/49747-why-small-businesses-matter-888-display-usa49747-why-small-businesses-matter-888-display-usa

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT 888 Display USA!

Four questions with Chong Lee, founder of 888 Display USA.

Why did you start your business?

I wanted to provide small jewelers with a place where they can purchase all the supplies needed to run or start a business.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Packaging supplies for:

- Jewelers

- Home businesses

- Tradeshows

- Pet shops

- Parties

- Food establishments

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

We have provided local businesses with free Sneezeguards to protect both their clients and employees during 2020-2021!

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

We have shifted from selling displays to focusing on the packaging needs of our customers.

888 Display USA is located at 7 Trowbridge Dr. Unit 2 in Bethel. Visit 888 Display USA online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, and Instagram pages as well!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:17:45 -0400
Bethel Public Library Hosts Author Talk on CT Eateries https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49784-bethel-public-library-hosts-author-talk-on-ct-eateries49784-bethel-public-library-hosts-author-talk-on-ct-eateries https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49784-bethel-public-library-hosts-author-talk-on-ct-eateries49784-bethel-public-library-hosts-author-talk-on-ct-eateries

Bethel Public Library Author Talk with foodie and travel writer Mike Urban on Thursday, September 29 from 6:30-7:30 PM in person and via Zoom

From hot dogs to haute cuisine, Connecticut boasts an impressive array of tempting delicacies for every taste and budget.   Local writer Mike Urban takes you on a tour around this culinary wonderland to explore eats and eateries that are both familiar and exotic.
 
Mike Urban is an award-winning food and travel writer and the author of four books on New England cuisine.  He is a regular writer for Yankee magazine, contributing more than 25 food articles over the past six years. 
 
Register to attend HERE
 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Bethel Public Library) Events Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:21:21 -0400
National Night Out with Bethel Police https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49782-national-night-out-with-bethel-police49782-national-night-out-with-bethel-police https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49782-national-night-out-with-bethel-police49782-national-night-out-with-bethel-police

Come out and enjoy the evening with the Bethel Police Police on October 4 from 5 to 7pm at Town Hall

- Meet K9 Penny

- Enjoy food from local food trucks

- Learn about Bethel Police Car Seat Unit and Crime Scene Van

The Bethel Fire Department and Stony Hill Fire Department will also be in attendance!

Learn more on Bethel Police Facebook Page.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Thu, 22 Sep 2022 11:37:10 -0400
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy to be Honored for Championing Mental Health Reforms https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/politics/49780-u-s-sen-chris-murphy-to-be-honored-for-championing-mental-health-reforms49780-u-s-sen-chris-murphy-to-be-honored-for-championing-mental-health-reforms https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/politics/49780-u-s-sen-chris-murphy-to-be-honored-for-championing-mental-health-reforms49780-u-s-sen-chris-murphy-to-be-honored-for-championing-mental-health-reforms

BETHEL, CT – In light of his ongoing efforts to repair the country’s mental health system, Ability Beyond is proud to announce that U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is the recipient of this year’s Celine Karraker Memorial Award. 

The award, named in honor of Interlude founder Celine Karraker, honors an individual who has made a direct and positive impact on people with disabilities. Murphy has been a vocal proponent of improving the lives of people with disabilities since co-authoring the Mental Health Reform Act in 2016. Murphy will accept the award during Ability Beyond’s annual Mental Health Autumn Breakfast on November 9th.  

“From his tenure in the state legislature to the U.S. Senate, Chris Murphy has always shared our mission and been a strong proponent of ensuring that people are treated equitably, regardless of their ability,” said Jane Davis, the Chief Executive Officer of Ability Beyond. “We couldn’t think of anyone better suited for the award and we look forward to presenting him with the honor this fall.” 

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Veasna Roeum of the Danbury Health Department will also be honored with the Theresa Foss Memorial Award for their contributions to the mental health, safety and physical well-being of the people we serve. Foss was Past-President and member of the Board of Directors of the National Charity League’s Ridgefield chapter. She gave countless hours volunteering for Interlude, now Ability Beyond, helping it develop into an organization that benefits the wider community. 

Karraker founded Interlude, which merged with Ability Beyond in 2012 in the late 1970’s when searching for services for her daughter Nell who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. At the time, institutionalization was the norm, but Karraker knew there had to be a better way. Her vision was to help people with mental illness live successfully in a community setting. It’s a mission we continue to this day.   

“Mental health is just as important as physical health, and yet our broken mental health system makes it way too difficult for most people to access the care they need,” said Murphy. “That’s especially true for people with disabilities. I’m grateful to Ability Beyond for their critical work in Connecticut, and I’m honored to receive this recognition. I’ll continue pushing for reforms to ensure that every person has access to high-quality, affordable mental health care.” 

The annual Mental Health Autumn Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, CT. Tickets and sponsorships for the events are still available at AB2022Breakfast.givesmart.com. 

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dperrefort@gmail.com (Dirk Perrefort) Politics Tue, 20 Sep 2022 10:26:29 -0400
Guys and Dolls at ACT of CT, Meet the Local Stars: Val Moranto https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/49772-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-val-moranto49772-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-val-moranto https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/49772-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-val-moranto49772-guys-and-dolls-at-act-of-ct-meet-the-local-stars-val-moranto

From Connecticut to NYC and Back Again!

There are so many incredibly talented actors working on Broadway, on National Tours, and at some of the most prestigious regional theaters across the country. And many of these accomplished performers hail right from our area! Connecticut has always been a hotbed of talent, and so it is no wonder that, when thumbing through a Broadway Playbill, many cast members give a shout-out to their Connecticut hometowns!

Ridgefield’s ACT of CT is entering its 5th season this fall and has achieved incredible success since opening its doors in 2018 (including a Grammy Nomination for its cast album of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS!).

Actors with multiple Broadway credits jump at the opportunity to be cast in an ACT of CT production. The theater's productions are always nothing less than Broadway caliber, and it is no wonder that any ACT of CT cast list reads like a regular “who’s who” on Broadway. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these wildly talented performers are Connecticut born and bred!  

ACT of CT’s upcoming production of GUYS AND DOLLS runs from Oct 27 through Nov 20 and stars some unbelievable Broadway talent - like Donna Vivino from Broadway’s WICKED, and Phil Sloves from Broadway’s SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

The show is directed by Daniel C. Levine (from Broadway’s LES MISERABLES, MAMMA MIA, CHICAGO, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and ROCKY HORROR SHOW), choreographed by Sara Brians (from Broadway’s MATILDA and BILLY ELLIOTT), and music supervised by Bryan Perri (from Broadway’s WICKED, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and ALMOST FAMOUS). Featured in the production are 24 of the most talented actors (literally at the top of their game), some of whom are Connecticut natives and residents who are returning “home” to be a part of this remarkable production. 

Meet Matt Faucher, Michael Boland, Michael McGuirk, Val Moranto, and Richard Westfahl: all professional and successful actors (some with Broadway credits) who will be on stage in Ridgefield at ACT of CT performing in their upcoming musical, GUYS AND DOLLS!

In the coming weeks, right here on HamletHub, we will each of these incredible actors!

Meet Val Moranto

Q: What is your connection to Connecticut?

A: I moved to Connecticut full-time (with my husband) from NYC in 2011. I had lived in NYC for 12 years before that. We bought a house in 2007 and lived in both CT and NYC for four years as I couldn’t think of committing to leaving NYC and moving to the beautiful woods of North Guilford. But now being here full time for 11 years, I love it! It is truly the best of both worlds living/working in CT and still doing lots of TV/Film work in NYC!

Q: Why are regional theaters (like ACT of CT) so very important?

A: Regional theatres like ACT of CT are super important because they bring Broadway-caliber productions to their communities for those who cannot get out to see shows on Broadway or in other larger cities. ACT of CT gives so much back to the beautiful community of Ridgefield and receives so much love and support from that community in return!

Q: You have worked in so many productions at so many theaters across the country. This will be your third show at ACT of CT. What is it about ACT of CT that keeps you wanting to return?

A: With one Broadway show and two Broadway National tours on my checklist, plus the various regional theatres I’ve worked at, ACT of CT has been one of my all-time favorite regional theatres to work at! What truly keeps me coming back are so many factors including how well I have been treated by the staff, the gorgeous production values and the true collaboration of the top-notch creative teams while working with their actors!

But the #1 reason for me, personally, is Daniel C. Levine’s brilliant visions and thinking outside the box with his masterfully produced & directed productions. For me, it has meant so much to me for Daniel to see me in so many versatile ways and roles: trusting that I could swing Smokey Joe’s Café and truly capture the various different and fierce women in that show; knowing that for Jesus Christ Superstar, I had a pretty hardcore rock voice to contribute but could also execute a strong-featured character like the Female Authority Figure; and then to turn around and give this Gospel, Soul Singing, R&B girl a chance to be in my 1st classic show like Guys and Dolls! He has given me opportunities that no one else would necessarily take a chance on. I feel like it is a nurturing environment in which to create and play and take risks and for that, I couldn’t be more thankful.

Working & creating at ACT of CT truly feels like my home away from home!

Visit ACT of CT 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 20 Sep 2022 04:42:45 -0400
Sign up to be a part of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce Annual Trick or Treat Street https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49777-sign-up-to-be-a-part-of-the-bethel-chamber-of-commerce-annual-trick-or-treat-street49777-sign-up-to-be-a-part-of-the-bethel-chamber-of-commerce-annual-trick-or-treat-street https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49777-sign-up-to-be-a-part-of-the-bethel-chamber-of-commerce-annual-trick-or-treat-street49777-sign-up-to-be-a-part-of-the-bethel-chamber-of-commerce-annual-trick-or-treat-street

TRICK or TREAT STREET

Sign up to be a part of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce Annual Trick or Treat Street event which is planned for October 29th, 2022.

We are expecting 600+ children this year (and their families) to come Trick or Treating along Greenwood avenue from Blackman Ave, all the way to PT Barnum Square.

If your business is not along this route, no need to worry! We also have available space on the lawn of the Municipal Center on School St., where our Fire Dept, Police Dept, DJ, and Costume Contest!

It's free to participate, rain or shine... just bring some fun candy or kid-friendly items to hand out! Let us know by filling out the form below:)

*You do NOT need to be a chamber member to participate*

Visit Bethel Chamber online here to participate.

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kerry@ducey.org (Bethel Chamber of Commerce) Events Mon, 19 Sep 2022 15:05:10 -0400
Sandy Hook Promise launches Start with Hello Week https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/49775-sandy-hook-promise-launches-start-with-hello-week49775-sandy-hook-promise-launches-start-with-hello-week https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/49775-sandy-hook-promise-launches-start-with-hello-week49775-sandy-hook-promise-launches-start-with-hello-week

Sandy Hook Promise partners with students and educators to create more inclusive school environments

Today, Sandy Hook Promise launches Start with Hello Week (September 19-23, 2022), a national call to action to help address social isolation and create more inclusive and connected school environments. Events are happening in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country, largely driven by youth in more than 4,000 SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Clubs.

Open to any school, Start with Hello Week focuses on creating a culture of kindness and belonging through Start with Hello, a no-cost program that teaches students how to look for the signs of social isolation and reach out to help.

More than two million students will be joining in Start with Hello Week. Sandy Hook Promise provides resources to make participation as easy as possible, including:

  • A planning guide for schools and students;
  • The age-appropriate Start with Hello training videos and/or slides for grades K–12; and
  • Access to lesson plans and activities.

“Students are the eyes and ears of their schools,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and CEO of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “Start with Hello Week focuses on empowering students to create a more connected school community for everyone, an important component of violence prevention.”

Knowing the warning signs and how to get help to prevent violence has been proven to work. According to an analysis of every major school shooting by the U.S. Secret Service, in almost every case, students observed warning signs before an act of violence took place. They concluded that recognizing concerning behaviors is essential to prevention. Bullying and social isolation are among those signsStart with Hello Week encourages students to have empathy for others, helping to reduce social isolation and directly address bullying.

“If we take proactive steps, we can save countless lives,” said Hockley, whose son Dylan was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “School shootings are preventable when we teach our kids to look out for one another and take action to help.”

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kerry@ducey.org (Loretta Kane) Neighbors Mon, 19 Sep 2022 10:49:55 -0400
16th Annual SafeWalk to be virtual September 30th – October 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/charities/49776-16th-annual-safewalk-to-be-virtual-september-30th-october-249776-16th-annual-safewalk-to-be-virtual-september-30th-october-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/charities/49776-16th-annual-safewalk-to-be-virtual-september-30th-october-249776-16th-annual-safewalk-to-be-virtual-september-30th-october-2

The Center for Empowerment and Education, formerly the Women’s Center will hold its annual SafeWalk virtually the weekend of September 30th – October 2, 2022. SafeWalk is chaired by Ridgefield resident, Kathy Graham and is The Center’s premier event to unite the community in our vision to end domestic violence and raise much-needed funds to support our no cost programs and services. 

Individuals and teams are encouraged to walk, run and fundraise from the comfort of their own home/communities. Choose a time anytime that weekend that works with your schedule, hop on a treadmill, walk around your neighborhood, or meet up with a group of friends at a large public space, don your SafeWalk t-shirt (included with registration fee) and hashtag your photos to #safewalk2022. People of all ages are encouraged to participate and create their own personal peer-to-peer fundraising page to encourage family and friends to sponsor them with a donation. You can visit www.thecenterct.org to get started!

Back by popular demand, there is also an option to register your pet. Pet registration includes a bandana that matches the t-shirt. Participants are encouraged to walk with their pets and send The Center the photos at linda.c@thecenterct.org

To create a fundraising team or sponsor this event, please contact Linda Cummins, Special Events Manager at 203-731-5200 x232 or linda.c@thecenterct.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Matt Austin) Charities Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:06:46 -0400
Join Happily Furever After Rescue for Bark in the Park in Bethel on September 24 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49774-join-happily-furever-after-rescue-for-bark-in-the-park-in-bethel-on-september-2449774-join-happily-furever-after-rescue-for-bark-in-the-park-in-bethel-on-september-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49774-join-happily-furever-after-rescue-for-bark-in-the-park-in-bethel-on-september-2449774-join-happily-furever-after-rescue-for-bark-in-the-park-in-bethel-on-september-24

Join Happily Furever After Rescue for Bark in the Park on September 24, 2022 from 11am-4pm at Bennett Memorial Park (14 Shelter Rock Rd. in Bethel, CT).

This special event will be held in memory of the founder’s dog, Tyler, and what would have been his 8th birthday. Sadly Tyler lost his battle to cancer in December 2021. He was a true inspiration and there is no better way to celebrate his legacy and the impact that he had on the world than with a big rescue party in his honor! Bring your pups along for a FREE family & pet friendly event featuring:

  • adoptable dogs

  • over 20 vendors

  • food trucks

  • lawn games

  • live band

  • arts & crafts

  • raffle

  • face painting

  • balloon artist

  • henna artist

  • paw print + pet tattoos

  • cookie decorating

  • photo station

  • dog agility course

  • Starpups Puppucino Station

  • Bethel K9 Police Department

Interested guests can RSVP on our Facebook page here

More information regarding the event can be found here

 

Thank you!

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kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Events Mon, 19 Sep 2022 05:11:34 -0400
Bethel Public School Students and Staff GO ORANGE, Hold Food Drive during No Kid Hungry Month https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/charities/49771-bethel-public-school-students-and-staff-go-orange-hold-food-drive-during-no-kid-hungry-month49771-bethel-public-school-students-and-staff-go-orange-hold-food-drive-during-no-kid-hungry-month https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/charities/49771-bethel-public-school-students-and-staff-go-orange-hold-food-drive-during-no-kid-hungry-month49771-bethel-public-school-students-and-staff-go-orange-hold-food-drive-during-no-kid-hungry-month

September is No Kid Hungry Month. No Kid Hungry is Bethel Public Schools’ opportunity to be a part of a movement that has a real and lasting impact on the mission to end hunger in America!

Students and staff please spread the word about hunger awareness and GO ORANGE on Friday, September 30, 2022.

We will be holding a food drive at all Bethel Public Schools on Friday, September 30 and encourage students to donate a kid-friendly food item; kid-friendly means that it can be opened and consumed without adult assistance.

ROCKWELL, BERRY & JOHNSON SCHOOLS are looking for individually wrapped snack items: i.e., Goldfish, pretzels, nut-free granola bars, individual apple sauce cups, etc.

BETHEL MIDDLE SCHOOL & BETHEL HIGH SCHOOL

are also looking for individually wrapped snack items, but also individual meal items like ramen soup, individual cups of mac & cheese, Chef Boyardee meals, etc.

These items will be distributed by school social workers and other agencies

RIGHT HERE IN BETHEL!

Please bring your item to your school’s cafeteria on Friday, September 30, 2022.

Ways to show your support:

  • Wear ORANGE clothes on September 30th
  • Decorate your classroom or doors in ORANGE
  • Donate a canned or dry good item for our 8th annual food drive
  • There will also be a jar at each school for teachers and students to donate dollar bills or loose change to this cause.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Bethel Public Schools) Charities Fri, 16 Sep 2022 11:52:51 -0400
Guys and Dolls at ACT of CT: Meet Michael McGuirk https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/49770-meet-the-connecticut-actors-on-stage-at-act-of-ct49770-meet-the-connecticut-actors-on-stage-at-act-of-ct https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/neighbors/49770-meet-the-connecticut-actors-on-stage-at-act-of-ct49770-meet-the-connecticut-actors-on-stage-at-act-of-ct

From Connecticut to NYC and Back Again!

There are so many incredibly talented actors working on Broadway, on National Tours, and at some of the most prestigious regional theaters across the country. And many of these accomplished performers hail right from our area! Connecticut has always been a hotbed of talent, and so it is no wonder that, when thumbing through a Broadway Playbill, many cast members give a shout-out to their Connecticut hometowns!

Ridgefield’s ACT of CT is entering its 5th season this fall and has achieved incredible success since opening its doors in 2018 (including a Grammy Nomination for its cast album of Stephen Schwartz’s SNAPSHOTS!).

Actors with multiple Broadway credits jump at the opportunity to be cast in an ACT of CT production. The theater's productions are always nothing less than Broadway caliber, and it is no wonder that any ACT of CT cast list reads like a regular “who’s who” on Broadway. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these wildly talented performers are Connecticut born and bred!  

ACT of CT’s upcoming production of GUYS AND DOLLS runs from Oct 27 through Nov 20 and stars some unbelievable Broadway talent - like Donna Vivino from Broadway’s WICKED, and Phil Sloves from Broadway’s SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

The show is directed by Daniel C. Levine (from Broadway’s LES MISERABLES, MAMMA MIA, CHICAGO, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and ROCKY HORROR SHOW), choreographed by Sara Brians (from Broadway’s MATILDA and BILLY ELLIOTT), and music supervised by Bryan Perri (from Broadway’s WICKED, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, and ALMOST FAMOUS). Featured in the production are 24 of the most talented actors (literally at the top of their game), some of whom are Connecticut natives and residents who are returning “home” to be a part of this remarkable production. 

Meet Matt Faucher, Michael Boland, Michael McGuirk, Val Moranto, Richard Westfahl, and Jeff Gurner: all professional and successful actors (some with Broadway credits) who will be on stage in Ridgefield at ACT of CT performing in their upcoming musical, GUYS AND DOLLS!

In the coming weeks, right here on HamletHub, we will each of these incredible actors!
 
Meet Michael McGuirk

Q. What is your connection to Connecticut?

A: It was just over two years ago that my wife, Amanda, and I headed out of NYC for what we thought would be a three-month stay in CT. We quickly realized that our short stay would soon turn into a permanent move and we started looking for a place to call home: that was Ridgefield. We embraced the Connecticut lifestyle which was made all the more easier by our welcoming neighbors and new friends we were making. We both also found the time to join some of the amazing charitable organizations in town as giving back has always been extremely important to us. As things slowly started opening back up, returning to the new “normal”, we found ourselves surrounded by a vibrant community energy in a cultural district that we still get surprised about.

Q: You have worked in so many productions at so many theaters (both in NYC and across the country). This will be your second show at ACT of CT. What is it about ACT of CT that keeps you wanting to return?

A: I had taken a long hiatus from theatre not knowing when or if I would even return. But as the town started to reopen and restrictions were being lifted there was a buzz going on about ACT of CT and their upcoming season. Being new to town we hopped on board and bought season tickets to see what everyone was talking about. I soon found myself not only enjoying the shows, but cast in them as well! It is one thing to sit in the audience and experience intimately a first-class theatrical experience, but getting to be on the other side (as I was in their production of Jesus Christ Superstar) is when I realized just how exceptional ACT of CT actually is. They have the pulse of the Broadway community that they bring right here to Ridgefield. It definitely helps that their creative directors are still involved with NYC theater and Broadway. Every aspect of the production process (at ACT) is professionally run with everyone’s best interest in mind. The proof, though, is what happens on the stage and the energy that the audience gives back wholeheartedly. It is a magical experience and having performed all around the country, you just cannot find everywhere else. That is the reason that I am jumping back on board - and I cannot wait.

Q: Why are regional theaters (like ACT of CT) so very important?

A: My parents loved going to the theatre and we were lucky to have two very good theatres close to my hometown in New Jersey. It was the regional theatres that instilled in me a love of live performances. It is the memories of shows, the moments in them, and especially the songs that were the backbone of my theatrical upbringing. Regional theatres are accessible. They bring the art and culture of live performance to your area. Coupled with that is the fact that theatres like ACT of CT are producing Broadway-caliber performances. It is like having that NYC theatrical experience in your “backyard” with a short drive home afterward but memories that will last much longer.

Visit ACT of CT 

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Bethel Trick or Treat Street is BACK on Saturday, October 29! https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49769-bethel-trick-or-treat-street-is-back-on-saturday-october-2949769-bethel-trick-or-treat-street-is-back-on-saturday-october-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/bethel/events/49769-bethel-trick-or-treat-street-is-back-on-saturday-october-2949769-bethel-trick-or-treat-street-is-back-on-saturday-october-29

"Trick or Treat Street," the annual family event that Bethel kids look forward to every year will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 1 to 3pm at the Municipal Center and Greenwood Avenue in Bethel!

This event is rain or shine.

Visit Bethel Chamber on Facebook here for updates!

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kerry@ducey.org (Bethel Chamber of Commerce) Events Thu, 15 Sep 2022 15:24:06 -0400