Bethel's HamletHub Sun, 22 Jul 2018 12:39:54 -0400 Tag Sale in Bethel August 11 & 12 Benefits DAWS!

Danbury Animal Welfare in Bethel is hosting a huge TAG SALE at Bethel Municipal Center on Saturday, August 11 from 8am to 4pm (Early Bird Special 8:00am – 9:00am, $5 admission) and Sunday, August 12 (“Stuff a Bag” – Sunday Noon – 1:00pm, $5 per bag).

All funds raised help DAWS to continue their lifesaving work!

Have items to donate? Bring them to Bethel Municipal Center on Thursday, August 9th from Noon to 4:30pm, or on Friday, August 10th from Noon to 6:30pm. Please do not bring clothing, large furniture, or large appliances or electronics (such as TV’s).

Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our community and beyond.

For additional information, contact Thank you!


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Sun, 22 Jul 2018 04:30:07 -0400
DAWS Adoption Fee Discount on Kittens in July and August

Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) is offering a special discount on adoption fees for our kittens in July and August!

"If you adopt two kittens, you'll only have to pay the fee for one! And get twice the love and affection," says DAWS.

Click here to view DAWS gallery of adoptable cats.

*Image courtesy DAWS Facebook.

]]> (Liza) Charities Sun, 22 Jul 2018 04:18:56 -0400
Bethel Police Host Car Seat Clinic Tomorrow

Bethel Police to host Car Seat Clinic July 21, 2018

The Bethel Police Department is pleased to announce our upcoming Car Seat Clinic on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Sgt. Burnes, Ofc. DiRago, Cpl. Broad, Cpl. Cordero, and Ofc. Beamonte are Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians who will work with parents and caregivers to ensure that their car seat is installed and used properly in their car.

The Clinic will be held, by appointment only, at the Stony Hill Fire Department, Stony Hill Rd., Bethel.

For further information or an appointment time please contact the Officers at 203-744-7900 Ext. 121 or visit our website,, and select the Services tab to book an appointment online.

]]> (Bethel Police Department) Events Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:16:55 -0400
ACT of CT Takes You Behind the Scenes of a Broadway Musical, New Works Festival Kicks Off July 27

The making of a Broadway musical

Broadway musicals don’t just magically appear on Broadway! There are readings and workshops - all part of the development of the production.

ACT of Connecticut founders and Broadway performers, Daniel C. Levine and Katie Diamond introduce ACT's New Works Series Festival Weekend, an opportunity for you, the audience, to watch a Broadway musical in the making. “This is a wonderful chance to be the first audience to lay eyes (and ears) on two new musicals: Victory Train and Austen's Pride,” says Diamond.

We sat down with Daniel C. Levine and Katie Diamond to learn more about ACT’s summer New Works Festival which will take place Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 at ACT of Connecticut on Old Quarry Road in Ridgefield.

What is the New Works Festival? 
A New Works Festival is a way for a number of new plays and/or musicals to be heard over a period of a few days, giving playwrights and composers the chance to hear their pieces read aloud in front of a responsive and engaged audience. It’s also an exciting way for our audience to hear fabulous new shows read and sung for the first time! It’s a very important part of the process of bringing new plays and musicals to life. Performed at music stands and withbook in hand (no sets or costumes), the New Works Festival focuses primarily on the script and score and is one of the most important “steps” in the development of Broadway-bound musicals.

How does the Festival work? Can you purchase tickets for one day? One performance (reading)? 

We are making the process super easy for our audience; simply buy one “open pass" ticket and you have the ability to attend two parties (Friday the 27th 5-6pm, and Saturday the 28th9:30-11pm), two youth camp presentations (Friday the 27th at 6pm and 7:30pm), and a bonus of our two professional readings  (Victory Train at 2pm and Austen’s Pride at 7:30pm on Saturday the 28th). With the open pass ticket you can come to all six events, one event, or anything in-between!

The performers are honing their skills in front of a live audience! Is this commonplace in the Broadway arena? 

As an actor, performing readings of new musicals and plays was absolutely my favorite thing to do. Giving life to the words on a page, in a show that has never before been presented to an audience, is a truly electric experience. All productions begin their “life" with readings, labs, and workshops before they continue on to fully staged productions. Actors, playwrights, and composers absolutely love this part of the process!

Is there a cost to attend? 

The “open pass” ticket is just $20. If you attend all six events, that’s just $3 per event! I think that might be less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks!

Will attendees have a chance to meet the performers?

 Absolutely. Performers will mingle in the lobby after each show, and our Festival Closing Party (one of the events you are invited to attend with your “open pass” ticket) is directly following the reading of the fabulous piece Austen’s Pride (7:30pm reading). We hope the audience will stay for the party, grab a glass of wine on us, and talk theatre and life with the actors, writers, and producers of our fabulous New Works Festival shows!

Anything you wish I asked? 

The two shows on Friday the 27th at 6pm and 7:30 are our youth presentations. Kids attending our ACT summer camps have been working SO hard to create some amazing theatre, and they’re excited to have the opportunity to perform on the ACT stage for their families and neighbors. It’s a truly exciting time for these youngsters and we hope you will come out and support them! #theatrematters

For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities and other theater-related news and announcements, visit


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:50:09 -0400
Purchase Early Bird Tickets NOW for Bethel Awards Night!

Best of Bethel Awards Night!

Mark your calendar for an evening of wonderful food and fun and recognition of the Best Businesses in Bethel on Aug. 22 from 6-9pm at Bennett Park in Bethel.
Early Bird Discount Tickets available before Aug 1st! Register early for the discount HERE
Bethel is a community that takes pride in neighbors helping neighbors and supporting its local businesses. Please join us in giving a big shout-out to everyone who’s pitching in to help create a memorable event.  
Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect:

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

]]> (Bethel Chamber of Commerce) Events Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:54:32 -0400
Danbury Fashion Week Film Screening + Panel Discussion in Collaboration with Bethel Film Fest

The First Monday in May chronicles a year's worth of preparations for the Chinese-inspired fashion exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass and the gala which accompanied the exhibit. The exhibit featured 150 garments from 40 designers. Andrew Bolton, the chief curator at the Costume Institute, conceptualizes and designs the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala with Anna Wintour. The Met Gala, the Costume Institute's annual event, is a multimillion-dollar fundraiser. The film also depicts Wintour's daily life and questions fashion as art. As of 2016, China: Through the Looking Glass is the most visited exhibit in the Costume Institute's history and one of the most visited exhibitions in the entire history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

6:00PM Meet + Greet Red Carpet VIP Reception.  Courtesy: Some Things Fishy Catering & Broken Symmetry Gastro Pub

7:00PM Film Screening Panel Q&A Moderated by CT Post's: Joe Meyers
After Party Taproot Restaurant

Dress code is cocktail Chic!

]]> (Danbury Fashion week) Events Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:39:22 -0400
WCSU M.F.A. program to present distinguished author readings

Acclaimed writers, M.F.A. alumni and faculty to read from their works Aug. 4-9

Award-winning novelists, poets and nonfiction authors will read from and discuss their works during the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing summer residency session in August at Western Connecticut State University.

A series of programs each evening from Aug. 4 through 9 will feature distinguished writers whose achievements include selection as recipients of the Housatonic Book Award as well as major national honors in the fields of fiction, nonfiction, memoirs and poetry. All readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the President’s Reception Room, located in room 218 of the Classroom Building on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Admission will be free and the public is invited to attend.

The evening series is presented as part of the summer residency for graduate students currently enrolled in the M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing program. Launched in 2005, the M.F.A. program at WCSU enables participants from across the nation to pursue master’s degree studies in a diverse range of creative and professional writing genres through a comprehensive distance learning program complemented by summer and winter on-campus residencies. The coordinator of the WCSU M.F.A. program is Anthony D’Aries, a widely published essayist and author of “The Language of Men: A Memoir,” winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Prize and Foreword magazine’s Memoir of the Year Award.

Following is the program schedule:

Saturday, Aug. 4: An evening of readings by M.F.A. program alumni will also include a featured faculty reading from writer and educator Elizabeth Cohen. Cohen is the author of the memoir, “The Family on Beartown Road”; the short story collection, “The Hypothetical Girl”; as well as poetry collections and literary essays and articles. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia University, she has taught at WCSU, the New School, SUNY Plattsburgh and the University of New Mexico.

Sunday, Aug. 5: “In Conversation with Dan Pope” will feature the author of the novels “Housebreak” and “In the Cherry Tree,” and of short stories that have appeared in many literary publications including McSweeney’s, Harvard Review, Crazyhorse, Iowa Review and “Best American New Voices 2007.” Pope, who serves as a mentor in the M.F.A.

program at WCSU, graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop and is the recipient of the Glen Schaeffer Award from the International Institute of Modern Letters and the John Leggett Prize in Fiction.

Monday, Aug. 6: Featured reader Peter Selgin, an educator and writer whose acclaimed works include novels, essays, memoirs, plays and children’s books, received the 2017 Housatonic Book Award in Nonfiction for his memoir, “The Inventors.” Other recognitions include the Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction for the novel, “Drowning Lessons”; the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize for the novel, “The Water Master”; and finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for “Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist’s Memoir.” His stories and essays have been published in many journals and collections including Glimmer Train, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, and the “Best American Essays” and “Best American Travel Writing” anthologies. Selgin, recipient of an M.F.A. at the New School, is an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia College and State University.

Tuesday, Aug. 7: Jo Knowles will read from several of her fiction works including “Still a Work in Progress,” winner of the 2017 Housatonic Book Award in the Young Adult and Middle Grade category. Knowles has gained national recognition as a young-adult book author with seven titles published since 2006, among them “Lessons from a Dead Girl,” “Jumping Off Swings,” Living with Jackie Chan” and “Read Between the Lines.” Knowles, who resides in Vermont and teaches in the M.F.A. program of Southern New Hampshire University, has earned numerous honors including two SCBWI Crystal Kite awards, an Editor’s Choice and Notable Book citation from the New York Times, Bank Street College’s Best Books for Children, and the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults prize.

Wednesday, Aug. 8: Featured readers will be essayist and memoirist Lisa Romeo and poet Julia Lisella. Romeo, an M.F.A. graduate of the University of Southern Maine and member of the Bay Path University M.F.A. faculty, is the author of “Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss” and nonfiction works that have appeared in the New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Brevity, Tishman Review, “Best American Essays” and other publications. Lisella, an associate professor of English at Regis College, has been a contributor to many poetry journals and anthologies and published three poetry collections including “Always,” “Terrain” and “Love Song Hiroshima.”

Thursday, Aug. 9: Mystery, suspense and horror writing will be the theme for the concluding presentation by poet, novelist and essayist Stephanie Wytovich and mystery author Jane Cleland. Wytovich, an M.F.A. graduate of Seton Hill University and poetry editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, earned a Bram Stoker Award for her poetry collection “Brothel” and nominations for “Hysteria: A Collection of Madness,” “Mourning Jewelry” and “An Exorcism of Angels.” Described in her biographical notes as “an instructor of English by day and a horror writer by night,” she published her first novel, “The Eighth,” in 2016. Cleland has earned numerous awards for her popular Josie Prescott  

Antiques Mystery series. An M.F.A. mentor at WCSU and director of the Program for Professional Communications at Lehman College, she has authored books on the craft of writing including “Mastering Plot Twists” and “Mastering Suspense, Structure and Plot,” winner of the Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction.

For more information, visit the M.F.A. program website at or call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.


]]> (Robert Taylor) Neighbors Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:01:55 -0400
Bethel Verizon Wireless Backpack Giveaway on Sunday!

Bethel Verizon Wireless Backpack Giveaway is this Sunday, July 22 from 1 to 4pm at Verizon (128 Greenwood Ave) 

Culture of Good and Bethel Verizon Wireless are partnering together to show our community how much we care. Join us on July 22 for our annual backpack giveaway.

There will be food and games for the children and we will be giving out over 100 backpacks filled with school supplies. Supplies are limited and its first come first serve. Come early and enjoy the day with us. No purchase necessary. We look forward to seeing you.

This event is FREE!

Learn more here. 

]]> (Culture of Good) Events Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:57:30 -0400
Molten Java Hosts Hat Town Open Mic Story Hour: 5-minute true tales

On the third Friday of each month up to 10 story-tellers will share a 5-minute true story based on the month's theme. 

This month it’s Friday, July 20 at 8:00 PM - 9:00, and the Hat Town Story Hour theme is CLOSE CALLS.  This as an opportunity for those with a 5-minute story to tell, true as remembered, about a close shave, squeaker, photo finish or lucky escape.   No story to share? Plan to cheer on our storytellers as part of the audience.

Hat Town Story Hour takes place at Molton Java in Bethel and follows the same storytelling guidelines as The Moth, available at

Story-tellers are asked to sign up in advance.  Sign-up info and links to story-telling tips and techniques are available at

Molten Java is located at 213 Greenwood Avenue.  The coffee house and arts venue has co-organized the Hat Town Story Hour series with St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.  

]]> (judi) Places Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:59:15 -0400
Bethel Family Opens Karate & Exercise Studio in Bethel

Firebird Karate & Exercise Science is set to open this September in the St Thomas Episcopal Church, 95 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel

When Donna and Malcolm met at Lee's School in Darien in the late 80's they had no idea it would lead to a marriage, two children, several businesses and a lifetime of karate.  Well, perhaps Malcolm knew as he told Donna after their third date that "she was the one."   

Their son, Alex began taking karate lessons when he was five.  Today, he is a second degree Cho Dan (blackbelt) in Soo Bahk Do (a traditional Korean Martial Art) and next year will be eligible to test for his third degree and has competed in local, regional, and national tournaments.  Alex is currently attending Norwalk Community College for exercise science and works part-time at Greenwood Physical Therapy.

When Donna and Malcolm moved to Bethel, they tried to find a school that incorporated the type of training they had experiences in the 80's, endurance/conditioning. Malcolm mastered this while training Kyokoshin. It was the exercise science that their son Alex was learning, but Donna and Malcolm couldn't find a school in the area that brought all those aspects together. 

When their instructor, Benjamin Cortese, a 7th degree master instructor (Sa Bom Nim), agreed to help them set up a certified Soo Bahk Do school in Bethel, they sought out a place to train. As they searched, they came across a church in town, and the message from the pastor, Norma Schmidt at the St Thomas Episcopal Church, 95 Greenwood Ave, that read,"Drop me a note and we'll talk about life, and maybe martial arts...."  Donna thought this was a sign.   

Fall classes begin on Sept 4th for martial arts and follow the Bethel school calendar.  Exercise programs run year round.

Firebird Karate will be holding 3 FREE open house sessions:  Aug 11, 18, 25 from 9 - 11 in the St Thomas Episcopal Church.   Anyone that pre-registers for the fall sessions will get 1 month of unlimited training for $45, plus a free uniform.   

Learn more on Firebird Karate's Facebook Page here.




]]> (Firebird Karate) Places Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:40:25 -0400
Farm Fresh Dinner in Bethel on August 4

FARM FRESH DINNER on August 4 from 5:30 – 7 pm at St. Thomas Church in Bethel

Pulled pork, a variety of salads, and luscious desserts and featuring locally grown vegetables.

Reservations required by Aug. 1. Call to reserve: 203-743-1494 or

$12 adult/$6 kids 12 & under

St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Bethel is located at 95 Greenwood Avenue (across from Bethel Foods / Caraluzzi's).

]]> (judi) Events Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:51:52 -0400
Bethel Heats Up with SummerFest TOMORROW!

All tapped out? On the heels of BeerFest comes Bethel Chamber SummerFest - tomorrow!

Bethel SummerFest will take place on July 14, 2018 from 11am - 4 pm. Preceding Summerfest will beBeerFest on Friday, July 13.

Summerfest promises music, food, fun and more! There will be sidewalk sales throughout town and the Municipal Center lawn will be home to a splash fest area with water slides, a petting zoo, vendors, life-size games, and shows!

The event is FREE for all to enter, but select special activities cost a nominal fee. Purchase an "All Access" pass for attractions: water slides, games, free origami craft and more. 


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Nominate your favorite Bethel business for Best of Bethel Award!

Bethel Chamber has announced that it's time to nominate your favorite businesses for 2018 Best of Bethel Awards!

That company that goes over and above, whose service is outstanding, who serves the know the one that makes you feel great every time you use their product or service? Give them a pat on the back, the acknowledgment they deserve. Nominate them today!

We have new categories this year. Vote for:

  •      New Business of the Year
  •      Retail Business of the Year
  •      Corporation of the Year
  •      Restaurant of the Year
  •      Not for Profit of the Year


Best of Bethel Awards Celebration will take place on August 22 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Bennett Memorial Park.

The evening will include socializing, raffles and fun while you taste some delicious food from LeMadri Restaurant. The Big Top theme for the event will be filled with exciting circus surprises...

]]> (Bethel Chamber of Commerce) Neighbors Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:50:00 -0400
On Tap in Bethel: BeerFest Tomorrow!

Bethel BeerFest is bigger and better than ever (with MORE BEER!) And, it's on tap at the Bethel Municipal Center tomorrow, Friday, July 13th.  

Event highlights:

  • MORE Beer
  • A Life-Size Foosball Game
  • MORE Food Trucks
  • Great Live Music
  • Bigger, Stronger, Glass Souvenir Mugs

Bethel BeerFest is held in conjunction with SummerFest which will take place on Saturday, July 14. 

Purchase Tickets here

Questions? Email

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Bethel Residents Can Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on Saturday, July 28

The Housatonic Recovery Resources Authority is holding Household Hazardous Waste on Saturday, July 28 from 9:00am-2:00pm at Brookfield High School for the residents of  Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, and Brookfield.

What to bring:

• Paints
• Stains and Varnishes
• Paint Thinners & Strippers
• Wood Preservatives
• Resins, Rosins & Adhesives
• Polishes for Furniture, Floor & Metal
• Cleaners for Rug & Upholstery
• Cleaners for Oven, Toilet Bowl & Drain
• Swimming Pool Chemicals
• Fluorescent Bulbs 
• Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides (including Lawn Care Products)
• Flea Powder
• Moth Balls
• Spot Removers
• Dry Cleaning Solvents
• Lighter Fluids
• Septic Tank Degreasers
• Engine Degreasers
• Waste Fuels (Kerosene, Gasoline)
• Carburetor Cleaners, Brake Fluids
• Transmission Fluids, Car Waxes
• Full or Partially Full Aerosol Cans
• Rubber Cement, Airplane Glue
• Photo Chemicals, Chemistry Sets
• Hobby Supplies
• Rechargeable (Ni-Cd) Batteries
• Camera Batteries
• Thermostats, Thermometers 

What not to bring:

• Electronics, Computers, VCR’s (Recycle at town Drop off Center)
• Empty Aerosol Cans (put in garbage)
• Household Batteries (put in garbage)
• PCB Capacitors
• Smoke Detectors
• Auto Batteries & Tires
• Motor Oil & Antifreeze (Recycle at Town Drop Off Center)
• Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives (Call the Police Department)
• Radioactive Materials
• Unknown Gases
• Controlled Substances
• Pathological Material
• Pharmaceutical or Medical Wastes

For more information, please visit the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority website.

]]> (Town of Brookfield) Neighbors Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:52:00 -0400