Newfairfield's HamletHub Tue, 16 Oct 2018 02:03:54 -0400 National Cyber Security Awareness Month

How to Protect Your Online Presence

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is observed every October, but what does that mean? Cyber security can range from smart online shopping to protecting confidential information from being hacked.

Last year, consumers filed more than 47,000 reports to BBB Scam Tracker about a wide variety of scams, and we found the riskiest are online scams. Better Business Bureau (BBB) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) have teamed up to remind all consumers to clear digital clutter and offer tips to protect their online lives.

Check the URL. If you are logging into banking sites, making a purchase, or entering any personal information you should always validate that you are on a secure website. Make sure the site's URL begins with https, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. Some browsers also include green lock symbols for secure websites.

Don’t click on unfamiliar links. Whether at home or at work, don’t click on links from unfamiliar sources or unexpected correspondence. One false click can infect a whole computer … or a whole business.

Protect your passwords. Never keep your passwords or login credentials on your computer or your phone in case you get hacked. Keep a paper list of your passwords in a safe place, not on or near your computer. Also try using full sentences as your password.

Personal information is like money. Value and protect it: When making a purchase online, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Review the privacy and security settings on websites you use to be sure that they remain set to your comfort level for sharing. Be especially wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information.

Declutter your mobile life. Most of us have apps we no longer use or need updating. Delete unused apps and keep others current, including the operating system on your mobile device. Review files on your computer and also tend to online cloud storage services like Google Drive and purge any files you no longer need.
Actively manage your location services, Bluetooth, microphone and camera to make sure apps use them appropriately.

Do a digital file purge: Perform a good, thorough review of your online files. Tend to your digital records, PCs and phones just as you do for paper files. Start removing digital clutter by doing the following:
Clean up your emails! Only save emails you really need, and unsubscribe to emails you no longer need/want to receive.

For more information from BBB on data privacy you can click here.

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Master Networks Hosts Virtual Zoom Chapter Meeting

VIRTUAL MONTHLY Regional Zoom Meetings Thursday, Oct 25th 6:30pm-7:30pm
We have a Face to Face Regional Chapter Meeting Online the 4th Thursday of the month.

Everyone is invited, members please bring your guests to be part of our meeting. 
Learn more about Master Networks, learn something & meet another biz person

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android OR YOUR SMART PHONE at:

Mention that you read about the meeting through HamletHub!


This exciting organization takes a fresh approach to leads and referrals. Our focus on long-term business success is evident from the meeting agendas (which are varied and interactive) and our facilitated business discussions which Build a Community of Like Minded Business People. The meetings are just one hour long with an opportunity for further networking at the end. The meetings provide valuable referrals and support to each other, and allow everyone to benefit from our unique national revenue sharing program.

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Do any of you have dogs? Well, I do! I have two clever, adorable, loving, hilarious dogs! Cinnamon is a golden retriever, and he’s twelve years old now! He is so loyal, and always there for a hug. Lulu is five years old, and she is a puggle (a cross between a pug and a beagle) who loves to play, but is a pretty wonderful cuddler, too. Everyone says that dogs are a man’s best friend – but they’re a girl’s best friend, too!

I love both of my dogs so much that I came up with a recipe to make them dog treats! Who knows what kind of ingredients are put into store-bought treats? This recipe is impossible easy, makes a ton of cookies, and is super healthy and good for your pups – their tails will be wagging off the hook! I know my dogs loved them!

On top of being healthy, these treats are seasonal! With the last few pumpkins of autumn on doorsteps around my neighborhood, I was inspired to make a treat that used fresh, fragrant pumpkin – and end the season the right way. Of course, my puppies both love peanut butter, so I had to incorporate some of that into the recipe, as well. Although the combination seems a out of the ordinary, my dogs sure loved them! Whenever I opened up the canister, they came sprinting into the kitchen for a snack.

These treats combine creamy peanut butter with pure pumpkin purée to make an amazing combination of autumnal sweets. And there’s no sugar in the recipe, so you don’t have to worry about your pups bouncing off the walls! I gave my dogs two or three treats every day, and that was just enough for them to practice their tricks, and not get too full of sweets before dinnertime. Depending on your dog’s size, you can judge how many treats to feed them, but I wouldn’t exceed five or six in a day. If we feed Lulu too many treats, she can start leaning more towards the chubby pug rather than beagle side of her breed!

As you can see, I used some cute, 2-inch star cookie cutters to cut out my treats. The stars made for some super cute cookies, but you can feel free to use any type of cutter. Just make sure you don’t make the cookies too big so that your pups could choke, and I’d avoid a donut-like shape, because those can be a choking hazard as well. If you have a little chihuahua or another wee pup, make sure you break up the treats so they’re chewable even for the tiniest of mouths! A heart would be sweet, and closer to Christmastime, you could break out a Santa hat or Christmas tree shape! The possibilities are endless…

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and that your dogs enjoy the treats! 

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Yield: About 60 treats


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

To bake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and put all of your ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. With a paddle attachment, combine the ingredients on medium speed for about a minute. If you pinch a bit and it feels dry and crumbly, add water tablespoon by tablespoon until it stays together. Do the same with flour if the dough is too wet.
  3. Gather the dough together and form it into a large ball. Place it on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch in thickness. Now it’s time for the cookie cutters!
  4. Using a cutter (or two, or three) of your choice, cut out as many shapes as you can and place them on your baking sheet. Re-roll the dough and keep cutting out shapes until there’s none left over. These cookies don’t really spread out while baking, so they can be snuggled close on the cookie sheet!
  5. Bake for 25 minutes for nice, crunchy treats. Make sure you let them cool completely before giving them to your dog! Let the howls of happiness commence!
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Hollow Fest, A Fall Family Fun Day

Hollow Fest, A Fall Family Fun Day
Saturday, October 27, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Come out to Great Hollow on Saturday, October 27th for our second “Hollow Fest” extravaganza! There will be fun and entertainment for the whole family, including cider pressing, pumpkin painting, wood carving, a pie-eating contest, baby farm animals, giant board-games, and more! All the while, we’ll be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs, and making mulled hot apple cider for you to enjoy. Please click here for additional information. Entrance is a suggested donation of $10 per car/family.

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Putnam Ridge Annual Halloween Bash October 20

Entertainment, Crafts, Refreshments and fun for all. Come dressed in your costume and trick-or-treat!!!

Saturday October 20 1:30p - 3:30p

46 Mt. Ebo Rd. North • Brewster, NY • 845.278.3636
RSVP to Pearl

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What's Happening at the New Fairfield Library

As published in Town Tribune Library Column -- October 11, 2018

Sunday Hours

We will be switching back to our “winter hours” on Sunday, October 14, 2018 and run to the end of April, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm. All of our other days and times remain the same. Please keep us in mind if you need to make copies, pick up a movie, book, etc.        

 The Great Courses

If you haven’t availed yourself of this new product available to us from RB Digital, please take some time to do so.  There are ten categories that encompass economics and finance, food and wine, fitness and nutrition, hobby and leisure, literature and language, music and fine arts, philosophy, professional and personal development, science, and travel. Some of the topics under these main categories are:  Learning Statistics; American Military History; The Rise of Rome; Geometry, Law School for Everyone; Brain-Based Strategies for a Better You; The Art of Cooking; Everyday Engineering; Intro to Botany; Stress and Your Body; How to Draw; Genealogy; Photography; How to Play the Guitar and so much more.  Simply go to our website and click on “Digital Downloads” and then scroll to Great Courses Library Collection.  Upon registering, we think that you will find the site absolutely amazing.  Try it!  It’s all free with your New Fairfield Free Public Library card.


Adult Programs


Friday Night Crafting Club, 6-8 pm.  Bring your project to the Library and take some time for yourself with fellow crafters.  This informal group meets in the Library’s lower level and requires no registration.

Genealogy, Weds., Oct. 17, 6:45-7:45 pm.  Karen Keeler will be available to assist you with your ancestry search.  Registration opened Oct. 3.

Make a Terrarium, Weds., Oct. 24, 6:30 pm.  Join Shakespeare’s Garden for plant night at the Library.  No experience required!  Come for a night of digging, planting and fun with all the supplies provided.  This free event is for adults only.  Registration opened Oct. 10.


Children’s Programs


Wee Ones, Mondays, 10:30-11 am, Program Room.  Stories, music and movement with Ms. Janet for children ages 12-23 months.  Online registration is required for each month.

Tales for Twos, Tuesdays, 10:30-11 am, Program Room.  Stories, music and crafts with Ms. Janet for children ages 24-35 months.   Online registration is required for each month.

More Stories Please, Weds., 10:30 am, Program Room.  Stories and a craft with Ms. JoAnn for children ages three to five.   Online registration is required for each month.

   Drop-In Storytime/Stay and Play, Thursdays, 10:30-11am, Program Room.  Stories, music and movement for all ages with Ms. JoAnn every Thursday unless school is closed or delayed.  No registration is required for this program.

Drop-in Saturday Craft, 11 am to 4 pm, Children’s Library.  Children of all ages are welcome to come between the hours of 11 am to 4 pm to do a craft at their leisure.  No registration is required.

Mommy & Me Yoga, Thursday, Oct. 11, 10:30-11:30 am.  Sticky Jams Baby and Caregiver offers a gentle yoga practice for pre-crawling babies and their caregiver.  Come move your body, quiet your mind, and discover ways to connect with your little one.  Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, a blanket for your baby to lie on and dress comfortably.  Registration opened Sept. 27.

Kids in the Kitchen, Friday, Oct. 12, 5:30-6:30 pm.  Children ages five and up may join certified health coach, Jennifer Amabile, in preparing a healthy meal to take home.  Registration opened Sept. 28.

Haunted House Craft, Friday, Oct. 26, 4:30-5:30 pm.  Children in grades one and up are invited to join Katie Stevenson in creating their own unique haunted house.  Registration opens Oct. 12.

Sneak Peek to November…

Weds., November 7, Fall Floral Centerpiece, 6:30 pm.  Join us for a fun evening just in time to learn the basics of making a fall centerpiece for your holiday table.  Jane Liner will demonstrate what is involved in creating a beautiful arrangement.  Each participant will go home with their own floral centerpiece.  This free program is for adults.  Online registration opens October 24.  Class size is limited.

Weds., November 14, 6:30 pm., Dog Obedience Class by North Star Canines.

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New Fairfield Food Center October Pick 5

Pick 5 is our way to bring you great savings

The "Pick 5" Program is New Fairfield Food Center's way to pass incredible saving on to you, our valued customer. Each month Johnny selects 20 qualifying products. For only $25.00 you can purchase 5 Boxes from the 20 Qualifying Selections. Pick up to 5 of any item or mix and match. Look In-Store for packages with the sticker "PICK 5 MIX OR MATCH $25.00" 

Note: Only specially marked packages qualify. Must purchase five specially marked packages to qualify for savings. Purchases less than five will be charged at regular retail. While supplies last. Special cuts and special orders not included. We reserve the right to limit quantities.

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Recipes of the Week: Ideas for Fall Apples

Apple Carrot Salad


  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • 3 (medium) unpared and diced apples

  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ⅛ cup low-fat mayonnaise


Combine all ingredients. Chill thoroughly. Serve on salad greens.

Make about 6 servings

Serving size is about 1/6 recipe.

Each serving provides 110 calories,1 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol,140 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 3 g dietary fiber, 20 g sugar, 1 g protein.

Apple Coffee Cake

This cake gets its moistness from the apples and raisins, so it requires little oil.


  • 5 cups tart apples, cored, peeled, finely chopped

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup dark, plump raisins

  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tsp. vanilla

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 2½ cups sifted, all-purpose flour

  • 1½ tsp. baking soda

  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly oil a 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples with sugar, raisins, and pecans; mix well. Let stand 30 minutes. Stir in oil, vanilla, and egg. Sift together flour, soda, and cinnamon. Stir into apple mixture about one-third at a time. Turn mixture into pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool cake slightly before serving.

Makes 20 servings

Each 3½-by-2½-inch serving contains: 241calories, 5 g fat, 57 mg cholesterol, 273 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrates

Fresh Cranberry Applesauce



  • 1 pound apples (3 medium-sized)

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

  • 1 tablespoon sugar, or 2 packets artificial sweetener

  • 1/2 cup water


Peel and core apples. Chop apples and put into a microwave-safe dish with cranberries. Add water. Cover and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir in sugar (or sweetener) and mash with a fork to desired consistency. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold.

Serves 6

Each serving (with sugar) contains about 42 calories, 11 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 0 g protein, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, and 0 mg sodium.

Quick Apple Crisp


  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

  • 1/3 cup quick oats

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 pounds apples (about 6, medium-sized)

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon butter


In a small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, oats, and brown sugar. Wash and peel apples. Quarter them, cut out core and seeds. Slice apple quarters. Spread apples in a 12-by-8-inch baking pan. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan. Sprinkle cinnamon and topping mixture over apples. Dot with butter. Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes or until apples are soft and topping is browned.

Serves 6

Each contains about 134 calories, 1 g protein, 3 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 28 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, and 44 mg sodium. For more crunch, mix in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, which adds 38 calories, 1 g protein, 4 g fat, 1 g carbohydrates, and 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, and 0 mg sodium to each serving.

Pork Chops with Savory Apples



  • 2 medium apples

  • 1 medium onion

  • 1 large clove garlic

  • 4 pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick, with bone (about 1-1/2 pounds total)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream


Quarter and core apples. Peel if desired. Cut onion in half and then slice it. Use a large frying pan with a lid. Heat oil over medium-high heat and add pork chops and garlic. Brown quickly, about 2 minutes per side. Add cut-up apples, onion, and water. Cover and turn heat to low. Let cook for about 15 minutes, until pork is cooked through (internal temperature of 145°F with 3 minutes of rest) and apples are soft. Remove chops to a warm serving platter. Bring pan juices to a boil and turn off heat. Stir in sour cream and pour over chops. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Each serving contains about 271 calories, 24 g protein, 13 g fat, 71 mg cholesterol, 13 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, and 75 mg sodium.

Visit Health Quest Website for more recipes.

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What is Auricular Therapy? Workshop on October 20

Foundations of Integrated Natural Medicine:
What is Auricular Therapy
Join us for this informative workshop on the benefits of Auricular (Ear Acupressure) Therapy.

We will discuss basic theory on how pressing various points on areas of the ear can improve your health. Whether you have chronic pain, digestive issues, or stress, this presentation will be of benefit.*

Christopher Maslowski, L.Ac., Associate Acupuncturist of SOPHIA Natural Health Center in Brookfield, will demonstrate Auricular Therapy techniques on several guests, and you will have the opportunity to practice these techniques on each other!

This is a “hands-on” workshop. Wear comfortable clothing and please bring a partner to practice with!

Reservations Required

Saturday, October 20th, 2018
When: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Where: SOPHIA Natural Health Center, 31 Old Route 7, Brookfield, CT
RSVP: Call our office at 203-740-9300

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Happy Acres Chili Cook-off

Help us pick the best chili in Sherman!

Join us for the fourth annual Happy Acres Chili Cook-off on Sunday, October 14th from 12-4pm. We've got an incredible line-up of chili chefs and YOU get to be the judge!

Enjoy an afternoon of live music and family fun on the farm, including activities for kids and all the delicious chili you can eat.

Musical performance by Tall County:

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Kids under 12 are free.

Think you've got what it takes? Email to enter the contest (only rule is you have to use some Happy Acres beef).

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DEEP and AAA Urge Motorists to Watch for Deer and Moose This Fall

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and AAA remind motorists to be watchful of increased deer and moose activity along roadways, especially during early morning and evening hours.

Fall is the peak of the breeding season for Connecticut's moose population in the northern part of the state. The breeding season (also known as "the rut") for white-tailed deer closely follows the moose breeding season, running from late October through late December.

DEEP’s Wildlife Division says motorists should be aware of and heed "Deer Crossing" signs along state highways. Motorists are advised to slow down and drive defensively should a deer or moose be spotted on or by the road. Because moose are darker in color and stand much higher than deer, observing reflective eye-shine from headlights is infrequent and, when struck, moose often end up impacting the windshield of vehicles. All moose and deer vehicle collisions should be reported to local, state, or DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Officers (860-424-3333).

According to the DEEP, there were more than 4,000 deer strikes in Connecticut last year, though most go unreported.

"During 2017, approximately 4,122 deer were killed in the state due to collisions with vehicles, which is down considerably from 10 years ago," said Andrew LaBonte, Deer Program Biologist for the DEEP Wildlife Division. "While the number of collisions has fallen over the past 10 years motorists should remain vigilant this time of year as to the presence of deer near roadways."

"Hitting a deer can be costly, even fatal" says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. "According to UConn Crash Data, deer strikes resulted in a driver’s death last year and the year before."

According to the latest DEEP data Glastonbury had the greatest number of reported deer strikes.

"The fact that the greatest number of reported deer strikes was in Glastonbury clearly illustrates that where deer and drivers intersect, there’s a greater risk to both", Parmenter says.

In the event of a collision with an animal, AAA recommends:

· Following the collision, call the police.

· Avoid making contact with the deer/animal. A frightened or wounded animal can hurt you or further injure itself.

· Put the vehicle’s hazard lights on; whether it’s light or dark outside.

· If possible, immediately move the vehicle to a safe location, out of the roadway, and wait for help to arrive. Your safety and the safety of your passengers is most important.

· Contact your insurance agent or company representative as quickly as possible to report any damage to your car. Collision with a deer or other animals is covered under the comprehensive portion of your automobile policy.

AAA has some tips to help prevent a crash or to reduce damage from an animal collision:

· Pay attention to road signs. Yellow, diamond-shaped signs with an image of a deer indicate areas with high levels of deer activity.

· Keep your eyes moving back and forth. Continuously sweep your eyes across the road in front of you for signs of animals and movement. Animals may also be alongside the road, so make sure to look to the right and left, as well. While the most likely crash is you hitting an animal, on occasion they might also hit you by running into the side of your car.

· Be especially attentive in early morning and evening hours. Many animals, especially deer, are most active from 5-8 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. – prime commuting times for many people.

· Use high beams when there’s no oncoming traffic. You can spot animals sooner. Sometimes the light reflecting off their eyes will reveal their location.

· Slow down, and watch for other deer to appear. Deer rarely travel alone, so if you see one, there are likely to be more nearby.

· Slow down around curves. It’s harder to spot animals when going around curves.

· One long blast. A long blast on your horn may frighten animals away from your vehicle.

· Resist the urge to swerve: Instead, stay in your lane with both hands firmly on the wheel. Swerving away from animals can confuse them so they don’t know which way to run. It can also put you in the path of oncoming vehicles or cause you to crash into something like a lamppost or a tree.

· If the crash is imminent take your foot off the brake: during hard braking the front end of your vehicle is pulled downward which can cause the animal to travel up over the hood towards your windshield. Letting off the brake can protect drivers from windshield strikes because the animal is more likely to be pushed to one side of the vehicle or over the top of the vehicle.

· Always wear a seatbelt. The chances of getting injured when hitting an animal are much higher if you don’t have your seatbelt on. Also never drive drunk, distracted or drowsy.

· Consider purchasing comprehensive insurance, if you don’t already have it.Comprehensive insurance is the type of insurance that covers animal strikes.

While rare, moose strikes do occasionally occur in Connecticut, and because of their size can result in significant damage to a vehicle.

"Over 40 moose-vehicle accidents have been reported in Connecticut between 1995 and 2017, with an average of two per year since 2002,"said LaBonte. "One moose-vehicle accident was recently reported in late September on Route 20 in Hartland, where the majority of the moose-vehicle accidents have been reported over the years."

Most of Connecticut is not considered ideal habitat for moose because the state’s landscape is fragmented, roadways have high traffic volume, and moose have large home ranges (approximately 10-15 square miles). Moose venturing into southern Connecticut, with high population density, road networks, and traffic volumes, pose an increased potential for human fatalities from accidents as compared to deer-vehicle accidents. Residents throughout the state are encouraged to report moose sightings on the DEEP website at

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WCSU to host conference on opioid crisis and addiction

The Western Connecticut State University Justice and Law Society will present the documentary "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict at the Heroin and Opioid Awareness Conference presented by the Heroin Education Action Team (HEAT), a partner program with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The conference will be free and the public is invited.

The documentary was created by the FBI and DEA to educate students and parents about the dangers of addiction. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with a federal prosecutor, DEA agent, and two local parents who lost children to an opioid overdose.

The HEAT program aims to increase community understanding of the dangers associated with deadly drugs like oxycodone, heroin and fentanyl, which have become widely and easily available in Connecticut.

WCSU senior and member of the Justice and Law Society Joseph Tamberelli found HEAT through research last semester and decided to spread its message to WCSU. He believes there needs to be more awareness about the opioid epidemic, especially in Connecticut.

"Many of us, myself included, have all been affected by this terrible epidemic in a personal way," Tamberelli said. "The objective of this event is for as many people as possible to leave this event with knowledge about the epidemic, in hopes to prevent further deaths from occurring."

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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Temple Beth Elohim to Install Laurie Gold as New Rabbi

Temple Beth Elohim, a Reform synagogue serving Putnam County, Northern Westchester County, Southern Dutchess County as well as Fairfield County, Conn., is excited to announce that Laurie Gold will be installed as its new Rabbi during a Sabbath evening service on Friday, October 19, at 7:30 pm.

Rabbi Gold replaces the late Rabbi Solomon Acrish, who served for nearly 50 years at the reform synagogue in Brewster, N.Y.

Temple Beth Elohim will also hold an Oktoberfest welcome party for Rabbi Gold on the afternoon of Sunday, October 21.

Both events will take place at Temple Beth Elohim, 31 Mount Ebo Rd. North in Brewster, N.Y.

Rabbi Gold replaces the late Rabbi Solomon Acrish, who served as Temple Beth Elohim’s rabbi for nearly 50 years. Rabbi Gold was an intern to Rabbi Acrish during her last year of rabbinical school. She also served as the transitional rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim over the past year, as a Temple committee conducted a comprehensive search for a permanent rabbi.

After interviewing several finalists, the search committee recommended Rabbi Gold, who was approved by a greater than two-thirds positive vote by the temple’s membership.

“It is with great pride and happiness that we welcome Rabbi Laurie Gold as our Rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim,” said Bruce Feniger, president of Temple Beth Elohim. “Her background, temperament and overall persona make her the perfect fit to help us grow and redefine who we are to the current congregation, the future congregation and to the whole community that we serve. I could not be more pleased and can hardly wait to watch how bright our future will be because of her. “

In her previous roles at Temple Beth Elohim, Rabbi Gold has taught courses on numerous topics, including the Prophets, Jewish holidays; Jewish yoga and meditation; and Jewish ethics. She has also led several nature hikes for congregants, which have included prayer and meditation.

Rabbi Gold grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, where she attended services and Hebrew school at Temple Beth El. She was inspired by her childhood rabbi, Jerome K. Davidson.  

Rabbi Gold received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Michigan and a Law Degree from Hofstra Law School. She came to the rabbinate as a second career, having worked as a trial attorney for many years, specializing in tort defense. She earned her rabbinical degree at The Academy for Jewish Religion.

“I am so happy to be serving the wonderful people of Temple Beth Elohim,” said Rabbi Gold.

Temple Beth Elohim (“House of God”) is a Brewster, N.Y.-based Reform synagogue based on inclusiveness, where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether a Jew by birth or by choice. The Temple practices liberal Judaism within an atmosphere that is warm and traditional. Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, the Temple strives to be a center for religious observance, Hebrew and cultural education, and family and social life. For members drawn to activity and service, there are ample opportunities for doing mitzvot for the Temple and our community through our Sisterhood and Men’s Club.

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Flag Collection on October 13

The New Fairfield Veterans Association will be collecting used American flags for retirement from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Stop & Shop. There will be no charge for this service.

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Bar Open for TGIF at Moonlight Cafe

TGIF! We have a few minor adjustments to make still, but the bar is open! This weekend we have 2 brews on tap, 8 different bottled beers, 2 red wines, 2 white wines and 2 house crafted cocktails! Come start your weekend with us! 

Saturday Sounds with Joe K.

Saturday October 13 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Enjoy an evening of acoustic tunes and seasonal spirits and brews in our NEW Brew Room! 2 Brews on Tap, 6 different bottle beers including fall favorites, 3 red wines, 3 white wines and 2 house-made signature cocktails will be served. Stop by for LIVE music, cold drinks and great food!!


Moonlight Cafe & Caterers: 850 Route 22 Brewster, NY (at the intersection of Route 22/Route 6/Route 202 at the light)

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