Today is Friday, May 18, 2012
Today's Weather weather.gov
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind at 8 mph becoming southeast.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42. South wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.
Question of the Day http://www.almanac.com
How long are baking soda and baking powder good to use after opening?
For baking soda and baking powder to be effective in your baking, they should not be more than one year old.
Events and Announcements
The Bethel Police Department will be participating in a regional checkpoint loooking for violations along with police departments in Newtown, Brookfield and Redding. The following date and location are set for checkpoint enforcement. Bethel Wednesday May 23.
Congratulations! The following player was nominated as 2012 NEPSWLA All-Stars: Eloise Gagnon, Bethel, #3, 2015, Center
5K War Memorial Tribute Run 19 May Saturday, May 19, 2012, 8:00 am Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School St, Bethel, CT $15.00
Bike to Work Day, May 18, 2012, 7:00 am, 13 Durant Ave, Bethel, CT , HARTransit is hosting a bike to work day event at the Bethel Metro North train station. Light refreshments, breakfrast, and swag will be given out to those that bike to work. Please join HARTransit in biking to work and using public transit to complete your journey.
St Mary School 36th Annual Carnival May 18, 2012, All day, Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School St, Bethel, CT $20.00 Our 36th Annual Carnival is back in Downtown Bethel on the Municipal Center Green! Wednesday, May 16 - Sunday, May 20
Carnival Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6:00-10:00 pm, Saturday 12:00-10:00 pm, Sunday 12:00-2:00 pm & 4:00-8:00 pm.
*Sunday Hours will accommodate the Memorial Day Parade and the Front lawn Ceremony. Carnival will not operate between the hours of 2:00 - 4:00.
Raffle! Prizes: 1st Place = $5,000, 2nd Place = $1,000, and 3rd Place = $500 Tickets Available at Carnival!
Rides, Food, FacePainting, Pie Contest...everything you'd expect from a safe, family friendly community carnival with lots of FUN!! Come join in on the even
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bethel Garden Club Plant Sale
It's time for the annual Bethel Garden Club Plant Sale! You'll find great deals on great locally grown plants, as well as expert advice from our Master Gardeners.
The sale begins at 9:00 a.m. (No early birds, please!)
Located behind the Methodist Church at 141 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel.
Today in History
1652 - In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.
1798 - The first Secretary of the U.S. Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.
1896 - The U.S. Supreme court upheld the "separate but equal" policy in the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. The ruling was overturned 58 years later with Brown vs. Board of Education.
1897 - A public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel, "Dracula, or, The Un-dead," was performed in London.
1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the Selective Service act, which called up soldiers to fight in World War I.
1934 - The U.S. Congress approved an act, known as the "Lindberg Act," that called for the death penalty in interstate kidnapping cases.
1942 - New York ended night baseball games for the duration of World War II.
1951 - The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.
1953 - The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.
1980 - Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington state. 57 people were killed and 3 billion in damage was done.
1983 - The U.S. Senate revised immigration laws and gave millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.
1998 - The U.S. federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., saying the computer software company had a "choke hold" on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market.
1998 - U.S. federal officials arrested more than 130 people and seized $35 million. This was the end to an investigation of money laundering being done by a dozen Mexican banks and two drug-smuggling cartels.