TODAY IS MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
MONDAY'S WEATHER from the National Weather Forecast
Monday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 36. West wind between 9 and 16 mph.
Monday Night: A slight chance of snow after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Pick up your copy of the Spring 2012 schedule of Bethel Parks & Recreation. Registration begins Saturday, Feb 4 from 9 am- noon and ends Feb 15. Details to follow throughout the week.
Willy Wonka, the musical, will be opening this weekend at Bethel High School. Keep your eyes open all week for fun photos, videos and stories about the show.
Tribute Dinner, reserve your ticket today: As Dr. Gary Chesley prepares to retire from his position as Superintendent, plans are underway to salute his vast contributions to the Bethel School District. Join the district for a tribute dinner in his honor at the Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacy Road, Danbury on February 9 at 5:30 pm. RSVP to Susan Pary at 203-794-8610 by the end of the day today. Tickets are $50.
Channel 23: Bethel Today, a local cable television show hosted by Janice Stevenson and sponsored by the Bethel Democratic Town Committee, will feature as its guests, Larry Craybas, Chairman of the Town of Bethel’s Board of Education and Dr. Kevin Smith, newly appointed Superintendent of the Bethel School System.
Mr. Craybas and Dr. Smith discuss the current processes taking place in the Bethel School System and Dr. Smith career experiences and background. The show will be broadcast on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM; and, on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM on Comcast Community Access, Channel 23.
Book Club at the Library:
Now reading: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson, begins Monday, February 6, from 6:30-7:45 pm and Wednesday, February 29, 10:00-11:30 am
In her charming debut novel, Simonson tells the tale of Maj. Ernest Pettigrew, an honor-bound Englishman and widower, and the very embodiment of duty and pride.
The author's dense, descriptive prose wraps around the reader like a comforting cloak, eventually taking on true page-turner urgency as Simonson nudges the major and Jasmina further along and dangles possibilities about the fate of the major's beloved firearms. -adapted from the Publisher's Weekly
Inland Wetlands, 7 pm, Conference Room D, Municipal Building
Commission Library Board of Directors, 7 pm, location to be announced
GARDENING HINTS from Winter Garden Ideas
Start sowing vegetable seeds if the weather allows. If you are not sure when conditions are right follow nature’s lead and observe what wild plants are doing. If new weeds are sprouting so will the hardier vegetables like early carrots, parsnips and broccoli. Onion sets can also be planted.
TODAY IN HISTORY from On This Day
1798 - The first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives took place. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold fought on the House floor.
1844 - Richard Theodore Greener became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.
1847 - The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.
1910 - Work began on the first board-track automobile speedway. The track was built in Playa del Ray, CA.
1933 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.
1933 - Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.
1948 - Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.
1958 - Yves Saint Laurent, at age 22, held his first major fashion show in Paris.
1958 - The first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas, TX. The length of the walkway through the airport was 1,435 feet.
1962 - Two members of the "Flying Wallendas" high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit, MI.
1964 - January 30 - The U.S. launched Ranger 6. The unmanned spacecraft carried television cameras and was intentionally crash-landed on the moon. The cameras did not return any pictures to Earth.
1968 - The Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.
1972 - In Northern Ireland, British soldiers shot and killed thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers. The day is known as "Bloody Sunday."
1979 - The civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return. He had been living in exile in France.
1989 - The U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan was closed.
1994 - Peter Leko became the world's youngest-ever grand master in chess.
1995 - Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced that clinical trials had demonstrated the effectiveness of the first preventative treatment for sickle cell anaemia.
1997 - A New Jersey judge ruled that the unborn child of a female prisoner must have legal representation. He denied the prisoner bail reduction to enable her to leave the jail and obtain an abortion.
2002 - In Los Angeles, 15 students and 3 adults were injured when they were hit by a car.