Bethel Daily Briefing: Monday, March 26, 2012

Winter's back. And a little bit of history.


Today is Monday, March 26, 2012


TODAY'S WEATHER from the National Weather Forecast

 Monday: Sunny, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a north wind between 15 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. 

Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 20. North wind between 8 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. 


QUOTE OF THE DAY from Brainy Quotes

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.

William Hazlitt



Monday, Monday March 26th, 7:00 p.m.: Byrd's Books will host Joseph Farris as he discuses his book," A Soldier's Sketchbook" in Molten Java's main room, with a book signing upstairs in the Upstairs Gallery to follow. Read To learn more about the book.

Storytime Saturday

Contact: Children's Services Desk 203-794-8756, ext. 5

A monthly Saturday storytime program featuring stories, songs or fingerplays, a short Video/ DVD or craft.

For Bethel children 3 – 8 years old who are able to sit alone without an adult. No registration required. Due to space limitations parents/caregivers may not sit with the children, but are required to remain in the library during the storytime.

Held in the Children's Program Room, Bethel Public Library


Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Author Talk with Gerard Brooker  Bethel Public Library

Dr. Gerard Brooker, popular local author, world traveler, and humanitarian, has penned a new book, There's a Fortune Cookie in My Turtle Soup. Dr. Brooker takes us on a journey into the writing life, and shares how he conceived the idea for his latest work of fiction. Books will be available for sale & signing. Registration is required.



Wednesday, March 28, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Book Discussion

Bethel Public Library

Contact: 203-794-8756 ex. 4 adult@bethellibrary.org

This morning's selection is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Our Russian-born Librarian, Kate, will facilitate the discussion of this classic tale of the doomed love affair between rebellious Anna and dashing Count Vronsky. Held in the Seelye Room of the Bethel Library. No registration is required. Copies of books are available at the Circulation Desk approximately one month before the meeting.



The Pen & Paper Creatives Collective, Wednesday, March 28th

7pm to 9pm 


An inaugural gathering of creatives...writers, artists, photographers, bloggers, craftspeople...everyone!

Looking for likeminded souls for an evening of sharing?  Need feedback on a project? Searching for a new idea? Trying to overcome writers block? 

Join us for a special evening of creative exploration

and expression. 

The Pen & Paper Creatives Collective

will be led by Michele Lee Amundsen: NE Liberal, MN expat. Martini drinking writer, non-fiction editor, passionate equestrian. 




 Femfessionals, the group for smart, savvy, accomplished, professional women and business owners has scheduled its FemCity Fairfield County “connection lunch” for Friday, March 30, 2012 in Redding, CT.  The subject will be “Igniting your Income.”


Heather Hansen O’Neill, award winning speaker, author and coach will discuss ways for women to ignite their income: increase their earnings and take control of their financial futures.  O’Neill will teach women to turn prospects into loyal, lasting clients.


“Whether a business owner or employee, most women are looking to increase their incomes,” said Anne Young Albanese, President of FemCity Fairfield County. “Heather has been counseling successful businesses for years and will share some of her most effective tips.”


The FemCity Fairfield County “connection lunch” will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 2:00pm at the Redding Roadhouse in Redding, CT. The event is open to all women.  Cost for the event is $30 for members and $35 for non-members, all-inclusive.  Women interested in registering should visit www.femfessionals.com or emailFairfield@femfessionals.com.  

Spaghetti Dinner and Variety Show, SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 5 PM

First Congregational Church of Bethel, 46 Main St

Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the Senior High Youth to raise money for their annual Mission Trip.  The dinner is 5 to 7 pm with a Variety Show to follow.  Free will offering.

MAR. 27 HIGH TEA AND HISTORY TALK: Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Darla Shaw and students in the Introduction to Women’s Studies class will host a High Tea and discussion about famous women in history at 11:30 a.m. in Room 201 of the Student Center on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. This Women’s History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8482 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2012WomensHistoryMonth.asp.



MAR. 27 TIBETAN MEDICINE WORKSHOP: The Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WCSU in collaboration with Dr. Tashi Rabten, president of the Tibetan Medical Association, will present “Tibetan Medicine: Theory, Part III - Bad-kan/Phlegm - The Fluid of Life” at 7:30 p.m. in Warner Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (845) 612-3231 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/Tibetanmedicineworkshops.asp.


Early Dismissal Dates

Wed, March 28, 2012 Conference Day - Early Dismissal - K-3

Thu, March 29, 2012 Conference Day - Early Dismissal - K-3

Thu, March 29, 2012Professional Development Day - Early Dismissal BHS, BMS & JS 

Fri, March 30, 2012 Conference Day - Early Dismissal - K-3 



Library Board of Directors, 7 pm, Meeting Room B, Clifford Hurgin Municipal Center.

Inland Wetlands Commission, 7 pm,  Denis J Riordan Meeting Room (Conference Room D),  Clifford Hurgin Municipal Center.


1804 - The U.S. Congress ordered the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi toLouisiana. 

1804 - The Louisiana Purchase was divided into the District of Louisiana and the Territory of Orleans. 

1878 - Hastings College of Law was founded. 

1885 - Eastman Kodak (Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co.) produced the first commercial motion picture film in Rochester, NY. 

1910 - The U.S. Congress passed an amendment to the 1907 Immigration Act that barred criminals, paupers, anarchists and carriers of disease from settling in the U.S. 

1937 - Spinach growers in Crystal City, TX, erected a statue of Popeye. 

1938 - Herman Goering warned all Jews to leave Austria. 

1942 - The Germans began sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland. 

1945 - The battle of Iwo Jima ended. 

1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis. 

1956 - Red Buttons made his debut as a television actor in "Studio One" on CBS television. 

1958 - The U.S. Army launched America's third successful satellite, Explorer III

1971 - "Cannon" premiered on CBS-TV as a movie. It was turned into a series later in the year. 

1972 - The Los Angeles Lakers broke a National Basketball Association (NBA) record by winning 69 of their 82 games. 

1982 - Ground breaking ceremonies were held in Washington, DC, for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

1983 - The U.S. performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site. 

1992 - In Indianapolis, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was found guilty of rape. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison. He only served three. 

1996 - The International Monetary Fund approved a $10.2 billion loan for Russia to help the country transform its economy. 

1997 - The 39 bodies of Heaven's Gate members are found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The group had committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp. 

1998 - In the U.S., the Federal government endorses new HIV test that yields instant results. 

1998 - Unisys Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. pay a $3.15 million fine for selling spare parts at inflated prices to the U.S. federal government. 

1999 - The macro virus "Melissa" was reported for the first. 

1999 - In Michigan, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for giving a terminally ill man a lethal injection and putting it all on videotape on September 17, 1998 for "60 Minutes." 

2000 - The Seattle Kingdome was imploded to make room for a new football arena. 

Have an announcement or an interesting bit of news?  Let us know!  Email Christine Rose at RosepetL5@aol.com


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