Bethel Daily Briefing: April 11, 2012

Military moms, cooking class for kids, feeding the homeless, and a little bit of history.


Today  is Wednesday,  April 11, 2012


TODAY'S WEATHER from the National Weather Forecast


Wednesday: A chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. North wind between 8 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


GARDEN HINTS  from The Old Farmers Almanac


Some vegetables do better if planted in cool weather rather than warmer weather. Can you list the suggested cool weather plantings?

Beets/chard, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, onions, parsley, peas, radishes, spinach, and turnips are crops that should go in when it's cool.



QUOTE OF THE DAY from Brainy Quotes

When you don't know that you don't know, it's a lot different than when you do know that you don't know.

Bill Parcells 



Public Site and Building Commission 7:30 pm, Meeting has been moved to the Library.



There is an art class at the ProAccess Teen Center today from 12:30 pm through 6:00 pm.


UNITED WATER will be doing annual flushing of the fire hydrants in our Bethel systems starting Tuesday April 10th through Friday April 13th.

We will be sending out a rapid alert to our Bethel customers to notify them of the hydrant flushing.  Please email or call me if you have any questions. Kenneth Skov Operations Support Manager, UNITED WATER CONNECTICUT - ken.skov@unitedwater.com Phone: 860-354-4118


Bethel Garden Club Meeting & Program Open to All

The Bethel Garden Club holds monthly meetings and programs, except for January, February, July, and August. The next meeting will be Friday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Meeting Room B of the Bethel Municipal Center. A special program follows at 11:00 a.m. entitled “Beatrix Farrand, Rediscovered.” Local garden writer and speaker Colleen Plimpton entertains and enlightens with a one-hour presentation of the life, times, and work of Farrand, the distinguished American landscape-gardener. The Bethel Garden Club cordially invites the general public to all meetings and programs. For more information, please call Club President Karen de Leon at 203-798-8156 

Free, Municipal Center


Northern Fairfield County Blue Star Mothers

Welcome! To the Northern Fairfield County, Blue Star Mothers, CT Chapter 4.  We are a chapter, based in Bethel, of ALL (mothers,  step-mothers & Mothers-in-laws) who currently have or have had Active Duty and Honorably Discharged Service men and Women. 

This is an open invitation to any mother who now has, or has had, children honorably serving in the military from within the Upper Fairfield County, CT or Putnam County, NY area to join a new, local chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America (BSMA).

The Northern Fairfield County Chapter of Blue Star Mothers meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Stony Hill Fire Department, 59 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, at 7:00 PM for socializing and support and 7:30 for a business meeting. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00 PM. For more information,


Cooking Together (for kids 3 - 5 years old... and parents too) Thursdays, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Classes run for 6 weeks (4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3 & 5/10)

Cooking is a great skill for children of any age. You’re never too young to have fun in the kitchen! In these classes Chef Robin will work with you and your children to create delicious meals. Emphasis will be on introducing kids to healthy, new foods. It’s amazing what they’ll taste when they prepare it themselves!

$20 each class. $110 if you purchase all 6 in advance.


5K War Memorial Tribute Run Early Registration Period

Bethel’s Joseph W. Tarrant, Jr. American Legion Memorial Post 100 has finalized plans to host its inaugural 5K War Memorial Tribute Run in honor of our nations fallen war heroes.The event is scheduled to start at 8am, Saturday May 19th 2012 at the Bethel Municipal Center.

 Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Legion Scholarship Fund which aides veterans and children of veterans through individually awarded scholarships to offset the cost of higher education, books, supplies, and institutional fees. For more information,


Western Connecticut State University Community Events

APR. 11 WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: As part of the ongoing Wellness Wednesday program on campus, “Finding the Stress Coping Strategies that Work for You!” will be at noon in Room 202 of the Student Center on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. WCSU alumna Sue Carbone, owner of Cohesive Healing, will lead this session sponsored by the HPX department and the Institute for Holistic Health Studies. It will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-3903.


APR. 12 CHILD CARE CABARET: WCSU will present the Child Care Cabaret at 7 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. This fundraiser for the WCSU Child Care Center will bring performers from all corners of the campus together in an uplifting combination of music, dance and comedy. The public is invited; tickets will be $15. WCSU students with valid I.D. will be admitted for $5. For more information, call (203) 837-8266.


APR. 12 COFFEEHOUSE: WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The coffeehouse will include an all-night open mic. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.aspfor more information.


APR. 13 “UNITING AS ONE” EVENT: WCSU will host the “Uniting as One” event to serve the homeless population of Danbury from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Bill Williams Gymnasium in Berkshire Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Multiple agencies will provide a wide array of free services, including lunch, to people without homes. For more information, send an email to williams280@connect.wcsu.edu.


Region's Largest Business Expo this Weds., April 11, 5:00 to 7:30 PM at CocoKey Convention Center Hosted by Waterbury Regional Chamber For more information,





Applications for the Mary Edna Cargill Scholarship offered by the Bethel Visiting Nurse Association is available at www.bethelvna.org.  This scholarship is awarded to one or more Bethel residents enrolled in or accepted to a degree program in a health-related field.  Applications must be completed by May 1st, 2012

For more information,



The Bethel Public Library Board of Directors is offering a one-year $500 scholarship to a high school senior who is a resident of the Town of Bethel and who plans to attend an accredited degree-granting institution.

Applications are now available at the Bethel Public Library and at the guidance offices of Bethel High School, Immaculate High School, Henry Abbott Tech, and the Wooster School, as well as online at www.bethellibrary.org.  Completed applications and all required supporting documents must be submitted before 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 25, 2012 at the Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel.   For more information, please contact the Library at 203-794-8756 ex. 6.



April 11 – Conference Day – Early Dismissal – JS & BMS

April 12 – Conference Day – Early Dismissal – JS

April 12 – Professional Development Day – Early Dismissal – BMS & BHS

April 16-20 – Spring Recess


 TODAY IN HISTORY from On This Day

1876 - The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized. 

1921 - The first live sports event on radio took place this day on KDKA Radio. The event was a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee. 

1945 - During World War II, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald in Germany. 

1947 - Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major-league history. He played in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. 

1951 - U.S. President Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea. 

1968 - U.S. President Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act. 

1970 - Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The astronauts did return safely. 

1974 - The Judiciary committee subpoenas U.S. President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry. 

1980 - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors. 

1981 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital after recovering from an assassination attempt on March 30. 

1985 - Scientists in Hawaii measured the distance between the earth and moon within one inch. 

1986 - In Groton, CT, the submarine Nautilus exhibit opened to the public. 

1986 - Kellogg's stopped giving tours of its breakfast-food plant. The reason for the end of the 80-year tradition was said to be that company secrets were at risk due to spies from other cereal companies. 

1991 - U.N. Security Council issued a formal cease-fire with Iraq. 

2007 - Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than two million movies.




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