Bethel Daily Briefing: Monday, March 5, 2012

To mulch or not to mulch in March. Lectures at WestConn. And a little bit of history.





WEATHER from The National Weather Service 

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Northwest wind between 10 and 13 mph. 

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 12. North wind between 7 and 9 mph. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY from Brainy Quotes 

The groves were God's first temples.

William C. Bryant 


Raymond Alonso Pena is a recipient of the Dean's Award for academic excellence during the 2011 fall term at Colgate University, where Pena is a member of the Class of 2012. Raymond Alonso Pena is the son of Mr. Carlos E. Pena and Mrs. Susan L. Pena

Bethel Youth Wrestling is proud to announce the results at the State Qualifiers Tournament on Sunday, February 19th: 1st place - Tyler Cole, Thomas Smith, Andrew Olson.  2nd Place - Max Lynch, Jack Lynch, Nick Cote.  3rd place - Nick Vieira.  4th place - Clay Thunhorst, Killian Mead. 5th place - Lucas Vieira, Jack Morris, Spencer Hoch.  6th place - Andrews Sayers. 

Each wrestler who placed first through fourth qualified to compete at The State Finals which were held on Sunday, February 26th in New Haven, CT.  Bethel Youth Wrestling is excited to announce the following State Champions: 3rd place - Thomas Smith, Andrew Olsen, Nick Cote.  4th place -  Jack Lynch. 5th place - Max Lynch.  Each wrestler who placed first through fourth will be able to compete in the All New England Championships!!!  Way to Go! 

The Upstairs Gallery at Molten Java opens with Jim Felice's art show, Hatchet Job. 213 Greenwood Ave. March 5-April 13.  Felice asked himself, "What would it look like if an axe went through metal?" Come see and find out.

The Annual Gardening Series Begins! "Naturescape Your Yard" Karen Bussolini, garden writer and photographer, shows us how to bring nature to our home landscape. Karen's beautiful photographic images and expert advice will inspire gardeners of all experience levels! Registration is required. We recommend that you register as soon as possible because Gardening Series programs fill up quickly, and to be eligible for the free drawing for Bethel Garden Club plant sale coupons. Sponsored by the Bethel Garden Club, takes place in the Main Room, Bethel Library, Tuesday March 5, 6:30 p.m.- 8p.m

Bethel Continuing Education - Do you know what to do when an emergency arrives? The Standard First Aid course will teach you the basic first-aid skills and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for adults. The Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation course will be taught as a separate course. This is a perfect class for parents, grandparents, siblings and babysitters. There will be an additional $20 supply fee for each course, payable to the instructor on the first day. Certifications will last for two years. Limited to 10 students. These courses are taught in the Municipal Center through Bethel Continuing Education from 6:30-10PM. Infant & Child CPR (1 Class)- Tuesday, March 20 (Fee: $40), Standard First Aid & Adult CPR (2 Classes) – Thursday, March 22, 29 (Fee: $45) Please call 203-794-8600 x450 for additional information.


"A Toast to Bethel"! Join the Bethel Education Foundation, your friends, neighbors, school administrators and faculty as we celebrate education in our community at the 6th Annual Barnum Ball on Saturday, March 24th at the Ethan Allen Hotel. The event kicks off at 7:00pm with an open bar until 9:00pm followed by dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Hot auction items will include a four credit class at WCSU, Disney Park Hopper Passes, golf outings, ski lift passes, Pittsburg Steelers Troy Polmalu replica signed photograph, restaurant gift certificates, museum passes and so much more. All proceeds benefit the BEF, which supports public and private education and community initiatives in Bethel through grants to teachers, administrators and community members.

Western Conencticut State University Events schedule

MAR. 5 FACULTY RECITAL: WCSU Professor of Music Dr. Russell Hirshfield will perform at noon in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The program will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Alexander Scriabin, Piet Swerts and Frederic Chopin. The concert will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the music department at (203) 837-8350.

MAR. 5 WOMEN’S RIGHTS DISCUSSION: The WCSU Political Science Club will host Attorney Lisa Davis, human rights advocacy director at MADRE, for a discussion about “Women’s Rights in Post-Conflict Situations” at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Davis will talk about time she spent working for women’s rights in Haiti. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, email salvato008@wcsu.edu.

MAR. 6 LECTURE: Doctoral candidate Jeanne Lakatos will discuss “The Semiotic Representation of Women in Literature and the Media” at noon in Room 508 of the Ruth Haas Library on the WCSU 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.

New Business? Planning an event? Proud of someone? New baby in the family? Send in your announcements and we will let the world know!



Stony Hill Fire House, Route 6, 8 p.m.

GARDENING HINTS from Old Farmers Almanac


 Resist the temptation to uncover spring-flowering plants such as daffodils and tulips. Mulch may be loosened, but the shoots will still benefit from protection against cold, drying winds.



1623 - The first alcohol temperance law in the colonies was enacted in Virginia.

1624 - In the American colony of Virginia, the upper class was exempted from whipping by legislation.

1750 - "King Richard III" was performed in New York City. It was the first Shakespearean play to be presented in America.

1766 - The first Spanish governor of Louisiana, Antonio de Ulloa, arrived in New Orleans.

1770 - "The Boston Massacre" took place when British troops fired on a crowd in Boston killing five people. Two British troops were later convicted of manslaughter.

1793 - Austrian troops defeated the French and recaptured Liege.

1836 - Samuel Colt manufactured the first pistol (.34-caliber).

1842 - A Mexican force of over 500 men under Rafael Vasquez invaded Texas for the first time since the revolution. They briefly occupied San Antonio, but soon headed back to the Rio Grande.

1845 - The U.S. Congress appropriated $30,000 to ship camels to the western U.S.

1868 - The U.S. Senate was organized into a court of impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.

1872 - George Westinghouse patented the air brake.

1900 - The American Hall of Fame was founded.

1910 - In Philadelphia, PA, 60,000 people left their jobs to show support for striking transit workers.

1922 - Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee broke all existing records for women's trap shooting. She hit 98 out of 100 targets.

1923 - Old-age pension laws were enacted in the states of Montana and Nevada.

1924 - Frank Caruana of Buffalo, NY, became the first bowler to roll two perfect games in a row.

1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a four-day bank holiday in order to stop large amounts of money from being withdrawn from banks.

1933 - The Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections.

1934 - In Amarillo, TX, the first Mother's-In-Law Day was celebrated.

1943 - Germany called fifteen and sixteen year olds for military service due to war losses.

1956 - The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ban on segregation in public schools.

1970 - A nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.

1977 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter appeared on CBS News with Walter Cronkite for the first "Dial-a-President" radio talk show.

1982 - John Belushi died in Los Angeles of a drug overdose at the age of 33.

1984 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities had the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.

1984 - The U.S. accused Iraq of using poison gas.

1985 - Mike Bossy, of the New York Islanders, became the first National Hockey League player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons.

1993 - Cuban President Fidel Castro said that Hillary Clinton is "a beautiful woman."

1993 - Sprinter Ben Johnson was banned from racing for life by the Amateur Athletic Association after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing substances for a second time.

1997 - Chuck Niles received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 - NASA announced that an orbiting craft had found enough water on the moon to support a human colony and rocket fueling station.

1998 - It was announced that Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins would lead crew of Columbia on a mission to launch a large X-ray telescope. She was the first woman to command a space shuttle mission.

 2004 - Martha Stewart was found guilty of lying about the reason for selling 3,298 shares of ImClone Systems stock, conspiracy, making false statement and obstruction of justice.


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