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Bobcats In Bethel
This bobcat was recently spotted by Bethel resident Christine Lawlor â€" in her back yard. The property borders the Plishner Land Trust.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 19 / 2020

9/11 Commemorated
Town Holds Official and Informal Events

A small gathering of officials and employees commemorated the terrorist attacks from September 11, 2001 with a small, ceremony at the Municipal lawn on Friday with a larger public gathering organized by the Town's fire fighters later that evening.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 19 / 2020

Senate Candidate Endorsed By State Police Union
State Senate candidate Susan Chapman has been endorsed by the Connecticut State Police Union for her tireless support and commitment to law enforcement and public safety personnel.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 19 / 2020

Dan Carter Endorsed By Connecticut Realtors
Dan Carter who is seeking to return to Hartford and represent Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, and Redding in the state legislature has received the endorsement of the Connecticut REALTORS®, which represents 17,000 members involved in all aspects of real estate in Connecticut.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 19 / 2020

Allie-Brennan endorsed by Working Families Party
Raghib Allie-Brennan, running for re-election as State Representative in the Connecticut 2nd District, recently was endorsed by the Working Families Party. Mr. Allie-Brennan said "I am proud to be the voice for working families in the 2nd District and I will continue to focus my efforts on putting our working families ahead of special interests."
Read more... - Published on 09 / 19 / 2020

Police Union Endorses Bethel's Dan Carter
Dan Carter, candidate for the Connecticut 2nd District received the Bethel Police Union Endorsement.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 05 / 2020

Election 2020
We asked candidates for State Senate and State Representative to comment on the Governor's extension of the Emergency Declaration through February 9, 2021


Read more... - Published on 09 / 05 / 2020

Election 2020
Candidates Discuss TS Isaias Response, Outage Prevention and Utility Rates

We asked candidates for state office to provide their thoughts on the issues of storm preparation, response and utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

Energy Hearing Testimony
A select number of public officials were invited to address an informal hearing about recent utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

Local Health Data Discounted
County, Not Local Covid Data To Be Used In Making School Opening Decisions

The State of Connecticut Department of Education has revised guidelines for school districts in two key areas. Effective last week, school districts are to use only county-wide data and not local data as the primary determination factor in choosing whether to open in-person, in a hybrid mode or in distance learning mode. The state will monitor state Department of Public Health data weekly and update schools as to what they may or may not do. Secondly, even in the event that a school district determines that it is unsafe for students to attend in-person or in a hybrid mode, the data must be approved by a state review panel.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

State Representative Calls For Reduced Storm Benefits
Proposal Would Exclude Families And Lower Benefits
Cost Would Be Moved To Ratepayers From Utility Companies

Bethel's freshmen Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan has called for the legislature to pass a bill introduced but not passed in 2012 that would result in smaller benefits to fewer Connecticut families and would move the burden of paying for damages from the utility companies instead to utility customers.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

PBA Champs
Congratulations to the Bethel Police Benevolent Association White Sox on winning the Minor League Championship.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Rollover Crash
Early Wednesday, August 12th, Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company units responded to a vehicle rollover into a house on Benedict Road, with a report of an occupant entrapped. Bethel Police Officers were first on scene and were able to free the single occupant from the vehicle and begin medical treatment. The driver was transported to Danbury Hospital.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Police Alert
Bethel Police have released an alert that thieves are now using signal boosters to steal locked vehicles while the key fobs are inside residences. They advise that Faraday boxes or pouches are one potential way to prevent the criminals with signal boosters from gaining access to and stealing your vehicle. As an alternative, they advise trying tin foil. Wrap your keys inside the foil and attempt to utilize them. If you are unable to lock and unlock the car while the keys are inside the foil, the signal may be successfully disrupted.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Money Talks
By Kim Bova
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Must Reads: Fer-De-Lance
Fer-de-Lance is the first Nero Wolfe detective novel written by Rex Stout, published in 1934 by Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. The novel appeared in abridged form in The American Magazine (November 1934) under the title "Point of Death". The novel was adapted for the 1936 movie Meet Nero Wolfe. In his seminal 1941 work, Murder for Pleasure, crime fiction historian Howard Haycraft included Fer-de-Lance in his definitive list of the most influential works of mystery fiction.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Education In Confusion
Many School Re-Opening Plans Do Not Match Guidelines
Rolling 7 Day Assessments Make Planning Almost Impossible

If you are a parent weighing your options for the Connecticut school re-opening, you would not be alone in being confused by conflicting statements from state and local officials about the safety and requirements for the fall semester.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 08 / 2020

Primary Voting
Duff Seeks Nomination In Senate Race

Connecticut will hold primaries for registered voters on Tuesday, August 11th. Voters registered in the Democrat or Republican parties have the option of voting in Connecticut by absentee ballot due to an executive order by Governor Lamont due to the Covid-19 crisis, or to vote in person at their local polling place. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 08 / 2020

Building Collapse
During the recent Tropical Storm Isaiah, a wall collapsed from the former Smirnoff building at 77 South Street onto the building at 4 Elizabeth Street, which was seriously damaged at both ProHealth and also Loree’s Kitchen.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 08 / 2020

Storm Impact
Throughout town, Bethel continues to work to recover from Tropical Storm Isaiah, with more than half the homes in town still without power as of press time. Down trees, such as the one photographed by resident Bill Hillman above, continue to block many streets. Work crews are delayed in removing them as many are entwined with potentially live wires and must be secured by Eversource crews before they can be removed.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 08 / 2020

Chief Finch Retires
Bethel Police Chief Jeffrey Finch, center, receives a ceremonial flag from incoming Bethel Police Chief Stephen Pugner at his retirement ceremony on Monday, July 6th.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 10 / 2020

Bigfoot in Bethel?
Going out of your mind trying to find fun and safe things to do with your family? Bethel resident Allison Hughes-Randall has been hosting touchless scavenger hunts since April.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 10 / 2020

Local PPP Loans
The Small Business Administration recently released data on the Payroll Protection Program loans by community. The Community Gazette reviewed the data for Bethel, Brookfield, Easton, Monroe, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield to see how our local communities received these funds.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 10 / 2020

Outline For The Emerging Plan
The governor's press release included this framework:
Read more... - Published on 07 / 10 / 2020

A Statewide Plan Begins To Form
Governor Lamont and Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona presented an online webinar focused on the state's plan to re-open schools on Thursday, July 9th. Over 15,000 tuned in to hear about the current framework and citizens and educators ask for details.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 10 / 2020

A Teacher's Perspective On Re-Opening School This Fall
By Ellison Mitchell
Read more... - Published on 07 / 10 / 2020

Parents and Teachers React

We asked parents and teachers from around the region to tell us what they think about the plans, as far as they have been disclosed.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 10 / 2020

Seeds of Survival – Summer Pruning
So, pruning does not happen just in the winter months. Actually, you can prune some plants and most trees all year round. However, it is important to determine which plants bloom on "old wood" the growth of the year before, and which bloom on "new wood," the growth of the current year. Plants that bloom on "old wood" need to be pruned after flowering in late Spring or early Summer, so they can set buds on the remainder. If you prune them in the Fall or Winter, you will cut off your spring flowers!
Read more... - Published on 07 / 10 / 2020

BHS Student Saves Her Grandmother
On May 17th, Arlene Sullivan collapsed at her daughter's home. As emergency responders were en-route, her granddaughter Kaitlyn began administering CPR that she had learned at the Bethel High School.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Local Covid Update
With the phased re-opening of businesses and services in CT well underway, we took a snapshot of how communities in northern Fairfield County are faring in fighting Covid. We accessed the Connecticut state data for each community and then, in order to compare how each community is doing, we normalized the data by 1,000 residents. This allows comparison of community rates in as fair and even a way as possible.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Town Installs Ballot Box
Bethel has installed a ballot box for use in the August 11 primary election. The box, which is under 24/7 video surveillance, is for use with absentee ballots.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Calls For Resignation Or Removal Of Commission, Committee Member Intensify
A firestorm of demands for Bethel resident James Naddeo to step down from the Bethel Democratic Town Committee and the Bethel Insurance and Pension Commission has intensified on social media after Mr. Naddeo was quoted defending his anti-police social media posts in an interview with a regional news outlet. The demands intensified when yet another social media post by Mr. Naddeo surfaced in which he says "A system this corrupt, this rotten, and proven to be incapable of self-reform is not worth saving. Burn it all down." accompanied by a reposting of a video from Left Nutmeg blogger Al Robinson showing rioters in multiple clashes with police across the nation.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 14 / 2020

Seeds of Survival — Mulching Your Garden
Hello again! Mulching means less maintenance. Basically mulch, a soil covering, retards weed growth, retains moisture in the soil, and encourages Nature’s aerator, earth worms. It saves you time and effort weeding and watering, as well as making it easier to mow around trees.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Vigil Canceled

Protest Held At Library, Street Briefly Blocked


The civil unrest that has gripped much of the nation and flared up in nearby communities has begun to be seen and heard in Bethel.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 05 / 2020

Board Increases 2021 Budget
Votes Along Party Lines

The Bethel Board of Finance met on Thursday, May 14 and in a vote along party lines, voted to implement the budget sent to public hearing by te same party line vote, with all four Democrats voting in favor, and both Republican's voting against. Independent Cynthia McCorkindale abstained as she has filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that the Board of Selectmen did not have authority to empower the Board of Finance to bypass the Town Meeting and Referendum as the Governor's executive order is an unconstitutional violation of individual citizen's civil rights to vote.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Some Businesses Expected To Reopen on May 20th


★ LATE UPDATE ★

On Monday, May 18th, two days before the May 20th re-opening date set by the Governor 2 weeks prior, Governor Lamont changed the opening date to June 1st for barbers and hair salons. The governor tweeted his decision at 1:19 p.m. "We've been hearing a lot of feedback, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made."

Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Car Crash
On Sunday, May 10th, Bethel emergency dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle crash with injuries on Route 53 near the Danbury town line.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Parades End
The Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company released a statement about their decision to end the birthday and other celebration parade drive-bys:
Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Water Work
The Aquarion Water Company will be cleaning the water mains in Bethel's Chimney Heights System from Sunday, May 17th through Friday, May 29th. The work will be performed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Flags Unfurled
The NJROTC Boosters put up 51 flags in downtown Bethel on Saturday, May 16th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Carnival Canceled
Due to the developing Covid-19 pandemic, St. Mary School has canceled their 44th annual St. Mary Carnival. In a statement, they said they canceled the event "for the good of public safety and the restrictions that remain in place. We are sorry to all of you who looked forward to this special week as much as we did. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of us affected by this terrible virus â€" we look forward to next year and God bless your families."
Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Federal Civil Rights Complaint Filed
By Bradley Koltz
May 10, 2020
In response to the Bethel Board of Selectmen directing the transfer of authority to approve the annual budget from the town's legal legislative body, the Town Meeting, to the executive body of the Board of Finance, Bethel Board of Finance member Cynthia McCorkindale has filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice against the Bethel Board of Selectmen, the Bethel Health Department and Governor Lamont for violation of civil rights regarding the right to vote during the COVID crisis.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 10 / 2020

Unemployment Rate Spikes

Bethel Highest In Region


The Connecticut Department of Labor has released unemployment data for March and preliminary data for April.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 10 / 2020

New Police Chief Named

Captain Pugner Promoted


The Bethel Board of Selectmen on Monday, May 4th unanimously appointed police Captain Pugner to the role of Chief of Police effective July 10, 2020 upon the retirement of Bethel Police Chief Jeffery Finch. Captain Pugner took a few moments from his schedule to be interviewed about his appointment.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 10 / 2020

Town Policy Violations Reported
A number of social media posts have pointed out that more than a dozen Bethel town employees have used their town issued email accounts to lobby for passage of the proposed annual budget. All appear to be from school employees.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 10 / 2020

Connecticut Only New England State To Ban Municipal Budget Town Meetings And Replace Them With Board Decrees
The Community Gazette surveyed all six New England States to determine how each state is addressing the public safety issues from the historic Town Meeting process of setting and approving municipal budgets.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Governor May Allow Some Businesses To Open
On Thursday, May 1st, Governor Lamont said he was hoping to allow a certain businesses to reopen on May 20th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Budget Waste Concerns Continue
With intense scrutiny over the Town and School budget this year, there has been renewed interest in the copier issue first raised in a story by the Bethel Community Gazette last fall regarding the leases of copiers in Bethel town departments.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Hundreds Petition For Right To Vote
On Friday, May 1st Governor Lamont issued a new executive order, 7HH, that forbids any municipality in Connecticut from allowing a Town Meeting or Referendum on the municipality's town budget for 2021, although other meetings and referendums will still be allowed. This is said to address previous executive orders that appeared to conflict with each other on the topic of budget meetings and referendum votes.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Emergency Orders Recap To Date
Governor Ned Lamont has issued 34 executive orders since issuing his emergency declaration about the Covid crisis on March 10th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

COVID Survey Results
Last week, Bethel Board of Finance member Cynthia McCorkindale created an informal online survey in an attempt to gather information on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the local economy and local citizens.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Local Civil Rights Violations To Be Investigated
Last week U.S. Attorney General Barr issued a directive to state U.S. Attorneys to aggressively investigate and prosecute violations of individual civil rights, including obstruction of voting rights.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Blue Sharks Lift Bethel Spirits During Shutdown
Photo courtesy of Meg Anne.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Bethel Distance Learning Survey Results
Roughly half the households with children in the Bethel school system responded to a recent survey about the distance learning program. While the program was rushed into operation when the Governor closed Connecticut schools last month due to the COVID-19 crisis, the majority of elementary school parents who took the survey report students performing well with the new program.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 26 / 2020

Bethel Responds To The Covid Crisis
Bethel Mask Makers Group
Bethel resident Dorothy Cameron De Nigris and two friends have formed a new Facebook Group to help coordinate making masks and donating masks, the Bethel CT Mask Making group.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 26 / 2020

Petition Started To Re-instate Budget Referendum
Governor OKs Vernon Town Budget Meeting

Bethel Board of Finance member Cynthia McCorkindale has started an online petition to demand that Governor Lamont issue a new Executive Order allowing municipalities to hold budget referendums.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 26 / 2020

Online Concert For Bethel
April 3rd Event To Raise Funds For Bethel Businesses Hurt By COVID Crisis
Read more... - Published on 03 / 29 / 2020

Multiple Bethel Boards Violate Governor's Executive Order
Updated 4/1/2020 - On March 14th, Governor Lamont issued an executive order, effective that day, to allow public business to continue safely and still to enable public input and public awareness during the COVID crisis. It specifically requires that: 1) boards hold meetings remotely by conference call, video conference, or other technology, 2) the public have the ability to view or listen to each meeting or proceeding in real time, 3) the meeting be recorded or transcribed and it be posted on the agency website within 7 days of the meeting, 4) notice of the meeting be posted on the agency website and include how the public may access it, 5) any materials relevant to the meeting be posted online at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and 6) all speakers taking part in the meeting identify themselves each time that time they speak.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 29 / 2020

Town To Implement Budget Without Referendum
Executive Order Empowers Board of Finance
Read more... - Published on 03 / 29 / 2020

Spring Expo At Hollandia
Hollandia Nurseries & Farm, winner of the 2019 Best of Connecticut award for Best Nursery & Garden Center in Connecticut, will be celebrating Spring with their 28th Annual Open Air Spring Garden Expo from March 28th through April 5th. All are invited to come explore the extensive gardens at the largest garden center in Fairfield County while learning gardening tips. No reservations are needed and there is no seating as this is a walking experience.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 29 / 2020

Bethel Restaurants Open & Offering A Range Of Services
123 Let's Eat, 68 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, 203-616-5567, Take Out, Curbside, Delivery, Hours: 10 - 8
Read more... - Published on 03 / 29 / 2020

Governor Lamont Issued New Executive Order 7J On Sunday, March 22nd
The governors order includes a change in the previous order regarding non-essential businesses, allowing them to fulfill orders by email or phone.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

The Connecticut Department of Economic Development released the list of essential businesses that may remain open during the Stay Home stay Safe period.
The following business categories are defined as essential:
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

With the executive order that closes most businesses, local restaurants are allowed to stay open with take out and delivery service.
The Community Gazette reached out to every one of the more than 50 eateries in Bethel to determine what services they offer, hours and other information.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Significant New Restrictions And Waivers Enacted
Governor suspends town meetings, referendums and adds 20 additional changes to state and municipal regulation changes in 10th executive order since March 10th
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Gov. Lamont Issues Executive Order
Stay Safe, Stay At Home

Governor Ned Lamont held a news conference on Friday, March 20th at which he reviewed his latest executive order, which he called Stay Safe, Stay At Home. In the order, he requires all non-essential businesses to close their offices on or before Monday, March 23rd at 8 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 20 / 2020

Freedom of Information Violation Hearing
Continued To March

Rescheduled When Town Attorney and Board Chair Fail To Appear
Read more... - Published on 02 / 21 / 2020

Wooster Street Waste Application Hearing Set For February 11th
The Planning and Zoning hearing to consider the application to expand the current wood recycling permitted operation at 104 Wooster Street to also include municipal and hazardous waste will take place on Tuesday, February 11th at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Center General Purpose Room. The previous hearing in January had to be rescheduled when the overflow crowd spilled into and clogged the hallway outside the smaller meeting room the committee normally uses.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 07 / 2020

Proposed School Budget Gets Increased
The Bethel Board of Education has added $239,000 to Superintendent Carver's 4.18% 2020-2021 budget increase request, setting the stage for a debate between fiscal conservatives and school proponents in the upcoming Town Meeting. The record $48.6 million dollar budget, not including an expected $500,000 schools maintenance line item held in the Town budget, includes 6 new positions in response to expected school population growth next year and increased special needs expenditures, according to Dr. Carver's presentation.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 07 / 2020

Hearing on Charter Revisions on Jan. 28
At the January 7th Board of Selectmen meeting, they set the January 28th date for the Board's public hearing about the 21 proposed changes for the Town Charter recommended by the Charter Revision Commission.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 17 / 2020

Wooster St. Hearing Rescheduled
An over flow crowd of dozens of residents poured from Meeting Room D at the Municipal Center on Tuesday, January 14th as residents wanted to voice concerns about a proposed change to the zoning at 104 Wooster Street from the current recycling of wood.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 17 / 2020

Spice Birthday
Spice Indian Cuisine and Bar celebrates their one year anniversary on January 31st. The restaurant, located at 25 Grassy Plain Street in Bethel has a special offer. To celebrate, they are offering 25% off the entire bill for customers on the 31st. Reservations are recommended.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 17 / 2020

New Center Opens
The Bethel community turned out for the open house at the newly completed Track and Field Center at the school campus earlier this week. The 48,000 square foot, state of the art $10 million training facility was donated to the Town by a donor wishing to remain anonymous, and assigned to be managed by Coach Yvonne Grimes as part of a 5 year lease signed by Town officials on November 22nd of last year.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Obituary - Teresa A. Fogel
JANUARY 6, 1954 - DECEMBER 27, 2019
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Bethel Town Charter Recommendations To Be Discussed
Charter Recommendations will be discussed at the Board of Selectmen meeting on January 7th, at which time the Board of Selectmen will set a date for a public hearing about the proposed changes.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Teacher of the Year Nominations Are Now Welcomed
Bethel Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Carver has announced that the Teacher of the Year nomination process is now open.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Christmas Tree Removal Schedule
The Bethel High School NJROTC Annual Christmas Tree pick up is scheduled for Saturday, January 11th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

New School Schedule
The Bethel Board of Education recently voted to adopt the student schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

National Group Demands
Non-Resident Access
To Displays In Bethel
Demand Appears To Align With Satanic Group Call
For Applications From Non-Bethel Residents To Eliminate Nativity

On October 9th, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Bethel First Selectman Knickerbocker demanding that the Town allow applications from non-Bethel residents for the holiday displays on P.T. Barnum Square. Mr. Knickerbocker shared the letter at the December 26th special Board of Selectmen meeting.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Menorah Lighting/Solstice Celebration
On Sunday, December 22nd, hundreds of residents from all faiths came together to share in the first public lighting of a menorah on P.T. Barnum Square. The crowd enjoyed traditional music and then a ceremony celebrating the Winter Solstice, followed by more music and then a drum circle.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Police Acceditation
The Bethel Police Department recently achieved their second Law Enforcement Accreditation Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Captain Stephen Pugner and Lieutenant Michael Libertini went to Covington, Kentucky to appear before the Commission for reaccreditation. Reaccreditation was awarded for the next four years. This entire process was made possible by the hard work and dedication of Lieutenant Heather Burnes over the past four years. Without her, this endeavor would not have been possible. CALEA is the “gold standard in public safety.” CALEA accreditation provides many benefits to the agency as well as the public it serves. Some of those benefits include increased community advocacy, strong support from government officials, better defense against civil suits, reduced risk and liability exposure, and greater accountability. CALEA serves to create and maintain integrity, transparency, and accountability within the police organization.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Santa Visits
Santa visited the American Tiger Martial Arts Academy last week while touring Bethel with the Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Fighters.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Ability Beyond Vans Vandalized
Bethel police are investigating the theft of catalytic converters from seven vans owned by Ability Beyond that the non-profit uses to transport clients with disabilities. The theft reportedly occurred on Saturday at their office at 4 Berkshire Boulevard. The vehicles cannot be driven until repairs are completed.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Track and Field Center Opens
First practice in the new Bethel High School Track and Field Center.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Christmas Fire Calls
The Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department was requested to provide mutual aid to assist the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company at a structure fire at McDonalds on Federal Road. Upon arrival, the incident was placed under control. Rescue 2 was then redirected to a fire alarm at 1004 Federal Road.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Food Drive/Seat Clinic/Tree Lighting
The Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department came out for another huge success at the Stony Hill Four Corners annual food drive and tree lighting. With the food they collected, they can begin to restock the Brotherhood-In-Action of Bethel Food Pantry after they make their thanksgiving deliveries.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 29 / 2019

Special Town Meeting December 5th
On December 5th, Bethel will hold a Special Town Meeting to authorize the transfer of funds approved at the Annual Town Meeting earlier this year but not properly allocated from the correct accounts. Voters will need to approve moving the funds to avoid the Town being required to issue debt to cover the expenditures.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 29 / 2019

About Town
A compendium of news and events in Bethel.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 29 / 2019

New Business Group
With over 40 members and growing, the new Bethel Business Network held their second meeting at Loree's Kitchen, 4 Elizabeth Street. The group is dedicated to helping Bethel Businesses and is free to join.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 22 / 2019

Special Town Meeting Called For Dec. 5th
At the Annual Town Meeting, voters approved spending $500,000 in Capital Non-Recurring expenses, which have been spent and paying down short-term debt by $990,000.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 22 / 2019

Food Drive and Tree Lighting
The Bethel PD, Stony Hill Four Corners Association, Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company and the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company #1 will be at the Bethel Big Y on Saturday Nov. 23rd from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the annual food drive, benefiting the Brotherhood In Action and Newtown Food Banks. New this year, the Bethel PD Car Seat Unit will be on hand conducting car seat installation safety checks. No appointment needed. Then, at 5:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to greet children and oversee the tree lighting.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 22 / 2019

NJROTC At Yale
Bethel's NJROTC cadets attended the Yale University Navy and Marine Corps Ball last week.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 22 / 2019

Christmas Tree Sale
The Bethel Fire and EMS will be holding their annual Christmas Tree Sale starting November 29th at the South Street Station. The 200 grade 1 trees are an important fundraiser supporting the department.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 22 / 2019

Recount expected in Bethel Election
Treasurer race and possibly additional races
Unofficial Bethel 2019 Election Results

Early on Wednesday morning, The Bethel Community Gazette learned that a recount is expected in the Treasurer race and that there will possibly be other recounts, as well.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 08 / 2019

Board of Finance Member Uncovers
Excessive Lease Costs
Cost Only Represents 40%
of Bid Selection Criteria

Published 10/25/2019
Read more... - Published on 10 / 25 / 2019

Bethel Has Biggest Tax Increases In Area
46.5% Increase In Tax Rate
From 2009 to 2019
Gap With Other Towns Increasing


Read more... - Published on 10 / 18 / 2019

Hero Honored
Former Bethel Fire Chief Clyde M. Finger passed away on August 20th at the age of 93. A funeral service was held for him at the Bethel Funeral Home on Greenwood Avenue on Saturday, September 14th, attended by friends and acquaintances. An Honor Guard of current and former firefighters greeted mourners underneath an arch formed by two fire trucks, draped with a large American Flag.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 20 / 2019

Bethel Selectmen Renew Effort
To Double Term Length
Public Input Set For Wednesday, Sept. 25th
Draft Of Changes Not Yet Released By Charter Committee Before Public Hearing

Bethel First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker appeared before the last regular Bethel Charter Revision Committee meeting on September 4th to appeal to the Committee to reconsider including a recommendation he and the rest of the Board of Selectmen have once again made seeking to extend the Board of Selectmen term from its current 2 years to 4 years.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 20 / 2019

Meeting Minutes: Charter Revision Committee
Meeting Minutes
Read more... - Published on 09 / 20 / 2019

Exciting Fall Programs Announced
Bethel's Sunflower Studio has announced their Fall Programs which include a number of special offerings.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 20 / 2019

News From The Library - Knitting and Crocheting
Since April 2018, a dedicated group of knitters and crocheters have been meeting weekly at the Library.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 20 / 2019

Welcome Home!
Firefighter Jonathan Hart received a warm welcome home this week, returning from U.S. Army basic and advanced individual training. He headed off to basic training back in February.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 06 / 2019

Fall Classes Start
Some of the students at Sunflower Studio's start of Fall Classes. They offer tutoring and classes from 4 years old to adult. Visit www.sunflowerstudioct.com to learn more.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 06 / 2019

Suspect in Bethel Murder Found Dead
A Bethel man being held after turning himself in at the Bethel Police Station for the stabbing death of a local woman at a Plumtrees residence, was found dead in his cell.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 06 / 2019

Wooster Street Hearing Set
The Planning and Zoning Board will be holding a hearing on September 10th to consider a request for a special permit to reduce parking at the proposed 8 residential unit expansion at 10 Wooster Street.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 06 / 2019

21st Century Retirement
Over twenty attendees came out to the Bethel Chamber of Commerce's Lunch and Learn event at the Bethel Public Library on August 20th to hear presentations by experts from Edward Jones and Maplewood Senior Living, and to enjoy lunch. Above, Maria Xavier of Edward Jones explained about options to plan and manage for retirement.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 06 / 2019

Board To Allow All Displays
Atheists Call To Use New Lottery System To Block Nativity Display

On Tuesday, August 20th the Bethel Board of Selectmen voted to allow all displays that fit into one third of PT Barnum Square during the holidays, and to hold a lottery if more applications from qualified individuals or groups are made than will safely fit. To qualify, an application must be made by a Bethel resident or organization, and the display must pass a review by the Public Works Department regarding safety. The motion was made by First Selectman Knickerbocker, who was joined by Selectman Szatkowski with Selectman Straiton voting against the measure. A previous motion made during the meeting by Selectman Straiton to eliminate all displays, failed in a 2 to 1 vote.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 23 / 2019

McNeil Now One Way
McNeil Road is now only a one way travel road - only southbound travel from Hawleyville Road. to Route. 6 is allowed. Please be mindful of this when traveling in the area.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2019

Lion's Club Eye Glass Boxes Nearly Ready
Bethel Lion's Club members with John Kennedy of Smitty's Auto Body who donated box repairs and painting and Tulio Belardinelli who donated transportation.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2019

Religious Display Vote Tabled
After a two hour meeting that featured extensive public input from a standing room only crowd and detailed discussion with Religious Display Committee members, the Board of Selectmen tabled a vote on new rules until the next meeting to allow Town Attorney Martin Lawlor time to research and offer opinions on a number of issues raised at the August 6th meeting.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

House Fire Contained
On July 30th, Bethel and Stony Hill firefighters were alerted to a house fire with possible entrapment on Nashville Road. Prior to fire department arrival, a single occupant jumped from a second story bedroom window with the assistance of a neighbor.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

Local Chef Honored
The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival announced the Serendipity 2019 Most Innovative Chefs – eight Connecticut and New York chefs recognized for their creativity, passion and expertise in culinary arts, as well as their local community efforts. This year's class includes Jeff Taibe, owner and chef at Bethel's Taproot.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

Man Freed From Under Car
At 2:25 pm on August 3rd, Stony Hill Fire & EMS were dispatched on a report of a young male trapped underneath a vehicle after the jack had failed.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

Congratulations!
Bethel Police Sergeant Vincent Lajoie's son Christopher Lajoie, shown above at right, recently joined the Berlin, CT police department.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

Political Notebook
Third Candidate
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

News From The Library
Do you get the newspaper delivered to your home? How about magazines? If you do or even if you don't, not to worry the Library does. We have weekly newspaper subscriptions to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and of course the Danbury News Times. We keep these newspapers as back issues for several months to provide a resource to patrons. We also subscribe to Barrons, Fairfield County Business Journal, the Sunday CT Post, Connecticut Guardian, Newtown Bee, Arts and Antiques and several more. Stop on by the Second Floor of the library to read any of these great newspapers or their supplemental magazines. Love crosswords and puzzles? Make a copy of them and bring them home to do or finish them here while watching the train go by. Catch up on the latest financial news or just see what's happening this weekend.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

Spotlight: Ginny Hull
When did you start Hull Graphic Design?
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

Religious Display Recommendations
The Bethel Board of Selectmen will be reviewing the recommendations of the Religious Display Committee at their regularly scheduled meeting on August 6th at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Center.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Bill Ochs Meet and Greet
First Selectman candidate Bill Ochs will be hosting a Meet and Greet event at the West Side Deli, located at 291 Greenwood Ave on Tuesday, August 6th at 6 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Business After Hours
Bethel Chamber of Commerce members, from left to right, Ray Flanigan, Matt Knickerbocker, Chuck Sussman, Mohammad Shilleh and Damon Wade attended the Chamber's recent Business After Hours event to check out the new artwork installed in the Chamber lobby by PhotoWorks.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Plastic Is Gone
Starting August 1st, Connecticut retailers are now required to charge a 10 cent fee for each plastic bag that they use for bagging customer's purchases. Many businesses have switched to paper bags and also encouraged customers to bring reusable bags, as the gentleman shown here at Caraluzzi's has done.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Fulton's Beats The Heat
It's no secret that we have had a run of extreme heat, including extreme heat warnings severe enough to cancel planned outdoor events.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

School Renovation Update
As work continues on the school renovation project, we will share updates as we receive them. Here are recent photos from the project site. At left, Rockwell Principal Soucy in her office, the office suite being framed and the stairway waiting for the new stairs to be installed later this month.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Annual Chamber of Commerce Beer Fest Bash A Blast!
Over 500 beer lovers came out last Friday, July 26th to the Bethel Chamber of Commerce Annual Beer Fest. The event featured beers from eleven local brewers and distributors and food from 5 local restaurants, including Daily Fare, O'Neill's, Portofino's, Putnam House and Taproot.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

New Phone System Saves Local Business $
Royal Choice Global Transportation, located at 103 Greenwood Avenue, recently chose PC-Advisors to install a new voice over IP phone system for their new downtown location.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Beauty and the Beast a Huge Hit
Bethel's Parks and Recreation program continued to build on a string of successful youth plays with the musical Beauty and The Beast this past weekend.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Where's Waldo Wrap-Up Party at Byrd's Books This Past Wednesday
Approximately 60 children and parents gathered at Byrd's Books this past Wednesday, July 31st, for the Where's Waldo wrap-up party. 25 local businesses parntered with Byrd's Books for the town-wide, month long event.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

News From The Bethel Library
We've had an exciting summer at the Bethel Public Library. We heard lots of stories, both for children
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Footloose Wins Halo Award
The Bethel High School cast and crew of Footloose The Musical won the Halo Award for Best Contemporary Muscial last Tuesday.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 06 / 2019

Graduation Walk
The Class of 2019 took the traditional Graduation Walk on May 30th. The graduation ceremony will be on Thursday, June 13 at the William A. O'Neill Center in Danbury.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 06 / 2019

Ribbon Cutting
DOCS Medical Group celebrated their acquisition of Beyond Urgent Care on May 8th with First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker, Economic Development Director Janice Chrzescijanek and Bethel Chamber President Brad Koltz.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 06 / 2019

The Redcoats Are Coming – June 8th
On June 8th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Bethel Historical Society's Living History Day Revolutionary Re-Enactment is coming. The eight regiments and brigades representing the American Revolutionary War period scheduled to appear include: 2nd DeLanceys, 5th Connecticut, Butlers Rangers, 6th CT Regiment, 5th New York Regiment – the Commander is coming as a Native American – 23rd Regiment of Foot.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 06 / 2019

Business Showcase
About 60 local business people came out to exhibit and network at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce's Business Showcase held on May 28th at the Bethel Municipal Center General Purpose Room.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 06 / 2019

Massive Fire
Tremendous Response

Just before 1:30 pm on May 19 Bethel and Stony Hill firefighters were cleaning up a small fire in a utility room at Bethel Middle School when they were called to a commercial structure fire at 21 Francis J. Clarke Circle. Upon arrival they found a serious building fire.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Truck Roll Over
Stony Hill Fire Department Rescue 2 responded on Friday, May 24th to a dump truck rollover on Berkshire Boulevard.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Board Tables Projects, Approves Others
At the May 21st Board of Selectmen meeting, they discussed fire station improvements, marching band uniforms, police radios and animal shelter renovations, as well as a new truck, high school track resurfacing and a new mower. They approved using $343,993 from prior years capital non-recurring to purchase a new truck, resurface the high school track and purchase a new mower for Parks and Recreation.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Business After Hours
Twenty Bethel Chamber of Commerce members met for the May Business After Hours networking event at the Daily Fare and enjoyed music by Damon Wade.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Lt. Cole Graduates
The Stony Hill Fire Department sends congratulations to Lieutenant John Cole on his recent graduation from the Connecticut Fire Academy.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Tracey Stowe Buckley
Tracey Stowe Buckley received the Stony Hill EMS Provider of the Year Award at the WCHN EMS Dinner Tuesday night as part of National EMS Week.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

CHAMP Award
Ann Rodwell-Lawton, Women's Center of Greater Danbury's Director of Education, Training & Outreach was recently honored with the CHAMP Award on May 22nd by the Bethel Public Schools for her department's contributions to Bethel Public Schools, and for the violence prevention education programs the Women's Center provides in all five Bethel Public Schools.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Revolutionary re-enactors
On June 8th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Bethel Historical Society's Living History Day Revolutionary Re-Enactment is coming. The regiments and brigades representing the American Revolutionary War period scheduled to appear include: 2nd DeLanceys, 5th Connecticut, Butlers Rangers, 6th CT Regiment, 5th New York Regiment – the Commander is coming as a Native American – 23rd Regiment of Foot.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Spotlight: Chuck Sussman
Town Planner Publisher
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

State Award
Bryan Watson recently received a state level award for leadership in social studies
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

2nd Annual Penny Auction
After months of planning, the Bethel Women's Club held its 2nd annual auction on April 27th at the Bethel United Methodist Church. With donations that came from club members, local businesses and friends, they had over 300 auction items, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, special raffle baskets, vendors and light refreshments. It made for a fun time.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Lady Leadership
The 2019 NJROTC Lady Leadership Dinner with their guest of honor, Mrs. Courtney Martin.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

BEF Fundraiser
Celebrate the end of the school year with a family fun event at the High School Football Field. Have dinner, play games, bounce on inflatables, and enjoy a movie after dusk. Advance tickets can be purchased online or by returning the form to your school. At the door prices go up to $8 pp with a family max of $25.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Brick Walk
St. Mary has launched their Legacy Brick Walk Project. To order your brick, which can honor a student, pay tribute to a favorite teacher, honor a loved one, or show support for St. Mary School, visit their website at:
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

State House School Visit
St. Mary 4th grade made their traditional pilgrimage to the Connecticut State capital building recently and got a first-hand look at the inner workings of our state government.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Speech Contestants
St. Mary 7th grade students Nicholas Paris and Briana Romano represented St. Mary School at the "Modern Woodmen of America School Speech Contest" held at St. Rose School.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Unofficial Referendum Results
The unofficial tally for the May 7th referendum has the budget passing 1,286 votes Yes versus 1,097 votes No, 54% versus 46%.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 07 / 2019

Budget Referendum Set For May 7th
Town Meeting Results Are Deemed Valid
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Kitty Rescued
Friday Bethel Fire received a call at their station to rescue a resident's cat that had gotten itself into a precarious situation. Although this is actually an abnormal call for them, they are always excited to help someone's pet. Firefighter and kitty are reported to be fine.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Please Stay Alert
The Bethel Police Department remind our readers that Spring Break is officially over, which means that school buses and students have returned to their bus stops.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Blood Drive
The Bethel Historical Society is sponsoring a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Monday, April 29th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The event will be held at the Bethel Historical Society, 40 Main St., Bethel, CT 06801. Walk ins are welcome, or people may call in advance to schedule an appointment at 1 800 733-2767.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Adopt Dakota
Dakota is a medium sized mixed breed that was surrendered to a high kill shelter because he has heartworm. He is being treated and will be clear after a full course of medications. A foster home for him to convelesce in during the process is needed. He will be available for adoption as well or foster-to-adopt as well. He is sweet, good with dogs, kids and people. He loves to play and is always looking to be with his people. He will make an excellent family pet and is patiently waiting for someone to give him the chance he deserves.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Memorial Day
Skip Clapp reminds our readers that those interested in participating in the Bethel Memorial Day Parade should please contact him at the Bethel American Legion Post 100 at 203-748-9400.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Holbrook Farms Is Open
Holbrook Farms, under new management, at 45 Turkey Plain Road opened Easter weekend and thanks everyone who came out. "It was so great to see all the happy faces this past weekend!" they said.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Sip, Snack & Shop For A Cause
Patricia's Presents is hosting Sip, Snack, Shop For A Cause on Friday, May 3rd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to support Looking Glass Animal Rescue. Stop in at 164 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Election Complaint Filed
On Friday, April 26, the Bethel Schools weekly emailed newsletter contained what some in Town have interpreted as a call to support passage of the referendum, which Schools Superintendent Dr. Carver, identified as the message author, strongly denies.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Bethel Town and Capital Budget Vote
On April 11, Bethel voters passed the School budget but voted down the Town and Capital budgets, resulting in those budgets going back to the Board of Finance for revision, which was reviewed and approved at Town Meeting on April 24. The next step is that the revised budget goes before the Town in a referendum on May 7th. Please see the accompanying graphic to determine where you should vote, and the spreadsheet to review the budget by department, sorted by largest increases over last year.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Library News
By Susan Anderson
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Real Estate News
By Jim DiLillo, Broker / Owner, DiLillo Real Estate
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Lunch Spotlight: Sycamore Drive-In
One of our not-so-guilty pleasures is a chicken salad sandwich at the Sycamore Drive-In. My fiance Alicia and I split a sandwich and enjoy an order of half curly fries and half regular fries. And then she tries to pull me away from the classic cars as one is almost always on display. The Saturday Summer Cruise Nights start May 5th, 6 to 9 p.m. – B.K.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Bethel Board of Finance Trims $385,000 From Proposed Town Budget
Town Meeting Set For April 24
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

High School Helpers
Courtesy Photo: Bethel High School student volunteers recently worked at the Stony Hill Fire Department. Above, some helped clean up the fire station.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Sprint Flower Sale
Courtesy Photo: The Stony Hill Fire Department annual Flower Sale is going on this weekend. The funds help pay for emergency services.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Distracted Tickets
Courtesy Photo: The Bethel and Newtown Police Departments are coordinating Distracted Driving Awareness Month enforcement efforts. Drive safely.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Blood Drive
The second blood drive in honor of Detective O'Farrell's daughter Maddie will take place on Monday, May 6th at the Judd St. Police Station from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Call 800-733-2767 and use code BethelPD to sign up.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Holbrook Farms Opening
Holbrook Farm on Turkey Plain Road is opening this weekend. Stop by and check out the offering from the new farm operators.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Night At The Races
The Bethel Education Foundation is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser on May 4th. They provide essential resources that encourage innovation and creativity in the classroom. Visit betheledfoundation.org for details and tickets.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Car Seat Clinic
The Bethel Police Department will hold a by appointment Car Seat Clinic on Sunday, April 28, at the Stony Hill Fire Department, where Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will work with parents and caregivers to ensure that their car seat is installed and used properly in their car. Call 203-744-7900 ext. 693 to register.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Thank A Dispatcher
The Bethel Police Department asks you to join them in saluting our dispatchers this week. Our dispatchers answer 911 calls, routine phone lines, and dispatch radio calls for Police, Fire, and EMS services no matter what time of day or night.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Redcoats Are Coming!
The Bethel Historical Society will be holding a day-long event on June 8th with several groups of American Revolutionary War reenactors, to bring history to life. There will be military encampments, tactical exercises, firelock shooting including a canon, competitions, camp life demonstrations, horses, a blacksmith, and social activities. There will be music and dancing, marching, and a presentation by Patrick T. Wild, Bethel's Town Historian. Visit their website at www.bethelhistoricalsociety.com for details.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Library News
"You Got to Have Friends," as Bette Midler sang in the 1973 hit single. There are dozens more
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

School News
Champions
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Spotlight: Jesse Raymond - Branch Manager, People's United Bank
Brad: When did you join People's Bank?
Read more... - Published on 04 / 20 / 2019

Recently Retired School Board President and Civic Leader Passes
We are saddened by the news that recently retired School Board President and dynamic community leader Lawrence "Larry" Craybas, 77, passed away on Saturday, April 6th after a recent illness. He was the husband of Joan A. Craybas.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 13 / 2019

School, Capital Budgets Pass, Town Fails
On Thursday, April 11th, Bethel voters went to the polls to vote on the Town Budget, the School Budget and a capital expenditure for repairs to the school heating and cooling system.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 13 / 2019

First Selectman Race Update
Steve Deuschle Withdraws From Race and Matt Knickerbocker Announces Bid For Re-election
Read more... - Published on 04 / 13 / 2019

Two Prominent Local Democrats Honored
The Bethel Democratic Town Committee honored Alice Hutchinson and Cyndie McGuire at the annual fundraiser banquet.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 13 / 2019

Historical Society Receives $2,500 Grant
The Bethel Historical Society received a grant from the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust of Wilton. The $2,500.00 grant supports the Society's Living History Day event on June 8th.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 13 / 2019

First Annual Family Fair And Camp Expo
At Municipal Center
Read more... - Published on 04 / 13 / 2019

YEA Graduation
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy graduated the 2019 class on Wednesday, April 10. The Connecticut program, supported in part by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce, has been run by Bobbi Jo Beers, who is stepping down at the end of the current year.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 13 / 2019

Library News
May 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of Mental Health Month. How does that matter to you?
Read more... - Published on 04 / 13 / 2019

School News
Groundbreaking
Read more... - Published on 04 / 13 / 2019

Referendum Vote 2019 – 2020
We provide readers with the updated proposed budget, ballet questions, where to vote and when to vote.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

In Bethel, If U Text – U Pay
According to NHTSA, there were 3,166 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017 alone, and young drivers 16 to 24-years-old have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

On To The Semi-Finals!
Guards from over 140 schools competed in the preliminaries on Wednesday, April 3rd.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

Greenwood Ave. Fire
On Thursday, April 4th. Stony Hill Engine 3 assisted Bethel Fire and EMS at a chimney fire on Greenwood Avenue.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

Congratulations Ann Scacco!
Congratulations to Bethel Tax Collector, Ann Scacco for receiving the Connecticut Tax Collectors Association 2019 Presidents Award.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

First Annual Family Fair And Camp Expo At Municipal Center
On Sunday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethel Municipal Center General Purpose Room, The Bethel Chamber of Commerce, along with Macaroni Kid and Sunflower Studio will host the first annual Family Fair and Camp Expo.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

The Redcoats Are Coming!
The Bethel Historical Society is planning a day-long event with several groups of American Revolutionary War re-enactors to bring history to life on June 8th.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

Library News
Now that you've put away your winter coat, you are ready to spring into action! There are plenty of places to explore, and the Bethel Public Library should be your first stop before you set out.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

New Boutique Opens Downtown
Gather Boutique founder and owner Sue Tully has done home renovations and design in the area, and has had an online shop reflecting her love of helping clients create the perfect space to gather since 2016. Opening a space to showcase her carefully curated offerings seemed a natural extension, and so Sue opened her new store, Gather Boutique, in March.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 23 / 2019

Ireland Comes To Bethel
Photoworks held a reception St. Patrick's Day weekend showcasing the work of local photographer Marion Lynott on Saturday, March 16th.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 23 / 2019

Board Reacts To Input
Roughly 70 Bethel residents attended the public hearing on the proposed 2019-2020 budget on Tuesday, March 19, where they had the opportunity to address members of the Board of Finance, the Board of Selectmen and The School Board.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 23 / 2019

New Lower Speed Limit
At the December 19, 2018 Police Commission meeting, local resident Anthony Orrico requested that the speed limit on Grand View Avenue be lowered from the current 25 mph to 20 mph.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 23 / 2019

Ongoing Water Main Work
Residents near Cherry Lane and Pleasant Rise woke this past Wednesday to construction workers breaking through the street as part of ongoing work replacing water mains in that part of town. Work was ongoing as of press time.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 23 / 2019

Commission Seeks Support
The Bethel Police Commission unanimously reaffirmed their support of proposed state bill 5149 that seeks "To prohibit nonstatutory restrictions on meetings of boards of police commissioners."
Read more... - Published on 03 / 23 / 2019

Open House
The Sunflower Studio Open House took place on Thursday, March 21, with activities, snacks, live music and visiting dignitaries for an official ribbon cutting.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 23 / 2019

Spotlight: Maggie Wong - Kowloon Chinese Restaurant
I recently had a conversation with Maggie Wong, owner of Kowloon Chinese Restaurant on Greenwood Avenue.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 23 / 2019

Budget 2019-2020
A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Middle School to review the proposed 2019-2020 Town and School budgets.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Holbrook Farm Under New Management
Local restaurateurs Jeff Taibe and Stephanie Sweeney of Bethel's Taproot Restaurant and Shawn and Erin Reilly of The Redding Roadhouse have teamed up to lease and run Holbrook Farm and Farm Store. The farm's future was uncertain after the previous occupant closed after the end of the 2018 season.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Keeping Stony Hill Safe
Bethel Police Detective Jonathan McClintock met with twenty Stony Hill business community members at the recent Stony Hill Four Corners Association meeting to discuss concerns about area crime. Detective McClintock discussed police efforts to increase visible patrols as well as other measures. He also recommended that businesses consider upgrading surveillance cameras and alarms, and circulated a sheet for business owners to update their emergency contact information in the event an alarm is triggered in their area.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Chamber Group Growing
The Bethel Chamber of Commerce Connect For Success group has been growing rapidly since the group began meeting each Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the Chamber office at 184 Greenwood Avenue.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Education Board Chair Resigns
Bethel Board of Education Chairman Larry Craybas has resigned from the Board.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Mini Golf Fundraiser
The Bethel Public Library will be hosting a fun fundraiser this coming weekend, Mini Golf "fore" the Library. On Friday, March 22nd from 6:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy food and drink while playing 18 holes of mini golf and enjoying samplings from La Zingara, Broken Symmetry, Central Package and The Daily Fare. Tickets are $40 per person and this event is for ages 21 and up. On Saturday, March 23rd enjoy Mini Golf "Fore" Everyone from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 per person with a $40 per family maximum. For more information or to sign up, go to www.bethellibrary.org/mini-golf-fore-the-library.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Workspace Kitchen Grand Opening
Dozens of parents, students, friends and guests came out to hear local dignitaries, taste samples and cheer the ribbon cutting for Workspace's new commercial-grade kitchen, 2 and a half years in the making and the center-piece of their new Kitchen Learning Lab.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

National Scholastic Art Awards Medals
12th grader Thomas Conkin won a Gold Medal for his ceramic "New York Bakery" and 8th grader Louis Bretti won a Silver Medal for his jewelry piece "The Fall of the Smoking Black Heart" at the National Scholastic ART Awards this year. The Gold award winner work will be displayed in New York City, and students will be honored at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 7th.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Famous Field Trip
Bethel's Famous Pizza recently hosted the Bethel First Grade. Students learned how pizza is made, and a great time was reported to have been had all around. Famous Pizza has hosted the Bethel First Grade every year since 2005. They're located at 1 P.T. Barnum Square.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

CT State Science & Engineering Fair
Congratulations to those students who were selected to advance to the CT State Science and Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University this week:
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Post Prom Party Volunteers Still Needed
The Post Prom party is a long standing Bethel tradition that celebrates our seniors and keeps them safe on Prom night. This is not a school sponsored event. It is entirely put on with volunteers and community donations.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Spring Comes To Stony Hill
The snow outside is still melting, but Spring has already come to Stony Hill at Hollandia Nurseries. The newly decorated showroom features plants, pottery, garden accessories and lots of delightful surprises. Visit the showroom at 95 Stony Hill Road to explore and enjoy this early indoor Spring display.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

A Berry Good Visit
Bethel's Berry School kindergartners visited the Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 09 / 2019

Barlow/Bethel Take 3rd at SWC Championships
Barlow/Bethel tied with Brookfield for third place at the South West Conference boys swimming championships on Wednesday. Pomperaug amassed 533 team points to take first place, followed by Masuk in second in the team standings with 369 points. Barlow/Bethel and Brookfield tied for third place with 298 points each.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 09 / 2019

Police Blood Drive A Huge Success
The Bethel Police Blood Drive in support of Detective O'Farrell's 12 year old daughter Maddie on Wednesday was well attended despite the heavy snowfall, 44 people came out and donated platelets, plasma and red cells, enough for 132 patients.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 09 / 2019

Community Quilt Drive
Bethel Police Officer Brown stopped by Studio Q on Sunday to meet the volunteers making quilts for the Bethel Police Department to use as needed within our community. He was rewarded with the first quilt that was purchased by Studio Q and donated to the cause. Find out more by visiting www.quiltstudioq.com.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 09 / 2019

Home Buying Seminar
A panel of realtors, lawyers and bankers presented information about first time home buying to over a dozen attendees at DiLillo Real Estate on February 24th. The People's Bank event explained about loan programs and other aspects of first time home buying.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 09 / 2019

New Library Charging Stations
The Bethel Library has added two new phone charging stations. One is on the first floor near the Circulation Desk and the other is in the Teen Room.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 09 / 2019

Spotlight: Pam Karpen Running Against Cancer
Bethel Cinema owner Pam Karpen is running in the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Dana-Farber cancer research.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 09 / 2019

Board Chair Treated For Leukemia
Larry Craybas, chair of the Bethel Board of Education, has moved to Sloan Kettering in New York for treatment of leukemia. His wife Joan will be staying in New York with Larry during treatment, with Terri and Bob minding the family shop, The Gift Cottage, on Greenwood Avenue. "It's been rough and it's going to be hard, but we're blessed by the support of so many wonderful people in town" said Joan.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 16 / 2019

Budget Meetings
The Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance met on Wednesday, February 13th to review department requests for the 2019-2020 budget that will be presented at Town Meeting in April. 14 of 35 department budgets were reviewed and unanimously approved.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 16 / 2019

Ambulance Loaned From Brookfield
The Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department has loaned an ambulance to Stony Hill as a stand-in while the Stony Hill Fire Department ambulance is being repaired.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 16 / 2019

Don't Do This
State Police remind the public that driving without clearing off your car carries a $120 fine.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 16 / 2019

Broadway in Bethel
The Bethel High School Theater Booster Club is coordinating Broadway in Bethel on March 22, 23 and 24, with the play Footloose.

Read more... - Published on 02 / 16 / 2019

Funds Raised
The All Sports Booster Club raised $850 at the bake sale in memory of Emily Todd on February 6th at the High School boys basketball game.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 16 / 2019

Library News
By Thomas Borysiewicz
Library Correspondent
Read more... - Published on 02 / 16 / 2019

Parents University
On Thursday, February 28th, the Bethel Public Schools will be hosting Parent University beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Bethel Middle School at 600 Whittlesey Drive.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 16 / 2019

Spotlight: Mohammad Shilleh, Royal Choice Global Transportation
Brad: When did you start Royal Choice Global Transportation?
Read more... - Published on 02 / 16 / 2019

School Consolidation Proposed
Would Eliminate Local School Districts Statewide
Read more... - Published on 02 / 09 / 2019

Spotlight: Diana Brady, DiLillo Real Estate
I recently had the chance to interview Bethel Real Estate Professional Diana Brady.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 09 / 2019

Legislative Breakfast Date Set
The 2019 Bethel Legislative Breakfast, sponsored by the Bethel Chamber of Commerce, is set for Monday, February 25th at 8 a.m.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 02 / 2019

Bethel Police Share Scam Alert
Bethel Police and Eversource shared an alert about scams focused on utility customers.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 02 / 2019

New Indian Restaurant Opens In Bethel
Spice Indian Cuisine & Bar opened on Thursday, January 31st at their location at 25 Grassy Plain Street in Bethel.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 02 / 2019

Missing Cat Found
Striper was lost last week while being foster cared for in Bethel while his owner was moving, but wandered away.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 02 / 2019

Spotlight: Wade's Music Studio
I recently had the chance to speak with Damon Wade of Wade's Music Studio about music, Bethel and his studio.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 02 / 2019

Fundraising for Officer's Family
The 12 year old daughter of Bethel Detective Frank O'Farrell has been diagnosed with bone cancer. In an effort to raise funds and awareness for Detective O'Farrell's daughter, the Bethel Police Department has partnered with the Scotty Fund and the veteran owned firm Grunt Style to sell t-shirts. A portion of every shirt sold will go to the O'Farrell family to help pay for 12 year old Maddie O'Farrell's medical and other expenses.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 26 / 2019

$450,000 School Repair Approved
About a dozen residents attended the Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, January 22nd at the Town Municipal Center and unanimously approved the plan to repair the chiller system at the Middle School from the fund balance for the project.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 26 / 2019

Plow Truck Fire During Weekend Storm
A plow truck was engulfed in flames in Bethel on Route 84 during the clean up after this weekend's snow and ice storms.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 26 / 2019

Matt Meets Matt
Bethel's First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker posed with Red Sox pitcher, World Series Champion and Bethel native Matt Barnes at the Bethel All Sports Booster Club Fundraiser event last week honoring Barnes.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 26 / 2019

Bethel Police Seek Town's Help
The Bethel Police Department is looking for help in identifying the individual in the photograph at left in relation to an ongoing identity theft investigation.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 26 / 2019

Spotlight: Noteworthy Chocolates
I recently sat down with Jennifer and Michael Sauvageau, owners of Noteworthy Chocolate, a unique business in Bethel that offers customized, laser engraved, delicious chocolate. They're located on the second floor above Molten Java at Dolan Plaza.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 26 / 2019

School Budget Proposal Presented
Bethel Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Carver, Ed. D., presented the Proposed 2019-2020 Education Budget to the Bethel Board of Education on Thursday, January 24th.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 26 / 2019

Guestperts: Ocassional columns by local experts
Understanding Creativity
Read more... - Published on 01 / 26 / 2019

Town Mourns Firefighter's Passing
Ira B. Pollack, a long time Bethel firefighter and Town DPW employee passed on Wednesday, January 16th.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Special Meeting Seeks $450,000
A Special Town Meeting has been called for January 22, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School Street in Meeting Room A.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Passersby Put Out Car Fire
Fire Control Service employees Ryan Delaney and Brandon Conn, along with Bethel firefighter Zach Britton, came upon a car accident on Route 6 early Wednesday, January 16 and discovered one of the vehicles had caught fire. Their quick action put out the fire as Bethel Fire Department volunteers and equipment were en route to the scene.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Todd Fundraiser
The Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club will host a bake sale in memory of Emily Todd, BHS 2011 graduate on Wednesday, February 6 during the boys basketball game against Immaculate.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Shutdown Assistance Offered
Brotherhood In Action is available to help support those who have missed paychecks as a result of the federal shutdown with their nutritional needs. For assistance, contact Bethel Social Services at 203-794-8537.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Coffee with a cop
The Bethel Police Department announced their newest Coffee with a Cop event for February 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This event gives the community a second chance at seeing the new Police building at 12 Judd Avenue.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Spotlight - Robin Grubard at Daily Fare
Ten years ago, Bethel's Robin Grubard opened Daily Fare at the Bethel Train Station. I had the opportunity to chat with Robin about why she does what she does, the secret behind those amazing granola bars, and the extended lunch offerings at one of Bethel's landmark eateries.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Icecats win 4 to 1
By Bryce Wallace, Correspondent
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Workspace Open House
Have you been following our page with interest? Do you think that Workspace might be a perfect fit for your family, based on our posts? Do you know anyone who is looking to create a personalized learning track for their child? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, please join us for one of our Open House events this month. We'd love to meet you! RSVP to 203-409-2028 or register to attend at www.workspaceeducation.org
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

St. Mary School Open House
Discover why St. Mary School, Bethel, could be the right fit for your family.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Adopt A Pet - Stormy
Meet Stormy, an energetic 1-year-old, 45 lb. collie mix. He loves romping around the yard and playing with his favorite toys. Stormy loves working for treats, which makes him a wonderful student for an experienced dog owner, committed to developing Stormy into a well-trained dog. Stormy needs a large fenced-in yard at his forever home and will be best to live with adults only. Visit daws.org to learn more.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Snow, Ice Overnight
Bethel woke on Sunday to 1.9 inches of ice-crusted snow and light winds.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 19 / 2019

Kia Comes To Family's Rescue
The Bethel family of murder victim Emily Todd received an unexpected gift when the local Danbury Kia dealership this week paid off the remaining two year lease on the vehicle Ms. Todd drove to Bridgeport on the night of her murder and that the suspect then allegely stole.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 12 / 2019

Stony Hill Officers Sworn In
The 2019 Officers of Stony Hill Fire Department were sworn in by Bethel First Selectman Matthew Knickerbocker on January 7th.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 12 / 2019

Kindness Day
The High School Activity Fund is coordinating a community-wide event on Feb. 12 to support four local families and the Scotty Fund by selling Bethel Runs on Kindness shirts.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 12 / 2019

Hat trick helps Icecats 4 to 2
Icecats senior captain Tommy Schiesser's first career hat trick helped skate to a tie with Daniel Hand, 6-6, in the conference opener for the Icecats on January 6th.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 12 / 2019

Spotlight - Transfer Station
Bethel's Transfer Station is a friendly place to trade some recycling for some friendly banter
Read more... - Published on 01 / 12 / 2019

School News
School Budget Preview
Read more... - Published on 01 / 12 / 2019

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
January 9th is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The Bethel Community Gazette encourages our readers to thank an officer for all they do, not just today, but every day, keeping our community safe and being just a call away whenever help is needed.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 12 / 2019

Police Alert Community About Fraudulent Postcards
The Bethel Police are investigating several instances in Town where residents have received postcards alleging to be from a "Neighborhood Watch" organization.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 05 / 2019

Classes Resume At High School After Gas Leak
Updated 1/3/2019
Read more... - Published on 01 / 05 / 2019

School Budget Preview
Bethel Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Carver, Ed. D., will be presenting the Proposed 2019-2020 Education Budget to the Bethel Board of Education on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room at the Municipal Center.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 05 / 2019

Help Sought For Local Family
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of Emily Todd, the young Bethel woman murdered in Bridgeport last month. The Lawlor family has been under increasing financial pressure as they cope with not just the loss of Emily but dealing with the financial impact as well.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 05 / 2019

Be The Change - 10 Year Plan
A workshop seeking public input on Bethel's 10 year plan for conservation and development will be held on Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. In the general purpose room at the Municipal Center.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 05 / 2019

Spotlight: The Toy Room
A new regular feature, Spotlight will focus on an interesting person, business or organization in town. This week's focus is on The Toy Room and owner Kim Ramsey.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 05 / 2019

Real Estate Transactions - Oct. & Nov. 2018
Sold Nov. 30, 2018
Read more... - Published on 01 / 05 / 2019

Icecats win 4-2
The Bethel, Brookfield and Danbury Icecats skated to a 4 to 2 win against Eastchester on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Danbury Ice Arena.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 05 / 2019

Celebrate Bethel's World Champion
The Bethel All Sports Booster Club will be hosting a dinner to celebrate hometown pitcher Matt Barnes' World Series win.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Tree Collection Set For Saturday, January 12th
Residents's can support the Bethel High School Navy JROTC program and let them pick up their Christmas tree, mulch it and bring the mulch to a local farm. Participants should have trees out by 9 a.m. Trucks will be out picking up trees between 9 a.m. To 12 noon. (Snow date is Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m.)
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Hero In Training
Bethel EMT James Chiravelli spent some time recently reviewing the department's 3M Scott Fire & Safety AirPaks with other senior members. He will begin the Firefighter 1 course at Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company next month.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Heroes Hired
The Bethel Police Department welcomes its two newest Officers, Danilo DeOliveira (pictured left of Chief Finch) and Gregory Ammon (pictured right) who were sworn in on Dec. 20, 2018. Ofc. DeOliveira will begin the Police Academy in the coming weeks and Ofc. Ammon, a certified Police Officer, will complete a brief field training in Bethel. Welcome Officer DeOliveira and Officer Ammon!
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Fire Safety Reminder
Bethel & Stony Hill Fire Departments recently responded to and quickly extinguished a chimney fire on Dodgingtown Road. The chimney had excessive amounts of creosote build up in the chimney.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Students Serenade Seniors
Third graders from Bethel's St. Mary School cheered up the residents of Maplewood at Stony Hill in Bethel recently with a rousing chorus of Christmas carols and Jan Brett's "Home for Christmas", read aloud by Mrs. Zachos.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Trademark Awarded
Bethel's Workspace Education has been developing their project based learning model that incorporates social and emotional learning as well as tech skills and academics, where everything is done collaboratively, stressing creativity, critical thinking communication and compassion. They call their learning model 21CI and have recently received their U.S. Trademark certificate.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

CERT Tours New Police Facility
Members of Bethel's Community Emergency Response Team received an inside look at the operations of the new Bethel Police Department by Sergeant Durkin.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Nativity Performance
St. Mary School's Mrs. Johnson's pre-kindergarten class gave a Nativity performance on December 17th. Video is posted on the school Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StMaryBethel.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Youth Sports and Parks & Rec. Department Meet & Greet
Bethel's Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their annual Meet and Greet event on January 9 at the Municipal Center Gym from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be raffles and games, and the opportunity to meet and greet the town's youth sports organizations and clubs, including: Baseball, Basketball, Cheer, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Irish Step Dancing, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Wrestling.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Pre-school Openings
Circle of Friends Preschool program, an integrated early childhood program for three and four year olds, has openings for the 2019-2020 school year. This integrated early childhood program provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum that focuses on the appreciation of individual differences, building self-esteem and fostering independence. Additionally, the staff works to develop the skills necessary for successful participation within the Kindergarten program.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Pre-school Screening
Parents concerned that their 3 to 5 year old might be experiencing difficulties or delays with talking, play skills, problem solving or making their needs known are encouraged to participate in a Circle of Friends screening. While meeting the staff to discuss concerns or ask questions regarding your child's development, your child will take part in informal play activities that include songs and motor activities. The preschool team includes the Supervisor of Special Education, Preschool Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and School Social Worker.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Wildcats Lacrosse Signups
With the start of lacrosse season this coming April, the player registration deadline is January 15th.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Holiday Last Minute Sales

Read more... - Published on 12 / 22 / 2018

Atheist Banner Dedication At P.T. Barnum Square
In a light rain at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 16, about two dozen supports attended the unveiling of the atheist banner at P.T. Barnum Square.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 22 / 2018

6 St. Mary's Alums Inducted
Congratulations to the six St. Mary's School alumni who were inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, an affiliated chartered chapter of the National Honor Society. They are Olivia Kent, Abbey Gleissner, Emma Mortara, Elisa Lefrieri, Kate Banks and Madeline Suarez.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 22 / 2018

Thousands raised in memory of shooting victim

Suspect arrested in Ohio, to be extradited to Connecticut


Read more... - Published on 12 / 22 / 2018

School Board Officers Elected
At the Board of Education meeting on December 13th, the Board unanimously re-elected Lary Craybas as Chair, Melanie O'Brien as Vice-Chair and Nick Hoffman as Secretary. The nine-member board includes Jennifer Ackerman, Scott Clayton, Lawrence Craybas, Jen Larsen, Nicholas Hoffman, Kristen Lacey, Courtney Martin, Melanie O'Brien and Cathy Schaefer.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 22 / 2018

Toy Stuffed Cruiser
The Bethel Police collected toys and books in partnership with The Toy Room and Byrd's Books in the Stuff A Cruiser event last week.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 22 / 2018

Notebooks Sold Out
On Tuesday, December 18, the Bethel Schools planned to hold a sale of 90 surplus iMacs and 150 surplus Chromebooks at the High School. The event was organized by NJROTC cadets, and advertised to the public through posters.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 22 / 2018

Adopt A Pet
Mrs. Claus
Read more... - Published on 12 / 22 / 2018

Atheist banner unveiled at PT Barnum Square
By Bradley Koltz, Published Dec. 16, 2018 11:20 a.m.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Town responds to shooting
Emily Elizabeth Todd was found shot and killed on Sunday morning, December 9, in Bridgeport. The Bethel resident was 25 years old and worked at Saint John Paul II Center as a dedicated therapeutic recreation assistant.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Byrd's Books Turns Seven
Dozens of well-wishers and baking enthusiasts came to Byrd's Books on December 9 to share baked treats and hear authors Rose Levy Beranbaum and Woody Wolston discuss Baking Basics while celebrating Byrd's Books' seventh birthday.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Lions Club Tree Raffle Extended
The Bethel Lions Club has extended their raffle for a decorated, 7 ˝ foot tall Christmas Tree, currently on display in the Bethel Chamber of Commerce window at 184 Greenwood Avenue, to Wed., December 19.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Running Against Cancer
Bethel Cinema owner Pam Karpen will once again be running in the Boston Marathon and raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this coming April 15. So far, Pam has raised over $7,100 toward her goal of $15,000.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Booster Club Formed
A new booster club is being formed to support the Bethel High School Theater.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Free Lunch and Learn Event
Bethel Chamber members and guests will be treated to a free lunch and presentations about How Money Works, Personal Wealth Building and Preparing for 2019 at A New Beginning Salon and Spa, 68 Stony Hill Road on Tuesday, December 18 at 12 noon. Visit www.lunchandlearnbethel.com for details and registration information.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Town Bond Rating Update
The Town of Bethel has once again had it's bond rating set at AAA by Standard & Poors.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

12 Days of Christmas Deals
Hollandia Nurseries, located at 95 Stony Hill Road is holding their annual 12 Days of Christmas Deals event.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Songs of the Season
St Thomas' Episcopal Church will be hosting a free Songs of the Season concert on December 22 at 4 p.m. Featuring student singers. St. Thomas' Episcopal Church is located at 95 Greenwood Ave in Bethel.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Hoax bomb threats
The Bethel Police released the following announcement about recent threatening emails that may have been received by some area residents:
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Local lottery winners
For the second time in a week, a Bethel convenience store has sold a winning lottery ticket.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Get To Work
The Bethel Public School System offers excellent opportunities for both new and experienced teachers. It is a system that fosters growth in its professionals and empowers them to challenge themselves and to take risks in the classroom. Bethel hosts a young, energetic staff committed to providing students with a rigorous and comprehensive education.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

Ingersoll helps Bethel children afford lunch
Bethel Schools gave a big thank you to Todd Ingersoll and Ingersoll Auto for their recent $1,241.48 donation as part of their Kindness Campaign and continued generosity to the Bethel Public Schools.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Signs of The Season

Songs Of The Season


Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Giving Trees
Hair By Jen & Kids Kuts, located at 268 Greenwood Avenue, has set up a giving tree for local community families in need.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Lions Club Tree Raffle
The Bethel Lions Club is once again raffling a decorated, 7 ˝ foot tall Christmas Tree, currently on display in the Bethel Chamber of Commerce window at 184 Greenwood Avenue.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Selectmen allow banner
In a 2-1 vote along party lines, the Bethel Selectmen voted on Tuesday, December 4 to allow the atheist banner requested by Bethel resident James Naddeo to be displayed on P.T. Barnum Square.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Donations sought
The Bethel and Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Companies responded to and knocked down a condo fire at Plumtree Heights on November 24th that left the resident homeless and without clothing or other essentials.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Bethel Charter Revision Commission Meets
The Bethel Charter Committee was formed earlier this year to make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen, to then be forwarded to a Town referendum, to make changes to the Town Charter, the set of bylaws that function as the basis for the Town of Bethel to operate and be governed under.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Running Against Cancer - Update
Bethel Cinema owner Pam Karpen will once again be running in the Boston Marathon and raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this coming April 15. So far, Pam has raised over $6,200 toward her goal of $15,000.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Things To Do - December
Books
Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Nativity Dedicated
Bethel dedicated it's new Nativity at the P.T. Barnum Square on Friday, November 16 in a ceremony attended by local religious and civic leaders.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

Atheists Challenge Nativity Display
After Bethel's new Nativity was dedicated on November 16, the Washington-based American Atheists Legal Center sent a letter to the Board of Selectmen objecting to the display, claiming that their alternate display request had been unfairly denied and demanding that the Nativity display be removed from Town property.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

The Daily Fare Turns 10
The Daily Fare, located at the Train Station at 13 Durant Avenue celebrated their 10th anniversary with an event tied to the Chamber of Commerce annual WinterFest event on November 23rd. Children of all ages took kiddie train rides through a holiday village, and then came inside to decorate and enjoy holiday cookies as well as other treats, hot cocoa, coffee and cider.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

New Hauser Chocolates at Gift Cottage
The Gift Cottage has a number of new Hauser Chocolates for the holidays. You can find out by stopping by at 154 Greenwood Avenue.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

Holiday Fire Safety
Bethel Fire Chief Scott Murphy joined First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker at the annual Tree Lighting ceremony to remind residents that fire safety starts at home. Residents should make sure their live trees are watered and to avoid using frayed wires. A dry Christmas tree can become fully engulfed in 15 seconds.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

Stony Hill Food Drive, Tree Lighting and Santa Visit
The Stony Hill 4 Corners Association held their annual food drive, tree lighting and Santa visit on Saturday, November 17 with a truck load of donations for local food pantries being collected by volunteers at the Big Y parking lot.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

WinterFest Santa Moves Inside
This year, because of the 20 degree weather, Santa went inside the Municipal Center after arriving at the WinterFest Tree Lighting at P.T. Barnum Square on Friday, November 23rd.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

Pet Santa Photos
Bethel's Agway held their photos with Santa this Saturday, November 24th. They'll hold the event again on Saturday, December 1st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

A Hollandia Spectacular
Hollandia Nurseries held their Christmas Spectacular on Friday, November 16 through November 18th. The event featured Santa and Mrs. Claus, live jazz, children's movies, a wine bar, coffee and treats and rooms full of Christmas decorations and related accessories. The displays can be seen at their store at 95 Stony Hill Road.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

Race Against Cancer
Pam Karpen, owner of Bethel Cinema, is once again running against cancer in the Boston Marathon on April 15. Pam is running to raise awareness and funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in support of their cancer research program.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

49th Annual Country Bazaar
The Bethel Methodist Church held their 49 Annual Country Bazaar on November 17.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

New WinterFest Event
This year the Chamber of Commerce added a new Holiday Village and kiddie train ride at the Train Station as part of the 10th anniversary celebration for the Daily Fare.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

Tiny Tim
Tiny Tim is a sweet 12 lb one-year-old papillon mix looking for his forever home. He is a bit sensitive and would do best in a home with teens and up. He likes to play and snuggle.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

Veterans Day Commemorated

Read more... - Published on 11 / 17 / 2018

Winterfest Carriage Ride Once Again Free
By Gazette Staff
Read more... - Published on 11 / 17 / 2018

Record setting storm slams Bethel
By Jack Drake
Read more... - Published on 11 / 17 / 2018

15 years running against cancer
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 11 / 10 / 2018

New Police Headquarters Open House
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 11 / 10 / 2018

Harvest Festival
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 11 / 10 / 2018

Health Department Fees Update
Last week The Bethel Community Gazette reported that the Board of Selectmen had adopted a new, 2 part phase in of updated fees for inspections by the Health Department. Here is the official rate schedule with changes for 2019 and 2020.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 10 / 2018

Special 2018 Election Section
We asked the eight candidates for State Senate and State Representative who would like represent Bethel to share their views on a number of topics of interest to local voters, including the Economy, Education, Infrastructure, Municipal Efficiency, Public Safety, Seniors and Taxes, as well as additional legislative issues they're concerned about and any additional thoughts they'd like to share with our readers. Six campaigns responded. What follows is each candidate's answers as they provided them to us, organized by question, district and candidate.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 27 / 2018

Where to vote on Nov. 6
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 27 / 2018

Trick or Treat Street not washed out
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 27 / 2018

Holiday spirits
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 27 / 2018

Historical Society Ghost Tour Sold Out
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 27 / 2018

Welcome Kids Kuts & Hair By Jen
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 20 / 2018

New Mystery Movie planned for October 27th
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 20 / 2018

Stony Hill Halloween Pancake Breakfast To Support Fire Dept.
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 20 / 2018

Police move into new building
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 20 / 2018

Toy Room hosts free Game Night
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 20 / 2018

2018 Leaf Pickup Schedule
The Town of Bethel has begun curbside pick up of leaf bags, and will continue into December.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 20 / 2018

First annual OctoberFeast a huge hit
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 13 / 2018

Trick or Treat Street planned for October 27th
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 13 / 2018

School building renovations on track
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 13 / 2018

Fracking meeting rescheduled to Oct. 16
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 13 / 2018

Election 2018
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 13 / 2018

Town Appreciation Day
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 05 / 2018

State Senate candidate endorsements
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 05 / 2018

DAWS recognizes Representative Urban
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 05 / 2018

EMT Cywin Honored
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 05 / 2018

Fire Department drills for safety
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 10 / 05 / 2018

Rocktoberfest rocks Bethel
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 27 / 2018

Founder's Day
The Bethel Public Library celebrated Founders Day on Sunday, September 23rd with outdoor games, crafts and parlor games from the Victorian era.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 27 / 2018

Blackman landmark demolished
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 27 / 2018

Golf tournament to benefit local school
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 27 / 2018

Crowds enjoy autumn at Blue Jay Orchards
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 27 / 2018

Oktoberfest draws hundreds to former train depot parking lot
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 27 / 2018

Dinner and a Movie
Bethel restaurant Taproot has partnered with the Bethel Cinema and is now offering a special 3 course dinner menu and movie ticket at The Bethel Cinema for $30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 20 / 2018

5 business ribbon cutting celebration
State Senator Boucher, State Representative Harding, First Selectman Knickerbocker and Selectman Straiton joined owners of 5 local businesses and Bethel Chamber of Commerce President Bradley Koltz in Grand Opening / Re-Opening and Recognition event
Read more... - Published on 09 / 20 / 2018

Author Talks at Byrd's Books
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 13 / 2018

Changes coming to Holbrook Farm
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 13 / 2018

Ribbon cutting / block party
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 13 / 2018

OctoberFeast location changed
The Bethel Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first annual OctoberFeast event at the Stony Hill Preserve, 67 Stony Hill Road from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 12th instead of at the Town's Municipal Lawn.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 13 / 2018

New police station update
By Bradley Koltz
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FEMA asked to reconsider aid denial
By Bradley Koltz
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Bethel Cinema Has Closed
Bethel's movie theater, Bethel Cinema, located at 269 Greenwood Avenue has announced that it will not reopen after the emergency declaration that shuttered theaters throughout the state is eventually lifted.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

At Bethel Cinema
269 Greenwood Avenue • 203-778-2100
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At Bethel Cinema
Thu., Oct 4
Read more... - Published on 09 / 27 / 2018

Art at the Library
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 20 / 2018

Film Festival at Bethel Cinema
By Bradley Koltz
Read more... - Published on 09 / 01 / 2018

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Dan Arkins / ARtech
Bethel-based ARtech has launched a new line of hand sanitizers and a touchless dispenser system. The firm has diversified in response to the Covid-19 crisis from industrial packaging and lubricants. Readers can find their sanitizer at local retailers such as True Value of Bethel. We recently spoke with ARtech President Dan Arkins.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 24 / 2020

Spotlight: Maria Xavier, Edward Jones
Maria Xavier and I recently discussed her role as a financial advisor and working with clients in the Bethel area.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 16 / 2019

Spotlight: Pam Karpen Running Against Cancer
Bethel Cinema owner Pam Karpen is running in the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Dana-Farber cancer research.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 09 / 2019

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Bethel Dining Guide

Read more... - Published on 01 / 05 / 2019

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It Takes Neighbors To Make A Village
We have all had just an amazingly challenging year so far. A global pandemic, the loss of thousands of friends, neighbors and loved ones to that pandemic, economic fallout from the efforts to contain it, loss of many local businesses to that economic fallout, upheaval of school schedules, the death of George Floyd that sparked racially charged ongoing protests, political turmoil as measures to address the pandemic and the protests stretch and perhaps exceed the boundries of constitutionality, rioting and looting in a number of areas, a heated national debate about the best ways to police our communities, a powerful tropical storm and the massive disruption caused by delayed power restoration.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

~ Editorial ~
Bethel has been an increasingly divided community, divided by politics, by economics, by the needs and wants of various interests for a share of the town's tax revenue, by the restrictions placed in response to the current pandemic. And now by protests sparked over the death of George Floyd two weeks ago in Minneapolis, killed during an arrest by a police officer now facing murder charges.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 05 / 2020

EDITORIAL:
While we never expected to have to write these words, we cannot say this loud enough, often enough or clear enough. We all need to join the fight to win back our right to vote.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
To the CT ACLU,
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Editorial: Bethel Must Include The Voters Voice
Bethel, like 107 other Connecticut communities, is a Town Meeting democracy. We have endured revolution, civil war, world wars, epidemics, pandemics and countless other challenges.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 29 / 2020

Editorial - Interference In Board Activity
Newly elected Board of Finance member Nick Ellis has apparently been the subject of a coordinated effort to intimidate him into not participating in the budget process that thousands of voters elected him to do. Ellis was elected on a platform of weeding out waste and working to slow or reduce growth in taxes. A resident of Bethel for over 50 years, Ellis has his supporters and opponents. But some of those opponents have gone too far, and we urge them to reconsider the smear campaign being publicly waged to pressure Mr. Ellis to fail to perform his sworn, elected duty.
Read more... - Published on 02 / 21 / 2020

Modern Miracle In Bethel
Bethel celebrated a truly healing ceremony on December 22nd when hundreds of residents joined long-time resident Bill Hillman for the lighting of the Town's first menorah on P.T. Barnum Square, along with a celebration of the Winter Solstice, all while in the glow of the Town's Nativity.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Opinion – ‘Tis The Season In Bethel
As we considered all the things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, living and working in Bethel come immediately to mind.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 29 / 2019

Guest Column - Thanksgiving: bringing the soul, spirit, and heart to a place of gratefulness
How fitting that as Americans, in this amazing Nation where we daily enjoy the blessings of the Sovereign God and His very hand upon us, that a period of national and individual thanksgiving comes right before Christmas. One would think that divine providence made it so, through whispers and spiritual nudges to our national leaders of long ago.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 29 / 2019

Taxing Topic
In this issue we provide a survey of 9 local community's tax rate history over the past 10 years that shows Bethel has had the largest tax rate increase of all 9, at 46.5%, and has the second highest tax rate. We are not drawing conclusions on why this trend has been taking place, or why it has been accelerating. We hope that drawing attention to this will provide a more informed discussion about what has been Bethel's recent tax history and what priorities need to come into better focus.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 18 / 2019

Editorial: It's Time For Bethel To Get Serious About Supporting Local Business
Bethel is blessed with a vibrant retail community, and a diverse and bountiful dining scene downtown, in Stony Hill and in Grassy Plain. But these businesses need our support. They face tremendous obstacles, and unfortunately sometimes otherwise well meaning folks place even more obstacles in their way.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2019

Editorial: Religious Displays
The August 6th Board of Selectman meeting was primarily focused on the recommendations of the Religious Display Committee. Readers may recall that the committee was formed after the controversy last fall when a national atheist group, with assistance from some local residents, successfully coerced the Town to allow them to display a banner adjacent to the traditional Nativity display on P.T. Barnum Square.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

Letter To The Editor
To the Bethel Board of Selectmen,
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Bethel Deserves Better
On April 1st, several hundred Town citizens came together for the Town Meeting to review the Town and School budgets. Given the topic, how best to tax Bethel's citizens and spend that revenue, it was a reasonably orderly meeting. Everyone had a chance to speak on topics from the cost of sand to the need for new band uniforms. Our editorial that week praised our moderator for such a well run meeting. And at the following referendum, the School budget passed while the Town and Capital budgets did not. Which led to the Town Meeting on April 24th. At that meeting, held to consider the updated Town budget and Capital budget presented by the Board of Finance, only a small fraction of the first meeting turned out. Yet discussion was abruptly cut short, with many in the audience indicating that they wished to speak being denied the opportunity to do so. Tempers flared. People stormed out.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Letter To The Editor - In Bethel, No, Too High Again
The majority on Bethel's board of finance is on a maniacal mission to eliminate the town's short term debt, aggressively funded by us, the taxpayers. No one disputes the need to pay the town's credit more than a minimum payment, but $650,000 is just too much, and too fast because it has a direct and adverse impact on spending.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 27 / 2019

Letters
Dear Editor,
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

Kudos
At the Annual Town Meeting, we were deeply impressed with the focus and speed of the meeting, having spent what seemed like entire lifetimes in town meetings in other New England towns in years past.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

Please Vote – And Be Consistent
The Town referendum is to be held on April 11, and it is important, no matter which side of the budget discussions you fall on, to come out and vote.
Read more... - Published on 04 / 06 / 2019

Bethel Meets The Challenge
Once again Bethel is rising to the occasion. In this case, supporting Bethel Cinema owner Pam Karpen in her upcoming run against cancer.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 09 / 2019

Unseen Heroes
While most of us were warm in our beds on Sunday night, when the temperatures had fallen to 2 degrees before factoring in the below zero wind chill, crews of men and women were busy throughout our town, often 20 feet in the air in a bucket truck, repairing storm damaged power lines, transformers and whatever else needed to be mended to restore power to the roughly 80 homes in Bethel that lost power in the snow and ice storm on Sunday. By Monday morning, just 6 homes remained without power.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 26 / 2019

The Power of Kindness
Every now and again, we come across a story that literally takes our breath away. That was the case with the story in this week's edition about the incredibly kind-hearted decision taken by the management at Danbury Kia to forgive the remaining lease on the car that Emily Todd drove to her brutal, senseless execution in Bridgeport last Month, and that her family were having to deal with on top of their tragic loss.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 12 / 2019

Here Comes 2019
2019 promises to have as many challenges as we've seen in many years. Starting the new year with a federal government shut down that has so far remained largely just that, a federal issue sets the stage for more local challenges. As more workers are idled and more areas of the government slow or shut down, it could spill over into more local issues, such as grants, federal and state aid and even exports by local firms.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

An Open Letter To Our Readers
The Bethel Community Gazette was founded as a place to go to get "old-fashioned" journalism focused on presenting the facts to the reader and letting the reader make informed decisions. This ranges from reporting on activities of our local government, the schools and the community at large.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 22 / 2018

How A Community Responds
The tragic loss of Emily Todd, just 25 years old and just beginning her life, and under such horrible circumstances is heart-breaking for her family, her friends and her community. The Community Gazette extends our deepest sympathy to Miss Todd's family and friends.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 15 / 2018

A Few Of Our Favorite Things
It's hard not to be deeply heartened by the spirit and generosity of our community, not just at this time of year but all year long.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 08 / 2018

Shop Local
This Saturday local retailers across the U.S. took part in the annual Shop Local / Shop Small event. Started as an answer to big box store Black Friday sales, and expanded to combat Cyber Monday, the event showcases sales at local retailers and other businesses.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 24 / 2018

Local heroes
We were reminded this week of the contribution, often unseen by many but always appreciated, of our Department of Public Works.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 17 / 2018

Thank you! Now Vote!
These candidates have done their job, either here or on their websites, to provide us with their views on a series of important local issues. We are grateful to them for taking time during extremely busy election schedules to share their positions with us on these topics. Now it's up to you to make sure you get out and vote on Election Day, November 6th.We are deeply grateful to the candidates who were able to take time from extremely demanding election schedules to share their positions on these important local issues. Please use this as a starting point, and research each candidates position and record to make the best decision come election day, November 6th. Please vote!
Read more... - Published on 10 / 27 / 2018

Support our police
With the opening of the new police station at 12 Judd Avenue, we are reminded that supporting our police entails more than providing them with a new, and much needed state of the art station.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 20 / 2018

Banishing the book banners

Read more... - Published on 10 / 05 / 2018

Readers may find that this week's issue is the start of our efforts this holiday season to share information about ways to help our neighbors.
Bethel is particularly blessed with a strong sense of community, and this extends to the ways we help those in need of a helping hand.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 27 / 2018

It takes a village to keep a farm
We were deeply saddened to learn that the current management of Holbrook Farm is calling it quits at the end of this season.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 20 / 2018

Celebrating faith in our community's future
Five downtown businesses reaffirmed their faith in Bethel's future on Saturday, September 15th when they celebrated the rebirth of a landmark building and the businesses it houses.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 13 / 2018

A new voice comes to town
With today's edition, a new voice comes to Bethel.
Read more... - Published on 09 / 06 / 2018

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Meet Drew
Drew is a handsome little boy looking for a loving family in the Northeast. He's had a rough start being in a high kill rural shelter in Texas when he was only 4 days old. But now he's safe in foster care with his Mom and siblings and ready to take the world on! He's playful and full of puppy breath and just waiting for his new family to find him. We think that Drew will be a medium sized dog, but we cannot be sure. His Mom is a Blue Heeler mix and approximately 40 lbs.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Adopt A Rescue - Meet Gidget
Gidget is yet another adorable chihuahua mix looking for that perfect family to call home. She is an absolute sweetheart that wants nothing more than to please and give lots of cuddles. Gidget is definitely worth considering as your newest family member as she is a little ball of love. Gidget was rescued from Tropical Storm Barry in Louisiana and brought to safety from the flooding impacting the high kill shelter in that region.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Adopt A Pet
Puppy Toby is looking for his forever family. He is 12 weeks old and weighs 7 1/2 lbs so we expect he will be 25-30 lbs full grown. He is a little scruffy so we suspect there is some terrier in him. He is a very playful, affectionate pup! Toby is not at the shelter, but in a foster home. Email your application to puppy@daws.org if you wish to adopt Toby. He is ready to ring in the New Year with you! Anyone up for puppy kisses at midnight?!
Read more... - Published on 12 / 29 / 2018

Adopt A Pet
Meet Stormy, an energetic 1-year-old collie mix. This sensitive boy is very affectionate and would be the perfect dog to keep you company on a long hike or motivate you to finish jogging those last few miles.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 20 / 2018

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Renovation Project Tour
Members of the Bethel Board of Education recently toured the school renovation construction site, along with Superintendent Dr. Christine Carver. The project, still in Phase I, is so far on schedule.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2019

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Things To Do Around Town
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