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2 Fires in Bethel Require Mutual Aid, Forcing One School Closure on Monday

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BETHEL, CT — Bethel and area fire crews had a busy Sunday battling not one, but two blazes this afternoon, one at Clarke Business Park and the other at Bethel Middle School. No injuries have been reported thus far, according to the Bethel Fire Marshal who posted the following message on their Facebook page:

FD operating at a fire in Clarke Park. We are monitoring the smoke and runoff with DEEP for hazards. No hazardous issues at this time. If the smoke is in your area you can close windows in your home. We will update as needed.

The fire departments were also called according to a report on the school district’s Facebook page. The middle school will be closed on Monday, the district stated in their letter to parents:

PLEASE READ IMPORTANT MESSAGE BELOW:

Dear Parents/Guardians, & Staff,

At approximately 1 PM this afternoon there was a fire in an isolated area within the building at Bethel Middle School. The fire department responded promptly and the fire was extinguished. Clean up operations will begin soon but we are in the process of evaluating the impact of the fire on the electrical panels. Therefore, Bethel Middle School and ONLY Bethel Middle School will not be in session tomorrow, Monday, May 20, 2019. As we have more information, we will be in contact with you.

Mutual aid was called in from Danbury, Brookfield, Weston, Trumbull, Shelton, Roxbury, Redding and Monroe, the News-Times reported.

This is a developing news story. CT Buzz News will update as more information becomes available.

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AMBER Alert 2019: Stony Hill Four Corners Association Hosts Annual Safety Event

BETHEL, CT — The Stony Hill Four Corners, a Bethel and Newtown business association, is hosting their annual AMBER Alert registration on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Haleyville Fire House, 34 Hawleyville Rd., Newtown. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to come out to this safety event which is sponsored by Stony Hill Four Corners, Quality Gem and Union Savings Bank.

Parents who register their child will receive one free laminated I.D. card per child. Additional cards are available. Free hot dogs and soda will be served and children are welcome to tour the firehouse and see the fire trucks up close.

The AMBER Alert began in 1996 and was named after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, a child who went missing while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. “Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman. Other states and communities soon set up their own AMBER plans as the idea was adopted across the nation,” the website states.

Today, the AMBER Alert system is being used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Indian country, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 27 other countries, according to the agency’s website. As of April 2019, a total of 957 children were successfully recovered through the AMBER Alert system.

Questions? Contact Madeline Bunt at Union Savings Bank: (203) 730-6376.

About The Stony Hill Four Corners Association:

The Stony Hill Four Corners Association encompasses the “corridor” between exits 8 and 9 off Interstate 84; specifically Stony Hill Road in Bethel, and Rte 6 (Mount Pleasant), Rte 25 section of Hawleyville in Newtown.  Our purpose is to develop a greater awareness of our businesses in the area and what we have to offer, while creating ways for us – as a group – to give back to the local community.  We meet the first Wednesday of each month to plan several events a year that benefit community organizations. As a business member of the Stony Hill Four Corners, your business will be listed on the Stony Hill Four Corners website as well as in our color brochure that is distributed at various events throughout the area and year. Our members are also encouraged to display the brochures at their place of business.

Bethel Man Preserves Precious Memories Through Film Restoration, Transfers & DVD Creation

 

BETHEL, CT — We all have them laying around the house— old VHS home movies, Sony Handycam home movies, 8 mm film, 16mm film, and more. The evolution of technology has left many of us with our home movies in older formats that we can no longer play. Enter John Robertson, Bethel, Conn. resident, and expert memory preserver.

Robertson is the founder of Create My DVD and has been the sole employee since 2003. He said it’s the personal attention to detail that sets him apart from the big box stores.

“I separate my business from the drop-off Costco and Walgreens stores by giving you personal service, attention to detail and will try to work with you if you’re on a budget.”

Robertson explained that many times old tapes or film can be difficult to transfer and many people don’t have a VCR or other devices to play the recordings in the older formats.

“Sometimes I spend hours on getting you the best transfer possible,” Robertson said. “In fact, if my customers had sent these type of tapes to Costco or Walgreens, the picture and sound quality would have come out awful, if at all.”

Robertson’s clients don’t want to hang onto boxes of films or VHS, but they do want to save their memories on a digital format.

“Our customers love our film transfer service because the final product is usually much better than they were expecting. Such results only come from experience, time and professional film transfer hardware. The professional 8mm to DVD converter was originally designed for use in Hollywood by the Movie Academy Film Archive, and now, Create my DVD uses that same professional film unit to convert your reels,” he shared.

One customer said that Robertson’s work, helping to preserve the memory of her father was “priceless.”

“My father was killed in an accident in 1982 and to me those 10 seconds of him playing with me as a baby are priceless. I can’t believe how clear the film was restored to upon the conversion and how vibrant you made the color.”

Another happy customer said, “My Dad is still talking about how it’s the best gift he has had in a very long time and is genuinely so very happy and thrilled with the gift. I haven’t seen him this happy about a gift EVER! Hats off to you John, you’re the MAN!”

As a married father of four and a local small business owner, Robertson said he hopes that people will support local businesses who take the time needed, pay attention to detail and have the experience necessary to preserve such precious, priceless memories.

For more information, visit CreateMyDvd.com, call (203) 744-4383 or email sales@createmydvd.com.

Photo: World’s Fair 1967, from a client that brought Create My DVD 2,000+ slides for restoration.  John Robertson converted these to digital and corrected the faded color. 

Photo credit: R. Hyncik

 

Broadway Comes to Bethel

From the Bethel High School Theater Boosters:

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Bethel High School is happy to announce that the theater program will be presenting Footloose the Musical March 22, 23, 24th at Bethel High School. The well-known musical based on the movie is expected to be the most successful in school history.

In preparation for the sell out crowds, the town has come together through the BHS Theater Boosters, the Chamber of Commerce and Bethel Arts to promote the event and local businesses with shopping and restaurant specials. Ticket holders can enjoy the vast array of businesses in a town well known for its great restaurants, shopping, and support of the arts. It’s Broadway in Bethel!

It’s one weekend only – March 22, 23, 24. Tickets: $15 General, $12 Students/Seniors.

Tickets for Footloose and more info on Broadway in Bethel available online at www.bhstheaterboosters.com

Bethel Town Budget Meeting is Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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BETHEL, CT — Town of Bethel voters are notified of the reconvened Annual Town Budget Meeting to be held at the Bethel High School Auditorium, 300 Whittlesey Drive in on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7: 00 p. m. to consider the appropriation of $29,536,242, which sum includes debt service of $ 3,939, 238 and the school’ s building maintenance account of $500,008 as recommended by the Board of Finance.

The meeting will also include consideration of a resolution to appropriate the sum of $ 1,140,000, as recommended by the Board of Finance, for capital item expenditures, and the issuance of short-term notes and/ or bonds of $ 1, 140,000, to finance the appropriation of said sum for all costs incurred for the following capital item expenditures:

Highway Elgin Street Sweeper $230,000

Education High School, HVAC $250,000

Bethel Fire Dept: Replace BFD Engine $660,000

TOTAL CAPITAL $1, 140,000

Finally, consideration to establish the date on which the machine vote on the annual town budget shall take place in accordance with the provisions of the Bethel Town Charter.

Photo by 401(K) 2012 via Flickr Creative Commons

Bethel DIY Pizza-Making Company Brings Families Together for Make-Your-Own Dinner

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BETHEL, CT — After making and tasting thousands of different types and styles of pizza, a husband and wife duo launched their Ridgefield-based DIY pizza-making company called PIY, Pizza It Yourself, to the delight of families across Fairfield County. Ed Winstanley, from Westchester County, and his wife Grace Winstanley, from the Victoria, British Columbia, originally met at IBM and started a staffing business based in New York City 10 years ago.

“We ate copious amounts pizza while living in NYC before moving to Ridgefield,” Grace said. “We’re obsessed with pizza but with a big family and staffing business, we knew it wasn’t realistic to open a restaurant. Hello Fresh and Blue Apron appeared on the scene but we didn’t see anyone addressing our favorite meal so we started packing up dough, cheeses, and sauce for our neighbors to try out. We loved that the credit was given to the chef at home— neighborhood kids saying that their Mom’s pizza is ‘the best.” Families were enjoying the experience together and wanting more pizza!”

The couple moved to Ridgefield in 2013 after looking for a “family-friendly” town in Fairfield or Westchester County.

“When we first drove through Ridgefield and met some of the locals, it was instant, we fell in love and knew we’d found our new hometown,” Grace said.

Ed who used to work in IT and currently owns a staffing business has prior experience working at a pizzeria with his brother who had a pizzeria in Vermont. Eventually, the brothers moved closer to home and Will took over Il Sorriso in Irvington, New York. Ed experimented making pizza at home until he perfected the recipes and techniques.

“My brother and I talked about pizza recipes on a regular basis and when he came over for lunch one day, he was blown away that I had made a perfect pizza in a regular kitchen oven. It was that moment we knew pizza at home could be very special,” Ed shared.

The couple said what makes their pizza so special is not only the incredibly fresh, clean and delicious dough and ingredients but the experience of making artisanal pizza at home with family and friends.

“We love bringing people together over a delicious, easy to prepare a meal. Families are busy and we’re hoping to bring back a better version of Pizza Friday sans shopping or prep work. Recent studies show the benefit of families eating together, from improved relationships to lower symptoms of depression and drug use. We hope to make a difference by strengthening the family bond, the fabric of our society,” Grace stated.

In addition to bringing family and friends together for a delicious, healthy meal, PIY also does all they can to support the local community by doing fundraisers for organizations and nonprofits.

Grace Winstanley said that the couple loves hearing about their customers’ passion for pizza night. “We enjoy hearing about their new pizza traditions— how they look forward to pizza night and how dinner is prepared with and by their kids. We have 10-year-olds who love making pizza for the family and now the parents can ask, ‘What’s for dinner?'”

PIY currently delivers fresh ingredients to families in Ridgefield, Danbury, Bethel, and Redding. For more information visit www.pizzapiy.com.

Photo by Grace Winstanley

Best Brunch Spots in Bethel

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BETHEL, CT — Eggs Benedict, Spinach Frittattas, Country Farm Pancakes…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top three spots in Bethel, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 Bethel Brunch Spots 

  1. Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave.
  2. La Zingara, P.T.Barnum Square
  3. J. Lawrence Downtown, 186 Greenwood Ave.

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Bethel Brunch Spots

Trip Advisor’s top brunch spots included two restaurants that are now permanently closed, as well as a deli which is closed on Sundays and a restaurant closed for Easter Sunday. Below are the top ranked brunch places, excluding the above mentioned restaurants.

  1. Stony Hill Diner, 14 Stony Hill Rd. (Route 6)
  2. La Zingara, P.T.Barnum Square
  3. Rizzuto’s, 6 Stony Hill Rd. (Route 6)

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo: Torta Pasquale. Photo Credit:Stijn Nieuwendijk via Flickr Creative Commons

 

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