2 Fires in Bethel Require Mutual Aid From Area Fire Departments, 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.

In the Bethel Middle School fire, Bethel Fire & EMS reported that the building’s sprinkler system contained the fire before units arrived. After the BMS fire, crews were dispatched to Francis J. Clarke Park for a structure fire.

Stony Hill Fire said to avoid the area of the industrial park due to large amounts of smoke in the area. The business park is located at Francis J. Clarke Circle in Bethel along Route 53.

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

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Has Spring Sprung? Calendar of Fun CT Events to Get You in the Springtime Mood

Screen Shot 2019-05-14 at 6.36.01 PM.pngWondering if spring has sprung or will ever spring? It seems like someone has upset Mother Nature and she has unleashed her cold, rainy fury on us for far too long. But even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, CT Buzz News has a variety of indoor and outdoor events that will get you in the mood for warmer weather.

The biggest event this weekend is the St. Mary School carnival in downtown Bethel.

Here is what’s going on this week. Do you have an event to submit? Email it in a Word document or email the text in the body of an email and send to: CTBuzzNews@gmail.com. No PDF’s, please. Thanks! 🙂

Wednesday, May 15

  • St. Mary School Carnival, Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel, 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Sing & Sign with Ms. Janine at Kid’s Kingdom in Brookfield, 100 Pocono Rd. Brookfield.  You’re guaranteed to learn several signs, dance and have fun at the same time! All ages are welcome. In case of bad weather, the program will be held in Brookfield Town Hall in Room 133. Time: 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Dates: 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22.

Thursday, May 16

  • St. Mary School Carnival, Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel

Friday, May 17

  • St. Mary School Carnival, Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel

Saturday, May 18

Sunday, May 19

  • St. Mary School Carnival, Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel,12:00pm-2: 00 pm & 4:00pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Bethel Memorial Day Parade, Greenwood Ave., Bethel, 2:00 p.m.
  • Rockin’ the Hook Concert, 12-7 p.m., Sandy Hook Center, 5 Glen Road, with music by Traveling Danburys and Cheap Thrills, hosted by S.H.O.P., the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.
  • Blue Ribbon Ventures Horse Show at Fair Hill Farm, 1060 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, 9 a.m.

 

‘Fit Club’ Opens in Ridgefield

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RIDGEFIELD, CT — After The Gym abruptly closed last October and new owners took over, they are excited to announce that they are now open for business. After months of remodeling, the new owners— Jenny Conciatore, Mike Subach, Cathy Migliaccio and Sue Johnstone—are proud to bring Fit Club to 66 Grove St. in Ridgefield.

“Fit Club is more than a gym.  We have an unparalleled passion for fitness and sincere commitment to our club members.  Our community includes a staff that enthusiastically values an intelligent approach to health, strength and conditioning (both physical and mental),” the owners said in an email.

“Members benefit from our SMART personal and group training and our group exercise schedule which includes cycle classes, cardio, and light weight training.  Our beautiful, newly renovated facility has the most up-to-date equipment and full-service locker rooms, that include showers and new saunas.  Our goal is to provide the very best in theory, practice, equipment and experience to our club members.”

The new owners welcome interested patrons to tour their new facility this weekend:

  • Sunday May 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday May 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Register for the tour by visiting: http://fitclubridgefield.com/registration/

    For more information or questions, email Jenny@fitclubridgefield.com.

‘The Biggest Loser’ Contestant Aims to Inspire Change by Opening Orangetheory Fitness in Ridgefield

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Tara Costa, owner of Orangetheory Fitness in Danbury, will open Orangetheory Fitness this fall on Ethan Allen Highway in Ridgefield.

RIDGEFIELD, CT — The Biggest Loser contestant, mother of one and one on the way, Tara Costa said she wants to inspire others to “experience more life” which is why she got into the fitness industry after struggling with her weight and body image for years. It impacted everything she did, she said.

“I went through a major life change after realizing I couldn’t walk up a flight out of stairs or take a subway without being drenched in sweat,” she said, reflecting back on the days when she worked in the in corporate finance.
“I was living life but I wasn’t really living—being the biggest person in the room, always looking for the chair— you don’t want to be who you are, you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin. After getting involved in the show, I made a vow to try to inspire change in the lives of others.”
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That change came in the form of a fitness franchise which she opened with several partners in Danbury, Orangetheory Fitness. The Long Island woman became a fitness coach after The Biggest Loser Season 7 finale and helped a lot of people reach their goals. She started sending her clients to a gym in Long Island before deciding to open one of her own.
“After The Biggest Loser was over, I did Iron Mans and ran a few marathons, and the way that it made me feel, pushing myself physically and mentally helped me to break through a  barrier. You don’t realize how strong you are until you push yourself to do something. That’s what Orangetheory provides to people,” she said.
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“I ended up partnering with two people— a client who lost 160 pounds, and a friend I met through my speaking circuit, Matt Long. All of us were impacted by fitness and fitness provided more life to us. The camaraderie that existed became so empowering,” she said of working with her partners.
Costa lost 155 pounds on The Biggest Loser and is now celebrating a special anniversary this May as she plans her kickoff party for her new location, Orangetheory Fitness Ridgefield with a celebration on Saturday, May 18 from 12-6:00 p.m. at 850 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza, 424 Main St., Ridgefield.
The family-friendly event includes face painters for the kids, a caricature artist, and a balloon twister. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free heart rate monitor.
“This is a pre-sale and we’re offering the lowest rates we can offer in the state of Connecticut for a limited time,” she stated.
Her Ridgefield studio manager, Shaun Chang, is a dedicated fitness enthusiast and is very excited to be joining the team. He has always enjoyed making a difference in the community, loves to exercise, and finds pleasure working with all kinds of people.
Shaun is an active volunteer for Ann’s Place and serves on the Board of Directors for Apex Community Care. He worked in the healthcare industry in his previous career which helped him realize how important good health is to one’s future. Shaun currently works out, runs, and participates in obstacle races such as Tough Mudder and Spartan Races.
“He cares about people,” Costa said, “we lift each other up. We’re super excited to get to a take part in a community that’s already close-knit and so involved.”
Orangetheory Fitness Ridgefield will open in September on Ethan Allen Highway on the Ridgefield/Wilton line in the Keogh’s Hardware shopping plaza.

Free Mother’s Day Massage & Spinal Check from Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture

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RIDGEFIELD, CT — She drove you to music lessons, baseball, dance, football and cheer, she stayed up late nights nursing you back to sleep when you got the flu or whooping cough or you were just scared of the monsters under the bed. She attended every game, every performance, was there for you when your prom date ditched you for someone else and did it all with a smile. Now it’s time to show her how much you care by giving her the priceless gift of health and wellness.

Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture has a very Mother’s Day special that will leave your mom (or you) feeling relaxed and refreshed. Their Mother’s Day special includes a free Adrenal stress test, a free spinal evaluation, and best of all, a free 15-minute trigger point massage.

Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture is located at 31 Bailey Ave. in Ridgefield and has been a leader in the wellness industry for more than 40 years. The practice offers a drug-free, holistic approach to wellness and recently added a Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Layli Harandi, to help their patients explore a variety of drug-free alternatives to pain relief.

Pamper your mom (or yourself) by calling to set up her/your appointment set up today! (203) 438-9609 and tell them you saw the free offer on CT Buzz News.

For more information about Peterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture, visit their website.

Brookfield’s ‘Giving Garden’ Invites Community to Planting Day

Screen Shot 2019-05-08 at 3.26.49 PMBROOKFIELD, CT — Brookfield’s “Giving Garden” is hosting their 10th Annual Planting Day on Saturday, May 18, 2019, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon and they’re inviting experienced and inexperienced gardeners to join in the fun.

Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, hats, gloves and sunscreen and bring newspapers (black & white only), gardening tools, and bug spray. The organization will provide drinking water, snacks, and lunch for volunteers and children are welcome.

The Giving Garden is a project of the Kiwanis Foundation of Greater Danbury, and located at the Eriksen Farm Open Space, 8 Nabby Road in Brookfield. Since 2010, the Giving Garden has grown thousands of pounds of vegetables for local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Please R.S.V.P. by emailing GivingGardenCT@gmail.com, or texting Donna at (203) 241-7336.

Find out more on Facebook by clicking here.

Photo credit: Giving Garden

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.

#DanburyCT Traffic Alert: Incident on Lake Ave.

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DANBURY, CT — Western Connecticut State University alerted its students via Twitter to avoid Lake Ave. and Lake Ave. Ext. as there has been a dangerous spill o the road in front of Stanziato’s Pizza.

 

(1/2) A truck has spilled a load of 1,000 pounds of roofing nails in front of Stanziato’s Restaurant on Lake Ave. Extension near the entrance to the Westside campus.

(2/2) Please avoid taking Lake Ave. Extension to get to Westside. Instead, take Kenosia Ave. or approach from Exit 2. The campus remains open and all classes and other activities are continuing.”

Roofing nails can cause damage to tires causing a dangerous driving situation. “Driving with a hole in your tire is potentially dangerous and could cause a blowout. Furthermore, driving too long with the nail can ruin the tire so you will have to replace the entire tire, instead of having a small piece plugged,” according to Autoblog.

Danbury Area Irish Kick Off Month-Long Schedule of St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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DANBURY, CT — Danbury Irish-Americans kick off a month-long St. Patrick’s Day celebration of events beginning on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 9 a.m. with the New Fairfield Flag Raising.  A St. Patrick’s Day Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 21 Brush Hill Road, followed by a march to Town Hall. Ancient Order of Hibernian (AOH) President David Albright, along with New Fairfield’s Peter Hearty and fellow Hibernians, will hoist the Irish flag at Town Hall. Refreshments will be served.

The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center (GDICC) has two weekends of St. Patrick’s Day events planned to celebrate the holiday:

Friday, March 15, 2019

  • 2JAM Acoustic, 8-11 p.m.: Bill and AJ are back at the Danbury Irish Cultural Center for a night of entertainment including classic rock , oldies, folk , originals and some Irish tunes.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

  • Bethel St. Patrick’s Day Flag Raising, 9 a.m. Grab some friends and a warm woolen sweater and head to the Bethel St. Patrick’s Day flag raising on Saturday, March 16th at 9 a.m. at P.T Barnum Square. Then walk over to the Municipal Center, 1 School Street, to raise another Irish flag and join friends and neighbors inside the Municipal Center for coffee, tea, and refreshments.
  • Danbury Flag Raising, 12 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Hat City with local officials, Hibernians, and friends old and new on Saturday, March 16th. First go to Mass at St. Peter’s Church at 11 a.m. and then shuffle on over to the flag raising at the Danbury Town Hall at 12 noon. The GDICC will be opening up at 11 a.m. and serving up delicious, tender corned beef dinners and sandwiches from 12-8 p.m. Thorne Academy of Irish Dance will perform at 1 p.m., followed by a mini seisiun (Irish open music circle) from 3-4:15 p.m.. After that, from 4:15-4:45 p.m., there will be an Irish soda bread making demonstration and another mini sesuin from 4:45-5:30 p.m. Irish music will be playing after that in the pub and in the back room.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the GDICC on Sunday, March 17th! The GDICC opens at 9 a.m. and dinners and sandwiches will be served from 12 noon to 7 p.m. or until they are sold out. Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance will be dancing at 2 p.m., followed by Steve O’Tree who will be playing from 2:45-5:30 p.m. Chicks ‘n Sync will perform from 6-9 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Danbury St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2 p.m., downtown Danbury. Join locals for the annual Danbury St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The parade steps off at St. Peter Church on Main Street in Danbury at 2 p.m., and continues up Main Street, turns left on West Street and proceeds up to the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, 6 Lake Avenue, Danbury where there will be Irish music, food, and dance. The parade includes bands, floats, dancers, and marchers. Go to the GDICC afterward for corned beef sandwiches and other food and desserts, music, drinks and a great time. For more information, email parade co-chairs Kevin Hearty or Wendy Mitchell: kevin.hearty@ncps-k12.org or wendyannmitchell@live.com.

ABOUT THE GDICC

The goals of our organization are the preservation and teaching of Irish heritage and culture for our own enrichment and enjoyment as well as the next generation’s and for all people who are interested in our heritage with a program of teaching, workshops and cultural events. Classes and workshops include Irish Language, Dance, Music, Singing, Drama, Storytelling, Genealogy, Literature, History and Gaelic Sports. Events include Irish language days, concerts, plays, games, lectures, book clubs and monthly seisiúins.

Currently, the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation (GDICF) offers weekly Irish language classes at the beginning and intermediate levels; weekly fiddle and whistle classes at the beginning and intermediate levels; weekly céilí and set dancing classes; monthly seisiún; a 1 day traditional acoustic Irish music festival; and an annual 3 day Irish Festival (the Danbury Irish Festival) with a full program of traditional Irish cultural entertainment.

​Questions? Call (203) 739-0010, email DanburyIrish@gmail.com or visit www.gdicc.org.

 

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