Bethel Buzz Hands Over the Reigns To Bethel Hamlet Hub!

Bethel Buzz hands the reigns off to Bethel Hamlet Hub!


This article was originally published on Bethel Hamlet Hub.


Category: Local Business
Published on Monday, 14 January 2013 15:01
Written by Christie Macomber



Bethel HamletHub editor, Christie Macomber, announced some exciting news today. Bethel Buzz, founded, owned and operated by local resident Wendy Mitchell, will soon become part of Bethel HamletHub.

Mitchell, who has been successful in providing residents news, human interest stories and events, leaves Buzz News to pursue exciting new career opportunities focusing on working with children and youth. “I have taken a job in Stamford at St. John’s Episcopal Church where I will serve as Director of Christian Education,” she explains. In addition, Mitchell is the owner of Ultra Violet Productions  who most recently performed three black light puppet shows at First Night Westport and one at First Night Hartford on the same night!

The newest venture Wendy Mitchell is most passionate about is founding and creating a non-profit organization to help Sandy Hook families and children heal through the arts. The arts center is called “The SHACK” which stands for Sandy Hook Art Center for Kids. Their first event, “Play & Paint for Peace” is scheduled for Monday, January 21. This free event and is open to children of the community as well as other local children, space permitting. The group will provide therapy dogs, painting peace signs, a healing drum circle and a free puppet show. For details on how to register please visit

“HamletHub’s level of professionalism and proven ability to supply readers with relevant and accurate information, gives me assurance that my Bethel Buzz readers are in good hands,” said Mitchell. “Being at the helm of Bethel Buzz has connected me to the community in such a powerful way. I will truly miss telling the Bethel story but I have the utmost confidence in Christie Macomber,” she added.

Macomber, a long time Bethel resident and active member of the Bethel Chamber, has served as editor of Bethel HamletHub for more than a year. She is thrilled to bring readers of Bethel Buzz the local news they have come to know and appreciate. “HamletHub provides residents and local businesses with a platform to share their stories and ideas.  We strive to be a place where messages are heard and responses are reacted to immediately,” explains Macomber.

HamletHub began with one site in the town of Ridgefield and has since grown to include sites in 15 towns throughout Fairfield County, each staffed with local writers, editors, and community leaders. More than just a news source, HamletHub has become a platform for interaction and outreach.

Inspired by the overwhelming charitable responses to Newtown’s recent tragedy and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, their newest program, Hub Helpers, will serve as a network for community members looking to volunteer or donate during times of need. The site has also evolved as a forum for showcasing the countless selfless deeds of friends and neighbors.

In early 2012, HamletHub earned the prestigious Connecticut Press Club award for original journalism on the web.

To contact Christie Macomber, email “We love hearing about local stories, events and new and I welcome any and all contributions from Bethel residents,” said Macomber.

For more information about The S.H.A.C.K., Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids, please email or call 203-826-7194. You may also  visit:

The SHACK Facebook page 

The SHACK website


Important Flu Outbreak Message from Danbury Hospital

Important Flu Outbreak Message from Danbury Hospital

Photo contributed

Photo contributed

According to Mayor Mark Boughton’s robo call, “Danbury Hospital is experiencing a large influx of patients due to the recent flu outbreak. The hospital has asked the City of Danbury to remind residents to use the following practices to avoid spreading the flu”:

1. Avoid close contact with people

2. Stay home if you’re sick or not feeling well

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth


The hospital said you should seek medical care if you or any family member have the following symptoms:

  • Bluish skin
  • High fever accompanied by a rash
  • Dizziness
  • Not waking up
  • No tears when crying or excessive dehydration

The people who are most high risk for getting the flu include children under the age of 18 and adults over the age of 50.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said: “There is still time to get a flu shot  Please consider doing so to help stop the spread of the flu. Thank you for your cooperation.”

Molten Java to Collect Donations for Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids

Molten Java to Collect Donations for Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The S.H.A.C.K.’s website on 1/9/13. Owner/Editor of Bethel Buzz, Wendy Mitchell, grew up in Sandy Hook, attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Middle School, and graduated from Newtown High School in 1987. Wendy’s sister-in-law works at Sandy Hook Elementary and thankfully survived. Another sister works at the Newtown Middle School. This tragedy has impacted not only Wendy’s family but families worldwide. This project, The S.H.A.C.K. is one Wendy is working on with her fellow alumni of NHS Class of 1987.

Local Businesses Rally ‘Round The S.H.A.C.K.

mom and pop

For a small community like Sandy Hook, it is important to work together with the town, local retailers and the community to bring something special, like our community arts center, into town. We are happy to say we have done just that. On Tuesday, January 8th we attended the monthly meeting of a local business group, S.H.O.P., which stands for “Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.” We were very warmly received and established some wonderful connections with local business owners who are supportive of our endeavour.

At the meeting first selectman Pat Llodra announced the state has given Newtown a $500,000 grant to help local businesses that were impacted by the tragedy.  Betsy Paynter, a member of the Economic Development Committee, explained the importance of shopping local and shared some ideas on upcoming events that are being planned to benefit the Sandy Hook shopping district. President of S.H.O.P. Michael Burton spoke about how the streetscape project will impact the community.

The “Shop Local” and “support each other’s businesses” sentiments were heard loud and clear and many shop owners were receptive to the new ideas that were presented.

One business, Family Fun Kuts for Kids, has agreed to allow The S.H.A.C.K. to host a “Pop-Up Art” event at her shop. More details will be announced shortly.

Other local businesses have agreed to serve as collection centers for The S.H.A.C.K. for art supply donations.

Those businesses are as follows:

Local Drop-Off Collection Centers:

Monroe: Sippin Fuel, 234 Main Street, Monroe.

Bethel: Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel.

Brookfield: Servpro of Newtown & Litchfield, 3 Production Drive, Suite #4, Brookfield

New Fairfield: Village Hardware, 1 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield

Ridgefield: Hamlet Hub (a.k.a. Talk of the Town) Online News, 37 Danbury Rd, Suite 202, Ridgefield

Newtown: TBA soon!

Danbury: TBA soon!

Our “Wish List” for donations is as follows:

kid’s size smocks
carpet squares
drop cloths
tiles for mosaics
mosaic grout
mosaic tools
butcher paper rolls (white, colored)
air-dry clay
exacto knives 
adult sized scissors
kids sized scissors

tissue paper for collages
newspapers for paper maiche
glue……. lots & lots of glue!!!!!

paint your own pottery supplies & glaze

For more information “About Us,” please click here, or email

You may also call 203-501-7424.

Like us on Facebook by clicking here.

Bethel Board of Education Special Meeting

Bethel Board of Education Special Meeting 
bethel schools logo
Bethel Board of Education Special Meeting 
January 10, 2013
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Board of Education Conference Room E
1 School Street
Bethel, CT 

Special BOE Meeting Soliciting Community Input on Budget

Bethel, CT, January 9, 2013: As part of its effort to engage the Bethel community more deeply in the educational process, the Bethel Board of Education will hold a special meeting for the purpose of soliciting input from Bethel residents at the start of the budget cycle. The information provided will be used to inform the school administration and Board of Education as they develop their annual budget proposal for the 2013-2014 school year. Bethel residents are invited to attend and provide input.

Local Youth Theatre Troupe Accepting Registrations for “Willy Wonka the Musical”

Local Youth Theatre Troupe Accepting Registrations for “Willy Wonka the Musical”

willy wonka

Ultra Violet Productions is now accepting registrations for their Winter Theatre Session which begins on Saturday, January 12, 2013. The 10-week session runs through March 16, 2013 with their performance to be held on March 23, 2013 at the Black Box Theatre in Newtown. They will be performing “Willy Wonka the Musical.” Classes are open to children and teens ages 5-18 and are held on Saturdays from 10-11am at Dance Dimensions LLC, 14 Del Mar Drive in Brookfield. Children from all surrounding towns are welcome.

The mission of Ultra Violet Productions is to create a non-competitve, nurturing environment for children and youth to thrive in while encouraging them to find their own unique gifts and talents. Each class includes improvisation, fun theatre games, and vocal and physical warm-ups. Children are encouraged to participate as they feel comfortable. Their focus is on building a child’s self-esteem while teaching acting and singing skills.

For each of their sessions,  Ultra Violet Production does a community service project in conjunction with their productions. Past projects have included food drives, visits with seniors in assisted living facilities, baking cookies for the elderly and much more. This session thy have chosen to donate a portion of ticket sales for “seed money” to benefit the soon-to-be-formed non-profit, Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids.

For those joining late, classes can be prorated and children and teens may join through Jan. 26. For more information call 203-826-7194 or email for a registration form.

Like Ultra Violet Productions on Facebook by clicking here, and check out photos of past performances.

Visit UVP online by clicking here.

Fire on Drummer’s Lane Prompts Fire Marshal’s Urgent Reminder

Fire on Drummer’s Lane Prompts Fire Marshal’s Urgent Reminder



January 3, 2013

From: Thomas Galliford, Fire Marshal

To: NEWS Organizations

RE:  41 Drummers Lane fire on Wed Jan 2. 2013

Smoke Detectors have once again been credited with alerting the occupants of a fire in their basement yesterday afternoon.  The sound of the detector alerted the resident of 41 Drummers La and upon checking the basement found smoke.  The Bethel & Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Departments responded and quickly extinguished the clothes dryer that was on fire.

There was some minor water and smoke damage to the home.

It is important for residents to be sure they have working smoke detectors in their home.  A fire can occur at anytime and being alerted quickly to the fire can save lives and property.

Also- major appliances should not be operated when not at home such as dryers, washing machines, or dishwashers.  Proper installation, maintenance and upkeep of the appliances is important as well.

Let’s continue to keep Bethel Fire Safe, and check your smoke detectors today!