Monthly Archives: November 2011

Stony Hill Four Corners Hawleyville Tree Lighting & Toy Collection is This Sunday!

Stony Hill Four Corners Hawleyville Tree Lighting & Toy Collection is This Sunday!

Photo Credit: Stony Hill Four Corners Association


This Sunday, December 4th, 
from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the Stony Hill Four Corners Association, along with local businesses, will hold their 2nd annual tree lighting event at the Hawleyville Post Office Plaza, 23 Barnabus Rd., Newtown.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the scene to hear children’s Christmas wishes, courtesy of the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Department. Lively holiday music will be provided by The Knockoffs, a Bethel-based rock band. A special appearance from Ultra Violet Theater students will fill people’s hearts with holiday cheer as students ranging in age from 5-15 sing songs and perform scenes from their upcoming play, “A Children’s Christmas Spectacular.”

As with all Stony Hill Four Corners Association events, this event will benefit a local charity. Attendees are asked to bring a new toy for a collection for the Newtown Fund Toy Drive. If the gift is wrapped, mark age and gender on the bottom of the toy.

Local businesses will be handing out goodies: Big Buddha is sponsoring hot chocolate, Hawleyville Wine & Liquor is donating cider and Papa Als’ is handing out free sample-sized pizza slices.

For more information about the Stony Hill Four Corners Association, click here.


Bee U Learning Center Celebrates the Season With Indian Pow Wow Day

Bee U Learning Center Celebrates the Season With Indian Pow Wow Day

The following was sent by Bee U Learning Center–

“Indian Pow Wow” Day. On November 16th, we pretended we were Native Americans and we made vests out of brown paper bags, head bands and “Fruit Loop” necklaces. At snack time we pretended we went hunting for animal meat and ate bologna. For maize, we popped some popcorn and we also ate “Goldfish” for the fish we caught in the rivers and streams. We built a “bonfire” out of real logs and paper flames and sat around the fire and ate together. On November 22nd, we pretended we were Pilgrims and had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn bread, corn, cranberry sauce and gravy for lunch that day.

Healing Hearts Offers Workshop For Kids on Death & Grieving

The following is a press release sent by Regional Hospice of Danbury–

Workshop Offered on “Talking With Kids About Death and Grieving”

DANBURY, CT — When someone close to a child dies, how might the child express grief? What kinds of feelings might they experience? What types of behavior should concern parents?

The Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families, a bereavement center established by Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, Inc., will offer a workshop titled “Talking With Kids About Death & Grieving” on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Healing Hearts Center at 73 Stadley Rough Road in Danbury, CT.

“Many people, including grandparents and parents, are looking for help talking with children about the death of a loved one,” explained Janet Loya, who facilitates the workshop. “We talk about the different ways children grieve and what children need in order to feel comforted when they experience the death of a loved one. Children need to receive age-appropriate information and need to be able to express their feelings in ways that make sense for them.”

Loya also reviews how to talk about funerals, creamation and after-life based on how children process information, and what beliefs and rituals are important to the individual family.

“Children who are grieving benefit when the adults in their lives are aware of and sensitive to the different ways children react and respond to grief,” said Loya. “Myths about children and grief, and ways that caring adults can support the child, will be explored.”

“Talking With Kids About Death & Grieving” Support Group Friday, December 2, 2011 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families, 73 Stadley

To register, please call Healing Hearts at (203) 792-4422.

The Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families is a program of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, Inc. The nonprofit home care and hospice agency offers real hope for those facing advanced illness through patient-focused care, education, resources and advocacy. We help patients and families discover what end-of- life care can be—what can be gained, what can be realized and what can be recaptured. For more information, visit or call (203) 702-7400.


C L & P Announces Credits to Residents Without Power as of Nov. 5

The following is information form a press release from CL&P–

Northeast Utilities Increases Post-storm Fund Credit Available to Eligible Residential Customers

Today, CL&P’s parent company Northeast Utilities announced the company has increased the post-storm fund established on November 9 up to $30 million.

Any residential customer without power after noon on Saturday, November 5, as a result of the storm, will be eligible for credit applied to their CL&P bill – a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $200 depending on how many eligible customers apply for the credit.

We have also sought the assistance of Kenneth Feinberg, the nationally renowned claim fund administrator, who designed and administered the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Feinberg agreed to help NU administer this post-storm fund at the request of Governor Malloy.

In addition, the company will also be making donations of up to $5 million to the Connecticut Food Bank, Foodshare and Operation Fuel to help them address community needs for this approaching winter season. Each organization will initially receive $1 million with additional funds determined at the close of the fund in January.

The fund, which will be administered by the company, will be open for application beginning Wednesday, December 7, 2011. On that date, CL&P will begin contacting qualified residential customers to inform them of their eligibility to apply for the credit. Also at that time, qualified customers can choose to apply at or by calling 888-566-9257. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. January 31, 2012. Credits will begin to be applied to the customer’s February billing statement. No release of legal claims will be necessary in order to receive compensation from the fund.

Those customers who filed information through 2-1-1 for claims associated with the storm after the initial fund was announced will receive a credit on their bill without further application required if they are eligible.

Crafters Take the Crap Out of Christmas!

Crafters Take the Crap Out of Christmas!

Crap plate by Vintage Silver

The following is a press release from Jen Matlack of Milly Gilly House & Garden–


On Sunday, December 4, from 12 to 4pm at Molten Java, 102 Greenwood Ave., in Bethel, four crafters plan to take THE CRAP OUT OF CHRISTMAS by offering their thoughtfully handmade wares in HOT CUP O’ HANDMADE, an event that will feature everything from one-of-a-kind clothes made out of clothes, cleverly recycled jewelry, and verdant terrariums made from twice-loved glass and silver.

According to Lys Guillorn, owner of Little Cowgirl, who will have a table at the event, “It’s much cooler to make stuff, or buy it from folks who made it, grew it, baked it, sewed it, upcycled it, painted it, wrote it, or micro-manufactured it.”

We couldn’t agree more! And we’d love for you to let readers know about the show.

In addition to Little Cowgirl, which features handmade buttons, jewelry and other fun and funky stuff, there will be three other artists:

* Folk Couture. A fabulous clothing line designed by Danbury resident, Grace Napoleon, who creates clothes out of well, clothes! Completely recycled, hand-stitched, and wonderful, these pieces range from sweaters to ballgowns each with its own personality. Grace sells her threads in New York, Boston, Brooklyn, and Providence. This will be her only “appearance” in Connecticut before the holidays!
* Twitch and Whiskers. Owner and elementary school teacher, Mei-Ling Uliasz, designs jewelry out of cast away vintage gems and inspiring items from the recycling bin. She loves giving new life to old objects with a twist of whimsy and humor. She offers upcycled one-of-a-kind pieces, thimbilism necklaces, and REcap bracelets. Everything is lovingly made by hand.

* Milly Gilly House & Garden. Jen Matlack repurposes vintage silverware into garden markers, garlands, and ornaments, all embellished by hand with original illustrations. A nature lover at heart (and passionate gardener) Matlack also designs terrariums using second-hand glass and silver. Additionally, she makes ribbon that you won’t feel guilty using: it’s biodegradable–food for worms! Two years ago, Matlack was featured as a seller on ETSY — too exciting!

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Firefighters Respond to Early Morning Fire in Berkshire Corporate Park

The following is a press release from the Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.– 

 —BETHEL, CT., Nov 29 2011

This morning at  6:11am the Stony Hill and Bethel Volunteer FD’s responded to 6 Berkshire Blvd in the Berkshire Corporate Park for smoke in the building.  Upon arrival of Stony Hill Engine 3, a moderate smoke condition was found in the lower level of the 3 story office building.  Firefighters found a large Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) on fire in the electrical room.  Firefighter shut the power off to the unit and used a dry chemical fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire.

Due to the size of the building and smoke condition, crews remained on scene for approximately 1.5 hours to secure the scene and remove the smoke from the building.  Units operating included Stony Hill’s Engine 3, Engine 1, Rescue 2 and Bethel FD’s Engine 6.  Approximately 15 volunteer firefighters operated at the scene.

The fire appears to have been an accidental fire in the electrical system of the UPS device. 

Thomas E. Galliford

Fire Marshal
Emergency Management Director
Town Of Bethel, CT
One School Street
Bethel, CT 06801