Monthly Archives: March 2012

CT Film Festival & Mark Twain House Invite You to ‘Confidence Game” Sneak Peek & Reception

The Connecticut Film Festival Mark Twain House

Friday  March 30  7:00pm 

 “Confidence Game” 

Sneak Preview & Reception

At The Mark Twain House & Museum

Featuring an Introduction and Q & A With Director: Nick Verbitsky 

Reception To Follow Sponsored By: 

 “Some Things Fishy Catering” 

One Show Only
Seating Is Limited 
On Monday, March 10, 2008, the early tremors of America’s subprime mortgage meltdown began rippling down on Wall Street at lightning speed. Seven short days later, Bear Stearns, the 85 -year-old investment bank known for its financial pugilism and outsized profits, found itself on the brink of unthinkable collapse; making the firm ground zero for a crisis that would go on to engulf the entire global financial system. Confidence Game reveals that the downfall of Bear Stearns was  not merely a weeklong event, but was an inevitable occurrence that had been 10 years  in the making.  

Interviews with former employees, homeowners, mortgage brokers, whistleblowers and eminent financial  journalists including Bryan Burrough, William  D. Cohan and Andrew Ross Sorkin provide  context for a destruction of wealth not seen  since the Great Depression.  

Jimmy Cayne

 

Confidence Game reveals how an amalgam of Washington policy and regulatory failures, compliant ratings agencies, media manipulation and fraud in the subprime mortgage market on a massive scale short-circuited Wall Street nearly destroying the American Economy.

Advanced Ticket Purchase To The Film & Reception Is Recommended

Purchase either online or visit the theater box office.

The Mark Twain House & Museum is located at 351 Farmington Avenue     Hartford, Connecticut 06105 – Phone: (860) 247-0998

For tickets: call the Museum Box Office at (860) 247-0998.

Red Cross Kicks Off Disaster Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

Red Cross Kicks Off Disaster Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

Area Volunteers Needed for Local Disaster Response Assignments

BETHEL, CONN., March 27, 2012 — The American Red Cross is kicking off a month-long disaster volunteer recruitment campaign in the Greater Danbury/Bethel and New Milford area. “Our goal is to recruit and train 25 new disaster volunteers by the end of April.” said Natalie Dos Santos, senior director of emergency services. “We are looking for all types of disaster volunteers – individuals, young adults, retirees – anyone with the interest and a little bit of time.” As the largest humanitarian organization in the United States, the Red Cross depends on volunteers to accomplish the organization’s mission: providing relief to disaster clients and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Dos Santos said no special skills are required to volunteer. “The Red Cross will train you and you will have opportunities to build your skills with additional training and exercises.” Dos Santos added that there are many roles for disaster volunteers. “Roles include working with families to provide Red Cross assistance, as well as activities in damage assessment, communications, shelter operations, staffing, preparedness, Mental Health, Health Services and more. There are a range of time and skill levels available to accommodate almost any calendar or interest.”

Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer is invited to attend a special workshop on April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Bethel. The free workshop will provide new volunteers information on the impact of disasters, how communities respond, the role of the Red Cross and how the local Disaster Action Team assists disaster client. There is no charge for the training but pre-registration is required.

To register, email Theresa.Addison@CTredcross.org. In the subject line of your email, type “April 21 Disaster Workshop Registration.” Be sure to provide your complete name, street address and phone number in the message. If you are not available for this session but are interested in volunteering, you can request information on future volunteer orientation sessions to the same address.

Each year Red Cross volunteers respond to more than 70,000 disasters — fires, floods, winter storms, hurricanes, hazardous material spills or transportation accidents. Some are large in scale, but most are single family residential fires. In Connecticut the Red Cross responds to approximately 500 disasters each year.

“All this takes a great number of trained volunteers,” Dos Santos said. “It takes approximately 15 volunteers per day just to run a single shelter. After a large disaster like a hurricane we might be supporting several shelters at the same time.” Regardless of the size of the disaster, Dos Santos said, “when neighbors are in need, American Red Cross volunteers are there.”

To nominate a 2012 hero, click here.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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Disabled American Bethel Veteran Aims to Support Wounded Warriors and Local Veterans

PRESS RELEASE

DISABLED BETHEL VETERAN AIMS TO SUPPORT WOUNDED WARRIORS AND LOCAL VETERANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

10 a.m. EDT, March 27, 2012

Bethel, CT, March 27, 2012:  On May 5th, 2012 Bethel Disabled Marine Veteran Dan Gaita and his supportive wife and two-time NYC Marathoner Erin will be attempting to complete the May 5th 2012 Tough Mudder event at Mt. Snow, VT in support of the Wounded Warrior Project

The “Tough Mudder” is a 10-12 mile, 29 obstacles course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. The Tough Mudder events are considered by many as the toughest event on the planet. Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

Gaita the 38-year-old father of two and Marine veteran who served in Military Operations in Bosnia, Somalia, and Haiti from 1992-1996 is also the owner of Bethel based Private Studio Fitness and suffers from back and knee injuries sustained while in the Marine Corps.

“I live my life in pain, not a day goes by that I am not reminded of my injuries. However, I also believe that doing nothing and giving up is simply not an option I am willing to put on the table. We have brave men and women coming home every day from multiple tours of combat duty that have had their arms and legs blown off, or have severe Brain Injuries and are haunted by the ghosts of their experiences. I have all of my limbs. So long as I can move, I intend to support my fellow veterans in any way possible. The Tough Mudder events bring very good people together for a great cause,” said Gaita.

Also in line with his mission to support Veterans, Gaita who is also a member of the Bethel V.F.W and the Veterans Service Officer at the Bethel American Legion, is coordinating the Joseph W. Tarrant, Jr. American Legion Post 100 Inaugural 5K War Memorial Tribute Run that will be taking place Saturday May 19th at 8am. This event will raise money for the Legion Scholarship Fund to supports local Veterans and their children by providing scholarships to help offset the cost of higher education. Information on this event can be found here: http://bethelamericanlegion.com/5k.htm

Molten Java & Byrd’s Books Celebrate New Digs With Hawaiian Luau

Molten Java & Byrd’s Books Celebrate New Digs With Hawaiian Luau

Molten Java and Byrd’s Books celebrated their Grand Opening in their new location at 213 Greenwood Avenue on Saturday with a ribbon cutting, a luau and live music. Brigadoon Cafe cooked barbecue all day while musicians played ukuleles and Hawaiian tunes. The mood was festive with the baristas, staff and patrons donning grass skirts and leis.
My Dad’s Truck will play at 8:00 p.m. Saturday night in case anyone missed today’s festivities.

The Grand Opening weekend will continue in Byrd’s Books on Sunday and Monday with two book signings.

Sunday March 25th, 1:00 p.m.:
Byrd’s Books hosts Bethel author Thomas Craughwell as he discusses his book, “The Irish Brigade” followed by Tom signing two of his titles,”The Irish Brigade” and “Stealing Lincoln’s Body”, in the Upstairs Gallery at Molten Java.
Monday March 26th, 7:00 p.m.:
Byrd’s Books will host Joseph Farris as he discusses his book,” A Soldier’s Sketchbook” in Molten Java’s main room, with a book signing upstairs in the Upstairs Gallery to follow. Since space is limited, registration for the author talks is required- by calling: (203) 730-2973 or by email:events@ByrdsBooks.com.  For information, please call: (203) 730-2973 Alice Hutchinson, Byrd’s Books, 213 Greenwood Ave., 2nd floor
Bethel, CT . ByrdsBooks.com

Gun Threat at Middle School Alarms Parents

Gun Threat at Middle School Alarms Parents
Early Friday morning many parents of Bethel Middle School students were alarmed to open their emails to receive the following notification, sent by Mr. Derek Muharem, new principal of Bethel Middle School–
Dear Parents and Care Givers:
 
I want to address a rumor that started yesterday afternoon in the 6th grade.  Several students were heard talking about a 6th grader bringing a knife to school. Over a short period of time that escalated  into a rumor  that the student planned to bring a gun to school. This is not true and I want you to know that your children are safe. Ms. Chapman began an investigation yesterday afternoon and Detective Morris from the Bethel Police Department and another officer then  went to the child’s house last night and spoke to the child and his parents. There was no evidence that led the police to believe any of this was true.  Ms. Chapman and I spoke with the student and his parents this morning.  The student’s backpack and locker were searched and we are confident that this was nothing more than a rumor.  During this morning’s announcements, I reminded all students that if they have any worries about anything or hear of something that compromises safety, they are to speak to an adult and not perpetuate more rumors among their peers. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
 
Thank you,
 
Derek Muharem
Principal
Bethel Middle School
The email was sent, according to Muharem, because the school received “a lot of phone calls and you know how rumors can get, so we wanted to let everyone know what happened.”  Muharem said approximately 7-9 parents called the schools when informed of the rumor. Parents questioned why send out an email to hundreds of parents causing panic if it was only a rumor and why didn’t the email include important information such as if the parents of the boy owned a handgun. If they did own a handgun was it locked up?
Bethel Buzz spoke with Captain Robert Cedergren of the Bethel Police Department Friday morning who had not yet been made aware of the situation by Det. Lynn Morris. Cedergren said that the police do not have to notify parents if the boy’s parents own a handgun and that sharing that information would be up to the school.
Mr. Muharem told Bethel Buzz the parents of the boy do not own a handgun. He said the rumor was started by two of the boy’s “acquaintances” and that it was just a rumor that got out of control. The school made an announcement Friday morning informing students that if in the future any children felt unsafe they should inform their teacher.

Senator McLachlan Joins National Rally for Religious Freedom

Senator McLachlan Joins National Rally for Religious Freedom

State Sen. Michael McLachlan addresses the National Rally for Religious Freedom on March 23 at the U.S. Courthouse in Hartford. Photo contributed.

The following is a press release sent in by the Office of Senator Michael McLachlan—

State Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-Danbury) participated in the National Rally for Religious Freedom on March 23 at the U.S. Courthouse in Hartford.

The rally, organized by www.standupforreligiousfreedom.com, aimed to counter the increasing and unprecedented unconstitutional attacks on our religious freedom at all levels of government.  More than 600 people attended.

“Catholic and other religious institutions will soon be legally required to provide services which violate a fundamental principle of their religious beliefs,” McLachlan said.  “This should be a battle cry for all faith institutions – the First Amendment of the United States Constitution is under attack.

“The ObamaCare mandate infringes on the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion and also violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Our government should be protecting freedom, not violating it. We strongly object to this violation of the United States Constitution.

“One of the most troubling facts about ObamaCare is that nearly 2,000 exemptions have been granted to unions and corporations like McDonalds.  Why are religious institutions not granted similar exemptions?”

McLachlan (http://www.senatormclachlan.com) can be reached at Michael.McLachlan@cga.ct.gov or 800 842 1421.  He represents Bethel, Danbury New Fairfield and Sherman.