Monthly Archives: April 2012

Bethel Cinema and Cadiz Partner With HVCA to Present “The Sacred Science”

Bethel Cinema and Cadiz Partner With HVCA to Present “The Sacred Science”

The following was sent in by the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance–


Danbury, CT -Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance is proud to partner with the Bethel Cinema and Cadiz to present The Sacred Science, directed by local filmmakers from Brookfield, CT Dan Bailey and Nick Polizzi on May 8, 2012 at 6:30pm. Special guests include First Selectman, Matt Knickerbocker and Dan Bailey, who will be available for a Q & A immediately following the film.

Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of deeper answers. Living in seclusion in the heart of the Amazon jungle, these men and women take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru’s indigenous medicine men, working with centuries-old plant remedies and spiritual disciplines. In their most desperate hour, these patients are forced to confront not only their physical ailments, but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process. Five will return with real results, two will return disappointed, and one won’t come back at all.

The event begins with a private reception for guests in the large theater with food and wine provided by Cadiz. Proceeds will benefit HVCA – a wonderful community organization that works tirelessly to support the local cultural arts community!

We have tickets to giveaway! Tune into i95fm this week at 95.1 fm and win 2 tickets for the May 8th film. Tickets were donated by Danbury Fair.

Interested in seeing the movie and donating to Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance– log on to

According to Dan Bailey, “I want viewers to leave the theater with a greater appreciation for these ancient tribes and the knowledge they have to offer us, not just as a history lesson but as relevant, applicable technology that can save lives and better our communities here in the west.”

Lisa Scails, Executive Director of HVCA says, “We’re thrilled about this film this year.” “We always love the opportunity to celebrate local talent. Both the subject matter and quality of this film is very compelling. The Bethel Cinema is a wonderful way to enjoy an evening out and to celebrate the work we’re doing too.”

The Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance is a regional arts organization in Western Connecticut serving Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman. Our goal is to significantly leverage creative resources in Art, Culture and History to energize our economy and improve overall quality of life.

HVCA is supported by organizations and people who believe in the power of arts and culture to make our world a better place. HVCA does the behind-the-scenes work that helps nonprofit cultural organizations,

HVCA / 39 West Street, Danbury, CT 06810 / 203.798.0760 / 1 Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Shermancreative businesses, and artists do what they do best: create great art, celebrate our cultural richness, and seek public and private partnerships.

Services benefit business and the general public with better coordination of events and attractions and greater access to cultural resources to meet the needs of the larger community. Among the benefits to the general public includes an online regional calendar of events that is maintained with well over 3000 events of things to do and places to go within 30 miles of the surrounding area. HVCA offers an online Cultural Directory which provides real-time access to professionals and organizations in the arts & cultural industries with contact information links to websites, etc.

For more information about HVCA, visit or call 203.798.0760



Rep. Scribner Applauds House Passage of Bill to Enhance Safety on Connecticut Roads

Rep. Scribner Applauds House Passage of Bill to Enhance Safety on Connecticut Roads

HARTFORD—State Representative David A. Scribner (R-107) yesterday applauded his legislative colleagues for unanimously passing an enhancement to the “Move Over” Law– a measure that will increase highway safety and save lives.

Rep. Scribner co-sponsored HB 5094, which aims to better protect the operators of emergency vehicles as well as commuters. It requires that motorists move over one lane if travelling in the lane adjacent to a stationary emergency vehicle, applicable to highway with two or more lanes proceeding in the same direction.

“While last year’s ‘Move Over’ law was a step in the right direction, this bill goes further to enhance public safety and will help prevent future accidents, such as the tragic case of the Naugatuck DOT worker who was fatally hit by a tractor-trailer last month. This bill truly improves the safety of construction and transportation workers and motorists, at no cost to commuters.” Rep. Scribner said.

Rep. Scribner added, “I commend my legislative colleagues for passing this important bill and now urge the Senate to do the same.”

The current “Move Over” law in place applies only to highways with three or more lanes, while this bill augments the precedent to apply to two lane highways as well.

The House passage of this bill comes one month after a DOT worker was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck while picking up debris on the shoulder of Route 8 in Naugatuck.

Before coming to the House, the bill was vetted in the Public Safety and Transportation Committees, where it was voted forward unanimously. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

Rep. Scribner is the Ranking Member and longest serving leader of the legislature’s Transportation Committee as well as the Transportation Bonding Committee.

Rep. Scribner represents the communities of Bethel and Brookfield


Bethel Women’s Holds Fundraiser & Helps Open New Vet’s OASIS

Bethel Women’s Club Holds Fundraiser & Helps Open New Vet’s OASIS
From Gloria Hutchinson, Bethel Women’s Club Member and Vet’s OASIS Volunteer–
The Bethel Women’s Club (BWC) is holding a fundraiser, Flags on the Green, to honor current or former members of the military. The BWC has been actively involved in helping Veterans through fundraisers, as well as food and clothing drives.
The most recent Vets OASIS was officially opened at UCONN on March 21, 2012. Vets OASIS is a project started by the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWCCT) to help returning Veterans of war integrate back into society in local colleges. At this time 12 local public colleges and 10 universities has either a Veterans Drop-in Center overseen by the Administration or a GFWCCT Vets OASIS which is totally run by the Veterans themselves through their own organizations and supported by our Woman’s Clubs.  This total includes Gateway  and Norwalk Community Colleges Vets OASIS due to open by the GFWCCT Women’s Clubs this year 2012.
The Bethel Women’s Center (BWC) was impressed by the successful Flag on Green fundraiser and chose to adopt it to raise funds for Veterans in the Local Community in 2011 (i.e.:The :Vets House for Homeless in Danbury).  Other Women’s Clubs in the state are doing the same when no college or university is available in their area.  All have agreed to restrict this Vets OASIS fundraiser to benefit Veterans only.
It has been a privileged honor  to establish this way for the women of our CT Communities through our Women’s State Organizations (GFWCCT, AAUW and BPW) to welcome home our returning Veterans from the Iraq/Afghanistan conflict by preparing for them a safe environment to gather, meet and exchange their experiences and to plan together how they will re-enter civilian life.
The second stage of Vets OASIS is to involve other Community Organizations,  when needed,  to mentor our Veterans, as with the ACP Mentoring Program matching a Veteran one-on-on for a year with an experienced Corporate Executive in the career of choice. We are currently honoring in each Community the Gold Star Families with The Remembrance Tree displaying photos of the fallen CT Service Members with a public recognition ceremony of these sacrifices.
Consideration is being given to use funds raised to benefit the Wounded Warriors Military Charity specifically for research and prevention of Service related suicides.
Of current interest is  Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes  – Homes for the Brave.   Scholarships have been given to Women Veterans to attend National Conference for College Women Student Leaders to experience civilian style leadership.  Other scholarships are being considered for Military spouses.
The Bethel Women’s Club is currently holding a fundraiser, Flags on the Green, to honor current or former members of the military.

“FLAGS ON THE GREEN” Honor Them with a U.S. Flag

On the Green in front of Town Hall May 14 to May 31, 2012

Flags may be purchased in honor of any current or former members of the military or you may salute all military who have served

Proceeds to benefit various Connecticut Veteransʼ Causes

Offered by Bethel Womenʼs Club member GFWC/CT

****Your flag may be picked up on May 31****

————————————————————————————————————— Cut here & forward by May 10 to Bethel Womenʼs Club, c/o Geier, 15 Andrews Street. Bethel, Connecticut 06801

Name and Rank_______________________________________________________ (As you would like it to appear on the flagʼs ribbon — Please Print)

Service Branch And Dates of Service___________________________________________________________

Name of Purchaser____________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________ Number of Flags____X $10.00 (per flag) = Total Donation $__________(enclose form & check)

****For additional flags — you may use a separate sheet of paper****

Sunday’s “Danbury Kid’s Expo” Promises to be Chock Full of FUN!

Sunday’s Danbury Kid’s Expo Promises to be Chock Full of FUN!

Photo credit: Danbury Kid’s Expo

Got kids or are you a kid at heart? Then you need to go to the Danbury Kid’s Expo this Sunday, April 29 from 11am-4pm at the Danbury PAL Building on Hayestown Road. The Danbury Kids Expo is for children of all ages, parents, grandparents and future parents.

This is the second year the event takes place and was founded by Paul Ayoub, owner of Wedding Steps.

“I am a bridal show producer and was looking for another type of event to produce. Since there was nothing in the Danbury area for kids, I thought it would be a good idea,” Ayoub said.

“Everyone loved the event last year and are very excited for the event this year.”

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to The American Cancer Society. Ayoub said he wanted to donate to charity because he “thought it would be nice to give back to the community.”

“Since I have lost many friends and relatives to cancer I thought it would be a good charity to work with.”

A portion of the admission fees will go directly to The American Cancer Society.

The Danbury Kids Expo is informative, educational, entertaining, and fun for the whole family. Kids and adults will be entertained and informed throughout the day with a wide variety of entertainment, hands on activities and educational displays, magic shows, face paintings, interactive dance demonstrations, and much more. There will be a roaming railroad train kids can ride on, bouncy houses and a visit from the Star Wars Storm Troopers.

For more information please click here.

The schedule of entertainment is as follows:


Puppet Show


Cheerleading Demo


Karate Demo


Western CT Militia


Interactive Dancing


Fencing Demo


Magic Show


Live Animal Show

Sen. McLachlan Applauds Infant Heart Screening Measure’s Passage

Sen. McLachlan Applauds Infant Heart Screening Measure’s Passage

State Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-Danbury) testifies before a legislative committee in Hartford during a March public hearing on his proposal to require screening for heart defects to be conducted on newborns in Connecticut.

Looking on (at right) is Marie Hatcher of Sherman, holding her son Matthew. The bill on April 26 received the unanimous support of the House of Representatives and now moves on to the governor’s desk.

State Sen. Michael McLachlan today applauded the advance of his proposal to require screening for heart defects to be conducted on newborns in Connecticut.

The April 26 unanimous “yes” vote in the House of Representatives moves the bill to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Sen. McLachlan and his constituent, Marie Hatcher of Sherman, testified at the State Capitol last month on behalf of the bill.  Hatcher’s son Matthew was born with a congenital heart defect. She’s started a nonprofit group — Matthew’s Heart of Hope Inc. ( ) — to advance the cause of heart defect screening.

McLachlan said the method of screening, which is called Pulse Oximetry Screening, is a way to check for serious congenital heart defects before the newborn leaves the hospital. This $10 test evaluates oxygenation levels in the newborn’s blood through an external sensing device. A pulse oximetry reading below a specified level signals the need for more testing to determine whether a congenital heart defect is the cause.

“There is no better advocate to have by my side on this issue than Marie Hatcher,” Sen. McLachlan said. “Many legislators were unaware that this simple, non-invasive, and cost-effective screening is not required. Learning about congenital heart defects and screening for those defects can and will save lives. Early detection leads to early intervention to correct the defect so children can lead a normal life.  This unanimous vote is a reflection of a mother’s advocacy on behalf of her son and on behalf of newborns in Connecticut. Marie’s persistence is an excellent example of how one individual can make a positive impact on state policies.”

Every year, 35,000 babies are diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. While the defect takes many forms, the common denominator is diminished oxygenation of the infant’s vital organs.

Sen. McLachlan noted that The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics endorse Pulse Oximetry Screening of newborns.

What About Orthodics?

What About Orthotics?

Editor’s Note: Dr. Russell D. Caram is one of our local sponsors who shares weekly articles on Bethel Buzz. Material in this article is meant to provide information about Chiropractic but is not a substitute for professional health care.  The opinions represented in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Bethel Buzz or its editor.

Orthotics are inserts specifically molded to your foot which help stabilize your ‘pedal mechanics,’ meaning the position of the bones of your foot during your stance, walking and running phases.

Do I prescribe them? Yes, and here’s why–

Consider your spine and pelvis as an upside-down capital “T.”  Now drop 2 lines down from the ends of that “T” toward the floor to represent your legs.  As your legs move, your pelvis and spine need to be balanced in order to alleviate stress and physical wear to the spine.  If there should be an inherent problem which causes an imbalance, over time you can develop everything from ankle, knee, hip and back pain based on this ‘wheels-out-of-alignment’ distortion.

Orthotics help align your foot’s mechanics. Each pair of orthotics is specifically molded to each patient individually.  You’re not getting the “Dr. Scholl’s” inserts which are mass-produced for millions of feet at one time.  Additionally, custom-prescribed orthotics can address other anomalies, such as heel spurs, plantar fascitis and uneven leg lengths (by adding height to one side – up to 7 mm).

Leg Length Differences

The best way to determine if you have an anatomical leg-length difference is by taking an upright X-Ray of the lumbar spine and pelvis.  Given the above “upside-down letter T” example above, if there is an anatomical deficiency of length on one side seen on the X-Ray, the spine usually tilts toward the short-leg side and then will compensate, causing a scoliosis – or lateral bend.  Many times these scoliotic discrepancies are first noticed by attentive parents. Scoliosis-screenings at schools have let too many of these go unnoticed, and because of this chiropractors are best at evaluating this.

People with anatomical leg length differences over 1cm can still get orthotics, but may need to have the soles of their shoes lifted to correct this problem – as adding such a drastic height to an orthotic brings the heel too far out of the shoe.

Women can get orthotics for high-heels of up to 2 inches.  Higher than that the orthotics are pretty useless, considering she’s essentially walking on her toes.  So, if you’re serious about spinal correction, wear heels with less than a 2″ lift.

Orthotics are also not going to work in sandals, flip-flops, Crocs, etc., as they need to be able to stay IN the shoe to be useful…so obviously there’s less compliance during summertime.  There are a few companies that offer “Sandalthotics”, in which the orthotic is part of the sandal, and though the idea is wonderful, the designs/styles are limited to what the orthotic company offers…so if comfort outweighs vanity, there are options.

Dr. Russell D. Caram’s office is located on 182 Grassy Plain Street, Bethel, on Route 53. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

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