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Bethel Daily Briefing: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Budget, immortality, grasshoppers and a little bit of history.

Bethel Daily Briefing: Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Today Tuesday, April 3 , 2012


TODAY'S WEATHER from the  National Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 59. North wind between 8 and 16 mph. 

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm. 




 I have a problem with grasshoppers. They destroy my patch of turnip greens in no time at all. What can I do about them?

 Row covers and screens can help protect the turnip greens. Tall grass provides food and shelter for the grasshoppers, so leaving the garden border unmowed will delay grasshopper movement into the garden. Also, a trap crop of attractive plants, such as zinnias or some other lush flower or vegetation, can be planted around the edge of the garden. The most effective grasshopper deterrent is chickens, but they may cause injury to other plants.


 QUOTE OF THE DAY  from Brainy Quotes

 A book is the only immortality.

Rufus Choate



Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kevin Smith will be addressing the community at the Rockwell PTO meeting next Tuesday, April 3rd at 9:15. He will address a number of topics including the state of our schools, and the budget process. This event is open to all community members.

A public hearing on the recommended budget will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethel High School Auditorium, 300 Whittlesey Drive, Bethel, Connecticut.

All persons entitled to vote at the Annual Town Budget Meeting are invited to make written and oral comments concerning the recommended budget. Copies of the recommended budget are on file in the Town Clerk’s Office, Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center and are available for inspection.


Special Craft Class, Wednesday, April 4, 1 pm. Make Easter door decorations in time for the holiday. You must sign up in the office ahead of time. Cost $2. Senior Center

HVCASA's 6th Annual Drug Free Schools Committee

Parent Awareness Conference Wednesday ~ April 4, 2012  8:30am-1:30pm


 9:15- 10:15 "School Perspective on the Current Climate for Teens in Our Area" 

Panel Discussion with Members of HVCASA's Drug Free Schools Committee;

Sheila Levine, Bethel HS; MaryAnne Pieratti, Joel Barlow High School; Judy Blanchard, Newtown High School and Scott Snow Shepaug Valley

  Regional High School 

 10:15-10:30  BREAK

 10:30-Noon  “Parenting the 21st Century Teen", Charlie Manos, Director of Special Services, Brookfield Public Schools

Trends Impacting Our Kids, What’s Different About Growing Up Today & How Parents Can Address These Changes

Noon-12:45  LUNCH

 12:45-1:30  "Youth Attitudes & Behaviors- Regional Survey Results",  Allison Fulton, Executive Director, HVCASA

How We Use the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets to Frame Our Strategies

1:30-2:00  Optional Q & A

 $10 Registration Fee - RSVP Soon - Space is Limited !!!!  

Call: 203-743-7741 or Email:  hvcasa@snet.net


Bethel High School is now accepting nominations for its 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction class. Submission are due by May 1st. The nomination form can be found in the BHS main office or on the Bethel High School Athletics web page under the "Hall of Fame" Tab. Nomination forms can be emailed to Jayme McGovern at  mcgovernj@bethel.k12.ct.us, or can be mailed as a hard copy to Bethel High School, Attn: J. McGovern, 300 Whittlesey Dr., Bethel, CT 06801.


WCSU Free Events

APR. 3 GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE: WCSU will host a Graduate Open House from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Coordinators from each graduate program will be available to answer questions. The Open House will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Division of Graduate Studies at (203) 837-8243 or visit www.wcsu.edu/gradopenhouse/.


APR. 3 PIANO RECITAL: Students in the WCSU music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call (203) 837-8350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp.


APR. 4 SOCIAL WORK SYMPOSIUM: The annual Beatrice K. Nemzer Social Work Symposium will be at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. This year’s topic will be homelessness. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to schutz008@connect.wcsu.edu.


APR. 4 MACRICOSTAS LECTURE SERIES: Award-winning critic, essayist, translator and author Daniel Mendelsohn will deliver a talk in the lecture series funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine “Deno” Macricostas and his wife Marie. Mendelsohn will read from a work in


 Cooking Together (for kids 3 - 5 years old... and parents too) Thursdays, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Classes run for 6 weeks (4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3 & 5/10)

Cooking is a great skill for children of any age. You’re never too young to have fun in the kitchen! In these classes Chef Robin will work with you and your children to create delicious meals. Emphasis will be on introducing kids to healthy, new foods. It’s amazing what they’ll taste when they prepare it themselves!

$20 each class. $110 if you purchase all 6 in advance.


 This year’s Johnson School Art Walk will be on Wednesday, April 25, from  5-7 p.m.

School Date Reminders

April 6th – Schools are closed

April 10 – Conference Day – Early Dismissal – JS & BMS

April 11 – Conference Day – Early Dismissal – JS & BMS

April 12 – Conference Day – Early Dismissal – JS

April 12 – Professional Development Day – Early Dismissal – BMS & BHS

April 16-20 – Spring Recess


TODAY IN HISTORY from  On This Day

1776 - Harvard College conferred the first honorary Doctor of Laws degree to George Washington. 

1860 - The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half. 

1862 - Slavery was abolished in Washington, DC. 

1882 - The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed. 

1933 - First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized "3.2" beer. 

1949 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis debuted on radio on the "Martin and Lewis Show". The NBC program ran until 1952. 

1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time. 

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.

1982 - John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the "The NBC Nightly News." Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw became the co-anchors of the show. 

1985 - The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners. 

1986 - The U.S. national debt hit $2 trillion. 

1996 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole. 

2000 - A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling. 

2010 - The  Apple iPad went on sale. 


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