I am a concerned Bethel resident and join many of my neighbors in supporting the fracking waste ban ordinance submitted back in December 2017 to the Bethel Board of Selectmen with signatures of support from residents who associate as Democrat and Republican. A public hearing should be scheduled NOW to discuss this pressing issue as requested by residents.
Frackers in Pennsylvania have produced more than 1 billion gallons of toxic fracking waste. As they expand operations, the industry is desperately trying to find new places to dump all that waste. They will soon be eyeing our area and state as a nearby dumping ground.
My son is the 5th generation of my family to live in the beautiful town of Bethel. It is important that we all do everything to leave future generations a cleaner, greener, and healthier Bethel. I studied Biology as an undergraduate and Ecology in graduate school, where I learned specifically about the dangers associated with fracking waste. I am ready to do what I can to be sure that this hazardous, toxic, radioactive material does not enter our town. I hope our town leadership will, too.
The residents within this community have spoken. Both Republicans and Democrats have pushed for this ban of fracking waste from entering our town. More than enough evidence has been presented for a public hearing, yet nothing has been scheduled.
With this letter I urge the Town of Bethel and Board of Selectmen to schedule a public hearing regarding the fracking waste ban at their next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 20.
Editor’s note: this column is designed to shine a light on an organization that is providing an valuable service to our community.
Off The Streets
is in its tenth year of helping homeless people in the Danbury area transition into permanent housing.To date, Off The Streets has helped over 600 people move out of shelters.
The nonprofit offers three types of assistance to its clients. First, it can provide someone with a security deposit. According to Joe Simons, Administrator of Off The Streets, “a security deposit is often the missing link for someone to move into an apartment.” Second, it provides tangible goods-furniture and household items-to people who often have to start from scratch in their new home. “It’s not uncommon,” Simons explained, “for someone to have to sleep on their apartment’s floor the first few nights.” The third type of assistance, although intangible, is as vital as the others: moral support and motivation. “Being homeless is like being in quicksand,” according to Simons. “We encourage our clients and let them know that they are not alone.”
An all-volunteer organization, Off The Streets finds many of its clients through the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury. It also works with other community-based organizations like Catholic Charities and the Association of Religious Communities, as well as the City of Danbury, local law enforcement, and the Community Cares team at Danbury Hospital. “We all work together beautifully,” said Simons.
Off The Streets is looking for community assitance. Furniture collections are the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon behind the United Methodist Church, 141 Greenwood Avenue. Please go here to find a list of items in need. Financial support is necessary and always welcomed. Aside from a remarkably meager monthly overhead of $20, all monetary donations go to the organization. Finally, anyone with a pick-up or box truck is invited to help with furniture distribution.
If you would like to help Off The Streets advance its mission, please call 203.733.5880 or email.