Day: April 8, 2018

Hello Bethel!: Saturday Enrichment at WorkspaceX Engaging Experiences at a State-of-the-art Facility

Enrichment is done right at Workspace Education! Their modern and family friendly-facility is located in Francis J. Clarke Circle in Bethel. This innovative learning center is opening its doors for all students to participate in unique Saturday sessions.

Your child will feel welcome and engaged in the tech topic of their choice. The small classes provide fun, hands-on experience lead by experienced professionals with access to the latest technology and equipment. Classes include:

  • The Internet of Things
  • Touch Activated Inventions
  • Reinventing Arcade Games & Design
  • Kodu Game Design
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Coding 201
  • Create your own midi Instrument
  • Digital Animation
  • 3D Printing with Fusion 360
  • Pop-Up Shakespeare
Find out more and register here.



Hello Bethel!: Allie-Brennan Supports Bump Stock Ban

Press Release

On Tuesday April 3, 2018, the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut Assembly voted – overwhelmingly and with a broad, bipartisan coalition, in support of legislation to ban “bump stocks” and “ghost guns.” Bump stocks – devices that allow a shooter to fire more rounds, faster – were a major factor in last year’s attack in Las Vegas, in which 58 concertgoers were killed and more than 500 were wounded. “I was extremely pleased to see both Republican and Democratic legislators vote these reasonable, fair gun safety bills out of committee,” said Raghib Allie-Brennan. “These bills respect the rights of gun owners, while supporting a system that ensures responsible, accountable gun ownership. The fact that these bills were supported on a bipartisan basis (36-6 for the Bump Stock Ban and 25-16 for Ghost Gun Ban), speaks volumes to the realization shared by legislators of good faith on both sides of the aisle. We can have common-sense gun safety laws, that still respect the legal right of Americans to own firearms.” Both pieces of legislation will now head to the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate, where they must be voted on by both bodies, before heading to the Governor for his signature. “I am encouraging voters and residents throughout the 2nd District to reach out to their legislators and express their support for these bills. I’m also encouraging them to watch closely to see who fails to support this legislation. Keep your own scorecard on which legislators put the interests of the NRA, gun lobby and ideological extremists, over the safety of our neighborhoods, communities, and families.”

Hello Bethel!: J. Lawrence Downtown

Just eight months old, J. Lawrence Downtown has become an anchor of the Bethel dining scene. For good reason, too: it offers upscale pub food, delicious cocktails, a revolving line of craft beers, a family friendly atmosphere, and amazing live music.

J. Lawrence is owned and operated by Jason and Kelly LaReau. Jason is no stranger to the restaurant scene. As a teenager he worked his way up from busser to cook in local establishments, including the Sycamore, which is owned by his cousin Patrick. His knack for the restaurant business eventually led him to buying Pippa’s Sports Cafe. A decade later, Jason was ready to embark on an original venture. He loved the opportunity that the Opera House location offered: a building in the pedestrian-friendly downtown of a tight-knit community. After an extensive interior renovation hewing to a rustic farmhouse look, J. Lawrence opened in August 2017 and has been making its mark since Day One.

Each night of the week, J. Lawrence offers a unique experience. On Tuesdays, bottles of wine are half-price. Wednesday is craft beer night. If you love martinis and music, Thursday is your night. Fridays also offer live music from some of the best area musicians. It’s limitless cocktails for Saturday and Sunday brunches, and Sunday evenings is family game night, where kids eat free and families can choose from a great assortment of board and card games. Kelly says that from 4:30-6:30, the restaurant is packed with families who love the excellent quality children’s menu along with the opportunity to dine together and play together, electronics-free!
Each weekend, J. Lawrence offers specials, and the menu changes seasonally. Jason enjoys researching and testing new recipes, trying to stay as creative as possible with flavor combinations. He is especially proud of the many vegetarian and vegan options on his menu, and adds that the kitchen is able to adjust dishes to accommodate various needs. Once milder weather arrives, customers will be able to enjoy their meals on J. Lawrence’s patios, which Jason and Kelly plan to renovate to provide more privacy and seating.

J. Lawrence also hosts private parties in a lovely space that can be sectioned off from the restaurant. Groups as large as 35 can enjoy a sit-down dinner, and a buffet-style event can accommodate a larger gathering. The restaurant has a burgeoning catering business, an area that Jason and Kelly hope to expand in the future.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit J. Lawrence, now is the time to visit this fine dining establishment!