A new program within the Chamber of Commerce has been quietly helping several Bethel homeowners. Neighbors Help Neighbors provides home repair and painting to residents in need of assistance. It was launched from an idea that Chamber members Chris Campanaro and Sam Baker presented: if individual homeowners are helped, it increases the value of everyone’s home. Or, as the Neighbors Help Neighbors motto states, “By raising up our neighbors we raise up our community.”
The initiative, which has already assisted Bethelites with furnace trouble, window problems, and an unsafe property exterior, is funded entirely through donations and fundraisers. Newtown Savings Bank has generously become the corporate sponsor of Neighbors Help Neighbors. For its most recent project, replacing all of a home’s windows and the exterior door, Neighbors Help Neighbors received materials and assistance from Rings End Lumber, Belardinelli Services, and Picture Perfect Contracting.
Thrilled with the work, the homeowner said, “Thank you so very much for all you have done to make this possible! It’s wonderful and, though I’m not a fan of winter, I’m looking forward to seeing the cost savings for my electric heat next season.”
If you would like to find out more about this grassroots assistance program, or if you would like to donate your professional expertise to any home repairs, please visit the Neighbors Help Neighbors website or call the Chamber at 203.743.6500.
Bethel Police Department swore in its newest officer, Michael Iadarola. Officer Iadarola will begin his 25-week training at the Academy on July 6, after which he complete 12 weeks of on-the-job training.
Chief Jeffrey Finch spoke at the swearing-in ceremony.about the unique work in store for Officer Iadarola. “Law enforcement is a job field like no other. It exposes you to so many people. You will meet many good people, some just having a bad day. You will also meet difficult or dangerous people,” Finch said. “Your responsibility is to show fair and appropriate behavior toward all.”
Finch explained that police work requires compassion. “Make fair decisions. Think things out. Let people talk. Give a kind, helping hand. And remember the Golden Rule.”
Town Clerk Lisa Bergh swore Officer Iadarola in and had him sign the official Oath of Office book.
In order to provide greater access of town hall offices to the public, the Town of Bethel will change its hours of operation by opening one-half hour earlier each week day and remaining open 90 minutes later on Thursday evenings, beginning this summer. After discussions with town hall staff and department heads, a consensus was reached that the following new working hours would provide residents with more options to conduct business at town hall.
New Hours of Operation – Effective July 9, 2018 Mon-Tue-Wed: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thurs: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Earlier close to maintain current work hours)
Based on observations by department heads, the proposed schedule will provide more residents an opportunity to conduct business at town hall before work on weekday mornings and after work on Thursdays. The new schedule will take effect on Monday, July 9th as a four-month test. An evaluation will be conducted during the first week of October to determine effectiveness of expanding access to town offices and acceptance by the public.
Comments are welcome. Please contact the First Selectman’s office via phone or email.