Bethel Daily Briefing, January 14

What you need to know to start your day in Bethel.


Today Is Saturday, January 14, 2012, the 14th day of the year.

Garden Hints for January from the Old Farmer's Almanac

If you use salt on your walkways or driveways, spread it carefully to avoid damaging any of your plants. Sand or sawdust is also a good alternative to salt.


Reverend Dr. Sheldon Smith will be retiring from his position at the . This Sunday will be his last sermon. There will be a dinner in his honor on Sat 21, at 6:30 pm. Call 203-743-1877

Bethel, Conn., January 13, 2012--Ability Beyond Disability’s 29th Annual Gala, “The 2012 Up, Up and Away Gala…Reaching Beyond the Horizon” will be held on Saturday April 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury.

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 is encouraging teens to turn their day off from school into a day on for service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. While YVCWC offers volunteer projects for local youth throughout the year, this holiday project will focus on honoring Dr. King and his commitment to social justice and diversity.

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Municipal Meetings

There are no municipal meetings tonight.

Today's Weather

Saturday will clear, high temperatures around 31 degrees, lows around 24 degrees.


Today in History from On This Day



1639 - Connecticut's first constitution, the "Fundamental Orders," was adopted.


1784 - The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.


1878 - Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain's Queen Victoria.


1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. He flew from Miami, FL, to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.


1951 - The first National Football League Pro Bowl All-Star Game was played in Los Angeles, CA.


1952 - NBC's "Today" show premiered.


1954 - Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage only lasted nine months.


1954 - The Hudson Motor Car Company merged with Nash-Kelvinator. The new company was called the American Motors Corporation.


1972 - NBC-TV debuted "Sanford & Son."


1985 - Martina Navratilova won her 100th tournament. She joined Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert Lloyd as the only professional tennis players to win 100 tournaments.


1985 - Former Miss America, Phyllis George, joined Bill Kurtis as host of "The CBS Morning News".


1986 - "Rambo: First Blood, Part II" arrived at video stores. It broke the record set by "Ghostbusters", for first day orders. 435,000 copies of the video were sold.


1993 - Television talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.


1994 - U.S. President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed Kremlin accords to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.


1996 - Jorge Sampaio was elected president of Portugal.


1999 - The impeachment trial of U.S. President Clinton began in Washington, DC.


2000 - The Dow Jones industrial average hit a new high when it closed at 11,722.98. Earlier in the session, the Dow had risen to 11,750.98. Both records stood until October 3, 2006.


2002 - NBC's "Today" celebrated its 50th anniversary on television.




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