Community Bulletin Board
- A.L. Davroe Book-signing
- Hartley on Manufacturing
- Easter Bunny Express
- Love a Lilac
- Improving Air Quality
- What's Happening in Waterbury and Beyond
- TURN to a Historian at the Litchfield Historical Society
- A Night at the Boys and Girls Club
- Call for Hall of Fame Nominations
- President Trump Signs Two Esty-Authored Bills
- Safety Classes at Railroad Museum
- College Scholarship Opportunities
The world has suddenly gone bonkers for yellow.....yellow wristbands that is. The bands are inscribed with the inspirational tag phrase LiveSTRONG, made famous by world renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong. People started wearing them because they spotted the athletes, Olympians, musicians, actors and even during the presidential election, John Kerry and George Bush, sporting the yellow bands. It became a fashion craze. Everyone wanted to wear yellow.
The second I stepped in the door I felt like I was catapulted into a different world, just as Dorothy felt when she took her first step into the colorful world of Oz. The ceilings, carpets, walls, colors, and atmosphere had a magical feeling, it just didn't seem like Waterbury, which is why The Palace is one of our great treasures. The main stage has graced many musicians in its past such as Bruce Springsteen, The Grateful Dead, Kiss and Tony Bennett.
There was a flash of light. Women screamed and winced in pain. The muggy heat was unbearable. The sound of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" rang through Rentschler Field, and no.... it wasn't the Boss. The song came from the mouths of Abby Wambach and Brandi Chastain of the U.S Womens' Olympic Soccer team after they were blinded by a photographer's flash.
Some people ask what is so important about sports. Why is it so amazing that someone can hit a white ball with a wooden bat or that someone can kick a soccer ball into a goal? It's true that it's very cool to watch, but that's not why sports are so incredible. Ask anyone that was involved in a sport in high school and they will tell you that they took at least one life lesson out of their experiences.
(Editor's note - the following column was written by Observer publisher John Murray in October 2003, on the 10th anniversary of the newspaper. Eight years later the newspaper has transitioned into the digital world with new computers, digital cameras and a bustling website. The drama for survival, however, continues)
The Waterbury Observer recently celebrated it’s tenth anniversary, and although this column may appear to be the sound of one hand clapping, I’m going to stop and celebrate some of the highs and lows along the journey.
Any newspaper across America has the responsibility to reflect the community back upon itself, and somewhere along the way the Observer morphed into the chaos of the city. As Waterbury struggles and groans to transition itself from an industrial giant there has been an explosion of social problems that has permeated the community, problems that the Observer absorbed.
Illness and mayhem seeped through our door.
The history books note that the Civil War ended in 1865, but if you are a Yankee or Red Sox fan, you are experiencing a different type of Civil War that has never ended. And if you happen to live in Connecticut, smack between New York and Boston, you're right in the heart of the conflict. This unparalleled rivalry has been going strong for nearly 100 years. Every time the two teams match up there is always suspense, excitement and eye-popping drama.