Waterbury's Derek Poundstone is in North Carolina this week competing in the World's Strongest Man competition. Poundstone came in 2nd place three years ago, and 4th place two years ago. In the 2010 competition in South Africa, Poundstone was severely injured and didn't place. This year Poundstone is healthy and looking to re-establish himself as a one of the top strongmen in the world. Derek, a three-time winner of America's Strongest Man, has won every prestigious strongman title except the world championship. Poundstone is a police officer in Naugatuck, and is looking to open an old fashioned gym on Baldwin Street in the south end of Waterbury in October. Photograph by John Murray

Members of the Mariot Youth Organization from Our Lady of Lebanon Church performed Lebanese folk dances during the annual Taste Of Lebanon Saturday afternoon in Waterbury. The festival is open tonight (Saturday) until midnight, and continues Sunday after the 10 AM Mass until 7 pm. Our Lady of Lebanon Church is located on the corner of Prospect Road (Rte 69 South) and East Mountain Rd., Waterbury, CT. Photographs by John Murray

  

   The Waterbury Public Works Department is staging the first city wide "e-waste" collection event, Saturday, September 17th. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennedy High School. 

The Chase Building in downtown Waterbury. Photo by John Murray

   After the last issue of the Waterbury Observer was published our newspaper received a phone call from Steve Gambini, an aide to Mayor Mike Jarjura. Gambini wanted to know if the Observer had fact checked the most recent full page ad in the Observer purchased by Democrat nominee for mayor, Neil O'Leary. Observer publisher, John Murray, told Gambini that the Observer does not fact check political ads, and that the space was purchased by the O'Leary campaign, and they provided the content.

   Two days later the Observer received a press release from the Jarjura campaign that disputed the facts in the O'Leary ad. The following is the release from the Jarjura campaign, and a response from the O'Leary campaign.

Congressman Chris Murphy attends a lot of events in Waterbury and is pictured here receiving an endorsement for the U.S. Senate from the Connecticut firefighters. Photographs by John Murray

Linda McMahon recently paid a visit to a youth blogging program at Waterbury Youth Services.

  Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon thumps former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays 50 - 35 percent in an early look at the 2012 Republican primary for the Connecticut U.S. Senate seat, but she trails either of two possible Democratic candidates, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. McMahon leads 54 - 37 percent among Republican men and 47 - 32 percent among women.

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