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.

   The investigation into a shooting Tuesday night on Hillside Avenue in Waterbury has hit a roadblock because the victim has refused to cooperate with the police. A 25-year-old man was shot in the leg around 8 PM, but the shooter fled the scene before the police arrived. The victim was taken to Waterbury Hospital and his injury was not considered life-threatening.

Native peaches are ripe and ready to savour. The Farmers' Market continues every Thursday from 11 AM to 3 PM through October 29th.

(editor's note - the following description is from the website buyctgrown.com)

   Farmers' Market on the Green is one of the gems of downtown Waterbury. Situated in the city's historic public green space, the market creates a community center for shoppers and visitors alike. The shady trees and park benches invite market goers to sit and enjoy the colorful activity of the market. Walking paths and green grass let picnickers lounge nearby and enjoy a fresh, delicious lunch courtesy of the local farms that offer their just-picked produce. The market itself is made up of a wide variety of goods, including organic produce, wool and fiber crafts, and flower arrangements. The market even features a regular cooking demonstration and tasting performed by a local chef. Come downtown for lunch or make an afternoon of it. The market is WIC certified and gladly accepts food stamps, so everyone is welcome to enjoy the bounty of fresh, local food.

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