Byrek, Albania's most popular "fast food", a triangular filo pastry snack filled with cheese, spinach or meat.

   The Overlook neighborhood in Waterbury will see an explosion of Albanian culture on display this weekend during the First Annual Albanian American Labor Day Festival, on Columbia Blvd. There will be traditional Albanian food and music and the event will be staged from 11 am to 11 pm on both Saturday September 3rd, and Sunday September 4th. The festival will be at the Albanian Community Center at 106 Columbia Boulevard, and there is free admission and parking.

Story and Photographs By John Murray

   After 12 years of unsuccessfully placing his name before the Waterbury electorate, Larry De Pillo finally won an election in 2009 when he was voted onto the Board of Aldermen. And in the past two years De Pillo has been an outspoken watchdog on the board, clashing with the local political machinery, and rooting out special interests. He has been such an effective alderman that leaders in the Democrat party and Republican party have told the Observer that De Pillo, an Independent Party member, would probably win re-election if he ran again as an alderman in November.

  

   The following is a message sent from the Waterbury Bureau of Water, to the Mayor's Office, earlier today, September 1st, in the wake of power outages following Tropical Storm Irene.


   Apparently the CT TV news is reporting that there are a number of water systems in the state that must boil their water first before using. We have received a number of calls on this within the last 1/2 hour.

  The University of Connecticut issued a statement yesterday announcing that UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun would return for a 26th year at the helm of the defending national championship mens basketball team. The statement read...

   Developer Norman Drubner has withdrawn his offer to sell 133 acres of woodland to the City of Waterbury as open space. The property, which abuts the Western Hills Golf Course, is the largest undeveloped tract of land in Waterbury. Despite an outpouring of support from neighborhood groups throughout Waterbury, and an overflowing crowd at the last Board of Aldermen meeting speaking in favor of open space, the aldermen voted to send the issue to a non-binding referendum.

   The Selection Committee of Waterbury’s Independent Party today announced that Alderman Lawrence V. De Pillo has agreed to seek the party’s endorsement for election as Mayor of the City of Waterbury.

   The party's caucus for endorsement of its slate of candidates in this November's election will be held on Thursday, September 1ST @ 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Thomaston Savings Bank, 985 Watertown Avenue.

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