Dr. David Snead is ending his 11-year stint as Superintendent of Waterbury Schools when he retires on October 31st, 2011. The following information about Dr. Snead is from his website at www.waterbury.k12.ct.us   Photograph by John Murray

   David Snead is currently the Superintendent of the Waterbury (CT) Public Schools; a position he has held since August, 2000.  The district, a department of the City of Waterbury, serves over 18,000 students (28% African American, 42% Hispanic, 28% white) with an annual budget of approximately $140 million.  A native of Detroit, Dr. David L. Snead is a product of the Detroit Public School system.  After serving as a volunteer in the U.S. Army for three years, he attended Tuskegee University in Alabama and graduated with a BS in Education with Honors. In addition, he attained the distinction "Institute Scholar" and was named an All-American in football.

The three mayoral candidates in Waterbury were invited to City Hall to help The Brass"Bury" Chess Club reawaken after a decade long slumber. When Democrat Neil O'Leary couldn't make it, the other two candidates sat down for a head-to-head game of chess. Republican five-term incumbent Mike Jarjura, left, had never played the game before, and Independent Party candidate Larry De Pillo, right, said his game was beyond rusty. With the help of club members the two candidates engaged in a spirited game that lasted 25 minutes. Photographs by John Murray

Nine-year-old Kyllienie Cortes of Waterbury was downright gleeful at the possibility of a foot of snow before Halloween. She was sledding in the early afternoon along Riverside Avenue in Waterbury. Photographs by John Murray (see more by clicking on Read More)

   Waterbury native Ryan Gomes, middle, played high school basketball in the city and now stars in the NBA, joined Mayor Michael Jarjura, left, and representatives from the city’s health and emergency services organizations in celebrating Waterbury’s recent designation as a HeartSafe Community by the state Department of Public Health. The event took place Thursday, October 27, at Waterbury City Hall. Along with Gomes and the mayor, representatives from the state Department of Public Health, Waterbury Hospital, the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s Hospital, AMR Ambulance, Campion Ambulance and the Waterbury Fire and Police Departments were on hand to mark the occasion. The HeartSafe designation is awarded to communities across the state that have demonstrated that they are properly equipped and trained to both prevent and respond to cardiac emergencies. 

State Senator Joan Hartley greets Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis moments before an historic ride through the city marking the start of evening bus service in Waterbury. Politicians and community activists have been lobbying for evening bus service in Waterbury for nearly 20 years. The event took place October 24th. Photographs By John Murray

    The expanded hours were made possible through a collaborative formula including state funds and a voluntary fare increase for NVCC riders. President De Filippis and James Troup, dean of administration, met with North East Transportation representatives back in fall of 2008 to establish the College’s concerns. In spring 2010 the transportation issue became a part of NVCC’s Strategic Plan, which prompted the development of a leadership committee in September. To help defray the financial burden, NVCC students voted last spring to install a $10 per semester transportation fee that would account for approximately 17% of the $900,000 annual cost. The remainder will be paid by the state through a federal grant.

Waterbury's police chief, Mike Gugliotti

   Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti announced today that his officers have begun issuing new Municipal Citations to violator’s of the City’s Blight Ordinance. Gugliotti stated that this new process has many benefits. “First of all, we anticipate that the resolution of these complaints will be much faster than before, as the accused must pay his/her fine, or request a hearing with a City Hearing Officer within 10 days of ticket issuance. Additionally, since the Municipal Citations are issued to enforce the City’s Blight Ordinance, Waterbury keeps 100% of all fines collected.”  The Police Department’s Community Relations Division currently responds to and enforces blight related complaints. They notify property owners when a violation has occurred and allow a reasonable amount of time to address the violation. If no action is taken, citations will be issued, with fines beginning at $100/day.

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