Community Bulletin Board
- 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
- Take Your Child to the Library Day
- Markley and Zupkus Town Hall Meeting
- Click It Or Ticket Enforced Over Holiday Season
The Waterbury Observer just received a letter from Raechel Guest about the the challenges the city faces implementing aldermen by district in the coming months. Guest was a staunch supporter of electing aldermen by district and wrote this open letter to the 15 current aldermen who are tasked with executing the will of the people.
After listening to Mayor O'Leary on WATR, it is my understanding that the boundaries for the new Aldermanic Districts will be drawn up by an outside consultant, guided by a commission to be selected by the Board of Aldermen. It is also my understanding that final approval of the plan rests with you.
The three men vying to be elected mayor of Waterbury on November 5th are from left to right, Independent Party candidate Larry De Pillo, Democrat incumbent Neil O'Leary, and Republican candidate Jason Van Stone.
Column by John Murray
Trying to understand the 2013 municipal election in Waterbury is as slippery as black ice on an early morning in February. It’s the most low-key mayoral campaign the Observer has covered in 20 years, but trying to dig out the reasons is as elusive as trying to catch the Loch Ness Monster. Why? Because perspectives change from one political camp to another, and grasping reality in politics is like snatching a fistful of fog, they both leave you empty handed.
Is it a foregone conclusion that Neil O’Leary will be re-elected on November 5th? Is that why it’s so quiet?
“Nothing is guaranteed in politics,” O’Leary said. “There has been very little excitement in the campaign so far, and that may translate into low voter turnout. We’ve worked very hard and I’d like to think the citizens of Waterbury like the job we’ve been doing, but does a lack of excitement worry me? You bet it does.”
By John Murray
The annual tree lighting will be tonight, November 23rd, at 5:30 pm, on the Green in downtown Waterbury. There will Christmas caroling. the Brass On Brass band will perform, and Santa Claus will arrive. WATR's Tom Chute will emcee the event. Bring a canned food item and receive a ticket for a free Frankie's hot dog. Following the festivities on the Green there will be a processional led by Santa Claus and Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary to the Howland-Hughes Center at 120 Bank Street, where the community will celebrate the Miracle On Bank Street. Inside the old department store children will get to meet Santa Claus and watch select scenes from the Connecticut Dance Theatre's "Clara and the Nutcracker."
The Salvation Army of Greater Waterbury will honor outstanding community volunteers at its 4th annual Kettle Kick-Off Breakfast on Thurs., Nov. 8, at the Ponte Club’s La Bella Vista. Recognized this year will be Ron Boulanger, Firefighters Bill Unwin and George Hamilton of the Waterbury Fire Department, WATR-AM, Capt. Mary-Ellen Blake, Naugatuck Savings Bank Foundation, and Scott and Liana St. Germain.
On Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10:30 am, the Mayor's Office, WATR, and The Committee for a New Waterbury will announce an initiative to recognize Waterbury's unsung heroes leading up to the Annual Spirit Fest and Mardi Gross on October 27, 2012.