Community Bulletin Board
- Hartley on Manufacturing
- Easter Bunny Express
- 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
By John Murray
Waterbury Alderman Greg Hadley, left, helps raise a Pan-African flag at City Hall yesterday as part of the ceremony honoring him as the African-American Mayor for the Day. His wife Karen is on the right, and two of his grandsons are lending a helping hand.
By John Murray
In the aftermath of the shooting last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, several public figures have been inspirational during our time of intolerable grief. Placing politics aside, if that's even possible in America these days, President Barack Obama and Governor Dan Malloy have conducted themselves with raw passion, leadership, and strength. Both men led the country in public grieving, and were strong enough to openly weep in front of our eyes. Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police has been brilliant at delivering the facts with a mix of authoritative compassion. And surprisingly, perhaps even shocking to many white Americans, you can now add Reverend Al Sharpton to that list.
Hundreds of grieving citizens of Greater Waterbury attended a prayer service for the victims of the Newtown shooting this afternoon inside the Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Waterbury. Tomorrow night at 6 pm another service is scheduled inside the same church as the community comes together to honor its teachers. The public is invited to attend. Photograph by John Murray
The Rev Al Sharpton, nationally known civil rights activist and the host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC will be the guest speaker at The Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention Tuesday night, December 18th, at Zion Baptist Church, 147 Pearl Street in Waterbury. The prayer vigil and service is for the victims and survivors of the Newton tragedy. From the pulpit, Rev. Sharpton will call on officials and members of the community to get serious about gun control. Rev. Sharpton will speak at 8:00 p.m. Rev. Sharpton will also be joined by NAN board member Rev. Dr. Boise Kimber, President of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention, and other clergy, activists and community members.
The brick SNET Building on the right will be demolished to remove an eyesore and to open up the train station for a possible transportation center. Photo by John Murray
Waterbury legislators are pleased to announce approval by the State Bond Commission today of $1.7 million to demolish the former SNET building next the train station on Meadow Street.
The Police Activity League of Waterbury, Inc. and the Waterbury Police Department is holding a Tip-A-Cop event on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at the Chili’s of Waterbury from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Chili’s is located in the Brass Mill Commons at 205 Union St. Officers will be on hand to help serve the public and to educate patrons about the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Patrons are asked to “Tip a Cop” as a donation to Special Olympics Connecticut. For more information please call Lieutenant Daniel Lauer at 203-346-3971 .
Waterbury Police have charged William Lampron (8/31/69), a former city employee, with Assault 2nd and Reckless Endangerment 2nd for placing Speedy Dry in his supervisor’s oatmeal. Speedy Dry is a granular substance used to soak up liquid spills such as water, oil, and antifreeze. The supervisor began experiencing severe stomach problems after eating oatmeal that he kept in a canister in his desk. The supervisor checked the oatmeal and found what he believed to be Speedy Dry mixed in with the oats and he suspected Lampron because he had been experiencing problems with Lampron over his standard of work. When interviewed by detectives, Lampron admitted to placing Speedy Dry in the supervisor’s oatmeal because he was angry with him. The oatmeal containing the Speedy Dry has been seized as evidence to be forensically analyzed. The amount of Speedy Dry ingested was not life threatening, but it can cause extreme intestinal distress when ingested and it does contain a known carcinogen. Lampron turned himself in yesterday and was released on $5000 bond. He will appear in court on December 13th. Lampron was an employee of the City’s Parks Department. He had been on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, but he resigned shortly before his arrest.
The rain swollen Mad River cascaded over the Bray's Buckle Dam in the South End of Waterbury Wednesday afternoon. The dam is on the east side of South Main Street and is slightly obscured by a metal fence, brush and a collapsing foot bridge affixed to the abandoned Waterbury Company complex. Photograph by John Murray
Rock the Vote! Youth Debate and Forum
Hosted By: The Rivera Memorial Foundation and Rock the Vote
The political power of the youth vote in America has been underestimated. Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power of young people by engaging them in the electoral process, urging politicians to pay attention to our issues and concerns. Later debate teams made up of local youths from schools and organizations will follow with a panel of mediators: local elected officials, administrators, and organizations.
By John Murray
Connecticut Democrats flexed their muscle in Waterbury Sunday afternoon inside the Palace Theater. How often does the mayor share a stage with a congressman, a senator, the governor and a former president all fired up nine days before the election. That all happened yesterday when former president Bill Clinton campaigned in Connecticut for Congressman Chris Murphy's bid for the United States Senate.