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The founders of Shakesperience Productions, Emily Mattina, and her husband, Jeff Lapham, have tackled the edgy and historically significant subject of Radium Girls for their latest play.
By John Murray
Shakesperience Productions is tackling a tough subject this week when they perform “Radium Girls” at their studio on Bank Street in downtown Waterbury. One hundred years ago three clock and watch factories in the United States paid young women to paint radium on watches so time would glow in the dark. Radium, a natural radioactive element, was thought to possess magic healing powers and was being prescribed by doctors all across the country for ailments ranging from impotence, to arthritis, to senility.
Waterbury Police have made an arrest in the pedestrian hit and run crash that occurred at 11:30 pm Monday night at the intersection of the Route 8 off ramp, Aurora Street, and the Route 73 Connector. Based on a tip from the public we located the striking vehicle, a blue 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier, and its owner, Michael McHaney (3/7/83), at 47 Pearl Street.
Waterbury Police are investigating a hit and run pedestrian crash that occurred at 11:30 pm Monday night at the intersection of Aurora Street and the Route 73 Connector. Two pedestrians, an 18 year old male and a 21 year old male, were walking west on Aurora Street through the intersection. A vehicle exiting Route 8 North onto the Route 73 Connector struck the pedestrians and fled the scene north on Route 73. The 21 year old male was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and the 18 year old male was taken to Waterbury Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The victims’ names are not being released at this time. The Crash Reconstruction Unit and the Forensics Unit spent most of the night collecting evidence from the scene, but the roadway is now open. Anyone with information about the striking vehicle or its driver are asked to call the Waterbury Police. Tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 203-755-1234 and cash rewards will be given for information leading to an arrest.
Photograph By John Murray
Smoke stacks and church steeples are two of the three pillars that symbolize Waterbury's 340 year rise from a treeless meadow into an industrial force that rocked the world. The third pillar, and the most important, were the hundreds of thousands of immigrants that filled the church pews and poured into the city to fuel the production of brass, clocks, and during WWII, bullets. The image above captured the waning light of an Autumn sunset on a decaying smoke stack from the Benedict & Burnham Manufacturing Company, which in 1843 was the first brass factory in Waterbury to incorporate. The buildings - now referred to as the Anamet site - are scheduled for demolition as the city aggressively seeks to get the property remediated to invite future economic development. The Waterbury greenway is tentatively planned to hug the east shore of the Naugatuck River, and when completed in the next decade, will provide recreational opportunities to the citizens of greater Waterbury right on top of where this smoke stack now stands. The church in the background is Shrine of Saint Anne For Mothers and when it was completed in 1922 it was a French Canadian ethnic parish.
Paula Bell, left, and her parents, Bill and Janice Smolinski, at the vigil on the Green in Naugatuck.
(Editor’s note - A vigil was held on the Naugatuck Green, August 26th, to mark the 8th anniversary of the disappearrance of Billy Smolinski. Congressman Chris Murphy, Waterbury police chief Michael Gugliotti, CT’s Victim Advocate Michelle Cruz, the Smoliniski family, and Waterbury Observer publisher John Murray all spoke. The following are the remarks Murray delivered at the vigil)
Photographs By John Murray
While much of Connecticut enjoyed another glorious summer day in New England, I spent most of mine trying not to vomit as I closely read through the verdict in the civil trial between Madeline Gleason and the Smolinski family. The lawsuit, filed by a named suspect in the disappearance of Billy Smolinski, took six years, tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and three days in court. After all of this, Superior Court Judge Thomas Corradino ordered Janice Smolinski and Paula Bell to pay Madeline Gleason $52,000 in damages for allegedly harassing her, defaming her, and falsely accusing Gleason of having anything to do with the disappearance of Billy Smolinski.