Community Bulletin Board
- Cactus Show at NVCC ~ April 1 & 2
- New Home for 'Quilts that Care'
- Poetry Slam Competition
- Environment-Wise Symposium at Post
- Educator Appreciation Days at Barnes & Noble
- A.L. Davroe Book-signing
- 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
Members of the Hellenic Dance Troupe (above and below) from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Waterbury performed all weekend long at the 41st Annual Greek Festival. Photographs by John Murray
Waterbury has always had the ability to rebound from crisis. Forty-two buildings in the city's commercial district were destroyed in a massive fire in 1902, yet three years later downtown was completely rebuilt. This is the view looking south on Bank Street in 1905. The Howland-Hughes building is on the far left.
Join the Mattatuck Museum for Cinema Spring beginning with a screening of Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said ‘No’ to the Nazis on Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The movie will conclude with a discussion featuring filmmaker Scott Sniffen and others in the documentary including Rev. Shannon Rye Wall from the South Britain Congregational Church.
The spires of St. Anne's Church dominate the Waterbury skyline with the Town Plot neighborhood looming in the background. St Anne's was the center of the French-Canadian community in Waterbury for most of the past century. It has now evolved into The Shrine of Saint Anne for Mothers, and is a place of pilgrimage and worship where the sanctity of life is honored by praying for mothers, grandmothers and godmothers. Photograph by John Murray
Madre Latina Organization is a local group, which intends to form a non-profit, educational organization, born out of Yoellie Iglesias’s experience with the community. Mrs. Iglesias saw the need to create a bridge to connect the Hispanic community with programs and services available in the city. Yoellie Iglesias and her team, will host the first annual Luncheon “MUJER LATINA…2013 NUESTRO AÑO DE ÉXITO” (LATIN WOMEN…2013 OUR YEAR OF SUCESS).
By John Murray
There was an astounding response to Mayor Neil O'Leary's offer to pay Waterbury youth to help shovel out the schools. At least 500 kids packed the entire upper floor of City Hall, filling both Veteran Memorial Hall, aldermanic chambers, and the hallway inbetween. It's hard to imagine that more city residents have ever been in City Hall at one time. An historic response to an historic crisis. Very cool.
By John Murray
Day #5 of Nemo and inspirational stories are beginning to emerge from the fog. While some frustrated city residents ranted about the lack of snow plows on their street, other city residents decided to take matters into their own hands. A group of ten men formed a snowblower brigade on Woodcrest Drive in the Bunker Hill neighborhood and cleared their road themselves. One of the men, Anthony Engala, told Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary, "after this, we're going to have a block party this summer."
A peek up Willow Street this morning around 8 am. Observer publisher John Murray went on a photo safari in Waterbury from 6:30 am to 9 am this morning. Here are some of his observations - "Downtown will be paralyzed tomorrow. If you thought parking was a problem last week, you're in for a massive headache. Sidewalks are impassable. Parking lots no longer exist. Hillside and the Overlook are a war zone. Cleaning up after Nemo is beyond daunting. Plows and backhoes and snowblowers and shovels are out in full force, but it's like emptying a swimming pool with a spoon. This will take days for the city to recover. Everywhere I looked there were people working hard to dig the city out from beneath Nemo's wrath. Be patient. Be safe. Help is on the way."
A view down Washington Street, in Waterbury, Connecticut. On the right is Saint Francis Xavier Church, and on the hill in the distance is the city's Brooklyn and Town Plot neighborhoods. Photograph by John Murray
Horror film legend Tom Savin stars in "The Sadist".
Two of Waterbury native sons will bring their film to the silver screen at Creative Cinemas 10, 117 Sharon Road, in Waterbury on Thursday, January 3, at 6 and 8pm."We've both shared a passion for filmmaking from a young age," Says Joe Pisani, who partnered with his friend, Frank Wihbey, to co-produce the film, and co-write the screenplay with another Waterbury native, Pedro Ondrush. "We were both working on our own short films and other projects at the time, and one day we ran into each other. Frank pitched the story to me, and I instantly knew I wanted to be involved. Now here we are three years later, booking venues for the premiere and after-party."