Community Bulletin Board
- 'Brass Valley: Made in America' Exhibit
- IMTI Installs Solar Panel System
- Local Senators support Firefighter Fundraiser
- Sacred Heart H.S. Names Top Students
- Summer Exhibits at the Mattatuck Museum
- Connecticut Museum Open House Day~June 8
- Waterbury Health Care Council Awards
- NAMI announces T-Shirt Contest Winner
- Dolce Fundraiser for Cardiology Center, 6/29
- StayWell Receives Patient-Centered Certification
- American Jazz at Museum’s 1st Thursday
- Palace Theater's 2013-14 Broadway Series
Chad Wable, the President and CEO of Saint Mary's Hospital, said the merger and site selection for a new hospital, “has gone from a complex deal, to a potentially mega-complex deal involving six parties. I am amazed at how aligned we are.”
Column By John Murray
Waterbury is engaged in a cultural collision that might define the city for the next 100 years. Good versus evil? No, it’s not that dramatic. It’s health care versus economic development.
Experts have scratched their heads for years wondering how a city the size of Waterbury could sustain two hospitals. The truth is, it couldn’t. For decades the city has witnessed a slow deterioration in the financial well being of Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Waterbury Hospital. They weren’t going to crash like airplanes tumbling out of the sky, it was more like a leak in an old wooden boat, slowly, almost imperceptibly, taking on water.
Photographs By John Murray
Developer Parag Mehta, middle, gave a tour of Apothecary Hall today to Waterbury mayor, Neil O'Leary, right, and former governor, John Rowland. Mehta owns the building and has spent the past two years transforming old office space into 12 luxury apartments. The Apothecary Buildng is the focal point of Exchange Place in the center of Waterbury at the intersection of South Main and Bank Streets and was built in 1893, and housed the Apothecaries Hall Pharmacy for over 70 years.
Ron Pugliese grew up in the Bucks Hill neighborhood of Waterbury and was a talented athlete at Wilby High School. Four decades later, Pugliese has returned to Waterbury to become the executive director of Economic Development under Mayor Neil O’Leary.
Story and Photographs By John Murray
Ron Pugliese was born and raised in Waterbury and is a firm believer in public service. His father was the assistant city clerk in the 1950s, and all three of his sons have forged a life in the public sector arena.
“My wife is a teacher and our entire family believes in volunteering and giving back,” Pugliese said. “If an organization asks me for help, I never say no. That’s who I am.”
Back in November, in addition to being the President of the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Pugliese was a board member of the Connecticut State University System, a board member of the Palace Theater, and a recently elected selectman in the town of Southbury.
And it’s that generous spirit of public service - and a love of Waterbury - that Ron Pugliese an easy mark when Neil O’Leary recruited him to be the city’s new economic development director.
Into The Future
Story and Photographs By John Murray
It’s exactly the sort of deal that many in Waterbury imagined when John Rowland took an influential post at the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce two years ago, and was declared the “economic czar” of Waterbury. Rowland was a three-term Congressman and had been governor of Connecticut for nine years, so clearly the man had contacts in high places.
Story and Photographs by John Murray
The wise man edged close to the youth and whispered a secret in his ear. "Listen carefully,'' the man said, "and you will live a long and happy life. Work is doing something you don't enjoy doing. Find something you love and you'll never work a day in your life.''
John Rowland logs staggering hours as governor of Connecticut, but you won't find him complaining about his whirlwind schedule -- he's too busy having fun. As the youngest governor in the United States, Rowland has found his passion. He tours Connecticut like a heated neuron, heads up a massive 52,000 employee workforce and routinely works 12 to 14 hours a day.
His schedule and duties sound like the recipe for a daily migraine, but wherever Rowland goes he seems to have more fun than anyone else.