Community Bulletin Board
- Riverhouse Café @ The MATT Opens
- New Comedy by Local Theater Group
- Elizabeth Esty Works to Prohibit e-cigarette Ads
- Half Marathon & 5K for Local Charities
- 'Energize CT' Announces Student Contest
- Palace Theater Announces May Events
- Workshop on Container Gardening at Library
- 'Light It Blue' for Autism Awareness
- UNICO's Charlie Lanza Memorial Dinner
- Tickets Available for 'Inspiration' Fundraiser
- Waterbury Energized by Green Award Grant
- Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee Winners
Remembering Chuck Puskarz, Observer’s Distribution Guru
Chuck Puskarz was an enormous man who brought intense passion to cooking, his family, UConn sports and delivering newspapers. For the past seven years if you picked up a copy of The Waterbury Observer in the city’s East End, Wolcott, Prospect or Naugatuck, Chuck Puskarz is the man who delivered it to you.
Shockingly, Chuck, 57, died suddenly in his Bristol home on October 30th.
(Editor's note - the following column was written by Observer publisher John Murray in October 2003, on the 10th anniversary of the newspaper. Eight years later the newspaper has transitioned into the digital world with new computers, digital cameras and a bustling website. The drama for survival, however, continues)
The Waterbury Observer recently celebrated it’s tenth anniversary, and although this column may appear to be the sound of one hand clapping, I’m going to stop and celebrate some of the highs and lows along the journey.
Any newspaper across America has the responsibility to reflect the community back upon itself, and somewhere along the way the Observer morphed into the chaos of the city. As Waterbury struggles and groans to transition itself from an industrial giant there has been an explosion of social problems that has permeated the community, problems that the Observer absorbed.
Illness and mayhem seeped through our door.