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Juan Cales spoke at the public hearing in January about the F&G propoal to expand its waste transfer operation in the South End of Waterbury. When Cales began addressing the P&Z commission in Spanish, alderman Brenda Cotto joined him at the podium and translated. Cales emotionally implored the commission to think about the well being of the seniors and children who will be impacted by the F&G project long after the investment is made. What the exact impact would be is debatable, and at the center of whether F&G's project moves forward.
Story and Photographs By John Murray
A proposal to expand a garbage transfer station in the South End of Waterbury has stirred a hornet’s nest of opposition, and prompted Mayor Neil O’Leary to weigh in on the project.
“Wrong place, wrong time, and wrong message to send to the residents in the South End of the city,” O’Leary told the The Waterbury Observer. “We are working hard to improve the quality of life in the South End, and municipal waste is not part of that vision.”
Commentary By John Murray
We received a text message the other day that simply said, "Can we get together and talk about this?" Not familiar with the number, or what we'd be talking about, we responded with, "Who are you?"
It was community activist Steve Schrag and he wanted to get together to discuss the need for a stop sign in the South End of the city. We were on deadline of publishing blockbuster stories about an interview with a juror from the trial of former Governor John Rowland, and a huge commentary about our take on aldermen by district, and couldn't get our minds around the minutiae of a stop sign request.
Tubal Ligations And Labor Issues Are Final Obstacles To $400 Million New Hospital In Downtown Waterbury
By John Murray
Dr. James Gatling, right, listens to community activist Steve Schrag yesterday afternoon during an informational hearing at the state legislature concerning the proposed merger between Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury Hospital and LHP of Plano, Texas. Gatling spoke in favor of the merger on behalf of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, and New Opportunites, both of which he holds leadership positions in. Schrag described the merger as a takeover by an out-of-state corporation and has repeatedly asked Dan Moen, the CEO of LHP, to sit down with community members, and the workers of the hospitals, to address their concerns. Moen has repeatedly said he will meet with labor and community members after a deal has been finalized, not before.
Community activist Steve Schrag (pictured above at the abandoned Anamet Building) has helped organize Waterbury United, a local group that is intent on getting answers from LHP about a proposed $400 million new hospital in Waterbury. LHP, a for-profit company based out of Plano, Texas, has so far declined to meet directly with members of the community to answer questions about jobs, taxes, and the long-term impact of the merger between LHP, Waterbury Hospital, and Saint Mary's Hospital. Earlier today, Schrag sent out a press release from Waterbury United that explained what the group was trying to achieve. The documents are posted below. Shrag sent the documents to Mayor Neil O'Leary who is traveling to Pocatello, Idaho, on a fact finding mission about LHP's impact on the community there. Scrag's e-mail said...
Story and Photographs By John Murray
Steve Schrag, center.
Steve Schrag has spent his life as an organizer and activist fighting for positive change in the work place. For the past 30 years in Waterbury, however, Schrag has repeatedly found himself in opposition to major development projects.
He was against EWR in the 1980s.
He was against a super mall.