Community Bulletin Board
- Love a Lilac
- Improving Air Quality
- What's Happening in Waterbury and Beyond
- TURN to a Historian at the Litchfield Historical Society
- A Night at the Boys and Girls Club
- Call for Hall of Fame Nominations
- President Trump Signs Two Esty-Authored Bills
- Safety Classes at Railroad Museum
- College Scholarship Opportunities
- Take Your Child to the Library Day
- Markley and Zupkus Town Hall Meeting
- Click It Or Ticket Enforced Over Holiday Season
Governor Dannel Malloy
Albania's ambassador to the United States, Gilbert Galanxhi, traveled from Washington D.C. for an historic meeting of the local Albanian community in Waterbury with two United States Senators.
Story and Photographs By John Murray
With 12,000 Albanians living in Waterbury the city has one of the largest populations of Albanians in the United States. Some came more than 50 years ago, but a large influx of Albanians came seeking opportunity in the 1990s when Albania opened it's borders. Thousands more ethnic Albanians came to Waterbury to escape the hardship of the Balkan wars when Yugoslavia broke apart.
East Main Street in Waterbury during Monday afternoon's deluge of rain.
Story and Photographs by John Murray
Last night the Board of Aldermen in Waterbury voted unanimously to move a proposed $40 million greeway project forward with an initial investment of $1 million. As exciting as that project is, Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary is already zeroing in on a massive downtown revitalization project that he is presenting to state officials in mid-January. It involves five separate projects, all in downtown, that O'Leary believes will begin the transformation of downtown Waterbury.
"I can't be specific at this point because we haven't presented the ideas to state officicals yet," O'Leary said. "But I can tell you that we are excited at the potential this has to revitalize downtown Waterbury."
Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary steamrolled his way into a second term in office by winning a resounding 68% of the vote in a three-way contest. O'Leary was delighted with the results, and said it's a clear message from the voters of Waterbury to keep pushing his agenda forward. Republican Jason Van Stone came in second with 19% of the vote, and Larry De Pillo of the Independent Party took third with 13%.
By John Murray
Connecticut Democrats flexed their muscle in Waterbury Sunday afternoon inside the Palace Theater. How often does the mayor share a stage with a congressman, a senator, the governor and a former president all fired up nine days before the election. That all happened yesterday when former president Bill Clinton campaigned in Connecticut for Congressman Chris Murphy's bid for the United States Senate.
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.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy paused for a reflective moment before entering a gymnasium packed with teachers opposing his education reform legislation at Walsh School, in Waterbury.
Story By Chelsea Murray, Photographs By John Murray
Steeled for battle, Governor Dannel Malloy took a deep breath, and entered the crowded gymnasium at Walsh School in the North End of Waterbury. On the evening of March 19th, Malloy made Waterbury the eighth stop of his Education Reform Tour, and he was prepared for a confrontation.
Photograph By John Murray
Moments before entering a packed gymnasium at Walsh Elementary School in Waterbury to engage hundreds of teachers opposed to his education reform legislation, Governor Dannel Malloy, middle, paused to collect his thoughts. Waterbury attorney, Gary O'Connor, was a law school classmate of Malloy's at Boston College and is pictured on the left. Waterbury Democrat Party Chairman Ned Cullinan is pictured on the right. The Observer is producing a photo essay and article on the evening and will post them soon. Stay tuned.
Spinach Pie and Politics
Malloy Touts Local Albanian Community, Endorses Neil O'Leary
The dance group "Besa" performed "Valle e Devollit" at the 6th Annual Albanian Festival at the Albanian- American Muslim Community Center, on Raymond Street, in the South End of Waterbury. Valle means dance, and Devolli is a village in Albania. Photographs by John Murray
Governor Malloy and Business
On Inauguration Day, Governor Dannel P. Malloy proclaimed that Connecticut would become a state “open for business.” Most recently, Connecticut has ranked last in job creation compared to the rest of the country and now, more anti-business proposals are being considered.