Community Bulletin Board
- 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
- 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
The City of Waterbury will get a boost to its recycling efforts this summer thanks to a significant grant made possible by The Coca-Cola Foundation. The City will receive twenty-four recycling bins designed specifically for placement outdoors in the downtown area.
John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson met with U.S. Congressman John Monagan, an Irishman from Waterbury, in Washington D.C..
Join the Mattatuck Museum for From Dublin Street to City Hall: A History of the Waterbury Irish on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 6:00-7:30pm.
Ron Pugliese, center, the economic development director for Waterbury, opened a press conference yesterday morning by announcing that Unipharm was building a new packaging center on Progress Lane in the East End of the city. Pugliese partnered with the Waterbury Development Corporation, the State of Connecticut, and Mayor Neil O'Leary, back left, to successfully lure Unipharm to the Brass City. Pictured on the right is Unipharm's chief operating officer, Robert Sires, who said his company considered more than 100 properties throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and chose Waterbury because of the tremendous feeling that Unipharm was wanted by local and state officials.
The blood pressure and cholesterol levels in Waterbury's economic development team just lowed a few notches. After months of actively recruiting Unipharm, an international manufacturer of vitamins and health suppliments, the company has decided to set up shop on the aptly named - Progress Lane - in the Brass City.
Photographs By John Murray
Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary addressed the media during a site walk at the former Nova Dye & Print factory that burned Saturday at 313 Mill Street. The factory sits on the edge of the Mad River, which flows directly into the Naugatuck River. Standing next to O'Leary is United States Senator Richard Blumenthal who is looking into ways the Federal Government can assist in the massive clean-up of the contaminated brownfield site. Also attending the tour was Dan Esty, the commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, whose immediate concern was how the fire affected the Mad River and the Naugatuck River.
Mayor Neil O'Leary presented his first municipal budget to the Board of Aldermen tonight in Waterbury City Hall. The $382 million budget is $2.79 million more than last year, but there will be no tax increase, or increase on sewer and water bills. O'Leary said he was disappointed he couldn't deliver a tax cut. "I welcome input from the aldermen," O'Leary said. " I'm new at this, and I am open to your ideas." Photo by John Murray
During an interview last month Waterbury Hospital CEO Darlene Stromsted told the Waterbury Observer that high visibility was one of the factors being considered in deciding where to build a $400 million replacement hospital. The electrifying development of a new hospital in the city emerged in September when a capital investment company out of Texas, LHP Hospital Group, partnered with Saint Mary's Hospital, and Waterbury Hospital. The proposed merger is winding its way through the state permitting process, and the final site selection for the new, for-profit hospital, is expected to be announced within the next month. Mayor Neil O'Leary is lobbying hard to get the hospital built in downtown, and if his efforts are successful, could there be a more visible site than the one Saint Mary's Hospital sits on now? Every day there are 45,000 vehicles driving west on I-84 that sweep around a big curve and come face-to-face with Saint Mary's Hospital. If the new hospital is built on that site it will redefine the landscape in Waterbury, and project a modernized image of the Brass City. Photograph By Chelsea Murray (who was sitting in the passenger's seat)
State Representative David Aldarondo, middle, is facing a challenge today in a Democrat primary to control the 75th District town committee. Bottom line - Victor Cuevas is gunning to take Aldarondo's seat in Hartford.
Story and Photographs By John Murray
Super Tuesday might decide which Republican candidate squares of against Barack Obama for the presidency in November. Ten states hold primaries and caucuses today, and 419 delegates are up for grabs -- more than all the contests to date combined. In Waterbury, far from the media spotlight, another primary is being waged in the south end of the city that may have reverberations on local politics for decades to come.
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.