Community Bulletin Board
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- 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
Congressman Chris Murphy
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Waterbury 12 days ago to campaign for Linda McMahon's bid for the U.S. Senate. Photograph by John Murray
By John Murray
One hundred years ago a newspaper’s endorsement of a political candidate moved the electorate. Today it only reveals the political bent of a news organization and amounts to yet another political flyer at your doorstep. Consider that the New York Times and the Hartford Courant – newspapers driven by liberal agendas - both endorsed three Democrats; Chris Murphy for Senate, Elizabeth Esty for Congress and Barack Obama for president. In the other corner, locally, we have the Republican-American newspaper – a bastion of conservative Republican ideals - grinding out endorsements for the GOP; Linda McMahon for Senate, Andrew Roraback for Congress and assuredly, Mitt Romney for president.
Is anyone surprised by these endorsements?
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.
Congressman Chris Murphy appeared on stage in Hartford with Barack Obama in 2008.
By John Murray
Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Waterbury Sunday afternoon to campaign for Congressman Chris Murphy's bid for the United States Senate. Clinton is blasting across the country like a heated neuron campaigning for the re-election of Barack Obama and helping the Democratic Party in their attempt to recapture control of the United States Congress. Tuesday night Clinton was speaking at a rally for five Democratic candidates for Congress in Irving, California, and some days the former president is speaking at multiple rallies per day.
Former President Bill Clinton will be in Library Park in downtown Waterbury on Sunday, October 28th at 3 pm. to campaign for Congressman Chris Murphy's bid for U.S. Senate. Tickets for the event will be available through www.chrismurphy.com
Today, Congressman Chris Murphy announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will provide $1.5 million in federal grant funding to Middlebury residents affected by noise levels and flights at the Waterbury-Oxford Airport. For years, residents of the Triangle Hills area of Middlebury have been adversely impacted by the growth in air traffic in and out of the airport. This grant will help fund the acquisition of homes in the neighborhood and the relocation of residents adversely impacted by the airport’s growth.
Janice Smolinski applauds U.S. Congressman Chris Murphy's comments about 'Billy's Law", the federal legislation that was triggered by the disappearrance of her 31-year-old son, Billy, eight years ago.
Story and Photograph By John Murray
Eight years after Billy Smolinski vanished from Waterbury, Connecticut, his family continues to seek answers to what transpired on the night of August 24th, 2004. Billy was involved in a love triangle and had left a threatening message on the voice mail of his male rival. It was the last telephone call he ever made.
When Billy disappearred his family immediately reached out to the Waterbury Police Department for help. They were told to wait for three days, and even then the local police were sluggish to investigate the disappearance of an adult missing male. Terrified, the Smolinskis organized their own search parties and hung thousands of missing person flyers all across western Connecticut. When hundrds of posters were vandalized and destroyed in and around Woodbridge, the Smolinskis entered the lion's den. They discovered that Billy's former girlfriend, Madeline Gleason, was the person destroying the posters. Woodbridge was where Gleason worked, and was the home of the married politician, Chris Sorensen, who had been the other male in the love triangle.
Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary, left, and United States Senator Richard Blumenthal
Today, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Chris Murphy, Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, and Nancy Barmakian from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the Waterbury Development Corporation and the City of Waterbury with nearly a million dollars in grants to clean up and redevelop old factory sites, boost local economies, and create jobs.
Congressman Chris Murphy today sent a letter to President Obama, renewing his call to begin the process of ending the war in Afghanistan and bring our combat troops home as quickly as is safely possible.