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
Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary
Photographs by John Murray
Six-year-old Jordan Hulse clapped his hands in delight after receiving a free bicycle at the "Waterbury On Wheels" event on the Green in downtown Waterbury this morning. The event was a smashing success as the Green was filled with bikes, children, hula hoops, art, jugglers, hot dogs, gyros and smiles.
After a contentious debate about ethnicity and minority representation, Felix Rodriguez was appointed by Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education. Rodriquez works at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and has been a visible leader in the city's burgeoning Hispanic community. Last night Rodriguez announced at the end of his first Board of Education meeting that he wanted to acknowledge his daughter's 13th birthday, and that he was missing the party back home. Few residents realize the personal sacrifice that elected officials make in order to serve and volunteer for the betterment of their community. Welcome to the fray, Felix, and here's hoping there was a slice of birthday cake waiting for you when you got home. Photograph by John Murray
By John Murray
As a teenager Neil O'Leary worked at the Cumberland Farms in Woodbury selling milk, eggs and bread, but when the groceries started piling up at the ShopRite checkout line he was maning for charity, he was in uncharted territory. "Oh man," he said, "these are coming down fast."
Mayor O'Leary Donates Inaugural Surplus To Install Vinyl Siding On 95-Year-Old Woman's Crownbrook Home In Waterbury
Using surplus from his Inaugural Picnic Fund, Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary donated $3200 to help 95-year-old Bernice Jackson install vinyl siding on her home at 73 Burton Street in the city's Crownbrook neighborhood. O'Leary personally joined the Waterbury Blight Enforcement & Control and dozens of volunteers from Waterbury Pal and Crownbrook Neighborhood Association in working on the community project. ABC Supply provided vinyl at cost. Salerno Remodeling, Chilcoat Exterior Design and Waterbury Urban Investors LLC donated time, manpower and installation services. O'Leary said focusing on Burton Street is a good first step in his street-by-street approach to eliminate urban blight. Photographs by Saranda Belica
For decades pawn shops had edgy and dark reputations where thieves came to swap their stolen goods for cash. Times have changed. Yesterday, TC's Pawn Company opened their second store in Waterbury, and the brightly lit shop at 3670 East Main Street attracted city dignitaries for a gala ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Neil O'Leary, Police Chief Mike Gugliotti, Economic Development Director Ron Pugliese, Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Ward and State Representative Selim Noujaim were all on hand to help general manager Jay Sargent celebrate the expansion of TC's Pawn Company Jewelry & Electronics Exchange. For two decades Sergeant has battled the negative image of pawn shops with tremendous customer service, by supporting community events, and being a generous and active corporate citizen in greater Waterbury. Jay Sergent, in red, is pictured here with Ron Pugliese (l), Lynn Ward, and Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary. Photograph by John Murray
(Editor’s Note - 15-year-old Charlie Murray spent three weeks of his summer vacation working at his uncle’s business, The Waterbury Observer, and had the opportunity to deliver newspapers, blog, and interview Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary about zombies, ghosts and first kisses. This is the result of that interview)
Charlie: How are you, Mr. Mayor?
Mayor O’Leary: I’m doing well, Charlie, thank you and how are you?
"Cool Waters" was unveiled last night before hundreds of excited city residents in downtown Waterbury. Photograph by Chelsea Murray
Photographs By John Murray
The city unveiled a 900-square-foot mosaic, designed by artists Bruce and Joanne Hunter and assembled by hundreds of volunteers, during a block party celebration last night hosted by Mayor Neil O'Leary.
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.
Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary had a blast at the 7th Annual Albanian Festival in the south end of the city. He handed out $2000 in scholarships, shared the story of the Bushka Family rebuilding his childhood home after a fire, and then he danced....
New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, left, met with Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary at the PAL Center on Division Street Monday to discuss the astounding success of the PAL program in the city. In the past decade, under the leadership of then Waterbury Police Chief Neil O'Leary, PAL swelled from 80 kids to more than 3500. Photograph courtesy of Mayor O'Leary's Facebook page.