Community Bulletin Board
- O'Shaughnessy to Speak in Woodbury~April 27
- 'Memory Through Art' @ The MATT
- ABWA Meeting & Networking ~ May 5th
- Riverhouse Café @ The MATT Opens
- New Comedy by Local Theater Group
- Elizabeth Esty Works to Prohibit e-cigarette Ads
- Half Marathon & 5K for Local Charities
- 'Energize CT' Announces Student Contest
- Palace Theater Announces May Events
- Workshop on Container Gardening at Library
- 'Light It Blue' for Autism Awareness
- UNICO's Charlie Lanza Memorial Dinner
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.
The Mattatuck Museum has announced that Cathy and Jim Smith will be this year’s honorees of the Brass Button Award Celebration on Friday, September 20, 2013. The award ceremony, sponsored by Webster Bank, American Savings Foundation, Warburg Pincus, KPMG LLP and Secor, Cassidy & McPartland, P.C., will be held at the Museum beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event will include a cocktail reception with remarks by Museum Board Members and the presentation of the award by Senator Joan Hartley followed by a seated dinner in the Museum galleries. The Brass Button Award recognizes outstanding contributions of individuals in the greater Waterbury area who are dedicated to the cultural and social enrichment of their community.
Join the Mattatuck Museum for the opening reception of an exciting exhibition of on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 5:00Norman Sunshine: The Conversation Pieces-7:00 p.m.
The Observer just received this message from one its readers, Reza Farzan...
"I was one of the hundreds of passengers on the 8:30 p.m. train to Waterbury [from Bridgeport] last night. The 3-car train arrived a little late, but it left the station rather promptly. I was sitting the car # 6127 where I noticed that the red light showing the “Toilet Out of Order” sign. Soon after our departure, passengers, both young and old, came to use the toilet and after seeing the sign, they all left disappointed. When one of the passengers inquired about the situation, the ticket agent told her that “there is no toilet on this train, and she had to hold it!”
The Mattatuck Museum will host a special evening event on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 5:30 to 7: 30 p.m. to discuss the latest scientific research on the bones of “Fortune,” an African-American man who was enslaved by a Waterbury bone surgeon in the 1700s. The discussion will be led by a panel of faculty members from Quinnipiac University and Central Connecticut State University. Professor Gerald Conlogue, co-director of the Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University, will introduce the discussion.
Waterbury's Ryan Gomes, right, played tenacious defense against former UConn star Jerome Dyson last night during the championship game of the Greater Hartford Pro-Am. Gomes was playing for Harte Nissan which won the title with a thrilling 141-140 overtime victory. Gomes, is 6'7" and weighs 250 pounds, and throughout the game he defended the opponents point guard, shooting guard, wing player and center. His defensive prowess and quick hands created several turnovers, and illustrated to the 1200 fans in the Crosby High School gym why Gomes, 30, was recently signed to a contract by the Oklahoma Thunder of the NBA. Photograph by John Murray
Former Waterbury high school star Julian Allen crushed an attempt by former UConn player Doug Wiggins during the semi-finals of the Greater Hartford Pro-Am League last night at Crosby High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. Allen was comfortable playing in the Crosby gym where he earned Connecticut Player of the Year honors in 2005, and led the 27-0 Bulldogs to the state championship, and the top ranking in the state. Despite Allen's stellar play, his team was defeated by a group of former UConn stars who will begin a best of three championship series Wednesday night at Crosby High School. Photograph by John Murray
Jason Van Stone announced today that he will seek the Republican Mayoral nomination for the upcoming municipal election in Waterbury November 2013. Van Stone is currently a commissioner on the Waterbury Board of Education and Republican Party Chairman.
Mt. Olive AME Zion Church will hold a Community Fair on Saturday, July 13th from 10am – 7pm on the church grounds located at 82-100 Pearl Street in Waterbury. [Rain date is July 20th] Food, games and fun for all ages. Vendors will be selling popcorn, sno-cones, Georgia Hots, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Fish, Roasted Pig, Ribs, Salads etc.
Waterbury native Roy O'Neil has co-written a musical set in the Brass City that focuses on politics and the effort to restore the Palace Theater. The musical is called, "Eddie and Palaceades", written with Stephen Feigenbaum, and has been selected for presentation at the First Act Feedback Fest in New York City, a new musical development workshop sponsored by Theater Resources Unlimited and Musicalwriterzine.com.