Community Bulletin Board
- Cactus Show at NVCC ~ April 1 & 2
- New Home for 'Quilts that Care'
- Poetry Slam Competition
- Environment-Wise Symposium at Post
- Educator Appreciation Days at Barnes & Noble
- 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
By John Murray
There was a lot of excitement at the begining of the Kid's Marathon at Crosby High School tonight. Nearly 500 Waterbury children were jacked up to run the final installment of a marathon they had been running for the past two months. After completing a final 1.2 mile cross-country course the students would have finished the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles), and would receive a medal from Olympic medalist Rod Dixon of New Zealand.
The runners launched in four waves to avoid collisions, but kids being kids, they sprinted furiously from the starting line. Pony-tails and elbows were flying, and barely 20 yards into the run someone tangled legs with seven-year-old Cameron Raver, and he crashed to the ground with a thud. Cameron is pictured above rolling to avoid the stampede of runners that followed him.
When Emery Roth began photographing along the old railroad tracks of the Naugatuck Valley, he never expected they would lead him through a time warp to a mill where he would find giant hydraulics still hissing, steel clanking, hot glowing metal still flying through the air - where the steam still rises from old pickling vats, and men still charge the foundry furnaces in buildings where the soot has caked for more than a hundred years. Some of the photographs from Emery Roth's book Brass Valley: Made in America, which were taken in Waterbury and Ansonia, will be on exhibition in the art gallery of the Silas Bronson Library during June and July.
On Wednesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. Roth will give a power point presentation in the library auditorium of additional images from his book, accompanied by poetry and prose selections from it. He will also discuss his discoveries along the tracks and in old industrial sites throughout the valley. Attendees may order a special limited edition of the exhibition book.
Desiree Mouannes prepares falafel at the Taste Of Lebanon festival this past weekend in Waterbury. The event took place at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church on East Mountain Road. Photograph by John Murray
By John Murray
Two former heavyweights in the Waterbury political arena got a chance to catch up Saturday afternoon at the Taste of Lebanon in the East Mountain neighborhood of the city. Mike Jarjura, on the right, was mayor of Waterbury from 2001 to 2011, and often went on WATR radio to answer questions from Ed Flynn, who hosted a talk radio show for almost 20 years in Waterbury. Flynn scaled back his work a few years ago, and now hosts a music show on Saturdays.
More than 2000 people marched through the streets of Waterbury Saturday morning to raise awareness about autism, and to raise money to help facilitate research into the cause of autism. The event was run by Autism Speaks. Photographs by John Murray
Shwarma sandwiches will be one of the many delicious treats offered at the "Taste of Lebanon" which kicks-off tonight in Waterbury at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church at 8 East Mountain Road. Elias Taweh is pictured here at The Gathering on May 18th in downtown Waterbury where the Lebanese tent went through 100 pounds of marinated sirloin steak that was grilled and served in Shawarma, a thin pita bread with shaved meat, vegetables and sauce. The "Taste of Lebanon" goes from 6 pm to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
StayWell Health Center, a community health center in Waterbury that serves over 20,500 area patients has received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification for its 80 Phoenix Avenue location. The PCMH certification is through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). StayWell is the first community health center in Connecticut to achieve Level 3 certification under the 2011 guidelines.
Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary helps Kathy Thomas, left, Susan Santoro, and Lynn Ward of the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce perform a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Froyo World on West Main Street in Waterbury. Thomas and Santoro are partners in Froyo World. Photographs by John Murray.
By John Murray
Lugging a dream around in your head for 15 years is tiring. The only path to freedom is to hurl yourself towards the fire and either transform the dream into reality, or fail trying. A dream without effort will never materialize, so it was with a sense of relief that I unchained one of my dreams last Autumn, and set out to create a multi-cultural festival in Waterbury celebrating the extraordinary diversity of the people living and working in the city.
Members of the Hellenic Dance Troupe (above and below) from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Waterbury performed all weekend long at the 41st Annual Greek Festival. Photographs by John Murray