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
State Representative Jeff Berger (D-Waterbury) was appointed by incoming Speaker of the House J. Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden) to the position of Deputy Speaker of the House.
"I am excited to have Rep. Berger join my leadership team as we begin work on the many challenges facing our state," said incoming Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden). "Encouraging economic growth and job creation will continue to be a top priority and Jeff's previous role as chair of the commerce committee will be particularly helpful in this area."
Horror film legend Tom Savin stars in "The Sadist".
Two of Waterbury native sons will bring their film to the silver screen at Creative Cinemas 10, 117 Sharon Road, in Waterbury on Thursday, January 3, at 6 and 8pm."We've both shared a passion for filmmaking from a young age," Says Joe Pisani, who partnered with his friend, Frank Wihbey, to co-produce the film, and co-write the screenplay with another Waterbury native, Pedro Ondrush. "We were both working on our own short films and other projects at the time, and one day we ran into each other. Frank pitched the story to me, and I instantly knew I wanted to be involved. Now here we are three years later, booking venues for the premiere and after-party."
A backhoe demolishes a structure in the South End of Waterbury today as part of the Loyola Development Corporation's revitalization plan. Photograph by John Murray
As part of its on-going transformation of the South End of Waterbury, the Loyola Development Corporation demolished a 102 year-old house on Monday, located at 629 South Main Street. This is Loyola’s first construction project. Loyola’s mission is to revitalize of the South End Neighborhood, a seven block area that runs from East Clay to Mill Street and South Main to Mill Street with adjacent blocks from Benedict to South Main and Liberty to Jewelry Streets.
An autopsy was performed this morning on the victim from Monday night’s murder at 848 North Main Street. The death has been ruled a homicide resulting from a single gunshot wound to the chest and the victim has positively been identified as Chester Harriott (3/25/65) of Waterbury. No arrests have been made at this point. The investigation remains active and ongoing and the Waterbury PD continue to ask for the public’s help. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 203-755-1234.
The Brass City Market made it's debut this morning at 19 Field Street in downtown Waterbury. Now there will be year round offerings from Connecticut farms. Hours will be M-F 9-5, and Sat. 9 to 1. For mote information check out brasscityharvestwtby.org
From the Desk of Police Chief Gugliotti:
In response to two recent unfortunate crime incidents in the Overlook area, a meeting was held this past Wednesday at the Mayor’s Office. This meeting was attended by Mayor Neil O’Leary, Chief of Staff Joseph Geary, leaders from the Historic Overlook Association and Yeshiva community, and members of the Police Department’s command staff including myself. The meeting was both positive and productive and we were able to share useful information and ideas with each other. In response to these two crimes, the Police Department has increased presence in the Overlook area. This includes an increase in uniformed officers, plainclothes detectives, and specialized units such as our Street Crime Unit.
Waterbury police officer Neil Crespo pulled a fried turkey out of the oil Thursday afternoon while helping to prepare 100 turkeys for the annual PAL Thanksgiving meal, Saturday, November 17th, from 11 am to 5 pm. Fifty of the turkeys were donated by the Waterbury Elks Lodge and the Fat Bastards, a local motorcycle club, 25 were donated by S&P Carting, and 25 were donated by the Ryan Gomes Heart Foundation. Cooking began at 8 am Thursday morning and will end Friday night. Dozens of off-duty police officers volunteer their time frying, baking and serving a full Thanksgiving meal to anywhere from 500 to a 1000 area residents. Photographs by John Murray
In March 2012 a Yeshiva student was attacked and britally beaten in the Overlook Neighborhood in Waterbury. The Historic Overlook Community Club called an emergency meeting that was attended by Mayor Neil O'Leary and a large contingent of Waterbury police officers who addressed the situation. Concerns in the neighborhood are heightened again after an armed robbery. Community leaders, who wrote the following letter, are calling for another meeting with the mayor and an increased police presence in the Overlook neighborhood. Photograph by John Murray
(Editor's note - the following letter was sent by concerned community leaders in the Overlook neighborhood in Waterbury following an armed robbery)
We regret to inform you about an attack which took place this evening in our neighborhood. One of our community members was mugged at gunpoint as she stood in front of her house. In light of the fact that this is the second attack in the past two weeks, we are extremely concerned about this disturbing trend and we all have to work together to ensure our safety.
Dean Thapa made his way here from Nepal and now operates his own convenience store.
Story and Photographs By John Murray
A Google image search for Tanahun, Nepal, reveals a spectacularly beautiful village surrounded by terraced farms carved into sides of mountains in central Asia. This is where Dean Thapa began his improbable journey towards Waterbury, and like thousands before him who have come from England, Ireland, Italy and Lithuania, Dean Thapa clawed his way across the earth to reach a place where hard work promised advancement.
A gargoyle on Pandoara's Cabaret appears ready to devour the First Light Generator.
By John Murray
On a drive yesterday afternoon along Washington Street in the South End of Waterbury it appears that Pandora's Cabaret, a new upscale strip club is nearing completion. The parking lot is freshly paved, and gargoyle adornments have been afixed on two sides of the building and on top of twin turrets rising into the sky.