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
One of Waterbury’s “Fireball Run Adventurally” teams, the Spin Doctors, pose outside their road rally vehicle on Thursday, September 13, prior to sending it to the start destination in Independence, Ohio. Team members Paul Largay, left, and Dr. Peter Jacoby, right, stand with Waterbury Regional Chamber President & CEO Lynn Ward. Forty teams of drivers participating in the epic “Fireball Run” 8-day, 14-city, 2,500 mile interactive adventure, game and full-length feature film will arrive at the Waterbury Green at 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 27. Free family-oriented festivities will be held that afternoon from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, including a “KidVenture” Scavenger Hunt from 3:30 to 6:00 PM. For information, visit www.waterburyfireballrun.com.
By John Murray
True story. As I was finishing production of the September issue of the Waterbury Observer I checked my e-mails one last time to see if anything new had rolled in. And indeed there was something new, and it was big. A producer for Animal Planet's TV show "Finding Bigfoot" wrote that the show was coming to Waterbury to film an episode, and they are looking for advance press to draw out any eyewitnesses who have actually seen Bigfoot, and would be willing to come to a "Town Hall" meeting in October to share their story.
The red tape holding up the design and construction of a greenway along the Naugatuck River in Waterbury has finally - after 21 months - been hurdled, Millions of federal transportation dollars earmarked for the project were tangled up in a contracts and tedious oversight by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, city engineers in Waterbury, and RBA, the New York based design company.
Last night the Board of Aldermen approved the contract between the City of Waterbury and the Greenway Design Consultant RBA. The contract is now on it way to Mayor Neil O'Leary's desk, and as soon as he signs it, RBA can begin was is expected to be a year-long design the design. The construction phase, and then community enjoyment of the greenway will follow the design.
This week, the City of Waterbury installed twenty-four recycling bins designed specifically for placement throughout the downtown business district. The recycling bins are thanks to a grant made possible by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful. The City has been awarded forty-eight of the recycling bins and the remaining bins will be installed soon.
(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?
Victor Cuevas toppled four-term incumbent State Representative David Aldarando in today's Democratic primary for the 75th District in Waterbury's South End. Photographs by John Murray
Economic development in downtown Waterbury just got sweeter with the announcement that Dottie's Diner, the creator of the best doughnut in Connecticut, is opening up a second restaurant at 146 Grand Street. The official announcement came from Mayor Neil O'Leary's office this morning, and the mayor and economic development director Ron Pugliese will hold a press conference this afternoon at 1:30 pm at the location on Grand Street, directly across from the post office. The public is invited to attend the event.
The 26th Annual Festa Di San Donato begins tonight, August 2nd, at The Ponte Club at 380 Farmwood Road in Waterbury. The "Italian Feast" runs through Sunday night and has a wide range of superb Italian food, music, games, fireworks, and a procession Sunday morning following mass at St. Lucy's Church at 10:30 am. The festival is Thursday night from 6 to 11 pm, Friday from 6 to 11 pm, Saturday from 1 to 11 pm, and Sunday from 12 to 11 pm. Opening ceremonies are Friday night, and the fireworks are scheduled for 10 pm Sunday night. Photograph by John Murray
Search parties are being formed this morning at Kennedy High School in Waterbury to scour the Town Plot neighborhood for Barabara Grohs, who went missing Monday afternoon when she walked out of her doctor's appointment on Highland Avenue. She is believed to be on foot. Call the Waterbury Police Department with any information at (203) 574-6964.
Photograph By John Murray
The late afternoon sun hovered above the Union Station clock tower yesterday in downtown Waterbury. The iconic tower was built in 1909 by the Seth Thomas Clock Company as a part of a massive railroad station. Fifty years later railroad service vanished from American life and the station was scheduled for demolition. The Republican-American newspaper stepped forward and purchased the building (legend says for $1) and moved their offices into the station. It is one of the most spectacular structures in New England.