Community Bulletin Board
- 'Brass Valley: Made in America' Exhibit
- IMTI Installs Solar Panel System
- Local Senators support Firefighter Fundraiser
- Sacred Heart H.S. Names Top Students
- Summer Exhibits at the Mattatuck Museum
- Connecticut Museum Open House Day~June 8
- Waterbury Health Care Council Awards
- NAMI announces T-Shirt Contest Winner
- Dolce Fundraiser for Cardiology Center, 6/29
- StayWell Receives Patient-Centered Certification
- American Jazz at Museum’s 1st Thursday
- Palace Theater's 2013-14 Broadway Series
There was a flash of light. Women screamed and winced in pain. The muggy heat was unbearable. The sound of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" rang through Rentschler Field, and no.... it wasn't the Boss. The song came from the mouths of Abby Wambach and Brandi Chastain of the U.S Womens' Olympic Soccer team after they were blinded by a photographer's flash.
Some people ask what is so important about sports. Why is it so amazing that someone can hit a white ball with a wooden bat or that someone can kick a soccer ball into a goal? It's true that it's very cool to watch, but that's not why sports are so incredible. Ask anyone that was involved in a sport in high school and they will tell you that they took at least one life lesson out of their experiences.
(Editor's note - the following column was written by Observer publisher John Murray in October 2003, on the 10th anniversary of the newspaper. Eight years later the newspaper has transitioned into the digital world with new computers, digital cameras and a bustling website. The drama for survival, however, continues)
The Waterbury Observer recently celebrated it’s tenth anniversary, and although this column may appear to be the sound of one hand clapping, I’m going to stop and celebrate some of the highs and lows along the journey.
Any newspaper across America has the responsibility to reflect the community back upon itself, and somewhere along the way the Observer morphed into the chaos of the city. As Waterbury struggles and groans to transition itself from an industrial giant there has been an explosion of social problems that has permeated the community, problems that the Observer absorbed.
Illness and mayhem seeped through our door.
The history books note that the Civil War ended in 1865, but if you are a Yankee or Red Sox fan, you are experiencing a different type of Civil War that has never ended. And if you happen to live in Connecticut, smack between New York and Boston, you're right in the heart of the conflict. This unparalleled rivalry has been going strong for nearly 100 years. Every time the two teams match up there is always suspense, excitement and eye-popping drama.