EMT’s And Paramedics Bike 500 Miles for Fallen EMS Providers, Will Travel Through Waterbury

Riders of previous National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. Photo by cherryhill-nj.com

   The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride is proud to announce their 2013 East Coast Ride from Rockland, ME to Collingdale, PA. The NEMSMBR honors EMTs and Paramedics by organizing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty.

Glimpse Of The Past

Waterbury has always had the ability to rebound from crisis. Forty-two buildings in the city's commercial district were destroyed in a massive fire in 1902, yet three years later downtown was completely rebuilt. This is the view looking south on Bank Street in 1905. The Howland-Hughes building is on the far left.

City Parks Targeted For $1 Million Overhaul

                                                   By John Murray

   Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary (second from the right) listened to a consultant yesterday afternoon during a tour of Library Park in downtown Waterbury. City officials are hoping to use nearly $1 million dollars in federal block grant money to overhaul four neglected parks; three in the South End of Waterbury, and one in downtown, Library Park.

Waterbury Included In Celebration Of Cass Gilbert

Cass Gilbert

   Today begins a week-long celebration of the Woolworth Building in New York City, which was designed by architect Cass Gilbert's 100 years ago. The celebration spreades throughout the northeast with tours of many of Gilbert's masterpieces, and includes a walking tour of downtown Waterbury (which has several Cass Gilbert buildings, including a newly renovated City Hall) on Thursday.

When Southbury Said ‘No’ to the Nazis

    Join the Mattatuck Museum for Cinema Spring beginning with a screening of Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said ‘No’ to the Nazis on Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The movie will conclude with a discussion featuring filmmaker Scott Sniffen and others in the documentary including Rev. Shannon Rye Wall from the South Britain Congregational Church.

Damaged Trees Removed From Waterbury Green

                                Photographs By John Murray

Two dead trees are being removed on the east end of the Green in downtown Waterbury, altering the shade, aesthetics, and feel of the city's common space. It's shocking to the eye as the Brass Horse now towers over North Main Street. Will there be new trees planted? Stay tuned....

A Lesson In Civics With Denise Merrill

                                             By John Murray

The Connecticut Secretary of State, Denise Merrill, right, was in Waterbury last night to participate in a non-partisan conversation about engaging Hispanics in the voting process. The event "Civic Engagement Matters", was sponsored by the City of Waterbury and the Secretary of State's Office, and was staged at Reed Elementary School on North Main Street. Mayoral aide, Geraldo Reyes Jr., is on the left.

Medicine Drop Box Installed Inside Waterbury Police Department For Public Use

                                              By John Murray

   Waterbury Police Chief Vernon Riddick announced the installation of a medication drop box in the lobby of the Waterbury Police Department yesterday afternoon. Riddick said the public can drop unwanted, unused or expired medications in the box 24/7, 365 days a year, with no questions asked. The box was donated by the Bunker Hill Pharmacy, whose owner, William Summa, is second from the left.

Michael Gilmore Honored By Main Street Waterbury With Sasala Award

   Main Street Waterbury has announced that the recipient of the 2013 Stephen R. Sasala II Community Partnership Award is Michael Gilmore, Re-Investment Manager and Fair Housing Officer for the Waterbury Development Corporation. Gilmore will receive the award on Wednesday May 15th at the Palace Theater at 5:30PM.  Main Street Waterbury created this award to celebrate the leadership and contributions of the late Stephen R. Sasala who was the former CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce and former President of this downtown revitalization program’s Board of Directors.

Waterbury Students Learn About Nutrition And Firefighting On Field Trip

                                      Photographs By Kevin Zak

   Four and five-year old children from Woodrow Wilson Elementary School visited Brass City Market on Field Street yesterday to participate in a nutrition program sponsored by Brass City Harvest, a Waterbury based 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting local neighborhoods by sponsoring sustainable agriculture programs, farmers markets, education and homeless outreach.  Nutritionist, Nicole Theriault spoke with the children about good eating habits, and they enjoyed fruit and yogurt parfaits made with ingredients from local farms.

Rod Dixon To Launch Running Program In City

Running legend, Rod Dixon, of New Zealand, will be in Waterbury this afternoon to kick off a fitness program he hopes to spread across the world. Dixon is an Olympic medalist, but is best known for his stunning come-from-behind victory in the 1983 New York City Marathon. Dixon will be at the North End Middle School at 4:30 to meet with kids and state and local officials. The public is invited.

Arts Organizations Get Grant $$

   Several Waterbury-based arts organizations have been awarded a state grant . Seven Angels Theatre, Shakesperience Productions, The Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center and the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will each receive grants from the Connecticut Arts Endowment.