Skeleton Of Waterbury Slave, Fortune, To Be Examined At Quinnipiac University

   A team of Quinnipiac University diagnostic imaging professors will x-ray the remains of Fortune, an African-American man who was enslaved by a Waterbury bone surgeon in the 1700s, to help determine how he died. The x-raying will be done on Monday, March 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Center for Anthropological Research, Room 108 of the Clarice L. Buckman Center on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus. The project is being done in collaboration with the Mattatuck Museum, where Fortune has been the subject of an exhibit since 2003.

Name School After Fallen Hispanic Firefighter


The new career academy is nestled on a hill overlooking the city of Waterbury.

                            Column by Jay Gonzalez

   The city of Waterbury is a diverse melting pot of many different cultures and nationalities. From Portuguese to Lebanese, Latino to Irish, Italian to Albanian and so on, this great city has a plethora of establishments celebrating the unique aspects and traditions of each great culture. The rich heritages of The Brass City can be seen from street corners to festivals. Whether it's the Ponte Feast, Portuguese Club, Mayor for the Day, or Jonathan Reed School that recently opened up, our city honors the sacrifices, hard work, and dedication that these cultures and people have made for their hometown. As the fifth largest city in Connecticut, there are many opportunites we have to pay tribute to a cause or ones beliefs. Just last year in Waterbury, there was tremendous support for the naming of a new school opening up to be dedicated to a black man, first time ever. Really? It was the first public school in the City of Waterbury, a city so diverse, to be named or in honor of a minority. Hundreds turned out, and rightfully so, for Jonathan E. Reed School dedication ceremony as this was a long overdue accomplishment for the city.

Waterbury Alderman Greg Hadley Sworn In As African-American Mayor For The Day

                                              By John Murray

Waterbury Alderman Greg Hadley, left, helps raise a Pan-African flag at City Hall yesterday as part of the ceremony honoring him as the African-American Mayor for the Day. His wife Karen is on the right, and two of his grandsons are lending a helping hand.

Into The Sky

   The spires of St. Anne's Church dominate the Waterbury skyline with the Town Plot neighborhood looming in the background. St Anne's was the center of the French-Canadian community in Waterbury for most of the past century. It has now evolved into The Shrine of Saint Anne for Mothers, and is a place of pilgrimage and worship where the sanctity of life is honored by praying for mothers, grandmothers and godmothers. Photograph by John Murray

Escape Alive Program Being Offered Free In Greater Waterbury This Spring

Danielle Rodgers of Naugatuck slams an elbow into a pad.

   Every two minutes, someone in the United States is raped. The vast majority (nine out of ten) are women; 80% are under the age of 30, 44% are under the age of 18. Since 2009, Jane Doe No More, Incorporated has partnered with the professional team at East Coast Training Systems to deliver self defense classes to women and girls ages 12 and older. Our Escape Alive™ Survival Skills program is designed to give women and girls a fighting chance in the face of attack.

Senator Murphy Named Chairman Of Foreign Relations Subcommittee On European Affairs


  The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced that U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will chair the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on European Affairs. The subcommittee oversees matters concerning European nations, and focuses on issues related to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Murphy released the following statement on his chairmanship:

   "I’m proud to be a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and I’m honored to be named chairman of the Subcommittee on European Affairs. The United States and the European Union have the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world, and this subcommittee will provide me with opportunities to strengthen this transatlantic relationship. Europe and the United States represent nearly half of the world’s gross domestic product, and nearly one third of the world’s trade. However, there are remaining obstacles to trade that must be removed so that our partnership can be even more robust.

Lithuanians Celebrate Culture In Waterbury

Sarune Macys was born in Lithuania and came to the United States in 1952. She dressed in traditional costume and stood and sang the Lithuanian National Anthem this morning inside City Hall in downtown Waterbury during a Lithuanian Mayor For The Day ceremony in Veteran's Hall. Edward J. Bebrin was proclaimed the ceremonial mayor. Photograph by John Murray

Mayor O'Leary's Snow Brigade Helps Waterbury Turn The Corner In Digging Out From Nemo

   The nearly six hundred members of Mayor O'Leary's Snow Brigade busted their humps today clearing snow from the following schools; Tinker, Gilmartin, Kingsbury, Walsh, Duggan, Maloney, Chase, Reed, Wilson, Wilby, Crosby, Kennedy, Bucks Hill and WAMS. It wasn't all work, however, as kids being kids, they managed to have a few chuckles along the way.

   In this picture Anthony Romero, 16, gives a big smile after being blasted by a shovel of snow from his buddy, Anthony Del Valle. Romero and Del Valle were joined at Reed School by their friend Jonathan Castellar, and they called themselves "The Three Musketeers."

   Thank you Musketeers for working hard, being enthusiastic, and reminding Waterbury that work can be fun.

Enter The Snow Brigade

                                                By John Murray

There was an astounding response to Mayor Neil O'Leary's offer to pay Waterbury youth to help shovel out the schools. At least 500 kids packed the entire upper floor of City Hall, filling both Veteran Memorial Hall, aldermanic chambers, and the hallway inbetween. It's hard to imagine that more city residents have ever been in City Hall at one time. An historic response to an historic crisis. Very cool.

Community Spirit Emerges As Waterbury Digs Out From Nemo, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

                                                By John Murray

   Day #5 of Nemo and inspirational stories are beginning to emerge from the fog. While some frustrated city residents ranted about the lack of snow plows on their street, other city residents decided to take matters into their own hands. A group of ten men formed a snowblower brigade on Woodcrest Drive in the Bunker Hill neighborhood and cleared their road themselves. One of the men, Anthony Engala, told Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary, "after this, we're going to have a block party this summer."

Hey Nemo, Thanks For The Memories....

   A peek up Willow Street this morning around 8 am. Observer publisher John Murray went on a photo safari in Waterbury from 6:30 am to 9 am this morning. Here are some of his observations - "Downtown will be paralyzed tomorrow. If you thought parking was a problem last week, you're in for a massive headache. Sidewalks are impassable. Parking lots no longer exist. Hillside and the Overlook are a war zone. Cleaning up after Nemo is beyond daunting. Plows and backhoes and snowblowers and shovels are out in full force, but it's like emptying a swimming pool with a spoon. This will take days for the city to recover.  Everywhere I looked there were people working hard to dig the city out from beneath Nemo's wrath. Be patient. Be safe. Help is on the way."

Waterbury Parking Ban in Effect Friday At Noon

   The City of Waterbury has issued a parking ban effective February 8, 2013 at noon, until further notice. IIn addition to all currently posted “Snow Zones” the following parking ban will be in effect at 12:00PM on Friday 2/8/13

   NO PARKING on the EVEN numbered side of all City streets.

   Vehicles parked in snow zones or the even numbered side of streets may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Waterbury Green Master Plan Snares Award

Lively community conversations were all part of the process that led to a redesign of the Green in downtown Waterbury. Photograph by John Murray

    New Britain-based landscape architecture and civil engineering design firm TO Design, LLC received an Award of Merit in Landscape Planning and Analysis from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Waterbury Green Master Plan.

   The CTASLA hosts the Connecticut Design Awards each year to recognize excellence in landscape architectural design, planning and analysis, communication, and research.

Luvata Signs 15-Year Lease, Global Leader In Superconducting Wires Will Remain In City

                                              By John Murray

   Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary signed a lease agreement this morning between the City of Waterbury and Luvata, a global force in the manufacturing of superconducting wires and cables. In 2010 when the City of Waterbury announced they were going to utilize the former Chase Brass factory on Thomaston Avenue as a public works campus, Luvata's space in the factory was reduced, and they explored relocating their operation out of Waterbury. Luvata Waterbury President Jim Lajewski, seated next to O'Leary, credited the mayor for changing the course of the relationship. After being elected in November 2011, O'Leary immediately nixed the public works campus as bad policy. O'Leary said the city should explore ways to use the massive facility to expand Waterbury's economic base, and reached out to Luvata to try and persuade them to stay in the city. The efforts of Neil O'Leary, then Congressman Chris Murphy (now a U.S. Senator), Economic Development Director Ron Pugliese, and Leo Frank and Andrew Martelli of the Waterbury Development Corporation convinced Luvata to stay. Instead of being squeezed out of Waterbury, Luvata is now explanding. "This was a great collaborative effort," O'Leary said today. "To see what Luvata does around the world is amazing, and I'm delighted they are staying in Waterbury." With the signing of the lease, Lajewski said, "The headache and frustration of the past few years is gone."