Senator Markley Tells Governor Malloy To Stop Ignoring the Will of the People

   Senators Joe Markley, Jason Welch and Representative Rob Sampson urge the Administration to not hand over private Personal Care Attendant (PCA) lists to SEIU.

   “The Governor has created working groups and a council to look into how best to structure collective bargaining rights and relationships for personal care attendants. But what we see now is the intent was simply to provide a rubber stamped road map to unionize these workers,” said Senator Markley. “None of the groups have even had the chance to examine the issue carefully and yet the unionization process has begun."

Remembering Reverend Leon Sullivan And Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

                                        By Reggie Beamon

   Happy New Year. We have all been blessed to come another 365 days with hope and optimism of change and opportunity. 2012 also brings an election for President; and to some the end of the world in December.

Rep. D’Amelio and Sen. Hartley Hold Office Hours

State Senator Joan Hartley, left, State Representative Tony D'Amelio

   State Representative Tony D’Amelio (R-71) and State Senator Joan Hartley (D-15) look forward to meeting with constituents on Monday, January 9th during office hours in Room 101A at Kennedy High School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  The legislators invite constituents to share concerns, ideas and ask questions. They’ll provide information about the last legislative session as well as the upcoming one. Kennedy High School is located at 422 Highland Ave. in Waterbury. For information on the session call Rep. D’Amelio at 800-842-1423  or Sen. Hartley at 800-842-1420


Is 2012 the Year to Start Your Small Business?

                                        Column By John Rowland

   Is this the year to start your own small business?  The economic recovery is still beyond many of us, companies are still not hiring and at some point unemployment compensation benefits will run out.  So, what options are left?  Move out of state?  But are opportunities better somewhere else?  Probably not, this recovery is still far off and it is national in size, although the Northeast has been particularly hard hit.

Dateline NBC To Air Show About Honeymoon Murder, Jan. 6th

   Naugatuck journalist, Joan Lownds, wrote a compelling book about a mysterious murder onboard a cruise ship in 2005 that drew international media attention. The hook for the media was an attractive young couple on their honeymoon, but Lownds dug beyond the headlines to reveal a multi-billion dollar cruise industry lacking in basic safety standards. Every year there were sexual assaults and murders that went unreported on cruise ships. Dozens of passengers simply vanished off ships and investigations were whitewashed and unreported.

Connecticut Community Foundation Hires New CEO, Paula Van Ness

Paula Van Ness

    Following a rigorous and fruitful national search for a new CEO, the Connecticut Community Foundation has announce that Paula Van Ness, former COO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in New York, and former president and CEO of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, has accepted the position as of February 1, 2012.

Shrek the Musical Coming To Palace Theater Feb. 10 and 11


  The Palace Theater will be going green this February when everyone’s favorite ogre comes to Waterbury for three performances of the Shrek the Musical national Broadway tour on February 10 and 11. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at or at the box office, 100 East Main Street in Waterbury. Groups of 15 or more qualify for discounted ticket prices and should call the group sales hotline at 203-346-2011.

Behuniak, Greene, Frantzis, Anderson Win Harold Webster Smith Awards

James Behuniak CEO of Platt Brothers

   The Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Small Business Council has announced the 2012 Harold Webster Smith Award recipients. The event will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 8 AM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury, Connecticut. Recipients of the 15th Annual Harold Webster Smith Awards will be Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut for Small Business of the Year, Lori Greene, principal of Elizabeth Richards Gifts in Waterbury, Connecticut for Entrepreneur of the Year, and James Behuniak, president and CEO of The Platt Brothers & Company in Waterbury, Connecticut for Manufacturer of the Year.

Rochambeau in Connecticut - Lecture and Book Signing, Feb. 4th


General Rochambeau by Rachel LePine

   In commemoration of the 234th anniversary of one of the most important events in French-American History, the signing of the French-American Alliance on February 6, 1778 in Paris, the Gunn Memorial Museum will host the lecture Rochambeau in Connecticut and a book signing in the Wykeham Room on Saturday February 4, 2012 at 1pm with Jini Jones Vail, the author of Rochambeau: Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant. A French General’s Role in the American Revolution.

Bluebirds Flourishing Along The Naugatuck River

An Eastern Bluebird perched on a branch in the Platts Mills section of Waterbury on Christmas morning. The bird was feeding on evergreen berries and was flying back and forth across the Naugtatuck River. According to the Cornell University Ornithology Lab the Eastern Bluebird doesn’t often visit feeders, but are great prospects for nest boxes if you have the space to put one up in your yard, and if your yard isn’t too hemmed in by trees or houses. Photograph by Kevin Zak

Reflections On Main Street Waterbury Accomplishments in 2011

Carl Rosa, Executive Director of Main Street Waterbury

                                        Column By Carl Rosa

   On behalf of Main Street Waterbury, I would like to wish all of you a very happy and prosperous New Year 2012.  As is customary with my January column, I would like to review the accomplishments of Main Street Waterbury for 2011 as we look forward to 2012.

Webster Bank's Jim Smith Compared To "It's A Wonderful Life" Banker, George Bailey, On National TV

Webster Bank President Jim Smith with a portrait of his father, Harold Webster Smith

                                             By John Murray

   Webster Bank was founded in 1935 in the middle of the Great Depression by Harold Webster Smith, Seventy six years later the bank is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and Smith's son, Jim Smith, is being compared to the mythic banker, George Bailey, from the movie "It's A Wonderful Life."

The Smolinski Trial


Janice and Bill Smolinski inside New Haven Superior Court.


                          Column by John Murray



   That’s how you spell backwards, backward.

   And that might be the best way to describe the civil trial of Madeline Gleason versus Janice Smolinski and Paula Bell taking place in New Haven Superior Court. It is so backwards, it is insane.

   Here’s the background.....

Waterbury Police Click It or Ticket Nabs 285

Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti

   The Waterbury Police Department announced that it issued 285 infractions during the recent Click It Or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization, the majority for driver’s and front seat passengers failing to wear their seat belts. The Waterbury Police Department joined forces with NHTSA and other state & local law enforcement agencies in support of this most recent Click It Or Ticket mobilization, which featured high visibility and aggressive enforcement of CT seat safety belt laws.

Neil O'Leary Plays The Palace

Waterbury's 46th mayor, Neil O'Leary, was a happy man Friday night at his ceremonial swearing-in on the stage of the Palace Theater. O'Leary took the official oath of office at 12:01 on December 1st, This one was for a celebration. Photo by John Murray

Sam Beamon, John Chiarella To Be Inducted In Connecticut Veterans Hall Of Fame Today

Sam Beamon

   Two Waterbury men will be honored today for their ongoing love of country when they are inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2011. The Hall of Fame recognizes distinguished veterans who have made significant contributions to their communities after leaving military service.