Waterbury Lawyer Hired To Defend Man Arrested In Largest Cocaine Bust in State History

Bricks of cocaine. Image courtesy of the U.S. Government.

   Atty. Martin Minnella today called on the State Police to arrest the United Parcel Service driver that carried nearly 250 pounds of raw cocaine to a UPS facility in Windsor.

   “Why arrest one delivery man and not the other?” Minnella said.

Anthony Bourdain, Charlie Daniels Band, Jackson Browne and The Pixies Coming To Waterbury's Palace Theater In October

NO RESERVATIONS: AN EVENING WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN
Tuesday, October 25 - 7:30 pm
In this rare, uncensored appearance, Tony (pictured above) will share the fascinating, hysterical, and sometimes shocking stories behind his life, books, travels, and his hit Travel Channel show. Sponsored by Bank of America.
Tickets: $100/ $53/ $43

Chris Donovan Launches Bid For 5th Congressional Seat This Week With District Tour

Chris Donovan, middle of the front row, is pictured above during the recent Waterbury Democratic Convention held at the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Photo by John Murray

   This week, Chris Donovan, Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 5th Congressional District, will host a campaign kick-off announcement tour. Donovan will be visiting five cities in the district over four days, culminating with his announcement and office opening party in Meriden on Friday; he will discuss his plans for the district with a focus on jobs, education, transportation and infrastructure, and Medicare and Social Security.

Duggan School Now The Centerpiece Of Waterbury's Brooklyn Neighborhood

By John Murray

  A much beloved and highly controversial $40 million Duggan School renovation project is now complete in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Waterbury, and local dignitaries were on-hand August 22 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The project came in a year late and four million over budget, largely due to miscalculations about the structural integrity of the original school building, which was an essential part of the renovation plan.

Albanian Festival Saturday and Sunday On Columbia Boulevard In Waterbury. Free Admission

Byrek, Albania's most popular "fast food", a triangular filo pastry snack filled with cheese, spinach or meat.

   The Overlook neighborhood in Waterbury will see an explosion of Albanian culture on display this weekend during the First Annual Albanian American Labor Day Festival, on Columbia Blvd. There will be traditional Albanian food and music and the event will be staged from 11 am to 11 pm on both Saturday September 3rd, and Sunday September 4th. The festival will be at the Albanian Community Center at 106 Columbia Boulevard, and there is free admission and parking.

DePillo Says Decision To Give Up Alderman Seat For A 5th Mayoral Run Was Difficult

Story and Photographs By John Murray

   After 12 years of unsuccessfully placing his name before the Waterbury electorate, Larry De Pillo finally won an election in 2009 when he was voted onto the Board of Aldermen. And in the past two years De Pillo has been an outspoken watchdog on the board, clashing with the local political machinery, and rooting out special interests. He has been such an effective alderman that leaders in the Democrat party and Republican party have told the Observer that De Pillo, an Independent Party member, would probably win re-election if he ran again as an alderman in November.

Water In Waterbury Is Safe To Drink

  

   The following is a message sent from the Waterbury Bureau of Water, to the Mayor's Office, earlier today, September 1st, in the wake of power outages following Tropical Storm Irene.

   Apparently the CT TV news is reporting that there are a number of water systems in the state that must boil their water first before using. We have received a number of calls on this within the last 1/2 hour.

Open Space Deal Dead, Drubner Pulls The Plug

   Developer Norman Drubner has withdrawn his offer to sell 133 acres of woodland to the City of Waterbury as open space. The property, which abuts the Western Hills Golf Course, is the largest undeveloped tract of land in Waterbury. Despite an outpouring of support from neighborhood groups throughout Waterbury, and an overflowing crowd at the last Board of Aldermen meeting speaking in favor of open space, the aldermen voted to send the issue to a non-binding referendum.

Larry De Pillo Enters Waterbury Mayoral Race

   The Selection Committee of Waterbury’s Independent Party today announced that Alderman Lawrence V. De Pillo has agreed to seek the party’s endorsement for election as Mayor of the City of Waterbury.

   The party's caucus for endorsement of its slate of candidates in this November's election will be held on Thursday, September 1ST @ 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Thomaston Savings Bank, 985 Watertown Avenue.

Some CL&P Customers To Remain Powerless Through The Weekend

Nearly 700,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers lost service during tropical storm Irene Sunday. Two and a half days after the storm cleared there are still hundreds of thousands of residents in Connecticut without power. The utility company has set the goal of having power restored throughout the state by the end of the day Sunday. Photo by John Murray

Music Festival To Celebrate Life, And Help Gary Tuttle, Saturday Afternoon At Cheshire Park

 

Gary Briane Tuttle

 ( As the Observer was going to press in August we received a remarkable e-mail from Gary Tuttle asking for our help. Unable to fulfill his request, we decided to do the next best thing and directly share Gary’s e-mail with Observer readers. Gary’s love of Waterbury, and of life itself, are awe-inspiring. Take a moment to read about Gary and see if you’d like to help. We think you will.)

Independent Party's John Theriault To Seek Re-election To Waterbury Board Of Education

   The Selection Committee of the Waterbury Independent Party is pleased to announce that John E. Theriault, currently serving his second term as a member of the Waterbury Board of Education, will seek the party’s endorsement on Saturday, August 27TH for reelection this November 8th.

Independent Party Alderman Cicero Booker Jr. To Seek 5th Term In November

   The Selection Committee of the Waterbury Independent Party is pleased to announce that Cicero B. Booker Jr., who is currently serving his fourth term as an Alderman and elected Minority Leader of the Board of Aldermen, will seek the party’s endorsement on Saturday, August 27TH for reelection this November 8th.