UConn Waterbury Campus To Dedicate New Courtyard and Sculpture, "Synergy", June 27th

   The University of Connecticut's Waterbury campus will be dedicating the newly renovated campus courtyard and artistic water sculpture "Synergy" on Monday, June 27, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Scheduled speakers include Senator Joan Hartley, Artist Barton Rubenstein, and the University of Connecticut's 15th President, Dr. Susan Herbst. This project was several years in the making and came together as a result of the hard work of many individuals in and outside the University.  The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by June 17, 2011 by calling 203.236.9943 or by emailing waterburyRSVP@uconn.edu

Father McGivney Statue Undergoes Restoration Work In Downtown Waterbury

Photographs By John Murray

   The statue of father McGivney at the intersection of Meadow Street and Grand Street in downtown Waterbury is about to undergo a complete restoration in the next two weeks. McGivney was born and raised in Waterbury, CT, and is the founder of the Knights Of Columbus. He is currently being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church. 

Missing Person Legislation Triggered By Disappearance Of Waterbury's Billy Smolinski Passes CT Senate, Now On To Governor Malloy

Billy Smolinski vanished on August 24th, 2004

Story By John Murray

   Last night the Connecticut Senate voted unanimously to approve new legislation that alters the way state and local police officers handle the report of a missing adult. The legislation, which still needs Governor Dannel Malloy's signature to become law, ensures that reports of missing adult persons are accepted and investigated by the police in an effective and timely manner.

1200 Catfish Stocked In Lakewood Lake

Larry Butler and one of the 1200 catfish.

     State Representative Larry B. Butler (D-Waterbury) announced the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has stocked Lakewood Lake in Waterbury with fish for a fourth consecutive year.  The DEP delivered about 1,200 Arkansas Channel Catfish to Lakewood on Tuesday as part of the agency's Community Fishing Program.  In all, eleven lakes and ponds around the state were stocked.  The DEP also annually stocks streams and rivers with trout for fishing season.

Governor Malloy Visits Albanian Festival

Spinach Pie and Politics

Malloy Touts Local Albanian Community, Endorses Neil O'Leary

The dance group "Besa" performed "Valle e Devollit" at the 6th Annual Albanian Festival at the Albanian- American Muslim Community Center, on Raymond Street, in the South End of Waterbury. Valle means dance, and Devolli is a village in Albania. Photographs by John Murray

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan Will Sing at the Palace Theater To Benefit Local Catholic Schools

    Famed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will perform a concert on behalf of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT at 8 p.m. The concert will benefit Catholic schools in the Greater Waterbury area and FACS.

Neil O'Leary Weighs In On Mike Jarjura's Defection To The GOP

Former Waterbury police chief Neil O'Leary announced his candidacy for mayor in early February. O'Leary had agreed not to challenge Mike Jarjura in 2009 when the mayor promised to support him in 2011. Jarjura changed his mind, but the Democratic establishment, which had helped broker the arrangement in 2009, threw its support behind O'Leary. Without party support, and with philosophical differences with state and federal Democratic leaders, Jarjura announced on May 31st that he had switched parties and is now a Republican. Photo by John Murray

Waterbury Mayor Mike Jarjura Is Switching Political Parties. Will Seek Re-election As A Republican In November


Party's Over

Story By John Murray

   The Waterbury Observer has confirmed that Waterbury Mayor Michael Jarjura is switching political parties and will head the Republican ticket in November. The official announcement was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th, but when two top GOP lawmakers – Tony D’Amelio and Selim Noujaim – couldn’t make it, the press conference was re-scheduled for May 31st, at Waterbury City Hall.

"Hanoi Jane" Book Talk and Signing June 22


Hanoi Jane

War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal

Meet author
Jerry Lembcke
Book Talk & Signing
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 6:30 p.m

   From Aristophanes’ Lysistrata  to  Mata Hari and  Tokyo Rose, stories of female betrayal during wartime have recurred throughout history. The myth of “Hanoi Jane” Fonda,  Dr. Jerry Lembcke argues in Hanoi Jane, War, Sex & Fantasies of Betrayal,  is  the latest  variation  on this  enduring theme  -  com-bining traces of fact with heavy doses  of  fiction to create a potent  symbol of feminine perfidy  -  part  erotic warrior-woman  Barbarella  (the  title role of  a 1968 Fonda film),  part savvy antiwar activist and part powerful entrepreneur.

Waterbury, Prohibition and the Boxing Ring


Life on "The Hill"

By Megan Sullivan, December 2007

 James Dennis Galvin

   My grandfather taught me how to pour beer. We sat at the round, glass topped table on his screened-in back porch, and with the convex pint glass tipped toward the wall, I held one hand steady on the jar as the other gripped the brown glass bottle before me.

   “Good girl, Meg,” my grandfather said. “Right, lean the jar towards you,” he instructed gently. “That’s the girl,” he said, “hold the bottle close to the rim.”

For 100 Years Scovill, Chase, and Anaconda-American Fired the American Dream in Waterbury


The Big Three

Story By Raechel Guest

Photographs From Scovill Bulletin, Pictorial History Of Waterbury

The neglected north gate of American Brass as it looks now.

   In the twentieth century, Waterbury’s brass industry was dominated by the “Big Three” — Scovill, Chase and Anaconda-American Brass. During the nineteenth century, the industry was largely comprised of small independent factories. Scovill was the first of the Big Three to become big, acquiring small specialized companies in order to diversify its product line and enhance its financial stability. Next came American Brass (later Anaconda-American Brass), which was created by the merger of several brass companies. Chase rounded out the trinity in 1913 with the consolidation of several companies owned by the Chase family.

Q&A with Mayor Michael Jarjura From Observer Archives, October 2009

Four Years Ago He Won With

An Historic Write-In.

Can "Mayor Mike" Bring Home A Record

6th Consecutive Term?

Story By John Murray and Photographs By Michael Asaro


   As we begin the election coverage of Waterbury's 2011 Mayoral Election the discussion has to begin with the reigning champ, Mike Jarjura, who has won ten general elections in Waterbury in a row. Five as a state representative in the East End of Waterbury, and five for mayor of Waterbury. If Jarjura wins in November he will be the only man in Waterbury's 300 year history to be elected mayor six elections in a row. That's impressive.