Boys and Girls Club Awarded Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant

Posted on September 21, 2018 by admin


The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury announced receipt of a Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant from the State of Connecticut for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Monday, September 17, 2018.

The Boys & Girls Club provides members with a healthy and safe environment that aims to empower teens to make good choices while reducing violence among youth.  Club programs provide youth the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and interests, including sports, technology and art, during a critical part of the day.  Providing exposure and opportunities to anti-bullying, anti-violence and life-skills programing opens youth to new possibilities and helps them find positive ways to spend their time while also allowing them to consider and explore positive futures – both school and career.  Keeping students occupied in the after-school hours is proven to reduce at-risk behaviors including violence, substance use and sexual activity.  The Youth Services Prevention Initiative and Youth Violence Prevention Grant will serve to ensure that members have a safe, positive environment to learn, forge supportive relationships among their peers and have opportunities, expectations and recognition.

“I’m proud to see these funds being used to directly benefit the youth of our city and to help the Boys and Girls Club continue their good work to reduce violence and increase opportunity for kids across the region,” Rep. Cummings said. “Providing structured programming and offering safe alternatives means our youth will be exposed to productive pursuits like getting help with education and job training, and fewer kids will get caught up in gang violence. This grant is good for the Boys and Girls Club and great for the children of Waterbury.”

The grant money is being earmarked for several purposes, including adding a new staff member to bolster current anti-violence programs with middle and high school kids.  It will also implement the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America Gang and Violence Prevention “Street SMART” and “SMART Girls” programs which help youth resist gang involvement and violence and use conflict management strategies to develop social-emotional learning and healthy relationship skills. Other uses for the funds include making sure staff continues to receive updated and specialized training, and adding new homework and computer tables to better serve kids of all ages.

Nighttime Milling and Resurfacing Project, Route 73 in Waterbury

Posted on September 18, 2018 by admin


The following message comes from the State Department of Transportation and contains information that could impact your travels.


The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime milling and resurfacing project will be performed on Route 73 in Waterbury, beginning Sunday, September 23, 2018. 


The project consists of milling and resurfacing 1.95 miles of Route 73in Waterbury. This project is scheduled to occur from 7:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, September 23, 2018 to the morning of Monday, October 8, 2018.


This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2018 Vendor Resurfacing Program.




Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 73 between the Watertown town line and the Route 8 Connector. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 7:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Sunday through Thursday)


Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

Rep. Cummings, Mariam Azeez To Host Anti-Bullying Forum

Posted on September 18, 2018 by admin


In conjunction with Anti-Bullying Month, State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) and Waterbury’s Silas Bronson Library are hosting a symposium on bullying and community awareness on Monday, October 1, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the library.

The event will feature a reading of local author, and 8th grade student, Mariam Azeez’s book “Soulful Sydney Explores Diversity”, and a community discussion led by local activist and member of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, Fahd Syed.

Azeez, an engaging 11-year-old eighth-grade student in Newtown, wrote “Soulful Sydney Explores Diversity” after confronting the issue in her personal life and learning techniques on how to identify and address bullying in all forms. The book explores “a place where everyone is equal, no matter how you look or what you wear,” she said.

“I’m extremely proud of Mariam for standing up for her rights and finding a creative, educational way to bring the issue of bullying to light within our community,” Rep. Cummings said. “She used her talents to engage others and started a difficult conversation that will surely help the people of Waterbury to better understand how the cultural, religious and ethnic diversity makes our city a great place to live.  I look forward to working with her on these important issues for years to come.”

“I am honored to join Mariam Azeez and Representative Cummings to discuss the very important topic of bullying,” Syed said. “Mariam’s book reflects on diversity and being bullied, and as a parent of a child that was bullied and a voice for those in need, I truly understand the pain that parents and students face. This will be another step in the right direction to give comfort and solutions to all those that are affected. I highly encourage you to join us to address bullying and to bring your concerns. We are in this together standing against all bullies!”

The Silas Bronson Library is located at 267 Grand St. in Waterbury.

  • What: Anti-Bullying Forum
  • When: Monday, October, 1, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand St. Waterbury, CT

This event is free and open to the public.