Posts tagged ‘I-84’

December 21st, 2013

Holy Land Cross Installed Above City

by Christopher O'Brien
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A crane operated by Industrial Riggers hoists the cross onto rocky Pine Hill Friday afternoon. View from East Mountain. | Photo: Leslie Wolfgang

 

By Chris O’Brien | The Wolcott Whisper

WATERBURY  –  Steelworkers and welders worked past sunset to ready the unveiling of a 16 ton Christmas gift to the Brass City Friday evening. The landmark Holy Land cross will be formally lit on Sunday evening at 6 pm, although thousands of area residents got a sneak preview as builders briefly tested the LED lights on the cross.

Welders from Pisani Steel work weld a supporting frame onto the cross late Friday

Welders from Pisani Steel work weld a supporting frame onto the cross late Friday

The cross – 16 tons with 5,000 LED’s and made entirely through donated time and money – was welded together on Thursday and hoisted onto an 8 foot thick cement base Friday afternoon. Pisani Steel of Naugatuck donated the steel and welding for the project, estimated at $300,000. This is the fourth cross to stand at the site originally built by John Greco, an attorney who’s dream was to transform Pine Hill into a diorama of the real Bethlehem and Jerusalem to embody the life of Jesus Christ from 2,000 years ago. Hundreds of buildings dotted the hill, made largely from donated and recycled steel and cardboard. Chicken wire, used heaters, cement and former appliances from friends contributed to other areas of the site. Statues from a Worlds Fair, as well as one blessed by the Pope were installed at the site. Despite the humble beginnings and dream of one man, HolyLand became a popular attraction for over 40,000 pilgrims every year. A devout Catholic, Greco enlisted his family in building the religious attraction as an act of devotion. A sign placed on the site read:

“A group of dedicated men present a pictorial story of the life of Christ from the cradle to the Cross—it is our prayerful wish that the project will provide a pleasant way to increase your knowledge of God’s Own Book and bring you closer to Him.”

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December 17th, 2013

Cross Lighting in HolyLand Sunday

by Christopher O'Brien

HolylandCrossThe day has fianlly arrived.

Waterbury’s landmark beacon of hope to thousands in the region will finally be installed this week and its new LED lights will be turned on Sunday evening. Everyone is welcome to attend a dedication mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on South Main Street on Sunday, December 22nd at 4:30 pm. Following the mass, crowds will gather behind the church on South Elm Street at 6:00 pm for the lighting. Afterwards, the public is invited for food and refreshiments at the Maloney Magnet School which is also on South Elm Street.

The organization restoring the Holy Land site is also selling ornaments online and at retail locations around the area.

Online orders for the pewter and  brass ornaments can be placed here.

Vendors selling the ornaments can be found here.

November 13th, 2013

Landmark Cross Removed from HolyLand

by Christopher O'Brien
Pine Hill's bare top is missing the landmark Cross area residents are used to.

Pine Hill’s bare top is missing the landmark Cross area residents are used to. Photo taken from Baldwin St. by Chris O’Brien

By Chris O’Brien

It was Halloween morning when many of the City’s residents drove past I-84 and the mall, glancing upwards towards the familiar landmark seen throughout town as a sign of hope, faith, and comfort.

Mayor O'Leary looks on; photo: Jennifer Rose

Mayor O’Leary looks on; photo: Jennifer Rose

The large cross that beckoned travelers passing through Greater Waterbury or just running an errand or two that Thursday morning was just absent, giving way to a grey overcast sky.

It just wasn’t there.

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October 29th, 2011

Storm Closes I-84; Knocks Down Trees; Tests Town and State

by LonSeidman

An early season snow storm is testing Wolcott and the rest of the state today and into the overnight hours. The storm was expected to arrive late this afternoon, however caught motorists in many cases in their tracks with golf sized snowflakes falling around noon.

Two factors are contributing to the unusually large number of problems in today’s storm. First, the leaves have yet to fall off the trees yet, thereby collecting wet snow and weighing down limbs. “The wet ground, with heavy wet snow on the trees is causing a hazard. Stay off the road, because we don’t want anyone caught under a tree,” cautions Mayor Dunn.

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January 27th, 2011

Storm Produces “Bumpiest Ride Ever”

by LonSeidman

At 6 am this morning, contractors started getting out to work. Wolcott is home to an army of plow contractors that often start working around 4 am clearing business lots. As home to many emergency and healthcare workers, and with its short commute to Connecticut’s major cities, Wolcott works early, even in snowstorms. At the same time, caution also needs to be urged with our hilly town. About 10

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