Posts tagged ‘O’Leary’

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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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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November 5th, 2013

O’Leary Electrifies Dunn Rally; Lt. Gov. Rallies Dems Towards Finish

by Christopher O'Brien
Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father and Republican Town Chairman gets their car ready for a final motorcade Sunday afternoon

Mirella Dandio blows a horn as her father Greg Dandio readies gets their minivan for a Republican rally Sunday afternoon

By Chris O’Brien

Heavy hitters from Waterbury and Hartford pumped up political campaign rallies as teams gathered their supporters before their final push towards Election Day.

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

State Attorney General George Jepson addresses Democrats. Looking on are Chairman Tony Casagrande and Mayoral candidate Michael Gugliotti

“We have two days and twenty minutes enjoy the pizza, because this is your last meal,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman told town Democrats in her trademark red dress and heels at J & M Pizza Sunday night. Second District Council candidate Anthony Gugliotti reminded supporters that their ticket had vastly more experience at running town government than Republicans. “I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be successful.”

Democrats were backing recently retired Waterbury Police Chief Michael Gugliotti to challenge current Mayor Tom Dunn’s 10 year record. But just down the road was another former Waterbury Police Chief giving a different kind of speech.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O'Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

Thomas G. Dunn (PC) welcomes Neil O’Leary to a rally Sunday night. Looking on is his brother.

———————————————————————-View Video of Michael Gugliotti, Neil O’Leary and Bridget Dunn making their case HERE!

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“You don’t just wake up and say you’re qualified to become the Mayor of Wolcott. You put your time in with the community and townspeople. Your family gets involved intimately with the community. And that’s what the Dunn family and Tommy have done,.” O’Leary said, working up the standing-room only crowd of over 250. He and Dunn’s daughter Bridget warmed up the crowd noting Dunn’s record on taxes and keeping stable budgets.

Democrats echoed how important personal relationships are to local governance. Wyman recalled how she couldn’t leave supermarkets without getting stopped by neighbors to talk about her service on Tolland’s Board of Education. “The milk reached its expiration date before I left the store!” the restaurant erupted in laughter. Now, she says its easier because her role isn’t as direct.  “To me its the most personable and caring – you can deliver faster than any of us can (at the state level).” said Wyman.

CHECK BACK SOON AS VIDEO WILL BE ADDED….

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August 21st, 2013

Holyland Restoration and Fundraisers Planned

by Christopher O'Brien

HolylandCrossWaterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary and businessman Fritz Blasius are spearheading efforts to purchase Holyland on top of Pine Hill in Waterbury. The once thriving tourist attraction with the landmark lit cross seen for miles along I-84 has deteriorated into shambles by vandals over the past 30 years.

The new owners intend to purchase the property through donations and restore the old and brighter lit cross. The property will be for the community’s use. Volunteers and donations are being solicited for the effort.

A community picnic fundraiser at the Ponte Club will be held this Sunday, August 2tth from 12- 5 pm.

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February 11th, 2013

Youth Jobs: Waterbury Needs Shovellers

by Christopher O'Brien

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary is calling upon any youth at least 14 years old and older who wants to earn minimum wage on Tuesday. After 34 inches of snow fell on the Brass City, the City’s public works crews still haven’t had a chance to dig out the thirty-odd schools in town.

Any person interested should show up at City Hall at noon on Tuesday dressed warmly and with a shovel. City Hall is at 235 Grand St., downtown Waterbury. 203-574-6712

The notice was posted to the Waterbury Police Athletic League’s Facebook page and reposted on the Mayor’s Facebook page Monday evening.

November 7th, 2011

O’Leary Endorsed By Rep-Am

by LonSeidman

Neil O'Leary

After about a week’s worth of stories attacking Neil O’Leary’s bid for Waterbury mayor, the city’s daily newspaper endorsed the former Wolcott and Waterbury Police Chief. The articles ran the gamut from an open rift with Hispanic leaders, the possibility of election fraud by a campaign worker, and his innermost thoughts on ‘hating’ the chairman of the Board of Education. We were about to write our thoughts explaining how dangerous such minutely unbalanced reporting on inside baseball matters can be in the hands of the media. But now we ask – has Jarjura been fairly treated? And if things are that bad, what about that DePillo guy?

Or is it all about newspaper sales?

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