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SEMINA DELAURENTIS IS ITALIAN MAYOR FOR THE DAY
WATERBURY, Conn. – Semina DeLaurentis, a true daughter of Waterbury, will be honored this Friday Oct. 9 at City Hall as Waterbury’s Italian Mayor for the Day.
Her selection was made by the UNICO National Waterbury Chapter in connection with the Columbus Day Celebration. The 10 a.m. ceremony at City Hall will follow a 9 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, after which participants will march to City Hall.
A nationally known figure in theater and a founding member of the Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury, Ms. DeLaurentis is a native of Waterbury. She grew up in the city’s North End, graduated from Crosby High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Connecticut State University.
Her maternal grandparents, Domenico and Victoria Guerrera were from Pontelandolfo, Italy, while her paternal grandparents, Simone and Michaella DeLaurentis, were from Morcone, Italy.
Ms. DeLaurentis has received numerous awards for her contributions to the Greater Waterbury area. She also received the Tom Killen Critics Circle Award from the Connecticut Critics Circle for Professional Theater, plus nominations and awards for best director.
She has served on and with a number of committees in Waterbury and Connecticut that promote the arts, and has also served as honorary chair for the American Cancer Society, St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Falk Foundation of Excellence.
In addition to founding the Seven Angels Theater, she has served as its artistic director for the past 25 years. She counts among her greatest achievements at Seven Angels Theater her creation of awards program for high school theater called the Halo Awards. The Halo Awards are given out every spring in a ceremony at Waterbury’s Palace Theater.
Ms. DeLaurentis has, through her summer programs for students and her personal mentoring, helped many young men and women from Waterbury pursue careers in the arts. ... See MoreSee Less
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Mayor O'Leary joined Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy and state Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein today at the groundbreaking for the new Warner Gardens housing complex. This project was built in 1942 as housing for temporary factory workers. It became the first black-owned housing cooperative in the state but had fallen into disrepair in recent years. Omni Development of Providence RI is now building 122 units of affordable housing. Mayor O'Leary was proud to take part in this event and pleased to see this new housing being built. ... See MoreSee Less
Chalk Art Contest today on Green
Grab your most colorful chalk and head to the Waterbury Green. We're having a chalk-drawing contest from 3 to 6 p.m. ... See MoreSee Less