Woman Uses Post Office Plaza as Bathroom

By Amanda Bloom

  DANBURY – While stepping out to pick up some lunch this afternoon, Mercurial staff noticed a person getting cuffed outside the old Pito’s Q at 275 Main Street around 1pm.  On the way back, staff ran into the man who had called the police… Read more »

The arrest took place around the corner from the Post Office. Photo: Carol Kaliff / The News-Times

Local News

WestConn Identifies Database Vulnerability, Provides Solution


  Danbury’s Western Connecticut State University is in the process of notifying students, their families, and other constituents that their personal information may have been exposed to unauthorized access by a computer system vulnerability that has since been corrected. WestConn has found no evidence that… Read more »

Update: Sandy Hook Shooting

Amanda Bloom

  From the editor, Monday, December 17:   The Mercurial will not be doing any further reporting on the Sandy Hook shooting and will instead be focusing on getting the word out about how to help the Sandy Hook community.  If you have any information… Read more »

Union Savings Takes the Hit for CT Film Fest’s Censorship

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom It appears that both The Mercurial and Union Savings Bank were given false information in regards to a case of censorship within the Connecticut Film Festival. In consequence, an article published on The Mercurial and in the Fairfield Weekly led readers to… Read more »

Third Annual Car Show for Cancer

Amanda Bloom

by Amanda Bloom Three years after the first annual “Karing for Kelly” benefit, five-year-old Kelly Galarza is sitting at the counter of Nico’s Pizza and Pasta, enjoying a bowl of ice cream with her father, Luis.  George Korres, the owner of Nico’s, first put the… Read more »

Politics, at Home & Abroad

Where Do They Stand for 2014?

Patrick Scully

  What are the governor’s chances? What about Tom Foley? John McKinney? Larry Cafero? Mark Boughton? Linda McMahon? Mike Fedele? Now that it’s all over but the national scandals for 2012, people are handicapping the 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race. Never wanting to be left out,… Read more »

U.S. Senate Says No GMO Labeling

Hugh McQuaid

  As state lawmakers have debated the merits of requiring labels on foods with genetically engineered ingredients last week, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has been involved with a similar debate on the federal level.   Early Friday morning, the state House of Representatives passed an amended bill which… Read more »

Two Sides in Waterbury Hospital Bill Veto Entrench Deeper

Patrick Scully

  Depending on who you believe, the process that led to Gov. Malloy vetoing a bill affecting Waterbury Hospital was either a complete betrayal and breaking of an agreement that will have dire consequences for future negotiations or a case of a bill with many… Read more »

The Silver Screen in the Oval Office

Sherri Hill

  United States presidents have danced with Hollywood’s image-makers since the 1920s, a phenomenon Dr. Burton W. Peretti, professor of history at Western Connecticut State University, explores in a new book, The Leading Man.   Peretti shows that George Washington set the stage for presidents… Read more »

The Award for Best Paranoia?

Joshua L. Durkin

  It happened quickly, and near the end of the night. It even involved Jack Nicholson, who for reasons I’ll wit upon in a moment may have been acting on more than one stage while beaming in First Lady Michelle Obama to reveal and award… Read more »


The Danbury Horse.

The Danbury News Man

  The Danbury horse has a reputation above all other animals of the field.  The chief claim of the Danbury horse to public favor and notice is the facility with which he will run away.  He is always ready to run awau .  He will… Read more »

Remembering the Great Danbury Fair

Robert Rae

by Amanda Bloom It wasn’t so long ago that October meant more than apple picking and Halloween to New Englanders; October was deemed the month of “Danbury” for well over a century. The Danbury Fair, located where the Danbury Fair Mall now stands, would come… Read more »

Rachel Robinson Loves ‘42’—and with Good Reason

Patrick Scully

  Rachel Robinson, the widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson, appeared Sunday on ‘Meet the Press’ as the new movie about her husband, 42, was wrapping up its opening weekend (“Jackie Robinson Day” is Monday all across baseball). She told host David Gregory she was… Read more »

The Great Greater Danbury Project

#83: Little Pub

Amanda Bloom

  Little Pub (an advertiser on The Mercurial) is just as it sounds – it is both little and a pub.   If you’ve never been, you’ve probably heard about it.  The Pub is known for standout food, featuring items such as mini osso bucco,… Read more »

#82: The Octagon House

Mercurial Staff

from Wikipedia   The Octagon House, in Danbury, Connecticut, United States, is located on Spring Street. It is considered the best octagon house of the 12 that survive in Connecticut. In 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places to avert its demolition in urban renewal.   It is… Read more »

#81: La Zingara’s Brunch

Amanda Bloom

  La Zingara in Bethel, Connecticut is a highly regarded Italian restaurant serving up traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist.  The restaurant ranks high with Zagat, and owners Thomas Giudice and Lisa Tassone were invited as guest chefs to the James Beard House in New York City last… Read more »

#80: The Doors Played at Danbury High School

Amanda Bloom

    The Doors performed at Danbury High School before their big break on Wednesday, October 11, 1967. From YouTube user Rutazurra:   “This show is primarily attended by nearby college students from Western Connecticut State College and locals of Danbury. Prior to the show,… Read more »

#79: CT Beer Week

Mercurial Staff

  The Connecticut beer industry is proud to launch the state’s “Brew & Buy Local” campaign, a joint effort among brewers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants to support local industries. The campaign will officially launch during CT Beer Week,  May 11 through 18. This weeklong, statewide event was… Read more »

#78: CT Farm Fresh Express

Ehris Urban

  CT Farm Fresh Express is an organization that delivers fresh and primarily organic products directly from local farms or producers to your home or restaurant, year-round.  They carry everything from fruit and vegetables to fair trade coffee, chocolate chip cookies, raw milk in glass… Read more »