Zombies for Higher Education

By Robert Rae

by Leah Glazer   “Forget brains! We want knowledge!” That’s the tagline for the Zombie Walk, an undertaking of Western Connecticut State University’s campus radio station, 91.7 WXCI. The walk, set for Saturday, May 7 at 4pm, is meant to inform and awaken students as… Read more »

Woman Uses Post Office Plaza as Bathroom

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 »

Where to Get Your First Night Danbury Buttons

Robert Rae

from CityCenter Danbury As First Night Danbury enters its 22nd year as the city’s popular family friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, it’s “Looking Up & Moving Forward”. That’s this year’s theme, a nod to the fest’s venerable history and to the Danbury Main Street… Read more »

WestConn to Offer Live Streaming for Dalai Lama Talks


  Anticipation is building for the mid-October visit by the 14th Dalai Lama to Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. While the October 18 “The Art of Compassion” and October 19 “Advice for Daily Life” talks are sold out, the university plans to offer several options… Read more »

WestConn Students, Faculty to Present Live Election Night TV Coverage


  Television viewers across western Connecticut will receive real-time coverage of local and statewide results in the November 6 elections provided by a crew of more than 40  Western Connecticut State University (WestConn) students and faculty members who will present a four-hour live election-night broadcast… Read more »

WestConn Safe From Budget Cuts

Joshua L. Durkin

by Josh Durkin Students work hard to convince their legislators that to close WestConn as a potential solution to part of the budget deficit would be an economic blunder. by Josh Durkin Well-dressed, well-groomed and well-prepared, students from Western Connecticut State University entered the state… Read more »

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 »

WestConn Dean’s List Student Gets Down and Derby

Robert Rae

from CT RollerGirls   AS IF working full time, taking a full student course load and managing the student newspaper at Western Connecticut State University wasn’t enough, Laurie Lawless felt like she needed more.   “I felt like I had all these great things going… Read more »

WCSU Hearts Haiti

Robert Rae

  is reaching out in friendship and with the belief that Haiti can and will rebuild. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for Yele Haiti. We’re asking everyone who attends or works at WCSU to contribute because we know that together we can make this… 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 »

UConn Students Hold Vigil For Florida Teen

Robert Rae

by Joseph Adinolfi from   A month after George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, 150 protesters gathered at the University of Connecticut calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.   Protesters carried signs juxtaposing a picture of Martin with a young Barack Obama,… Read more »

Turmoil in the State School System

Robert Rae

by Joshua L. Durkin A bill introduced by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has rankled people in and around the Connecticut State University System for months. The bill calls for the restructuring of the state school system, a 10 percent cut to the state school… Read more »

Tom Marsh Open Letter

Robert Rae

An open letter From Tom Marsh, Independent candidate for Connecticut Governor Over the last couple of decades, our state government has been digging a hole. As an electorate we have stood on the sidelines disengaged. We have accepted poor service and irrational spending; we have… Read more »

To: You, From: Incumbent Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton

Robert Rae

by Mark Boughton Photo courtesy of An unedited letter to readers of The Mercurial from Danbury’s Republican incumbent mayor, Mark Boughton. Photo courtesy of by Mark Boughton Over the years, Danbury has been blessed with a strong and diverse economy. Our city leaders… Read more »

Tiny Toads on Connecticut Trails

Will Michael

  During mid-summer in Connecticut, watch your step while hiking the trails of our forests. Eastern American toads have recently completed their transformation from tadpole to toad, and they now hop along the trail as they disperse throughout the forest.   The new toads are… Read more »

Three Weekends of Cultural Festivals in Store for Downtown Danbury

CityCenter Danbury

  CityCenter Danbury has enjoyed a stellar Summer Concert Series, but it doesn’t stop there! September brings a harvest of food and music festivals to the CityCenter Danbury Green, each unique and adventuresome.   Starting at noon on Sunday, September 2, Danbury’s first West Indian… 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 »