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Cats Are Cute and Cuddly Collectibles

By at August 5, 2011 | 10:15 am |

Cats Are Cute and Cuddly Collectibles

If you have a love for cats, why not collect the cute, cuddly critters? Many people collect all things related to the loveable animals. Whether it is cats on postcards or figurines, cats are highly collectible. Felix the Cat is one of the most popular and probably the most valuable cat. A pair of Felix Goebel bookends from the 1930’s in good condition is valued more...

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Save on Day Trips with Library Passes

By at August 5, 2011 | 10:10 am |

Save on Day Trips with Library Passes

Still time to enjoy a few day trips before summer is over. The library has passes to borrow for visits to several Connecticut sights at a discount or for free. Enjoy the animals at Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, the Children’s Museum in West Hartford or the Youth Museum at Hungerford in Berlin. Learn about marine life at the Mystic Aquarium. Visit a clipper ship or go more...

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Editor’s Note 08/5/2011

By at August 5, 2011 | 10:05 am |

Editor’s Note 08/5/2011

I want to start out this week by thanking all those who gave me Coca Cola collectible items. I received several great items this week after people read my column on Coke collectibles and realized that is what I collect. My collection is not as big as the “Coke Man” Don LeMay of New Britain, but I am getting there. Thank you readers. I treasure your gifts. Our more...

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Pencil Contest Winners Announced

By at August 5, 2011 | 10:00 am |

Pencil Contest Winners Announced

Mayor Timothy T. Stewart, Commission Chairman Jamie A. Giantonio and Vice-Chairman Paul A. Shaker, Sr. have announced the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department winners of the Mayor’s Annual Back to School Pencil Hunt held on Thursday, July 28 at AW Stanley Park. 1st-2nd Grade Group Winners 1st Place -Eternity Evans, 2nd Place - Jaden Palifox, 3rd Place more...

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Busway Project Leads to Incentive Housing Grants

By at August 5, 2011 | 9:45 am |

Busway Project Leads to Incentive Housing Grants

The City has received two separate grants from the state that will allow for incentive housing zones (IHZ) to be built around stops for the proposed Busway. “The intent is to increase the housing available in and around transportation,” said Ken Malinowski, department of municipal development director. “It gets rural communities to take part in Connecticut more...

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Vote for Willow Brook Park in Contest

By at August 5, 2011 | 9:30 am |

Vote for Willow Brook Park in Contest

Do you think the events held at Willow Brook Park are the best in America? Mayor Timothy T. Stewart and Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Jamie Giantonio are asking residents to take a minute and vote that Willow Brook Park is the best in the country. The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department is asking residents to think about several questions. Do more...

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NB Firemen Take 1st Place in Relay Race

By at August 5, 2011 | 9:15 am |

NB Firemen Take 1st Place in Relay Race

Twelve New Britain firemen recently ran the 200 mile Ragnar Relay event from Lighthouse Point in New Haven to Harvard Stadium in Boston taking home first place for the City. “It was a 27 hour event that ran through the night,” said Lt. Kevin Klett. “We had two vans consisting of six guys per van.” Runners slept in vans or exchange sleeping facilities more...

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National Night Out a Success in New Britain Communities

By at August 4, 2011 | 10:57 am |

National Night Out a Success in New Britain Communities

New Britain communities joined in with state and national communities Tuesday night for the 28th National Night Out. The night is meant for people to join together as a community against violence and crime. Neighborhoods across the country were encouraged to turn on their outside house lights and meet their neighbors. At Chesley Park, the East Side NRZ gathered for a more...

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Questions Surround Schools Meeting Hispanic Students Needs

By at August 3, 2011 | 9:00 am |

Questions Surround Schools Meeting Hispanic Students Needs

According to a June 2011 report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Connecticut has one of the largest “achievement gaps” - or differences in academic performance - in the United States between Hispanic students and their white peers, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test. To study these claims at a local more...

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A Campaign for Reading Success by Third Grade

By at August 2, 2011 | 9:00 am |

A Campaign for Reading Success by Third Grade

With the shade of a canopy and a warm, gentle breeze blowing, Lisette Velasquez of the New Britain Youth Museum opened the bilingual folktale “The Lizard and the Sun,” and began to read aloud. The story centers on a little lizard that refuses to give up on bringing light and warmth back to Mexico after the sun disappears. To help illustrate her story, Velasquez more...

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