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Chamberlain Square Business Center Enhancing East Side

By at August 12, 2011 | 9:20 am |

Chamberlain Square Business Center Enhancing East Side

In 2008 when Jim Sanders Jr. bought the old 88,000 square foot Siracusa Moving and Storage building on East St., people thought he was crazy. The building needed extensive work, the economy was on a downturn and the location wasn’t in a prime business spot. But, Sanders had a vision and the building that was once Chamberlain Elementary School is slowly becoming a more...

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New Britain YWCA to Get $500,000 in State Bonding

By at July 29, 2011 | 9:15 am |

New Britain YWCA to Get $500,000 in State Bonding

State Sen. Terry Gerratana (D- New Britain) has announced that the State Bond Commission is expected to approve $500,000 for renovations and improvements to the 100-year-old New Britain YWCA on Glen St. The $7 million overall project will relocate the YWCA entrance, create a bus drop-off area, and expand program space. The YWCA was formed in 1910 to serve the women more...

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Good Life Liquors Offering Expanded Liquor Selections

By at July 8, 2011 | 9:20 am |

Good Life Liquors Offering Expanded Liquor Selections

Wanting to be closer to family, husband and wife Dave Siano and Carmela Bonavita retired in Springfield, Mass and opened up not one, but two package stores called Good Life Liquors in New Britain. “We decided to move down here to be near Dave’s family,” said Bonavita who presently still commutes each day. The two plan to move to New Britain to live in more...

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Pending Sales of Single Family Homes in Greater Hartford Increase

By at July 8, 2011 | 7:00 am |

Pending Sales of Single Family Homes in Greater Hartford Increase

According to the Greater Hartford Association of REALTORS® (GHAR), pending sales rose 40.83 percent (from 627 to 883) from May of last year. Closed sales dropped 28.36 percent (from 871 to 624) and new listings increased 34.93 percent (from 1417 to 1912). During this same time frame, the median sale price decreased 4.35 percent (from $230,000 to $220,000). The housing more...

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Royal Tire Serves City for 59 Years

By at July 1, 2011 | 8:22 am |

Royal Tire Serves City for 59 Years

As a kid many may remember going to Royal Tire, then on South Main St., to get a free flat tire repair for your bicycle. After 59 years, the service station has moved, but still takes great care of its customers. “My dad Howard Percival and Dick Owen were partners and began the company in 1952,” said Dick Percival who owns and runs the shop today. “It was at 1585 more...

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Criollisimo Restaurant: Authentic Puerto Rican Fare

By at June 17, 2011 | 9:03 am |

Criollisimo Restaurant: Authentic Puerto Rican Fare

If you are looking for some of the best Puerto Rican food available, New Britain’s Criollisimo Restaurant on Arch St., is the place to go. Criollisimo which means “it’s authentic”, began in 1999 by Brenda Torres. The restaurant offers a luncheon/dinner menu as well as catering and take-out. “My father and my mom came to New Britain and I grew up in the more...

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Trinity Loses Grants for 2 Positions

By at June 17, 2011 | 8:55 am |

Trinity Loses Grants for 2 Positions

Grant money has run out leaving two job positions vacant at Trinity on Main (TOM). Executive Director Anne Pilla and Fred D’Aprile, production manager, will no longer be at TOM. “The reason is clearly financial,” said Gary Robinson, member of the board of directors at Trinity on Main. “A lot of the jobs here are grant driven. As long as we receive the grants more...

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Newly Designed Raphael Building Gets Tenants

By at June 10, 2011 | 7:00 am |

Newly Designed Raphael Building Gets Tenants

It didn’t take long for Jasko Development to make huge progress to a City eyesore. This past March, the building at 87-105 West Main St. known as the Raphael Building was foreclosed upon. Many long time businesses occupied the property, but the building was in bad shape with little heat, leaking roofs and windows and siding falling apart. “We pursued the more...

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Oktoberfest is Everyday at East Side Restaurant

By at May 27, 2011 | 9:00 am |

Oktoberfest is Everyday at East Side Restaurant

If you are looking for a preview of September’s Oktoberfest, there is no need to wait. The East Side Restaurant, 131 Dwight St., celebrates the event everyday. The restaurant began in the early 1900s, but was purchased 12 years ago by Shari, Barbara and Nick Augustino. “My daughter (Shari) and I were working in the restaurant consulting business. She just turned more...

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Announcing Martin Rosol’s Online Store

By at May 19, 2011 | 7:15 am |

Announcing Martin Rosol’s Online Store

Those living across the United States can now get Martin Rosols products delivered right to their door. The company now offers products delivered by going to www.martinrosolsinc.com. Martin Rosol’s, Inc. has been a New Britain family business since 1928 producing quality kielbasa, frankfurts, and assorted luncheon meats. Martin Rosol established the business in his more...

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