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Editor’s Note 9/14/2017

By at September 14, 2017 | 4:15 pm |

Editor’s Note 9/14/2017

When it comes to having a dog park in the City, I have mixed feelings. I own a dog and frequently bring her to dog parks in other cities. Most of the time, it is very nice. Occasionally, a bigger dog is aggressive towards my little Schnocker (Schnauzer/Cocker Spaniel mix). Sometimes I will see two dogs growl and go after each other. It is not too often, but it does more...

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We Will Get There!!!

By at September 14, 2017 | 4:00 pm |

We Will Get There!!!

What is the main factor people used in choosing what city they move to? How good are their schools? For years, the schools in New Britain were the reason people either didn’t move here or why they moved out. We consistently were rated one of the worst in the state. One of our schools came in last for test scores for the entire state and needed state intervention. more...

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Tax and Spend Republicans

By at September 14, 2017 | 4:00 pm |

Tax and Spend Republicans

We hear a lot from New Britain Republicans these days about how they brought our financial house in order. First, remember that for 12 out of the last 14 years we have had a Republican mayor. The two years when we had a Democrat, there was No Tax Increase. Our opposition told everyone that we had raised taxes. When we called people before that election, we had the tax more...

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Editor’s Note 9/7/2017

By at September 7, 2017 | 3:45 pm |

Editor’s Note 9/7/2017

I have to say I am really excited about the page 1 story on Frosty Mug this week. I had the opportunity to participate in a ghost session in the basement of the restaurant with the team. It was both scary and exhilarating. We heard several voices including a scream. After about 20 minutes, I asked the spirits if they wanted me to leave. One said “yep”. I left more...

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Be Aware of the Kiddie Tax Before Leaving an IRA to Children

By at September 7, 2017 | 3:30 pm |

Be Aware of the Kiddie Tax Before Leaving an IRA to Children

Grandparents may be tempted to leave an IRA to a grandchild because children have a low tax rate, but the “kiddie tax” could make doing this less beneficial. An IRA can be a great gift for a grandchild. A young person who inherits an IRA has to take minimum distributions, but because the distributions are based on the beneficiary’s life expectancy, more...

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Editor’s Note 8/31/2017

By at August 31, 2017 | 3:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 8/31/2017

It is an interesting paper this week with news in many areas. First we look at a complaint. Election time is a difficult one and brings with it a lot of emotions. I’m not sure exactly what to think of this one. It is against a firm rather than a candidate. It will be interesting to see how it develops. On page 1 is an article about Mike Karwan who is leaving the more...

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A Sense of Community

By at August 31, 2017 | 3:15 pm |

A Sense of Community

The solar eclipse was an incredible event at the NBPL. We never know what attendance at our programs will be. It might range from a handful to 100. This time, we had no idea how many would come and it was well beyond our expectations. As soon as the media started reporting that libraries would be giving out solar eclipse glasses, our staff started getting phone calls more...

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Editor’s Note 8/24/2017

By at August 24, 2017 | 4:00 pm |

Editor’s Note 8/24/2017

Good things continue to happen in New Britain. This week we have an article on dogs waste. Does not sound exciting, but it is a necessary one if we want to keep our parks clean. Residents are tired of dog poop. Dog owners will no longer have an excuse to not pickup after their pooch in the parks. Secondly, we wrote on page one about the high voltage art. Projects more...

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Editor’s Note 8/17/2017

By at August 17, 2017 | 3:00 pm |

Editor’s Note 8/17/2017

It is back to school time. When I was a kid I dreaded going back to school. It seems nowadays, kids look forward to it. They get to see old friends and do new activities. It is a great time to be in school. The New Britain schools have so many activities to look forward to from sports to band to music to robotics and so much more. On page 1 and page 2 we wrote about more...

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“Laissez Les Bons Temps Router”-Let the Good Times Roll!

By at August 17, 2017 | 2:45 pm |

“Laissez Les Bons Temps Router”-Let the Good Times Roll!

Many, many, many, many (ok, not that many) years ago when I was in middle school, CPTV did a special broadcast, a fake news one before there was even a term for it, about Boston and New York City both invading Connecticut because they wanted to take us over before the other one did. The special was filled with funny segments about various towns and features of our more...

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