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Take Refuge

By at June 28, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

Take Refuge

It’s a fast paced, ever changing world in which we live in. I invite you to step away from it and take a break at the perfect refuge – your library. Stop by, step inside and step aside from all the fast moving energy out there in today’s world – good, bad and sometimes draining. Take a breather. Relax, escape and unwind, if only for a brief time, you will enjoy more...

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When Your Parents Die With Debt

By at June 28, 2018 | 3:15 pm |

When Your Parents Die With Debt

At any age, the death of a parent is a difficult experience. But these days more adult children are dealing with an added stressor: the realization that Mom or Dad died with debt. In the past decade, there’s been a steep increase in debt among senior households. According to a report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, half (49.8 percent) of families age 75 more...

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Editor’s Note 6/14/2018

By at June 14, 2018 | 3:45 pm |

Editor’s Note 6/14/2018

Budget cuts made on Saturday were certainly very interesting, but the controversy surrounding it was unnecessary. While the details on the budget are on page 1, the political nonsense behind it are disturbing. After two months of having the Mayor’s budget proposal, the New Britain Democrats could not produce a budget on the night it was due. Instead they tabled more...

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Editor’s Note 5/31/2018

By at May 31, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 5/31/2018

I’m not one to focus on national news, but I was outraged by Roseanne Barr’s comments this week on twitter. I will not repeat them because they were racist and uncalled for. I didn’t realize how racist this country has become until the last few years. Shame on me. I guess many people hid it until recently when it seemed to become okay in this country to be more...

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Kicking Off Summer

By at May 31, 2018 | 3:15 pm |

Kicking Off Summer

Get ready for a summer full of things to do at the library. Its official – summer arrives Thursday, June 21 at 6:07 a.m. and we are kicking off our summer activities on June 20 with our annual Summer Reading Bash on the lawn and inside, too. There will be day long activity as we promote sign up for all our summer reading clubs - with clubs for kids, teens and adults. more...

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Editor’s Note 5/24/2018

By at May 24, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 5/24/2018

I often talk about seeing a turnaround in New Britain. In the last few months it seems much has happened. Last year Mofongo opened and changed that corner. It is immensely popular. This week a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony happened for The Kitchen. It is owned by Mofongo owner Vincent Placeres. Hopes are he can bring the same success to that restaurant, in the more...

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Editor’s Note 5/17/2018

By at May 17, 2018 | 3:45 pm |

Editor’s Note 5/17/2018

I apologize to those who have been looking for the City Journal the last two weeks. I had to travel out of state to finish some of my mom’s business. Hopefully, that is completed. A lot happened while I was gone. I could not recap everything. I would need more ads for a larger paper to do that. I was surprised and yes disappointed to see Mayor Erin Stewart run for more...

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Editor’s Note 4/26/2018

By at April 26, 2018 | 3:45 pm |

Editor’s Note 4/26/2018

I do not know how the public feels, but the power struggle coming from the Common Council is an outrage. This week they set a resolution for a hiring freeze. Although I am in favor of a hiring freeze, the Democratic led Council has no right, according to charter, to make this resolution. This appears to be an attempt to take control away from Mayor Erin more...

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HUD Makes Reverse Mortgages Less Attractive

By at April 26, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

HUD Makes Reverse Mortgages Less Attractive

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has made changes to the federal reverse mortgage program. Citing the need to put the program on better financial footing, HUD has raised reverse mortgage fees for some borrowers and lowered the amount homeowners can borrow. The changes took effect on October 2, 2017. They affect borrowers who take out new loans, but more...

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Super Powered Friends of the Library

By at April 26, 2018 | 3:15 pm |

Super Powered Friends of the Library

Those incredible Friends of the New Britain Public Library did it again with their amazing super powers of book sale success. This very dedicated group of volunteers filled the Community Room with children’s books, replenished stock and sold books for two days. With an abundance of donated children’s books, there is not enough room to put them all out in the more...

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