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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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Editor’s Note 4/19/2018

By at April 19, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 4/19/2018

As I write this it is pouring rain outside. I guess April brings rain, but it would be nice if Spring decided to show up. Snow and sleet are meant for February and not April. I could use some 70 degree weather. We have a new fire chief in Raul Ortiz. He seems like a fantastic man. I think he will be a good fit in New Britain. I wish him luck and much success. He is an more...

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Editor’s Note 4/12/2018

By at April 12, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 4/12/2018

For those of you who do not know, my mother went to heaven on Tuesday morning. It has been a rough week for me. The wake will be next Tuesday evening from 4-7 p.m. at Shaker Funeral Home and the funeral on Wednesday morning at St Ann’s. The next few weeks, I will have a heavy heart so please bear with me. I will do my best as I was very close to my mother. So what more...

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We Celebrate

By at April 12, 2018 | 3:15 pm |

We Celebrate

On Friday, June 25, 1999, the Reverend Robert J. Lysz was found murdered inside the Church he shepherded. In less than a week, on Thursday, July 1, 1999, the Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated. How could there be a celebration of any kind? We turn to the faith shared by Father Lysz and the many who knew him to find the answer. This faith does not celebrate the more...

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Editor’s Note 4/5/2018

By at April 5, 2018 | 3:45 pm |

Editor’s Note 4/5/2018

With the cold weather we are having, it seems premature to write about potholes, but the warm weather will arrive. As it does the potholes in the City will grow in both number and size. Residents need to be aware of how to report them. This week the City announced SeeClickFix is ready as an app on your phone. See it, click and send it to be fixed. This idea will more...

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Editor’s Note 3/29/2018

By at March 29, 2018 | 3:45 pm |

Editor’s Note 3/29/2018

Do not be surprised to hear more disparaging remarks about me and the paper in the next few weeks. Every few years people who do not like my opinions come out to smear me. It is part of the job. We will not allow bullying or threats or bad behavior on our Facebook group. It is up to the page administrator’s discretion to remove comments and block offending more...

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All the April Celebrations!

By at March 29, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

All the April Celebrations!

To start, April brings National Library Week, April 8 – 14. Sponsored by the National Library Association, this is a week celebrating libraries, acknowledging all the important work that they do and the valuable contributions they make and to encourage new users. New users who sign up for a card during this week will receive a keychain mini flashlight. On Tuesday, more...

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Editor’s Note 3/22/2018

By at March 22, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 3/22/2018

I am so happy to report that it appears an agreement has been reached on debt consolidation. I knew if the two parties worked together this could be done. A big thank you to the leadership group. It is vital to get this done quickly. I wish it didn’t take so long, but better late than never. On Wednesday night more details will be released. Next week we will fill more...

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