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Keep In Touch

By at March 22, 2018 | 3:15 pm |

Keep In Touch

My mother died July 12, 1980, and my father, March 21, 1982. I still find myself from time to time, driving for fifty minutes to the cemetery in Derby, where they are buried. I will spend perhaps as little as five minutes there, then turn around and return home. After almost twenty years what is the attraction that pulls me there? I know they are not there because I more...

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Editor’s Note 3/15/2018

By at March 15, 2018 | 4:00 pm |

Editor’s Note 3/15/2018

Have you read the page 1 story on the State of the City? I found it very interesting. I don’t recall another time a Mayor asked for bi-partisanship in order to get things accomplished. It reminded me of Mayor Erin Stewart’s inauguration speech. Then, she asked for everyone to work together as well. Most of us have seen all that has been accomplished in the past more...

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Fitting Fitness Into a Busy Schedule

By at March 15, 2018 | 3:45 pm |

Fitting Fitness Into a Busy Schedule

I’ve always loved the old saying “If you want something to get done, ask a busy person to do it”, but sometimes, there just seems to be no time left in the day. When endless “to do” lists and important commitments to family, work and community seem to leave you with no time for personal fitness, try these tips to carve out time to make maintaining or achieving more...

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Estate Planning and Retirement Considerations for Late-in-Life Parents

By at March 15, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

Estate Planning and Retirement Considerations for Late-in-Life Parents

Older parents are becoming more common, driven in part by changing culture and surrogate motherhood. Comedian and author Steve Martin had his first child at age 67. Singer Billy Joel just welcomed his third daughter. Janet Jackson had a child at age 50. But later-in-life parents have some special estate planning and retirement considerations. The first consideration more...

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Editor’s Note 3/8/2018

By at March 8, 2018 | 4:00 pm |

Editor’s Note 3/8/2018

Snow! Even though we haven’t had too much this year, I have had enough. This latest storm was not needed. Bring on Spring. I am looking forward to long days and hot weather. This week we opened up the paper about properties the City is selling. It would be nice to see properties turned into taxable income. If you can afford to buy the property and build your own more...

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The Do-Nothing Council

By at March 8, 2018 | 3:15 pm |

The Do-Nothing Council

In 1948, President Truman was faced with reelection and a Congress dominated by the opposition party. Congress stalled on many major pieces of legislation. Truman labeled this Congress the “Do-Nothing Congress”. Well, here in New Britain we have the “Do-Nothing Council”. Rather than debate and act on 2 major initiatives, the Democrats are just doing nothing. more...

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The Bridge, The Debt, and The Future of New Britain

By at March 8, 2018 | 3:15 pm |

The Bridge, The Debt, and The Future of New Britain

Not too many people in town realize it, because of the feel-good propaganda flowing from the mayor’s office, but: “We’re broke!” That’s a quote from Rich Reyes, Assistant Majority Leader of the City Council, uttered solemnly at the last Democratic Town Committee meeting. It is this harsh reality that is making the Democrats put on the brakes in more...

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Special Library Events

By at March 8, 2018 | 3:00 pm |

Special Library Events

Need a passport? The cost of passports is going up on April 2 for first time applications or lost or stolen passports. Let your library save you money. On Saturday, March 24, you can get a new passport or renew your passport at the library. The United States Postal Service will be at the library, 10 am to 1 pm, to accept applications for new and renewed passports. Bring more...

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Editor’s Note 2/22/2018

By at February 22, 2018 | 4:00 pm |

Editor’s Note 2/22/2018

I did not write about it because it felt like old news, but in case you missed it, Mayor Erin Stewart was called to the White House last week. She met President Donald Trump and was involved in a round table discussion on investing in the Opportunity Act, proposed by a bipartisan coalition from Senate & Congress. It can funnel private dollars into our urban more...

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Editor’s Note 2/15/2018

By at February 15, 2018 | 3:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 2/15/2018

I was speaking to someone this week who told me it was great that I speak my mind. They might not always agree, but give me credit for telling it the way I see it. My goal has always been to tell the public what I see. I really don’t have any reason to be partial on anything. I am not running for any office. I will continue to give you my views on what is more...

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