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Editor’s Note 4/13/2017

By at April 13, 2017 | 5:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 4/13/2017

I’m so happy to have no mill rate increase. Of course I would love a decrease, but I doubt that will ever happen. I think this is a good budget. It looks to be one that keeps the services and events we need. There is new money coming in from the Grand List and old taxes finally being collected. Things are growing in the City every day. The unemployment rate is more...

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How to Pass Your Home to Your Children Tax-Free

By at April 13, 2017 | 5:00 pm |

How to Pass Your Home to Your Children Tax-Free

Giving your house to your child or children can have tax consequences, but there are ways to accomplish this tax-free. The best method to use will depend on your individual circumstances and needs. Leave the house in your will The simplest way to give your house to your children is to leave it to them in your will. In 2017, as long as the total amount of your more...

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Secure Your Future with National Social Security Month

By at April 13, 2017 | 4:45 pm |

Secure Your Future with National Social Security Month

For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with information, tools, and resources to meet our customers’ changing needs and lifestyles. In April, we celebrate National Social Security Month and encourage you to know your Social Security by exploring what you can do online at www?socialsecurity?gov. Social Security is collaborating more...

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Editor’s Note 4/6/2017

By at April 6, 2017 | 5:45 pm |

Editor’s Note 4/6/2017

It seems like I spent a lot of time this past month waiting for a baby giraffe to be born. How many of you have watched April? It can be addicting. There has been a lot of talk about the Mayor getting a salary raise this week. I have to comment on this. As a taxpayer, I absolutely hate it. I can’t even afford my property tax right now. How can raises be more...

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BorrowIT or Not

By at April 6, 2017 | 5:30 pm |

BorrowIT or Not

It might not be something that you have given much thought about but being able to use your library card at other CT public libraries is not something that always was. Now, there’s the possibility that it might not be in the future. This program, borrowIT CT is a cooperative program among public libraries in Connecticut. It allows a resident of any town in the state more...

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Editor’s Note 3/23/2017

By at March 23, 2017 | 5:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 3/23/2017

The City of New Britain, working in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), has completed its study of the SMART program and determined that it could save the City more than $25 million over 10 years and decrease overall sanitation costs by 11 percent. With Connecticut’s waste incinerators running out of capacity, more...

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Editor’s Note 3/16/2017

By at March 16, 2017 | 5:30 pm |

Editor’s Note 3/16/2017

Snow, snow, snow. That is all I see and all I hear about. I had enough. It is time for spring. Mother Nature should know January and February are gone. It’s March. Give us 60 degree weather. I think February was warmer than March. I’m ready to picnic and walk around the park. I would blame the Mayor, but enough people blame her for the weather. I will stick with more...

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Editor’s Note 3/9/2017

By at March 9, 2017 | 5:45 pm |

Editor’s Note 3/9/2017

If you check out the story on page 1 you will see there are many things looking up in the City. Mayor Erin Stewart is certainly leading New Britain in the right direction. It’s easy to forget everything that was done this past year. The Mayor reminded us of many in her State of the City address on Wednesday night. The future looks bright as long as we continue in more...

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Is It Better to Use Joint Ownership or a Trust to Pass Down a Home?

By at March 9, 2017 | 5:30 pm |

Is It Better to Use Joint Ownership or a Trust to Pass Down a Home?

When leaving a home to your children, you can avoid probate by using either joint ownership or a revocable trust, but which is the better method? If you add your child as a joint tenant on your house, you will each have an equal ownership interest in the property. If one joint tenant dies, his or her interest immediately ceases to exist and the other joint tenant more...

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Editor’s Note 3/2/2017

By at March 2, 2017 | 6:00 pm |

Editor’s Note 3/2/2017

Did you enjoy the spring weather last week? Well don’t be too happy. It looks like cold weather will return. I hope it doesn’t last for long. I’m ready to jump to April. This week’s paper starts off with a story about a scam. It seems someone is always up to no good. Keep your eyes and ears open. This story originated from our Facebook group. You need to join more...

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