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Groups Combine for Disruptive Strategic Planning

By at May 4, 2017 | 2:15 pm |

Groups Combine for Disruptive Strategic Planning

A group of local leaders are working on bettering the City by gaining funds for a new innovative plan for the City. Marlo Greppone, director of planning and programs at HRA New Britain, is leading the Working Cities Challenge by the Federal Bank Reserve and Tim Stewart (Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce director), is leading the Innovation Place Grant along more...

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New Activity “Spring”ing Up Across City

By at May 4, 2017 | 2:00 pm |

New Activity “Spring”ing Up Across City

As the weather gets warmer it seems the desire for new businesses and other activities in the City has also heated up. In the past few weeks several businesses have opened. Mofongo’s, a unique Puerto Rican/American Restaurant, opened up at 260 Main St. It features Mofongo bowls, burgers, empanadas and much more. It is owned by Richard Placeres Jr. On April 28 more...

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Patton Brook Well Sale Rescinded

By at April 27, 2017 | 2:30 pm |

Patton Brook Well Sale Rescinded

The City is no longer selling the Patton Brook Well to Southington. On Wednesday night the Common Council voted 14-2 to accept Mayor Erin E. Stewart’s decision to rescind the sale that was approved in August of 2016. Mayor Stewart told the City Journal that she sent a letter to the State Department of Public Health withdrawing the applications for the sale of the more...

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Council to Study Budget after Hearing

By at April 27, 2017 | 2:15 pm |

Council to Study Budget after Hearing

The annual budget hearing at Smalley Elementary School on Tuesday night took 17 minutes as five residents spoke. Council members will now take what the Mayor proposed and residents’ comments and come up with a budget for fiscal year 2017-18. “I am in the beginning stages of going through the Mayor’s proposed budget and I am hopeful that by the time I finish it more...

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New Hot Boxes Patch Potholes

By at April 20, 2017 | 2:30 pm |

New Hot Boxes Patch Potholes

In previous years the City would fix a pothole and then wait for it to need repair again. Now, instead of making a temporary fix, a new trailer mounted asphalt hot box will keep the potholes fixed for a longer period of time. The new hot box was purchased this year for $43,000 and stores up to 4 tons of asphalt. This hot box stays hot for 3-4 days rather than some more...

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Top 10 Polish Places to Eat in NB/Berlin

By at April 20, 2017 | 2:15 pm |

Top 10 Polish Places to Eat in NB/Berlin

It’s time for a Top 10 and this month we recognize the Top 10 places to get Polish food as chosen by the New Britain City Journal Facebook Group. Staropolska, 252 Broad St., New Britain was easily the first place winner as best Polish food. According to Staropolska, you’ll find Polish cuisine, bar, and many, many more other details, which create something, what more...

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Little Poland Festival Filled With Vendors

By at April 20, 2017 | 2:00 pm |

Little Poland Festival Filled With Vendors

There has been a huge response from vendors for this year’s Little Poland Festival on April 30. Organizer Lucian Pawlak said over 60 have signed up and not many more can fit. “It’s almost time to shut it down. I will be forced to pull the plug (on vendors attending) early,” Pawlak said. “Financially, we couldn’t expand past Gold St. It would have cost us more...

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Hardware City Cafe Plans April 24th Opening

By at April 13, 2017 | 2:15 pm |

Hardware City Cafe Plans April 24th Opening

New Britain will soon be home to a new cafe. A trio of residents are opening up Hardware City Cafe at 2 Main St., the spot which was previously home to Cafe Beauregard. Cafe Beauregard closed last month. Isaac Silva, owner of West Side Tavern, along with Miriam Geraci, a board of education member and Ellen Spelman Cedarfield plan to open the Cafe on April more...

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Avery’s Beverages Considers Expansion Plans

By at April 13, 2017 | 2:00 pm |

Avery’s Beverages Considers Expansion Plans

How do you expand a delightful little anachronism in the middle of mundania and not lose your identity? That’s a problem Rob Metz of Avery’s Beverages is considering. According to Metz, “There’s a very large increase of interest in craft soda, similar to the craft beer industry. There’s a great deal of interest in small, boutique, hand crafted sodas. The more...

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No Tax Increase

By at April 12, 2017 | 8:25 pm |

No Tax Increase

Mayor’s Budget Leads the Way Mayor Erin E. Stewart Wednesday night presented the Common Council a $241.53 million budget proposal, entitled “Leading the Way,” that calls for no tax increase. The $241,537,535 million budget represents an increase of less than 1 percent over the current year budget. Due to Grand List growth, the tax rate will stay level at 50.50 more...

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