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Mayor Proposes Mill Rate Increase

By at April 13, 2016 | 8:08 pm |

Mayor Proposes Mill Rate Increase

Calling it a SMART budget, Mayor Erin Stewart proposed a one and one half mill tax increase for 2016-17, putting the budget at $239.2 million, to the Common Council Wednesday evening. The 2015-16 budget is $226.4 million with a mill rate of 49 mills. The new budget increases 5.64 percent to 50.50 mills. One mill is $2.48 million. The original budget presented to more...

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Smalley School in Need of $50 Million Renovation

By at April 7, 2016 | 6:02 pm |

Smalley School in Need of $50 Million Renovation

In the next few months the Common Council will be looking over a feasibility study showing 12 additional classrooms, 2 science labs, a greenhouse, an additional computer lab, about 70 more parking spaces and much more to Smalley Academy School. The school district approved authorization to request Common Council funding and filing of ED049 for the renovation and more...

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New Director Leads Parks & Rec

By at April 7, 2016 | 5:55 pm |

New Director Leads Parks & Rec

[caption id="attachment_12716" align="alignnone" width="580"] Director of Parks & Rec, Erik Barbieri and Former Director, Bill DeMaio[/caption] As the new Director of Parks & Recreation, Erik Barbieri oversees an expansive department that provides leisure, entertainment and other services to thousands of residents each year. “The Parks & Rec staffs more...

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Corner Café Proves to be a Heavyweight

By at April 7, 2016 | 5:48 pm |

Corner Café Proves to be a Heavyweight

Willie Pep’s Corner Café, 366 Farmington Ave., celebrated one-year in business earlier this year, and in that time, has proven itself to be a heavyweight in the city’s restaurant scene. “It’s been fantastic; we have been very successful,” said owner April Miller, who named the restaurant in honor of her stepfather, Connecticut native and professional boxer more...

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Resident Fighting to Save American Jobs

By at March 31, 2016 | 6:30 pm |

Resident Fighting to Save American Jobs

New Britain resident Craig Diangelo is speaking out on how American workers are losing their jobs to overseas workers who are paid less through working visas. Senator Richard Blumenthal, with Diangelo by his side, recently called for an investigation into what Eversource of Berlin, CT did to 220 employees in 2014. Diangelo was an IT worker at Eversource for over more...

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Mayor Stewart Enacts Immediate Hiring and Spending Freeze

By at March 31, 2016 | 6:15 pm |

Mayor Stewart Enacts Immediate Hiring and Spending Freeze

Mayor Erin E. Stewart issued a memorandum to all city department heads, including the Board of Education, ordering an immediate freeze of hiring and discretionary spending on Monday. Last week the City Journal announced that the budget numbers looked grim and the Mayor was looking to take action. In announcing the freezes, Mayor Stewart cited a likely 5 percent more...

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West Side Tavern Renovates, Celebrates Two Years

By at March 31, 2016 | 6:00 pm |

West Side Tavern Renovates, Celebrates Two Years

The new owners of West Side Tavern, 596 West Main St., celebrated their two year anniversary this past March. Since it opened, it has gone through a few changes. “It’s amazing the way it has grown,” said Isaac Silva, owner. “Before, we had a lot of people that said we were going in the wrong direction. We were trying to imitate something that New Britain did more...

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Budget Outlook Grim

By at March 24, 2016 | 6:30 pm |

Budget Outlook Grim

Taxes Could Rise Next Fiscal Year Starting with an 11 mill rate increase from the Board of Finance, Mayor Erin E. Stewart is working on trimming the budget numbers. So far she said she has cut it about 5 or 6 mills, but a tax increase is very possible this coming July. The mill rate is presently 49. “It is looking pretty grim. Our taxpayers cannot sustain another more...

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Abandoned Court Street Building Sold

By at March 24, 2016 | 6:00 pm |

Abandoned Court Street Building Sold

The City has once again sold 57 Court Street. Previously it had sold the building to a firm who was unable to get funding. This time the City feels confident the new owner - Chrysalis Center of Hartford - will be able to transform the abandoned building into 24 one-bedroom housing units for a $6 million project. “This is an old blighted building that is a complete more...

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Building the Beehive Bridge

By at March 17, 2016 | 6:30 pm |

Building the Beehive Bridge

How tall the bees will be on the four exterior corners of the new beehive bridge was one of many questions designers from Fuss & O’Neill and public works employees discussed Tuesday during a Main Street Bridge joint meeting. The group of about 10 are getting details for the new bridge together before it begins building in January of 2017. “It’s not your more...

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