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Cat’s Out of the Bag

By at June 5, 2014 | 2:04 pm |

Cat’s Out of the Bag

Fans across New Britain are angry and disappointed after hearing news that the New Britain Rock Cats plan to leave the City in 2016. On Wednesday, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra announced that a deal had been made for a new stadium in Hartford. But on Wednesday New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said she still has questions on if Hartford has the financial stability to more...

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HUD Allocations Enrage Council

By at May 29, 2014 | 5:45 pm |

HUD Allocations Enrage Council

Although the Housing of Urban Development (HUD) recommended the Common Council to cut the community development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs from 30 percent to 21 percent, the Democratic majority brought it up to 25 percent before approving it across party lines 7-5. The late Wednesday meeting began with an angry comment from the Republican member Lou more...

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Holmes School Students Walk Across America

By at May 29, 2014 | 5:44 pm |

Holmes School Students Walk Across America

Students in all grades at Holmes School (K-5) are taking steps to learn about the country and keep in shape. Principal Trisha Putnam reinstated a program used several years ago at the school called “Walk Across America”. The program, first introduced by former physical education teacher John Bonetti, involves students walking one or two laps around the more...

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Neighborhood Petitions Against Gaffney Renovations

By at May 29, 2014 | 4:42 pm |

Neighborhood Petitions Against Gaffney Renovations

Residents of the Stanwood Drive gave a petition to the Common Council Wednesday night concerning the proposed Board of Education Plan to renovate Gaffney School on Slater Road. According to the petition the issue is that “the proposed plan includes a paved thru-way that would permit direct access by cars, vans, trucks and buses from Stanwood Drive - through Gaffney more...

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No Money Spent

By at May 22, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

No Money Spent

Despite allegations that the City has spent $48,000 on a lobbying firm, John Healey, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff said Tuesday that the City has not spent a penny. “Yes. We engaged Gaffney, Bennett & Associates (GBA) who is the top lobbying firm in the state,” said Healy. “Time was of the essence with the Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR) issue and this more...

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Benches Removed

By at May 22, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

Benches Removed

First Step to Rebuild Central Park After seeing several fights break out at Central Park, Mayor Erin Stewart ordered the benches be removed ASAP. On Tuesday many of the benches were removed as it is the first part of the Streetscape project that involves revamping Central Park. “When I have big companies in here and they see fights breaking out, it does not more...

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Burglary Ring Causes Summer Crime Warning

By at May 22, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

Burglary Ring Causes Summer Crime Warning

Police believe a ring of break-ins around the Pendleton, Hazelmere and Kilbourne area has been solved, but warns residents of problems during the warmer months. “There was a small crew of young adults and juveniles who were responsible for those crimes. We did interviews and recovered some property,” said Chief James Warwell. “They have been charged with more...

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It’s the Bees Knees: Bianca’s Legacy

By at May 16, 2014 | 8:00 am |

It’s the Bees Knees: Bianca’s Legacy

When you visit the Heritage Day events Saturday, one display will hold extra meaning for New Britain residents. A booth will be dedicated to the great works of New Britain resident Anthony T. Bianca Sr. who passed away nearly two years ago at the age of 92. Bianca played in the 1938 New Britain High School National Football Championship. Then, he went into the more...

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O’Brien Given Job

By at May 15, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

O’Brien Given Job

Former Democratic Mayor Timothy O’Brien started working for the state’s Department of Administrative Services last month, working under the head of commissioner and former New Britain Mayor Donald DeFronzo. O’Brien applied for a job with the state several weeks after losing November’s election to newcomer Erin Stewart, a Republican. He applied to a position more...

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No Drastic Changes

By at May 15, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

No Drastic Changes

Aldermen See Tax Increase as Probable It appears that when the final 2014-15 budget is approved by the Common Council in June, residents will see little changes from the Mayor’s proposed 4.88 mill increase which would put the mill rate at 49.08. Following the public hearing on the budget Monday night Common Council members said much of their views were not more...

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