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Cooper Not Granted Extension

By at May 7, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

Cooper Not Granted Extension

New Britain School Superintendent Kelt Cooper’s time in New Britain has “run its course” and board members have decided not to renew his contract extension. In a 7-1 vote on Monday board members voted not to extend the contract which is set to end in June of 2016. “He was tasked to create a pathway/structure for change and was asked to accomplish more...

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Running on Empty

By at April 30, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

Running on Empty

Local Pantry Reduced to Crumbs For over half a century, the Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain has provided residents with services ranging from adult education and career development, to consumer protection and legislative advocacy. Like many organizations, they have been losing funding with no end in sight, leaving their community pantry with meager more...

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Residents React to Baltimore Riots

By at April 30, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Residents React to Baltimore Riots

Racial tensions and issues of police brutality have come to the forefront of our national interest, due to recent deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement. Many residents have strong opinions on whether similar events could happen in New Britain. “I don’t think something like that could happen here in New Britain,” says Daniel Solomon. “I more...

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Poet, Musician and Painter: Damion Morgan

By at April 30, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

Poet, Musician and Painter: Damion Morgan

The New Britain City Journal is currently running a series of articles introducing residents of the New Britain Artists’ Cooperative. This article is the ninth of the series. Damion Morgan, a poet, musician and painter who works as a community school director by day, came to New Britain about seven years ago to be one of the first residents of the New Britain more...

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No Tax Increase

By at April 23, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

No Tax Increase

Mayor Erin E. Stewart presented her budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 at a special meeting of the Common Council April 16. The Mayor’s proposed budget calls for a total of $224,757,851 in expenditures. It does not contain an increase in the tax rate, which will remain stable at 49 mills. “This budget represents an investment in a stronger tomorrow for New more...

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Little Poland Festival Expanding

By at April 23, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Little Poland Festival Expanding

Sunday’s Little Poland Festival could break new records as large crowds are expected to turn out to one of the highlighted festivals New Britain has to offer. The Polonia Business Associations’ 4th Annual Festival on Broad St, will feature five special guests and the mayor of the City’s Sister City from Poland. Guests will include Ashley Golebiewski, Miss more...

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2015 City Budget Amounts to Needed Fiscal Realities

By at April 16, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

2015 City Budget Amounts to Needed Fiscal Realities

Mayor Erin E. Stewart has been hard at work finalizing a 2015-16 budget proposal that she says will not result in a tax increase for city residents one year after they saw an 11 percent jump in property taxes. Stewart said she was “intent” on “passing a flat budget. I will not raise taxes,” underscored the mayor, in comments emailed to The City Journal more...

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City Digs Into Central Park Makeover

By at April 16, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

City Digs Into Central Park Makeover

Mayor Erin E. Stewart, state Department of Transportation representatives, local planning officials and members of the Common Council held a Streetscape groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday at Central Park. The ceremony marked the start of the renovations to Central Park as part of Phase III of the city’s Complete Streets and Downtown Livability Master more...

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Kindergarten Summit Looks at Inequities

By at April 9, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

Kindergarten Summit Looks at Inequities

Open to the entire community, a “Kindergarten Summit”, meant to be both informative and a call to action to address statewide inequities will take place next month at New Britain High School. The summit which is being planned by the Board of Education and the school district’s Department of Academics is scheduled for Thursday May 21, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at more...

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Holmes School “GO TRI” Raising Money for Auditorium

By at April 9, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Holmes School “GO TRI” Raising Money for Auditorium

When Holmes School put on a talent show last Spring, it became obvious to school staff that the auditorium equipment and chairs needed upgrading. About 65 chairs are broken and cannot be used and the sound system needs replacing. Third grade teacher Mrs. Kirsty Naples came up with an idea to both raise funds for the auditorium and teach children about getting in more...

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