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New Britain’s Niagara Hose Company and the New Year’s Ball

By at January 8, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

New Britain’s Niagara Hose Company and the New Year’s Ball

Since the formation of New Britain as a town in 1850, possibly earlier, there became known a company known as Niagara. One of the first companies, this was also known as the Number 1 engineer and later the Hose Number 1 company (or simply Niagara No. 1). The men of this company, typically numbering about a dozen, were known for their ability to quickly bring their more...

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Top 10 Events in New Britain in 2014

By at December 24, 2014 | 10:00 am |

Top 10 Events in New Britain in 2014

The New Britain City Journal is looking back at the top highlights in the City in 2014 10. Rose Garden Festival – It was the first time it was held and no one knew exactly what to expect. By the time it was done, it was one of the best events the City held all year. People across the City and state came out for the festival on Saturday, June 14. The weather more...

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Community Leaders Have Many Good Wishes for 2015

By at December 24, 2014 | 9:45 am |

Community Leaders Have Many Good Wishes for 2015

Each year the New Britain City Journal asks leaders across the City and this year some from Berlin their wishes for the New Year. Following are their replies. • “My wish is that 2015 be a year filled with hopefulness and joy for the people of New Britain; that we continue to work together, regardless of party, to move our great City forward; that the pride more...

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Warm the Children Clothes Local Kids

By at December 24, 2014 | 9:00 am |

Warm the Children Clothes Local Kids

The charitable organization Warm the Children—which annually takes needy New Britain families out shopping to purchase warm winter clothes for kids ages 3-10—is seeking donations so that it can meet its annual goal of collecting $40,000-$45,000 to help cloth city kids this winter. “Our goal is to raise $40,000 to $45,000 per year and we currently have raised more...

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City Person of the Year

By at December 18, 2014 | 6:45 pm |

City Person  of the Year

The New Britain City Journal asked their Facebook group members who they thought the New Britain Person of the Year was. There were many good answers with a large number of candidates. Leading the way was Mayor Erin Stewart who received the most endorsements. “Mayor Erin Stewart got us on track to get out of a fiscal mess, and restored hope to New Britain,” more...

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Wreaths Across America Honors Vets

By at December 18, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

Wreaths Across America Honors Vets

Around 100 people turned out to Fairview Cemetery Saturday culminating a months-long fundraising effort spearheaded by the Disabled American Veterans, Hardware City Chapter 8 to bring the national Wreaths Across America movement to New Britain for the first time. More than 1,350 red bow-adorned holiday wreaths arrived in New Britain from the Maine-based non-profit more...

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City Is Home to One of Oldest Christmas Tree Traditions

By at December 18, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

City Is Home to One of Oldest Christmas Tree Traditions

It was a cool December day that found Mrs. Elise Traut walking up Arch Street to her home. It was 1912, and while Mrs. Traut did own an automobile, walking was customary, if not preferable to driving on the muddy streets of New Britain. The city was booming – the factories were at their peak, the roads were crowded with automobile and horse-drawn wagons, and the more...

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Giant Step Forward

By at December 11, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

Giant Step Forward

Ice Cream Among New Projects New Businesses may soon be popping up in New Britain. As the CTFastrak Project comes closer to completion, businesses across the country are calling the Mayor’s Office inquiring about what space is open in the City. “We have been getting a lot of inquiries and giving a lot of tours of the City lately. There are a lot on a weekly more...

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Rebuilding the City’s Credit

By at December 11, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

Rebuilding the City’s Credit

The Common Council decided on Wednesday night to refinance $40 million in debt in a move that a financial consultant said would help go towards rebuilding the city’s credit rating. The debt stems from $108 million that was issued in 1998 to pay for outstanding pension obligations. Part of that debt structuring featured variable financing rates which were more...

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Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Dinner a Success

By at December 11, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Dinner a Success

The 101st Annual Meeting & Dinner of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce honored several outstanding citizens in the local business community last month. Those honored at the Annual Meeting & Dinner—a sold out gathering of 350 that took place Nov. 20 at the CCSU Student Center Ballroom—included Vic and Betty Fumiatti, who received the more...

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