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New Housing Project Named Howey House

By at April 15, 2016 | 8:00 am |

New Housing Project Named Howey House

City officials Tuesday announced that an 11-unit permanent supportive housing building, meant for the City’s homeless population, at the intersection of North Street and Erwin Place, will be built at a cost of $2.9 million. “We are here today to mark a major housing project for some of our most vulnerable residents. At any given time there are over 40 of our more...

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New Columbian Priest at Local Parishes

By at April 14, 2016 | 6:15 pm |

New Columbian Priest at Local Parishes

St. Jerome and St. Maurice have had a new priest bringing young ideas to their parishes for the last eight months. Father Mendoza first came to the United States in 1995 to attend Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. “I did theological studies and went to work for financial companies in both Connecticut and New York City. I lived in Greenwich and commuted,” more...

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Residents Have Many Appetites for Food Trucks

By at April 14, 2016 | 6:08 pm |

Residents Have Many Appetites for Food Trucks

Six food trucks are expected to come to Central Park in the next month as the park opens after renovations. What exactly will those food trucks bring? Members of the New Britain City Journal Facebook Group answered the question, “What type of food trucks would you like to see downtown?” with many great ideas. Tay Pérez Sierra - “Mexican, Thai, Chinese, more...

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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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