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Schools Cutting Down on Absenteeism

By at September 22, 2016 | 2:05 pm |

Schools Cutting Down on Absenteeism

If a student has missed one day of school already this year, they are now considered chronically absent in New Britain. “We will check this right through to 180 days of school so that we are on top of this,” Joe Vaverchak, District Supervisor of Attendance/Residency. “We put a team together to put interventions into place.” So far 1,080 students, 10 more...

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Mayor Stewart Presents “Beautification” Award to Criollisimo

By at September 22, 2016 | 2:00 pm |

Mayor Stewart Presents “Beautification” Award to Criollisimo

After recent improvements to the exterior of Criollisimo Restaurant, 340 Arch Street, Mayor Erin E. Stewart presented the owner the city’s next “Beautification” award on Wednesday. Criollisimo is an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Puerto Rican cuisine on Arch Street—recently designated “Barrio Latino”—since 1992. The owner, Brenda Torres, more...

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Council Approves Aquinas Sale

By at September 15, 2016 | 2:30 pm |

Council Approves Aquinas Sale

The Common Council unanimously approved moving forward with the sale of the former St. Thomas Aquinas Building at 74 Kelsey St. for $80,000 to Chrysalis Center Real Estate Corporation on Wednesday night. Chrysalis will spend $6 million in rehabilitating and refurbishing this building and will not seek any enterprise zone benefits. “As a proud graduate of St. more...

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Hot Harry’s Holds Official Ribbon Cutting

By at September 15, 2016 | 2:00 pm |

Hot Harry’s Holds Official Ribbon Cutting

If you are craving a burrito or other Mexican food, you no longer have to drive to the Berlin Turnpike. Two weeks ago Hot Harry’s opened their doors at 1470 East St. On Monday, the City celebrated the new restaurant with a ribbon cutting ceremony. “We are elated to have them in town. Their reputation already has been outstanding,” said Bill Carroll, economic more...

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Many Activities Planned for Main Street USA Saturday

By at September 15, 2016 | 2:00 pm |

Many Activities Planned for Main Street USA Saturday

Get ready for a fun-filled Saturday as this year’s Main Street USA offers activities from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event takes place at Walnut Hill Park where the roadway will be filled with food, craft, and vendor booths, a “kids zone” with rides and amusement activities, stages with community performances and headlining musical acts, and more. A new highlight more...

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School Funding Unconstitutional

By at September 8, 2016 | 3:25 pm |

School Funding Unconstitutional

Connecticut Superior Court judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled Wednesday that the state’s education funding system is irrational and unconstitutional. In 2005, Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) filed a lawsuit against the state contending that the current formula used to fund school systems is not adequate for cities like New Britain, which more...

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Amato’s Return from Toy Delivery to Flood Victims

By at September 8, 2016 | 3:21 pm |

Amato’s Return from Toy Delivery to Flood Victims

Calling the trip an eye opener, Steve and Sheri Amato of Amato’s Toy and Hobby returned Wednesday after delivering over 5,000 toys to Louisiana flood victims. In August, prolonged rainfall in Louisiana resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of homes and businesses. Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, called the disaster a “historic, more...

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Vacuum Program “Leafing”

By at September 8, 2016 | 2:15 pm |

Vacuum Program “Leafing”

Households who were part of a City 9 year Pilot leaf vacuuming program will now have to pack their leaves in bags. The City announced this week that the program is ending. “In an effort to continue saving money, and being aware of the amount of resources the City is using, and trying to prioritize what works and what doesn’t work, the Board of Public Works made more...

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Diversity Takes Center Stage on Saturday

By at August 27, 2016 | 8:22 pm |

Diversity Takes Center Stage on Saturday

New Britain held two big cultural events this weekend in the first ever Latin Festival and the 36th Annual Dozynki Polish Festival. KOHOE Centers and the Latino Festival Coalition presented its First Annual Latin Festival at Walnut Hill Park Saturday. Food vendors lined the park featuring such goodies as Shish-ke-bobs, tacos, pina coladas, cheese fries, pinchos, more...

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Lost Your Dog – Check the Pound

By at August 25, 2016 | 2:30 pm |

Lost Your Dog – Check the Pound

Late August, the New Britain Animal Control starts getting overwhelmed with dogs found in the City. It is also the time people let dogs loose causing more lost dogs. Remember when searching for a lost dog to check with the pound first. “Our pound is full right now. People let their dogs out because of the warmer weather,” said Sgt. Paula Keller. “Dogs need to more...

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