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School Board Budget Request Shows Minimal Increase

By at January 12, 2017 | 4:40 pm |

School Board Budget Request Shows Minimal Increase

Compared to past years, the 2017-18 Board of Education budget sent to the finance board shows just a minimal increase. School board members approved Superintendent Nancy Sarra’s budget proposal Monday night of a 0.85 increase. It shows just over a $1 million increase and would put the board of education budget at $126,777,706. “We’ve done a really good job more...

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Blue Ribbon Committee Re-Forming in March

By at January 12, 2017 | 2:30 pm |

Blue Ribbon Committee Re-Forming in March

The previously successful Blue Ribbon Committee will once again come together to help consolidate costs, increase efficiencies and continue an open dialogue between the school board and the Common Council in March. The bi-partisan Blue Ribbon Committee has not met since 2012 when it held seven to eight meetings. It will include members of the two boards. It is led by more...

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Top 10 Asian Restaurants in New Britain/Berlin

By at January 12, 2017 | 2:15 pm |

Top 10 Asian Restaurants in New Britain/Berlin

This week the New Britain City Journal Facebook group was asked what Asian restaurants they thought were the best. Although there are many, we are posting the Top 10 from group members. Great Taste, 597 West Main St, New Britain - Deemed as a “White-tablecloth eatery offering Chinese classics, including Peking duck carved right at your table”, Great Taste takes more...

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Top 10 New Britain Stories of 2016

By at December 22, 2016 | 2:15 pm |

Top 10 New Britain Stories of 2016

Each year the City Journal recaps the biggest stories affecting New Britain in the past year. Here are our Top 10 for 2016. CITY SLOGAN City Journal readers had the chance this year to vote for a new slogan for the City. The winner was “Experience the New”. It received over 50 percent of the votes. “Connect and Bee Inspired” had 25 percent, more...

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Nancy Sarra Named 2016 New Britain Person of the Year

By at December 15, 2016 | 2:15 pm |

Nancy Sarra Named 2016 New Britain Person of the Year

On Feb. 22 New Britain decided to go in a new direction naming New Britain’s own Nancy Sarra as Superintendent of Schools. Due to her undying love of the City and its children, the City Journal has named Sarra as the New Britain Person of the Year for 2016. When chosen as superintendent in front of a crowd surpassing 200 people at the high school, Sarra said she more...

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East Street TOD: A College Town

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

East Street TOD: A College Town

(Part 4 of 4) Perhaps one of the most exciting part of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan calls for making East Street, near the CTFastrak, a college town. The third part of the TOD study, by Milone and MacBroom, looks at East Street which is a mixture of uses integrated for pedestrian-friendly development. According to the study, “As a link between more...

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East Main Street CTFastrak Station TOD

By at December 8, 2016 | 2:00 pm |

East Main Street CTFastrak Station TOD

(Part 3 of 4) The area surrounding the East Main St. CTFastrak is the second of three areas in which a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan was made for the City by the firm of Milone and MacBroom. “This is the most difficult of the areas to target for development because it stretches from Stanley St. near Dwight Street and where the National Guard building more...

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New Britain Stores Ready for the Holidays

By at December 1, 2016 | 2:30 pm |

New Britain Stores Ready for the Holidays

Whether you have yet to start your holiday shopping or you are nearly done, don’t forget to make a visit to several stores in downtown New Britain. “We have anything for anyone in downtown New Britain. Whatever it is from puzzles to models to trains to food to travel, we have everything,” said Gerry Amodio, downtown district director. “There are sneakers, more...

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Top 10 Shops in New Britain/Berlin for the Holidays

By at December 1, 2016 | 2:15 pm |

Top 10 Shops in New Britain/Berlin for the Holidays

Amato’s Toy and Hobby, 283 Main St., New Britain - Amato’s takes first place as the best place to shop as the store to hit this holiday season. It offers toys, board games, model kits, trains, radio-controlled vehicles, puzzles, stocking stuffers and much more. It is the ultimate toy store. Hillary Riegel said, “I love Amatos Toy and Hobby because they have a more...

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Downtown Plans for Transit Oriented Development

By at December 1, 2016 | 2:00 pm |

Downtown Plans for Transit Oriented Development

(Part 2 of 4) Downtown New Britain has one of the most important plans of the three Transit Oriented Development (TOD) locations. The firm of Milone and MacBroom recently set a future TOD plan for the area around the CTFastrak stations. TOD is mixed-use development that is fully integrated with transit, where development prioritizes pedestrians and connections to more...

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