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Residents Call New Britain Home for Many Reasons

By at November 12, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

Residents Call New Britain Home for Many Reasons

“What inspired you to live & stay in New Britain?” That is the question asked this week to the New Britain City Journal Facebook group members. The answers varied from family, to location to culture. Below are some of the answers from many reader submissions. Alice Manulla - My hubby! Scott Clark - Everything is right here or around the area. Great more...

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Power Shift

By at November 5, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Power Shift

Mayor Erin Stewart Wins; Republicans Take Council Super Majority Election Day turned out to be a day New Britain will not soon forget as the power of the Council changed hands as Mayor Erin Stewart was easily re-elected 5,384 to 2,564 (unofficial) over Democrat John McNamara and the Republican slate won 12 of 15 Council seats. Previously it was a 9-6 in the Council in more...

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Survey Available as Part of Superintendent Search

By at November 5, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

Survey Available as Part of Superintendent Search

A link to a stakeholder survey, which will be used to develop a candidate/community profile for the next New Britain schools superintendent, is now available for all community members to take on the district’s website (www.csdnb.org) and Facebook page. Those interested in taking the four-question survey—which is available in English or Spanish—must do so by more...

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$35 Million Investment

By at October 29, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

$35 Million Investment

By early 2017 developers are hoping to open 169 upscale one and two bedroom condominiums at the Luxury Residences at Ellis Commons. Developer Ellis Street Holdings LLC announced Wednesday that they will spend $35 million in order to renovate the 250,000 square feet at 321 Ellis Street (the historic Landers, Frary, and Clark building) into one and two bedroom more...

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Halloween Safe Zone Set for Saturday

By at October 29, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Halloween Safe Zone Set for Saturday

Calling all goblins, ghosts, monsters, witches, princess and trick or treaters! On Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. the New Britain City Journal and the Downtown District will hold its Annual Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone event in downtown New Britain. “The event annually attracts over 2,000+ children from over the City, where they will make 20-30 stops to get more...

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Peterson Selected as City’s First Poet Laureate

By at October 29, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

Peterson Selected as City’s First Poet Laureate

The Common Council unanimously chose Michael Peterson as New Britain’s first Poet Laureate at its meeting Wednesday night. New Britain’s Poet Laureate will promote awareness of poetry in New Britain by being present at events in and around the City as an official representative of the City and represent New Britain at State events. The Laureate will engage with more...

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Difference of Opinions

By at October 22, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

Difference of Opinions

Democratic Mayoral Candidate John McNamara and Republican Incumbent Mayor Erin Stewart had very different opinions during the League of Women Voters debate last Saturday. The two candidates discussed issues for about 25 minutes as a crowd of about 100, mostly partisan viewers, watched. The debate began with one minute opening statements. “It has been an more...

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Downtown to be Nominated as Historic District

By at October 22, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Downtown to be Nominated as Historic District

On Dec. 7 the Downtown Historic District will be reviewed in order to become a member of the National Register of Historic Places. The meeting will be at the State Historic Preservation Office in Hartford. The nomination includes areas of Arch St, Basset St., Columbus Blvd, Court sat, Franklin Square Park, Franklin Square, Glen St., High St. Main St. South Main more...

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Local Group Seeks “Koats for Kids”

By at October 22, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

Local Group Seeks “Koats for Kids”

It may seem way early to be thinking about cold weather, but Welcome to my World Autism —a New-Britain-based support group for families with an autistic child—already has winter on its mind. That’s because the group is currently holding its 6th annual “Koats for Kids” drive (it started Sept. 1) through Dec. 15, and is seeking new or gently-used coats, more...

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Attracting Business: Top Issue

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

Attracting Business: Top Issue

Homelessness, Schools also Important Topics It is obvious. Residents want new business in New Britain. In a Facebook question this week many residents said continuing to add new business to the City is the most vital issue facing the next Mayor of the City. Resident Catherine Nyhan Cheney started the posts stating her answer as, “continuing to attract more...

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