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City Considers Main St. USA

By at March 5, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

City Considers Main St. USA

There is no need to get excited quite yet, but the City is looking into whether it is financially feasible to bring back something similar to Main St. USA. Mayor Erin Stewart would not comment on the idea, but did say in the New Britain City Journal Facebook group that, “Have we discussed it, yes. Are we 100 percent doing it, no. Still outweighing more...

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Magnet Schools Costing City

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

Magnet Schools Costing City

This school year, there are 458 New Britain students attending 24 different magnet schools in the area, costing the Consolidated School District of New Britain $2,152,565. According to BOE President Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, the state gave the magnet schools $10,443 per child attending their institution for fiscal year 2013-14, and the local school system pays the more...

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Bids for Phase Three of Streetscape Project Come in $50,000 Below Estimate

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

Bids for Phase Three of Streetscape Project Come in $50,000 Below Estimate

City officials have announced that bids for the third phase of the city’s streetscape project have come in approximately $50,000 less than what the city originally budgeted. Phase three of the Complete Streets and Downtown Livability Master Plan involves making improvements to Main Street between Columbus Boulevard and Court Street; to West Main between Bank more...

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Legal Fees Outlined

By at February 19, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

Legal Fees Outlined

Report Shows O’Brien Administration Spent More A report from City Attorney Gennaro Bizzarro, at the request of Democratic Alderman David DeFronzo, shows Republican Mayor Erin Stewart has spent less on legal fees than Former Mayor Tim O’Brien. Last month at a Council meeting, DeFronzo requested from the City a list of all outsourced legal work since Jan. 1, more...

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School Board Looks to Increase Per Pupil Expenditure

By at February 19, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

School Board Looks to Increase Per Pupil Expenditure

New Britain Public Schools officials are hoping to see their per pupil expenditure (PPE) rise by about $1,300 per student from 2014-15—which equates to an additional $13,042,393 in spending next school year—for each of its 10,500 students in 2015-16. New Britain has a fairly low 2013-14 PPE of $12,842. Sharon Beloin-Saavedra, President of the New Britain Board more...

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Marching Band Fundraiser Set for March 7

By at February 19, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

Marching Band Fundraiser Set for March 7

The New Britain High School Parents Music Association (PMA) will present the First Annual Gala Night of Great Jazz and Great Food—a fundraising dinner to benefit the Golden Hurricanes’ marching band—on Saturday, March 7 from 6:30-11 p.m. at the New Britain VFW Post 511 Hall, 41 Veterans Dr. Tickets for the gala fundraiser—which will raise money to purchase more...

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The Real Deal

By at February 12, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

The Real Deal

Buyer Named for Berkowitz Building Mayor Erin Stewart has continued her plan to transform New Britain. On Monday she announced a buyer for the Berkowitz Building, considered one of the City’s biggest eyesores. For $130,000 Douglas Bromfield of Capital Restoration Inc., a Hartford-based developer has said it plans to purchase the long-vacant Berkowitz building. The more...

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Residents See New Britain’s Growing Assets

By at February 12, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Residents See New Britain’s Growing Assets

People don’t often realize how much New Britain has to offer until they take a deeper look at it. This week in the City Journal Facebook group we asked our monthly question. This month was “What is New Britain’s biggest asset?” At first a few people were hesitant. And one even said there weren’t any. But, the more people spoke the more ideas came more...

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Snowstorms Slowly Depleting Budget, Making Roads Unsafe

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

Snowstorms Slowly Depleting Budget, Making Roads Unsafe

[media-credit name="Kayla Kuzia" align="alignnone" width="580"][/media-credit] If snow continues to fall the City may soon begin looking to the contingency fund to add more money in the budget for storms this season. The snow budget for 2014-15 is $471,000. Of that $450,000 is for overtime, salt, and a little bit of sand. “After this storm we are through 90 more...

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School Board Sends Budget to Board of Finance

By at February 6, 2015 | 4:11 pm |

School Board Sends Budget to Board of Finance

The Board of Education accepted and forwarded the Superintendent’s Budget, as proposed to the Board of Finance last week. Superintendent of Schools Kelt Cooper’s 2015-16 budget proposal asked for a 10.5 percent increase including 60 new positions. The new budget would stand at $136,112,393. That’s an increase of $12,912,393 over the adopted 2014-2015 more...

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