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Council May Repeal Landlord Ordinance

By at February 13, 2014 | 7:00 pm |

Council May Repeal Landlord Ordinance

The New Britain landlords are still here and Former Mayor Tim O’Brien is gone. Soon, O’Brien’s controversial ordinance that put fees on landlords may also be history. The Common Council is looking to repeal the ordinance after Mayor Erin Stewart stated it would be one of her first orders of business when elected. The ordinance is expected to be sent to more...

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‘Bike New Britain’ Hopes to Change NB Culture

By at February 13, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

‘Bike New Britain’ Hopes to Change NB Culture

Over a century ago, Hartford bicycle manufacturer Albert Pope grappled with how to sell his Columbia-branded bikes to a population with poorly maintained roadways. In the 1890s, Pope started an advocacy group called the League of American Wheelmen to push for better road conditions so he could sell more bicycles, which featured parts such as hubs and brakes that more...

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What is the NBHS Satellite Careers Academy?

By at February 13, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

What is the NBHS Satellite Careers Academy?

On Monday night the Board of Education voted to reconfigure Roosevelt Middle School. One of the new programs planned to go into that school will be the NBHS Careers Academy. So, why does the City need this new academy? According to Mike Foran, principal on assignment, the New Britain High School graduation rate is over 64 percent, but that number needs to be more...

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City in $23M Deficit

By at February 6, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

City in $23M Deficit

Mayor Erin Stewart told the New Britain City Journal Wednesday that the City is $23 million in projected deficit for the 2013-14 budget year. “It was grazed over to me in the beginning of December, but I was told to hold on because we have taxes coming in and we may be able to figure it out,” said Stewart. “Now, we are nearing closer to the end of the fiscal more...

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CSO’s: Eyes and Ears of PD

By at February 6, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

CSO’s: Eyes and Ears of PD

Residents may not always be aware of them, but Community Service Officers (CSO) have been helping the police department for over 15 years in New Britain. These volunteer citizens have helped catch criminals, found stolen cars and searched for missing people. “The Community Service Officer Program began in the late 1990s,” said Lt. Jeanette Saccente. “They are more...

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Mayor Releases Statement on Grand List Drop

By at February 6, 2014 | 5:19 pm |

Mayor Releases Statement on Grand List Drop

In accordance with statutory requirements, the October 2013 Grand List for the City of New Britain has been finalized by the City’s Assessor’s Office. As expected, the net Grand List declined but by a much smaller margin than some anticipated. “Historically, the next Grand List following a citywide revaluation has always declined,” said Mayor Stewart. “In more...

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New Chamber President Introduced

By at January 30, 2014 | 7:45 pm |

New Chamber President Introduced

The Greater New Britain-Berlin Chamber of Commerce introduced their new Chamber President - Tim Stewart – to about 100 of its members on Wednesday night at the Stanley Black and Decker Headquarters. Stanley Black and Decker is celebrating their 170th year in business. “He (Tim Stewart) has done a lot,” said John Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Stanley Black more...

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Finance Board Facing Tough Road Ahead

By at January 30, 2014 | 7:30 pm |

Finance Board Facing Tough Road Ahead

Budget to Come with “Shared Sacrifice” On Tuesday night the finance board took its first look at the 2014-15 budgets. After all departments had made their requests, the board is looking at a $48 million increase that would equal about an additional 20.57 mills. Mayor Erin Stewart said the public should not worry as this increase will not happen. It is just part more...

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opening Soon

By at January 30, 2014 | 7:00 pm |

Dunkin’ Donuts Opening Soon

The new Dunkin’ Donuts on Main St. at the New Britain Police Department is planned to open in the next two to three weeks. “His (Cary Gagnon, owner) projection is once the city gives him electricity and flips the switch it will be open five days after,” Bill Carroll, business development director, said. “I expect all the work will be done within three more...

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Theirs, Not Ours

By at January 23, 2014 | 3:57 pm |

Theirs, Not Ours

The Latino community will not be able to erect a monument recognizing the Borinqueneers 65th Infantry Regiment anytime soon. It appears the City does not own the land on the corner of Beaver and Washington Streets. Alderman Willie Pabon told the New Britain City Journal Tuesday that the state owns that property and the City cannot do anything with it. “We are more...

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