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Central Park Re-dedication Ceremony May 3

By at April 27, 2016 | 10:43 am |

Central Park Re-dedication Ceremony May 3

A ribbon cutting, lunch with Mayor Erin Stewart, music, art, food trucks and more are a few of the things that will be happening at the Central Park Re-dedication Ceremony on Tuesday, May 3. “We just want folks, especially the business community that works downtown, to come out to the park and utilize it,” said Mayor Stewart. “There have been numerous issues in more...

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Budget Not Set in Stone

By at April 21, 2016 | 6:15 pm |

Budget Not Set in Stone

After listening to speakers and talking to constituents, Common Council members said there is a lot of work to be done and a one and one-half mill increase in taxes is not necessarily going to happen. “I got some phone calls from people who could not come to the meeting who were worried about seniors especially ones with fixed and low incomes paying more taxes,” more...

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Top 10 Children’s Activities This Summer

By at April 21, 2016 | 6:00 pm |

Top 10 Children’s Activities This Summer

Are you trying to find things to do in New Britain and Berlin in the summer months for the entire family? Here are a list of the top 10 things you should not miss doing that your kids will enjoy. New Britain Bees Baseball - Who would not enjoy seeing a great minor league game at New Britain Stadium? Tickets start at $8 and you may even see fireworks. Fans more...

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New Housing Project Named Howey House

By at April 15, 2016 | 8:00 am |

New Housing Project Named Howey House

City officials Tuesday announced that an 11-unit permanent supportive housing building, meant for the City’s homeless population, at the intersection of North Street and Erwin Place, will be built at a cost of $2.9 million. “We are here today to mark a major housing project for some of our most vulnerable residents. At any given time there are over 40 of our more...

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New Columbian Priest at Local Parishes

By at April 14, 2016 | 6:15 pm |

New Columbian Priest at Local Parishes

St. Jerome and St. Maurice have had a new priest bringing young ideas to their parishes for the last eight months. Father Mendoza first came to the United States in 1995 to attend Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. “I did theological studies and went to work for financial companies in both Connecticut and New York City. I lived in Greenwich and commuted,” more...

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Residents Have Many Appetites for Food Trucks

By at April 14, 2016 | 6:08 pm |

Residents Have Many Appetites for Food Trucks

Six food trucks are expected to come to Central Park in the next month as the park opens after renovations. What exactly will those food trucks bring? Members of the New Britain City Journal Facebook Group answered the question, “What type of food trucks would you like to see downtown?” with many great ideas. Tay Pérez Sierra - “Mexican, Thai, Chinese, more...

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Mayor Proposes Mill Rate Increase

By at April 13, 2016 | 8:08 pm |

Mayor Proposes Mill Rate Increase

Calling it a SMART budget, Mayor Erin Stewart proposed a one and one half mill tax increase for 2016-17, putting the budget at $239.2 million, to the Common Council Wednesday evening. The 2015-16 budget is $226.4 million with a mill rate of 49 mills. The new budget increases 5.64 percent to 50.50 mills. One mill is $2.48 million. The original budget presented to more...

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Smalley School in Need of $50 Million Renovation

By at April 7, 2016 | 6:02 pm |

Smalley School in Need of $50 Million Renovation

In the next few months the Common Council will be looking over a feasibility study showing 12 additional classrooms, 2 science labs, a greenhouse, an additional computer lab, about 70 more parking spaces and much more to Smalley Academy School. The school district approved authorization to request Common Council funding and filing of ED049 for the renovation and more...

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New Director Leads Parks & Rec

By at April 7, 2016 | 5:55 pm |

New Director Leads Parks & Rec

[caption id="attachment_12716" align="alignnone" width="580"] Director of Parks & Rec, Erik Barbieri and Former Director, Bill DeMaio[/caption] As the new Director of Parks & Recreation, Erik Barbieri oversees an expansive department that provides leisure, entertainment and other services to thousands of residents each year. “The Parks & Rec staffs more...

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Corner Café Proves to be a Heavyweight

By at April 7, 2016 | 5:48 pm |

Corner Café Proves to be a Heavyweight

Willie Pep’s Corner Café, 366 Farmington Ave., celebrated one-year in business earlier this year, and in that time, has proven itself to be a heavyweight in the city’s restaurant scene. “It’s been fantastic; we have been very successful,” said owner April Miller, who named the restaurant in honor of her stepfather, Connecticut native and professional boxer more...

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