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It’s a Sign

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

It’s a Sign

Council to Review Election Day Signs On Wednesday night the Common Council sent an amendment of ordinance 3-11 to allow political signs on public property on Election Day as well as approved school related signs on school property throughout the year, to the administration, finance and law committee. “It’s a small amendment to a current ordinance that prohibits more...

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New Goals for Old NBPD

By at November 13, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

New Goals for Old NBPD

After the city secured a roughly $2.7 million Brownsfield Grant from the state earlier this year, demolition of the old police station could happen “once the weather breaks,” according to Municipal Department Director Kenneth Malinowski. Grant funds will be utilized to examine the extent of potential abatement (asbestos is known to be on site, for example), for more...

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Waldo Belden Pierce and the Forgotten POW Camp

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

Waldo Belden Pierce and the Forgotten POW Camp

At 530 East Street a very old home stands quietly and nearly forgotten by history. That is, except for a plaque that proclaims the year the house was built – 1746. Some people also know the family that lives there, or have read literature or property records that the house is owned by the Pierce family, descendants of the ancient Belden family. So one might wonder, more...

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Counsel Hired to Decipher Decision

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

Counsel Hired to Decipher Decision

The City has hired an outside attorney for the Civil Service Commission to clarify issues regarding their decision to remove Democratic Alderwoman Suzanne Bielinski from the Common Council and fine her $2,500 for hiring her niece Jessica Gerratana as Council Secretary. Corporation Counsel Attorney Gennaro Bizzarro in a letter to the commission on Monday said, “I more...

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Incumbents Retain Seats at State Level

By at November 6, 2014 | 6:16 pm |

Incumbents Retain Seats at State Level

The Democratic state incumbents in New Britain will all remain in office. On Tuesday night each retained their seats with some winning by fairly big margins. Republican incumbent Theresa Gerratana, 6th District, ran unopposed on the ballot, but Todd Cheney did qualify as a write-in ballot. Gerratana had 9,408 votes compared to Cheney who had 161 in New Britain. more...

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NB Police Uniforms Have New Patches

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

NB Police Uniforms Have New Patches

The New Britain Police Department—which has been “rebuilding and redefining” itself under Chief James Wardwell since he assumed that position in July 2012—recently issued new uniform patches to its 162 sworn officers. The new patch—which will be worn on the shoulders of police uniforms, including shirts and jackets—has a blue background with a gold more...

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Costco Project Delayed

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

Costco Project Delayed

City to Lose Thousands of Dollars Due to Lawsuit Mayor Erin Stewart said this week that a lawsuit filed by City resident Elaine Lechowicz preventing Costco to move forward will delay construction and cost the City thousands of dollars. Courts originally dismissed the complaint and an appeal, but a second appeal has yet to be decided. A state law states that more...

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Broad St. Construction Moving Forward

By at October 30, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

Broad St. Construction Moving Forward

Little Poland got a boost this week as LTC Construction of New Britain was named the lowest bidder and has received the go ahead to be the firm to do the final phase of the Broad Street reconstruction. The $3.7 million project will begin in the Spring and will be on Broad St. from Grove St. to the top of Burritt St. “This is the third and final phase of the more...

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The Legacy of the Salem Witch Trials in New Britain

By at October 30, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

The Legacy of the Salem Witch Trials in New Britain

Samuel Wardwell was born in Boston in 1643. His father and uncle, Thomas and William, had immigrated and settled there in 1630. It is notable that Thomas and William Wardwell were devout Puritans, but followed a reverend with unorthodox views. As described in the 1867 Documents and Records Relating to the Province of New Hampshire: 1623-1686, the brothers did not hide more...

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Tercyak Voting Questioned as Possible Conflict

By at October 23, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

Tercyak Voting Questioned as Possible Conflict

Rep. Peter Tercyak, the Democrat who has represented the 26th House District since 2003, may have showed favoritism on several occasions when he supported bills that benefited the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - a department overseen by his live-in girlfriend, according to a review of records by the New Britain City Journal. According to a more...

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