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Family Fun – Gem Trees

By at February 5, 2016 | 9:15 am |

Family Fun – Gem Trees

This week we are playing with pipe cleaners and rocks and beads! This activity is great for all ages and a great way to use all those pretty beads! Materials: 3 pipe cleaners A small rock A handful of pony beads Glue We selected rocks that were mostly flat on the bottom and wrapped pipe cleaners around them. If the branches are not long enough it’s more...

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City Not Out of the Woods

By at February 4, 2016 | 6:30 pm |

City Not Out of the Woods

Despite a surplus, an “A” bond rating and increased financial stability, a lot of work still needs to be done for the City to recover from two years of mismanagement of funds. “After two years of severe, severe damage to our city finances, it (is going to take) us almost 4 1/2 years to get out of it and put us on sound footing again,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. more...

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Magnet Schools Come Under Fire

By at February 4, 2016 | 6:15 pm |

Magnet Schools Come Under Fire

In recently published remarks, the former head of the Capital Region Education Council (CREC), which oversees nearly 20 magnet schools in the Hartford-area, said the construction of magnet schools should cease for the time being—and at least one New Britain education official agrees. “I believe there should be a moratorium on construction of magnets and funding more...

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City Bids Farewell to Super Cooper

By at February 4, 2016 | 6:00 pm |

City Bids Farewell to Super Cooper

Over 150 people turned out to the New Britain High School Cafeteria Monday for a farewell reception for former Superintendent Kelt Cooper. Cooper came from Texas in 2012 bringing 20 years of experience. In May of 2015 Board of Education members had decided Cooper’s time as Superintendent “run its course” and chose not to renew his contract more...

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Family Fun: Ice Lanterns!

By at January 29, 2016 | 9:45 am |

Family Fun: Ice Lanterns!

[caption id="attachment_12415" align="alignnone" width="580"] Photo credit Practically Functional.com[/caption] Now that we finally have some cold and snow let’s play with it! These beautiful ice lanterns are easier to make than the directions indicate. All you need is: 2 containers – one larger than the other. They will nest inside each other with room for more...

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Main St. USA, Polish Festival and More Coming Back

By at January 28, 2016 | 6:15 pm |

Main St. USA, Polish Festival and More Coming Back

Several popular City events are returning this year to New Britain in Main Street USA, The Little Poland Festival and Winterfest. Mayor Erin E. Stewart said Main Street USA will take place on Saturday. Sept. 17 at Walnut Hill Park. “The first year you get the kinks worked out. The second year it will all be smoother,” said Stewart. “We are going to lower more...

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BOE Asks for More Money for Schools

By at January 28, 2016 | 6:00 pm |

BOE Asks for More Money for Schools

The Board of Education approved passing their budget with an 11.24 increase to the board of finance on Monday night. The 2016-17 budget request increase is $137,047,362. The present board of education budget is $123.2 million. Board member Merrill Gay, the lone vote against it said, “So we are forwarding a budget we know is $15 million short of what we need to more...

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Payment Owed

By at January 27, 2016 | 2:42 pm |

Payment Owed

City Seeking Final Payment from Rock Cats The Rock Cats may now be the Yard Goats heading to Hartford, but they are not done with paying their bills to New Britain. The City is still seeking payment for over $149,000. On Monday the City sent the team a notice telling them payment is overdue. “While the team and its owners have relocated from the City, they are more...

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Winter Fairies!

By at January 22, 2016 | 8:45 am |

Winter Fairies!

Here at Scraptivity we love our fairies! Here is a lovely fairy using natural materials. You will need: Pine cones An acorn with a cap 2 matching Pipe cleaners Glue gun & tacky glue Small amount of paint Glitter to match the paint Ribbon for hanging Paint your pine cone. Paint the cap of your acorn You may want to hot glue your acorn more...

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BOE to Vote on 11 Percent Budget Increase

By at January 21, 2016 | 6:30 pm |

BOE to Vote on 11 Percent Budget Increase

On Monday, the Board of Education (BOE) will vote on whether to approve and send a budget to the Common Council that has an 11.24 percent increase. The 2016-17 budget request increase is $137,047,362. The present board of education budget is $123.2 million. “This budget is directly aligned to our district improvement plan which cites our clear and urgent need more...

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