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Rock Cats FOI Reveals New Info

By at July 17, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

Rock Cats FOI Reveals New Info

In documents received under a freedom of information request by the New Britain City Journal, The New Britain Rock Cats management threatened to leave New Britain several times in 2013 if stadium improvements and parking operations were denied. In an email from Bill DeMaio, parks and recreation director, to former Mayor Tim O’Brien dated Feb. 20, 2013 it read, more...

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Time to Pick Your Own Blueberries

By at July 17, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

Time to Pick Your Own Blueberries

Blueberry picking season is in full bloom as it began around the 4th of July at Hrubiec Farm in Kensington. “It lasts until around Labor Day depending on the weather,” said owner Ted Hrubiec. Parts of the 10 acre farm began being cleared out in 1952 for farming. Now there are over 6,000 bushes for customers to come and fill their own baskets. Hrubiec Farm more...

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New Britain’s Role in the Cuban Baseball Invasion

By at July 17, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

New Britain’s Role in the Cuban Baseball Invasion

Connecticut has historically had a strong relationship with Cuba, and Cuban tobacco has been growing in Connecticut fields since the nineteenth century. However, it was our baseball fields that hosted an even more significant “import” from Cuba. The Connecticut State League, or “Nutmeg Circuit,” came to New Britain in 1908 by former New London manager more...

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Costco Fiasco

By at July 10, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

Costco Fiasco

Improper information published in the New Britain Herald on Monday, July 7 caused a bit of a controversy concerning the future of Costco coming to New Britain. The article stated that the City would be fronting Costco money to build on City property and that taxes could rise because of that. Mayor Erin Stewart said that is not true. “An article like that, more...

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New Britain Resident Searching for a Kidney Donor

By at July 10, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

New Britain Resident Searching for a Kidney Donor

Thirty year old New Britain resident Daniel Turek is asking for help in finding a new kidney. He and his wife Jennifer were married in March of 2011. A few months later Daniel was found to have Stage 3 ING kidney disease. “He was put on medication and was told that dialysis was down the road in his 50’s or 60’s and that the meds would keep him from more...

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Concert Music Series Begins at Shell

By at July 10, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

Concert Music Series Begins at Shell

Monday marked the beginning of the season for those that attend the Summer Music Festival Series at the Darius Miller Shell at Walnut Hill Park. Soul Sound Review put on a performance shortened by rain to a large crowd that opened the series. On Tuesday the series had a make-up day as the Eddie Foreman Orchestra performed and on Wednesday another performance took more...

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Tax Bills are Out: Time to Pay Up

By at July 3, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

Tax Bills are Out: Time to Pay Up

Tax bills were sent out this week and you need to pay it by Aug. 1 to avoid a late penalty. This year expect to pay more as the mill rate increased by 4.88 mills to 49.08. Mayor Erin Stewart said the budget is not the budget she wants, “but it is the budget that I feel New Britain really needs.” Stewart said the reason for the increase is, because in the more...

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Great American Boom Saturday

By at July 3, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

Great American Boom Saturday

One of the biggest events of the year across the state is about to happen in New Britain. The 21st Annual Great American Boom will take place Saturday, July 5 at Stanley Quarter Park beginning at 5 p.m. Erik Barbieri, Superintendent of Recreation, said the event is so big because the area it is done in allows for the biggest shells which are 8 inches. “They more...

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New Britain Has a Long, Rich Baseball Heritage

By at July 3, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

New Britain Has a Long, Rich Baseball Heritage

New Britain’s residents have throughout history enjoyed sports of various forms. Col. Isaac Lee, the well-respected colonial magistrate who named this city, was known for his prowess as an athlete, especially in wrestling. But it was a small, leather-clad ball that residents here would grow to love. One of the earliest documented team sports in central Connecticut more...

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GSG Asks City to Revise Request

By at June 26, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

GSG Asks City to Revise Request

The City was due to get a response on how the Global Strategies Group (GSG) spent the $100,000 in taxpayer money given to them by Former Mayor Tim O’Brien in 2012 last Friday. But, instead GSG sent them a Request to Revise. “That is a pleading, stating that portions of the complaint are not clear to them,” said City Attorney Gennaro Bizzarro. “All it is, is more...

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