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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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Sanders Family All About Serving City

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

Sanders Family All About Serving City

For the Sanders family, serving the City of New Britain is simply in their blood. Jim Sanders, Sr., the longest serving Board of Education member (32 consecutive years) in the state’s history, and his wife, Mary Lou, a longtime member of the New Britain Republican Town Committee, inspired their son and daughter—newly elected Alderman Jim Sanders Jr. and freshman more...

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Family Fun!

By at January 15, 2016 | 9:30 am |

Family Fun!

  Nature collage! Since we still have no snow in sight and so many great hiking trails are open both in New Britain and Berlin it’s a great time to go out and take a hike! Bring a collecting bag with you. Better yet give everyone their own bag. A pair of snips might come in handy for the wood stems. Keep your eye out for the interesting seed pods. Milk weed more...

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Granato Named New Finance Director

By at January 14, 2016 | 6:30 pm |

First Woman To Permanently Head City’s Finance Department The Common Council voted Lori A. Granato as the city’s new director of finance at its Wednesday night’s meeting. “I’m very excited and I look forward to the great success we will have with Miss Granato as our finance director,” said Alderman Jamie Giantonio. “I have heard much about her more...

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Stewart Tops National List

By at January 14, 2016 | 6:00 pm |

Stewart Tops National List

Mayor Erin Stewart has taken top spot in Newsmax’s “Most Influential Republican’s Under 30” beating out notables like Bristol Palin, State Rep. Niraj Antani and Saira Blair - the youngest elected state legislator in the U.S. when who won her race in the contest for the 59th district of the West Virginia House of Delegates. “I most certainly did not expect more...

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Super Search Committee Ahead of Schedule

By at January 14, 2016 | 6:00 pm |

Super Search Committee Ahead of Schedule

Though he was supposed to stay on board through the end of the school year, Superintendent of Schools Kelt Cooper has resigned, effective today (Friday, Jan. 15). Paul Salina, the Consolidated School District of New Britain’s Chief Operations Officer, has been named Acting Superintendent while the BOE continues its search (which will be completed in March or April) more...

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Auditions Announced for Two New Youth Theater Productions

By at January 8, 2016 | 9:45 am |

Auditions Announced for Two New Youth Theater Productions

Hot on the heels of two successful productions, Winnie-the-Pooh and A Christmas Carol, New Britain Youth Theater is announcing auditions for two new shows to be performed in the spring—Honk! Jr for ages 8 to 14, and Penny & the Pirates for ages 6 to 9. Penny & the Pirates is an original play, by the writers of last season’s Unlocked: The True Story of more...

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New Opening at Stockman Gallery

By at January 8, 2016 | 8:15 am |

New Opening at Stockman Gallery

“David Holzman: From the Book of Umm” opens with a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 5-7 p.m. at New Britain’s downtown Stockman Gallery 19 Chestnut Street. Holzman has shown his work extensively, but with this exhibition will be explicitly revealing the process that is at the heart of his art. Exhibition curator Melanie Carr remarked: “In working with more...

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New Britain Loses Mattabassett District Chair Seat

By at January 7, 2016 | 6:30 pm |

New Britain Loses Mattabassett District Chair Seat

Confusion in the way the Mattabassett District Charter reads has led New Britain to lose the Chairman of the Board seat for the first time since it’s inception in 1961. John Dunham of Berlin has been named the new chair and Thomas Serra of Middletown is the Vice Chairman. New Britain’s Tonilynn Collins was named secretary. Other New Britain board members more...

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Davison Retires from ASF

By at January 7, 2016 | 6:15 pm |

Davison Retires from ASF

At the helm of the American Savings Foundation (ASF) since 2000, David Davison called it a career last week and retired Dec. 31. The President and CEO of ASF, Davison’s successor at the independent New Britain-based charitable foundation is Maria Falvo, previously Chief Operating Officer. As one might imagine, Davison said he will most miss the many people he more...

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