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It’s the Bees Knees: Bianca’s Legacy

By at May 16, 2014 | 8:00 am |

It’s the Bees Knees: Bianca’s Legacy

When you visit the Heritage Day events Saturday, one display will hold extra meaning for New Britain residents. A booth will be dedicated to the great works of New Britain resident Anthony T. Bianca Sr. who passed away nearly two years ago at the age of 92. Bianca played in the 1938 New Britain High School National Football Championship. Then, he went into the more...

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O’Brien Given Job

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

O’Brien Given Job

Former Democratic Mayor Timothy O’Brien started working for the state’s Department of Administrative Services last month, working under the head of commissioner and former New Britain Mayor Donald DeFronzo. O’Brien applied for a job with the state several weeks after losing November’s election to newcomer Erin Stewart, a Republican. He applied to a position more...

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No Drastic Changes

By at May 15, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

No Drastic Changes

Aldermen See Tax Increase as Probable It appears that when the final 2014-15 budget is approved by the Common Council in June, residents will see little changes from the Mayor’s proposed 4.88 mill increase which would put the mill rate at 49.08. Following the public hearing on the budget Monday night Common Council members said much of their views were not more...

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Mayor Says Budget Not Eliminating Human Services

By at May 15, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

Mayor Says Budget Not Eliminating Human Services

Mayor Erin Stewart said following the Common Council Budget Hearing Monday night that despite the large number of people who spoke to keep the Human Services Bureau, it was never planned to be removed. “The Youth and Family Services Bureau is not being eliminated in my proposal. It is being brought to a more manageable size for what services we have the money to more...

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East Culture Arts Show Planned at Trinity-on-Main

By at May 9, 2014 | 10:15 am |

East Culture Arts Show Planned at Trinity-on-Main

East Culture Arts, Inc. and Trinity-On-Main of New Britain will present a Multi-Cultures Celebration of Music and dance from around the world. Fun for all ages! The event will be on Saturday, May 17 from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free. The event will be at Trinity-on-Main at 69 Main St. Call 860-978-4452 or 860-978-2949 or go to www.eastculture.org for more more...

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City to Sue GSG

By at May 8, 2014 | 5:21 pm |

City to Sue GSG

After sending requests to the Global Strategy Groups (GSG) for information on what work was done for a cost of $100,000 for the City with little response, City Attorney Gennaro Bizzarro has said the City will sue the firm for Breach of Contract and Unjust Enrichment. GSG was hired in Dec. of 2012 by former Mayor Tim O’Brien at a cost of $100,000. The contract was more...

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City Out of Funds by June 1

By at May 8, 2014 | 5:17 pm |

City Out of Funds by June 1

This City will officially not be able to pay its bills as of June 1 without using Tax Anticipation Notes (TANS) or a bank loan, said Mayor Erin Stewart this week. “We will need about $15 million as we will run out of funds for payroll,” she said. “We need money for the four weeks of June just to keep the lights on.” Stewart said the City is weighing its more...

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Mayor’s 10 Year Homeless Plan to Expand

By at May 8, 2014 | 5:14 pm |

Mayor’s 10 Year Homeless Plan to Expand

Mayor Erin Stewart said she hopes to re-analyze the Mayor’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness and rename it. “It is in year 7,” she sad. “We need to look at a lot of the pieces that have not been implemented. It has done a lot of great things, but it can be harnessed a little more.” Some plans need to be worked on more such as finding landlords that more...

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New Committee to Fix $4 Million Gaffe

By at May 1, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

New Committee to Fix $4 Million Gaffe

A Blue Ribbon Committee is in the process of being formed in order to help solve the $4 million difference in the minimum budget requirement (MBR). Mayor Erin Stewart and Superintendent of Schools Kelt Cooper met on Tuesday at the Mayor’s office to come to some kind of compromise. The controversy stems from Former Mayor Tim O’Brien giving the board of more...

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Streetscape Awarded

By at May 1, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

Streetscape Awarded

Connecticut Main Street has announced that it has given the City a 2014 Award of Excellence for the Complete Streetscape Master Plan in the public space category. There were six winning entries representing initiatives and organizations from Manchester, New Britain, the Northwestern Regional Planning Collaborative, Waterbury and Seymour. The initiatives displayed a more...

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