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Schools Resume Orders for Bonded Books

By at July 18, 2014 | 8:00 am |

Schools Resume Orders for Bonded Books

Now that a new fiscal year has begun the schools once again can use the money bonded for books, which was approved last year, to purchase new textbooks. “The Mayor (Erin Stewart) asked us to hold off processing bonds for the books until July 1,” said Superintendent of Schools Kelt Cooper. “They have now been approved and as of July 1 processed.” Cooper more...

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Scores Show Promise with Room for Growth

By at July 18, 2014 | 8:00 am |

Scores Show Promise with Room for Growth

This past school year the Consolidated School District of New Britain began using the Northwest Evaluation Association’s (NWEA’s) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test as a benchmark assessment for our students. Unlike the CMTs, the MAP test provides near instant feedback to teachers about how their students are performing. The MAP test also adjusts the more...

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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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Fireworks Show Begins with Long Set-up Process

By at July 11, 2014 | 8:15 am |

Fireworks Show Begins with Long Set-up Process

It started early in the morning as nine volunteers and Roland Malboeus (starter), began the process of preparing New Britain’s firework show for Saturday night. PVC pipes to hold fireworks, which would range from 3-6 inches and 8 inch, were put in containers and dumpsters. Dumpsters were filled with sand by payloaders to support tubes for the 8 inch fireworks. 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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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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YWCA of New Britain Begins New ’Spinner Pro’ Program

By at July 4, 2014 | 9:30 am |

YWCA of New Britain Begins New ’Spinner Pro’ Program

Have you tried the latest exercise fad called “Spinning”? The YWCA has purchased a fleet of ‘Spinner Pro’ Bicycles and has begun new classes this summer. Valerie Rodino, YWCA Fitness Director, said a full range of exercise classes are at the YWCA already and this new one is meant to keep up with the ever changing trends. “We decided to purchase 15 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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