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$20 Million Short

By at July 30, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

$20 Million Short

Lack of State PILOT Monies for Non-Taxable Properties Hurting City There are 16,874 taxable properties in New Britain. There are also 490 that are non-taxable. While the number may not sound like a lot, much of that exempt property are large State owned properties that includes places like Central Connecticut State University and the Hospital of Central more...

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Leadership Course Changes Student Lives

By at July 30, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

Leadership Course Changes Student Lives

School may be out for the summer, but 50 New Britain adolescents are getting a crash course in leadership training, thanks to a Parks & Recreation program called “Leaders in Training.” The program—which has been around for over a decade, according to Parks & Recreation Assistant Program Coordinator Megan Dowling—is a seven-week leadership more...

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Resident to Compete in Miss Teen Belleza Latino Pageant

By at July 17, 2015 | 9:00 am |

Resident to Compete in Miss Teen Belleza Latino Pageant

Miss Teen Connecticut Belleza Latina 2015, Lakisha Malave, a New Britain resident, will head to Orlando next month (Aug. 5-7) to compete in the Miss Teen Belleza Latina International Pageant. Lakisha, a 17-year-old senior at Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, is a seasoned veteran of the pageant circuit, so she is obviously feeling confident heading more...

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New Businesses, Signs Popping Up Across City

By at July 16, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

New Businesses, Signs Popping Up Across City

Driving around New Britain this week anyone can see new things are happening. On Sunday, Popeye’s on West Main St. opened to big lines with cars backed up to the street. Construction at Costco shows the initial foundation in place. Frisbies Ice Cream and Dairy Bar on Farmington Ave. is set to open and new historical signs have been put across the City as part of more...

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Residents Looking Forward to Streetscape

By at July 16, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Residents Looking Forward to Streetscape

This week the City Journal asked our Facebook group for comments on what everyone thought of the Streetscape Project happening downtown. The project, started under Mayor Timothy Stewart, includes fixing up and enlarging Central Park, adding street signs with more descriptions, fixing sidewalks from the police station to CTFastrak and the library and putting in new more...

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Pets-A-Palooza Planned for July 15 at Walnut Hill Park

By at July 10, 2015 | 8:45 am |

Pets-A-Palooza Planned for July 15 at Walnut Hill Park

Walnut Hill Park will be dog gone happy on July 15 during the first ever Pets-A-Palooza event. Presented by Mayor Erin E. Stewart, The New Britain Animal Welfare Commission and the New Britain Parks, Recreation and Community Services Departmen, it will take place from 5-9 p.m. (rain date July 16). “This is going to be a big one. The commission on animal welfare more...

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Downtown Businesses Open

By at July 9, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

Downtown Businesses Open

Despite streetscape construction at Central Park, businesses on Main Street are open. Several business owners adjacent to the park have said many people do not realize their business is still open during construction. This has cost them thousands of dollars. “My first concern was that we weren’t given enough time to make arrangements and tell our customers more...

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Who Will Be Little Miss Puerto Rico of New Britain?

By at July 9, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Who Will Be Little Miss Puerto Rico of New Britain?

The 2015 Little Miss Puerto Rico of New Britain Pageant, which is for girls ages 7-9, is taking place next month and interested candidates can still sign up. According to coordinator Nancy Vega, there are currently five girls signed up to take part in the pageant, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Puerto Rican Society Club of New Britain, 152 more...

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City Continues its Fight on Blight

By at July 9, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

City Continues its Fight on Blight

The City has stepped up efforts to help prevent blight with its Anti-Blight Task Force. “We target certain areas of town we get complaints from,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. People such as Attorney Steve Lesko, from the state’s attorney’s office who deals with housing and court matters; the police department, who target areas where grass is overgrown; the more...

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Streetscape Project Continues Across Downtown

By at July 3, 2015 | 9:00 am |

Streetscape Project Continues Across Downtown

City Buys New 40 Foot Artificial Pre-Lit Christmas Tree Residents have been noticing trees being removed from Central Park, but many do not understand that this is just the beginning of the transformation of downtown. “There is a lack of information about the trees,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “I look at it everyday and I know the construction is going to change more...

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