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City Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By at January 23, 2015 | 9:30 am |

City Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Recent events across the nation that have caused questions of racial injustice, was the topic of many speakers at the Human Rights and Opportunities Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life breakfast on Monday. The City honored Dr. King Jr. at Angelico’s Restaurant with more than 100 people taking part in the event. King was an African-American more...

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KOHOE Youth Center Seeks Donations

By at January 23, 2015 | 9:15 am |

KOHOE Youth Center Seeks Donations

Funds, volunteers and materials are being sought for the yet-to-open Kingdom of Heaven on Earth (KOHOE) Youth Center, which will be housed in 16,000 sq. ft. at 600 East St. and will provide mentoring, instructional programs, and activities for middle and high school youth in New Britain and the Greater Hartford area. KOHOE founder, president and CEO Michele more...

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Democrats Gear Up for 2015 Elections

By at January 22, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

Democrats Gear Up for 2015 Elections

It may only be January, but it’s never too early to begin discussing the November Mayoral race and the potential Democratic challengers to Republican first-term mayor Erin Stewart. With that in mind, The City Journal reached out to several potential candidates to get the very early lowdown on the 2015 mayoral race. Alderman David DeFronzo is one politician who more...

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Students Prepare Gift Bags for Overflow Shelter

By at January 16, 2015 | 9:45 am |

Students Prepare Gift Bags for Overflow Shelter

On Saturday Jan. 10 about 15 HALS Academy and Slade Middle School students along with various volunteers took a few hours off from their busy day to help make gift bags with essential everyday items for those in the New Britain overflow shelters. Richard Riley Jr., of First Investors, a Foresters Company, has been working on the project for three months. “If more...

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New Route 72 Overpass Design Revealed

By at January 15, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

New Route 72 Overpass Design Revealed

Beehives will soon adorn a City eyesore giving new life to a dreary area of New Britain. A working group for the Streetscape Project put together two schemes for the final design of the overpass on the Route 72 Bridge. On Wednesday, Mayor Erin Stewart made her final choice for a design that features the City’s signature beehive look. “When we were looking at more...

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School Board Budget Proposal Shows 10.59% Increase

By at January 15, 2015 | 6:00 pm |

School Board Budget Proposal Shows 10.59% Increase

Superintendent of School Kelt Cooper this week presented his 2015-16 budget proposal asking for a 10.59 percent increase including 60 new positions. The new budget would stand at $136,242,393. That’s an increase of $13,042,393 over the adopted 2014-2015 budget of $123,200,000. “The budget is the culmination of multiple meetings with various departments,” said more...

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Student Art Exhibit Opening Jan. 14

By at January 9, 2015 | 9:00 am |

Student Art Exhibit Opening Jan. 14

This coming Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at City Hall, the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Department of Design’s Photography 504 class will hold a reception for “Eleven Photographic Acts and Dialogues,” which is an exhibit that will feature class members’ work from this past semester. This open-to-the-public free event—which is part of more...

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Bielinski Bungle

By at January 8, 2015 | 6:30 pm |

Bielinski Bungle

After hearing from a private attorney hired just for the Civil Service Commission to decide what was legal for them to do, the Commission voted to remove Jessica Gerratana as Common Council Administrative Supervisor (CCAS) and repost the job, fine Democratic Mayor Pro Tem Suzanne Bielinski $250 (down from the original $2,500) and recommend the Council remove her from more...

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Finances Lead Mayor Stewarts’s 2015 Goals

By at January 8, 2015 | 6:15 pm |

Finances Lead Mayor Stewarts’s 2015 Goals

Each New Year the New Britain City Journal asks the Mayor what his/her goals are for the year. Here are the top 5 goals from Mayor Erin Stewart for 2015. 1. Balance The Budget with No Tax Increase “Last year when we obviously tried to fix what happened in years prior we realized it was not a one year fix,” said Stewart. “Last year we wanted to balance the more...

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Top 10 Events in New Britain in 2014

By at December 24, 2014 | 10:00 am |

Top 10 Events in New Britain in 2014

The New Britain City Journal is looking back at the top highlights in the City in 2014 10. Rose Garden Festival – It was the first time it was held and no one knew exactly what to expect. By the time it was done, it was one of the best events the City held all year. People across the City and state came out for the festival on Saturday, June 14. The weather more...

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