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School Year Begins in Berlin on Aug. 27

By at August 22, 2014 | 9:15 am |

School Year Begins in Berlin on Aug. 27

School officials are wrapping up their preparations for the start of the new school year, which begins on Wednesday, Aug. 27. “It’s been a busy summer,” Superintendent of Schools David B. Erwin reported on Aug. 18 to the Board of Education during their last meeting before the new school year starts. Parents, along with students, will see several new more...

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Zoning Changes Could Bring in Potential Developers

By at August 8, 2014 | 9:15 am |

Zoning Changes Could Bring in Potential Developers

Planning officials have proposed several zoning changes across town in an effort to make parcels more attractive to potential future developers. Leading the changes are plans to create a “village” area centered around the train station, which is inline to receive $20 million in upgrades along with “streetscape” improvements. In this area, officials are more...

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Council to Hold Police Station Public Hearing Aug. 12

By at August 1, 2014 | 9:30 am |

Council to Hold Police Station Public Hearing Aug. 12

The Town Council on July 29 reversed an earlier decision and voted 4-3 to move the $21 million police station project to a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 12. On July 15, when two Democratic council members were absent and Republicans were in the majority, the council had voted to have a public hearing on Sept. 16. But that date wouldn’t allow a referendum more...

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Berlin Barbers Make Their Mark with Hair Products

By at July 18, 2014 | 9:30 am |

Berlin Barbers Make Their Mark with Hair Products

Two local barbers have developed their own line of a small batch hair products that aren’t afraid to call Connecticut their home. For several months, Garrett Kenny, 33, the owner of Garrett’s Barbershop on Farmington Avenue, and Elias Di Michele, 27, have been selling their first styling product called Founders Pomade—an item they describe as a “labor of more...

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Nutmeg Games Officially Kicks Off This Weekend

By at July 18, 2014 | 9:15 am |

Nutmeg Games Officially Kicks Off This Weekend

The Nutmeg State Games, the largest amateur multi-sporting event in Connecticut, is set to kick off its 26th year as an organization and its fourth year in New Britain. This year, there are 595 scheduled team sport games and 11 individual sport competitions. They will play all over New Britain and a few select events will take place in surrounding towns such as more...

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Time to Pick Your Own Blueberries

By at July 17, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

Time to Pick Your Own Blueberries

Blueberry picking season is in full bloom as it began around the 4th of July at Hrubiec Farm in Kensington. “It lasts until around Labor Day depending on the weather,” said owner Ted Hrubiec. Parts of the 10 acre farm began being cleared out in 1952 for farming. Now there are over 6,000 bushes for customers to come and fill their own baskets. Hrubiec Farm more...

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Alternative Fueling Location Planned at Timberlin Golf Course

By at July 11, 2014 | 9:15 am |

Alternative Fueling Location Planned at Timberlin Golf Course

Town officials are planning on expanding a fueling site at Timberlin Golf Course to give Public Works crews and the Police Department an alternative fueling location in case of an emergency. Town Manager Denise McNair said the expansion will fill two needs: provide fuel for the gas-powered golf carts, but also provide a secondary fueling site in case of a major more...

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End of an Era for Kensington Grammar School

By at July 4, 2014 | 9:00 am |

End of an Era for Kensington Grammar School

Demolition has started of the former Kensington Grammar School across from St. Paul’s Church, ending an era of a building that has sat vacant for more than two decades. The demolition of the 1910 portion of the building started on June 24 and several days later workers had moved onto the addition that was added in the 1930s and was known as the John E. Hooker more...

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Berlin Animal Control Offers Second Chance

By at June 27, 2014 | 10:30 am |

Berlin Animal Control Offers Second Chance

Did you miss the deadline to get your pet vaccinated, but still want to get it done? The Berlin Animal Control is holding a 2nd chance vaccine clinic at the Berlin Animal Control Shelter on Thursday, July 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for those who did not make the June clinic in Berlin License registration for dogs is still due by July 1. “A lot of people in more...

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Volunteers Needed to Help Grow, Preserve Berlin Open Land

By at June 27, 2014 | 10:15 am |

Volunteers Needed to Help Grow, Preserve Berlin Open Land

The town’s open space has swelled in recent years to nearly 2,000 acres, giving families, dog walkers, birders, hikers, and others a chance to explore deeper in the woods. With that land, however, has come the need for volunteers to become stewards of the land, helping to blaze new paths, paint trail markings, make note of fallen trees after storms, and clear new more...

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