New Britain City Journal

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Editor’s Note 6/28/13

Last Thursday I went to the announcement of Erin Stewart for Mayor at the Whinstone Tavern. I was amazed at the number of people there. Parking was nearly impossible and the patio, the bar, the main room and outside was packed. I have never seen the place so full. I estimated 300 people, but it could have been closer to 500 people.

It’s nice to see so many residents caring about what is going on in our great City.

Whether you support Erin Stewart or not, I hope to see a lot of our residents vote in November. We can’t let 7 percent of voters choose a mayor. That is just not sufficient.

Another event I went to this week was Flag Day at the Iwo Jima Memorial. I never realized it was built by survivors of Iwo Jima. It cost $500,000 and they raised it all.

Our veteran’s do amazing things. We should never miss an opportunity to thank them.

We have a new graduation class at New Britain High School. I want to wish each student well as they enter adulthood. Whether going on to college or hitting the working world, each is at the beginning of a new chapter. It is a great time in their lives and I hope each takes advantage of the opportunities and enjoys the future. We are glad to call you New Britain residents!

Our top story this week was about the fact that there are needles at Willow Street Park. It appears more needs to be done to keep this park clean. We all know that area can be tough, especially at night. If the City cannot keep its children safe down there, then why have the park there?

A cleaning person needs to be assigned to at least once a day check the area. This time it was dangerous with used syringes. That is bad enough, but what if it was a knife or drugs? If we can’t keep it safe for our children, then we shouldn’t have it there.

And yes, I was ashamed that the Mayor could not call this woman back. We need someone at the helm that cares about all citizens.

Website poll update of our question “Who will you vote for as Mayor?” sees Erin Stewart leading with over 54 percent to O’Brien’s 40 percent. At one time this week O’Brien had the lead so this poll is close. Please vote at

Time for a joke from Facebook.

“During the day I don’t believe in ghosts. At night, I’m a little more open minded.”

Don’t most of us feel that way?

Until next week, beware of anything that goes bump in the night and keep reading YOUR #1 Most Trusted New Britain Newspaper!