Southington Italian-American Festival finds new way to fly Italian flags. Here’s how they did it.Because Southington has banned non-governmental flags on town property, supporters of the annual Italian-American Festival are flying Italian flags on their own flagpoles to promote the festival coming up this weekend.
There’s more than $1 billion in proposed CT spending. Will Hartford apartments, West Hartford affordable housing and the Heublein Tower get help?Rebuilding affordable housing in West Hartford, preserving the Heublein Tower in Simsbury and renovating Hartford’s Fuller Brush headquarters into apartments are just a few of the projects expected to get a boost Friday from the state Bond Commission.
Berlin apartment complex near Eversource campus will help town reach 10 percent ‘affordable housing’ goalMetro Realty has broken ground on an 88-unit apartment building near Eversource’s campus in Berlin, with a significant share of the building dedicated to workforce housing.
- New Britain and its fire union have reached a deal for random drug testing nearly six months after the drug-related death of an off-duty 36-year-old firefighter led to revelations of drug use in multiple city firehouses.
- “30 Americans” at New Britain Museum of American Art is a show of artworks about the Black experience interpreted by 30 Black artists.
- Benjamin Foster, a faculty member of the CCSU African American Studies Program and convener of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Awareness and Transformative Education, facilitated the symposium.
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- Chronic absenteeism has been an issue nationally as well, with parents keeping children home because of health risks, COVID-19 fears, mental health concerns and disruptions caused by financial or housing instability, among other reasons.
New Britain: ‘Complete Streets’ prompted $100M in downtown development, time to expand it to neighborhoodsBased on public popularity and private developers’ investments, New Britain is looking to expand its downtown Complete Streets initiative to reach more neighborhoods ranging from Barrio Latino to Belvedere and North Oak.
While making massive splash in Connecticut residential market, New Britain developer see future for historic office building, tooDespite the rocky path for office buildings since the pandemic began, developer Avner Krohn - known for huge apartment complexes in Connecticut - bought one in New Britain. The historic former post office downtown, the only office building in Krohn's portfolio, is very different that high-rise office towers or sprawling complexes, he says.
As wreckers come for Amato’s and Dakille in New Britain, developer promises second $20 million, six-story apartment tower will rise in their place by late ‘23As contractors build an elevator tower and indoor stairwell for a planned 107-unit apartment complex in downtown New Britain, developer Avner Krohn has another team demolishing the former Amato’s Toy shop next door as the site for another.
- Developer Amit Lakhotia will remodel a five-story, roughly 140,000-square-foot former Stanley Black & Decker office building into more than 100 apartments.
- While excessive drinking is still vastly more common in the fire service than drug addiction, the sort of Adderall, marijuana and fentanyl use that allegedly took place in New Britain’s fire department isn’t entirely uncommon, experts say.
New Britain firefighter’s death spurs investigation that leads to multiple suspensions and demotionsAfter the suspected overdose death of an off-duty city firefighter in January, New Britain suspended seven firefighters and fired another in connection with an apparent ring that used drugs at various firehouses.
- After two years of pandemic-fueled changes, graduation ceremonies will look a bit more normal at Connecticut universities this month: UConn returns to the Gampel Pavilion and the Jorgensen Center, Yale students get to invite guests again, and Wesleyan holds its first full-scale commencement and reunion weekend since 2019.
- Agreeing that the UConn Health corridor on the eastern edge of town is becoming a jobs center, Farmington zoning officials have given the OK for more than 200 new apartments near Batterson Park.
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- The UConn women’s basketball team has finalized its nonconference schedule for 2022-23 season. The Huskies will play Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville on Jan. 26, the programs announced.
- Arriving units attempted to stop the Passport, but the operator continued on the highway into Farmington, then exited and re-entered to head east, police said.
- After losing House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz’s district after he retired in 2020, Berlin and Southington Democrats are looking to a well-known former town manager to get them back in power in November.
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- The CDC relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person.
- We know bears come for the food and not our company and the problem seems to be growing as more Connecticut residents report issues with the large, clawed animals. Earlier this summer, a bear that broke into multiple homes in Canton was euthanized by DEEP.
East Windsor’s Dari Delite to close after 66 years: ‘You will forever be etched in our hearts’Dari Delite, the East Windsor ice cream shop that has delighted residents of the town for 66 years, announced that the store would close for good at the end of the season.
- Hartford Public Schools welcomed teachers from Puerto Rico Wednesday as part of the district’s effort to fill vacancies and enhance cultural enrichment through Hartford’s new Paso a Paso Puerto Rico Recruitment Program.
- West Hartford's GastroPark, which has been serving breakfasts and lunches for two years, now is doing weekend brunch.