A Batterson Park Renewal

On January 14th, 2020 a meeting was held concerning the state of Batterson Park by a new group named the Batterson Park Conservancy. The meeting consisted of several community leaders: New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, Town Manager of Farmington Katheeln Blonski, Representative Ritter, Hartford City Council members Rosetti and Bermudez, Farmington Council Chair CJ Thomas, Hartford DPW Director Veselka and Parks and Rec Director of New Britain…

‘Recovery Friendly’ New Britain offers hope and help to those with addictions

Cheers echoed throughout the Common Council chamber Wednesday as the city announced that it is officially a “Recovery Friendly Community.” With over 400,000 deaths by overdose in the state from 1999 to 2017, there is a need to address this public health crisis with a plan to build prevention efforts, promote awareness about opioid misuse, and to reduce deaths and injuries, a resolution stated. By…

$650K grant a ‘game changer’ for New Britain in fighting opioid crisis

The city has received a $650,000 grant to help those struggling with opioid addiction. The Overdose Data to Action grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention will be used to better understand and respond to the epidemic in the community. A central registry will be created to connect caregivers to individuals with the goal of narrowing the time from a Narcan administration to…

Projects old and new on New Britain mayor’s to-do list for 2020

Bold New Year’s resolutions for ongoing and upcoming projects are what Mayor Erin Stewart will be focusing on for the year ahead. “It’s going to be full steam forward,” said Stewart. “There’s new energy in the air and it’s a good feeling to have a fresh start toward a new decade for New Britain.” Several goals are on the mayor’s list that she hopes to…