8 Things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, Cheshire

8 Things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, Cheshire

Things to know for the week of July 8. 

The Midstate Chamber will say goodbye to outgoing president Sean Moore and area farmers markets kick off for the season. 

Meriden will hold public hearings on library renovation plans and the capital projects budget while Wallingford will hold public hearing on digital sign regulations and school improvements. 

1.Farewell to Sean Moore

A farewell gathering for Midstate Chamber of Commerce President Sean Moore will be Monday from 4 - 6 p.m. at Salon Nathaniel, 1247 E. Main St. 

Moore has led the chamber of commerce for 20 years, in addition to contributing to other boards and commissions that have shaped economic development, workforce training, and transportation in central Connecticut. Moore will be moving to Tennessee this week with his wife Kelley Moore. Chamber members and the public are invited.

2.Public hearings on Meriden library, capital budget

The Finance Committee of the City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed $9.3 million Meriden Public Library renovation plan Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers, room 206, City Hall, 142 East Main Street.

The plan would renovate and add to existing space at the Miller Street Library. Financing would come through capital project bonding, state grants, and local fundraising. 

3.Ribbon cutting for medical marijuana dispensary in Meriden

A ribbon cutting celebration will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Willow Brook Wellness 1271 E. Main Street.  Willow Brook Wellness is a medical marijuana dispensary and wellness center serving patients of Meriden and surrounding communities. For more information or to RSVP contact the Midstate Chamber of Commerce at 203-235-7901. 

4.Meriden Farmer's Market starts up

The weekly Farmer’s Market starts Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and every Saturday through Oct. 19 on the Meriden Green. The market features fresh produce, specialty food booths, live music and a variety of guest vendors every week. SNAP/EBT, FMNP coupons, cash and debit accepted. Rain or Shine.  

5.Public hearing on Wallingford digital sign regulations

The public will be able to comment on two proposals before the Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission—to clarify regulations pertaining to electric vehicle charging stations and to define and prohibit digital messaging signs—during public hearings scheduled for its meeting 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall council chambers. 

6.Wallingford council holds public hearing on school improvements

The Wallingford Town Council  is slated to hold a public hearing for ordinance appropriating $490,000 for school capital improvements, including removal and replacement of heating oil tanks at five elementary schools and fund a partial roof replacement at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall council chambers.

7.New Southington chamber president starts

The new Southington Chamber of Commerce president starts her job today, returning to a position she held in the 1990’s. Barbara Hekeler, a Cheshire resident, was hired by the board last week. She takes the position vacated by former chamber director Taylor Crofton who resigned in May.

Hekeler was the chamber 's executive director from 1993 to 1999 before resigning to raise her twin daughters. She said she’s eager to work in Southington again with many of the businesses she knew during her first tenure.

8.Cheshire Farmer's market starts up

The Cheshire Chamber of Commerce is holding a ribbon-cutting for the town’s farmers market that opens on July 11. The market will take place at 559 S. Main Street, the Parks and Recreation Department building.

Barbara Costello, therapeutic recreation coordinator for the Department, said the list of vendors is still growing as word gets out about the event. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4 p.m. The chamber is requesting an RSVP and can be reached at 203-272-2345.