Things to know this week include renaming South End School, opinionated women, E. Main St. traffic

Things to know this week include renaming South End School, opinionated women, E. Main St. traffic



A decision on renaming a Southington elementary school could come this week, while Meriden officials present details of an East Main Street traffic study.

School Superintendent Mark Benigni’s contract is up for renewal in Meriden, while a former R-J editor discusses his latest book “Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits” in Wallingford.

There’s plenty on tap in this week’s edition of Things to Know. 

1.Renaming South End School in Southington

The Board of Education will decide whether or not to rename South End School at its meeting Thursday.

A board committee recommended changing the name to Zaya A. Oshana School at South End, honoring the town’s longest-serving school board member and an educator. South End was chosen from among three elementary schools. Local residents who knew Oshana petitioned to have his name on a building. Oshana died two years ago.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

2.Traffic and safety on Meriden’s East Main

The city will hold a public information meeting Wednesday to present details about an East Main Street corridor study that seeks to “address traffic and safety concerns on East Main Street between Gravel Street and the I-91/Route 15 ramps,” the city’s website states. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Griffin Room of the library, at 105 Miller St.

3.Meriden superintendent contract

The Board of Education at its regular meeting Tuesday will vote to adopt its 2019-20 budget and will also vote to renew School Superintendent Mark Benigni’s contract. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on the top floor of the Board of Education building, at 22 Liberty St. 

4.Book discussion in Wallingford

James H. Smith, former Record-Journal executive editor, is scheduled to speak about his latest book, “Opinionated Women In The Land of Steady Habits.” Slated to join him are Record-Journal columnists Phyllis Donovan, Barbara Parent and former assistant managing editor Jacqueline Smith, who all appear in the book.

The event is scheduled for 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wallingford Public Library. No registration is required.

5.Meriden facility naming committee

The City Council will vote at its regular meeting Monday on a proposed ad hoc committee that would oversee proposals to name or dedicate city-owned property. The meeting will be held at 6:30 in council chambers of City Hall, 142 E. Main St.

6.Principal hiring in Southington

On Tuesday, the school board will begin interviewing candidates for an open assistant principal position at Southington High School as well as for Depaolo Middle School principal. Frank Pepe, Depaolo principal, was selected to lead Southington High School beginning in July after the retirement of Brian Stranieri.

Board members are hoping to fill the open positions quickly.

7.Wallingford food services director

The Wallingford Board of Education is slated to interview candidates and possibly approve a hire for food services director, 5 p.m. Monday at central offices, 100 S. Turnpike Road. At 6:30 p.m., the board is scheduled to discuss proposed updates to the policy on student use of electronic devices during its regular meeting.

8.Summer adventure at Cheshire library

The Cheshire library’s summer adventure begins Friday, June 21 for kids, teens and adults.

Readers can sign up online or in person at the library for the program, which combines reading with real-world experiences.

The program runs until Aug. 22

The library will award prizes and raffle entry for kids, teens and adults who complete the program. Raffle prizes include gift cards, a Kindle Fire, Echo Dot, or Bluetooth headphones.

9.Changes proposed for Mixville Park in Cheshire

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday, June 18 and review a host of applications. Included are discussions about bathroom renovations and other work at Mixville Park.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 84 S. Main St.


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