EDITORIAL: 10 Things we liked this week, 5 we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 10 Things we liked this week, 5 we didn’t

We liked this week

Although the number of deaths due to accidental drug overdose has continued to rise in Connecticut, a report from the state’s Chief Medical Examiner shows a smaller increase than in past years. Experts credit the use of naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote, with helping to slow the increase in overdose deaths.

Business recruitment specialist Dave Cooley opened Meriden’s new business center Monday. “I’m having a lot of fun,” Cooley said at the Making Meriden Business Center at 5 Colony St. “I’d like to help small businesses and growing businesses in the TOD (transit-oriented district).”

Six days after taking sanctuary in a New Haven church, undocumented Meriden resident Nelly Cumbicos returned home Monday after federal immigrations officials agreed not to deport her during her appeal. Cumbicos’ sister, Flor Cumbicos, described the weekend as “an emotional roller coaster.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had informed Nelly Cumbicos that it would enforce deportation on Feb. 28.

Connecticut is considering whether it makes sense to counter the repeal of federal net neutrality rules, which had banned telecommunications companies from interfering with web traffic or speeds to favor certain sites or apps. Meanwhile, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo has urged Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to join at least five other governors in requiring all state contracts with internet providers to include net neutrality provisions.

Transparent crystals, purple geodes and gemstones of all sizes were on display at the annual mineral and gem show staged Saturday and Sunday by the Lapidary & Mineral Society of Central Connecticut at Maloney High School in Meriden. “There’s interesting stuff all over the place and that’s part of the fascination,” said Bob Schuster, of Guilford, the society’s president.

Dozens of church ushers and members of Parker Memorial AME Zion Church in Meriden gathered Sunday for the Combined Ushers Anniversary. Parker Memorial senior usher Rhudean Raye, who has served as an usher since 1959, said each year ushers units from Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and New Britain gather in one church to celebrate a combined anniversary.

Three local UConn students were recently recognized for their work as team managers for the school’s legendary women’s basketball team. They are Mya Rios, of Meriden, Wallingford native Danielle LaButis, and Rebecca Day of Cheshire.

The storied Coe mansion in Meriden, which has deteriorated in recent years at the hands of vandals, is under contract to a Bethel couple who plan to restore it as a primary residence. The sale of the mansion and surrounding land at 39 Oregon Road is set to close soon, said real estate agent Edward Siebert. “They plan on cleaning it up and bringing it back to life,” Siebert said.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would establish penalties for medical practitioners who don’t comply with a state program requiring them to keep a record of opioid prescriptions. The bill would add a provision to a 2013 law that requires prescribers to register and participate in the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.

Wallingford police used video footage from cameras on school buses in 2017 to cite 50 motorists for illegally passing buses and impose $22,500 in fines. The school district partnered with Redflex Traffic Systems in 2016 to install the cameras, which monitor traffic while the stop arm and flashing lights on a bus are displayed. If a motorist drives by, the camera is triggered. In Connecticut, the fine for passing a stopped school bus is $465.

We didn’t like this week

Old Man Winter paid another visit to the state Wednesday, bringing a load of wet, heavy snow that closed schools and brought parking bans and power outages or flickering lights, along with some “thundersnow.” Was this the winter’s last gasp? We can only hope.

Former Meriden City Manager Guy Scaife has filed an intent to sue the city, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated. While Scaife is certainly entitled to his day in court, we agree with Mayor Kevin Scarpati when he said, “It’s a shame we had to get to this point.”

The legislature is considering a bill that would allow municipalities to charge additional fees for Freedom of Information Act requests that could result in “commercial gain.” We wonder who would make such determinations, and on what basis, and we worry that this bill would discourage members of the public from seeking information from government.

Fire destroyed a multifamily house at 55 Wilcox Ave. in Meriden Sunday. Firefighters began battling the blaze a 2½-story structure around 5 p.m. There were no reported injuries. Fourteen people displaced by the fire found emergency lodging through the Red Cross.

Hartford HealthCare will install permanent barriers at some of its campuses, including MidState Medical Center in Meriden, as a long-term safety measure prompted after a car intentionally drove into Middlesex Hospital’s emergency entrance recently. While this may be a prudent move by HHC, we regret that the times we live in have made such precautions necessary.

A study by the federal Government Accountability Office found that as many as two-thirds of the nation’s 29 commuter railroads weren’t on track to meet the Dec. 31 deadline for installing speed controls that could have prevented dozens of recent wrecks, many of them fatal.


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