EDITORIAL: Nine things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: Nine things we liked this week

We liked this week

The General Assembly voted Wednesday on a number of collective bargaining agreements or arbitration awards. Once rare, legislative votes on labor deals are the new normal. One of the Republican victories in a budget agreement struck two years ago is a requirement that all labor deals come to votes in the House and Senate. In the past, they took effect in the absence of a vote to reject. 

Meriden joined other municipalities this week by raising the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21. The City Council voted 8-2 Monday to approve an ordinance raising the age to purchase all tobacco products, including vaping devices. Proponents say it will help discourage young people from becoming addicted to nicotine.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is lauding an agreement that will keep the Millstone nuclear power plant complex open for the next decade. A deal was reached last month between Millstone owner Dominion Energy and the state’s two major electric utilities. Dominion had signaled Millstone could close in 2023 if a long-term power contract wasn’t reached. 

The 20th annual Meriden Rotary 5K Road Race took place Sunday morning at Hubbard Park, a prelude to the upcoming Daffodil Festival. Peter Wnek, a member of the Meriden Rotary Club and chairperson of the road race, said about 150 people took part in the day’s activities. The race will raise about $6,000, all of which will be put toward the Meriden community, he said.

People will be able to browse over 100 tables filled with a variety of items during the annual Daffodil Tag Sale today. “It’s one-stop shopping,” said Mark Zebora, Daffodil Festival Committee chairman. The tag sale begins rain or shine at 9 a.m., under the festival tent in Hubbard Park. If the weather allows, amusement rides will be open. Zebora said 150 vendors are expected.

Several residents at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford are learning computer skills from Quinnipiac University students in the Building Adult Skills in Computing (BASIC) program. The pilot program, which runs until the end of the month, is available once a week at Masonicare’s Ashlar Village and at Elim Park in Cheshire.

Some dogs were shy while others could barely contain their excitement during an adoption day Sunday for canines rescued by a Southington nonprofit. “Every time we’re here we get quite a crowd,” said Anna Neumon, who has volunteered for Best Friends for Life Animal Rescue since she adopted her own dog through the organization a few years ago.

Two Cheshire police officers have joined a law enforcement team set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Connecticut. Officer David Maliar and Lt. Mike Durkee plan to climb Kilimanjaro in February 2020. A total of 14 law enforcement officers and three civilians from around the state will make the climb, which will take seven days.

Meriden School Superintendent Mark Benigni was recently recognized by a national education consortium for enhancing student learning through technology. The Consortium for School Networking gave Benigni its first annual “EmpowerED Superintendent Award” at its annual conference earlier this month in Portland, Oregon.


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