EDITORIAL: 8 things we liked this week, 2 we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 8 things we liked this week, 2 we didn’t

We liked this week

A global financial technology firm announced Tuesday it plans to relocate its headquarters to Connecticut. Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc., or SSC, plans to transform the former 58-acre University of Connecticut branch campus in West Hartford after the property is ultimately sold for $5.2 million and the necessary approvals are complete. This deal comes a day after state and local officials announced plans to construct what will eventually be a $1 billion fuel cell-powered, highspeed data park on a portion of the Stanley Black & Decker manufacturing site in New Britain.

Despite a passing shower, Meriden celebrated Independence Day on Tuesday, with food, fireworks and live music, featuring local acts. New Britain and New Haven also held displays. Other fireworks displays were scheduled for this evening in Wallingford and Middletown.  Families and members of the Wallingford Historical Society gathered at the Samuel Parsons House Wednesday to “ring” in Independence Day as part of an annual tradition spanning more than 50 years.

The Meriden City Council on Monday night voted to set the date of the budget referendum for July 18. The referendum comes after a group of residents collected the signatures necessary to force a vote under the City Charter. Polls to vote on the budget will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 18 at Maloney High School and Lincoln Middle School.

Dozens gathered in Doolittle Park last weekend for the opening of Wallingford’s farmers market. Jessica Mantzaris, farmers market coordinator, said around 22 vendors offered locally made or grown produce, including vegetables, maple syrup, and smoothies. “Our main goal would be to help support the local food economy,” Mantzaris said.

Downtown business advocates invited investors to the Silver City Ballroom recently for free a entrepreneurial workshop. “Everybody wants a downtown,” Meriden Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski said. Burdelski was one of several speakers who addressed potential small business owners, investors and current landlords. About 50 people attended the workshop. It also included a networking event and walking tour of downtown.

Justin Maturo and John Kraszewski, the proprietors of two New Haven-area breweries, plan to open a taproom in the heart of Meriden’s transit-oriented district. Brothers in Ale will occupy 2,500 square feet at the corner of the building at 24 Colony St.

VFW Post 591 in Wallingford removed its senior vice commander from the position Tuesday after a Record-Journal report revealed he was a former Ku Klux Klan leader. “There is no room for any prejudice toward race, color, religion, or sexual preference” in the post, Commander Michael Del Monaco said via Facebook.

Plumbing and bath supplier F.W. Webb Co. is set to open a showroom in early August in the former Gengras Volvo dealership, 30 Pomeroy Ave., Meriden. Dan Lorenz, the showroom director, said the 14,000-square-foot building will consist of a showroom and trade sales area.

We didn’t like this week

Single-family home sales in Connecticut decreased in May and the median sale price dropped on a year-over-year basis, according to the latest report from The Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record. Sales were down 6.3 percent in May compared to May 2017.

A group of Medicaid enrollees, providers and advocates have demanded that the state Department of Social Services address the long wait times and dropped calls at its call center. The DSS system for handling clients’ calls has been under scrutiny since it was implemented five years ago. People call the center for help with health care coverage, food stamps and other public benefit programs.


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