EDITORIAL: 14 things we liked, 3 we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 14 things we liked, 3 we didn’t



We liked this week

State and local leaders and developers celebrated the completion of the $25 million mixed-income Meriden Commons I project and the start of construction on Meriden Commons II. About 100 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at the amphitheater on the Meriden Green.

By a unanimous vote, the Wallingford Board of Education has hired Enzo Zocco, associate principal of Newington High School, as the next principal of Sheehan High School. Zocco will replace longtime principal Rosemary Duthie, who is retiring after 18 years as the school’s principal.

The Meriden City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday to send the adopted city budget back to the council’s Finance Committee after voters overwhelmingly rejected the budget in a referendum this month.

At a Monday night meeting, town councilors and Southington Water Department officials opposed increased mining in the northeast corner of town, citing environmental concerns and a reduction in water supply. In exchange for expanded quarrying on state watershed land, Tilcon would create a new reservoir and donate land to Southington, New Britain and Plainville. 

Wallingford residents are coming together to address a recent rise in car break-ins and hope to work with police on possible solutions. A group of about 30 residents, many of whom recently had their cars broken into, met at the Parks and Recreation Department to talk for over an hour about their experiences and prevention.

Lines of volunteers cheered on runners in the Chip’s Family 5K Road Race Sunday morning in Plainville, organized by the Petit Family Foundation. Dr. William Petit, who represents Plainville and a part of New Britian as a state representative, said around 700 runners and walkers participated, fueled by pancakes served by the Chip’s Family Restaurant food truck.

Beat the Street Community Center in Meriden and a handful of its members will be featured in a film due out this winter. Larry Pelletier, Beat the Street executive director, said former member Tom Fury contacted him about using the gym in a movie he’s filming. Five high-school-age boys from the center will be used as extras. 

The Castle Craig Players is closing its 25th season with the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy “Company,” which features one of the most lyrically demanding songs in musical theater history, “Not Getting Married Today.” “Stephen Sondheim crammed as many lyrics as he could into this staggering patter song,” said show director Ian Galligan, “and it’s hilarious.”

Visitors from the year 1775 appeared on South Main Street in Wallingford last weekend. The Lebanon Towne Militia, a group of colonial re-enactors, took over the Franklin Johnson Mansion to offer a perspective on the life and times of the people who lived through the Revolutionary War. The event was presented by the Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust.

Connecticut is re-launching a campaign to educate minority parents about the dangers of childhood lead poisoning. The campaign, consisting of billboards, advertisements on social media and public service announcements, will be funded by a grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

A newly approved agreement allows development company Lendlease USA to connect a proposed 20-megawatt solar power facility to the Wallingford Electric Division’s power grid. Lendlease USA needs to connect the solar facility proposed for the old town landfill to distribute power to utility companies Eversource Energy and United Illuminating.

Dozens of fire and emergency service workers, photographers and enthusiasts attended the 9th annual Silver City Fire Fest last Saturday. Fire trucks, police cruisers and emergency service vehicles were on display in the parking lot of The Comfort Inn and Suites on East Main Street.

Owners of land near the highway in the north end of Cheshire are considering a retail, housing and office development and had preliminary talks with the Planning and Zoning Commission. A previous development plan collapsed in 2015. E.J. Kurtz III, chairman of the PZC, said it’s encouraging to see interest in the property.

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that residents have the right to put up signs on their properties criticizing businesses and can’t be ordered by cities to remove them. The 6-0 decision came in the case of Milford resident Eileen Arisian, who put three signs on the deck railings of her home in 2010 expressing dissatisfaction with a home contractor.

We didn’t like this week

The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative says it owes Wallingford $1.8 million in past overcharges dating back to 2014 based on rulings issued by an arbitrator earlier this year – however, the town spent $2.63 million on the litigation through December 2017.

There was a 3 percent drop this year in the number of 11th grade students statewide who met or exceeded the standard for college and career readiness in the reading and writing portion of the SAT. The scores were released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. According to the state, 62.4 percent of students who took the test during the in-school testing day scored at or above the standard on the English Language Arts portion of the exam, compared with 65.4 percent in 2017.

The owner of Cafe Dolce, on West Main Street in downtown Meriden, has closed the doors to the cafe which was popular with police officers, court employees and workers from nearby state offices. Staff at Making Meriden Business Center are trying to find someone interested in the coffee shop and lunch business, which is across the street from the police/court complex.


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