11 things we liked this week, 3 we didn’t

11 things we liked this week, 3 we didn’t



We liked this week

The concrete walls are up and the roof is under construction at the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center off Route 5 in North Haven. ”It’s on schedule for May 2019,” said Richard LoPresti, chairman of the town’s Economic Development Commission.

George Vertucci and his brother Aaron have organized a benefit event on behalf of Master’s Manna called “2018 Rock, Roll and Magic,” scheduled for next Friday at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, 1074 S. Colony St. in Wallingford. “I want to give something back to the community that took care of me,” George Vertucci said.

As colleagues and friends gave emotional tributes to Sen. John McCain this week, former Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman has chosen instead to mourn more privately. Lieberman will be one of a handful of speakers, which include former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, at McCain’s memorial service at Washington’s National Cathedral this morning. Connecticut senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy will attend.

In a victory for the American newspaper industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday blocked tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported newsprint, finding that American producers weren’t harmed by imports from Canadian paper mills.

Frisbees flew around Doolittle Park as dogs raced against the clock to catch the discs during the recent 25th annual Sky-Houndz competition event. The Parks and Recreation Department puts on the Sky-Houndz-sponsored competition every year and encourages all breeds to take part.

Faculty and administrators participated in “active aggressor” training conducted by the police department Tuesday at Southington High School. Superintendent of Schools Tim Connellan said the training was the first of its kind to be conducted in the district. The training was available for all faculty and administrators that wished to participate.

Meriden’s IT Department said a technical issue preventing City Council meetings from airing on Cox Cable was expected to be resolved this week. Technology specialist Mark Mason said an issue with the software that uploads the video files has prevented the meetings from airing on Cox via the city public access channel. The city has been working with its software vendor to fix the issue.

As the sun set on a warm, cloudless night, music from the North Cove Rogues filled the air last weekend on the final night of this summer’s Twilight Music Series. The Meriden Green was host to 11 nights of music on Fridays. Around 300 to 500 people came out each night, according to David Grodzicki, co-organizer of the series.

City residents will no longer have to take their dogs to a neighboring town to use a dog park if they want to give their animals a bit of exercise and fresh air. The city’s first dog park, a 15-acre facility located in Beaver Pond City Park, 165 Hicks Ave., opened to the public last weekend. “It has been a long time coming,” said Mayor Kevin Scarpati. “I can’t thank the volunteers enough for following through with this great initiative that’s going to impact the city for years to come.”

With tears in her eyes, Leslie Meza Ruiz, 12, thanked the Meriden Police Department during a ceremony last Friday that recognized her bravery during an armed robbery in July at her family’s grocery store. Leslie jumped on the back of one of the robbers to stop him. A man and a woman were taken into custody and charged later that night. “You have just as much bravery and courage as anyone in the department,” Sgt. Christopher Fry told her.

Joe Nemerovsky, of Plantsville, has been awarded a medal by the South Korean government. Nemerovsky, a staff sergeant in the Air Force during the Korean War, received a medal and proclamation naming him an ambassador of peace by the Republic of Korea. The medal and the proclamation are part of a larger effort to thank American soldiers who fought in the Korean War, which began in 1950 and ended in 1953.

We didn’t like this week

Tens of millions of people in the northeastern United States sweated in dangerously high heat earlier this week, with temperatures that felt like 100-plus degrees and prompted emergency measures including school closures. Authorities on Long Island say heat appeared to be a factor in Tuesday’s death of an 11-year-old girl found in a vehicle with the windows closed.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was urging residents to limit their outdoor activities through the middle of the week due to expected higher levels of ozone. “While we do everything within our power at the state level to keep our air clean, it is incumbent upon the federal government to protect the health and safety of all residents regardless of where they live,” DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said in a statement.

A Southington resident has tested positive for West Nile virus, the state Department of Public Health said. The person, who officials said is between 70 and 79 years old, was hospitalized last month with encephalitis and is now recovering. This is the third case of West Nile virus in the state this year. Residents in Newington and Fairfield also tested positive for the virus.


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