16 things we liked this week, 2 we didn’t 

16 things we liked this week, 2 we didn’t 

We liked this week

MidState Medical Center is in talks with the city to relocate municipal soccer fields across from the hospital’s campus on Lewis Avenue to make room for expansion. Meriden Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski said it’s her understanding the new development will be a “private development for a medical group,” which may generate tax revenue for the city and could enhance the hospital’s campus as a destination for medical care.

Residents are prepared to be scared as Wallingford’s Trail of Terror gets ready to open on Sept. 29 for its annual Halloween run. More than 300 actors and volunteers participate with creatures and ghouls in makeup scaring the crowds every night. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Connecticut Department of Correction health care workers stood in the rain outside a Hartford prison Tuesday to rally against staffing vacancies they say are undermining quality inmate care. Tuesday’s protest comes in the midst of ongoing controversy about the state’s decision to terminate UConn Health’s contract for providing inmate health care and shift the responsibility directly onto DOC.

A new state report says Connecticut’s electric, natural gas and large water companies successfully fought off a growing number of sophisticated cyberattacks last year. Electric utility Eversource, for instance, receives about 1 million threats a day from nation states and private actors.

The Meriden City Council on Monday night instructed its finance committee to “explore possible budgetary avenues to reinstate” three school resource officer positions recently eliminated due to budget cuts. The resolution was put forth by Mayor Kevin Scarpati, who says the positions will cost less than $100,000.

A review committee is in the process of selecting an architect for major renovations being considered for the Meriden Public Library, including an expanded children’s section and a new teen center. The library at 105 Miller St., built in 1973, has not had any major renovations in 45 years. 

State tax benefits have been extended to allow parents to use “529” accounts, previously available only for college costs, for private elementary and secondary school costs as well. That’s because the federal tax law that was changed last December extends a tax benefit to include K-12 tuition.

Rubber tires, a mattress, and living room furniture were among the items volunteers found along the Quinnipiac River last weekend. About 50 volunteers picked up garbage and litter along the river in a cleanup organized by the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association.

A Freedom of Information Commission hearing officer recommended the release, with redactions, of a 2007 internal investigation into a sergeant of the Cheshire Police Department. The full commission could vote later this month. The decade-old internal affairs investigation resulted in workplace restrictions that limited contact between the sergeant and another department employee, even requiring that he have his body camera on when interacting with the other employee.

The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host its first Manufacturing Career Fair today at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. The fair, designed to help fill job openings in the local area, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and admission is free.

High school marching bands from Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire squared off in the USbands “Halftime All the Time” show on Saturday at Falcon Field in Meriden.

The Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club technology room recently underwent a makeover, including 10 new iPads and furnishings. The changes and upgrades were made possible by Paul Mitchell the School North Haven, which donated the iPads that are set up across a countertop in the room now named the “Genius Bar.”

The renovation of Meriden’s Platt High School was recently recognized by a national engineering magazine for regional excellence. Engineering News Record magazine named the Platt renovations the “best K-12 education” project for its “New England's Best Projects 2018 competition.”

The Wallingford Town Council has accepted a $400,000 state grant to help build and install a pedestrian bridge along the northern part of the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail. The bridge would allow pedestrians and bicyclists to reach the trail right-of-way that connects to Main Street in Yalesville.

The State Bond Commission will vote today to fund $3 million to redesign a convoluted traffic triangle at the intersections of Interstates 691 and 91 and Route 15 in Meriden. The redesign costs are included in an agenda totaling $497.4 million in general obligation bonding for state infrastructure, economic development, social services and transportation projects. The commission is also expected to allocate $3.5 million to assist with the next phase of the Harbor Brook flood control project in Meriden. 

A new program aimed at sparking an interest in manufacturing jobs starts next week. The HUBCAP Manufacturing Employment Pipeline program is a joint effort by HUBCAP, Wallingford Public Schools and Workforce Alliance. The pilot program includes hands-on projects, introductions to local manufacturing employers and job hunting skills. “It’s really a career path,” said Joe Mirra, founder and board chairman of HUBCAP.

We didn’t like this week

As online banking continues to make branch banks scarcer, Bank of America has closed its branch on Center Street in Wallingford and plans to sell the building. The building has housed a bank for its entire 128-year history.

There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. Last year, there was a bumper crop of acorns and other food that contributed to a larger-than-normal squirrel population this summer across the region.


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