EDITORIAL: 12 Things we liked this week, 3 Things we didn’t like

EDITORIAL: 12 Things we liked this week, 3 Things we didn’t like


We liked this week

The City Council unanimously approved a five-year lease agreement with the Meriden Humane Society on Tuesday night, with officials praising volunteers for cleaning up the facility, reducing the number of animals and repairing relations with the city staff.

The 31st annual Brian David Ash Fire Prevention fundraiser is being held at the Stop & Shop supermarket on Broad Street in Meriden this weekend. The fundraiser continues from 9 a.m. today and Sunday. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be sold. Raffle tickets will also be available for gift baskets and gift certificates.

A Sheehan High School senior hopes to bring more equity to the classroom as a newly appointed member of the state’s Student Advisory Council on Education. Wallingford’s Rajan Doering was named to the council last month. Doering and 11 other students from around the state will advise Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, state Department of Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell, and other elected officials.

Meriden is increasing efforts to combat blight while remaining hopeful that the two largest eyesores — the former Meriden-Wallingford Hospital and the nearby former medical building at 116 Cook Ave. — can be redeveloped by private investors. Officials say a concerted effort is being made to get homeowners into compliance or move toward foreclosure on homes identified as blighted.

Choate Rosemary Hall is adopting new sexual misconduct policies and procedures following an investigation released in April that documented a history of sexual misconduct by former faculty members at the private school in Wallingford. Among the changes are new training for students and faculty, and more rigorous background checks for faculty.

The Meriden YMCA has been rebuilt and reinvented several times in its 150 years in downtown. The Y will mark its anniversary on the Meriden Green with the Record-Journal on Sept. 17 with a host of family activities and entertainment. The newspaper is also celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Yale University’s Calhoun College, named for John C. Calhoun — a vice president of the U.S. and an advocate of slavery — was rededicated this week as Hopper College, after Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper, a boundary-smashing computer pioneer and naval officer.

Adjusters from Travelers Insurance, based in Hartford, are using more drones than ever before as they assess the damage in Texas from Hurricane Harvey. Travelers had 65 certified drone pilots, as of last Friday, among the 600 employees deployed to the Houston area.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is looking for new ways to prevent wrong-way drivers. New technology that uses radar and electronic signs would detect a vehicle entering a highway ramp in the wrong direction. There have been 54 wrong-way crashes in the state since 2015, according to the University of Connecticut Crash Data Repository.

Town leaders gathered with members of the Coalition for a Better Wallingford Tuesday night to discuss how to deal with the opioid epidemic as overdose deaths continue to rise, a national trend. In 2012, there were three fatal overdoses in Wallingford. Last year, there were 15.

A rare yellow lobster has made its debut at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Other lobsters at the aquarium come in unusual shades, including blue and orange, and one they call the Halloween lobster — black on one side and orange on the other.

The Meriden Hall of Fame announced the election of three distinguished individuals for 2017. The inductees will be Winton “Wint” Filipek, Martha Minerva Franklin, and former Police Chief Robert E. Kosienski Sr. The public is invited to the induction ceremonies, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center, across from City Hall.

We didn’t like this week

President Donald Trump’s administration announced Tuesday that it would “wind down” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which could adversely impact over 10,000 people in Connecticut, and 800,000 nationwide, who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children. DACA has provided them with a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S.

The state’s fiscal year is in its third month without a budget deal in place, meaning the current standoff will replace the 2009 impasse as the longest in state history. Lawmakers remain at odds over a $3.5 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years.

The city is about seven weeks behind schedule on paving after a contractor milled several city roads in June but a separate contractor has been unable to pave the roads due to inclement weather. “It’s one of those unavoidable situations that if you have a summer with heavy rain it really messes up the schedule,” said City Manager Guy Scaife.

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