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Winners and Losers , 11-23-2013

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Dressed in a black Batman costume, his fists clenched as he took on foe after foe around San Francisco, a 5-year-old boy who has battled leukemia for years fulfilled his wish Friday to be his favorite superhero. In the process, Miles Scott became a darling of social media and attracted thousands of fans around the country, including the White House.

Friends, family, elected officials, and chamber of commerce members gathered at Ashlar Village recently to celebrate the retirement of Robin Wilson, the longtime Quinnipiac Chamber president and chief executive. A message projected on an overhead screen in the banquet room where the event was held expressed collective gratitude from the organization and town. “Thank you for everything you have done for local businesses and our community,” it said. Wilson said the occasion was “very bittersweet,” because she had served in her position for almost 30 years. We wish her well in retirement.

The Ball & Socket Arts Center in Cheshire is no longer just a concept: it has funding, an architect, a spot on the Planning & Zoning Commission agenda, a chance of being listed on the state register of historic places and site plans in development. “It’s been one delay after another, but we’re moving along,” said spokeswoman Ilona Somogyi, who said she was frustrated that the Planning & Zoning Commission postponed action on the matter of rezoning the area until its Nov. 25 meeting. “Hopefully, we’ll be getting the site plan in soon. We wanted to do it by November but now it looks like December.”

Hundreds of model trains were set up at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford for a train show Sunday as collectors searched through the offerings to find one to take home. Ludwig Spinelli, of Classic Shows LLC, said it was the company’s first event of the busy holiday season. The show has stopped in town for the past 33 years. He estimated that more than 300 people walked through the exhibit between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. There were 100 tables and 45 vendors. “It was good,” said Spinelli, who does appraisals and sells Lionel and other vintage trains. “People enjoyed it.” Obviously, they’re on the right track.

A new stretcher that is compatible with Life Star will allow MidState Medical Center in Meriden to cut between four to eight minutes in the amount of time it takes to transfer STEMI patients from the local hospital to Hartford Hospital, ultimately increasing their chances of survival.

Wallingford’s Board of Education Operations Committee voted Monday to recommend reinstatement of full-week elementary school snack sales. Elementary school snacks were only sold on Wednesdays during the months of September and October. Previously, most schools offered them every day of the week during lunch. The recommendation will now be brought before the full school board at its Nov. 25 meeting.

Up to $180 million in back taxes was collected in Connecticut’s latest amnesty program, the state Department of Revenue Services announced on Monday, surpassing the $35 million the General Assembly estimated could be recovered from tax delinquents. The approximate $145 million difference is expected to be deposited into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

After receiving details on two different plans for Lyman Hall High School’s athletic complex on Monday, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Marc Deptula is hopeful Wallingford’s Board of Education will approve one during a meeting next week to move the project forward. “We’ll know more after they meet in executive session with how the board wants me to move this thing,” Deptula said. “Hopefully they have something favorable to tell me. I’d like to move forward.” The school system has been trying to build a new athletic complex at Lyman Hall that would consist of a new track, all-weather turf field and lighting system. However, numerous factors have delayed the project — mainly issues with funding.

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Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least five people dead and unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees. Illinois took the brunt of the fury as the string of unusually powerful late-season tornadoes tore across the state, injuring dozens.

The city of Meriden is being sued by a property owner on Murdock Avenue over whether or not an electronic billboard should be allowed front Interstate 91. The owner of 470 Murdock Ave., DFC of Meriden, is suing the city after applying to convert a standard billboard into an electronic one. The city has plans to construct its own electronic billboard on the adjacent property, 528 Murdock Ave., better known as Nessing Field. The skeleton of the billboard was already erected earlier this year and the city has passed zoning regulations and given the necessary approvals to allow the billboard at the site.



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