Winners and Losers , 4-26-2014

We liked this week

Students at Meriden’s Lincoln Middle School will be running with some local color, thanks to track and field team uniforms designed and printed by students at Venture Academy. The middle school partnered with a business management class at Venture Academy, an alternative school for students with emotional and behavioral needs, to outfit their 65-person track team for the season.

Meriden’s senior citizens and middle school students put their heads together for the third annual intergenerational spelling bee at the local senior center Tuesday afternoon. The event is named after the woman who started it, Josephine Bradley. Teams made up of one or two seniors and two or three students from Washington Middle School and Lincoln Middle School are given words, confer among themselves and come up with one spelling, which is written on a white board. A moderator checks the spelling and the team either gets a point if it’s correct, or no point if it’s wrong. At the end of the 17 rounds, the team with the most points wins. It spells “fun,” too!

A program at the Southington Public Library next week will give young job seekers advice on landing the perfect part-time summer position. John Sperduti, a counselor with Youth Services, will offer tips to first-time applicants and other young people looking for summer employment and who may have questions about the application process. He will explain how to fill out an application and how to respond to certain questions prospective employers may ask during interviews. It’s the first time this informational talk is being offered at the library.

Cancer couldn’t stop Kimberly Markey from running not one, but three marathons. The Kensington resident, a mother of two, worked with her doctor to schedule chemotherapy treatments such that she was able to continue participating in the runDisney marathon events.

Respite grants provided by the Arc of Southington to caregivers of developmentally disabled adults or children have been used for daycare and babysitters for area families. The grants of $250 provide relief to families who are caring for loved ones. “It could be mom and dad need to have a caregiver so they can have an evening out, it’s something as simple as that,” said Kathleen Panella, Arc office manager. Arc is accepting applications until May 5. Ten grants are awarded.

After it spent two weeks in a cargo ship after crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Carrara, Italy, representatives of St. Stanislaus Church in Meriden got their first glimpse of the five-foot statue of Pope John Paul II they had commissioned at Mathieu Memorials on Thursday. Good things are worth waiting for!

The YMCA’s Crossfit Meriden training program will stay downtown after representatives signed a lease with the Record-Journal to move into its former distribution center at the rear of 11 Crown Street. YMCA Executive Director John Benigni said the lease for 3,800 square feet in the newspaper’s former mail room and distribution center answered a need for space. The Crossfit program, now at 88 State St., was paying the state $1 a month to rent the building but the YMCA had a June 30 deadline to move out before the building is razed.

We didn’t like this week

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.

Southington officials are awaiting a proposal on a filter that will be used to control odors from food waste at the anaerobic digestion facility planned for the former landfill on DePaolo Drive. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the waste-to-energy proposal in January. It will occupy 35 acres alongside a mulch-processing facility created by Supreme Forest Industries of Harwinton. With about 120 tons of waste per day expected to come onto the Southington site, town officials and commission members, quite understandably, want to make sure odors won’t become a problem and the air is cleaned properly during the entire process.

An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early last Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured.



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