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8 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire

8 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire



Things to know this week include a new lease for the restaurant at Hunter Golf Course in Meriden, a Wallingford business facing the loss of an environmental permit due to violations, a high school forum on vaping in Meriden and new leadership for the Planning and Zoning Commission in Southington.

Meanwhile, the newly formed school modernization committee meets for the first time in Cheshire and a community theater production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” kicks off the Wallingford 350th Jubilee celebration. 

Here’s the complete list of eight things to know this week.


1.Meriden golf course restaurant lease

The City Council on Monday is expected to take up a new lease agreement with Violi’s Restaurant to operate the city-owned restaurant at Hunter Municipal Golf Course. 

The council is approving a new lease for Violi’s whose current lease has expired as the city continues to consider whether to construct a new banquet facility next to Violi’s, who would have exclusive catering rights for events held at the new venue. 

The new ease agreement allows flexibility for the city to increase Violi’s lease payments down the road if the banquet project ultimately moves forward, City Manager Tim Coon said.

2.Panel to consider suspending permit for Wallingford business

The Inland Wetland and Watercourses Commission is slated to hold a public hearing to consider the suspension or revocation of a permit granted in June to Benchmark Land Development and the calling of a $5,000 bond. The special meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall Room 116.

3.Vaping forum at Maloney High School

Area lawmakers will hold a forum on vaping Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Meriden’s Francis T. Maloney High School Library Media Center, 121 Gravel Street.

State Senator Mary Abrams, D-Meriden, State Representatives Buddy Altobello, D-Meriden, and Cathy Abercrombie, D-Meriden will attend the forum, along with Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. 

The forum is being held to “discuss and learn more about vaping,” according to an announcement.

4.LISA Inc. open house in Southington

LISA Inc., a non-profit that helps prepare young people in foster care for adulthood, is holding an open house on Tuesday.

Visitors can meet the LISA Inc. staff and learn about the programs it offers.

The open house is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Due to the group’s confidential work, contact Liz Hyatt at 860.426.0946 or ehyatt@lisainc.org for details of the open house location.

5.PZC leaders to be elected in Southington

The newly elected Planning and Zoning Commission will meet for the first time Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center.

Three of the commission’s Republicans, chairman Michael DelSanto, vice chairman Paul Chaplinsky and member James Morelli were all elected to the Town Council during this month’s election.

Republicans Peter Santago and Robert Salka took two of the three open commission seats during the election, with Democrat Christina Volpe taking the third. Republicans have the maximum number of seats allowed on the commission by state minority party representation rules.

During the meeting planned for Tuesday, the commission will elect a chair, vice chair and secretary.

6.‘Our Town’ performances in Wallingford

Wallingford Community Theater is slated to present Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Town Hall in the Robert F. Parisi Council Chambers. Tickets are available online, $25 for general admission, $20 for children and seniors.

7.Kiwanis’ Turkey Trot in Wallingford

The Kiwanis Club’s Turkey Trot Road Race is slated for 9 a.m. Sunday at E.C. Stevens Elementary School, 18 Kondracki Lane. Registration is available on the Kiwanis Club website. Police are planning to close South Elm Street to all traffic between Center and Ward streets from 9-9:45 a.m. Traffic may be limited or not permitted during the closure on Henry, Wallace and Wall streets.

8.Cheshire school modernization panel

The recently formed committee tasked with developing a plan for improving the town’s aging school buildings will convene its first meeting Monday night in Town Hall.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in room 207.

The committee’s members include seven community members, three Town Council members and three Board of Education members. 

The committee’s formation comes more than two years after the Town Council had rejected a previous proposal to build a new middle school. The council also rejected a previous school Facility Master Plan for the entire district that called for a $400 million project to either replace or renovate existing school buildings.


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