PHOTOS: 20 Years ago this month in Meriden - July 1999

PHOTOS: 20 Years ago this month in Meriden - July 1999

MERIDEN — Twenty years ago this month city residents took part in a lot of July traditions including Independence Day celebrations, the Puerto Rican Festival and lots of children’s summer camps. 

Summer camps like those at YMCA Mountain Mist, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Gallery 53 and St. Stanislaus Church kept children busy and active during their summer vacation. 

Gallery 53 named Traci Walsh DiPietro as director after Lillian Carney retired after 12 years. 

The City Council approved forming a committee to explore creating a joint facility to house both Meriden Animal Control and the Meriden Humane Society after a heated meeting about conditions at the humane society facility on Oregon Road. 

A resident donated a 1907 A.J. Aubrey shotgun manufactured by Meriden Firearms Co. to the City Council. 

Structural steel for the new Stop & Shop at the corner of East Main and Broad streets began offering residents a taste of what the streetcorner would look like. 

20 years ago in music: 

Top music hits from July 1999 include:

Bills, Bills Bills by Destiny’s Child

Last Kiss by Pearl Jam 

Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera

Wild Wild West by Will Smith

In Theaters

Moviegoers hit theaters in July 1999 to see:

Summer of Sam

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

The Blair Witch Project