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

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

MERIDEN – Twenty years ago this month residents attended the Arts at the Crossroads event downtown, welcomed Lord & Taylor to the Meriden mall and got ready for Stop & Shop trucks for the new Broad Street store. 

Lord & Taylor opened a store at the Meriden mall Sept. 1, 1999 to lots of curious shoppers. 

The Arts at the Crossroads Festival closed downtown streets for a festival featuring lots of local artists showcasing their work, putting on demonstrations and lots of other activities.

The third annual Hoopin’ Downtown basketball tournament also took over the downtown streets with more than 90 teams competing in half-court, 4-on-4 games. The event raised money for teen centers in the city. 

Residents of the Mills Memorial Apartments showed up en masse to let a study committee know their opposition to plans calling for demolition of the public housing complex. More than 70 residents carried placards with messages like “Don’t decide for us. Let us decide for ourselves.” Despite the objections, the committee voted 6-0 to reccomend demolition. 

Stop & Shop tested truck access from East Main Street onto Parker Avenue to the new Broad Street store as several residents came out to watch. The fate of two large oak trees concerned neighbors, who wanted the trees preserved instead of getting cut down to widen the intersection. 

Popular music in September 1999

“Bailamos” by Enrique Iglesia 

“Unpretty” by TLC

“Mambo number 5” by Lou Bega

“Someday” by Sugar Ray

“Scar Tissue” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Movies released in September 1999

“American Beauty”

“Blue Streak”

“Double Jeopardy”