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

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

Candidate forums in all of our towns lead the list of things to know this week.

Meanwhile the City Council in Meriden will vote on how to spend surplus funds.

Here’s the complete list of 9 things to know this week: 

1.Meriden candidate forum

Candidates running for City Council and Mayor will field questions Thursday during a candidate forum hosted by the Record-Journal and the Midstate Chamber of Commerce. All mayoral and council candidates have been invited to participate. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Washington Middle School, 1225 N. Broad St. Residents can submit questions they’d like asked to  

2.Wallingford candidate forum

Wallingford voters will get the chance to hear from candidates for local office during the annual candidates forum, held over two nights at Town Hall council chambers and hosted by Wallingford Community Women and Wallingford Government TV. Candidates for Board of Education are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, candidates for Town Council are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Thursday, and candidates for mayor are scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

3.Southington candidate forum

The Southington Chamber of Commerce and the library are hosting the forum. It’s planned for 6:30 p.m. at the library, 255 Main St. Democrats hold five council seats and Republicans hold four. An incumbent from each party isn’t running again this year.

Residents can submit questions that may be asked of candidates at the library’s website,

4.Cheshire candidate forums

Town voters will get a chance to meet the candidates seeking seats on the Town Council and Board of Education. Both events will take place at Cheshire Town Hall, 84 Main St.

Candidates vying for a seat on the Board of Education will participate in a forum Tuesday moderated by the Townwide Parent-Teacher Association. That event runs from 7 p.m. To 9 p.m.

The following night, Wednesday, candidates for Town Council will participate in a separate forum, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The forum has been organized by the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and will be moderated by Cheshire resident Gary L. Rose, a political science professor at Sacred Heart University.

5.Council surplus vote in Meriden

The City Council will vote Monday to determine how to spend roughly $1.2 million in surplus funds left over from the 2018-19 fiscal year. The resolution, approved by the council’s Finance Committee last week, calls for the money to be “utilized as an additional city contribution to reduce the existing deficit in the city’s health insurance funds.”

The council is also expected to vote on a resolution, also approved by the Finance Committee, to use a $406,000 state grant, originally intended to be used on a new banquet hall at Hunter Golf Course, on the city’s annual road paving program. 

The meeting will start 6:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of City Hall, 142 E. Main St. 

6.Book sale in Meriden

A $5 a bag book sale will be at the Friends Bookstore from Monday Oct. 21 through Saturday Oct. 26. The bookstore is located at the Meriden Public Library on Miller Street. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Bags are provided.

7.Bread and Broth in Meriden 

Bread and Broth Supper hosted by Gallery 53 will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church, Smith Hall on Colony Street.  Washington Middle School art teacher Gary O’Neil and his students have teamed with Gallery 53 to organize a fundraiser for the gallery.

Each attendee will receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl made by a student and then choose from a variety of homemade soups. Bread, beverages and desserts will also be served.

The event also includes a “A taste of Meriden” raffle with gift cards donated by local restaurants.

Tickets are $10 a person in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Gallery 53’s Elevate the Arts Campaign which funds classes, exhibits, and community events, as well as building maintenance and upgrades.   

8.Family trick or treat at the Meriden library

A Trick or Treat free Halloween family event will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 26) at the Griffin Room in the Meriden Public Library on Miller Avenue.

Children are invited to dress in Halloween costumes and join a parade, see a magic show, participate in crafts, and eat snacks. Every child receives a free book. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Meriden.

9.Downtown fall market in Meriden

The Downtown Meriden Fall Market Place will be Saturday (October 26)  from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 5-53 Colony St. The event features pop up vendors selling art, handmade crafts, specialty items, gourmet items, a boutique, antiques, books and more. Food trucks will be available. Proceeds will benefit Gallery 53.