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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

A collection to assist victims of sex trafficking is planned at the Southington Drive-in park on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Midstate Chamber will hold a business after hours event at Chrysalis Inc. in Meriden on Thursday in conjunction with domestic violence awareness month.

A reminder, municipal offices will be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day. 

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

1.Support for trafficking victims in Southington

Volunteers will be collecting toiletries, clothes, backpacks and other supplies for victims of sex trafficking at the Southington Drive-In on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Haley Marquardt, a member of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and a Southington High School teacher, said the supplies will be delivered to the New Haven FBI office. When people are rescued from sex trafficking, they often have nothing and are in need of basic toiletries and clothes. Giving those victims supplies helps ensure that they won’t go back to traffickers who were supplying them with food, shelter and clothes.

The association is affiliated with the FBI but is a separate non-profit association.

The collection drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the drive-in, located at 995 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike.

Organizers are asking for new items including toiletries, women’s T-shirts, sports bras, underwear, socks, slippers, hairbrushes, pens and paper, towels, small stuffed animals and gift cards to enable survivors to buy food and other essentials.

2.Elderly and disabled tax relief in Southington

Tax relief measures for disabled and elderly residents will be the topic of a public hearing at the Town Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday. 

For permanently disabled residents, the council will consider an increase of the existing property tax assessment exemption from $1,000 to $2,000. About 170 residents already use the program.

Low-income residents 65 or older could receive a $250 tax abatement under another proposal. The maximum the town would spend on the program is $250,000, according to the committee's recommendation.

Another measure would increase the income limits for a property tax freeze.

The public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15, in Town Council chambers, 75 Main St. at 7 p.m.

3.Volunteer firefighter tax break in Wallingford

The Wallingford Town Council Ordinance Committee on Tuesday is slated to discuss and possibly approve a tax abatement for volunteer firefighters and revisions to the town code ordinance on abandoned vehicles, at the meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 S. Main St. 

4.Meriden school board considers credit change

The Meriden Board of Education meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education building on Liberty Street.

Among items to be discussed is a proposal to change the district’s policy to allow awarding credit for high school classes taken in middle school. 

5.Additional road paving money in Meriden

The City Council’s Finance Committee will host a special public hearing Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Ctiy Hall 142 East Main St. The committee will consider an amendment to the city wide road paving budget of $406,040. A text of the resolution is on file for public review in the City Clerk’s office.

6.Domestic violence awareness event in Meriden 

Chrysalis of Meriden-Wallingford presents: Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

To RSVP for the Business After Hours event call the chamber at 203-235-7901.

7.Movie night on the Meriden Green

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a Movie Night on the Meriden Green Friday at 5:15 p.m. Movie Hocus Pocus starts at 6:20 p.m. Free face painting, popcorn, hula hopping. Rain date is Saturday.  

8.Halloween at Mountain Mist in Meriden

Meriden YMCA will host a Halloween themed fun night Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mountain Mist on High Hill Road. The event features guided wallk through the woods to see Halloween scenes, science activities, pumpkin decorating, refreshments. Free admission for Meriden YMCA Child Care Families and YMCA members. Admission for all others is $10 per carload. 

9.School update panel appointments in Cheshire

The Town Council will meet Tuesday night at Town Hall, 7 p.m., to take up an agenda that includes a possible vote to appoint members to the new School Modernization Committee.

More than 30 members of the public expressed an interest in the committee, according to town officials. The committee, whose formation the council approved last month, would consist of 11 members total. Three members would be from the council, three from the Board of Education and the five remaining members selected from the pool of volunteers who expressed interest.  

The committee is tasked with developing a plan for the school district's existing buildings by September 2020. 

Also on the meeting's agenda is a scheduled discussion and possible vote regarding Town Manager Sean M. Kimball's contract. Kimball is in the second year of his two year contract with the town. 

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