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

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



Things to know this week include the swearing in of a new City Council in Meriden and the election of officers for the Board of Education — which will mean a new board president among other changes.

In Wallingford, the school board continues to consider a number of curriculum changes, including modifying and deleting courses, while the Planning and Zoning Commission in Southington considers a request to rezone property on Curtiss Street for potential residential development.

There are plenty of holiday events on tap this week including Seasons of Celebration in Wallingford and White Christmas in the Community in Southington.

Check out the complete list of nine things to know this week:

1.New Meriden council to be sworn in

Newly elected officials will be sworn into office during a ceremony Monday night at Platt High School. Those being sworn are four new city councilors, Democrats Mike Rohde, Nicole Tomassetti, Krystle Blake, and Republican Michael Carabetta, along with two re-elected incumbents, Democrats Sonya Jelks and Michael Cardona.

Unaffiliated Mayor Kevin Scarpati will also be sworn in for a third term, along with Republican City Clerk Denise Grandy and members of the Board of Education.

2.Meriden BOE to elect officers

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday to elect officers for the new term. With Republicans gaining a majority on the board for the first time in decades, longtime Republican board member Robert Kosienski Jr. is expected to be named the board’s president, replacing outgoing president Mark Hughes, a Democrat.  

3.Curriculum changes considered in Wallingford 

The Wallingford Board of Education instructional committee is slated to consider several curriculum changes, including adding, modifying and deleting courses. The board will also hear a presentation on a youth homelessness survey and consider proposed new policies and regulations on electronic devices. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at WPS central offices, 100 S. Turnpike Road.

4.Holiday stroll in Wallingford

Wallingford’s annual Downtown Holiday Stroll is slated for Friday, starting at 4 p.m. In addition to the Shop and Win promotion, the event features roasted chestnuts, kettle corn, a bonfire, ice carving, a DJ and photo booth. Sponsored by Wallingford Center Inc. and Wallingford Parks and Recreation.

5.Seasons of Celebration in Wallingford 

Wallingford’s annual Seasons of Celebration is slated for Saturday. Activities begin at 1 p.m. outdoors at the Parade Grounds and indoors at Town Hall, South Main Street. At 5 p.m, the Frosty Parade departs Town Hall and travels down Center Street to Johanna Manfreda Fishbein Park. Music and entertainment at the gazebo area are scheduled before the tree lighting. All events are free to kids of all ages. If the outdoor activities are cancelled due to weather, there will still be visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and refreshments inside Town Hall. Sponsored by the Wallingford Public Celebrations Committee.

6.White Christmas in Southington 

White Christmas in the Community, a free holiday celebration, will take place in Plantsville and Southington downtowns Friday starting at 5:30 p.m.

It’s the fourth year of the holiday event which draws thousands from Southington and surrounding towns. Businesses in both areas have giveaways and sponsor activities including horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides with a magic act, live ice sculpting, singing and wreath-making. Maps showing all the events and activities of White Christmas will be available Friday. Shuttle buses are located at Riccio Way, the Southington Public Library and Clock Tower Square, 710 Main St., in Plantsville.

7.Victorian Silver Christmas in Wallingford 

The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust is hosting a Victorian Silver Christmas, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson Mansion, 153 S. Main St. From 1 to 2 p.m., the Premier Woodwind Quintet of the Neighborhood Music School is slated to perform. From 2 to 3 p.m., "In Music We Trust," a musical group from Choate Rosemary Hall, with maestro Philip Ventre, is slated to perform. Along with music, there will be a reading of "The Night Before Christmas" by Joan Bushey. Refreshments will be served.

8.Southington PZC considers rezone for housing plan

On Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission will meet and continue to discuss a request to rezone a portion of Curtiss Street to allow for a residential subdivision on industrial land.

Mark Lovley, a local developer, is looking to rezone 136 Curtiss St., property that’s currently truck parking and storage. Neighbors attended the previous commission hearing on the request, urging the commission to rezone the land due to complaints about noise, traffic and smells from the industrial site.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

9.Wetlands permit considered for proposed Cheshire subdivision

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission will meet Tuesday night to discuss issuing a permit for a proposed 15-lot subdivision at 1675 Marion Road. 

Developer A.M. Napolitano is proposing to develop a 15-lot subdivision on the property, which is more than eight acres. According to Cheshire property records, the only buildings on the property are a more than 150-year-old two story farmhouse and a shed that was built in 1940.


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