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

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

Things to know this week include an anti-vaping rally in Southington, a production of “In the Heights” in Wallingford and the annual Bernie Jurale Tradition Run in Hubbard Park.

Meanwhile, Southington officials hope to finally clean up and redevelop the site of a former factory destroyed by fire in 2003 and Cheshire officials consider tax relief for the developer of a medical office building on West Johnson Avenue. 

The Wallingford library will hold a discussion on the role of the United Nations, as well. 

Here’s the complete list of 8 things to know this week. 

1.Commercial development proposals in Wallingford

The Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission is slated to hold special permit public hearings for a distribution operation and office at 988 E. Center St. and a warehouse and distribution center at 425 S. Cherry St. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall council chambers.

The Wallingford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission is slated to discuss the 425 S. Cherry St. proposal at its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall council chambers. 

2.Anti-vaping rally set for Thursday in Southington

On Jan. 16, two groups are planning to hold an anti-vaping rally at Southington High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. STEPS, Southington Town-Wide Effort to Promote Success, and the American Heart Association organized the rally scheduled for Thursday.

3.Tradition Run in Hubbard Park

The annual Bernie Jurale Memorial Tradition Run is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 19 in Hubbard Park. Free registration for the uphill 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. Runners start at 10:30. Refreshments will be provided after the run. Participants are invited to run, walk, jog or hike. The event is sponsored by the city of Meriden and the Record-Journal. For more information call Meriden Parks and Recreation at 203-630-4259. 

4.United Nations discussion in Wallingford

The Wallingford Public Library has planned a program on the United Nations — from its founding to its future — with Dr. Joseph J. Baxer, president of the United Nations Association of Connecticut and previous U.S. representative to the United Nations for the London-based NGO, Strategies for Peace. The program is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 200 N. Main St.

5.Cheshire officials consider tax break for medical building

The Town Council will discuss whether to provide tax relief to a developer seeking to construction a medical office building on West Johnson Avenue.

The council will meet 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, during which members will discuss a proposal to provide tax relief to Cheshire Surgery Center Realty, LLC and Constitution Surgery Alliance which plans to construct a 75,000-square-foot building that will house medical offices and a surgery center at 759 W. Johnson Ave. The applicant currently operates similar facilities in other communities, including Southington, Hartford and Rocky Hill.

6.‘In The Heights’ performances at Square Foot in Wallingford

“In The Heights,” a musical about the vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, runs Wednesday to Sunday at the Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford. Tickets are $26 to $28, available through the box office at 800-595-4849 or

7.Cheshire facilities panel to tour middle school

The School Modernization Committee will hold its first meetings within a Cheshire school building on Wednesday, when the committee meets at Dodd Middle School. The committee will convene as a whole at 7 p.m., following a subcommittee meeting to take up the arrangement of out-of-district school building visits. According to the meeting agenda, the group will take a tour of the middle school, located at 100 Park Place, in addition to discussing the condition of the building itself.

8.Former factory site cleanup in Southington

The Town Council will consider an agreement that will allow for the cleanup and development of the former Beaton & Corbin factory on North Main Street. The factory was destroyed in a fire in 2003 and the land is contaminated from copper plating that took place there.

The council is set to take a vote on an agreement that would transfer the property title to the Connecticut Brownfield Land Bank which will oversee remediation efforts. The council plans to meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.