6 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, Cheshire

Things to know this week include a study on housing affordability in Southington, holiday events in Wallingford and an artisan fair at a Meriden gallery.

In Cheshire, a committee continues to review planned improvements to the police department building.

Here’s our list of six things to know locally as you start your week.

1. Housing affordability in Southington

Southington residents can weigh in on an affordable housing plans during an information session scheduled for Tuesday.

The town is putting together a state-mandated study on affordable housing with Tuesday’s meeting a part of that. Southington officials hired a consultant to put the study together. Consultants are looking to hear from locals about the need for affordable housing and how it might fit with the town’s existing housing situation.

The state wants 10 percent of a town’s housing stock to qualify as affordable.

Southington has reached about half of that goal.

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

2. Health updates in Wallingford

The Wallingford Board of Health is scheduled to meet 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Town Hall council chambers to hear an update on school health from WPS Nurse Coordinator Kathy Neelon, COVID-19 response and the Health Director’s report from Stephen Civitelli.

3. Holiday events in Wallingford

Wallingford Center Inc.’s Holiday Stroll and A Victorian Seasons of Celebration events are scheduled for the weekend. 

The Holiday Stroll, 4-9 p.m. Friday, features holiday offers at downtown shops and restaurants, roasted chestnuts, ice carvers, kettle corn, a bonfire and DJ, plus festivities at Johanna Manfreda Fishbein Park. Sponsored by WCI and Wallingford Parks and Recreation.

Seasons of Celebration, 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the front foyer Town Hall and Parade Ground area, features visits with Santa, Polar Express roaming railroad train ride, appearances by Frosty and Rudolph, strolling carolers in Victorian attire, games, snacks and goodie bags. At 5 p.m., the Frosty parade departs the Town Hall, led by Frosty, Rudolph, toy soldiers and the Polar Express train.

The parade will travel down Center Street to the gazebo. From 5:15-5:45 p.m., entertainment at the gazebo area before the tree lighting includes a bell choir and the reading of “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. After the tree lighting there will be photo ops with Dorothy and the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Bert.

All events are free to children of all ages.

Seasons of Celebrations is sponsored by Wallingford Public Celebrations, Parks and Rec and Wallingford Community Theatre.

4. Holiday Artisan Fair at Gallery 53 in Meriden

Every year, staff at the 53 Colony St. gallery reviews and selects hundreds of locally handcrafted items for Gallery 53’s month-long Holiday Artisan Fair.

There are gifts for every taste, budget, and interest, as well as gift buying advice and gift wrapping.

Extended hours are in effect. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday; noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information go to www.gallery53.org.

5. Parks & Recreation in Cheshire

The Cheshire Parks & Recreation Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the youth center, 559 South Main St. The agenda includes rental history and repairs needed at the Lock 12 pavilion, projects at Mixville Park and a report on the status of the Bartlem south project. 

6. Cheshire Police Department improvements

A subcommittee reviewing planned improvements to the HVAC system and locker room at the Cheshire Police Department is scheduled to hold its fifth meeting today at 1 p.m. at the department, 500 Highland Ave.

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