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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 a presentation at the Meriden library on a video archive project compiling an oral history of Holocaust survivors.

Also this week is a hearing on improvements to make the commercial area around the Wallingford train station more accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Meanwhile, Southington residents can weigh in on $10 million in planned road projects in town. 

Here’s the complete list of 8 things to know as you start your week.

1.Preserving historic testimonies of the Holocaust

The late Geoffrey Hartman directed the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University. | Associated Press file.

On Tuesday, at 5 p.m., the Meriden Public Library will host Stephen Naron, director of the Fortunoff Video Archive of Yale University in the Griffin Room. The event centers on the Temple B’Nai Abraham World War II Holocaust and Genocide Collection Program. Naron will speak about the history of this important video archive and answer questions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear survivors of the Holocaust tell their stories in their own words. 

“It is an opportunity to learn how a local Connecticut oral history project grew into an international organization and changed how the history of the Holocaust is researched and written,” Naron said in a statement announcing the event. “It is also a living memorial to members of the Connecticut survivor community, many of whom have already passed on.”

The event was made possible by a donation to the Friends of the Meriden Public Library Association to support the library’s new Temple B’Nai Abraham World War II Holocaust and Genocide Collection.

 2.Improving accessibility near Wallingford train station

The Wallingford Engineering Department has a public hearing slated for 7 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall Room 315 on conceptual plans in a study to improve walkability and accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists along Route 5 near the Cherry Street train station.

3.Hearing on $10M in road work in Southington

The council plans to hold a public hearing on Feb. 24 on bonding $10 million for the 2020-21 road and bridge improvement program.

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

4.Wallingford council to consider change in rules for public comment

The Wallingford Town Council is slated to consider and possibly vote on revised rules of Town Council procedure related to public comment at workshops and the transfer of $26,000 to the Wallingford 350th celebration fund at its meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall council chambers.

5.Weighing designs for Southington library renovations

The library planning committee will continue its work at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday. The committee is working on picking a design for a new town library as well as keeping down costs for that design. They’ll present a recommendation to the Town Council next month.

The committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. at the Southington Public Library, 255 Main St.

6.Library to host ‘In Cold Blood’ book discussion in Wallingford

The Wallingford Public Library is planning a non-fiction book discussion on “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Collins Meeting Room. Discussion moderated by Will Minter. Copies of the book are available at the information desk. No registration required.

7.Fact finding for school projects continues in Cheshire

Members of the School Modernization Committee out-of-district subcommittee will meet again Monday morning – this time in South Windsor, where  members will tour that town's public school buildings starting at 9 a.m.

According to the public notice of the meeting, for security reasons, the tour is not open to the public.

This past Friday, Feb. 21, that same committee visited North Haven's middle and high schools.

Meanwhile, another subcommittee, the Teacher/Staff Input Subcommittee has been convening its own meetings in various Cheshire school buildings, to field comments from school district employees regarding the current state of those buildings.

The next Teacher/Staff Input Committee will be held Thursday at Norton Elementary School. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 3:45 p.m. To 4:45 p.m. Anyone wishing to attend will need to comply with school security measures including presenting a photo ID.

That subcommittee has held similar meetings at various district buildings, Cheshire High School, Chapman Elementary School, Humiston School and Doolittle Elementary School.

8.Meriden golf course panel to get update on banquet hall plans

The Meriden Public Golf Course Commission will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Hunter Golf Course Clubhouse, 688 Westfield Road. According to the meeting agenda, a banquet hall project update will be discussed, along with the budget process update.

At a City Council meeting earlier this month members of the public spoke out overwhelmingly against the banquet hall proposal, which calls for spending between $1.5 million and $1.7 million to build the facility.


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