EDITORIAL: 14 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 14 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

Construction has started on track and field projects at Meriden’s Maloney and Platt high schools, forcing fall sports programs to shift to other fields for practices and games. Work on the fields is expected to end in November. However, the tracks won’t be available until spring, when temperatures are warm enough to work with the rubberized material.

The Wallingford Town Council voted this week to expand a property tax relief program available to volunteer first responders. Under the current agreement, volunteer firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and ambulance drivers are eligible for the town-funded program based on their number of years of service.

Southington’s Mary Our Queen Church will hold a carnival later this month, reviving a parish tradition from decades ago. The church on Savage Street plans to have food, rides and entertainment from Friday, Sept. 13 until Sunday, Sept. 15.

Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order Tuesday that he says will advance Connecticut’s momentum on climate change. The executive order expands the responsibilities and membership of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change and directs the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to recommend strategies for a carbon-free energy grid by 2040.

Produce, fresh breads, and friendly community members can be found at the Southington Farmers Market on the Town Green every Friday afternoon. About nine core vendors show up every week, plus a handful of rotating eateries or artisans.

When a lightning strike hit Choate Rosemary Hall’s historic Hill House building in July, firefighters from three towns responded to the rooftop blaze. Choate’s Head of School Alex Curtis recognized the fire chiefs of the responding departments at the private school’s 130th convocation exercises Tuesday. Curtis thanked Chief Richard Heidgerd of Wallingford, Chief Ken Morgan of Meriden and Chief Robert Kronenberger of Middletown.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving said Monday it has committed $1 million to a local organizing committee in Hartford that’s working to cover the costs of a potential presidential debate. The foundation says it wants to help pay for a debate and associated activities to engage the public.

Singing one of her favorite church hymns, “On Eagle’s Wings,” and recalling what made her a special member of the Southington High School community, hundreds of classmates, family and friends gathered to remember Julia Bruno, who died after a motor vehicle crash last week. Bruno was entering her senior year at SHS and was a member of the school’s volleyball team.

Meriden community members are organizing a fundraiser to benefit the family of slain mother Perrie Mason. The fundraiser is scheduled for today, beginning at 4 p.m. at Maloney’s Pub on West Main Street. All proceeds will go to help Mason’s family, according to event organizer Patricia Gwara.

Connecticut has received a national award for its online program that lets people resolve traffic and criminal infractions without having to go to court. The Governors Highway Safety Association honored the state Judicial Branch with the 2019 Peter K. O'Rourke Special Achievement Award. 

Hundreds of thousands more people are visiting state beaches and parks, due in part to a two-year-old program that provides free admittance for vehicles with a Connecticut license plate. Rough estimates indicate there has been an approximate 10% percent increase in traffic to the parks this season compared to last season.

The fourth annual Rally for Hope and International Overdose Remembrance and Awareness Day took the chilling statistics surrounding drug addiction and gave them a human face. The event took place Saturday afternoon in Meriden’s Hubbard Park, sponsored by Rushford and a host of community groups. It was part of a series of remembrances taking place throughout the state.

A Cheshire nonprofit group’s efforts to restore the former Ball & Socket Factory are slowly bearing fruit. Contractors wearing safety masks and protective clothing pried off the wooden boards that had long lined the property’s Building 2. The hope of Ball & Socket Arts is to fully renovate it while the group raises funds for the larger Building 1 project.

Children wearing helmets while riding their bicycles around Cheshire may end up receiving a sweet treat for taking necessary safety precautions. The town and Police Department are working together again this year to ensure that local bicyclists who are wearing helmets are rewarded with coupons for a free ice cream from one of four locations.

We didn’t like this week

The Central Connecticut Health District received word from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station that mosquitoes in nine different towns in the district, including North Haven, tested positive for West Nile Virus. According to Charles Brown, director of health at CCHD, “Eight of 10 people don’t really have any symptoms” when they’ve contracted the virus. Others may develop some flu-like symptoms: headache, body ache, joint pain; or vomiting and diarrhea.