EDITORIAL: 9 things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: 9 things we liked this week

We liked this week

After about two days in labor, city residents Samantha and Patrick Murphy welcomed a son, the first baby born at Meriden’s MidState Medical Center in 2020. Jameson Thaddeus Murphy was born at 10:17 a.m. on New Year’s Day. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20 inches in height. Jameson is the couple’s first child. Mom works for the state at Gateway Community College and Dad is an Eversource employee.

Meriden officials, the local community and federal lawmakers are once again standing by to assist family and friends in Puerto Rico, following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked the island Tuesday. Residents with family in Puerto Rico said much of the island is without power and continues to experience aftershocks. On Tuesday, FEMA said President Trump had signed an emergency declaration.

Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration is working on a legislative proposal for the upcoming session that would create a “Clean Slate” process to clear certain criminal records automatically. “People with criminal records in Connecticut and around the country face a litany of collateral consequences that create barriers to employment, education, and housing,” said Max Reiss, Lamont ’s spokesman. “These barriers exist long after their sentences have been completed.”

As Macy’s braces for closure, Westfield Meriden’s newest and now only anchor store is optimistic about the future. “Well, I think competition is a good thing,” said Jim Boscov, chairman and chief executive officer of the family-owned chain. “But it’s an evolution that’s going on all over the place. We’re not worried. We’re going to do very well (in Meriden).”

Clad in vibrant robes, the Three Kings returned to the Meriden Public Library on Sunday to celebrate their namesake holiday and bestow over 100 local children with gifts. Three Kings Day carries special significance for many families as a way to stay in touch with their Puerto Rican culture.

Wallingford residents interested in learning more about wellness can take advantage of a monthly informational series throughout the year. The Coalition for a Better Wallingford will host the series at Main Street Studio, a fitness studio at 33 N. Main St. The free twelve-month series will feature guest speakers.

Tom Morck, president of the Friends of Cheshire Public Library and co-director of the group’s annual book sale, announced recently that this year’s sale generated record-breaking totals. “We ended up raising $16,639 for the Public Library and our events,” he said. “It’s about a $2,200 difference from what we did last year, which was also record-breaking.” 

Southington business leaders want to restart an internship and job shadowing program for high school students that gave workplace experience to hundreds of teens in previous years. The Southington Chamber of Commerce and Southington High School ran Training for Tomorrow before the program ended a few years ago. It was an opportunity for high school students to learn more about an industry and the working world.

Despite a federal prohibition announced recently on certain flavored vaping products, leaders at the state’s public health department are asking the General Assembly to ban all fruit, candy and menthol flavored tobacco goods in Connecticut during the upcoming legislative session. The proposal is backed by Renee D. Coleman-Mitchell, Connecticut’s health commissioner.