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EDITORIAL: 11 things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: 11 things we liked this week

We liked this week

A local chiropractor has bought the historic bank building on Center Street in Wallingford with the hopes of turning it into a holistic health center. Dr. Tracy Malton, of Guilford, said Friday she is working with town officials on an application for a variance to open a holistic health center at 100 Center St., a former Bank of America branch.

Renovate and expand the existing library or build a brand new one on the same site? Those are the options before a Southington library planning group which must weigh the pros and cons and make a recommendation. Architectural plans released by the planning group show the location and layout of each proposal, and now the town will get to assess the options and decide.

Active members of the Ragged Mountain Foundation can now obtain permits from the Meriden Parks and Recreation Department for rock climbing. Rock climbing in Meriden is only allowed with written permission from the director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

New businesses and home construction contributed to the largest increase in Southington’s list of taxable properties in recent years. Town officials released the grand list on Jan. 31, a tally of the value of real estate, motor vehicles and taxable property. The amount is used to set the tax rate.

The hydroelectric dam project at Hanover Pond in Meriden recently received certification from the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing environmental impacts of hydropower dams. New England Hydropower Co. installed an Archimedes screw turbine at the Hanover Pond dam in 2016 and it began generating power in 2017. Water flowing through the system turns the large screw to generate power. Fish and other aquatic life can safely pass through the large pockets of water taken in by the screw.

Defense contractor General Dynamics Electric Boat will need to hire thousands more employees over the next decade as it ramps up submarine production, the company’s president said Monday. Electric Boat President Kevin Graney met with elected officials in Connecticut and Rhode Island for an annual legislative update. The company’s headquarters is in Groton.

As football fans spent Sunday morning preparing for the big game, the Southington Marching Band was preparing and delivering grinders during their annual Super Bowl sub sale. Around 70 band members and dozens of parents formed an assembly line in the high school cafeteria to turn ham, turkey, salami, cheese and vegetables into about 2,400 sandwiches.

While a surgery center housed at Bradley Memorial Hospital is leaving for Cheshire, proponents of Southington’s hospital are encouraged by the addition of a home health care service at the Meriden Avenue campus. “This means as many as another 200 additional HHC at Home staff will be on Bradley campus on any given day,” said Hospital of Central Connecticut president Gary Havican.

Most school districts around greater Meriden are scoring above the statewide average, according to the latest round of school accountability results. Those results are reported annually in the state Department of Education’s “Next Generation Accountability Index.” The statewide score declined slightly from the 2017-18 school year, when it was 74.9, to its 201819 score of 74.2 on a 100 point scale.

Thirty families recently relocated into completed Phase I units at Yale Acres, a housing complex located just off Broad Street in Meriden. The $54 million renovation project will convert 162 units of 1950s public housing to mixed-income housing utilizing net zero energy. Phase II is one-third complete, officials said. Plans are also in the works for a power generation station and community center with a greenhouse.

Connecticut is giving $1.3 million to help house victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. The state’s Department of Housing and Coalition Against Domestic Violence announced a new round of funding Thursday. The coalition said the money will allow the two state agencies continue to find safe housing for victims who are fleeing intimate partner violence and human trafficking.