EDITORIAL: 11 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 11 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

Hartford HealthCare has agreements with towns and property owners to open four new mass vaccination centers statewide — including one at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. The centers will open and operate based on pending vaccine supply, HHC officials said Wednesday.

Connecticut officials announced Friday they are expanding the state’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment hotline to 12 hours a day, seven days a week. The expanded hours began on Monday. A total of 125 trained workers will answer phone calls and help people book appointments at a dozen locations across the state, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Saturday that he expects Connecticut will receive a large influx of federal funding from President Joe Biden ’s coronavirus relief legislation that is working its way through Congress, money that can be used to ramp up vaccinations throughout the state.

According to a legal opinion, Meriden leaders can create a civilian board to review police use of force, but cannot repeat or replace the powers granted the police chief or police union without revising the City Charter or risking lawsuits. At least one former police chief has maintained that a civilian review board would violate the charter.

Roughly 350,000 Connecticut residents age 65 and older were officially able to begin signing up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Monday. The news comes as the state reports 56 percent of residents age 75 and older already vaccinated.

Starting a new business during the pandemic may seem like a daunting task, but for those interested there are organizations designed to help, including HUBCAP, in Wallingford, and the University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center, which works with small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the state.

The Meriden City Council is looking to revive a city board, which decades ago had been active on issues related to civil rights and discrimination, but has been inactive in recent years. The Human Rights Advisory Board would have an expanded role under proposed changes before the council, and bear a new name: the “Human Rights, Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Board.”

Arvy the pelican has made it to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Florida and his prognosis is excellent. Mother and daughter Laurie and Arianna Strand of Bristol visited the brown pelican last Friday after their 12-hour, 1,050-mile flight the day before. The volunteers left Meriden Markham Municipal Airport at 5:30 a.m. last Thursday.

Dozens of vaccinated health care workers scored a free trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday, courtesy of the New England Patriots and the Kraft family. The 76 workers come from all six New England states and work a variety of health care jobs that have put them on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. 

Southington town councilors unanimously approved a gay rights resolution Monday night after lengthy discussion and the addition of sexual minorities to the document. The resolution was prompted by the work of the Southington pride committee, which is planning events for this summer. 

An 11-year-old Bridgeport boy called 911 Sunday and then began performing CPR on his mother after she was choked into unconsciousness by a man, police said. Police found the 11-year-old performing CPR as four younger children huddled together nearby, the Connecticut Post reported. The assailant was arrested a short distance from the home.

We didn’t like this week

New and limited data released Wednesday from the Connecticut Department of Public Health suggest there are racial disparities in the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state, mirroring what’s been happening in other states where Black populations lag far behind white populations in getting the shot.

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