EDITORIAL: 10 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 10 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

Christians returned to church in newly reinvigorated numbers for Ash Wednesday, shortly after Gov. Ned Lamont relaxed state pandemic measures to allow increased capacity at houses of worship.

More than 110,000 doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in the state’s long-term care facilities since late December, and state officials estimate they are about two-thirds of the way to completing vaccinations of those residents.

With COVID-19 infection rates falling and the weekly supply of vaccines about to increase by 22%, Gov. Ned Lamont told the beleaguered restaurant and catering industry Tuesday it can plan on booking larger events beginning March 19. Lamont said his administration also expects to soon outline details about the next phase of vaccine eligibility.

LiveWell can begin a major expansion and renovation of its dementia care facility in Plantsville following town approval. The nonprofit group, formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Resource Center, plans to renovate and expand its main building while adding two new independent living buildings. 

The Meriden City Council, voting unanimously on two separate motions, approved the combination of two existing city boards that oversee issues related to aging and persons with disabilities as well as an expanded role for its longstanding Human Rights Advisory Board. The two votes followed a remote public hearing Tuesday night.

Officials at the University of Connecticut floated a plan Wednesday that would trim the school’s planned tuition hike, citing the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students. UConn had previously planned for a $625 increase for in-state students this coming fall. The new proposal, which must be approved the the school’s Board of Trustees, would cut the hike to $312.

The Spanish Community of Wallingford and the Wallingford Public Library will hold a second virtual book club session later this month. Leah Farrell, adult programming and community services librarian, said the library wants to incorporate more programs for Latinos.

A local marketing company and Southington officials are working on ideas to boost promotional efforts and attract more attention to what the town has to offer. Rebel Interactive Group has created a website, shot a promotional video and created targeted digital ads as part of its campaign.

Gov. Ned Lamont and the General Assembly’s Finance Committee are trying to shield thousands of residents with out-of-state employers from double taxation while Connecticut and its neighbors battle over fiscal policy in court.

Southington members of the gay, lesbian and bisexual community are working to plan a pride week this spring that will include raising a rainbow flag in front of Town Hall, painting a rainbow crosswalk on Apple Alley and youth events at Camp Sloper. It will be the first such event in town, planned for late May and early June.

We didn’t like this week

The Wallingford Parks and Recreation department has proposed eliminating an exemption for nonprofit organizations in its parks. That means groups like the Wallingford Family YMCA and Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club would have to start paying a fee to use the parks to run their summer camps, which could reach $800 per day.

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