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Mirion Technologies expects to expand operations this year, anticipating an 11% growth through the rest of 2023. A major provider of radiation detection and monitoring equipment for military, medical, and civilian use, Mirion’s largest facility is on Research Parkway in Meriden. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited the company in Meriden recently, saying , “this is the kind of business we want in Connecticut, this is the kind of business we want to expand in Connecticut.”
Walingford’s ARPA Selection Committee is making recommendations, including for spending $300,000 for the Wallingford YMCA. The recommendations are a first step, and go to Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr., who then sends his recommendations on to the Town Council. The process is expected to take months.
Meriden’s St. Rose of Lima church will host an 80-member choir concert to benefit victims of the conflict in Ukraine. As the Record-Journal reported, “proceeds will be donated to a Christian, faith-based group which provides humanitarian aid to conflict and disaster zones across the globe.” The program is Sunday, March 19, beginning at 5 p.m.
A forum on bicycle safety was the inspiration of Laurie Plourde, who had been following events in Wallingford’s Doolittle Park and criticism of young people riding in a disrespectful manner. “We can’t have all kids lumped into their bad kid category and I don’t want it to get to the point where there’s a ban that the kids can’t enjoy the downtown area, like where are they going to go?” she told the Record-Journal. “Then they’re just going to get in more trouble.”
Wallingford’s school board voted 8-1 in favor of uniting Sheehan and Lyman Hall high schools into one high school. The new building would be on Lyman Hall school property on Pond Hill Road, at a project cost of $216,057,188. “Making this decision does take a lot of courage and being on this Board of Education, it’s not for the weak,” said Jennifer Passaretti, a school board member. The plan now goes to the Town Council.
Meriden’s new public library on Miller Street is near completion, with April 10 expected as the date the $13 million project will be turned over to city officials by Montagno Construction. “Libraries are now becoming community centers,” said Thomas Welsh, chairman of the Library Building Committee, during a recent tour. “It’s more than just books. Now it’s distribution of content and the creating of content, creativity. And, putting the two together.”