EDITORIAL: 13 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 13 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

Solemn ceremonies were held this week in Britain and on the beaches of northern France where 150,000 allied troops came ashore under heavy fire on D-Day, 75 years ago, to begin the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.

Interior finish work is underway and leasing has begun at the 76-unit Meriden Commons II along State and Cedar streets, a $28 million mixed-income development.

Crews are nearly done laying new water mains in Plantsville center and have moved ahead of schedule toward completion of the water system modernization project. However, the next phase may result in more traffic delays than the earlier work.

Meriden officials this week celebrated the career of police dog Anouke, who recently retired after eight years. “It’s such a bond you have with them,” said Officer David Buck, handler of the 11-year old German Shepard honored Monday at City Hall. Buck’s new dog Aslan will take Anouke’s place. The Police Department also plans to use private donations to purchase a dog that specializes in detecting guns and other weapons.

Fire departments from Southington, Meriden and Berlin, with mountain rescue training and equipment, helped bring a fallen climber from the bottom of Ragged Mountain’s cliff face to a waiting Life Star helicopter during a rescue last weekend. The injured man was taken to Hartford Hospital.

Aspiring baseball players got to show off their swings on Sunday during the Wallingford Little League’s Hit-A-Thon fundraiser. Children raised money from friends and family prior to coming to Lyman Hall High School to see who had the best swing off a tee.

Members of the Community Committee to Save Bradley rallied last weekend at the Southington Historical Society in an effort to keep Bradley Hospital open. Committee spokeswoman Bonnie Sica said the rally was designed to make sure the public knows that Hartford HealthCare is considering razing the building and replacing it.

Meriden residents gathered at Hubbard Park last weekend to enjoy games, live music and food during the 49th annual picnic for senior citizens, “A Special Day for Special People.” Dozens of seniors and others played bingo for prizes and listened to live music at the park bandshell. Hot dogs, snacks, soda, and ice cream were all available. The event was sponsored by the city’s Department of Health and Human services.

A painting commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day by Cheshire artist Tony Falcone will be on display at the Webster Bank at 145 Highland Avenue until Tuesday. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Class of 1962 commissioned Falcone to paint the scene of troops going ashore at Normandy during the 1944 invasion of France. 

The Meriden Fire Department’s plan to improve high response times in South Meriden by shifting resources has been fully implemented. An engine company from Station 2 on Pratt Street was moved to Station 1 on Chamberlain Highway, allowing the engine company at Station 1 to move to the South Meriden Volunteer station. Career and volunteers firefighters will now share the South Meriden station.

The Meriden/Wallingford Relay for Life last weekend was dedicated to Ethan Heng, a Meriden 6-year-old who died a year ago from brain cancer. The 24th annual event at the Sheehan High School track featured 43 teams and a slew of sponsors dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.

Fifty teams of cancer survivors and their friends and families filled the football field at Southington High School last weekend during the town’s Relay for Life. The relay collects money for cancer research and support services for patients. Portions of the relay honored Rosemary Champagne, a long-time organizer and supporter of the event who succumbed to cancer in September. 

The Cheshire Planning and Zoning Commission approved new rules for north end development that town officials hope will spur growth near Interstate 691. The unanimous decision amends the interchange special development district regulations after a request from major north-end landowners.

We didn’t like this week

With just hours remaining in the 2019 legislative session, Republicans and Democrats blamed one another for the death of a bill that would have expanded Connecticut residents’ voting access. The legislation would have restored voting rights to parolees and incarcerated persons held in community residences; expanded the number of sites that allow for Election Day Registration; and instituted an automatic voter registration system.