8 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall returned to Cheshire’s Bartlem Park. A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., the wall lists the names of the 58,318 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War. It was last in Cheshire 15 years ago.

After a career of 51 years at Quinnipiac University, Wallingford resident Joe Woods has retired as a biology teacher. “Never once did it seem for a moment like it was 50 years,” he told the Record-Journal. “I just moved from one day to the next and it was like time was not an issue, never was.”

Meriden’s Twilight Concert Series is set to return on June 24 to the Meriden Green. The first show will feature Bridgeport Johnny. The concerts are coordinated by Restore with the Arts, Inc., which aims to bring the community together and help the revitalization of downtown.

Amy Bishop was named teacher of the year for the upcoming school year, as announced by School Superintendent Mark Benigni. The social studies teacher at Edison Middle School emphasized positivity. “Tomorrow, when you wake up, all of you, if you could send a text or an email or thank you to anybody in your life, please do that for me and send out good vibes,” she said during a ceremony at Lincoln Middle School..

For the first time in 10 years, Meriden hosted a Soap Box Derby. The event was  organized by Meriden Children First Initiative. Trophies were on hand for the winners as about 20 young racers, ages 7 to 17, participated.

Students in the Gay-Straight Alliance at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford organized a Pride Rally in downtown Wallingford that featured art and poetry contests, music and a drag performance. The goals was to foster inclusivity and a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community.

Ducks were on the water again to help the Meriden Lions Club raise money. A crowd watched as about 4,000 rubber ducks were dumped into Harbor Brook. It was the 27th Duck Race fundraiser and the second since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chris Ulbrich, chairman and chief executive of Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, has been named the grand marshal of Wallingford’s 350th+2 Jubilee Parade. “I’m honored,” said Ulbrich. “You know, the town of Wallingford has been a great community for our company and I’ve lived here a while and we’re going on 100-years-old in 2024.”

We didn’t like this week

Meriden’s school district is preparing to scale back operations after the summer meal program had offered two meals a day for the last two summers. Now, just one meal will be offered, which students will have to have on site. The expansion of the program had been a result of federal waivers in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


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