EDITORIAL: 8 things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: 8 things we liked this week

We liked this week

About 125 members of Wallingford Elks Lodge #1365 gathered this week, 100 years to the day after the lodge’s opening, to take a commemorative photograph at their South Main Street hall. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a fraternal order and community service organization, founded nationally in 1868. In 1919, 133 men formed the Wallingford lodge, which opened on June 11, 1919.

A bridge construction method the state first used on I-84 in Southington in 2014 was successfully used again this month to replace two spans of Interstate-95 in Stamford, drawing praise for the Department of Transportation. The bridge replacement project near Exit 9 on I-95 utilized accelerated bridge construction. Workers demolished the existing spans over two weekends and slid two fully constructed bridges in their place, avoiding a couple years of traffic delays.

An ad-hoc committee of the Southington Board of Education wants South End School renamed after the late Zaya A. Oshana, the town’s longest-serving school board member. If adopted by the full board, the South End Road school would become Zaya A. Oshana Elementary School at South End. The committee had considered renaming one of three schools and chose South End rather than Flanders or Plantsville. Committee members said that while picking a school to rename was difficult, the decision to honor Oshana was easy.

Two area high school seniors were recently presented with the Petit Family Foundation’s Be the Change Award. The annual award is given to one graduating senior each from Cheshire High School and Plainville High School for efforts to improve the community. This year’s recipients — Alexa Confrancesco of Cheshire and Andrew Kane of Plainville — received the award at William Petit Jr.’s home.

The Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission may change the town zoning regulations defining vehicle fueling stations to include electric charging stations. Town Planner Kacie Hand said that sustainability is an identified goal in the town’s Plan of Conversation and Development and that changing zoning regulations to include electric vehicles would be “keeping up with the technology and sustainability goals.”

A little over 2,700 rubber ducks were dumped into Harbor Brook from one of the bridges on the Meriden Green Sunday, racing around 200 meters downstream to the finish. The owners of the first twelve ducks to cross won prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000. “It’s just coming out for a great cause,” said Meriden Lions President Mike Zakrzewski. The club uses all the proceeds from the event to support nonprofits and award scholarships to local students.

The Meriden public schools announced the 2019 Summer Meals Program after receiving $11,500 in grants from Share Our Strength and the New England Dairy and Food Council  Summer lunches will be provided in seven locations: Ceppa Field, Meriden Green, Bronson Park, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Columbus Park, and the farmers market on the Meriden Green on Saturdays.

Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz continues to recover at Massachusetts General Hospital after he was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic. Ortiz, known affectionately as Big Papi, is one of the most beloved sports figures in the Dominican Republic and Boston.