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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

Sleeping Giant State Park was open to the public again last weekend after being closed for more than a year after a tornado ravaged the landscape. Instead of downed trees, the trails were lined with hikers, families, people walking dogs, and nature enthusiasts. The park had been closed since a storm on May 15, 2018, downed thousands of trees.

An engineering firm is expected to deliver a report next month outlining recommendations on making a highly traveled quarter-mile stretch of the East Main Street commercial corridor in Meriden safer for vehicles and pedestrians. The city requested the study of East Main Street, from Gravel Street to the Interstate 691 ramp, to improve traffic flow and make it safer for vehicles to pull out of businesses.

Southington firefighters are participating in the annual Fill the Boot campaign throughout the summer. Firefighter Dan Comen said the money raised goes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to “help support MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support.”

The city has published an online survey seeking feedback from residents for Meriden’s new Plan of Conservation and Development, a state-mandated document outlining development goals for the next 10 years. The anonymous, 28-question survey asks residents about priorities in a number of areas, including housing, economic development, cultural amenities, transportation and downtown. It can be accessed through

A team of Wallingford school district staff are tackling the problem of summer learning loss by creating family scavenger hunts, coordinated through a phone app. Three curriculum coordinators have planned weekly activities that incorporate their subject area. The voluntary activities were created to help combat “the summer slide,” when students lose knowledge and academic skills during summer break.

For the first time, the Wallingford police and fire departments are training together on how to respond to an active shooter situation. The joint training builds “the trust relationship” among emergency responders from both departments, Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Czentnar said.

In its first year of service, an estimated 634,000 passengers rode the Hartford Line from New Haven to Springfield, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Transportation. The tally is about 51,000 more than originally projected for the first year. The $764 million Hartford Line is the first rail line to open for service in the state since 1990. 

Meriden’s first medical marijuana dispensary says it has been welcomed with open arms by the community and city government. “Through the whole process of (dealing with different city departments), it’s been phenomenal. You expect to get problems and we didn’t,” said Mary Morgan, manager of Willow Brook Wellness, on East Main Street.

Hundreds of people got together last weekend at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleStride event in Meriden’s Hubbard Park to bring awareness to the disease and to the network. Participants ran and jogged around the park, banding together in teams to raise money.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has chosen U.S. Reps. John Larson and Rosa DeLauro — two of her most trusted allies — to help her address Democratic concerns about a key trade agreement President Donald Trump has negotiated with Mexico and Canada. The Connecticut Democrats — Larson represents the 1st District, DeLauro the 3rd — will join a nine-member working group that will negotiate the terms of the U.S.Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The Cheshire branch of the Southington/Cheshire Community YMCA is growing their own vegetables and flowers this year at Boulder Knoll Community Farm, 875 Boulder Road. The produce grown will be donated to area food pantries, such as the Cheshire Community Food Pantry and Master’s Manna in Wallingford.

The Wallingford Fire Department has been recognized by the American Heart Association with an award for emergency medical service. The department received the Mission Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Award for following protocols and standards in the treatment of patients. “We strive to provide great cardiac care when we’re notified (of a heart patient),” said Deputy Fire Chief Steve Alsup.

Connecticut high school students in the Class of 2020 have a chance to apply for national College Board Opportunity Scholarships that offer grants ranging from $200 to as much as $40,000. In addition, Gov. Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell have teamed up with the College Board to launch a supplemental pool of scholarship funds — $40,000 each year from the College Board — that will be available to students from lower-income families.

We didn’t like this week

A couple with a 7-year-old son is suing to block the release of statewide data that highlights what percentage of children at each Connecticut school are unvaccinated, citing a flood of recent harassing comments made against anti-vaccine parents. The data from the 2017-18 year released by the state Department of Public Health, named as a defendant in the case, show 102 schools where fewer than 95 percent of kindergarten students were vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella — the threshold recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.