EDITORIAL: 5 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

Wallingford’s Jason Zandri, a seven-year member of the Wallingford Town Council, is recovering after an attack of myocarditis, or viral inflammation of the heart, experienced at the end of July. A disagreement with the Democratic Town Committee had led Zandri to seek enough signatures to gain a spot on the November ballot for a reelection bid, but the illness prevented that from happening. The important news is that he is recovering.

A $1.88 million project to replace Meriden Markham Airport’s aging runway and taxiway has begun, with work scheduled to continue until Oct. 21. In addition to the installation of a new surface, the runway is also being regraded. The project also includes LED lighting upgrades and replacing some of the drainage. It has been 16 years since the 3,100-by-75-foot asphalt runway at the city-owned airport has been repaved. 

Area towns are planning to hold memorial services marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington D.C. Another hijacked plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed in the attacks. Meriden will host its annual
9/11 service in front of City Hall beginning at 8:39 a.m. In Southington, the town will hold a brief service beginning at 8:46 a.m. at the town’s 9/11 memorial in Plantsville, located at the corner of Summer Street and Main Street. Wallingford will host a memorial service in front of Town Hall beginning at 10 a.m.  In Cheshire,  a 9/11 memorial service will be held at Bartlem Park.  

The annual Latino Expo on the Meriden Green Sunday featured music, a celebration of culture and support for local businesses. Started in 2018, the festival was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizer Pedro Valentin said he is excited for future expos and looks forward to attracting more sponsors. 

State Rep. Hilda Santiago, a Democrat who represents Meriden in the 84th District, announced she is exploring a run for Secretary of the State in the 2022 election. Santiago’s announcement comes more than two months after incumbent Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, a fellow Democrat, announced she would not seek reelection to a fourth term. 

We didn’t like this week

Health officials are raising concern about a significant drop in testing for lead exposure that resulted from precautions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that half a million fewer children in reporting jurisdictions were tested for lead exposure during the first five months of 2020 than during the same period the year before. In 1978, lead-based paints were banned for residential use after it was discovered that lead posed a health risk for children. Children who live in housing built before 1978 and those living in households at or below the federal poverty level are at greatest risk of lead exposure, according to the CDC.

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