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EDITORIAL: 7 things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: 7 things we liked this week

We liked this week

Connecticut’s high school football players are hoping their plea will move state officials to reverse the decision made last Friday by the CIAC, in the face of an impasse with the state Department of Public Health, to cancel traditional 11-on-11 tackle football for the 2020 fall season due to the coronavirus. However this controversy turns out, the spirit these players showed during Wednesday’s rally at the state Capitol provided a bright spot in a dark year.

Two Wallingford nonprofits are providing childcare to middle school students as part of the school district’s reopening plan. The program gives students a place to go after they leave school on in-classroom days, earlier dismissals, and also on full days of virtual instruction. The Wallingford YMCA will run the program at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School and the Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club will serve children at Moran Middle School.

Meriden, Wallingford and Southington scheduled events on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost that day.

The Wallingford Senior Center reopened Tuesday with limited activities and capacity limits. More services and activities, like bingo in the Great Room, may return in the next few weeks. The building has been closed since March 13 due to COVID-19, but some outdoor programs and concerts have been held on site.

Meriden’s Parks and Recreation Department plans to reopen basketball courts in phases. The first two courts to open are at Ceppa Field and City Park. Protocols include no more than 20 players on a court at once and social distancing. Masks must be worn on and off the court. The courts were closed at the start of the pandemic because they were attracting up to 50 people at a time.

When a large swath of Connecticut was forced to shut down during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, state officials quickly created an emergency loan program from scratch, hoping to help small businesses — from pizza shops to yoga studios — weather the economic crisis. The fledgling Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program ultimately funded 2,123 one-year, no-interest loans, averaging $19,705 apiece.

Despite a decline due to coronavirus, referrals to Southington’s H.O.P.E. (Heroin/Opioid Prevention & Education) initiative have been connecting people struggling with substance abuse to care. The initiative, a partnership between police and healthcare providers, “allows (police) to have another intervention tool available to assist people who our living with substance abuse/addiction,” Deputy Police Chief William Palmieri said.

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