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EDITORIAL: 3 things we liked this week, 2 we didn’t

We liked this week

The Meriden Green will be busy with three community events today. Sustainable Meriden, a group formed under the Sustainable CT initiative, will host its first event, a chalk art festival called Chalk the Walk, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chalk will be provided. Taste of Meriden will also be held on the East Main Street side of the green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  It will include a variety of food vendors and a DJ. Today will also be the last day of the Meriden Farmers’ Market, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the Mill Street side of the Green.

To keep the spirit of Halloween this year, area towns are scheduling drive-ins, drop-offs and other events. In Wallingford, a car parade will be held at Sheehan High School on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. In Cheshire, residents who register for the Get Pumpk’d event Tuesday will receive a small pumpkin and art supplies at their doorstep. A scavenger hunt is also slated. The Meriden Parks and Recreation department and Economic Development Committee will hold a Halloween event at Hubbard Park on Oct. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. However, the Annual Halloween Festival at the Southington Drive-In has been canceled.

Meriden police are working with the FBI and a state task force following continued incidents of gun violence in the city. Chief Roberto Rosado said in a statement this week that many recent arrests have been a result of the agencies working together. So far there have been 17 firearms seized and about 20 arrests.

We didn’t like this week

Southington voters are asking candidates what they plan to do about vehicle thefts and burglaries, crimes that have surged in town this year. Thefts from motor vehicles jumped from 114 last year to 303 thus far in 2020. While there were 41 stolen vehicles in all of 2019, there have been 68 so far this year.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday effectively ending the 2020 Census this week comes in what was expected to be the final push in hardest-to-count neighborhoods of Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury. Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz faulted the Trump administration for pushing to end a census count that was supposed to continue until Oct. 31. 


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