EDITORIAL: 7 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

In Wallingford Timothy Sena was named comptroller, a position he’d been filling in all but name since May, following the retirement of James Bowes. Sena, deputy comptroller for 12 years “has the skills and experience to serve our town well,” said Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr.

Pet lovers will find favor with a dog bakery and pet supply store expanding from South Windsor to become the latest attraction at Factory Square in Southington. The aim is to open Leaps & Bones Too on Nov. 1. “We hand-make all of our biscuits with all natural ingredients and no preservatives,” said co-owner Lauri Surprenant. “We offer a range of everything from doggie cannolis up to cakes.”

As of mid-October, leaves were just beginning to change, and the expectation is that the peak fall foliage time this year should be the beginning of November. The effects of climate change and other weather factors over the years have helped push the peak back in the calendar, Gary Lessor, senior meteorologist at Western Connecticut State University, told the Record-Journal.

President Joe Biden came to Connecticut late last week to promote, as the Connecticut Mirror reported, his presidency and the legacies of former senators Christopher J. Dodd and his late father, Thomas J. Dodd. Biden spoke at the dedication of the University of Connecticut’s Thomas J. Dodd research Center.

After the pandemic ruled out such activities last year, in-person alumni and parent weekends are back at colleges and universities, the Record-Journal reported. “We are doing a huge variety of events from virtual to in-person on-campus ... which is super fun going from last year having everything be virtual to being able to offer so many options this year for our community,” said Katie Berube, director of university events for the University of Hartford. 

The Record-Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards honored hundreds of local businesses in a return to an in-person ceremony at the Aqua Turf in Southington following last year’s virtual concession to the coronavirus pandemic. “We all know that local businesses drive our economy and for our readers, this program allows them to learn about their local businesses that we can count on for trusted products and services,” said Liz White Notarangelo, Record-Journal publisher.

Organizers are planning for the 50th Samaha Bowl, scheduled for 2 p.m.  on Nov. 24 — the day before Thanksgiving — at Sheehan High School’s Riccitelli Field, in Wallingford. The Samaha Bowl, the premier powder puff event, was founded in 1972 by former Sheehan athletic director Judy Samaha, who died in July 2020.

We didn’t like this week

The presence of police at a recent Southington Board of Education meeting is a sign of the times. The officers’ presence was in response to concerns over crowds at meetings during which controversial topics like mask mandates are discussed. “Not knowing how some of these rallies can go, we felt it was a precautionary measure we wanted to take,” said BOE Chairwoman Terri Carmody.





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