EDITORIAL: 8 things we liked this week, 3 we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 8 things we liked this week, 3 we didn’t

We liked this week

Hartford HealthCare rolled out its vaccination distribution plan after securing an ultra-cold freezer that can hold up to 280,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Both Pfizer and Moderna have announced that their vaccines have shown efficacy rates of around 94 percent and both are seeking emergency Food and Drug Administration approval. 

Meriden residents can still expect to see Hubbard Park come alive with the Festival of Silver Lights at night starting the day before Thanksgiving. However, there will be no ceremony when the park is lit on Nov. 25 because of concerns about the statewide surge in COVID cases.

For the first time in over 50 years, a red light shines out from the train order signal above the Milldale Train Depot, now encouraging runners along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail to stop and take a look rather than directing trains to halt. While work was ongoing on Monday, scores of people enjoying a walk on the trail stopped to ask about the signal.

Houda Jaouad has a clear goal in her campaign to be Connecticut ’s next Kid Governor.  Houda, a fifth-grade student at Meriden’s Pulaski Elementary School, wants her peers to be aware of the negative effects of body shaming. She is among seven fifth-grade students statewide who have campaigned to become Connecticut’s next Kid Governor.

The Play for Shay annual pool tournament at Yale Billiards in Wallingford raised over $5,000 for diabetes research in memory of Shaylin Massella, an employee who died of type 1 diabetes at the age of 22. The tournament has raised over $35,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since Massella’s death in 2014. 

The new coronavirus testing facility Yale New Haven Hospital hopes to open at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford next month will process as many as 228 tests a day, seven days a week. Construction crews began to place trailers on the Masonicare campus this week. 

After winning the BroadwayWorld’s Next on Stage competition, Terrence Bogan, a Wallingford native, has debuted a music video that he worked on with Broadway Records. In the video, Bogan sang “The Impossible Dream” from “Man La Mancha.” All of the filming was done while he was on campus at Trinity College for his first semester.

The U.S. Army has agreed to reconsider its issuing of thousands of less-than-honorable discharges between 2011 and 2020 to service members with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems, according to a lawsuit settlement announced Wednesday in New Haven. The class-action lawsuit was filed by two Army veterans from Connecticut. Because of their discharge status, the veterans say they were prevented from receiving military-funded health-care services and other benefits.

We didn’t like this week

Wallingford’s two high schools and two middle schools will halt in-person classes until mid-January to help contain the burgeoning spread of coronavirus. This will cause hardships but is deemed necessary now that a fall surge in cases is here, a surge that will likely worsen in December. Connecticut’s positivity rate has risen over the past two weeks from 3.55% on Nov. 3 to 5.35% on Tuesday.

Because two food service employees at Cheshire High School reported symptoms associated with COVID-19, the decision was made to keep all high school students on remote learning for the rest of this week.

The 2020-21 high school winter sports season won’t be starting any time before the middle of January. The CIAC Board of Control voted Tuesday morning to postpone the winter season until Jan. 19. The decision was driven by rising cases of COVID-19 that have prompted some CIAC member schools to pull back from in-person learning.

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