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



We liked this week

Former Cheshire Town Council Chairman Rob Oris’ leadership and dedication to the town was praised when he said his goodbyes to the council and his colleagues. Oris chose not to run for reelection this year in order to spend more time with his family.  “I have served with you for four terms, or eight years,” said vice chair Tim Slocum. “… I wanted to just say thank you, on behalf of all of us, but I also wanted to acknowledge what you’ve been able to do, not just for our group up here, but for the community as a whole.”

A family of snowmen made of tires is encouraging passersby on Southington’s Edgewood Circle to donate non-perishables in a bin for Bread for Life. As the Record-Journal reported, Jennifer Jacovino Baptiste began the display in 2018 and added a donation bin last year. She’s been growing the display each year by adding tires and decorations she creates. This year eight snowmen are gathered around a plastic campfire. Lights automatically turn on every night to illuminate the display.

The Meriden YuleFest is set for Dec. 11. “I am absolutely ecstatic,” YuleFest organizer Carrie Teele told the Record-Journal. This year the festival is back in person, following a virtual event last year. Families can expect street performances, holiday music. food trucks, and over 40 craft vendors.

We didn’t like this week

According to the Red Cross website, the organization is heading into the holidays with the “lowest blood supply in more than a decade.” “We need to collect here in Connecticut, about 500 pints a day to keep our 31 hospitals and care centers stocked with blood,” said Pat Pattonelli, the state’s collection team supervisor, during a blood drive at Maloney High School, in Meriden. “Typically most of our blood drives are about this size, six bags and about 50 appointments.” The Red Cross statewide hosts about 14 to 18 drives per weekday



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