Thanking every councilor
With the start of the new year, Christina Tatta is joining the Town Council. I want to take a moment to wish her and the rest of our town councilors the best of luck, and to thank John LeTourneau for his twelve years of service on our Town Council. Our officials are often criticized more than they are thanked, so I want to say something positive about each one of them.
Mayor Dickinson has kept Wallingford a desirable place to live or own a business with the low tax rate for over three decades.
■ Mr. Cervoni always remains positive and professional, regardless of anything happening around him.■ Mr. Fishbein always fights to keep taxes low and is not afraid to ask the tough questions. ■Mr. Laffin is always poised and approaches issues analytically.■ Mr. Marrone expresses his opinions respectfully without seeking undue attention.■ Ms. Morgenstein looks to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.■ Mr. Shortell genuinely seeks to take a pragmatic approach to find the best outcome for all on every issue.■ Ms. Tatta is an energetic, eager individual looking to influence positive change in our town.■ Mr. Testa asks good questions that show his ability to balance multiple sides of complex issues.■ Mr. Zandri keeps our town updated through townwide Facebook groups and serves our kids by being on the Boys and Girls Club board.
I also have positive things I want to say about each of our Board of Education members. I will write about them in a future editorial.
Rajan Doering, WallingfordA disappointing experience
Back in February of 2019 a friend had told me about a volunteer opportunity on the Meriden Linear Trails advisory committee and it sounded great to me. I had been a literacy volunteer and had enjoyed it but was looking for something different. I went onto the City of Meriden web site and researched the information for the committee.
My friend emailed the chairman of the committee and told him about my interest. We communicated and he invited me to the next meeting in March held in the City Hall basement. I attended the meeting and afterwards asked how I could become a member. He said that he would email the appropriate people and it should take about 3 to 6 months for the process to happen.
Our committee council person was also involved and said she would help. Each meeting brought more promises to assist with my membership. After 9 months of attending meetings, I decided to relinquish my request for membership to the committee.
There is no doubt in my mind that they were doing their best to assist me in joining their committee. But there is doubt in my mind about the process for volunteer membership to this committee and possibly other city committees. When you have a citizen, who wants to give back to the city he grew up in, you find a way to enable that person’s commitment. Now I am not naïve to think that our city council and mayor’s only responsibility is to review and enable volunteers, but there should be an expedient process in place to review potential volunteers for our city committees. Every time I walk our scenic Gorge and Linear trails, I do with sadness that I cannot be part of ensuring their future in Meriden.
Andre de la Chevrotiere, MeridenEnd of an era
It is the end of an era for Plantsville Village Center.
A quarter of a century ago Plantsville was the hot spot for antique shopping. It’s what put Plantsville on the map. If you mentioned Plantsville people would say “Oh that’s where the antique shops are.” It’s where the locals would go to socialize. To people from out of state it was a travel destination and tourist spot. It was THE place to go antiquing.
Now, 25 years later, it is the time of online shopping. With the press of a button items are delivered to your door. The thrill of the hunt and shopping at brick and mortar antique stores has passed.
The items that are selling now have also changed. The antiques aren’t selling. People want items that are repainted, repurposed and recycled.
I am a local resident and business owner in Plantsville.
In 1998 I started my business in downtown Southington as Marcy’s Antique’s. But for the last 14 years I have been located in a charming house in Plantsville Village Center as La Vita Vintage. When I moved to Plantsville there were approximately 15 storefronts, most of which were antique businesses. Now only two of these stores remain, mine being one of them.
It saddens me to make the decision to close my store. I have made many friends over the last 25 years. Every day was a new journey. I will miss people’s storytelling, the unique items that came through the door, the history and memories people have shared with me. Many people have asked me “What was the best thing you ever found?” I must answer that by saying “The customers who have become friends.” They truly are the best treasure because, in the end, the rest is just “stuff.”
In 2020, I will get La Vita Vintage ready to become a part of Plantsville’s past. Everything will be sold and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.
I want to thank all of you who supported my small business and allowed me to follow my dream.
Marcy Mongillo, La Vita Vintage