9 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire

9 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire



Things to know this week includes an arcade and bar planned for Factory Square in Southington, which is seeking approval from the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Citywide road paving begins in Meriden and a Mexican restaurant on Miller Street that started as a popular food truck will hold a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Here’s the list of 9 things to know as you start the week.

1.Gaming arcade and bar seeks approval in Southington

A company looking to open a gaming arcade and bar will be on the Zoning Board of Appeals agenda Tuesday.

GameCraft LLC wants to open this fall in Factory Square and offer drinks as well as arcade games. The company is looking to get café liquor license approval.

The zoning board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on July 23 at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

2.Annual road paving kicks off in Meriden

The city of Meriden this week will begin its annual road paving, which will run through September. About 25 roads will be paved this year, and the work is expected to cost $870,000. 

The city has contracted with two companies — Masechusetes-based All States Materials Group and New York-based Highway Rehabilitation Corporation — for the work. A combination of paving techniques will be used, including rubberized chip seal.

This is the first year the city will be rubber chip sealing some roads, which officials say allows the city to pave more roads because the technique is more cost-effective.  

3.Twilight Tunes in Wallingford

The Wallingford Twilight Tunes summer concert series continues with River of Dreams, a Billy Joel tribute band, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Parade Ground, South Main Street.

4.Downtown restaurant ribbon-cutting in Meriden

A ribbon cutting will be held Thursday at Mr. Taco, a newly opened Mexican restaurant at 69 Miller St. The event, sponsored by the MidState Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 5 p.m. The owners of the restaurant built a loyal lunchtime fan base operating a food truck near the Meriden Green before opening the full-service restaurant in May.

5.Library computer classes in Wallingford 

The Wallingford Public Library plans to host basic computer classes this week. On Monday at 2 p.m., an introduction to Gmail class will teach the fundamentals of the email platform, how to set up an account and compose and send emails. On Wednesday at 6 p.m., the library will offer one-on-one computer tutoring for novices on Windows and Macbook users.

6.Work on Southington water tank continues

Work will continue next week on a new water tank off Mill Street. Crews began setting up the side panels for the 65-foot, two million gallon tank that’ll replace two aging steel tanks nearby.

The tank will provide water to the town’s largest zone according to Water Department officials. The project is expected to cost more than $3 million.

7.Farmers’ market in Cheshire 

The Cheshire Farmers’ Market enters its third week of the season. Hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department and held in the parking lot of the Harmon Leonard Jr. Youth Center at 599 S. Main St., the next market will be open on Thursday, July 25, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event promises a variety of offerings from area farmers, craftspeople, food trucks and other vendors.

8.Bartlem Park concert series in Cheshire

The town’s concert series at Barlem Park continues Friday night with Peat Moss and the Fertilizers, a top 40s party band. Show begins at 7 p.m.

9. Italian-American Festival in Southington

The Italian-American Festival kicks off Friday night on lower Center Street in downtown Southington with activities beginning at 5 p.m. Activities continue Saturday from 1–11 p.m. and on Sunday from 1–6 p.m. 


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