9 things to know this week including Meriden high school graduations

9 things to know this week including Meriden high school graduations

For the week starting Monday June 3, 2019.

Things to know this week include the first of our local high school graduations, fundraising to dredge Sloper Pond in Southington and the unveiling of a painting by a Cheshire artist commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of World War II.

Here’s the full list of 9 things to know this week:

1. Platt and Maloney high school graduation

Graduations at Platt and Maloney high schools will be held 6 p.m. Friday. Meriden’s last day of school is scheduled for Thursday.

2. Camp Sloper pond dredging

The YMCA is continuing its campaign to raise money for dredging work at Sloper Pond. YMCA director Mark Pooler said the pond, while useable, is taking its natural course and turning from a pond into a swamp.

Recently the YMCA has gotten support from the Town Council and a grant from the Main Street Community Foundation for the dredging work.

3. Meriden Public Library expansion plans

The Library Review Committee will hold a public information session Thursday at the library to provide details and answer questions about three options for renovations of the library. An architectural firm presented the three options, ranging in estimated cost from about $6 million to $9 million, to the committee last month. The public information session will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Griffin Room of the library, 105 Miller St.  

4. Phosphorus removal project in Wallingford

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing and then vote on a state-mandated upgrade to the wastewater treatement plant aimed at reducing phosphorus discharge. The Town Council has approved appropriating $60 million for the project.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at 100 John St. The public hearing starts at 6:45 p.m.

5. Southington High School principal hiring

The Board of Education will meet Tuesday to interview candidates for principal of Southington High School.

Principal Brian Stranieri is leaving his position at the end of the school year after nearly four decades in the district. He took over leadership of Southington High School in 2015 after the departure of former principal Martin Semmel.

The board interviews will take place in executive session. Board chairman Brian Goralski said he hopes to fill the position in June and anticipated internal candidates in addition to those outside the district.

6. D-Day painting on display in Cheshire

A painting commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day by a local artist will be on display at the Webster Bank at 145 Highland Avenue until June 11.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Class of 1962 commissioned Tony Falcone, a Cheshire resident, to paint the scene of troops going ashore at Normandy during the 1944 invasion of France.

Falcone will be at Webster Bank on June 6, the anniversary of the invasion, to talk about the painting. He worked with a World War II veteran, Al Green, to capture the details of the landing. Green served on the infantry landing craft depicted in the foreground of the painting.

7. Meriden bar hopes to expand

The Zoning Board of Appeals will review an application Tuesday for a 756-square-foot expansion at Mr. Bentley’s Cafe, at 190 Grove St. The board will also review an application for a new 2,500-square-foot gas station at 938 E. Main St. The new gas station would replace an existing 1,600-square-foot gas station currently at the site. The meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 131 at City Hall, 142 E. Main St. 

8. Development plan focus groups in Meriden

The consulting firm drafting the city’s new Plan of Conservation and Development will hold three focus groups Monday on various POCD topics, including Health and Human Services at 11 a.m., Neighborhood, and Cultural Resources at 2 p.m., and Good Governance at 4:30 p.m. The focus groups are open to the public and will be held in room 131 of City Hall. 

9. Non-profit roundtable in Cheshire

On Wednesday, June 5, the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce is hosting a non-profit roundtable at its offices at 195 S. Main St.

Non-profit members can share ideas and information during the roundtable. The chamber is requesting RSVP’s for the event.