14 Things we liked, 1 we didn’t

14 Things we liked, 1 we didn’t



We liked this week

Meriden is soliciting proposals from nonprofits and city departments for its 45th annual Community Development Block Grant program, which doles out federal grant money to local agencies and departments for projects and services that seek to benefit low- and moderate-income residents.

Anthony Rossomando, along with Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, won a Grammy Award Sunday for co-writing the signature song from the blockbuster movie “A Star Is Born.” Rossomando, of Hamden, is the son of longtime Wallingford music teacher Fred Rossomando. Last month, the tune won a Golden Globe award for best original song.

A food-to-energy plant in Southington intends to add a 25,000-square-foot building and machinery to sort an unexpected rise in packaged food waste. Quantum Biopower converts the waste into methane, which is burned to produce electricity. A 2013 state law requires major food waste producers to send their waste to such facilities.

Organizers of Meriden’s 46th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade say they’re close to raising enough money to hold the event next month. About $3,000 has been received, according to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish-American organization that runs the parade. About $1,000 in contributions is still needed.

The Southington Rotary Club intends to raise $100,000 for a new playground at Veterans Memorial Park, the largest fundraising effort ever undertaken by the group. The existing playground at Memorial Park dates from the 1970s.

Attorneys for 37 towns and cities, including Wallingford, are fighting a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that was filed by the towns against Purdue Pharma and other drug companies, claiming they contributed to the opioid epidemic. The municipalities sought compensation for millions of dollars spent on opioid-related emergency responses and other services.

New mail deposit boxes have been installed near the Meriden and Cheshire post offices to replace ones damaged by thieves recently. Tampering with U.S. Postal Service property is a federal crime.

Attendees enjoyed the Classic Shows Model Railroad Show at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford on Sunday. Ludwig Spinelli, show organizer, said many collectors are former railroad workers. Others are looking for a model similar to their own childhood train sets. “It’s nostalgic childhood memories,” he said.

Galley 53 President Christine Webster teaches her students to express their creativity in her fused glass jewelry making class. The three classes on fused glass started Tuesday night and continue for the next two Tuesdays at the Colony Street gallery in Meriden.

Kaboom-ball was one of several activities offered at the Wallingford YMCA’s Storm Club, which runs when the public schools are closed due to inclement weather, as they were Tuesday. The program is open to kids in preschool through eighth grade.

A detailed account of African-American life in the Northeast during World War II, carefully preserved in the basement of the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, has been uploaded for a new, modern readership. Reels of microfilm of black-owned and operated Connecticut newspapers are being digitized as part of the Chronicling America project, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

The New England First Amendment Coalition is honoring the Hartford Courant for fighting to get records about the Sandy Hook school shooter unsealed. NEFAC’s Michael Donoghue Freedom of Information Award is presented annually to New England journalists who protect or advance the public’s right to know under federal or state law.

Jeanine Dell’Orfano, of Durham, took her two Bergamasco sheepdogs, Faggia and Freya, to New York City this week, where they took home the top breed prizes in the country’s most prestigious dog show, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

February is American Heart Health Month, with various events and programs that are aimed at helping people identify and understand risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.

We didn’t like this week

Snow accumulated in the area Tuesday, leading to poor road conditions and multiple accidents. The snow began to fall late Tuesday morning and changed over to sleet in the afternoon. Then freezing rain fell Tuesday evening, making conditions even more treacherous.


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