EDITORIAL: 16 things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: 16 things we liked this week

We liked this week

The Summer Campership Fund for Meriden-Wallingford has kicked off the 2019 campaign with donations totaling $4,189, including $1,320 from gifts in late 2018 already reported. The fund is in its 44th year offering campership awards to boys and girls in financial need in Meriden and Wallingford to attend local camps. This year's goal is $65,000 in order to fund 500 camperships, most at $140 each. One hundred percent of the funds raised are used directly to fund camperships. 

The Southington Town Council has named 10 community members and town employees to its newly created Town Policy Diversity Committee. Town Council Chairman Christopher Palmieri, a Democrat, announced that Town Manager Mark Sciota would chair the committee, which will review town hiring practices, recreational programs and Police Department policies and procedures.

Meriden teachers received some unexpected visitors in their classrooms recently. Representatives from the Fund for Teachers and the Dalio Foundation visited the schools to inform teachers they had been awarded education travel grants. Grants were awarded to 154 teachers across the state. Ten of those selected were from Meriden, including those at Nathan Hale School, Washington Middle School and Platt High School.

The Meriden City Council’s Human Services Committee voted unanimously this week to raise the age to purchase tobacco and vape products locally from 18 to 21. If the full City Council agrees at its next meeting, Meriden would join a growing number of municipalities raising their tobacco-purchasing age to 21. In December, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams declared vaping an epidemic and urged municipalities to take action, such as bans on indoor vaping and retail restrictions.

Gov. Ned Lamont unveiled a series of proposals Tuesday to reduce bureaucracy and make it easier for businesses to work with the state. Lamont said his initiative would eliminate thousands of unnecessary forms the state must process annually.

Jonal Laboratories Inc. joins other companies, organizations and individuals honored Thursday at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and silent auction. Other honorees included Shiner Signs; the partnership of Midstate ARC, Assisted Living Technologies, Futures Inc. and Nesit Makerspace; Eileen Bongiovanni, of Bongiovanni Insurance and Financial; Karen Roesler of the Meriden Public Library; GUS Robotic Team 228 Inc.; the Meriden Community Classroom Collaborative; and Girls Inc.

Workers removed an obsolete 30-inch water main running across the upper Quinnipiac River in Meriden last Friday, the final phase in a barrier removal project along the river. The pipe removal followed the demolition of two dams, the Clark Dam in Southington and the Carpenter Dam in Meriden, in 2016. The project will allow migrating fish an unobstructed pathway to return to their historic habitats, and barrier-free boating to kayakers and canoeists.

In Hubbard Park, Meriden’s famous daffodils are starting to bloom and people are starting to fish. Since the first day of spring, the park has started to come alive with residents enjoying themselves outside after a long winter — right on time for the city’s upcoming Daffodil Festival.

Meriden’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is marking the 75th birthday of its parish school this year. A jubilee Mass has already been celebrated and other commemorative events are planned.

About 50 vendors set up shop at a hotel in North Haven recently to entice new customers with dice games, roulette wheels, and poker chips for free giveaways during the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Showcase. This year’s event had a casino theme as a way to get people to interact, laugh, compete, and the ultimate goal — swap business cards. 

New statistics show physicians in Connecticut are continuing to prescribe fewer opioids to their patients, although the number of deaths associated with the powerful painkillers continues to remain high in the state. Last month, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported that 1,017 people died in 2018 from accidental overdoses, 948 of which were opioid-related. This is slightly lower than the 961 opioid-related deaths in 2017.

Daffodils in bloom means it is almost time for the annual 5K race and Kids Fun Run at Hubbard Park. The Meriden Rotary Club will be holding the race for the 20th year on Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. The Kids Fun Run will begin at 9:45 a.m. “It’s pretty nice to be doing this fundraiser for so long,” said Peter Wnek, chairman of the Meriden Rotary. “It keeps growing.”

About 30 other volunteers joined Justin Hubeny, outdoor center director for YMCA’s Camp Sloper in Southington, and the YMCA staff last weekend for the annual spring cleanup to get ready for the camp’s 70th season. Over the course of the spring and summer over 3,000 kids will get to experience the beauty and fun of the camp. “There’s always a big job in the spring. The winter takes its toll,” said Mark Pooler, CEO of the YMCA.

Wallingford library patrons have access to 3,569 kinds of seeds, cataloged in a new seed library donated by an Eagle Scout candidate. The Seed Library is an old card catalog, refurbished and painted green, outside the Collaboratory. Its drawers contain herb, flower, fruit and vegetable seeds, stored in packets that contain enough seeds for at least five plants. It’s a self-serve system. Patrons are asked to log the seeds they take in a notebook so the library knows what to replace.

Robert McAdams’ role raising his three lively grandsons got a little easier recently when the Nutmeg Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters matched the Meriden boys with three adult mentors. McAdams receives no financial support for the boys, and his arthritis is making it difficult to keep up.

Children and families gathered at the Meriden Linear Trail on Oregon Road Monday eager to release over 100 trout into the Quinnipiac River. The annual fish stocking by the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association drew a crowd despite the cloudy, cool weather. Families from Meriden, Wallingford, Berlin and Guilford came out, taking turns bringing buckets of fish ranging from 12 inches to 20 inches down to the river.


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