EDITORIAL: 14 things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: 14 things we liked this week



We liked this week

About 31,000 Stop & Shop workers at 240 stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut were back on the job Monday after five unions and the company came to an agreement on contract terms Sunday evening. Stop & Shop lost roughly $2 million a day during the strike, for a total of around $100 million.

The Wallingford Town Council is waiting for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative to sign off on a settlement to the town’s lawsuit accusing the energy cooperative of overcharging. The Town Council approved the settlement Tuesday, but Chairman Vincent Cervoni didn’t disclose figures, citing CMEEC’s pending decision. The town has maintained, since late 2013, that the overcharging totaled roughly $3.5 million.

Construction of a new veterans housing project on Hanover Street in Meriden is expected to begin next month, Robert Cappelletti, executive director of the Meriden Housing Authority, told the authority’s board of directors this week. Cappelletti said the MHA expects to close on the property on May 15. Construction is set to begin shortly after. The $3.3 million project stalled for more than two years due to a delay in the release of state funding.

Construction has started on townhouses and apartments on Eden Avenue in Southington, a downtown development that will total 64 residential units. Homestake Capital, a New Jersey-based company, owns the project. Local developer Mark Lovley is building it. Plans for the housing have changed over the years, delaying construction first proposed in 2015.

Restoring two-way traffic to several downtown Meriden thoroughfares was the subject of a public information meeting Tuesday at City Hall. The proposal is a modification of the city’s original plan to create two-way traffic along East and West Main streets, which the state Department of Transportation said would impact downtown railroad crossings. 

Two state labor agencies were recently awarded a combined $4.7 million to train workers for manufacturing jobs in industries experiencing employee shortages. The Workforce Alliance Manufacturing Careers Partnership will receive $3.45 million to recruit, screen, assess and train youth and adults for job placement with committed employers, according to a press statement. 

The Coalition for Social Justice, created by the Southington Board of Education last month, held its first public meeting Tuesday after its first meeting was closed to anyone not appointed to the group, including the press. School Superintendent Tim Connellan formed the group to address complaints that minority students are mistreated and feel unwelcome in the schools.

Meriden is forming a committee of community leaders and representatives to promote participation in the 2020 U.S. Census. The City Council passed a resolution earlier this month authorizing Mayor Kevin Scarpati to appoint members to the “Complete Count Task Force.”

The Wallingford Board of Education on Monday night approved three plans for middle and high school reconfiguration to put forward in a community survey. In December, in the face of public opposition, the board eliminated two options that would have consolidated Moran and Dag Hammarskjold middle schools.

Girls Inc. of Meriden members will lead the Daffodil Festival parade as grand marshals today in recognition of the organization’s 100 years of service to the community. The parade will step off at 11:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Spring into Spring,” said parade coordinator Jane Dunn.

Families, volunteers and those who would otherwise spend the holiday alone joined together during the 38th annual Wallingford Community Easter Dinner Sunday at First Congregational Church, enjoying a meal including ham, potatoes and apple pie. “It brings the whole community together,” said dinner organizer Sonya Wulff.

After watching Connecticut income tax receipts fluctuate by hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two years, state officials appear to be getting off the fiscal rollercoaster this spring. What it means, if early trends continue for another week, is no last-minute curve ball — good or bad — for Gov. Ned Lamont and lawmakers as they strive to craft the next state budget.

Spring is in full bloom in downtown Meriden thanks to a family-owned nursery in Cheshire and a small army of volunteers who planted 200 flower pots in the area of Colony and West Main streets. A pickup truck from Casertano Greenhouses & Farms carrying flowers and soil arrived downtown Monday morning and volunteers from the Downtown Beautification Committee immediately got to work.

Local wineries like Paradise Hills and Gouveia Vineyards, both in Wallingford, will be participating in this year’s Connecticut Farm Wineries Passport Program, which kicks off May 3. The spring-to-fall program, run by the state Department of Agriculture, gives wine lovers a chance to explore 40 wineries while collecting stamps in a passport booklet that they can later trade in for prizes.


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