EDITORIAL: 14 things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: 14 things we liked this week

We liked this week

Annual road paving and preservation work will begin in the coming weeks, Meriden Public Works Director Howard Weissberg said. The city’s paving contractor will begin by doing repairs on more heavily damaged sections of pavement on Murray and Liberty streets. Weissberg said a list of other streets slated for paving will be “released once contractor availability is confirmed,” adding that all paving is expected to be completed by August.

An architectural firm has presented Meriden’s Library Review Committee with three options: a partial renovation, full renovation, and expansion of the library along with a full renovation. The nine-person committee is expected to pick one of the three at a meeting June 12 and make a recommendation to the City Council.

The annual agricultural fair took place this week at Wallingford’s Lyman Hall High School, showcasing the work of agricultural science students, whether they’re growing flowers, tending to animals or overhauling tractors. The ag fair began in 1963. Currently, the program enrolls 320 students from nine towns.

Southington leaders remain hopeful about a sports complex considered for a 112-acre West Street property, although there’s no public progress yet. A plan for a sports complex off the Berlin Turnpike in Berlin was abandoned, although it’s unclear if that’s a boost to Southington’s efforts. The plan includes covered playing fields, a restaurant and retail space.

The Summer Campership Fund for Meriden-Wallingford finished the fifth week at $24,167 with new donations totaling $1,060. This year’s goal is $65,000 in order to fund 500 two-week camperships. One hundred percent of the funds raised are used directly to fund camperships. The program is sponsored by the Record-Journal, the United Way and Ion Bank and administered by Meriden Health and Human Services.

The community-run Southington Drive-In on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike is preparing to kick off its 10th season on Saturday, June 1, with “Jaws,” a popular request every year. The drive-in has played the 1975 thriller about a killer shark nearly every year as its first movie.

Preparations for Wallingford’s annual Memorial Day parade are “virtually all done,” town officials said Monday. Veteran Services Officer George Messier hopes to see 2,500 to 3,000 people lining the streets. The parade route begins at Dutton Park and proceeds south along North Main Street, ending at Town Hall. The parade is scheduled to step off at 10 a.m.

Cheshire’s annual Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony will be held today at 10 a.m. on the First Congregational Church green, 111 Church Drive. The ceremony is sponsored by the Cheshire Veterans Council, which consists of American Legion Post 92, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10052, Army Air Force Round Table, Disabled American Veterans, and AmVets.

The Meriden City Council unanimously approved bonding $600,000 Monday for a new aircraft hangar at Meriden Markham Airport, adopting a recommendation made by the council’s Finance Committee last week. The new hangar adds to two hangars approved by the council earlier this year. 

Southington police officers could begin making fewer arrests for drug possession and more referrals for drug addiction services and other help for users. On Monday police officials announced the town joined the Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) initiative along with area police departments, hospitals and addiction recovery services. Rather than making an arrest, officers can decide to forgo charging someone with possession of drugs or a drug paraphernalia and instead refer them to treatment.

Meriden officials want to educate the public on recycling rules before implementing a stricter system that includes fines for violators. ”We are required to implement the DEEP’s “What’s In, What’s Out,” said Public Works Director Howard Weissberg. “The reality is for us not to pay potential fines, we have to ensure residents are following the rules.”

It was smooth paddling for the Quinnipiac Downriver Classic canoe and kayak race this year, with plenty of rain leading up to Sunday to lift water levels and clear the river of major obstacles for the first time. “It’s probably a half hour faster,” said Dan Pelletier, race organizer and a member of the river’s watershed association. 

Hartford HealthCare officials outlined the new services that’ll be coming to Cheshire with the opening of the hospital group’s building in the center of town. Work is underway on the 50,000 square-foot building that’s projected to cost $15 million. The building at 254 S. Main St. replaces a 7-Eleven and a vacant lot that was formerly Cheshire Cinema. 

The sound of honking truck horns could be heard across the Southington Drive-in last Saturday as dozens of local children explored a variety of vehicles at the 17th annual Touch-a-Truck event. Food, music and prizes were available to guests, in addition to a collection of vehicles including construction and tow trucks, police and fire vehicles and even a goatmobile.


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