7 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire 

7 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire 



Things to know this week include a rescheduled graduation in Cheshire and the regularly scheduled graduation ceremony in Southington. The Board of Education in Meriden will hold its first in-person meeting in months to discuss school reopening plans. And Twilight Tunes resumes in Wallingford with the band Southern Voices.

Meanwhile, the Meriden City Council is expected to create a Library Building Committee to oversee renovations.

Here’s the complete list of seven things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire. 

1.Meriden school board in-person meeting, school reopening plan

The Meriden Board of Education will hold its first in-person meeting on Tuesday since schools closed in March at 22 Liberty St. Board members will wear masks and practice social distancing. Students and teachers are invited but don’t have to attend, officials said. Members will discuss the school’s reopening plan and changes to the calendar. The 6 p.m. meeting will also be virtual for those who do not wish to attend in person. The meeting accessible with the meeting ID meet.google.com/qba-tigf-hex or by phone (‪US)‪+1 423-657-0035 PIN: ‪319 672 873#.

2.Library building committee, school readiness funding in Meriden

The City Council is expected to vote Monday to establish a libary building committee to oversee renovations to the Meriden Public Library. The committee will consist of two councilors, three members of the library board of directors, four other Meriden residents and one ex-officio member of the Friends of the Meriden Public Library. The library director and city manager will also be ex-officio members, according to the council resolution.

The council will also consider authorizing up to $588,000 in state COVID-19 emergency school readiness funds to the school readiness program, run by several local agencies. 

The virtual meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday. To access the meeting follow directions posted on the city website www.meridenct.gov.

3.Cheshire graduation rescheduled for Thursday

Cheshire High School’s commencement had to be rescheduled due to the threat of rain Sunday. The original rain date was no longer feasible, either, due to a tropical storm in the forecast, School Superintendent Jeff Solan announced. The ceremony, now to be held Thursday at the Farmington Polo Club, 152 Town Farm Rd., Farmington, will begin at 5 p.m.

4.Regularly scheduled graduation in Southington 

More than 500 members of Southington High School's class of 2020 are scheduled to walk across a graduation stage, set up on their high school's football field, on Friday to receive their high school diplomas. 

The school district, in compliance with current state executive orders limiting the size of outdoor graduation ceremonies, will hold four separate ceremonies, at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Each graduate is allowed to invite two family members. The ceremonies will be live streamed on Southington High School's YouTube channel for family members and friends who can't attend, but still wish to watch the events live. Should there be rain, the events will be postponed until Saturday, Aug. 8, for the same listed times.

5.Twilight Tunes continues in Wallingford

Wallingford’s Twilight Tunes concert with the band Southern Voice is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday on the front lawn of the Parks and Recreation Department, 6 Fairfield Blvd. Tickets are free, first come first serve, limited to four per account, and can be obtained online at www.wallingfordrec.com or in person. Twilight Tunes concerts are slated for Tuesdays evenings in August, no rain dates.

6.Mushrooms, gardening in Wallingford

The Wallingford Public Library has scheduled a virtual lecture on mushroom indentification for beginners 7-8 p.m. Tuesday and a virtual vegetable gardening workshop 7-8 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required on the library’s website, www.wallingford.lioninc.org. Once registered, participants will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting via email on the day of the event.

7.Inland wetlands in Cheshire, Richard Chevrolet

Cheshire's Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission will convene a virtual meeting Tuesday. The public can access the public hearing and meeting, which start at 7:30 p.m., by viewing a livestream that will be broadcast on the town's YouTube channel.

The commission will take up multiple items, including continued discussion on a permit requested by Richard Chevrolet related to plans for an autobody repair facility that would be located in a vacant lot that is several parcels south of the dealer's current location at 1405 Highland Ave.


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