Things to know this week include Thanksgiving of course, along with the lights in Hubbard Park, a new police unit in Wallingford, and changes to Black Friday shopping.
The staff here at the R-J wish all our readers a happy and healthy Thanksgiving this year.
Here’s the list of 7 other things to know this week.1. Hubbard Park lights in Meriden
The holiday lights in Hubbard Park are scheduled to be illuminated on Wednesday. The biggest change this year is that there will be no ceremony when the park is lit because of concerns about the statewide surge in COVID cases, Parks and Recreation Director Bourdon said.
He strongly recommended that people stay in their vehicles when they are in the park. As far as the lights, the layout will be the same but with two new displays this year that Bourdon wanted to keep a surprise.
The park will be lit every night until Jan. 3. The light show is a free event. 2. New police unit in Wallingford
The Wallingford Town Council is scheduled to hold a remote meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Agenda items include a discussion of the Police Community Impact Unit. The new unit announced earlier this month is comprised of officers who will target ongoing problems over a longer period of time while working with other town departments, residents and private companies. "The patrol division is getting busier all the time," Police Chief William Wright said this month. "We're putting more and more work on them to do, and as a result of that we don't want some of these equally as important issues to fall away.” Work associated with the new unit includes unregistered cars, noise complaints, narcotics, thefts from vehicles and other quality of life issues. Instructions for attending the remote meeting are available at https://www.wallingford.ct.us/.3. Black Friday shopping in the area
Black Friday shopping will be different in 2020 as the U.S. battles steep spikes in the coronavirus. The Meriden Mall will be closed Thanksgiving Day but will open at 7 a.m. Friday, with some stores opening at 5 a.m. Mall personnel will be deep cleaning and store capacities, mask wearing and distancing will be enforced. There will be no doorbuster sales, mall management said.
“At Meriden Mall, we are working hard to bring the Christmas spirit into the shopping experience. It is our goal to make the Christmas season as ‘normal’ as possible, while adhering to all CDC guidelines and regulations to ensure the health and safety of all our patrons during these uncertain times,” read a statement from Mall Manager Chris Powers.4. Community Towers tenant organization in Meriden
The Meriden Housing Authority and Maynard Road Corporation both will convene remote meetings through teleconference Monday night. According to posted meeting agendas, the Housing Authority meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The MRC meeting is scheduled to convene after the authority meeting adjourns.
The Housing Authority is scheduled to discuss the status of the Community Towers Tenant Organization. Community Towers provides housing for senior and disabled residents. 5. Appointments to town boards in Southington
In Southington, the Town Council has a meeting scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. via video conference. More information on attending by computer or by phone can be found at www.southington.org. The agenda includes appointments to the fire board, the police board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the library board. 6. Cheshire testing facility, townhouse development
In Cheshire, the Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold a remote meeting Monday at 7:30 p.m. Public access will be made available through live streaming on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4_xey3QjJmwe57R_6K94Dw. Video will be available on Channel 14 and on demand at www.cheshirect.org as soon as possible. New business includes a special permit application for seven townhouse style units with associated access drives and utilities at 687 South Main St. Also on the agenda is a special permit application for a medical testing facility at 905 South Main St.7. Variance requests in Southington
The Southington Zoning Board of Appeals plans to meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. That meeting will also be held via video conference and details can be found at www.southington.org. The agenda lists three separate residential variance requests on Crissey Lane, Saw Mill Lane and North Summit Street.