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In a unanimous vote, the Meriden City Council approved the recommendations of its American Rescue Plan Steering Committee — three separate proposals using federal funds aimed at helping communities recover from the impact of the pandemic. Meriden has an allocation of $36.3 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. The approved initiatives are to increase staffing in the city’s Health & Human Services Department, support Chrysalis, which provides services to victims of domestic violence, and to create a marketing program for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The business application involves the RJ media group, owner of the Record-Journal.
Jonny Allen, a 32-year-old Cheshire native and graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, is a percussionist who is part of an ensemble, Sandbox Percussion, nominated for a Grammy Award. The category is Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance.
A preliminary report on property valuations shows an overall 6% increase in Meriden’s commercial property values. As the Record-Journal reported, officials expect the city’s grand list of taxable property to be finalized by Feb. 18.
The Record-Journal reported on a community resource fair, held at Platt High School, in which more than 20 community organizations participated. The fair was organized by Marissa Cardona, the Meriden school system’s at-risk college and career coordinator. The fair also included a vaccine clinic, music and food. “The outcome was amazing,” Cardona told the R-J.
Among the many observances of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was Wallingford’s celebration, held at Town Hall. "We are still a long way away from eliminating racism and it seems like an impossible task because changing people's opinions is challenging,” said Meredith Amerman, one of three students from Lyman Hall High School who read essays at the ceremony. “Dr. King though believed that by no means does that mean that we should give up. We have to keep fighting because no progress will be made at all if we do not."
The Cooper Street bridge spanning Harbor Brook in Meriden was expected to reopen following a construction project that started in April 2021 and was slightly delayed by weather. The work was part of the Harbor Brook flood control project.We didn’t like this week
Filling the Town Council seat held by Gina Morgenstein, a Democrat, turned into political theater that got the new council off to a shaky start. The Democratic Town Committee wanted Alexa Tomassi, the next highest vote getter, to replace Morgenstein, but Republicans, who hold control the council, rejected that in favor of filling the seat with former Democratic councilor Jason Zandri. Morgenstein, who was re-elected but stepped down because of the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic, said it was “so wrong that the public was not given fair due.”