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11 things we liked this week

11 things we liked this week

We liked this week

Meriden is in the process of replacing a number of department heads and supervisors set to retire next month as part of the retirement incentive program. The city hopes to have each new hire start prior to the outgoing department head’s retirement date, Human Resources Director Robert Scalise said. Some positions have already been filled.

A global maker of components for the aviation, space, defense and medical industries is moving to Wallingford. Radiall USA Inc. is relocating its design and assembly operation from New Haven to space vacated by Webster Bank at 777 Northrup Road. It expects to bring 80 employees to the new location.

Mayor Kevin Scarpati will hold his biannual Mayor’s Community Clean-Up Day from 9 a.m. to noon today. The cleanup will begin at the Meriden Green, and the first 100 volunteers will be given a cleanup day T-shirt. A light lunch will be served following the cleanup.

Wallingford residents will have the opportunity to sample food from over a dozen different restaurants downtown next week as part of the 7th annual Restaurant Hop. “There’s something for everyone,” said Liz Landow, Wallingford Center Inc. executive director. The Downtown Restaurant Hop kicks off Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Yale-New Haven Hospital on Monday unveiled plans to build up its St. Raphael campus with a 505,000-square foot, $838 million neuroscience center for research and treatment of diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and strokes. The project will develop a neuroscience focus for the St. Raphael campus. 

Wallingford police Lt. John Ventura was sworn in as the new deputy chief, selected from a pool of three internal candidates. The department held a badge-pinning ceremony Monday evening for Ventura and Sgt. James Cifarelli, who was promoted to lieutenant.

Lawmakers in the state Senate have cleared the way for a blooming hemp industry in Connecticut, authorizing a pilot program for the production and sale of the crop. Proponents held up the proposal, approved by the Senate Thursday, as a catalyst that could revive ailing sectors of the state’s farming industry.

South Meriden Little League will dedicate its T-Ball diamond at Habershon Field to Glenn Agnew, the owner of Village Barber Shop in South Meriden who died from a heart attack at age 48 last May. The league will hold a dedication / fundraiser event on May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. 

A foundation in honor of a Southington High School graduate is helping students connect with mentors and recently sponsored a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The Make It Different Foundation was created by Ty Harris’ mother, Deborah Garner. Harris, 19, died in a car accident last year that took the lives of two other young people and injured another. Garner wants to support high school students, like her son, who need mentorship and learning opportunities.

Work on the Center Street bridge replacement project in Wallingford has resumed. “This is the typical start-up timeframe for most projects that (were) on hold over the winter season,” said Kevin Nursick, state Department of Transportation spokesman, via email. Construction began in 2016.

Facing protests and concerned about losing the community’s trust, state and local officials were unusually quick to release police body camera and surveillance videos of a shooting by two police officers, who opened fire on a young, unarmed couple in their car in New Haven last week, wounding a 22-year-old woman. Public safety Commissioner James Rovella said it was unprecedented for police in the state to release such videos so early in an investigation into a police shooting.