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EDITORIAL: 11 things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: 11 things we liked this week

We liked this week

The Wallingford Board of Education voted this week to hold commencement for approximately 470 graduating seniors during the first two weeks of July. The decision will give the district time to poll students on the sort of in-person graduation ceremony they would like. Meriden’s Platt and Maloney high school graduations were rescheduled for Friday, delayed one day by a rainy forecast.

Meriden approved more permanent changes to the rules on outdoor dining in commercial areas. The new changes will also allow al fresco dining to continue in commercial districts and the city’s transit-oriented district when the governor’s executive order ends.

University of Connecticut students will be able to return to classes Aug. 31. Students planning to live in university residence halls in Storrs and Stamford will need to return to those campuses two weeks early to allow for required coronavirus testing and possible quarantine periods. Some classes will be completely online, some will be in-person and some will be a blend of the two, President Thomas Katsouleas said.

The Wallingford Town Council on Tuesday night passed a budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year that will keep the tax rate flat. Wallingford joins Meriden and Cheshire in that regard. Southington will have a very slight decrease in the tax rate.

After years of adapting to the times and needs of customers, Prentis Printing Solutions is celebrating 50 years. Prentis Printing has always operated in downtown Meriden, ever since Bruce Burchsted partnered with John Prentis to start the business.

Lake Compounce Family Theme and Water Park, on the Southington-Bristol line, is set to open for the summer season on July 6. “The health and safety of our Guests and Team Members continues to be our number one priority as we work to welcome guests back to the park,” said General Manager Larry Gorneault in a press release. The park would have normally opened for the season in early May. 

Gov. Ned Lamont released detailed phase 2 pandemic lockdown reopening guidelines for Connecticut businesses on Sunday, stressing social distancing, limited capacity, face mask requirements and sanitation. Prior to the June 17 reopening, businesses must prepare a detailed plan and employee training program and appoint staff to enforce rules.

Plenty of local restaurants have been opening their doors recently for outdoor dining, in accordance with Lamont’s executive order allowing only outdoor dining starting May 20. Restaurants were given the go-ahead to open indoor dining on June 17. 

The Wallingford school system has named its teacher, administrator and paraeducator of the year. They are Daniel Wostbrock, a science teacher at Sheehan High School; Christina Sagnella, principal of Parker Farms School; and Jennifer Jayne, a paraeducator at Parker Farms.

The rallies against racism and police brutality that were held in Meriden and Wallingford last weekend were peaceful and encouraging. City Manager Tim Coon attended the Saturday rally on the Meriden Green and was pleased at the turnout. “I’m very pleased with the event and everybody across the board,” Coon said.

Amid nationwide unrest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Meriden leaders are mulling a wide range of additions to Meriden’s anti-discrimination policies, including establishing a “racial equity council” and mandating cultural diversity training for all city employees.

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