EDITORIAL: 13 things we liked this week

EDITORIAL: 13 things we liked this week

We liked this week

In Southington, no businesses or residences had enough qualifying emergency calls in the last fiscal year to face fines under an ordinance passed last year. Deputy Police Chief William Palmieri said no property owner had more than 25 calls for service, after removing calls exempt under the ordinance.

Connecticut outpaces other states and the federal government when it comes to employing women in the highest levels of state government, an analysis released Wednesday shows. The report from the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls found women hold nearly 52% of executive-branch jobs considered “officials and administrators,” compared to 30% of the highest senior civil-service positions in the federal government.

The Meriden Historical Society coordinated the donation of a 113-year-old photograph of Police Department members in a ceremony at the police station on Wednesday. The photograph was found among the belongings of former teacher and local historian Dan DeLuca after he died three years ago. The framed image, dated March 1, 1906, shows the 16 members of the Meriden police department at the time of the city’s centennial.

The City Council recently authorized $50,000 to fix an irrigation pipe at the Meriden Green. The pipe failed in mid-June when the city turned on the irrigation system for the first time this year, according to Parks and Recreation Director Chris Bourdon. The system, installed in 2016, has since been unable to water the grass, turning the Meriden Green brown. “It went from looking like a golf fairway in May to looking quite browned out in July,” Bourdon said.

Clothes, paintings and jewelry were on sale at the first Meriden Sidewalk Art Sale, the latest in a series of efforts to revitalize downtown. Sunday’s event was organized by Carrie Teele, who also works on the Twilight Music Series, and Darrell Lucas. The goal was to encourage people to visit downtown and hopefully see the opportunities there.

Improved communication between City Hall and residents, and bolstering Meriden’s image were two key suggestions in a recent survey commissioned by the city. Other concerns included attracting businesses and market-rate housing around the train station, eliminating blight and increasing the tax base. The survey will be used by members of a steering committee drafting a 10-year Plan of Economic and Community Development.

Southington Fire Department and town officials on a newly formed committee are working to recruit more volunteer firefighters and reverse a trend of declining membership. The committee, which met for the second time on Tuesday, discussed ways to publicize the need for volunteers. John Moise, a fire board member and recruitment committee chairman, said many people think the fire department is either all volunteer or all career. It is a mixture of both, with career firefighters at two stations and volunteers at the others.

The city of Meriden has begun its annual road paving, which will run through September. About 25 roads will be paved this year, and the work is expected to cost $870,000.

Aficionados of all things firefighting convened at the 10th annual Silver City Fire Fest last weekend at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Meriden. Emergency services personnel and supporters from all over the region met with each other, took in vintage fire and safety vehicles on display, and perused all manner of fire-related memorabilia, from toy trucks to real gear. “It’s a great event,” said James Cournoyer, deputy chief of the South Meriden Fire Department.

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is offering a $12,500 grant for an organization to provide suicide prevention strategies for youth in Southington, Berlin, New Britain and Plainville. The grant is made through the foundation’s Catalyst Fund, which is financed by local donors who meet annually to decide on an issue they would like to see addressed.

With heat and humidity expected to reach dangerous levels last weekend, the Hubbard Park pool in Meriden opened at noon, an hour early, Saturday and Sunday to give residents more time to cool off.

On Wednesday the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the safe return to the earth of the crew of Apollo 11, which brought the first humans to the moon. A total of 12 American astronauts would walk on the moon between 1969 and 1972.

As the country celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, eight Wallingford students were off on a 10-day trip to Australia focused on science, technology and space exploration. A variety of cultural and educational activities were planned, mostly in Melbourne and Sydney. When they return, they’ll join a school district steering committee for the first-of-its-kind Connecticut Student Space Center, to be located at Mary G. Fritz School.