EDITORIAL: 9 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 9 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

Trivia night, lunch dates and board games were just a few of the invitations Quinnipiac University students received from residents Wednesday as they moved in to Masonicare’s Ashlar Village in Wallingford. The two students, part of the Student-in-Residence program, will live with Masonicare residents for a year. First-year graduate students Michelle Zubko and Julia Kowal both study occupational therapy.

Southington is finalizing plans to replace bridges on Spring Street and Marion Avenue next year. The work, slated to begin in spring, will slow travel on both roads. Public Works Director Keith Hayden said portions of both bridges were rated as in poor condition by the state Department of Transportation.

Meriden’s firefighters’ union gave away about a thousand backpacks to students in Pre-K through 8th grade at the city’s 16th annual Back-to- School Expo Tuesday. Fire Local 1148 organizes the event each year by collecting backpacks and stuffing them with school supplies.

Last weekend, there was no bigger hotbed of youth soccer in Connecticut than at the 35th annual The Wallingford Invitational Soccer Tournament, which kicked off Saturday morning and ran through Sunday evening. Close to 100 teams comprising about 1,700 players descended on soccer fields throughout town to compete in TWIST.

State residents took advantage of the start of Connecticut’s sales tax-free week for back-to-school items. Tax-free week started Sunday and runs through today. The program waives the 6.53 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less regardless of how many of those items are sold to a customer on the same invoice.

The former Lincoln College of New England campus in Southington could have a buyer following an auction. “We’re in closing now,” said Fontana Fitzwilson, of auction house Williams & Williams. Fitzwilson said she couldn’t reveal how much the winning bid was or the name of the top bidder. 

Dozens of families gathered Monday at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford for an evening of math games and engineering challenges at the school district’s second annual STEM Challenge Night. The event was open to all grade levels, and kids from elementary through high school attended with parents and friends.

Apollo Maldonado, Meriden’s artist in residence, has been painting large colorful wings on a blank wall directly across Colony Street from the Silver City Ballroom. Maldonado’s efforts are part of a larger calling, involving his brother-in-law Eddie Rivera, who has painted other murals around the downtown area. 

After successfully piloting a bulky waste curbside pickup program this year, the Meriden Parks and Recreation Department has brought the service back. The program, which the city will offer through Oct. 4, allows residents to schedule an appointment to have up to five bulky waste items picked up for a charge of $20, less than the $40 residents pay per carload to dispose of items at the city’s transfer station.

We didn’t like this week

Connecticut lawmakers were told Tuesday that the Connecticut Port Authority, which has come under scrutiny for paying a former board chairwoman’s daughter $3,000 for office art, operated for a period of time in fiscal years 2017 and 2017 without the “basic elements” of internal accounting procedures.