EDITORIAL: 11 things we liked this week, 2 we didn’t

EDITORIAL: 11 things we liked this week, 2 we didn’t

We liked this week

Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati, city officials and state lawmakers addressed a group of about 40 people at City Hall for the 18th annual remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. that killed 2,977 people. Ceremonies were also held in Wallingford and Southington, in New York City, and across the nation.

Southington and First Congregational Church have reached a 10-year agreement on a parking lot that’s used for the annual Apple Harvest Festival. The Town Council agreed to a decade-long lease during its meeting Monday. In exchange for public use of the church-owned lot, the town agreed to maintain the parking area. 

The Wallingford Police Department announced the addition of several stop signs in the interest of public safety and to facilitate improved traffic flow. A four-way stop was created at the intersection of North Main and High streets with the addition of two new stop signs on North Main Street. An additional stop sign will be posted on North Elm Street as it approaches High Street, creating a three-way stop at the intersection.

Meriden American Legion Post 45 celebrates its centennial anniversary today with an “All-American” picnic at the legion’s home, at 835 Hanover Road. The event is free and open to the public and will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Organized in 1919, the post has served Meriden’s veterans for a century.

The Wallingford Town Council on Tuesday evening reviewed a design concept for Community Pool and surrounding park, with an estimated cost of $5.65 million. The proposed site plan would include a new, 8,000-square-foot pool, a splash pad, a new bathhouse with family changing rooms, more parking, and 12 new trees.

The public is invited to full-moon viewings this evening hosted by the Wallingford Land Trust and the Meriden Parks & Recreation Department. The event is slated for 7 p.m. at Farnam Field, at the intersection of Williams and Stoney Brook roads in Wallingford. In Meriden, the gates to Castle Craig in Hubbard Park will stay open until 9:30 p.m. to let visitors watch the full moon.

Gov. Ned Lamont kept his promise Tuesday to keep a tight grip on Connecticut’s credit card absent a deal from legislators on a long-term transportation plan. The administration, which canceled State Bond Commission meetings in June, July and August, released an agenda for the September meeting that does not include the tens of millions of dollars often included on commission agendas for smaller, community-based projects in legislators’ home districts.

The Barnes Museum’s Living History Tour, held last weekend at the museum in Southington, staged scenes from the lives of the Barnes family, a wealthy, influential family in town. Actors were stationed throughout the ornate 19th century home, performing short monologues about a moment in a Barnes family member’s life.

The Connecticut Food Bank is working with Feeding America throughout September on a campaign to increase awareness of hunger in local communities. Feeding America, parent company of the Connecticut Food Bank, urged residents to participate in Hunger Action Month, and Hunger Action Day on Thursday.

The Roaring 20s Car Show brought crowds of classic and customized cars to the Southington Drive-in last Sunday. All types of antique cars were at at the event, including roadsters, hot rods, and station wagons. Holding the 49th annual show at a drive-in was fitting, said Bob D’Amico, a past president of the club. “It just evokes another era,” he said.

Connecticut students in grades three to eight boosted their scores in math, English and language arts while some Alliance Districts, including Meriden Public Schools, made significant gains. Alliance Districts, which receive additional state funding, are the state’s lowest performing districts, serving a large number of students from low-income families.

We didn’t like this week

Despite improving sales growth last year, eight out of 10 Connecticut companies say the business climate here is declining, according to the latest annual survey from the state’s chief business lobby. The Connecticut Business and Industry Association also found 77 percent of businesses believe the state’s new paid Family and Medical Leave program will harm their companies and 53 percent say the rising minimum wage will do the same. Business confidence in state lawmakers plunged to an all-time low.

Wallingford Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. has opposed using technology to post meeting agendas and minutes of town boards and commissions on the town website, an idea supported by several town councilors. He said there’s no great demand from the public for copies of minutes, and it would be an administrative burden and an additional expense for the town.