EDITORIAL: 8 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

Aldi supermarket plans to open a store on Meriden’s Chamberlain Highway, filling a grocery gap on the city’s west side left by the closing of the Stop & Shop in Centennial Plaza. “This is certainly great news for our City and residents,” said Mayor Kevin Scarpati in a Facebook post.

Police Chief Roberto Rosado recently received the Distinguished Chiefs award from the Police Commissioners Association of Connecticut. Rosado received the award along with two other police chiefs during a Sept. 29 ceremony. “It’s more for the agency,” Rosado told the Record-Journal. “The men and women in the department. They are the ones that go out there and provide safety and security to the community. Without their effort, I would never have received this award.”

The life of Iris Papale was celebrated after her death at age 86. Papale was the first woman elected to the Wallingford Town Council, and served for 32 years before deciding not to seek re-election in 2007. “Wallingford has lost just a wonderful person, an absolute superlative citizen,” said Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. “People like that make an impact because they show the rest of us how to do it.”

The Record-Journal featured a story on Marissa Cardona, wife of U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, who is family school liaison for Meriden Public Schools. While life has changed since her husband took on the highest education position in the nation, Marissa Cardona has remained committed to the local community.

Cheshire’s Board of Education is considering a “civility code” policy on discourse at public meetings. The initiative is a response to a tension-filled meeting that involved implementation of state mask mandates. School Superintendent Jeff Solan said the situation goes back more than a year. Solan said the code could not be binding in a legal way, but could help meetings run more efficiently.

Wallingford Police promoted two members of the department to supervisor positions. Michael Forcier moves from sergeant to lieutenant and Erik Judkins goes from patrol officer to sergeant. The promotions fill vacancies created by retirements. “...I think that the Wallingford Police Department is moving in the right direction, ” said Police Chief John Ventura, as quoted by the Record-Journal.

Put off last year by the coronavirus pandemic, the annual cleanup work along the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail will return Oct. 24 with the participation of the public. Work includes maintenance along the linear trail.

Months of road closures and detours near the Meriden Mall and MidState Medical Center are in the rear-view mirror as construction of the Kensington Avenue bridge is finished and  the bridge reopened. Delays in the reopening had been caused by a traffic signal light that needed replacing and pandemic-caused delays in the supply chain.

We didn’t like this week

The state Department of Agriculture issued another warning last month to the Wallingford animal shelter after a failed reinspection. Issues in the report included cracks and chips in the cement walls and flooring of the kennel areas. Kelli Baker, a state animal control officer, performed the reinspection after the facility did not pass an inspection June 25.

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