6 things we liked this week, one we didn’t

We liked this week

Meriden officials decided to replace the old roof on the Board of Education’s administration building at 22 Liberty St. with genuine slate, rather than a synthetic slate roof, a decision in favor of a roof expected to last 100 years. The estimated $1.5 million roof has three times the life as the alternative, as Mayor Kevin Scarpati noted, and is eligible for historical grants and state funding. “There are sections of the roof from the 1800s,” he said.

A mural is brightening up the Bunker Avenue underpass in Meriden, thanks to a collaborative effort involving the City of Meriden, the Sustainable Meriden youth group, RiseUp, the state Department of Transportation and Gallery 53. The “dark and dreamy” underpass is now “ going to come alive with color,” said Rose Devlin, digital communications chair at Gallery 53.

After months of review, the state Office of Health Strategy approved an application from Yale New Haven Health and Hartford HealthCare to build a proton beam cancer treatment center on Northrop Road in Wallingford. “Our unprecedented collaboration with HHC will allow us to care for patients with cancer in a new and effective way by bringing a life-changing therapy to our state,” said Christopher O’Connor, Yale New Haven Health chief executive, in a prepared statement .

A scholarship will honor Ray Southland, whose decades-long career as an educator, administrator and wrestling coach was an inspiration to many. The scholarship will benefit alumni of Washington Middle School, in Meriden, where Southland was principal until his death in 2019. “The scholarship really is about personal character and commitment to making a positive difference,” said Washington Principal Jessica Showerda. “And improving yourself through education. Ray clearly believed in hard work and also felt that it must be balanced with kindness and compassion for others. That was how he lived his life.”

Wallingford’s Town Council voted unanimously to authorize a new bid on the cost of building a new Community Pool, to the design specifications approved two years ago, and also to seek estimates on repairing the current pool. A vote to set aside funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for the pool did not pass.

The Southington Drive-In announced its lineup, which includes new films like “Encanto” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” as well as classics like “Grease” and “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The season starts June 4 with a screening of “Jaws.” The town-owned drive-in is entering its 13th season.

We didn’t like this week

A Record-Journal report highlighted the rising eviction rates in Meriden and throughout Connecticut after state and federal pandemic-prompted moratoriums lapsed in the fall of 2021. In Meriden, 555 eviction cases were filed between Jan. 1, 2020 and March 31 of this year , according to data compiled by the Connecticut Data Collaborative and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. Most of the cases were in the last four months of 2021 and the first few months of this year.

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