Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Have A Good Meal, Support A Good Cause

The East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a ziti dinner Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its headquarters on Kondracki Lane.

The cost of the dinner is $5 per person. Bill Celata, the department's chief, said money raised from the dinner will be used to help train firefighters as well as purchase equipment.

The department is located at 2 Kondracki Lane.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Busy Night Ahead for Wallingford Council

A pair of issues that just don't seem to ever get resolved are on tap for the Wallingford Town Council when it meets on Tuesday.

Vacancies of the town's Housing Authority will be addressed during a special Council workshop schedule to begin at 5:45 p.m. At that meeting, councilors will interview a pair of candidates for the agency's board of commissioners: Tim Keough and Robert Wiedenmann. The agenda for the workshop meeting includes the possibility of the council naming a new commissioner.

But if recent history is any indication, the council may not take any action in selecting a new commissioner. As the Register reported earlier this month, the governing body had interviewed two other candidates for the Housing Authority board, but rejected both on them. When asked to explain their actions, councilors said there was no need to rush and replace former Chairman William Fischer.

The council's regular meeting starts at 6:30 p.m and during that session, there will be a discussion concerning a request for proposals/bids from prospective buyers for the town-owned American Legion building at 41 S. Main St. The council also will discuss setting July 12th as the date for a public hearing on selling the property.

But as is the case with the Housing Authority, the council has moved slowly in terms of dealing with the American Legion building.

Mayor William Dickinson Jr. wants to hold onto the property, even though it has fallen into disrepair (see a view of the ceiling in the building above). The mayor has said the town shouldn't sell the property because its location next to Town Hall gives officials potential expansion options.

Previous attempts to sell the property, most recently in 2010, have failed because of lack of support from the council. But the council voted in March to again put the property, which the town bought in 1995 for $190,000, on the market.

All in all, it should make for an interesting Tuesday night at Town Hall.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Get On Your Bikes and Ride

CHESHIRE - The annual Kiwanis Club Bicycle Rodeo will be held this Saturday at Bartlem Park.

Cheshire police officers will be at the event to demonstrate proper bicycle safety techniques to children and discuss the rules of the road. Bicycle registration will also be available at the event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Middle School Concert Moved to High School

No air conditioning in the Dodd Middle School cafeteria means a change in plans for a concert scheduled at the Cheshire school tonight.

School officials said this morning that the concert is being moved to the Cheshire High School Auditorium, which has air conditioning. The start time for the concert remains at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Education Foundation Holding Ceremony To Honor Scholarship Winners

Twelve Cheshire High School students will be honored tonight at a ceremony at the Dodd Middle School library for having been selected to receive scholarships awarded by the Cheshire Education Foundation.

Among the scholarships being presented is the inaugural Greg Schena Memorial Scholarship.

Two students, Kevin Reid and Matt Dupont, will receive the scholarship, which honors the memory of Greg Schena, a Cheshire High School assistant football coach and teacher at Moran Middle School in Wallingford. Schena was killed by a drunken driver in May 2010.

Other scholarship recipients being honored at the 6 p.m. ceremony are:

- Sean Kinyon, who will receive the Cheshire Education Foundation General Scholarship.

- Colin Bogrette, Ashia Wright and Eric Zdanowski, who are getting the John E. Delane Memorial Scholarship.

- Alexis Ouellette and Danielle Crochetiere, who will receive the Mark S. Jardim Memorial Scholarship, created to honor a Cheshire resident who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

- Courtney Haskell, who has been chosen to receive the Meaghan Welch Memorial Artistic Scholarship.

- William Guo will receive the Lombardo Family Scholarship.

- Marikate Villano, who will get the Daniel P. Martinook Scholarship.

- Matthew Greenwood will receive the Chapman School Scholarship.

- Jenny Ly, who will get the Kelly Cunningham Memorial Scholarship.

The Cheshire Education Foundation is a local nonprofit group that raises money to supplement programs in the district.