NEWINGTON - Now that we know the state of the nation and state of the state, itâ€™s time to learn how the town is doing.
Newingtonâ€™s 2018 State of the Town is coming up Thursday, March 1.
The annual presentation comes courtesy of the Newington Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the gathering in Newington High Schoolâ€™s cafeteria. Town Manager Tanya Lane and Mayor Roy Zartarian are both expected to address attendees of the breakfast.
â€śThis has been going on for a long time,â€ť chamber Executive Director Gail Whitney said. â€śIt was one of the first events that I worked on when I started at the chamber 18 years ago.â€ť
The event is open to the public and reservations are required. Tickets are $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.
Itâ€™s an opportunity to get a sense of the townâ€™s current challenges and gains directly from the mouths of town leaders.
â€śThe growth of the town is important,â€ť Whitney said. â€śI think the economy is getting better and it seems like vacant properties get filled pretty quickly.â€ť
In the past year alone, the chamber has welcomed about 30 new members.
â€śWe have a lot of mom and pops in Newington,â€ť added Whitney, who encourages residents to shop locally before heading out of town.
Mayor Roy Zartarian said this week that he plans to discuss new business activity during his State of the Town address.
â€śThereâ€™s a low rate of vacancies in commercial properties,â€ť he pointed out. â€śThere are always new tenants coming in.â€ť
A few examples include Batteries Plus Bulbs, moving into the old Dunkinâ€™ Donuts on the Berlin Turnpike later this spring; and Corsicana Mattress, opening its first Northeast branch inside the former Fafnir building on Alumni Road.
Additionally, the town is awaiting redevelopment of the old National Welding property near CTfastrakâ€™s Cedar Street Station, where a hotel is expected to be built. The former Eversource building on the Berlin Turnpike has also recently become available.
Besides the new opportunities coming up on the economic development front, the mayor also plans to address infrastructure and the state budgetâ€™s impact on Newington.
NHS culinary students will be preparing and serving the breakfast. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m., with meal service at 8 and the Q&A program set to begin at 8:30.
Reserve tickets by Friday, Feb. 23 at the Newington Chamber of Commerce, 1046 Main St. or by calling Gail Whitney at 860-666-2089.
If Newington schools are delayed or canceled due to inclement weather, the program will be held Friday, March 2.
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, @schmittnbh or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of events:
7:45 a.m. Registration
8 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Program with Q&A
If you go:
WHAT: The Newington Chamber of Commerceâ€™s 2018 State of the Town
WHEN: Thursday, March 1
WHERE: Newington High School, 605 Willard Ave.