Zoel's Body & Auto Center 19 Hall Ave, Meriden, CT06451 This family-owned shop was founded in 1963 by Zoel Sirois and later passed down to his son,David. The 15,000-square-foot…More facility is clean, well-designed and features the latest in auto body and repair technology. It has received numerous awards, including the National Automotive Refinish Award from CARQUEST and an I-CAR Gold Class rating. Besides offering a wide range of body work, maintenance and repair services, Zoel's prides itself on great customer service. To make the experience of a collision less stressful, Zoel's arranges for rental cars and handles insurance claims for its customers. The shop received a Better Business Bureau Consumer Relations Excellence Award.
Colony Street Auto Service 182 Colony St, Meriden, CT06451 This gas station, convenience store and auto repair shop is run by owner Kevin Marquis. The business has been in his…More family since it was founded in 1997. It is one of few full-service gas stations in Meriden. The repair shop offers complete auto repair, excluding body work. The small convenience store stocks soda, newspapers, candy, snacks, batteries and other items.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, founded in 1944, is one of three parochial schools in Meriden. It is sponsored and…More supported by the neighboring church of the same name. Students in preschool through 8th grade attend full-day classes. Part-time preschool classes are also available.</p>
<p>Small, compact and friendly, Our Lady of Mount Carmel has a diverse student body representing a mix of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.</p>
<p>In addition to a brand new playscape, OLMC has a modern computer lab and will soon have smart boards in all classrooms. Extracurricular activities include peer tutoring, student council, basketball, ski club, theater, yearbook, choir and scouting.</p>
<p>The school offers before- and after-school programs, as well as summer school and school-vacation programs. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the only Catholic school in town that has a year-round program, according to Principal Noreen McDermott. "From technology to the arts, we have something for everyone here," she says.</p>
St. Joseph is the affiliated school of the next-door Catholic church bearing the same name. It was founded in 1915 as…More a sister institution to St. Rose's in East Meriden as more and more residents migrated west.</p>
<p>St. Joseph has outlived St. Rose, and is now one of only three Catholic schools in town. The K-8 school's longevity can be credited to its innovative teaching methods, embrace of cutting-edge technology like electronic whiteboards and the committed support of its extensive community of staff, parents, students and alumni.</p>
<p>According to principal Kathy Spencer, in standardized tests her students perform above grade level in all areas at all levels, with language arts scores two and three years above grade level. The student body is currently about 90 percent Catholic, but St. Joseph is open to families of all faiths.</p>