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Lincoln Middle School
164 Centennial Ave, Meriden, CT 06451
Lincoln is Meriden's HOT school, according to the Connecticut Commision on Culture and Tourism. State-designated HOT --More or Higher Order of Thinking -- schools have strong arts programs and integrate the arts in core subjects throughout the curriculum. In additon to a staff that travels from all over the state to teach at Lincoln, the school has visiting artists come and teach classes. According to Principal Leo Lavallee, another successful tenet of the HOT philosphy is democratic governance by way of sponsoring leadership activities and service clubs. "I believe that's really helped us academically," says Lavallee. Lavallee's blog is available here.
Quality Time Food & Spirits
999 Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450

"You're not here for a long time, just a Quality Time." Wilcox Technical School graduate, Paul Vumbaco opened the barMore eight years ago in hopes of bringing back great pub food and entertainment to the Meriden bar scene. It is very active within the community and hosts numerous charity events throughout the year, including the ever popular St Baldrick's Fundraiser. The pub is known for its happy hour, hot wings, steamed cheeseburgers, hot dogs and delicious lunch specials. Sit outside and enjoy sports games blasting from outdoor televisions and grab a drink from the patio bar. Check the website for calendar of live entertainment events. Year after year, Quality Time has earned the "Best Sports Bar, Best Bar/Lounge, Best Place for Live Entertainment" awards in the Record Journal's Peoples Choice Awards.