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United States Government: Christopher Murphy
22 W Main St, Meriden, CT 06451
U.S. Congressman Chris Murphy represents Connecticut's 5th District, which includes Meriden, Danbury,More Waterbury, the Farmington Valley and parts of Litchfield counties. A Democrat, Murphy was first elected in 2005. He currently resides in nearby Cheshire with his family. Murphy's Meriden office is located in the Senior Center downtown, and is staffed three days a week by Meriden City councilors Hilda Santiago and Matthew Dominello for phone or walk-in constituent requests. His New Britian office is fully staffed, open five days a week, and can be reached at 860-223-8412. Among Murphy's proudest accomplishments for Meriden is funding he obtained for the proposed New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter line. "I couldn't be more excited about the high-speed rail line," he said. "The location of the station right next to Meriden's hub makes the rail project critical to downtown development."
State Representative Catherine Abercrombie, State of Connecticut
64 Parker Ave, Meriden, CT 06450

State Representative Catherine Abercrombie won a special election in 2005 that launched her first term representingMore Meriden and Berlin in the Connecticut House. Since then, the Democrat has co-sponsored bills on topics like seniors and child-safe products.

Abercrombie often focuses on autism and education. She was instrumental in getting legislation passed to provide services for adults with autism who would otherwise not receive them, and has instituted an annual Autism Awareness Day at the state capitol in Hartford.

Born and raised in Meriden, Abercrombie and her husband have also raised their three sons in town. Her office at the Captiol in Hartford is: Legislative Office Building, Room 4023. The number to reach her there is 860-240-8500.

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.